Somerset Fly tying show.

The annual fly fishing show will be held at the Garden State Expo center in Somerset NJ January 29 through the 31. We are lucking to have one of the premier shows not too far from our club. Many well skilled fly tiers will be in attendance.  In addition to the fly tiers  equipment, and fly tying materials are also for sale.  A member picked up 12 peacock swords for $5.00 one year.   Some suppliers may have good deals on supplies for fly tying. This is a great time to stock up on tying supplies or get anything you need. . Hackle is prevalent there with one of the premier hackle suppliers usually present.

 

In addition to the supplies, there is also classes and seminars every day the show is open. These are from some of the most premier fly tiers and or fly fishers in the country. Anyone who attends will be amazed at the amount of fly tying experience at this event.

 

Some members are interested in carpooling. So if anyone is interested contact your fellow members.

 

For more information and to get your tickets in advance check out the web site. http://flyfishingshow.com/somerset-nj/

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Flies of Future Past*

“We can only truly know where we are going if we know where we have been.”
-I said that.

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club is proud to welcome our guest speaker Scott Cesari to our April 23, 2014 (7:30 PM) meeting. Scott will be sharing his research and knowledge of the evolution of flies used in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. With some Pocono flies dating back to the mid-19th Century Scott has traced their roots back to the 1400’s! In addition to offering this historical perspective on flies Scott will share insights into the impact and contributions that Pocono Fly Fishing has made on this angling sport throughout North America. Scott’s ability to present this information of artful fly tying and practical angling in a coherent context will surely earn him recognition as an angler who moves our sport forward.

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Scott Cesari of Scott Cesari’s Fly Tying,         Bangor, PA.

While a relative newcomer to fly fishing (when compared to some of our more senior club members – and you know who you are) Scott has shown what can be accomplished in a short time when we set our hearts and minds to our endeavors. Scott has excelled in fly tying, winning the Pennsylvania State fly Tying Championship in 2006 and received several medals recognizing his tying skills from the Federations of Fly Fishers’ contest that same year. Scotts skills in tying realistic patterns have earned him recognition from the International Fly Tying Symposium and Show, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum and many other groups.

We hope you can join us at this meeting and bring a friend – Guests are always welcome!

Our meetings are held at the Yardley VFW Post1444 Yardley-Newtown Road, Yardley, PA 19067.

*Apologies offered for the Moody Blues pun.

Casting for Fly Fishers

April is an exciting month for the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club. The season has opened for local trout waters (and bass are now catch and release only for the duration of their breeding season). We will be holding our regular meeting later this month where, along with our guest speaker, there will no doubt be plenty of stories and photos of our early season catch. The Club will also be holding its “On-Water” fly fishing class along the banks of the Little Lehigh. More on these to come!

April marks the time of year when fly fishers buzz with activity around here – and the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club makes for a pretty good place to learn the tips, tricks, and insight of local waters to make the most of your angling season ahead.

With that in mind – I’ll be keeping this post short so I can go out and get my line in the water, but I’ll leave you first with this thought: When you find yourself elbow to elbow with other anglers please encourage them to visit our Club. Membership growth is the ONLY way we can continue to make our fine programs available, so put a few of your Club business cards in your vest and hand them out with a smile and an invitation.

Much of what the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers has to offer has been nicely summarized by one of our founding members, and Executive Director, Jerry Girard Sr. Please enjoy this brief message from Jerry, and share the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers’ message with others to help build our membership ranks.


We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Fly Fishing on a Budget

I recently had the pleasure to speak at length to a founding member, and Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club, Jerry Girard Sr. Jerry’s knowledge of fly fishing spans far beyond the act of angling – he is also a recognized historian of fly fishing in America and is a collector of antique fly fishing equipment and ephemera. Jerry’s interjection of these topics among his educational presentations at club meetings and classes helps to emphasize the robust history of our sport – lending the modern angler a very real sense of connection to past generations of fly fishers.

As our conversation turned to focus on the economics of fly fishing, particularly those costs associated with entering the sport, Jerry reassured that it can be done on a tight budget – though he is quick to include that fortunes large and small can also be spent. Among some angling circles today fly fishing continues to be labeled a sport for the wealthy. At one time, here in the U.S., that may have been so. Well-balanced rods with finely tuned action could only be purchased from a master craftsmen who could spend a hundred hours or more creating such a rod by hand. Rods such as these could cost a fortune and be wholly unattainable to the average working-class angler. I’m quite sure that this rooted perception has wrongly kept many people from fly fishing today. Thus, the goal of this article is to dispel the myth of fly fishing as a sport only for the wealthy and to encourage anglers who may be feeling the pinch of today’s economy that they can begin fly fishing for less than $100.00.

