Presidents Message August 2022

Every year is seems like summer will never get here but once it does it FLYS BY and I feel like the month of July was more like the week of July. Now I’m scrambling to squeeze in all the things I wanted to do once the weather gets nice.

We don’t have a meeting in August as many members are on vacation or simply can’t make it with all the things on their calendars. Our next meeting will be September 20th.

If you caught Lane’s presentation at the July meeting, I have scanned copies of the articles he recommended on Wyoming fly fishing and flies. Send me an email if you want copies.

We don’t have an official fish a long scheduled either, but several of us have some fishing plans in the works. Personally I like to go after Smallmouth Bass in the Willamette. If you are interested in jumping in let me know.

Several of you have asked me about the state of our club as we keep slogging thru the effects of COVID. Here’s a brief synopis of our finances, focus and future prospects. Financially we are doing as well as we ever. Even with paid memberships down a little financially we are doing great because we are not spending as much money. With meeting attendance down our club Focus has shifted towards Fish A Longs & club members getting out and fishing together more. When it looks like meeting attendance will pick up to 20 plus members I’ll book more paid speakers. On a VERY positive note, High Rocks is grateful for our monthly meetings regardless of number of attendees. Our Future looks good as our club has a strong core group of die hard fly anglers. One weakness is we haven’t had a board meeting in 2 years, but then with COVID there hasn’t been as much to talk about. Since we can’t put board meetings off forever and I’ll get an email out soon to organize a meeting, either on Zoom or in person. As always, everyone’s ideas and input are welcome. Feel free to call or email and I’ll get your ideas written down so they can be discussed and action taken.

For several years now we have been posting monthly fishing reports. Looking back on them is a fun way to get ideas for local fly fishing opportunities currently happening or coming up. Type “August” or “September” and you’ll get all the past reports for that month. 

If there is anything you want to see on our blog, I’m all ears.

Please remember our sponsors, they are the lifeblood of the club. Stop by their shops and let them know you appreciate their support. Better yet buy something or book a trip. 

Good fishing! 

Dave Kilhefner

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