February Monthly Meeting

Nick Raftas

Nick Raftas – Smallmouth on the Susquehanna & Juniata February 11, 2021 at 7:30PM via Zoom

Nick Raftas is the owner of Wild East Outfitters which is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Service offering guide services in eastern and central Pennsylvania. They have 5 guides offering float trips on the Lehigh River, Susquehanna River, Juniata River and some other float trip options for those looking to fish some lesser known waters available to the boat angler. Their drift boat guide season is split between the Lehigh, which is a trout river, and the Susquehanna & Juniata which are both smallmouth bass fisheries. The Lehigh guide season typically runs from March until late June and then resumes in late September and fishes good through the winter where they target some of the larger fish on big articulated streamers. The smallmouth bass season typically runs from July until late September.

The Juniata River or the “Big J” is one of the largest tributaries to the Susquehanna River. The main target species on the Juniata are smallmouth bass and musky. The Juniata as a smallmouth bass fishery closely rivals that of the Susquehanna and the two rivers resemble each other in many ways. The river is best fished from drift boats or rafts. The Juniata season runs from roughly mid June until November. 30-80 fish days are common give or take.

The Susquehanna is the second largest river system in the U.S and arguably one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in the country. Smallmouth bass, an often overlooked quarry provide anglers with premium opportunities for streamer fishing and vicious top water action. When PA’s waters are too warm to fish the Susquehanna is in full swing and offers incredible fishing opportunities. Join them on a float trip in one of their drift boats or rafts for some incredible fishing. The Susquehanna season runs from roughly mid June until November. 30-80 fish days are common give or take.

PAID MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A MEETING INVITE AND PASSWORD AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE. IF YOU HAVEN’T OFFICIALLY JOINED AS OF YET…DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THIS GREAT PRESENTATION AND TO ACCOMPANY US FOR THE MANY FANTASTIC EVENTS TO COME THIS YEAR! You can join our club here:https://www.paypal.com/donate/…

January Monthly Meeting

Anita Coulton

Join us as we start off 2021 with Anita Coulton as she presents “Addressing the Physical Side of Fly Fishing” on January 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.

Anita is a Physical Therapy Assistant and will tie in her professional physical therapy knowledge with her expertise in fly fishing to give tips and suggestions to improve your day on the stream. Anita will discuss strength, flexibility, and balance and how they relate to improving overall fitness and duration on the water. These suggestions will help you last longer on the water as you catch these monsters on the West Branch of the Delaware.

Anita Coulton is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide with Cross Current Guide Service. Anita’s journey with a fly rod began at age 3 when her father, an avid outdoorsman, sat her on the bank with a tattered Zebco rod. A deep love for the outdoors was born, and more importantly, a passion to pursue anything that could be caught with a fishing rod. Her extensive fly fishing experience spans over 20 years and she is comfortable in both fresh and saltwater. A former competitive angler, she has fished alongside some of the World’s best. In 2017, she earned the title of NJ Fly fisherman of the year. Anita is a graduate of Reel Women Guide School, based in Montana. She is proud to be an Orvis Endorsed Guide with Cross Current Guide Service, and in season you can find her navigating her Clackacraft on the Upper Delaware River, chasing some of the toughest brown trout around. In addition to guiding, Anita is active with Casting for Recovery and has been involved for over 10 years. She is also an avid writer and contributor for magazines such as Dun Magazine and Fly Fisherman.

PAID MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A MEETING INVITE AND PASSWORD AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE. IF YOU HAVEN’T OFFICIALLY JOINED DVFF AS OF YET…DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THIS GREAT PRESENTATION AND TO ACCOMPANY US FOR THE MANY FANTASTIC EVENTS TO COME THIS YEAR! You can join our club here:https://www.paypal.com/donate/…

December Monthly Meeting

image from Sun River Metal Works

“Fish Tales & Memories” Presented by Our Members Via Zoom December 10, 2020 at 7:30pm

December is traditionally our annual Holiday Dinner and Fundraiser. Due to Covid-19 we’ve had to adapt and change things up a bit. While we were able to meet for the last two months in person with limited capacity, out of an abundance of caution for our members and their families, as well as our guests we have decided to go back to online Zoom meetings for the time being. Members are asked to send in their most memorable fishing photos for this year along with a description to be compiled into a PowerPoint presentation to finish off the year 2020. So please join us for a night of “Fish Tails & Memories”. Here is the Zoom link for the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/i/87048932788

If you would like to participate in our annual fundraising event, which we hope you do, please check out this link for our various online raffles and auctions. https://dvff.betterworld.org/ You may also make a donation through this link if you so choose, any amount is appreciated. We thank you for your support.

November Monthly Meeting

Aaron Jasper presents “Steelhead Fishing”

November 12, 2020 at 7pm. Indoors at Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville, PA.

Aaron will tell us where and when to find steelhead on Great Lakes Tributaries, more specifically Lake Ontario. The presentation will cover water types by season, set ups (rigging), as well as strategies to use on trips to the tributaries this season. This presentation will explain away why a small amount of anglers enjoy most of the success when fishing for not just steelhead, but migratory fish in general.

Since this is an indoor meeting and with the current PA regulations in place our capacity will be 20 seats. Regrettably, we will have to keep this as a members only meeting at this time. Masks and Social Distancing will be required. Members are asked to register for the meeting by sending an email to delawarevalleyflyfishers@gmail.com. Registration will be on a “first come; first served” basis.

Any overflow of members, members not wishing to attend in person, and guests are welcome to attend the meeting via a Zoom broadcast. Information for this broadcast will be provided through our next newsletter and our Facebook page. We are sorry for the inconvenience but this is the best we can do with PA Regulations for meetings the way they are at this time. Thank you for your understanding. If things change we will let everyone know as soon as we know.