Presidents Message

The nice thing about living in southern California is you can fish every month of the year. I’m planning on fishing this month somewhere. Bill Beach and I went to the Confluence to fish Bear Creek on Black Friday. The water was 42 degrees and the fish weren’t active. I caught one fish. We ran into a couple of other fishermen and they were having a hard time too. They didn’t get any fish or see any.

We had our Annual Holiday Banquet. It was great to see all of you that attended. This event is about half of our speakers budget. Can’t wait to see the speakers we book for the next year. I talked to Bill Tolton and he has speakers for the first six months. I know Kurt has talked to Dave Smith about speaking in June about How to do New Zealand inexpensively. Mike Butler won the Heads or Tails rod.

This year, our club gave Greg LaPolla a Life Membership. A life Membership isn’t something given out every year. That is why we have so few Life Members. It is a special award given to a member that has gone above and beyond to promote the club and worked at building up the club. Greg had taught all the Education classes for at least five years in a row. This meant that ALL his weekends were booked up for February and March for those years. He has hosted our website for ten years at no cost to the club. As well as setting up the projector for our speakers at every meeting for years. Greg has done these things up until last year when we have started having others sharing the load.

We have the online Membership started up. Now it is super easy to renew your dues online. Cliff has written an article in this newsletter with a link that Greg has showing screen shots of how to renew. If you follow these instructions you’ll find out it is so easy. It is easiest to do on a computer not your phone. The thing to remember is that you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email address. Don’t skip this step. All of the past Login’s have been deleted, so if you had a login before, it is gone. Start at the new membership. We want to get all the membership renewals online. This means there will be fewer mistakes with emails and phone numbers. Please can you do this before January 31, 2023?

If you can’t figure it out or something goes wrong, email Cliff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can help you through it.

We have sent out emails about this with directions. If you didn’t get that email first check your spam folder. Then send Cliff or Greg an email telling them. Some email hosts put the email in your spam folder If all else fails we are planning on having a couple of computers at the clubhouse and someone can help you to renew your dues.

We will be starting classes up this year in January. We will be doing our 2nd Sunday Casting on January 8th at 8 am to 10 am, on the lawn at the front of the Park. Then 2nd Wednesday Fly Tying on January 11th at 7-9 pm at the clubhouse. Then on January 14th we will be having our first Intro to Fly Fishing Class from 9am-noon at the clubhouse. Bill Hughes will be teaching it. So start telling everyone you know about this class. It is free as always. The first club meeting is January 25th. Then we have Beginning Casting on January 28th. Register on-line at our website for the Intro to Fly Fishing and Casting classes.

We will be participating in the Bart Hall Show, used to be the Fred Hall show. There will be a fly fishing only part. We will be trying to get some of our members to volunteer in the Southwest Council of the Fly Fishers International booth. We want to talk to people about the SWCFFI and our club. The dates are March 30-April 2, 2023. We will also be trying to get involved more in the Bass Pro Spring Classic. We will be doing some teaching and promoting our club. More info on that as we get closer to it.

We have a new Outings Chair. Bill Beach approached Kurt, and Bill Tolton about getting involved with our club doing more outings this next year. I’m hoping we can get more outings booked this next year. For the first outing trip, I’m going to be fishing the Lower Owens on January 13-16. There is an article I wrote about it with more Information. I hope to see you up there. So, let’s make this our first Outing of the year.

As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gary Applebee