Friday, December 19, 2014

Bill Hamlin's recovery featured in Loveland Reporter-Herald

We all knew Bill had a rough time recovering from his heart attack suffered in September, but the full story of how his life was saved by woman's CPR is detailed in the Dec. 12 Reporter-Herald.  And it's another feel-good story involving our friends with Loveland Fire Rescue.

Jackie Burgstahler, left, Bill Hamlin, his mom Frances and sister Sharon Lundt, right, stand with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority personnel as they applaud Burgstahler during a ceremony for her Thursday at Hillcrest Senior Living for helping to save Hamlin's life in September. (Saja Hindi / Loveland Reporter-Herald)
A link to the full article can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For your review: proposed slate of club officers for 2015!

The nominating committee is recommending Merle Boden as Loveland Fishing Club Vice President in 2015, in line to assume the job of president in 2016.  Current VP Lou Colton will become 2015 club President, effective after the annual dinner in January.

Barb Ding is recommended to continue as Treasurer for another term, and Charlie Higgs as Secretary.

"Merle is one of the club's most active anglers year-around, and a great leadership choice for the club," says outgoing President Bill Prater.  "And Barb and Charlie continue to do an outstanding job keeping our club running smoothly."    As immediate past president, Bill Prater will continue as a voting member of the board for one year and serve as Sergeant-at-Arms - the bouncer at monthly meetings.  

These names will be formally presented to the club at the December holiday meeting, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, and the club will be asked again if anyone else is interested in being considered for the positions.  A vote will be taken at the January meeting at the Chilsen Center, 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. (NOTE:  original date was announced as Jan. 23.)

Appointed positions for 2015

As president-elect, Lou appoints a variety of other leadership positions. They are:

John Grady, Volunteers of America
Raffle Chairs:  Rick and Kathleen Haskel, succeeding Tom Miller
Program Chair:  Bob Scott, succeeding John Gwinnup
Webmaster, Jim Roode, succeeding Bill Prater
Publicity, George Kral
Government Affairs, Jim Roode
Kids Fishing Derby, Larry Seib
Senior Fishing Derby, Ray Park
Banner Keeper, Dennis Kelsey
Historian:  Skip Kral

Activities and Inventory Chair:  Open.  We need a volunteer to track club activities including trips and special events, and to inventory club assets maintained at Colorado Parks & Wildlife offices near Lon Hagler reservoir.  Some computer knowledge helpful.  Interested?  Contact Lou Colton, who has served as activities chair for several years.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dec. 3 ... time for a road trip to Bruce's!

Okay, fans of the "all-you-can-eat" Rocky Mountain Oysters.  Norm Englebrecht declares it time for the latest road trip to Bruce's Bar in Eaton.  Everyone, including spouses, needs to experience this legendary Severance, CO  eating establishment.

The plan is to gather at the southeast corner of the King Sooper Parking Lot off Lincoln Avenue and 29th Street at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, and carpool to Bruce's, a half-hour or so northeast of Loveland.  It's a pretty big place, but we make up a pretty large crowd, so let Norm know whether you plan to join us.

Directions (Harley riders call it the "Nut Run":  Because of road construction, it's probably best to just take Colorado 392 through Windsor to U.S. 85, then go north about 4 miles to first street in Severance.  To read about what you're getting into, click here.

Ice fishing safety

 ... More on our ongoing effort to keep ourselves safe out there ...
Thanks again to Dave Harem for Tuesday's excellent primer on getting ready for ice fishing.  I trust we'll see some new faces out there in the cold willing to risk a little frostbite.  And I, for one, for once, am hoping for an early ice cap. 

Dave Harem and his ice fishing tools. Photo by George Kral.
Here's the article I promised you at Tuesday's meeting, "Safety on the Ice, Lessons from a Survivor," by Fish Explorer Colorado Field Editor John Stevens.  It's got some sound advice on how to ensure a safe experience on ice, and a cautionary tale about what can happen if you don't.  Here's the link:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dues are due!

It's time to take advantage of one of the great bargains in all of angling:  the $25 annual dues to be a member in good standing of the Loveland Fishing Club for 2015.

Treasurer Barbra Ding will be collecting dues at Friday breakfasts and the Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 general meetings, and if you pay up early you'll be helping her keep ahead of the game with budget planning.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Want to help lead the club?

In line with club by-laws, and keeping our club active and successful, it's time to decide the club's leadership for 2015.  If you're looking for ways to become active in the Loveland Fishing Club, now's a good time to step up.  We'll all be voting on who will be voting members of the board - who it turn will appoint other positions.  

The club's current elected board members are Bill Prater, President; Lou Colton, Vice President; Barbra Ding, Treasurer; and Charlie Higgs, Secretary.

By electing Lou vice president for 2014, you essentially named him our 2015 president. Bill will continue as a Past President and Parliamentarian, with continued board voting rights for one year. At the annual meeting in January you will be voting on a new vice president, secretary and treasurer.  

We also need folks to serve as Raffle Chair, Program Chair (arranging speakers for our monthly meetings), and Webmaster/Editor.  If you're interested in one of the elected or appointed positions, contact Lou, Barbra or Charlie.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Warm, sunny weather drew thousands of youngsters to downtown Loveland for the annual Halloween Family Fun Festival and the club's "fishing" booth.  An unending line of costumed fairies, superheroes and witches waited for a chance to catch the candy and Colorado Parks & Wildlife badges and whistles dispensed by delighted club volunteers organized by Karol Stroschein.

Club donates $1,500 to Loveland Fire Rescue in memory of Dale and Dominick

The Loveland Fishing Club is donating $1,500 to the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority to help equip a newly certified rescue diver.  The award is in memory of club members Dale Owens, who drowned in a Sept. 3 accident while fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir, and the late Dominick Scarillo, who was rescued by Loveland firemen in 2013 when his canoe capsized on Rist Benson Reservoir.

The grant will defray costs to equipment a diver with the wetsuit, drysuit and other gear for lake rescue efforts.  "The club has limited financial resources, but this is something we felt would be an important enhancement to water safety in our community," said Club President Bill Prater.  "Since Dale's tragic death, we've been more concerned than ever over minimizing the risks involved in our sport.  And this seemed an excellent way to honor the memory of our two friends Dale and Dom."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fish Explorer adds Wyoming fishing news

Our friends at have added a page dedicated to fishing in the state directly to our north, a good source of information for anyone planning a trip.  Here's the link:

If you're unfamiliar with the site, take a look around and then sign up for membership.  Established in 2006, Fish Explorer has information on more than 1,100 lakes and rivers in Colorado, California, Florida, Texas and now Wyoming.  It also has regular articles by knowledgeable anglers.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boyle wins club tourney for biggest stringer, largest fish

Using a fly and bubble, Dave hauled in trout all morning long at Flatiron Reservoir, including the four biggest totaling 43 1/4 inches to earn him the revolving annual trophy as the club's top angler.

In the process, he knocked off the 2012 winner Norm Engelbrecht, who cooked the traditional tournament picnic for about two dozen anglers.

One of Dave's four was also the largest fish caught on Thursday, at 13 1/4 inches.  He earned $50 for the biggest string, and $20 for largest single fish.  Mike Scheber was declared winner of the prize for the smallest fish hauled in for the day, a spunky 7 incher, earning him  a $20 cash prize.

Jerry Reid's four-fish strnger was second in that category, 38 3/4 inches, and Arnie Stroschein's was third at 30 1/2 inches.
Dave Boyle, center with trophy, is joined by Mike Schebeer, left,
 Jerry Reid, Norm Engelbrecht and Arnie Stroscheim.