Samuel J. Shiels, Jr.

Sam ShielsSamuel J., Shiels, Jr. age 81 passed away suddenly on April 27, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Nulph) for 60 years. Loving father of Jeffrey Shiels (Barbara) and Andrew Shiels (Roxanne). He was the loving Pappy of Lauren (Joe Farrell), Kyle, Meghan, Emily and the late Jessica. Brother of Jane Beswick and Marge Philipi (Walter). He will also be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, fishing friends and members of Mayfair Presbyterian Church. Relatives and friends are invited to greet his family Tuesday May 2, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm and Wednesday May 3, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Mayfair Presbyterian Church. His service will follow Wednesday 11:00 am at the church. Interment will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Mayfair Presbyterian Church 3323 Tudor Street Philadelphia, PA 19136 would be appreciated.


March 22nd Presentation

Lehigh River:  The Wild, Wild East

The Lehigh is one of Pennsylvania’s largest tail-waters where you can target both wild and stocked trout in roughly 45 miles of fishable water. Many people drive right past the Lehigh on their trek to fish the upper Delaware but more and more are turning their sights to the mighty Lehigh and recognizing the Lehigh for the quality fishery that it is. The presentation will cover access, fishing techniques, boating the river, and much more that will help to cut the learning curve on the river.

Guide Bio

Nick Raftas has been fly fishing for close to 30 years. In 2011 Nick joined Sky Blue Outfitters and expanded the business into guiding on some of the states larger waterways. Nick primarily guides on the Lehigh River for trout and the Susquehanna River and middle Delaware River for smallmouth bass but also spends time guiding on many of the states smaller limestone and freestone streams as well as guiding for carp, musky, largemouth bass and northern pike.

Nick has contributed to Field and Stream Magazine with his photography and has been a featured guide in the magazine as well. Nick has also been featured in Field and Stream’s Hook Shots video series for the guiding he does on the Susquehanna River, fly angling for carp and steelhead fishing in Michigan.

February 22nd Meeting Guest Henry Ramsay

Our guest speaker this month is Henry Ramsay; Author, Photographer, and Custom Fly Tyer.
h_ramsayHenry will discuss Southeast PA fly fishing and a newly released book which he co-authored with eight other Pennsylvania regional experts.  Keystone Fly Fishing is now available to purchase. You can purchase it and have Henry sign your copy.
Please join us for the meeting.

DVFF Meeting on January 25, 2017 This month our guest speaker will be Captain Dan Schafer of Insomniac Guide Service LLC of Stone Harbor, NJ. Dan specializes in year-round light tackle and fly fishing the shallow bays for Striped Bass. Other species encountered include Flounder, Tautog, Sheepshead, and Bluefish. Dan is also a Pro Staff member for G.Loomis, Shimano, Yeti, Lowrance and Tackle Direct. Check Dan’s website at:

November 23, meeting

Our guest speaker this month is Steve Turrisi from The Sporting Gentleman shop in Glen Mills, PA. Steve is currently the lead fly fishing and fly tying instructor for the Sporting Gentleman.
Steve’s program is about fishing the White River in Arkansas. He will discuss fly fishing with streamers for the large trout found in this famous tailwater fishery. Many large Rainbow and Brown trout are caught in the river below Bull Shoals Reservoir year-round.
Members and guests are invited free for this presentation.
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Yardley VFW Post,1444 Yardley Newtown Rd (RT 332),Yardley, PA 19067