August Club Meeting

We will meet at Habits this Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015. Social gathering from 6:30pm where beverages and appetizers are available for purchase and club members, newcomers and non-members can meet and socialize. Dinner menu available if desired.

Meeting starts at 7:00 pm sharp!

HABITS DINNER CLUB
832 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City UT 84107
801-268-2228

Our guest speaker will be Rex Huang.

Rex is one of our members.

Rex’s program will be “Night Fly Fishing with Night Vision Goggles”

Rex is the inventor of the Rexfly Casting System and has been fly fishing for over 30 years. He taught himself how to fly cast at the age of 12 with an Abu Garcia 7 weight rod he obtained at the original Angler’s Inn location.

As a former Marine and Gulf War Veteran, Rex became well acquainted with night operations using night vision goggles. He knew how well they would work for dry fly fishing at night. He regularly fly fishes at night in Utah, Montana and Oregon.

If you haven’t seen the Rexfly Casting System, check out the videos at rexfly.com. It is currently used by members of the USA, Norway and England fly fishing teams, as well as FFF casting instructors around the country. It is also used by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, enabling one-armed veterans to fly fish.

Please join Rex and the rest of the Bonneville Fly Fishers for something completely different.

If you have any questions please contact Rich Lobrovich at 801-910-6600, or RichLob@GeoPolyFlyFishing.com

July Club Meeting

Wednesday, July 15. Our Guest Speaker is Dan Potts, a local Naturalist who teaches Ecology at the high school level. Dan has a PhD in Ichthyology (“Fish Science”) and he will be presenting a program entitled “What Is A Fish?”

Join us on July 15th at Club Habits, 842 East 3900 West in Murray for what should be a fun and entertaining evening.

Social gathering from 6:00-ish where beverages and appetizers are available for purchase and club members, newcomers and non-members can meet and socialize. Dinner menu available if desired.

Meeting starts at 7:00 pm sharp!

BONNEVILLE FLY FISHERS 1st ANNUAL FAMILY BBQ AND FLY CASTING CLINIC

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015 @ 6:00 PM!

GERMANIA PARK
5243 MURRAY PARKWAY AVE.
MURRAY UT 84123

The club will provide Hamburgers, Dogs, Cold Water, Paper Plates, Silverware and Paper Towels.

Please bring your Family Members: Kids, Grand Kids, Parents and other Family Members.

~ Please bring a Pot Luck item to share with the group ~

We will have plenty of Fly Rods and Instructors to help you learn to cast!

(No Smoking or Alcohol in the park).

June Club Meeting

June 17th at Habits Dinner Nightclub, 832 East 3900 South. Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm sharp! Mike Slater from the DNR will be our special guest speaker whose topic will be Native Trout of Utah. You are invited to arrive early and join BFF President Rich Lobrovich and Mike Slater for dinner at 5:00 p.m.

May Club Meeting

May 20th at Habits Dinner Nightclub, 832 East 3900 South. Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm sharp! Jason Zicha from Fall River Flyrods will be our special guest speaker. Jason has been building custom graphite and bamboo rods since 1998 and will host a presentation on How Graphite Rods Are Made.

2015 Wastach Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo

The Place To Be!

The Place To Be!

The 2015 Wasatch Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo held at the South Towne Expo Center March 27th and 28th was another rousing success! The Bonneville Fly Fishers once again sponsored the Casting Competition, and the 2015 Champions are: Bamboo: Hutch Hutchinson. Terminator: Tylar Diamond. Orion Cooler Challenge: Colby Crossland. Colter Rods 4-footer Distance Competition: Tylar Diamond. Distance: 1st, Nick Teynor; 2nd, Travis Ruiz; 3rd, Hutch Hutchinson. Youth: 1st, Cameron Garcia; 2nd, Ryder Hutchinson; 3rd, Drake Troxell; Women’s AM: 1st, Lisa Swift; 2nd, Ali McMahon; 3rd, Palen Potter. Men’s AM: 1st, Jace Garcia; 2nd, Tom Doxey; 3rd, Jeremy Kirk. Pro: 1st, Nick Teynor; 2nd, Travis Ruiz; 3rd, Hutch Hutchinson. Congratulations to all the 2015 participants for a great competition!IMG_3697IMG_3696IMG_3695IMG_3694IMG_3693IMG_3692IMG_3691
Casting competition pond.

Casting competition pond.

One of the casting competition targets.

One of the casting competition targets.

Billy and T.J. at the BFF booth

Billy and T.J. at the BFF booth

Utah DWR well represented!

Utah DWR well represented!

Is it art, or is it real?

Is it art, or is it real?

Mike Overton, showing fly tying prowess.

Mike Overton, showing fly tying prowess.

New product reveal: The Weapon!

New product reveal: The Weapon!

Showing the colors.

Showing the colors.

Contemplating the next masterpiece.

Contemplating the next masterpiece.

Another fly almost ready.

Another fly almost ready.

Kids' Fly Tying table.

Kids’ Fly Tying table.

Hot pink ALWAYS works. Right?

Hot pink ALWAYS works. Right?

Learning the ropes.

Learning the ropes.

Fly tying masters.

Fly tying masters.

Many vendors and organizations represented.

Many vendors and organizations represented.

Not sure what this represents, but it was colorful!

Not sure what this represents, but it was colorful!

