Book Review: Joe Brooks on Fishing

Joe-Brooks-on-Fishing-9781592284511By G. Chambers, SFBCA Vice Chairman

Often called the Father of Modern Fishing, Joe Brooks was an American outdoors writer and fly fishing guru.

He fished from Montana to South America and everywhere in between and with such fishing partners such as Ted Williams and Lefty Kreh. Continue reading

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2016 SFBCA Fishing Tourney

The third annual Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting  Association Fishing Tournament/BBQ held on May 28 was another great success with about 25 members participating. Unlike last year, the weather was on our side (31 C and sunny) and the waters on the Ganny and other nearby rivers were running clear. As has become a SFBCA tradition, Jurgen once again won the tourney with a 28 inch Steelhead (yes, they are still in the rivers). Many thanks to SFBCAc Chairman Ray for organizing and cooking the burgers and sausages. Thanks also to our generous host Roger for opening up his lovely home for the event.


Nice fish, but no winner: SFBCA member Gabe shows off a nice Brown Trout he caught during the Club’s fishing tournament. Unfortunately it was not enough to beat out Jurgen’s 28 inch Chromer



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SFBCA 2016 Spring Fishing Trip


Winner Of The Biggest Trout Contest? Not this year Steve, but a nice Steelie none the less.

We came, we saw, we caught some trout. That pretty much sums up the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association Spring Fishing Trip to Thornbury on April 29-May 1, 2016.

The usual SFBCA characters were present including; Chairman Ray, the Oshawa Assassins (Brian, Ben and Gabe), Flymaster Jurgen, David and Geoff. Spring trip rookies Martin and Steve (and his friend Joe) rounded out the group.

Weather was sunny and warm (12-14 C) Friday and Saturday, but rainy on Sunday. The water was crystal clear, but running a bit faster than normal. According to locals, there had been some pretty massive flooding a couple of weeks before with some roads being closed.


Ain’t That a Kick In The Bass: Martin with a Smallmouth taken on the Apple Orchard stretch

According to the other anglers we talked with, the consensus was that the Spring Steelhead run had been early this year, which meant there weren’t so many Chromers for the taking. Regardless, most us caught a Steelie, a Brown or, in the case of Martin and Geoff, a Bass.

Shout out to Ray for organizing the trip and cooking the grub. Thanks to our host Yogi at Penny’s for being so accommodating with the accommodations.



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2016 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

Some of the "friendly" and "honest" SFBCA members manning our booth

They Like Us:(L to R) Willard, Ray C., Bill and Ray K. Just some of the “friendly” and “honest” SFBCA members who ran our booth at the 2016 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

The Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association wrapped another successful Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.

For the past several years, the Sportsmen’s show has been held in mid February in a downtown Toronto location such as the Enercare Centre (Exhibition Grounds) or the Convention Centre on Front Street. This year’s show was a switch back to the traditional March break  period (March 16-20) which meant that there seemed to be more families and young kids in attendance.  Also, the decision to hold the 2016 show at the International Centre in Mississauga, which has lots of free parking,  probably helped with attendance too. Continue reading

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SFBCA Calendar of Events: 2016/17

training.RedCalendar copyThe Scarborough Fly and Bait Association (SFBCA) is an active angling club with events and activities going on throughout the year. Check out what the SFBCA is up to this year

1) 2016 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show (March 16 – 20, 2016)
For the past several years, the SFBCA has had a booth at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show. We usually do some demonstrations on Bamboo rod building and fly tying and try to recruit new members. All SFBCA members are welcome to participate . Fringe benefit is that anyone who participates gets free access to the show

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A Brief History of the SFBCA

By Gord Deval
President of the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association

About thirty-five years ago a few of my fishing and casting buddies thought it might be a good idea to see if (our group) could turn out to be ‘Fishing Club’. Not just any old fishing club, but because five or six buddies of mine who had already achieved a sub


The Old Guy: SFBCA President Gord Deval with some of the casting trophies and awards he’s amassed over the years

stantial and well defined interest in not just fishing, but almost anything and everything to do with  ‘fishing’, or as we soon realized should more appropriately referred to ‘as Anglers…..what we in the ‘Club’ would then be referred to and called ‘ANGLERS’. Having already become proficient Fly Tyers, Split-cane bamboo rod builders, excellent fly and bait casters (Some of whom in our club developed into World Class Competitive) casters themselves. The idea would be teach those ‘fishermen’ who already love fishing to also become real  ANGLERS themselves. It did not take long before we began hammering out notices and letters on my ancient ‘Underwood typewriter’ to almost everybody we could think of, in the club to, newspapers and so on to build the club……soon and since, titled THE SCARBOROUGH FLY AND BAIT CASTING ASSOCIATION.
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The season for bamboo

By Ted Gordon, SFBCA member

It’s winter and fly fishing is in hiatus.  Maybe you are a new member of the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association, or an old one.  No matter.  This is the perfect season to consider making your own split bamboo fly fishing rod.  Yes… a serious fly fishing rod that if bought from a store would cost more than a thousand dollars can be made by you for only a portion of that price.


Rods by Gord Deval

The Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association is the only club in Toronto, and possibly in the entire country where members can learn to build their own bamboo fly rods.  Take it from me, I had may first rod finished a few months after I joined the SFB Continue reading

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