The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on.”
Water is everything. It is essential for human survival. The earth needs water to thrive and fisherman need it to enjoy. The changes in 2020 cast a wide net.
We hope that this notice finds you in good health and recovering from the worldwide pandemic. We are certain that you are aware that the Salty Flyrodders is the oldest saltwater fly-fishing club in the country. The Salty Flyrodders of New York have been in a dormancy since the pandemic was declared. I was drafted as your President only a couple of months prior to the start of the pandemic. We were getting only a handful of members to monthly meetings. A few Board of Directors members were MIA. It was clearly time for a change for the Salty FlyRodders if we were going to survive as a club. I had to make the tough decision to allow the club to be in a dormancy to preserve what little resources we had and wait for the timing to be right. The time is now. We will be having an informal meeting of the Salty Fly Rodders of New York, the first of 2121. We look forward to seeing as many of our members and their friends and everyone is welcome. We’re going to have fishing reports (I myself will be freshly returned from Belize just three days prior to this meeting and I will have stories either about the big one or the big one that got away). We’re going to review the state of the club. We will cover all business and new business. We’re going to call for volunteers that want to participate in leadership roles on the Board of Directors.
Our generous host that evening is going to be Paul McCain. He has graciously allowed us to use his fly shop, River bay Outfitters as our meeting place.
Who: Salty Flyrodders of New York What: June 2021 General Membership Meeting When: Wednesday June 23rd 7:00pm Where: Riverbay Outfitters 980 Church St, Baldwin NY 11510 516-415-7748
Michael Gallart President Salty Flyrodders of NY FFI Certified Casting Instructor FFI Eastern Waters Council Education Chairman 973.493.4324
Hi Saltys – I guess the season has come to an end for most of us….locally that is. Those of us who have the time and resources to travel to Florida or other more southerly destinations can enjoy a perennial, ongoing fishing season!
As a club, we had several fishing outings and signed up a few new members which is excellent. We hosted some great local guides and fly tiers who donated their time and knowledge to us and we are all thankful to them for that. Casting on the lawn was also a lot of fun…thank you Lou, Paul and Michael. The conclave was a success despite the lack of cooperation of our targeted line siders and other finned evaders!
It was my pleasure to serve as club president in 2019 but I am stepping down to let another member take the reigns. I wish you all a great holiday and a Happy New Year to you and your families, and I look forward to fishing with you in 2020!
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the agency will offer a one-day only deal on Cyber Monday, Dec. 1, for its Empire Passport.
The online-only special reduces the price of the 3-Year Empire Passport to $130, an additional savings off the already discounted standard price of $165, state officials said.
“New York’s outdoors is the four-season destination of choice for adventure and fun, and a multi-year Empire Passport makes it that much easier for family and friends to explore the parks,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said in a statement. “With our Cyber Monday special purchase, it’s like buying two years and getting the third for free! Imagine all the hiking, boating, picnicking, biking, swimming and more that you can enjoy, while making memories that will last a lifetime.”
Valid from the date the passport is received through March 31, 2018, the 3-Year Empire Passport will provide holders unlimited vehicle access to all state parks, nature centers, recreation areas, boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves, in addition to 55 forest preserve sites operated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, officials said.
I was thinking about this as I was writing my last letter about the Salty’s Fortieth Conclave and I came to the conclusion that it has to be related to the interest and participation of all of the members.
It’s the end of October, a Thursday night, and we’re checking and double checking our fly fishing equipment for a trip to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The phone rings, and as we pick up we hear the melodious tones of our old friend Charlie Robinson booming, ” When the hell are you guys going to get out here and do some bass fishing?” When Charlie starts a conversation without “Didja hear the joke about…” something earth-shattering is happening. “Can you get out here this weekend? These fish are stacked up for miles along the beach.” After making meeting arrangements and some chitchat with Charlie, we changed gears and unpacked some equipment for the weekend.
For those new members and members who have not met Charlie, let us give you a brief description. Charlie has been a member of the Salty Flyrodders for a number of years. You may not see him at monthly meetings that often, because he is a life-long resident of Southampton and the trip into Queens can be a long adventure. If you have ever attended our conclave, or plan to, you will recognize him by his western style hat and his willingness to help in any manner possible. He will do it all, from casting instruction to hauling coolers. He is a professional guide and casting instructor with a vast knowledge of Long Island’s East End fishing. Continue reading →