On the first stop on your shopping trip, particularly if you haven’t fly fished before, I strongly recommend you attend an Introduction to Fly Fishing Class – and the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club offers an excellent course later this month on March 22, 2014, and this is where you should spend your first $25.00 from your budget. For more information or to reserve your seat call us at: (215) 245-0677. A class such as this will provide you with the information you need to select the equipment necessary for you to reach your fly fishing goals – and as such, this article will not cover those details of what to purchase and why – those are covered in the class.

A quick online search this morning of the “big-name” outdoor sports vendors revealed that a very nice rod and reel combo (with floating weight-forward line, leader and backer) can be purchased for as little as $40.00. These are moderate action, 4-piece, graphite rods available in line weights of 5, 6 and 8 lbs. The lengths available are either 8.5 ft. or 9 ft. and come with cork handles and aluminum reel seats. The reels themselves can be switched for either right or left hand retrieval and are built with adjustable disc-drag. (Just to note: the next least expensive combo with similar features was priced at $60.00.) These modern rods are quite durable and surprisingly cast worthy… certainly well enough to provide years of angling fun.

The rod and reel combo above requires the additional purchase of a tippet or two to get started. Ranging from 3X to 6X the same vendor offered 30-yard spools for $1.88 each. Buying tippet materials by the spool is the most economical option, though you can also purchase tapered tippet-leader combinations of various lengths but you will pay a premium for the convenience of not tying your own.

Finally, the flies need to be purchased. While assortment packs are available and may seem to be the way to get a large and broad selection, I would recommend another option and this will require a visit to your local fly fishing vendor preferably one located near the waters you intend to fish. Go to the shop and introduce yourself to the proprietor who, in almost every case, will be a wealth of knowledge about the local waters, and ask them to help you select flies from these categories:

• Match the Hatch
• Attractor
• Dry or emerger
• Sinking or wet.

Fishing some combination of surface or near surface fly along with a sinking or wet fly tied onto a dropper will increase your chances for a bite. When matching the hatch, ask for guidance on selecting flies of different sizes. Depending on your selection, these flies can cost between $0.75 to $1.50 each. Consider selecting between 16 and 20 flies – with a few duplicates for those recommended as the most productive – and we’ll average the cost for simplicity here at $1.00 each. You can skip the specialty fly storage box for now and make use of something you have at home (empty prescription bottles, small candy tins, etc.). Once you get these flies home, if you are planing to release your catch, use a pair of pliers or a small file to remove the barb from the hook.

So, we’ve made a significant number of purchases to get us on the water for opening day. Let’s examine our total:

1 ea. Rod and reel with backer, line and leader = $40.00
3 ea. Tippet line = $ 5.64
1 ea. Shipping = $ 5.00
20 ea. Flies = $20.00
1 ea. Introduction to Fly Fishing Class = $25.00
Total = $95.64 (taxes not calculated)

Keep in mind, this is a bare-bones set up and a spartan example just to illustrate that you can start with nothing and build a kit and the knowledge to fly fish for under $100.00.

This, I believe, is a good starting point for budget conscious anglers – whether you are tentatively frugal entering a new sport, selecting an outfit for an angling youth (who knows what they will be into next week?), or simply in a pinch between pay days. Fly Fishing is affordable, fun, and provides a great opportunity to get close to nature, in peaceful solitude or with family and friends.

For more information about fly fishing come out to one of our monthly meetings, or better still, enroll in our Introduction to Fly Fishing Class.

We hope you join us!

Free Fishing Seminar – And We’ll be there!

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club will be supporting and attending another local event: the Hemlock Rod & Gun Club’s 25th Annual Free Fishing Seminar. The headliner for the seminar will be Steve Horvath, host of “Delaware Valley Outdoors.” We encourage our members who attend this seminar and show to take along a few of your Club business cards and invite other attendees to visit us at one of our monthly meetings or to enroll in our upcoming Fly Fishing Classes. In advertising, word-of-mouth recommendations are priceless – and when our members enthusiastically promote our Club and our Classes – people do listen!

The seminar and show will be held:
Fraternal Order of Eagles
920 Trenton Rd.
Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Date/Time: Friday, March 7, 2014, starting at 6:00 PM.
Admission is FREE!
For more information, call: 215-946-0113 or 215-493-2072

More News: While we are on the topic of local sporting shows… I’d like to take another moment to report on our success at the recent Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show.

Last weekend (Feb. 15-16) several members of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club manned our Club’s booth at the Outdoor Sports Show in Oaks, PA. Club President, Wayne Radel, reported that there were large crowds at the show this year and our booth – resplendent with our new banner – was visited by many interested attendees. Pres. Wayne also said that we were able to sell a lot of flies that were tied and donated by our members – and so to You, our fellow members, we offer our sincerest appreciation for your generosity and skillful efforts making the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers the unique and wonderful club that it is!

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Representing the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club are (left to right) Wayne Radel, Kevron McCall, Dave Wermuth, Jeff Fournier (front), and Steve Wermuth.
The photo was taken by a helpful visitor at the show.

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Our new club banner caught the eye of many attendees at the show (and weighs about 70-lbs. less!)