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  • 28-Sep-2020 8:30 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Desk of David Lund

    Here is the final online Fishing MB presentation for publishing and distribution.



  • 16-Sep-2020 6:41 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    With the expert assistance of Robert Quam, Central Region Area 3 Lead - Fishing, he has been able to memorialize an Interview with Fred Hodge by Michael Youssi.

    We are so blessed to have this, and to have known Fred Hodge.

    Fred Hodge Interview Link:

    https://youtu.be/UZbPO_bmvpo

    Fred Hodge Fly Tying Link:

    https://youtu.be/a1nE5F1qxmI




    Thanks for the memories!

  • 08-Sep-2020 11:51 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Desk of Robert Sousa.

    I designed a credible fishing fly that I hope Fred Hodge would have liked. 

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    Some facts:
     Hook:  Gamakatsu R 10 B Size 12 (barbless)
    Thread:  Gudebrod Tan 8/0
    Tail:  Golden Pheasant
    Quill:  Brown Verigated grizzly
    Wing:  Lemon Wood Duck Flank
    Hackle:  brown Grizzly
    Head:  UV Fluorescent
    Finish:  UV Glaze Topcoat

    Notable features.  Like Fred, I wanted to integrate several unique features into this fly while still maintaining some traditional characteristics.  For example, the red head is a traditional feature of the Ausable Wulff patterns.  The unique element introduced here is that I used fluorescent UV Red thread.  Since UV light red penetrates water better than  plain red, the fish will be able to see it from a greater distance.  Fred would like that.

     I wanted something to reflect Fred’s personality and that is why I selected the gold cape feathers of the Golden Pheasant.  Fred sure loved his pheasant hunting and we all know what a hit he made giving out Pheasant tail feathers at Jamboree.  He had literally thousands of scouts proudly wearing their pheasant feather in their cap. 

     When you get to see a fly up close, you will see that it’s abdomen uses a tightly wrapped quill (center spine) of a brown grizzly hackle (complements of Pete).  Taking the feather, I stripped all of the side barbels off.  Now starting where I tied in the tail, I began my wraps.  As the quill became thicker, it began to suggest a segmented abdomen of an adult insect.  However another reveal is that in youth we have darker hair but as we age our hair becomes more white.  So it is with this fly.  Closer to the tail, it is darker but nearest the wing it is Snow White...just like Fred’s hair!

     For a wing, I used the verigated lemon yellow flank feathers of the wood duck.  Then to suggest more gold, I merged another feather of the Golden Pheasant.  As we all know, Fred was in the USAir Force.  He wore those Golden pilot wings proudly and this fly’s namesake recalls Fred’s honorable service to our country. 

     For a dry fly hackle (again complements to Pete), I used a brown grizzly.  “Oh My” he would say whenever we spoke of fishing in Alaska where grizzly bear encounters are quite common.  Fred had a passion for wildlife and fishing and his travels around Alaska (as well as other parts of the Country and world for that matter) gave him a perspective that he always taught to kids. 

     He loved the Au Sable River.  As a youth he lived in the area where his dad was a Michigan State Forester who helped restore vegetative cover to the deep sands of the region.  It is for this reason that this fly will have that River name in its title.

     The Gamakatsu hook I used was selected for several reasons.  First, they are of the best quality.  They also are a relatively new hook having a unique shape.  I had them in my hook box here in R.I. and they seem to call out to me.  Maybe it was Fred looking over my shoulder.  They are barbless with the point section being extra long.  I think they will hold the fish better yet make for a quicker release. 

     Lastly, I am certain this pattern will catch fish. 

    Robert Sousa



  • 08-Sep-2020 11:33 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Please join us for a live-streamed memorial service in honor of Frederick Neil Hodge on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 at 11AM CT. To read the obituary, visit: https://www.elmhurstfh.com/obituaries...

    BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee


  • 25-Aug-2020 10:08 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)


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  • 16-Aug-2020 12:12 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The Scouts are deserving of our best efforts to Deliver the Promise!


    Fishing Programs are a key program for delivery with Trained Leaders.


    Help us cast the nets, and recruit future CAIs who will assist in our efforts to provide quality angling education to the youth we serve! 


    To access the new Introduction to the CAI Program Brochure Click Here


    Please share this news release, to your Units, Districts, and Council Facebook Pages. 


    Copy and Paste the link below onto the facebook pages of these organizations, and you will be helping us  CAST THE NET! 

     http://www.bsafishing.com/news/9168058


    FISH ON!

  • 15-Aug-2020 9:57 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

     

    Members of the BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee, have developed a Modular CAI Training Course.  We believe this is an excellent teaching tool, especially in the currently mandated On-Line Training environment. 


    To access these newly released Modules,  you must first log in to www.bsafishing.com. 


    To log in, both e-mail and password are required.  If you cannot remember your password, click forgot password and follow the instructions provided. 

    Once you are completely logged in, visit a tab titled CAI Materials .  Note: you will only see this tab if you are logged into the site, as this is a protected area requiring Password for entry.



    Lastly, before you log off, please make sure your personal profile is up to date!


    Please keep us posted as to your success in Delivering the Promise to our Scouts.

    FISH ON!



  • 14-Aug-2020 3:28 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The template design is for those who want a less expensive card and print themselves using the 10 card line-up similar to Avery #5871 or the Office Depot version #8871.  The first card is a sample.

    To customize one needs to add their Name - Phone number & email Address.  These are the black type items. Everything else should remain as is for consistency.  To customize,  just highlight each black copy line and add your name, phone and email.  To change the sample do the same by highlighting and adding.

     

    We continue to work with Vistaprint to establish a fancier version (same copy & logos) with a couple of options and prices.  They will be able to offer a 20% Promotion code.  The options could offer type of card stock, the finish, and/or a printed back.   The design has not been finalized and is yet to be finalized and approved by the Task Team.  


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