St. John’s Fly Fishers Steering Committee Retreat
April 20 – 22, 2018
The steering committee of the St. John’s Fly Fishers had a wonderful planning/fishing retreat to the Brevard, NC area on April 20-22. While the primary purpose of the retreat was to lay the groundwork for a new fly fishing ministry at Saint John’s, we did allow plenty of time for fishing, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment. The participants included: Brad Smith, Jeff Pruitt, Craig Murden, Dan Robertson, Greg Williams, and Matt Williams.
Jeff Pruitt did a great job of securing a cabin near Brevard in the Balsam Grove community that would accommodate our group and more importantly, had a fire pit that helped to stimulate thought and discussion on the cool mountain evenings. Jeff also served as head chef for some hearty and delicious meals. Prior to our trip we identified four promising streams that offered opportunities to catch the three primary trout species of rainbow, brook, and brown trout. The streams identified were:
– The Little River, in the DuPont State Forest
– The Davidson River
– The West Fork of the Pigeon, and
– The East Fork of the French Broad
On Friday, April 20th, we got an early start, leaving St. John’s around 6:30am, with the intent of fishing The Little River in route. We arrived at The Little River around 9:30. This River proved to be very productive. After about four hours we had landed approximately 15 fish while enjoying some beautiful scenery which included several waterfalls. Later that day Dan and Greg ventured to the West Fork of the Pigeon River, while the rest of the group fished wild trout streams near the cabin.
On Saturday, the entire group headed to the East Fork of the French Broad River. Unfortunately, many other fishermen had the same idea. Although the prime fishing spots were not as plentiful, we still had another productive day, landing 18 fish which included rainbows, browns, and brookies.
One of the more enjoyable aspects of the weekend was sitting around the fire pit in the evenings, discussing our vision for this new ministry. Many great ideas
were shared that lead to a great start on a ministry description, a mission
statement, and reaching a consensus that this group would truly become “fishers
of men.” (Mark 1: 17)
On Sunday morning we gathered together, gave thanks for the privilege of
enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and the direction he had given us. We
asked for his continued blessings on this new ministry, and then celebrated Holy
Eucharist. It was a wonderful conclusion to a great weekend.
Submitted by: Dan Robertson