Neil Houlding (Guideline)
Fly-fishing has always been Neil Houlding’s life long pursuit. By 18 years of age, Neil’s passion for a two-hand rod had already begun to coalesce. He spent many hours honing his skills on rivers such as the Lune and Ribble not far from his home in Lancashire, England. Moving to Canada, he continued his pursuit of fishing the fly. His travels have taken him as far as the Gaula River in Norway and the River Spey in Scotland. Neil is an accomplished Guide, who is also a certified casting instructor with the Fly Fishing Federation, Attaining the CI and THCI certification, and furthermore, coached the inaugural “World Youth Fly-Fishing Championships” in Wales. Neil has applied his enthusiasm and ability as a teacher
According to Neil, he caught this fish last year.
This was after returning from his trip to last year’s Spey Nation. Just one example of the good mojo that gets spread around thick at The Nation.
Neil will be speaking about Techniques for Sinking Lines. Learn how to manipulate sinking lines and full sinking shooting heads to present flies to fish in cold water.
New raffle prizes are being added seemingly every day. The newest stuff up for grabs are
Echo Spey Rod…size/wt TBD
Spey Rod…Size/Wt TBD
1 – CND Skagit Line 7/8 w/complete Skagit Line Adjuster Kit MSRP $85
1 – CND Skagit Line 8/9 w/complete Skagit Line Adjuster Kit MSRP $85
1 – CND Skagit Line 9/10 w/complete Skagit Line Adjuster Kit MSRP $85
1 of Lee’s famous Ballistic Vector 7/8F Speyline, MSRP $95.00
Limited Spey Nation Edition Leather Fly Wallet
Scott Switch rod
Beulah Platinum Spey Rod
Ross Reels and Pro-Tube have confirmed that they will be attending Spey Nation. This brings the total bumber of companies involved up to 44 and 13 new ones this year. For a complete list of supporters of Spey Nation, Please click here
With Spey Nation picking up steam, Temple Forks Outfitters has stepped up and donated a
Deer Creek Trout Spey Rod
W/ Tube and Sock
Up for grabs in the raffles at Spey Nation!
Kudos to Drew, also a Spey Nation Presenter 3 times running, who has donated
5 different— $100 Gift Certificates To his shop ,
in West Pine Brook, NJ. Tight Lines is a full-service fly shop offering products from many of the finest manufactures in the business, fly casting classes in both single & double hand (spey), fly tying classes, guided trips in both NY & NJ, and destination trips to Canada, the Bahamas and beyond. We also offer knowledge for fishing locally as well as for those looking to do a trip of a lifetime to a near or far away destination.
Join us on June 25, 2011 at the Pineville boat launch on the Salmon River for Rick Kustich’s presentation.
April 28, 2011 Meeting News/minutes:
Heavy rains over-night, added to a record amount of rain for April, created concerns of flooding at our new hatchery. This prompted Paul Miller to do an early morning (April 28th, 7:30AM) inspection of the hatchery. He immediately called together an emergency response team to prepare the hatchery for the rising water. We did everything that could be done to secure the hatching trays and tanks, which contained our recently hatched-out Atlantic salmon. Our work was completed by 11AM and the water was still rising. Paul presented photos at the meeting of the things we did. A work session is planned for this Saturday, April 30th at 9AM, to clean up the debris from the flooding and restore the tanks to their normal locations, provided the water has receded by then.
Tom Schneider reported progress on our plans to the get surplus Atlantic salmon fry from the Vermont Hatchery on Grand Isle. The fish are being reserved for us, but the time required to have the VHS testing on the fish (about 28 days) is a possible problem for getting the fish before their hatchery is closed for the season around June 1st.. It may mean a mid-week transport and stocking will be needed. Tom is trying to get the Onondaga County Carpenter Brook Hatchery folks to help us out with the transportation by using their large fish stocking truck and driver. We would reimburse them for their expenses. This could add an additional 20,000 to 30,000 fish to our stocking plans for this year. Paul will check out and coordinate the testing details with the Ag and Markets folks and the testing lab folks for both the Vermont fish and the fish that we are raising.
Jim Lawler brought us up to date on the up-coming Isaac Walton stream survey for the West Branch of Fish Creek. The survey is to determine what kinds of organisms are living in the stream which can be food for fish in the creek. This is important information for us to obtain for understanding what is there to support our fish, once they are stocked. We will need to provide boots in the creek to help get the data together, probably in August or September of this year.
Our next meeting will be held at 7PM on May 26th at the Camden Rod and Gun Clubhouse.
Arley Morey, Club Secretary
The New Spey Nation Site is almost finished. Feel free to check it out, make suggestions, and stay informed about June 25!
We’re rebuilding the website, things should be back to normal shortly.
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