Laughing Trout Speaker – Jeff Broberg

This Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Speaker at Laughing Trout – conservation
Wed. Feb. 1 – 6:30 PM.
Speaker – Jeff Broberg
A Geologist, environmental risk manager, resident of
Whitewater Watershed & President of MN Trout Assoc. and Preston’s
National Trout Center.
Topic – How can we prevent incidents like the 2015 South Branch
Whitewater fish kill?

Where:

American Legion Post 118
949 E. Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN
Jeff is a great speaker.  He is very knowledgeable.  He spoke at our sponsored event 3-4 years ago at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo. Laughing Trout is very welcoming to our members.  They may ask for donations for the speaker from non-Laughing Trout members. I heard him speak last year at Great Waters Expo on this particular topic. I suspect this will be popular and crowded so arrive early.

Casting Clinic 2017, Vadnais Sports Dome

The Vadnais Dome Casting clinic was a great success.  We had a fun time honing our casting skill. This year there were four stations: Basic- lift and cast; roll casting; mending your cast; and spey casting demonstration. We rotated through the stations working in small groups with instructors. The attendees enjoyed learning and had fun.  Thanks to our instructors who made it enjoyable.  As I learned last year practice your casting regularly and your cast will improve greatly.

Spring Member Meeting 2016

Fly Fishing Women of Mn held our annual Spring meeting May 26, 2016 at the Urban Growler Brewery in St. Paul.  19 members attended of which 25% were new members.  It was a great time to socialize, meet new folks and just talk fishing. Monta lead the meeting.  She acknowledged present board members and encouraged others to consider running for board positions that will be open in the fall.  Activities and club accomplishments from Nov. 2015 – May 2016 were noted with  increased membership being  highlighted!  Members were encouraged to use the web site, bring in new members, watch the web page’s Events and Forum to stay aware of upcoming activities. T-shirts were sold.  The evening was quite enjoyable!

Spring member meeting 2016-6

Spring Member Meeting 2017-7

Volunteering with Girl Scouts

On February 27, several members from FFWMN, two gals from a Wisconsin TU group, and two gals from the U of M entomology dept., met several Girl Scouts at an elementary school in Menomonie, WI. The Girl Scouts had a great time learning about trout streams, the insects they eat, how to know what brook, brown and rainbow trout look like, and even how to tie a woolly bugger. Not sure who had more fun…the scouts or adults! The FFWMN are looking forward to teaching the scouts how to cast on a real stream later this spring.

Monta-Scouts play Run, Riffle, Pool

Monta-Rods & Reels

Scouts and Trouts

Draft 2016 Schedule of Events

Stay tuned for any changes and updates to these proposed Club events for 2016:

January 12     Pink Squirrels at Cindy’s House 6:30 – 8:00, register online

January 30     Fly Casting at Vadnais Dome 9:00-11:00 am and lunch, register online

February 22    Knot practice at Monta’s House  6:30 -8:00 pm

March 11       R4F – River Falls Fly Fishing Festival – Film Tour Night; benefits the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust

March  12      Saturday Fly Fishing Expo: Riverview Ballroom, University Center at University of Wisconsin-River Falls

March  ?        Fly Tying at Mend Provisions

March 18-21  Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, Sponsored by MN Trout  Unlimited, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

April  9th      Fishing outing during MN Trout Catch and release season

April 30        One-on-One coaching on the Rush River

May 14         MinnAqua Fly Fishing Weekend–Mentorship opportunity for Members–Teaching fly fishing to an adult/child pair.

May 21         MN Master Naturalist Annual Conference, Winona MN (several members are Master Naturalists as well.)

June 10-12    Club trip to Judy Julian’s families lake cabin’s, north of Grand Rapids MN.

July ?           Bass Fishing outing, location to be determined

Summer        Fishing around Town, various locations organized by members (please volunteer to host an evening)

Fall Board Meeting and Luncheon Nov. 7, 2015

Twenty-two members were welcomed to the membership meeting at Joseph’s Restaurant in Saint Paul by present Board Members – Linda Radimecky (Chair), Sally Dunn, Kelly Edwards, Monta Hayner, Ellen Murphy, Cindy Winslow. Members started socializing at 11:00AM with the business portion of the meeting commencing at 11:30. Linda introduced current board members followed by a move to accept the slate of new candidates for the 2016 year.

Monta moved into her new position as Chair extending a thank you to past board members and introducing candidates for open board positions. A vote was taken and Candace Carlson ( Member-at-Large) and Betty Hoernermann (Treasurer) were unanimously accepted.  It should be noted that the position of Vice-chair is still open.

Monta continued by reviewing the events of the past year and promoting future events for 2016. Watch the web site for the list and dates of these coming events. A lively discussion ensued regarding a proposed change to the lifetime membership fee. Member Nancy made the motion that the Board review the by-laws, make a suggestion regarding lifetime membership fee to the membership, and take a vote by Survey Monkey. Member Carol seconded.  All were in favor with 1 abstention.  It was also noted that the Board will take time this year to review other possible changes in by-law items.

Other information items included:

  • the use/review of the new website offered at the end of the meeting
  • the implementation of a privacy policy for personal information of members
  • the status of acceptance from the State Dept. of the club’s 501C7 application

Lastly, mention was made of a River Falls Expo , March 11-12, 2016. Contact Lund’s Fly Shop in River Falls for additional information.

Wonderful “fishing stories” were shared by Kelly Edwards (Women’s FlyFishing Alaska) and Kay Ortscheid (FlyFishing the Mississippi)! Our very informative guest speaker was Bob Trevis.  Bob shared useful information about fishing the “Driftless” section of Southwest Minnesota for both “newbie” and advanced FlyFishing people. His handout was a valuable A Guide’s Cheat Sheet of the area.

The meeting closed at 2:00 after Silent Auction high bidders were announced. A fun time was had by all!