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: 
http://www.fishexplorer.com/co/articles.asp?action=det&aid=96
Bill

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

Halloween


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 http://fishexplorer.com 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:  http://www.fishexplorer.com/wy/.

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.

Senior Derby : a Grand Old Day on the water


The 2014 Loveland Fishing Club Senior Derby, our third, was a rousing success - splendid weather and great companionship with residents of seven assisted living centers and other elderly guests recruited with the aid of Chilson Senior Center.  Mike Scheber, who cleaned trout for takehome meals, reports more than 50 trout headed home for the frying pan. More photos to come.  Great job, everyone.

Derby organizer Ray Park, center, sits by campfire with new friends.
Left, prize winner for biggest fish, with Norm.

Oldest female angler was Hope Mantano, left, shown with Sugar Valley friends.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Club tourney is Thursday, Sept. 18: We'll crown the club's top angler!

NEWCOMERS NOTE:  Be there!  This is one of our biggest social events of the year, the only official competition between club members.

Okay, last year's annual club tournament was a washout, a victim of the September floods.  So Norm Engelbrecht has kept the revolving Grand Champion Trophy for two years, after catching the biggest stringer of four trout at the 2012 competition at Flatiron Reservoir.  You can rip it right out of his hands, by catching the four biggest trout at the annual competition, that runs from noon to 8 a.m. Thursday.  Norm will do the cooking this year, at the free picnic that follows the competition.