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					                                              The newsletter of the Firelands Fly Fishers Inc.
                                                        P.O. Box 244, Avon Ohio 44011
                                             Volume 3 Issue 8                             December 2006

President’s Corner
It’s almost time for that jolly old gent to make his appearance in the cold again, but as long as the weather
stays unseasonably warm then steelhead fishing won’t be such a bear. The streams are still warm and the
levels are back to normal. Enjoy the weather while it lasts because the cold weather is on the way and that
jolly old gent will be very cold on the stream.

Work up an appetite for the December 13th meeting as this is our annual Christmas dinner. As usual the
club will provide the main course and refreshments while the members are to bring a dessert, appetizer or
salad. More information follows on page 2 of this newsletter. Spouses are welcome to attend. We also will
have our swap meet at the meeting also.

The state held a hearing on Wednesday, Nov 29 about buying out the commercial fishing licenses for Ohio
fishermen. This would eliminate netting of fish in Lake Erie. We will keep you informed of the progress of
this bill.

May you all have a great Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Good Fishing,

Bill Grake
President, Firelands Fly Fishers

Editor=s notes
Fishing & Hunting Safety Reminder
Remember when venturing out on or near farmland, and state public lands that it is hunting season.
Fisherman should consider wearing blaze orange while walking in these areas. Don’t be afraid to make
some noise when walking on a wooded trail. Play it safe!
Donation to RRWC
At the November meeting, membership voted to approve a donation of $250 to the Rocky River Watershed
Council. The council has received the check and Firelands Fly Fishers is thanked on their homepage and
will be mentioned in this week’s Cleveland Metroparks fishing report. For more on the Rocky River
Watershed Council, visit

If you would like to submit a fishing story, Trading Post classified, a favorite fly, web link or information for
fellow members, please contact me at
Deadline for entries is the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Tim Schulz
Director of Communications, Firelands Fly Fishers

Future Events
Firelands Fly Fishers meets at 6:30 PM on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at
French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Ave. (Rt. 611) in Sheffield Village.

General Membership Meetings

December 13th – Christmas Party Pot Luck Dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share at this pot
luck. The membership has been divided into three groups by last name initial.
A – H = please bring an appetizer, hors d’oeurves, finger food or similar to share
J – P = please bring a salad or similar type dish to share
R – Z = please bring a dessert to share
The club will provide the main course, refreshments and tableware.

Also, we will be holding a Swap Shop during the party. Members are welcome to buy, sell and trade your
fishing related gear, books, tying material, clothes, etc.…Tables will be available for you to display your
items. Members making a sale are asked to please return 10% of your income from the evening to the club
for use in our general fund.

January 10th Meeting – Our November speaker, Mike Durkalec, returns to help turn your cold, dark
January thoughts towards summer!! Mike will be speaking about warm water fly fishing in the region.

"Tie one on Nights" - Thursdays
Fly Tying Classes moved to Gander Mountain – New Dukane Camera is in use!
Gander Mountain is our new home for “Tie one on Nights”. The first two sessions drew a full crowd.
Those that attended were able to see the clubs new camera that displays the fly being tied by our leader on a
television screen. This is very helpful in teaching large groups a step-by-step tying pattern. Fly tying will
continue in the Lodge Room on Thursdays from 6 PM until 9 PM. Gander Mountain is located in
Cobblestone Square in Sheffield near Lorain CCC on Rt. 301 (Abbe) south of Rt. 254 (Detroit).

December schedule: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
North Coast Fly Fishers Expo
The 5th Annual Northern Ohio Fly Tying Expo sponsored by North Coast Fly Fishers will be held
from 8:30 – 4:00 on Saturday, January 13th, 2007. Please note this year’s coming show will be held at
Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus. This is great show and is growing every year. Firelands
Fly Fishers will have a table at the Expo. For more information please visit

Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show
This show, sponsored by Buckeye United Fly Fishers, will be Saturday, February 10, 2007 in Fairfield, OH.

The Trading Post
Don’t forget that we will be setting up a Swap Shop at December’s Holiday Party on Dec. 13th. Here you
will be able to buy, sell or trade your fishing related gear, books, tying material, clothes, etc.…Members are
asked to please return 10% of your income from the evening to the club for use in our general fund.

Fly of the Month, December
Steelhead Candy
This is a popular winter fly Washington’s Peninsula Streams
and is a proven Steelhead taker. Fish it deep, drifting along
the bottom.

       Hook: Size 2 – 8; weighted in center with lead wire                    Completed fly
       Tail: Bunch of soft white hackle or hair
       Body: Rear half – pink chenille; front half – bright pink ice chenille
       Head: Soft white hackle or hair tied pointing forward of fly

For step by step photos, as well as previous Fly of the Month recipes,
please visit our web site at and click on Fly of the Month.

Tom Zmina
Director of Fly Tying, Firelands Fly Fishers


      “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but
      particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish”
                                             – Mark Twain

Firelands Fly Fishers Officers and Board Members
Board meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM.

President: Bill Grake                             
Vice President: Dave Snyder                       
Secretary: Dave Tolhurst                          
Treasurer: Bill Graw                              
Director of Annual Funding: Ted Zalenski          
Director of Communications: Tim Schulz            
Director of Fly Tying: Tom Zmina                  
Director of Membership: Brent Feorene             
Director of Outings: John Sabo                    
Director of Raffle: Joe Sloboda                   
Director of Web Site: Rob Mastnardo               
Historian & Librarian: Jim Walend