Lake Temagami: Walleye and Pike Galore

by G. Chambers

If you’re looking for a peaceful vacation up north that wont break the bank, I suggest Leisure Island Houseboats on Lake Temagami.


Home Sweet Houseboat

The wife (A.K.A “the Boss”) and I rented a houseboat for a week at the end of August for $950, plus $50 for fuel. The Leisure Island Houseboats aren’t fancy…no slide or running water, but they are roomy, have propane fridge and stove and are well built for the often choppy conditions on Lake Temagami.

Various websites  say that Lake Temagami has some monster Walleye and Lake Trotroutrigut, but that you need to get down deep (50-70ft) in the summer to have a chance of hooking one. Locals suggested using 8 lbs test attached to a 3 way swivel and then 2.5 ft. of fluorocarbon attached to a 2 0z. weight and 3 ft . of fluorocarbon attached to a medium sized spoon (Williams Wabler, etc.). The houseboat has rod holder on the back so  you can troll with the Yamaha 9.5 hp motor. Continue reading

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Sept 20, 2016: Annual General Meeting

Scarborough Civic Centre

Scarborough Civic Centre

Mark your calendars for Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 7 p.m….the date for the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association’s 2016 Annual General Meeting. The location is in Committee Room 1 of the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive). More details to follow

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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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