The Dallas chapter is composed of Dallas, Tyler, Mesquite, Irving, Palestine, Plano, Lufkin, Garland, Carrolton, Richardson, Hurst, Haltom City, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Euless, Nacogdoches, St. Augustine and their surrounding communities.
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Currents - Apr/May 2014
The 34th Annual Dallas Chapter Banquet is right around the corner! Get your tickets for this year’s event by contacting John Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The banquet will be at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on Thursday, April 17th. We are also very proud to announce that Mr. Lefty Kreh will be our Conservation Sportsman of the Year. Tables are $1,000 and individual tickets are $125. Your ticket includes dinner catered by TJ’s Seafood, all of your drinks and your annual membership to CCA. The doors will open at 5:30p.m. We have some amazing auction and raffle items for you to take home! Our live auction includes a suite at a Cowboys game, Argentina dove hunt, Abaco Bahamas getaway, Offshore Tuna fishing in Canada, Colorado family cabin in the Rio Grande National Forest, Montana fly fishing on the Bighorn River, the latest and greatest fishing gear, a 12 person Dinner Cruise on a private yacht at Pier 121, RD Wilson Original art and a ton of other great auction items.
We will also have a Rolex and Polaris raffle and plenty of opportunities to win a Yeti! Please make sure to visit our website at DallasCCA.org for a list of sponsors and event updates. If you want a full auction catalog please email me and I will get you a copy. We also welcome anybody wanting to sponsor our event in any capacity. We have a lot ways to support our event. We will see you all on April 17th! —Robert DiCicco email@example.com
Chapter Officers President: Robert DiCicco Treasurer: Brendan Johnston Vice President: Bill Graswich Chapter Board Members T.W. Bailey Dr. Tony Brucks Rick Buferd Brett Combs Joe DeLeon Robert DiCicco William Graswich John Hansen Craig Jones Steve Leavell Weldon McDonald John McMurray Robert McMurray Travis Moore Julio Morales Richard Pratt Harold Stringer John Taylor Hal Thomas Tyler Thomas James Thompson Vernon Walker Cullen York
Legendary angler Lefty Kreh will be honored as Conservation Sportsman of the Year
05 April 2014
The Dallas Chapter of CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) Texas honors legendary angler Bernard “Lefty” Kreh as Conservation Sportsman of the Year on April 17. Kreh, 89, is expected to attend the event at Frontiers of Flight Museum and probably will have some remarks.
Kreh has written thousands of newspaper columns and multiple books, most of the books about the art and science of fly fishing. He’s acknowledged as one of the greatest fly fishers and an innovator and champion of the sport. His fishing knowledge is exceeded only by his sense of humor.
Kreh fished in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway and in Florida with Ted Williams. He’s fished with multiple U.S. presidents and still fishes and appears regularly on a television series called Buccaneers and Bones with Tom Brokaw.
In his autobiography, My Life Was This Big, Kreh tells how he came to create one of the most productive fly patterns ever tied, Lefty’s Deceiver. He began working on the fly in 1957. The finished product has caught hundreds of species for thousands of anglers and even earned a spot on a 1991 U.S. Postal Service stamp.
When he’s not fishing, Kreh helps design rods and other fly-fishing equipment for Dallas-based Temple Outfitters. Kreh spent most of his life in Maryland and was never a part of the CCA Texas movement but remains the epitome of a pioneering sportsman and conservationist.
CCA had its roots in Texas as GCCA (Gulf Coast Conservation Association), created by sportsmen desperate to save the state’s redfish from commercial fishing pressure. It started in 1976. By 1977, GCCA and other conservation groups had convinced the Texas legislature that redfish had more value to the state as a sport fish rather than a food fish.
Both redfish and speckled trout were eventually granted game fish status, making it illegal to sell native fish in Texas. Sportsmen in 16 other states used GCCA’s template for their own conservation causes, and GCCA eventually became CCA.
This is a big year for CCA Texas because of its efforts in a $9.4 million project to re-open a fish pass — Cedar Bayou — between San Jose Island and Matagorda Island. Cedar Bayou has been closed off and on since the 1930s, usually by hurricanes and siltation.
According to CCA Texas executive director Robby Byers, Cedar Bayou was bulldozed shut in 1979 when the Ixtoc oil well collapsed in the Bay of Campeche, creating one of history’s biggest oil spills.
“The dredging project will begin April 15 and must be completed by Oct. 15, when the whooping cranes start arriving,” said Byers. “All the money has been secured by contributing partners Aransas County, CCA Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the General Land Office, several individuals and a few private foundations.”
Byers said he doesn’t know where the opening of Cedar Bayou will rank among CCA success stories, but it’s the largest and highest profile CCA Texas habitat project.
Openings between bays and the Gulf of Mexico are important in facilitating tidal exchanges and enabling the passage of marine organisms during different states of their life cycles.
Moreover, they are good fishing spots and provide thousands of recreational hours for anglers.
For tickets to the April 17 event, or for other information, contact John Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-243-9435.