Message from the Pres.

Dan Kennaley is the Guest Speaker for September 7, 2021: Steelhead Tune-up

Lots of good news for our meeting in September.  We are able to resume face to face meetings, although we are meeting again at the Breslau Community Centre at 100 Andover Drive in Breslau because the City of Waterloo is not yet renting McCormick Community Centre.  I will be your guest speaker in September and will be providing a Steelhead Tune-up presentation.  The presentation will focus on the when, where, and how of catching steelhead and will talk about ways to improve your odds of catching these magnificent but tricky fish. 

Dan’s Biography – Besides being President of the Kitchener Waterloo Fly Fishers, Dan is mostly retired, although still keeps his hand in as a fly fishing and outdoors writer.  He was Ontario Out-of-Doors magazine’s fly fishing editor from 1998 through 2015 and has written fly fishing articles for other publications as well.  Dan enjoys fly fishing in all its dimensions, from the history and literature of the sport, to fishing for trout and alternate species.  He has been an adjunct lecturer in outdoor recreation at the University of Waterloo and in 2008 Dan won the Gregory Clark Award for outstanding contributions to the arts of fly fishing at the Canadian Fly Fishing Forum.  He has been a popular guest speaker at fly clubs across the province, at the Canadian Fly Fishing Forum and has been a fly tying instructor at the Canadian Fly Tying Symposium.  A land use and recreation planner by profession, Dan has a B.A. in outdoor recreation from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in land use planning from the University of Guelph.  He recently retired as the Director of Engineering and Planning Services for the Township of Woolwich (for more information see Dan’s website:
Although everyone is now hopefully vaccinated, we will still have to comply with the municipality’s rules for coping with Covid19 including wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing, collecting information for contact tracing.  In addition, we are limited to a meeting of not more than 25 people.

Life Membership for Rick Flanagan
On June 1, 2021, the KWFF Board of Directors voted to confer a Life Membership on our Treasurer Rick Flanagan.  At the September meeting we will be commemorating Rick’s life membership and giving everyone a chance to thank Rick for all of his hard work.  Although currently our Treasurer, Rick has over the course of his long membership in the club also at times served as President and Patterns newsletter editor.   Rick’s life membership is richly deserved.

Upcoming Guest Speakers
October – Chris Pibus – Fly fishing New York’s Ausable River and other Adirondack tributaries.
November – Steve May – Fly fishing for Musky
December – our Christmas social meeting
January – Rob Reid – Fly fishing in literature

Fly Tying
We are still waiting for Sobey’s in Waterloo to resume making their community room available for fly tying meetings and, in the meantime are looking for alternative locations.  

Stream Rehabilitation
On August 23, 2021, I volunteered at a evening of  stream rehabilitation organized by the Middle Grand Chapter of Trout Unlimited and found the event very worthwhile and fun.  Despite the heat, 16 people came out to help including Adam Wilson, KWFF member Doug Wilson’s son and our virtual guest speaker about fly fishing in Great Britain from this past year.  We worked on Landons Creek a tributary of Whitemans Creek  that has excellent spawning habitat in the lower stretches.  The work consisted of pollarding and woody debris management to help improve flow through that section of the creek along with installation of sediment mats to help narrow the channel profile.  We will try to get information out to the KWFF membership about future stream rehabilitation opportunities.
Dan Kennaley