December Meeting Minutes

Smith River Trout Unlimited, Chapter #264


Basset/Martinsville, VA



Minutes of meeting held at Ranias’ restaurant in Martinsville, on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 6:30 pm


Meeting was called to order by SRTU President Shane Pinkston.


Approximately 18 members and guests present. We had at least 6 guests.


Previous meeting’s minutes were not read. They had been emailed to those on the secretary’s distribution list.


Treasurer Scott Griffin reported that after the print and raffle proceeds, the chapter treasury balance is $1692.89.   


Old Business:


Shane Pinkston reported on the club events for the year:

  • March meeting which featured tying. Paul Gruver and Ralph Muller were our guest tiers.
  • April river clean up with Gateway Streetscapes.
  • June meeting with Mark Taylor show and tell on his Alaska trip.
  • June Fishing and Camping trip to Grayson Highlands area.
  • July SRTU River Clean Up.
  • August Smith River Fest.
  • September meeting with a bug talk by Stephen Hiner and assist by Wayne Kirkpatrick.
  • September Fish With A Friend event.



New Business:


Officer elections are scheduled for December meetings. All current officers agreed to run again for 2014. All were unopposed.

They were approved by a motion, a second and a voice vote.

Shane Pinkston, president. Al Kittredge, vice president. Doug Jessie, secretary. Scott Griffin, treasurer.


Shane announced that the board will soon meet to draft a calendar of events for 2014. A request was made for at large board members to step forward and volunteer to help with the functions and decisions necessary for the club’s business. Current board members are: the four club officers, Darrin Doss, Laura Kennerly and Neil Tatum. Come join us!


We moved right into our feature for the meeting after that.


Feature Presentation:


Laura was good enough to strong arm (just kidding) one of her Nat Greene Chapter members to come up and share with us. Jack Patterson is an accomplished tier who shared his woven fly body expertise with us. Good stuff! He also showed off his variations on materials and techniques for two popular patterns – the Royal Wulff and Elk Hair Caddis. It was very educational and he was very generous with his time. He donated a stout handful of flies to our fly box.





Al, Darrin and Scott were tying also. Al tied his Allieworm (surprise!) and some zebra midges. Darrin was tying huge Musky flies and Scott tied up some mayfly dries.




At the end of the meeting we raffled off the donated Green Caddis fly box filled with member and guest tied flies. A Smith River special box with 60+ flies. Larry Hulett was the big winner.


We also drew the winning ticket for the framed print that we have been showing off all year. In a strange twist, Scott Griffin was the winner with a ticket purchased for him by Paul Fogle.


I’m going to start being nice to Paul.



Meeting was adjourned by Shane.


Next Meeting will be Thursday, March 6, 2014 – We will announce a program as soon as it is decided and arranged.


If any errors and omissions are noticed, please bring them to my attention so they can be corrected.


Doug Jessie

Secretary, SRTU




I got so fired up after seeing Jack tie those woven flies, I starting whipping some out. Something new to obsess over!


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