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NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY 2013

Last year the Club, despite the recession, finished on a high note with both membership numbers and our finances in healthy shape. Please keep using the Club and bringing in your guests for lunch and dinner. January saw the Club’s Dining Room completely full for lunch on three occasions which was wonderful. You can always be assured of lively and varied conversation at the Club table. Members coming in on their own have remarked on the warm welcome they have received. Remember we are open for both drinks and dinner in the evenings unless the Club is booked by a Member for a private dinner party. If you would like to hold a Dinner Party or any type of evening event, please just ring me to book.

Included with the Newsletter is a new List of Members. This year you will notice that we have added the country where Members live, if this is outside of the UK. You will also find the contact details for all our Reciprocal Clubs.

There was very low response from the membership (under 25% replied) in response to the President’s letter before Christmas, on the matter of involving ladies in our activities. Unfortunately this did not give the Committee enough of a steer to gauge the true reflection of the majority view, so a further poll will be undertaken and hopefully more Members will respond. A separate mailing will follow shortly.

Volunteer required

We would like to compile a database of all the fly fishing clubs around the country and I am looking for a Member who might like to help with this. Please email me if you are interested and I can explain in more detail what will be required. Thank you.

Club’s Fishing Auction

Included with the Newsletter is a list of auction lots for our Fishing Auction. Please submit bids either by post or email before 5:00pm on Thursday 21st March. I have again included the amount of last year’s successful bid on previously offered lots. As you are no doubt aware, a number of these lots are not commercially available and offer the chance to fish some splendid waters. The proceeds raised will go towards the Founders’ Fund.

My thanks to those Members who have donated so generously in providing the fishing opportunities.

If you are interested in the lot for fishing in Iceland, I have some brochures that Orri Vigfússon has kindly provided giving more details. If you would like me to send you one, please ask.

Bids may be sent by post or by email. Please clearly state the lot number and maximum price you would like to pay.

Winter Talks – 20th March

Our third and final Winter Talk takes place on Wednesday 20th March. An application form for the talk is included in the mailing.

“The last ten years has been a period of massive growth in knowledge of the lives of Atlantic salmon. Tony Andrews and Prof Ken Whelan will talk about the implications of the new data for looking after salmon throughout their lives. Some people are sceptical about our ability to do much to improve salmon survival at sea. They believe that the only really successful way of managing these fish is to ensure that every river produces the maximum number of outgoing smolts, and there can be no argument that smolt production is terribly important. But, with survival of salmon from smolt to returning adult at about 8% for grilse and less than 6% for multi-sea-winter fish, Tony will show how the AST with its international and UK partners is now focussing effort on protecting vulnerable migrations and reducing exploitation in distant fisheries to increase numbers of returning adult salmon.”

West Country Dinner – 5th April

The twelfth West Country Dinner will take place on Friday 5th April at the Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon www.Arundellarms.co.uk. The occasion will be black tie and will cost £80 per head. Members are most

welcome to bring guests including ladies: an ideal way to start a weekend away in beautiful Devon. There is lots of fishing available locally which can be booked through the hotel.

Scottish Dinner – 30th May

The Club will be holding a dinner in Edinburgh at the New Club on Thursday 30th May. Details and an application form are enclosed with the Newsletter.

Members are most welcome to bring guests including ladies. Drinks will be served on the Terrace from 7pm, which has splendid views of Edinburgh Castle, and then we will dine in The Ramsay Room at 7.45pm. Dress: Black Tie. The cost per head will be £80. This will include pre-dinner drinks, dinner, wines with the meal and port. An application form is enclosed.

The New Club is situated at 86 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BB, Tel: 0131 226 4881.

Young Members’ Dinners – Tuesday 19th March

After many years running the Young Members Dinners, James Kalbassi feels it is time to hand over the reins to a young man! Morgan Jones has kindly offered to take over this year and will be in touch with you all to introduce himself.

