2017 OUTINGS SCHEDULE
Contact Rick Diffley (Outings Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org) to be a host and/or co-host an event. Outings will be cancelled when there is no host and/or unsuitable fishing conditions. Check newsletters and the club‘s website for updated outings information and changes.
DATE / LOCATION / HOST / RATINGS/EXPLANATION(details below)
Date Location Host Ratings
6/17/2017 Browns Lake Education Judy Kauffman 1
6/24/2017 N Fork CDA Education Kurt Tempel 2
7/15-16 Clark Fork River CANCELED 2
7/28-30 Kelly Creek John Hudson 3
8/12-14 St. Joe River Bob Mirasole Rick Newman 1 – 3
8/26-27 Kootenai River Dan Wight 2 – 3
9/9 -10 Chopaka Lake Paul Olsen 1
2/22 – 24 Missouri River Carolyn Sells Jerry Searfoss 2
10/7/2017 Rock Lake Judy Kaufman 1
10/14/2017 Spokane River No Host 2 – 4
10/20-22 Grande Ronde River No Host 4
RATING DESCRIPTIONS 2017
Level Water Conditions & Watercraft Skill Level Descriptions
1 Water – Lake or River: Still water. Easy access.
Skill Level: Rookie to expert. First time pontoon/drift boat owners should start here.
Float Tubes okay here only.
2 Water: Still water. Limited access – River. Comfortable current, small rapids, easy wading.
Skill Level: Level 1 accomplished. First river outing with experienced club member.
3 Water: Still Water: Difficult access.
River: Float, faster water, obstacles, rapids, sweepers.
Wade: Difficult access, fast, slick rocks.
Skill Level: Level 2 accomplished and mastered. Good boat handling skills. Can read
water and react appropriately.
4 Water – River: Faster water, changing conditions, heavy rapids, obstacles, braids.
strong hydraulics, sweepers.
Skill Level: Level 3 accomplished and mastered. Excellent boat handling skills. Can
read river quickly and respond.
5 Water: River: Complex water, changing hydraulics and river path. Complex rapids,
falls, scouting recommended.
Skill Level: Expert boat handler with a lot of experience in complex hydraulic
situations. Must be able to read and react immediately and correctly.
Each time a member enters a new skill level for the first time it is recommended they consult with the Host, Pontoon Safety Instructor, and/or make arrangements to go with an experienced member skilled at that level.
Note: These are proposed outings. Weather, water conditions, and fishing conditions may impact an outing resulting in a cancellation. Check newsletters and the clubs website for updated outings information and changes.
Note: To meet the requirements of the clubs insurance policy, the Board has determined that Outings that do not have a Host by the meeting preceding the Outing will be cancelled. This means that by the close of the May meeting, all June, July, August and September Outings must have a host appearing on the Outings sign-up sheet(s) and the information posted on the club’s website.
If you have any questions contact the following individuals: Rick Diffley: email@example.com
BE AN OUTINGS HOST IN 2017
BY: Rick Diffley
First, a BIG thank you to those who have been an outings host! Second, how many of you thought about being a host, but felt it was too much work; or felt that it was someone else’s job? Finally, here’s the truth: In 2016, numerous outings were cancelled because we didn’t have a host.
“GUIDELINES FOR HOSTING AN OUTING”
Mission Statement: “No Angler Left Behind”
The Outings Committee, the SFF Board and hosts genuinely care about each member’s experience during an outing and are dedicated that the experience be productive, meaningful and enjoyable for everyone. While we cannot guarantee everyone will catch fish, we will ensure every member feels welcomed, supported, and has a positive experience.
Prior to the outing:
With the help of the Outings Chair, prepare an article for the “Barbless Flyer” the month before the outing: Directions to the outing and/or camp site. Discuss equipment and flies (Ex: Flies to use, sizes & colors. Floating line and/or sinking line. Leader 3x-5x. Tippet: Mono or Fluorocarbon 3x-6x.).
Note in the newsletter if a meal is planned. If no food is being provided state that the event is BYO/DIY (Bring Your Own/Do It Yourself).
If you plan on providing food, check with President and Treasurer about available funds and what food and/or beverage you have in mind to submit for reimbursement.
Cooking Equipment and Supplies: SFF Club provides salt, pepper, napkins, plastic dinnerware, cups, grill (note no bbq available), propane tank, ice chest, etc.
First Aid Kit and SFF Club Banner must be picked up for all overnight outings.
For the club meeting prior to the outing, contact the club president. Plan on making a brief 2-3 minute presentation regarding the outing.
Get the signup sheet for the outing, along with waiver forms and emergency contact forms.
Call members before the outing.
Be the first to arrive and/or your designee and put up the club banner, if available. Have the check-in and waiver forms available.
Meet with first time/new members and assist as needed including making suggestions on equipment, flies, where to fish, and presentation style.
Introduce new members to other members as circumstances allow. Attempt to have them buddy up with another member when fishing begins. This is especially important during any overnight/weekend outings.
Try to reconnect with the first time/new members later in the day and/or at the end of the
day. Get feedback on how they are performed and provide assistance as necessary.
Question? Contact Outings Chair Rick Diffley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO GIVE BACK TO SFF CLUB
BE AN OUTING HOST OR CO-HOST (PART 3 OF 3)
By: Rick Diffley
End of an outing day…
Check in with the new members and answer any questions: (1) What worked well for them?
(2) Where do they still need some assistance?
Fill out the “Outings” evaluation form and email it to the Outings chairperson.
Write a short article for the next “Barbless Flyer” newsletter briefly describing how the
outing went. Check with the newsletter editor to determine the deadline date for article
Ending Thoughts: As a host you cannot control the fishing & weather. You can take an active
role in helping support the outings mission statement: “No Angler Left Behind.” Our
goal is that members, no matter the skill level, leave an outing and share with others that
they had a positive experience.