I just heard from angler Nick English whom some of you may recognize from the cover of Fly Fisherman magazine. English landed a monster steelhead on the Kispiox River in British Columbia last season that estimated a whopping 37 pounds.
A Montana State University college student, English recently founded a new fly fishing club on campus. Dubbed Gallatin Flycasters, the organization aims to promote fly fishing at the university.
“Last spring I started back to school here at MSU and felt there was a need for a fly fishing club,” English said in an e-mail to Chronicle Outdoors on Tuesday. “I had mentioned the idea to a friend, Camille Egdorf. We felt the need for a club to promote the sport through education, conservation and just going out and having a good time fishing.”
English, the club’s president, and Egdorf, vice president, are working with other members of Gallatin Flycasters to secure inexpensive rental gear for students that might not have the money to pony up for a brand new fly fishing outfit.
“Our club is all about teaching and trying to get new people into the sport,” English said, “especially those that may be intimidated by the level of others or just about the sport itself.”
The club will hold a meeting this Thursday, March 11, 2010, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Strand Union Building Ballroom A. The event will feature casting instruction, fly tying instruction, knot tying and rigging demonstrations for Montana rivers. The Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species and the campus Whirling Disease program will be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues related to fisheries conservation. A raffle with prizes donated by local merchants will help raise funds to support the club and its conservation projects. A casting contest for beginners and more experienced fly casters will be held with prizes awarded.
The Gallatin Flycasters will also participate in a river clean up planned for April 10, 2010. The river clean up will be held in conjunction with the Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited on the Yellowstone River.
Contact Gallatin Flycasters at firstname.lastname@example.org.