Brave New World
By President Tom Hogye

RFID tracking integrated circuits on your fly. Think of it. A fly that has a "chip" on it, that is able to tell you how many times you've cast it, where on the water it flowed, when you hooked up, how heavy the fish was, and of course, if you lost the fly-where it was "polluting" the water you lost it in. They are small enough to tie on our size 18 or larger Adams, Woolly Bugger, Deceiver - the "app" on your phone provides you with the detail almost as soon as you have a signal. Imagine that as part of your fly tying materials! Where's my RFID tag - and who will tie the first fly called "the RFID"?

Super happy to be home writing about a super day at Quail Hollow Ranch for our 23rd annual introduction to fly fishing. Just like our first outing there in 1996, it was absolutely pouring rain and we all wondered if anyone would show up, should we cancel. But no. Like the soggy fly fishermen that we can be at times, we persisted. The sun came out and 18 new people came to learn about fly fishing. In SCFF style, they were treated to an abundant continental breakfast, a super Fly Fishing 101 class led by Tim Loomis, fly tying demonstrations by David Marks, Elaine Cook, Kathy Powers, John Steele and Cecilia Stipes, and entourage of fly casting help led by Mark Traugott, Robert Eberle, Tim Loomis, yours truly, Steve Rudzinski (it's always good to have a southpaw to help the lefties!) and Angel Johnson. When the rain came back, John Cook and Angela Johnson had hamburgers, sausages, beans and macaroni salad to provide us with the sustenance to get back to casting when the sun came back out again.

At this writing, the CDFW (DFW) is embarking on extraordinary changes to the regulations of waters you fish. These regulation changes are affecting a large number of fly fishing waters in California. DFW is indicating a means of simplifying angling regulations for a number of reasons. But the most harrowing part of this story involves fisheries that have been protected for decades, now being open to basically a "Put and Take" fishery and in some cases, year round.
WHY? Well, it's expensive to live here and revenue is needed to support the coffers of every public and private entity.
The DFW (may as well be an airport) is looking for cash, and anglers are becoming so responsible, there aren't enough law-breakers paying fines to support the coffers of the department personnel struggling to afford a million-dollar home and the monthly costs associated with living in California. That includes the cost of the water you drink, shower and grow your pot in.
Wow-I didn't see this coming. No one did, but the regulations were put together, published and pushed through to this point, despite a 14-0 objection to favor.