Spring is on the way and it’s time to start tying some new patterns. So for the upcoming March Meeting (March 13 7 PM REI Schenk Parkway) bring your vises (not vices – we’re a family organization) and show off your tying skills to those of us who are butter-fingered. If you want to demonstrate your skills, email me at Clifford.albertson@verizon.net and let me know so I can have an idea of how many tables we will need.

Also, a reminder that our first stocking of North Mills River will be March 5th. We’ll meet at the campground parking lot about 10 AM and spend a few hours distributing the fish up and down the river.   As I write this the forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 60.But the weather channel has been known to be not too accurate on their long-range forecasts so it will probably be snow and 35 degrees. In any case, bring waders because you will be going in the water.

Our intrepid Conservation Chair, Jay Hawthorne, has contacted the Hatchery Superintendent and he welcomed our offer to help stock Spring Creek on April 9th. There are only a limited number of volunteers needed so contact our Stocking Chair Curt Campbell at rockygrove.curt@gmail,com to reserve your spot.

Our February meeting with Matt Culp was one of our biggest turnouts, Matt always has a great presentation and that is as entertaining as it is informative. There are some opportunities for volunteer work with him this summer and we will pass along information about dates and locations as soon as we find out.



Also upcoming in March is the F3T Film Tour sponsored by our friends at Hunter Banks. There will be two showings on March 31st – Main Showing doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. The Matinee opens at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 PM. Tickets are available at Hunter Banks either online or at the store: $15 for the Main Showing and $10 for the matinee. We will need volunteers for both shows to sell raffle tickets so email me if you want to help.

Also coming up – In April we will be helping Orvis host the Orvis Guide Rendezvous. The tentative agenda is:

Tuesday April 10th – Volunteer Dinner hosted by Orvis. (Will be assigning tasks at this event)

Friday April 13th – Cocktail Party at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Asheville (15-20 Volunteers needed for the evening)

Saturday April 14th – Orvis Guide Olympics Highland Brewing, Asheville (30-50 Volunteers needed, all day)

This agenda is subject to change.

Our Chapter Vice President, Reba Brinkman, is the Lead Volunteer Coordinator as as you can see there is a need for a LOT of help. If you can volunteer please email Reba at brinkman.reba@gmail.com

Finally our own Jacob Rash, rod maker supreme, has informed us that the 8th Annual Carolina Cane Gathering will be held on April 19-21 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard, North Carolina. Events will kick off with a picnic supper at 5:30 pm on Thursday the 19th at the Sycamore Flats Picnic Shelter on Rt 276, just north of the intersection with Rt 64. This will be followed by program activities at the Education Center on the 20th (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and 21st  (8:30 am – 12:00 noon) and by a dinner/social gathering on Friday evening at the Ecusta Brewing Company at the Rt 276/Rt 64 intersection.

The cost of the Gathering is $65 per participant for those who register prior to March 1, 2018, and $75 for those who register between March 1 and April 1.This fee includes access to all program activities, the welcome picnic, coffee and pastries and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the dinner/social on Friday night. Lodging costs are not included. 

Our goals are to provide rodmakers (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) with opportunities to meet other builders, share tools and techniques, brainstorm on common (and not-so-common) problems, cast rods, and enjoy fellowship.

Additional program details, and registration information will be posted on our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1764412180441666/

To download our registration form visit:  https://carolinacane.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/registration-form-doc.pdf

Ooops – one more thing – I forgot to mention that we had a winner of the 2018 Icebreaker Challenge at the February meeting. Unfortunately I forgot to write down his name.

Tight lines to all and see you in March.