The popular format of a film followed by dinner continues and the next evening will be held on Tuesday 19th March. For those who have not been before, Members and guests gather in the Savile’s bar for drinks and canapés, then a film on fishing is shown in the screening room, followed by dinner up in the Club. Morgan will be in touch with you all nearer the time with full details. If you would like to be added to his list for these events, please email him on morganjonesuk@gmail.com

Port Trip to Portugal – 7th to 11th October

The Club is planning a wine trip to the Douro valley in Portugal for Members to learn and experience first-hand how Port is produced. We would fly out on Monday 7th October arriving in Oporto then make our way to the Douro valley by train. Tuesday and Wednesday would be spent visiting the various Port Houses, which would include Fonseca, Quinta de Noval, Sandeman’s, Taylor’s and Warre’s. We would also taste some of the still wines that Portugal produces. Then on Thursday we would return to Oproto and visit Graham’s. The tour would finish with a black tie dinner at the Factory House, a beautiful 18th century Palladian building which was built to serve as a meeting house for the foreign British Port merchants and is still used for that purpose to this day. We would return to the UK on Friday 11th October. The Club. The cost will includes flights from London, all meals (most of these will be as guests of the various Port Houses), all visits, together with 4 star accommodation at the Vintage House Hotel and the Yeatman Hotel. There would be some free time to tour around Oporto and also when we are in the Douro valley. At this stage a chance to do some fishing eludes me! The party will be limited to 20, and wives are most welcome. It would be most helpful if I had an indication of any interest at an early stage. I will then firm up all the details and circulate a full itinerary, together with final costs.

Membership

The Committee has been delighted with the inflow of new Members over the year. Again we had a number of new applications and at the end of the year, our total membership was 610, an increase on last year. Please keep spreading the good word.

Mayfly Weekends

This year we are offering two Mayfly weekends again, following the popularity last year. They will Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th May and Saturday 1st June / Sunday 2nd June. If you would like to offer the Club Members some fishing for any of these days, please let me know. Any time you could spare would be very welcome. secretary@flyfishersclub.org.uk

Dinner in the Club any night for Members

Our Stewardess, Marcela, is on duty every evening and, providing the Club has not been booked for a private dinner party, Members are very welcome to just turn up for drinks and dinner. This is run along the same lines as lunch. There is no need to wait for the Club Dining Nights now – drop in any night of the week.

Michael James, the Savile Head Chef, continues to impress everyone with his very high standards. The food is delicious and the wine list very modestly priced – do come along in the evenings. Last orders for food are 9pm.

Wild Trout Trust

Their Internet and Postal Auction commences Tuesday 5th March and closes Thursday 14th March. A copy of their catalogue is available in the Club.

Salmon and Trout Association

The S&TA Annual Members’ Meeting (not the AGM any longer!) and Lunch is on Tuesday 23rd April at Fishmongers’ Hall at 11.30 – further details from Debbie Creasy on 020 7283 5838 or debbie@salmon-trout.org

Staff Christmas Fund

Marcela Rodrigues, our Stewardess, has asked me to pass on her thanks to you all for your generosity at Christmas.

Easter Holidays

This year, the Club will close from after lunch on Thursday 28th March until 11am on Tuesday 2nd April for the Easter

Dates for the Diary 2013

 Wednesday 20th February

WINTER TALK on FISHING in CANADA

Wednesday 20th March

WINTER TALK by ATLANTIC SALMON TRUST

Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April

EASTER (Club closed)

Friday 5th April

WEST COUNTRY DINNER

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May

 MAYFLY WEEKEND

Thursday 30th May

SCOTTISH DINNER at the NEW CLUB in EDINBURGH

Saturday 1st June & Sunday 2nd June  

MAYFLY WEEKEND

Wednesday 19th June

AGM and BBQ

Monday 7th to Friday 11th October

PORT TRIP to PORTUGAL

Thursday 7th November

ANNUAL DINNER

Tuesday 17th December

CHRISTMAS LUNCH