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Poll: Flotilla Changes?
Awards Dinner like Fall at local resuraunt
Like years past at Willard, fish morning gather after
Go back to roots float Bear River or other, no gathering
Combo of 1 and 3...
No need to have anything
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     Re: [wiperhunter2] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
I understand, Curt. But my point is that I've been covering the major expense of the Flotilla for a few years, and if I can't attend it means Jeff is going to have to charge more for each attendee. So perhaps a new strategy is in order.

(It's not that I won't continue to offer support, it's just that I have another commitment for the usual weekend.)

And during the discussion, it became obvious that the Willard event was a little bit unfair to our "bottom half" folks. It's time we broaden the scope. It's all good.
(This post was edited by RockyRaab on Mar 17, 2019, 3:38 PM)
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     Re: [TubeDude] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Wow looks like I kicked over a can of worms and took off for the weekend... Sorry for being out of contact, I should have been around to answer the concerns and questions... First off I'm open to moving to new locations, but I will need a lot of help to pull things off a long ways from my home roaming area... So if Craig was okay with spearheading the event down south, that would be great!!! I know it's been difficult for many to attend from down south in the past and I think it will be likewise difficult for the northerners to travel south as well, but the alternating schedule could be a really good thing.. However, we will need some help to pull this thing off. Our past team is having a rough year, so it would be great if we could get some others to help us out this year.

Rocky, we have appreciated all you do to help pull this thing off, and it wasn't just your schedule that put the idea for change in motion, it was a part of it for sure, but I'd been kicking it around even before. I think change is good as long as we still get the good preserved and it sounds like a lot of good ideas have been kicked around.

From what I'm seeing it looks like an event similar to the Willard thing is still high in demand... I wonder if in the interest of convenience, we could drop the meal deal and either have everyone bring a picnic style lunch or maybe if someone has connections to a taco truck or something similar, have them drop by to serve lunch... That way we could fish more and fuss less and still have a good after fish gathering to pass out prizes and visit... What say ye??? Later Jeff
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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Still not 100 percent certain on what a flotilla is. But, I think I got a good enough understanding. I'm interested in attending and willing to help where necessary. Someone mentioned the usual date. When is that? Location isn't a huge deal. However Willard isn't too far for me
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     Re: [EyLayo] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Flotilla is more less a chance to get together as BFT members and visit a little and pass out awards and give some prizes out.... In the past we used to float the Bear River and fish as we went, then get together for a meal and prizes... But interest has increased and we needed to move it to a location that is more accessible to all the group... so we went to Willard where we fished in the morning then gathered for the visit and prizes and such... It's a lot of fun, but the state parks has gotten a little money hungry and not only charges us for admittance at $15 a vehicle, but also was charging us over $75 to rent the pavilion, which they never have had cleaned up and ready to go for the year, so BFT has been cleaning up their tables and getting things ready for them, while they charge us to do it... Anyway, it was fun, but I think we can do it else where for less... Usual timing is late April to early May before the big crowds hit and folks get off to family vacations... More to come... Later J
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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Gotcha. Thanks
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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Jeff and all...my original reply said I was good for wherever, and that still goes. But I do like the idea of an alternating between north and south. Sounds like Craig has a possible contact at Lincoln Beach. We have always been impressed with how well the restrooms and pavilion is kept there. But when does the host come in for the season? Is May a bit early ? Not being a state park, I don't know how the camp hosts schedule works. Would the restrooms even be open in early May?
I would even be happy to do another River Float, and if that has too many attendees to meet up at Muddy Road, why not at the Benson Marina ? There are tables, and grills there, aren't there? And that's where us with boats would recover and pull our boats out.

Some members have expressed a concern about the distance for southerners to Willard and northerners to Utah Lake. I'm a northerner and don't mind the trip to UL, or to Upper Bear / Benson / Cuttler (because it's mostly freeway). But the additional distance to Bear Lake (up thru Logan Canyon), and not really having the suitable size boat for that water would make it probably a no go for me.

Just my 2 cents worth. I'll make my decision based on what venue is decided on, and the scheduled date.
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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
I'm not sure what to say. I would be happy to help. I was also planning a cleanup day at the beach about that same time. I'm afraid trying to combine the two might be too much. I'm pretty sure that with all the solid members that fish the lake down here we could pull a flotilla together. How does anybody feel about doing a potluck?

I'll check with Mooseman and see if he has contact with the camp host.

About the distance and the costs involved. Many of us travel to Flaming Gorge or Fish Lake or Strawberry or any number of far-off destinations, and plunk down $10 like nothing for a couple of lures. It seems that a little outlay gets you a lot in this deal. I hope we can make it happen and get a lot of people to join in.

I hope I made some kind of sense.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
To answer the last tiny question, the "usual date" for the past few years has been the Saturday of Mom's Day weekend. This year, that would be May 11.

