Happy Holidays
From President Tom Hogye

Happy Holidays, everyone. I hope this finds you beginning to find peace and rest after a nice Thanksgiving. I've worn out a few things over the year, so I'm really looking forward to Christmas as an opportunity to refresh my fly fishing gear! I'd encourage you to do the same, patronizing your favorite fly fishing places for the holidays or giving the gift for future fly anglers.
Our Fly Fishing Clinic at the San Lorenzo Park last month, (check out the photos at the top of this article) was another overwhelming success. With our partners Coastal Watershed Council and the many volunteers who came to the event, there were well over 70 people and a lot of kids and couples learning fly-tying, casting and conversation. CWC gave away 21 fly rod combos they had from last year's educational series, so 21 kids left with some pretty awesome surprises. A great way to grow the future of fly fishing and care for our environment is to start with the youth of the world and their parents.
Oh-hey, speaking of the Holidays, you might also want to purchase your Annual Dinner/Fundraiser tickets for our January 25th event, for you and someone special. We're well into the planning of this fun annual event. Might be a nice Christmas gift for a friend, too! Maybe even a club membership? Or a donation to our growing Scholarship Fund for which we will participate again this year-6 high schools, 12 students. I'm hoping we can double what we did last year.
If you're interested in helping with the Annual Dinner/Fundraiser, I encourage you to reach out to Mark Traugott if you'd like to volunteer in the kitchen, sell raffle tickets, take photos, or help at the end of the evening. It's so much fun.
Speaking of photos, if you have some photos you want to share at the January club meeting, please get them to Rich Rubin, richr@cruzio.com so he can add them to our fun annual January slide show.
Would you also do me a favor right now and think of someone in the club who has made an impact in your fly fishing experiences this year. If you can't make the club meeting, shoot me, thomashogye@yahoo.com or Kevin Murdock troutdock@sbcglobal.net, an e-mail with their name. We'll add them to the ballot box for the John Steele Award we hand out each year at the annual dinner. Or get to the December club meeting for a great presentation on packing into the Golden Trout Wilderness on horses and drop that person's name into the John Steele Award box.
We left October with almost no rainfall, some destructive fires and lots of power outages. Hopefully, at this writing, we've received some of the rain forecast, so we can have another nice Steelhead season. I'm looking forward to the rainy days, good flows, continued restoration of our local waters and the enjoyment we all have talking about the good days fishing on the San Lorenzo, Soquel, Aptos, Pescadero and beyond.
Happy Holidays and thanks to all of you for being part of SCFF, for serving, volunteering or simply allowing us to be a resource and encouragement for your fly fishing experiences. See you soon!