May 9th: DIY Bonefishing in the Bahamas

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May 9, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us at the Meeting House Pub for a presentation by CVTU member and Bethel teacher Erik Brudvig on the awesome subject of DIY bonefishing in the Bahamas. For the last few years, Erik has been making us jealous with all of his great Bahamas bonefishing pictures on Facebook. What’s more, he makes these trips without the benefit of a lodge or guides, and uses the research available online and his own angling skills to make them happen.

You’ll learn all of the logistics and strategies necessary to make a do-it-yourself trip to the islands work for you, from flies to gear, locations, lodging, travel tips and more. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to connect with a bonefish, you know that they are one of the greatest gamefish to target with a fly.

It’s in the past few years that Erik’s time away from his day job as a middle school special education teacher has taken him to many of the Bahamian out islands and introduced him to the fish that has since become his muse: bonefish. And now we’re lucky enough to get the inside scoop on what he’s learned.

While Erik grew up fishing the lakes and streams of the northeast, he headed west at the age of 18 and called Oregon and Pacific Northwest his home for the next 13 years. In that time he founded and ran Twin Water Outfitters, a guide service that catered to college students and campus recreation programs at the University of Oregon, Willamette University, and Oregon State. The credo was simple: the more people that you can get to care about fishing, the more people who will care about and protect fish and their habitat.

Since moving back east, Erik continues to throw flies at most things that swim, and Long Island Sound and Jamaica Bay have become two of his favorite fisheries.

Please note that this month’s chapter is being held at the Meeting House Pub this month due to Bethel town elections using the Stony Hill Fire House as a polling center. The Meeting House is at 37 Stony Hill Road in Bethel, just down the road from the firehouse. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7:30.
Also remember that we’re now doing our Monthly Fly Raffle.
This month’s them is Caddis — dries, emergers, pupae, larvae. If it’s caddis, it counts.
The fly raffle is new to CVTU and is a fun way to see the creativity of our fly tiers. It is about sharing patterns and contributing to the club community. No one is expecting to see expo quality flies. This is more about exposure to new ideas and techniques that might make your tying sessions or trips to the stream a little more productive. Fly tiers of all experience are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Here’s how it works:
  1. Submit eight flies for the raffle at each monthly meeting. Six will go towards the raffle and two will go into a master fly box for the 2019 banquet.
  2. Bring your flies in a small plastic cup or other small container with your name written on it.
  3. Fly recipes or links to videos are optional.
  4. If you don’t tie flies, you can submit store bought flies.
  5. When you drop off your flies at the beginning of each monthly meeting, you will receive a raffle ticket.
  6. The person whose ticket is pulled at the end of the night wins all of the raffle flies for that monthly meeting.
  7. One entry per person per meeting.