That is often the peak of the crappie bite at Willard, which served as an incentive to those who came to fish the morning.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
The camp host I believe said they would be here April 23 roughly. So the bathrooms would be open around that time. That is what they said when I talked to them a few weeks ago.
(This post was edited by Mooseman75 on Mar 18, 2019, 8:09 PM)
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     Re: [Mooseman75] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Thanks for chiming in. That's good to know.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
depending on where it's held, I would be able to help where needed.. to far south wouldn't work.but I'm game for anywhere,and then see what happens..BEAR lake is not a good choice as most days see the wind come up around 10 or 11 a.m. ,not a good place to be in a boat when that happens.I myself look forward to the Flotilla every year,but have only been to the last three.. As far as the pavivllon goes we could skip that and have BTF members bring canopies..I for one would bring one and I vote for Willard mainly so we can all discuss this change without being in a hurry...Whew !! longest post of mine ever !! 36 comments but only 18 votes come on BTF members VOTE top of page one
(This post was edited by deafman on Mar 19, 2019, 12:10 AM)
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Hey Craig, why do two events? If we choose to do the Utah Lake venue, why not combine your cleanup with the flotilla? Probably draw more help that way and get it done while we visit. I think weíll get better attendance that way, and I bet most will gladly support it. Iíll try to get ahold of you today and discuss a few details. Later Jeff
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     Re: [deafman] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
deafman wrote:
36 comments but only 18 votes come on BTF members VOTE top of page one
I didn't vote because none of the choices were acceptable to me. And if it's Mother's Day, I wouldn't be able to attend regardless. Mother's Day & Father's Day weekends are family days with the kids and grandkids. A tradition, don't cha know.


When it gets set in stone, I'll make a decision on whether or not I can/will attend. Last year was my first attendance and it was fun.

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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
I'm game if you think it will work. If we did it the first Saturday in May we would avoid Mother's Day weekend. Of course there's no way to cater to everybody's schedule but we better get it set ASAP so people can make their plans.

One other thing I worry about: I'm afraid that the businesses I hit up for prizes will be thinking, "Weren't you just here?" If we could get some help from all different areas it would help spread the pressure around.

What do you think of the potluck idea? We kinda get in a rut of same old same old around our house and it would be nice to enjoy other's culinary offerings. And maybe some of our more well-healed members would pop for the pop or whatever.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
May 4th would work for me, if we can get lucky and not pick a rainy day, but even those have been fun in the past...

I'll run the route up here for prizes, were you going to try Cabela's? I think they would be good, but they are a little more hassle to get lined up with than other locations... I'll get with you off line to get the prizes figured out...

Pot luck would be fine, it's just the hassle of doing the food takes a lot of time, but if there was something that didn't require a lot of serving preparation that would be great... Guess I'm burning out on the food end of things myself and think it would be easier to just bring a sandwich and pepsi and call it good... That's why we have new blood for when us old timers lose our fire for those kind of things... Later Jeff
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     Re: [SkunkedAgain] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Cabela's may be difficult, especially with the switch over. I'll look into it. We need to get right on it because the various stores have lead times and other issues that may jam us up. Will we have door prizes like we did in November? Let's do this with PMs.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Okay looks like the general desire is to maintain a get together like the past ones at Willard... We are getting a lot of interest in going south this year. So let's put this in stone... This years 2019 Flotilla will be on May 4th at the Lincoln Beach facility... Since I know nothing about the area, Craig is going to be out point guy on getting this thing set up... All you Utah Lake guys please help Craig get things together for our event. I will create a Flotilla thread and make it a sticky up top so you can find it for reference... Please pass along this info to other BFT'ers so we can have a great get together this spring... Thanks all.... Jeff
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Iím not sure what I can do but if thereís something you think I can do let me know
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     Re: [Mooseman75] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Please contact Jim (Bigcat30) and let him know what we are planning and ask him to help or get me his number and I will do. Appreciate it.
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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
It just so happens that the May 4th weekend is the only May weekend that I have open this year. Cool


I have only fished Utah Lake once in my life and that was from a channel with a dirt road access and crappy dirt launch (Mill Race channel?) just north of the Springville I-15 Flying J exit. So, I would gladly share my boat (20.5ft ThunderJet) with 1 or 2 folks that have some Utah Lake experience/expertise. Any takers? I live up near Ogden and would be glad to share driving expenses with you if you're interested in joining me on my boat. PM's would be the way to set it up.

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     Re: [catchinon] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Hey Folks what do you think about me doing a fish fry with some southern hush puppies? I like to cook and grew up having fish fries as a lifestyle in the South. Just bring you favorite drinks and whatever else you might like. Let me know what you think.
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     Re: [ice_sled] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
ice_sled wrote:
Hey Folks what do you think about me doing a fish fry with some southern hush puppies?
100% like the idea - as long as your hush puppies contain jalapenos. Cool
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     Re: [dubob] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Thatís not a problem. I likeíem too.
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     Re: [ice_sled] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
That sounds like a great idea if we can work out the logistics. I know that TD has done that in the past. I think I heard that it was difficult to get the food done quickly enough or something. Maybe we can have several people frying at the same time. Anybody else interested in helping out? Does anybody have an idea of how many people to expect?
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     Re: [ice_sled] Flotilla Changes? In reply to
Ben, I can never refuse hush puppies, served my mission in Florida and had some Florida natives (Rare species, most folks in FL are transplants) introduce me to hush puppies at their fish fry...(Mullet, shrimp and Bass) Never been able to find anything quite like that treat... so I'd love to enjoy that treat, but it is a ton of work, how can we help? Let me know what you need, I have a lot of camp cooking gear and would be glad to bring anything that will help you out...

(Okay so I flip flop, but hush puppies versus sandwiches, no contest there..)

Thanks Ben.... Jeff
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