Our June meeting will have two speakers Steve Kimm, who has been the Club President since 2014, and Herschel Finch, another long-time PRSC fisherman.
- Where: McLean Community Center – Stedman Room, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101
- When: June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 for socializing)
Steve became a PRSC member in 2002 and has also served as Trip Coordinator. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Langley High School and then East Carolina University. He has also lived in North Carolina and Colorado.
Like many of us, Steve joined PRSC to learn more about catching fish and, specifically, to learn about floats on the many great rivers in our region. He says, “I have had the pleasure to fish the Potomac, the Rappahannock, the three stems of the Shenandoah, the James, and the New Rivers.”
In June, Steve plans to give an interactive talk during which he will be asking many questions of members (warning: sit in the back). Some of the topics he will speak about are fishing with confidence, what to do when they are not biting, and appropriate equipment to catch smallmouth bass. Judging by the gear that can be seen on Steve’s 2-person Cataraft, which he has owned since 2003, it appears he knows what he’ll be talking about.
Herschel Finch has been a club member since 2003. He has been fishing the Shenandoah River since 1977, when he moved to the Valley after leaving the Navy. In those almost 40 years, Herschel has fished nearly the entire length of both forks and the main stem.
He’s gone thru all stages of fishing, from wading with live bait he caught himself, to Rooster Tail spinners, Rebel broken-backs, then plastics, jerk baits, spinners, fishing for muskie, and now… working on his fly-rod technique.
He built his own Pirogh once (a type of flat-bottomed swamp canoe) and destroyed it in 3 years on the rocky ledges we all love on the ‘Doah.
These days Herschel’s favorite baits vary as often as the season, temperature, water levels, and weather changes. He serves as the PRSC Conservation Chairman and is Pro Staff for Jackson Kayak, Bending Branches Paddles, and YakAttack Kayak Accessories. Come on out and pick his brain for fishing secrets.