March, 2015 Club Meeting

NEXT MEETING
Time: Wednesday, March 18th. 6:30 – 7:00pm Social Gathering. Appetizers and Drinks available for purchase, Dinner menu available. Meeting proper starts at 7:00pm.

Special Guest Speaker, Travis Ruiz. Travis began fly fishing with a strong passion for fly casting. As his passion grew, he became an experienced fly fishing instructor and over the past 10 years, he has enjoyed mentoring and teaching others to advance their fly casting and fishing knowledge. Travis has also become a skilled technical dry fly fisherman and enjoys chasing picky fish on a river he loves, The Henry’s Fork of the Snake. He is the Best of the West 2011 Champion and enjoys competition events throughout the western United States. Recent events include hosting casting competitions and Fly Rod reviews for Fly Fusion magazine.

Location: Habits Dinner Night Club, 832 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City.

Crittenden Reservoir Fishout— April 5-6, 2014

Rich, TJ and Mike left Salt Lake City at 5pm Friday night and headed west on I-80 to Montello Nevada. After an 1 ½ hour drive we stopped at the Salt Flats Café on the outskirts of Wendover to have some dinner. It’s an interesting little restaurant that serves Mexican food and breakfast. I’ll have to say it wasn’t half bad. After dinner we gassed up (no pun intended) and headed to Montello. We arrived at the Pilot motel in Montello—Allen likes to call it the Montello Hilton—and checked into our rooms. It is $40/night for single and $50 for a double. The rooms are decked out in a rustic wood décor fit for us rednecks. The rooms are clean and cozy, but nothing special. They sport an avocado green tub that clashes beautifully with white fixtures and wood finishes. The towels are postage stamp size, but luckily I had 6 or 8 of them. The rooms also has a microwave, mini-fridge and a small desk for tying flies. The heater eventually warmed the room to a pleasant temperature.

wylieWe woke the next morning at 6:30 am Utah time —which is 5:30 am Nevada time— to get ready and head out to the lake. I gave Rob a call to see when he and Wiley would arrive and he said to expect them around 9:30 am. The Cowboy Bar doesn’t open until 7am so we skipped breakfast and headed up to the lake. It’s a short 18 mile gravel road trip to the lake from Montello.

It was overcast and a bit windy and about 31 degrees. We parked up on the dam, had our usual conversation with Allen —discussing how many trout he planted yesterday and how big of fish Herb caught last week— rigged our rods and headed off with eager anticipation and dreams of giant trout in our nets. As we walked along the dam we could see a few large fish cruising along the edges. It’s really hard not to stop and cast to every fish you see, but we can always come back to these fish later. There were a few people on the lake already, but we could still find plenty of spots to fish.  We spread out along the east side and tried our luck.  I always like to start with a streamer and black seems to be the successful color lately. I netted one on a black bugger and 3 others on glo-bugs rob(chartreuse was the best color) and an ice cream cone. Tom, Rob and Wylie arrived around 9:30 am and joined us on the east side. By then the wind had picked up and the bank we were fishing was getting a bit murky from the waves pounding the shore. No one else had had any success yet so we made sure everyone was rigged up right and gave a few pointers on technique. Soon everyone was into some fish and having a great time. TJ and Tom caught their first Crittenden fish and were all smiles. Once they got the first one out of the way they were off and running. These fish are not easy to hook and land especially in the conditions we had. Plan on losing a few fish to break offs, straightened hooks and just plain bad luck. We fished 6-9 weight rods with streamers, globugs, pheasant tails, Chironomid patterns, san juan worms, scuds and other various nymphs. You need to fish Tjat least 3x tippet to minimize the break offs and check your line for abrasions and bad knots frequently. Most of the fish we were catching were in the 21-23 in. range and extremely obese. These fish are footballs and they fight hard.  We landed a few in the 24-25 in. class, but not any of the really big ones this trip.

Later in the day we went back to the southwest corner and dinged a few more and then called it a day. Everyone caughttom fish and had a great time. Rob and Wylie headed home and the rest of us hit the Cowboy Bar in Montello for dinner. They were having a Tastefully Simple tasting party so the kitchen was down for a bit. They said they could do pizza, but the grill wasn’t running yet. Tom and I ordered pizza and Rich and TJ waited for the grill to open. Word of caution, next time wait for the grill to open, the pizza sucked.

Tom took off for home and the rest of us stayed another night. The weather was supposed to improve for Sunday so we were hoping for an even better day. I was able to watch the second half of the Kentucky vs. Wisconsin NCAA final four game. What a game. A spectacular ending, setting up an improbable final match-up between Kentucky and Connecticut.

mikeOnce again we woke up around 6:30 am Utah time, well everyone but Rich. I think he was stalling because he wanted breakfast this time. We got all wadered up and packed the car and headed over to the Cowboy Bar for breakfast. We ran into Allen there and got to hear all his amazing stories, again, while we had a good hearty breakfast. We headed up to the lake and everything seemed like it was going to be a perfect day and five minutes later the wind started howling and the rain started falling. Rich staked his spot out in the southwest corner and started catching fish. I think this was going to be Rich’s day. TJ and I started making our way around the lake and it was pretty tough going for both of us. I rich_tjmanaged a few including a 25” beauty. TJ finally found some success too. Later in the afternoon we headed back to join Rich. We all got a few more and called it a trip. We had a great time and it was fun to have our newest member TJ join in the festivities. See you next month for the Jones Hole trip.