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2017 Fall Banquet

Annual Banquet 2017
Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota

Close to 35 women gathered at Joseph’s Restaurant in St. Paul bringing to a close the 2017 fishing season on Nov. 12. In addition to the dinner of fish, wild rice, chicken and pasta a business meeting took place. Our club membership is at an all time high with 135 members, 23 being new. What would our banquet experience be if 2/3 of the membership attended? Maybe next year!
Our out going Board members (Monta Hayner-chair, Betty Horneman-treasurer, Elizabeth Ahlin-member at large) were thanked for all the activities they organized during the past year and given hand crafted (Linda Radimecky) fish pens. New Board members include Linda Radimecky (chair) Hillary Pennella (vice chair), Elizabeth Ahlin (treasurer), Cori Berrigan (member at large). Our 1st meeting of the 2018 Board will be held Dec. 12, 2017.
Other Banquet presentations included an overview of a trip taken last June bySally Dunn and Cinda Collins to the San Juan River. Any one interested in a 2018 trip should contact Sally. Grace Glander shared this year’s experience of Casting For Recovery. Linda Radimecky and Ellen Murphy updated the group on the Girl’s Fish Program. Our club received a $10,000 grant from the DNR to include more ethnicly diverse women in fly fishing. Lastly, Fly Fishing Women honored Carol Morten, a longtime member, for the outstanding work she has accomplished over the years. Carol has taught many women the art of fly fishing and instilled a love and respect for the outdoors thought this sport. As a token of our gratitude, Carol was presented a beautiful shadow box (created by Grace Glander) of 9 of her favorite flies and photos of some of her great catches.
We were grateful to Sam Lucido of Laughing Trout Fly Tying Group, for the 12 dozen flies he donated to our Fly Bar. Members went home with 4 new flies of their choice to use for future fishing.

Extended Season

Keep on Fishing
New Extended season regulations
Many of you know Fishing catch and release for trout continues through December 31st in three southeast Minnesota State Parks: Forestville, Whitewater and Beaver Creek. However more water is now open. Trout streams in four towns in southeast Minnesota (Preston, Lanesboro, Chatfield and Spring Valley) are open for trout catch and release within city limits. I gave it a try in Preston almost two weeks ago. It was the first cold snap. I was dressed warm but It was a bit cold. I got a rainbow on a streamer but did not land it. I quit when the sleet started. The great thing about being in town is it is so easy to find a place to warm up with warm food. There is great trout water in all of these towns and no crowds (actually no people on the stream at all) in this extended season.

Written up and submitted by Monta Hayner

Bass Fishing Event August 19

Ellison Park in Monticello is where we will meet – Maybe at 8:30 or 9 am before it gets too hot. Wading from shore is what most do. There’s is no dock that I have seen.

Linda will bring a grill – please bring an item to share.

A 6 to 8 weight rod is good if you have one. Wooly buggers, streamers, poppers, muffler minnow, crayfish flies are good.

Mid year membership meeting

The Mid year membership meeting of FFWNMN was a cozy, informative, pleasant gathering
Thurs. evening June 8. Only 15 members attended so we encircled two tables at the St. Paul,
UrBan Growler Brewery. Our chairperson, Monta Hayner, reported on the following topics:
1) Viroqua, WI Fishing Weekend – held in May. Seven members came together at Nature
Nooks Resort. Fun conversation, successful fishing in the Driftless (even though rain
interfered ), provided a worthwhile weekend fishing, socializing experience.
2) Tenkara Fishing – member Sue Nokleby shared her experience at a Tenkara weekend
workshop presented by Tenkara International. The style is of Japanese origin which is
slowly gaining more fishing enthusiasts. Sue fortunately came home having won two
Tenkara rods in drawings during the workshop.
3) 3R Grant – Linda Radimecky presented an update on plans for the July 7,8,9 “Girls Fish”
weekend being held in Preston, MN. Fly Fishing Women procured a $10,000 grant from the
MN DNR which will provide for 12 weekend participants.