Welcome To St Michael Fly Fishers
Having been recently appointed to succeed Geoff Brooks as chairman of St Michael Fly Fishers it firstly falls upon me, on behalf of both existing and future members, to sincerely thank Geoff for all the time, thought and effort that he unselfishly dedicates towards both securing the clubs future, and ensuring that ALL members remain valued as an integral part of the club. There is absolutely no doubt that whilst as members, our future efforts and suggestions will continue to forward the club, we start off from a strong and bright perspective as a direct result of Geoff¹s unstinting input Thank you Geoff, we [ and particularly I ] are very assured in the knowledge that you remain our club president !
As new chairman, having recently sat at the head of the committee for our first meeting, it is immediately apparent that the club is blessed with a dedicated and passionate committee and group of core members that have all hugely contributed towards the club in the past, and it must be hoped, will see fit to continue to do so into the future. Clearly we would not exist as a club for long without their continued and much appreciated efforts.
Having been a member of the club for some five years, I feel confident in saying that all members regard SMFF not merely as a club, but as a band of good friends, a situation that we will strive to ensure, continues long into the future. Looking forward, it is clear that the future, not only of SMFF, but of the sport of game fishing as a whole in this country very much depends upon the sports ability to actively engage budding young anglers onto the bank. As a club, SMFF recognise this, and following Geoff¹s lead, we commit to actively playing a part in recruiting new anglers, not only with a view to attaining new members ourselves, but by generally introducing those, perhaps hitherto, unsighted people, into our fine sport. After all what better way to spend a day, in the company of friends, by the side of the water bank in our wonderful British countryside !
Looking forward very much to the coming season and indeed the future of SMFF. Here's to yet more fine days out.
“Having been a member of St Michael Fly Fishers for over 15 years it has been a joy to be amongst other passionate like minded fishermen who believe in a good sporting spirit and camaraderie."
"I have been a member of St Michaels Fly Fishers for over 10 years & at present have the honour of being the clubs Treasurer. I have learned much over the years due to the vast knowledge of the members & hope to learn more in the coming years."
"SMFF have provided me with over 20 years of quality fishing and quality friendship. The outings, whether the regular trout or the occasional sea fishing expedition, never fail to come up trumps on both scores."
"As a supplier to Marks and Spencer I was invited to join the club more than 20 years ago. My very first outing was to Avington, and I turned up wearing new trousers, new jacket etc, not quite sure what to expect. Apart from being over dressed what I found was a bunch of guys, some from senior management, and even the Directors chauffeur, all of whom made me so welcome I immediately felt among friends. That feeling continues even today, and I have had some amazing times with the club. I have been privileged to be their Chairman, and Hon Secretary, now for second time."
Tribute to Kevin, Godfrey and Eddie – Greatly Missed by all
This year has been very sad with the loss of Kevin Doherty in March, and Godfrey Cotton in July and more recently Eddie Edwards earlier in December, they always fished with a smile.
Kevin has been with the club for over 20 years, I introduced him to the club following Building Services event I had invited him to in the 1980’s. He was a Mechanical Services Consultant based in Surrey for most of his working life. We had many fishing related excursions together including Florida, Ireland and Norway, he was always full of humour and always had a gag to hand some of which over the years he updated and resurrected with the comment the old ones are always the best!
Godfrey had been with the club for over 25 years being introduced by our Hon secretary Mike Littlestone through his associations with the Croxley Green fishing club. Godfrey like Kevin was full of wonderful jokes and anecdotes, when they were together would compete and bounce gags off each other at times it would be side splitting around them.
Eddie joined the club over 20 years ago, he was our oldest member at 96, but even at his last outing he out fished many of our much younger members.
Born in 1923 Eddie served in the Royal Navy on Minesweepers during the Second World War. After leaving the Royal Navy he continued his profession as an Electrical Engineer. He was also a very proficient and keen cyclist and travelled across most of the south east. He was always a very tranquil and calm fisherman basking in the environment and the companionship of his fellow members.
They will all be missed deeply and our thoughts go out to their families.
Tribute to George Wilding
If you are ever near enough in Berkshire; perhaps visiting the SPORTFISH Game Fishing Centre near Reading. You are only a few miles away from a recent memorial to our late, well loved Chairman – George Wilding .
Just off the M4 motorway lies Barn Elms Fly Fishing Lakes. Search around the tranquil two lakes! You will eventually find the tribute, placed through St Michael Fly Fishers Ltd, by donation from George’s close business colleagues, and workmates from Marks & Spencer.
In a commanding position at one of his favourite spots, we like to feel we stay connected .
With great respect.
Chairman & President
St Michael Fly Fishers