SFBCA at 2017 Sportsmen’s Show

toronto-sportsmens-show-copyThe Toronto Sportsmen’s Show runs this year from March 15 to March 19 at the Toronto International Centre (6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga).

For the 7th year in a row, the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association will be participating by holding fly tying demonstrations, bamboo rod building displays and talking to the public about all things fishing.

Drop by our booth (#2100) and say “Hello”. . . better yet, drop by and tell us where all your secret fishing holes are located.


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2016 SFBCA Holiday Party

facebookcardsfbca copy.jpgBy G. Chambers

The Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association held its annual Holiday Season Party on December 13. About 20 merry SFBCA members shared some fishing stories, noshed on gourmet pizza and devoured David Johnson’s amazing homemade venison cabbage rolls (which he shot himself…he shot the deer that is, not the cabbage rolls). Thanks to Tedy Gordon for providing a half dozen of his beautiful hand-tied flies (packaged in souvenir shot glasses) which were given away as door prizes. Thanks also to SFBCA Chairman Ray Cockburn for organizing the event, and to the Schwartz family for hosting us in their lovely home. All in all a good evening of camaraderie to get us in the spirit of the holiday season.





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Indoor Meeting Season

By T. Gordon – member of the SFBCA

The Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association has re started its indoor meeting season.  Our people meet at the home of one of the club’s senior members, where every two weeks we enjoy a couple of hours of fly tying, bamboo rod work and lively conversation.



It’s winter season and it is cold outside. Time to come indoors to one of our meetings.  If you are a member of the club, you are invited to meet with us.  Let’s tie some flies and get prepared for future fishing outings.  Learn some of our most productive flies -as taught by our fly tying master Jurgen Brech.  You can also suggest or request specific fly patterns you would like to tie.  Start getting ready for the spring fly fishing season -it takes time to learn patterns and develop the skills to tie them right.  Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Continue reading

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The Muscarovitch for Brown Trout


The Muscarovitch fly pattern. Photo and fly courtesy of SFBCA member T. Gordon

Looking for a fly pattern that produces big browns? Check out the Muscarovitch, a fly pattern developed by Gord Deval, President of the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association.

To be honest, the fly is based on The McStarkovitch, a pattern designed by Jimmy Stark, a well known Toronto fly tier and a co-worker of Gords at Brownies Tackle and Gun Shop back in the 50’s.  According to Gord, one of his improvements was the addition of polar bear which helps the fly to sink a bit.

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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. Continue reading

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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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