The SJRVFF Opening Day Outing will take place on Saturday, April 27th at Bobbie Labar’s farm on the Dowagiac Creek. This is an all day event-there will be coffee and donuts for the early birds at 8:00 am and lunch will be served at noon. Lunch will be provided by the club along with water and soda. The club will not be providing beer or wine…you’ll have to bring your own.
The Opening Day Raffle for the Winston Binney 7′ 3″ 3wt will be drawn following lunch (1:00 -1:30). See Craig Meyers at the Club Auction or at the Opening Day Outing prior to drawing to purchase tickets.
This year we are very lucky to be able to offer for this year’s Opening Day Rod Raffle a 7 ft. 3 in, 2 piece/2 tip, 3 weight, bamboo fly rod crafted by club member Winston Binney. As many of you already know Winston builds a beautiful cane rod, and several club members are the proud owners of cane rods built by him. Eric Wroblewski was lucky enough to get Winston to make a rod in 2008, and it is his prized fly rod. This rod is a Para 3 taper, which is a taper Winston came up with. He described it as being his take on a Paul Young – Driggs taper which he lightened to a 3 weight. He said the action is parabolic. The rod is beautifully flamed, and has a mahogany reel seat.
The drawing will be held at 1:00 pm at the Opening Day Outing, Saturday, April 27.
One for $5.00
Three for $10.00
Seven for $20.00
If you have thought about a fine bamboo fly rod to fish Dowagiac Creek, then buy some tickets for this rod. It is the perfect small stream rod!
The Dowagiac Creek runs through Bobbie’s property so there will be fishing on-site, however, there are also several other possibilities within a few minutes drive of Bobbie’s farm. If you are not sure where to go, stop by Bobbie’s first and someone will available to help with any questions.
To get to the Labar farm from South Bend, take either m-60 or m-62 to Cassopolis, MI. Then take O’Keefe Rd north out of town to Engle St. (approx. 3.5 miles). Turn left on Engle St. Labar’s farm is about a 1/2 mile west of O’Keefe Rd. The address is 23683 Engle St. Cassopoplis, MI for those with GPS. (map)