Seminars scheduled for Jan and Feb

Big brownOur winter seminars are back and they promise to be extra-special. A great turnout at both will help ensure we can continue to put on these events.

On January 17 we’ll host Steve Fraley and John Karakashian from Baldwin Bait & Tackle. They’ll talk about the great year-round fishing on the Pere Marquette. Then on February 7, we’ll hold a social gathering for anglers of all levels to come and share their experiences and adventures.
Seasons of the Pere Marquette
Location: Hilton Hotel at 28th Street and Patterson in Grand Rapids
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Time: Cocktails at 6. Dinner at 7. Speakers at 8.
RSVP: By January 12 or info@swmtu.org or call Gregg Start at 616-481-1042
Cost: $25 for dinner, cash bar

In January, we’ll be hosting Steve Fraley and John Karakashian. You might know them from a little-know place called Baldwin Bait & Tackle. They’re bringing with them a wealth of information about fishing the Pere Marquette all year long.

Steelhead season is with us for months to come and Steve and John are excellent resources for learning how to target the silver bullets. Patience and knowledge of the river go a long ways toward your success.

Brown trout and the PM go hand-in-hand. Besides tempting these big fish with dry flies and streamers, more people are beginning to fish with mouse patterns at night when the browns throw caution to the wind.

Late summer brings the King salmon back to the PM. What a thrill it is to hook into a fresh 15 pound Chinook in such a small river.

And while Steve and John are around, be sure to ask them about their fishing trips to Alaska, Argentina, Belize and more.

February Social & Intro to fly-fishing
Location: Hilton Hotel at 28th Street and Patterson in Grand Rapids
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Time: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6. Evening concludes at 9.
RSVP: By February 2 to info@swmtu.org or call Dave DeJonge at 616-437-0472
Cost: TBD

In February we’re going to try something new. Keeping with theme of getting new members more involved with the chapter, we’ll hold an informal “Intro to Fly Fishing” evening. Instead of a sit-down dinner, expect a mix & mingle evening of finger foods, drinks and good company.

We’re encouraging anglers of all levels to come and share their experiences and adventures. This is going to be a great opportunity to get your friends, kids or significant other involved in your passion!

We’ll have multiple areas set up where people can learn about different ways to rig rods, tie knots, tie flies, find spots to fish, and cast. Several members have come forward to offer to help demonstrate their talents; maybe you can too?

The even may also include a gear swap. So if you’ve got some old equipment you’d like to part ways with, hold onto it for this February event!

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