A. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in beautiful Scarborough, so we accept members from anywhere.
Q. I don’t have much fishing experience. Can I still join?
A. Of course. Everyone is a beginner at some point, so don’t worry. The goal of our club is to help anyone, regardless of experience, to learn the angling arts. Hopefully by practicing with the club and by fishing with other SFBCA members you’ll too become an expert angler and pass on your knowledge to others.
Q. I don’t have any fly fishing equipment. Can you advise me on what to get?
A. Most definitely. Fly fishing can be an expensive sport, but it doesn’t have to be. SFBCA members can advise you on buying good equipment that won’t break the bank.. The SFBCA also holds an annual gear sale and swap so you may even be able to buy some good used equipment for not a lot of $$$
Q. How long does it take to build a split cane bamboo rod?
A. Someone with no rod building experience can usually build a rod in about 80 hours. The SFBCA will provide you with all the specialized tools, and experienced rod builders will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.
Q. Where can I get bamboo for rod building?
A. The SFBCA has a supply of high grade Tonkin bamboo (the stuff professional rod builders use) that we can sell you. $30 of bamboo is usually enough to build a rod or two, depending on the style and size of rod you want to build. The bamboo sold in lumbers stores and craft stores is not suitable for rod building
Q. I have an old bamboo rod. Is it worth fixing?
A. Maybe. Some bamboo rods were made by skilled craftsmen and are probably worth repairing. By contrast, a lot of bamboo rods were mass produced and of inferior quality. These mass produced rods are probably not worth your time, effort or money to fix…you’d be better off building your own new bamboo rod.
Q. How much does it cost to build a bamboo rod.
A. $30 for bamboo for starters. Then you’ll need to buy hardware (guides, reel seat, ferrules to join the sections, etc.) and cork to make the handle. All in, the minimum cost would be about $170 to build a decent rod. To buy a bamboo rod would be at least $1,300
Q. Where are the club meetings held?
A. from late Fall to early Spring we meet indoors every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Birkdale Community Centre (1299 Ellesmere Rd., Toronto) to build rods and tie flies. From Late Spring to early Fall we are mostly outdoors fishing and practicing casting at a man made pond in Scarborough (usually every Wednesday evening)
Q.I’d like to learn how to tie flies, but I don’t have any equipment.
A. Not a problem. The club purchases feathers, fur, hooks and other materials for club members to use. We also have some extra tying vises that you can borrow.
Q. What is outdoor casting practice?
A. We believe that being able to accurately cast a fly or lure will help you to catch more fish. To this end, we set up floating targets in a man made pond and then practice casting towards them. You can cast from the concrete deck of the pond, but its better to put on rubber boots and cast from in the pond itself (the pond is only about 4 inches deep)
Q. Where does outdoor casting practice take place?
A. Beginning in early June, the club meets every Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. at a man made pond behind the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive). There is some free parking which can be accessed by driving to the end of Brian Harrison Way.
Q. Does the SFBCA own a trout pond?
A. No. The SFBCA is not that kind of fancy club. Instead, we have secured permissions from many landowners to access their properties in order to fish sections of rivers.
Q. Where do Club members do most of their fishing?
A. If we told you we’d have to kill you (just joking, but seriously…we would). In reality, we fish all over, from the Grand River to the Ganaraska River and every tributary in between. We are fortunate here in the GTA that within a relatively short drive you can be fishing some of the best trout waters in Ontario. Of course, from time to time, we organize trips farther afield to Haliburton, Collingwood, Sault Ste. Marie and beyond.
Q. Does the Club organize fishing trips?
A. You bet. The Club organizes weekend trout fishing trips in the Spring and the Fall. These trips are open to all members ( Typically we get 12-18 members going on these trips). The cost for a weekend of fishing usually runs about $110 (this includes two nights lodging and all meals – we have a few members who really know how to cook too).
Throughout the year, individual members also organize their own small group fishing trips, day fishing trips and ice fishing trips.
Bottom line is…If you want to fish, there is always a club member or two who is willing to go with you.
Q. How big is the Club?
A. We have approx. 42 members. At our fly tying/rod building meetings we usually have 12 to 20 people in attendance.