By. G. Chambers, SFBCA Treasurer
Another successful Toronto Sporstmen’s Show is in the books. Once again, the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association was on hand to show why we we are still one of best angling clubs in Ontario.
We were well represented in the fly tying department, with SFBCA Fly Tying Master, Jurgen, pumping out some impress fly patterns. The perch pattern pictured below was a big hit and something rarely seen by most anglers.
Last year, Jurgen gave a couple of the perch flies to our show neighbour Wayne Moreau from Kipawa Lodge. Wayne reported they were super effective for catching northern Ontario Pike and Walleye.
Jurgen had more than a few offers to from anglers wanting to buy his flies, but he wasn’t selling. “Join the SFBCA and learn to tie them for free,” was his standard response.
Our bamboo brigade was another big hit, with Paul Manuel doing most of the work. Despite all the new fangled gear and equipment at the show, it’s amazing to see people fascinated by old ways and old technology as exemplified by split cane.
Overall, the show was a big success. We had 17 SFBCA members taking turns manning our booth and we talked to hundreds of potential new members (we have a sign up sheet with about 50 names that we are in the process of following up with). We also met many anglers and industry professionals who had heard of the passing of our President, Gord Deval, and offered their condolences.
The goal now is to keep up the momentum from the show by welcoming potential new members. Hopefully some will join and give back to the club by helping us organize the SFBCA booth at the 2020 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.