22 February 2017

Tenkara: Traditional Japanese Fly Fishing & 3D Fly Reels - Feb 28 - 7:00 Concord Rod & Gun Club

Presenter:  Michael Hackney

Tuesday, February 28th     7:00 - 9:00 pm

Concord Rod & Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Rd., Concord, MA  01742

This 1 hour presentation is an introduction to Tenkara - fixed line Japanese fly fishing. It includes a history of both western and Japanese fixed line fly fishing, Tenkara flies, rods and lines. He will bring examples of the equipment for the audience to try out if they desire.  Michael Hackney, aka The Eclectic Angler, is a reelsmith, angling historian, technologist, and author. His ground-breaking book, The Reelsmith's Primer - The Art of Hand-crafting Fly Fishing Reels, has inspired thousands of anglers from around the world to build their first fly reel. He is a life member of Trout Unlimited and resides in central Massachusetts near his home waters, the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers. Michael's clarity, passion, and expertise is instructive, contagious, and entertaining.   

Michael will also talk about how he developed a completely 3D printed fly fishing reel with a click check.  His first 3D printed reel is part of the permanent display at the American Museum of Fly Fishing.
Event is free and open to the public.
Please register on club website using link below: 


17 January 2017

Fisherman's Night - January 31 - Montana's Seasons of the Dry Fly - Concord Rod & Gun Club

Montana's Seasons of the Dry Fly

Tuesday, January 31st     
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Concord Rod & Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Rd., Concord, MA  01742

Presenter:  John Kirk, Outfitter & Guide, Montana Guided Fly Fishing
The rivers of Montana offer some excellent dry fly fishing opportunities, especially from mid-march through late October.  This presentation will highlight some of our seasons' best dry fly destinations around the state.  Starting with spring "skwalas" on the Bitterroot river, this presentation will also discuss Missouri river mayfly and caddis hatches, as well as salmon flies on the Blackfoot and Madison rivers.  We will discuss summertime hopper fishing and finish with fall hatches around Missoula, Montana.   
Event is free and open to the public.  Children are welcome. 

03 January 2017

Fisherman's Night - Jan 10 - 7:00 - Concord Rod & Gun - Steelhead Fishing in Upstate NY & Carp Fishing Locally

Steelhead Fishing Upstate NY &
Freshwater Carp Fishing Locally

Tuesday, January 10th     7:00 - 9:00 pm

Concord Rod & Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Rd., Concord, MA  01742

Several tributaries of Lake Erie near Buffalo are great Salmon and Steelhead fisheries and are within driving distance of Boston.  A slide presentation will be given and several club members who have fished these waters will discuss the best times to go and give suggestions on tackle, techniques, and lodging.
In Montana, carp are sometimes called “Bronze Bonefish” because of the way they fight. Believe it or not, big ones fight very much like large striped bass. Once hooked, they put their heads down and take off on long powerful runs. They can be caught fly fishing or on bait. They are a highly sought after species in Western Europe but are often overlooked as a worthy gamefish in the US. We will show a video and discuss tactics, tackle, bait, techniques, and nearby locations for carp fishing. The Concord and Merrimack Rivers are ideal and hold large numbers of fish. If you are passionate about fishing, just curious, or interested in improving your skills please join us.

Event is free and open to the public.  Please register on club website using link below:
Children welcome.


10 November 2016

Fisherman's Night - December 13th - 7:00 PM Concord Rod & Gun Club

Fisherman’s Night December 13th

Our first fisherman’s night will be at the Concord Rod & Gun Club on December 13th from 7 – 9 pm. We will have a few short 20 minute presentations from club members on their 2016 fishing adventures followed by interactive discussion and brainstorming on what kinds of speakers/ topics we would like for our monthly meetings this winter.

Free admission.  Please register on the club website.

Fly Tyers Needed to Help Disabled Veterans - Monthly Fly Tying at Bedford MA VA Hospital

I have been the Team Leader for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing at the Bedford VA for a number of years. The program was put on hold temporarily due to staffing issues at the hospital but we are restarting the fly tying sessions the evening of December 7th at 6:15 PM. The sessions last between an hour and 90 minutes.  

We have all of the equipment and fly tying material all we need are folks to sit down with a veteran and tie a few flies. We do this in the nursing home so most of the veterans are older and it’s more about sharing time with them then it is about fly tying per se. If you have any fly tying capability at all your help would be very much appreciated.   We do the sessions once a month but you can choose to participate any time you wish, i.e. we are not looking for a long time commitment. If you could help now and then it would be great. Please let me know if you can help on December 7th. If you have any questions email them to me or send an email to steve@captainkirkenterprises.com.

Check out this video to see what we do at our Project Healing Waters fly tying sessions at the Bedford VA Hospital.