DVFF Meeting June 26, 2019 – Our Guest is Dianne Tidy of Fly Fishers International

Finding Out West DIY with Dianne Tidy

Dianne Tidy

Dianne’s first fly-fishing lesson was in the Atlantic surf at Island Beach State Park in NJ nearly 15 years ago. She remembers being “the only woman fly fishing on the beach! I was lucky to have some of the greatest saltwater fly fishermen willing to share their knowledge with a beginner girl fly fisher.” Their willingness to share is the reason that she continues to mentor and encourage others to discover and enjoy fly-fishing.
Dianne is a Fly Fishing International Certified Casting Instructor and the only certified woman instructor actively teaching within the contiguous states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and NJ.
Always busy in retirement she has volunteered and taught for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Casting for Recovery, Fly Fishing International, International Women Fly Fishers and various other fly fishing clubs and organizations. In August 2014 she became the first, and only, woman from the East Coast to lead the FFI Women’s Fly Fishing Program held in Livingston, MT. Dianne has taught the “Introduction to Fly Fishing for Women” at the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show for the past 4 years.
Dianne currently sits on the Board of the Directors of the Chesapeake Council, FFI and the Chesapeake Women Anglers. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Maryland, North East Chapter.
Dianne and Ken Tidy live at the head of the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Currently they are restoring a 1988 Airstream and hope to have it on the road later this summer. Taking their two (2) mini dachshunds along, they are headed west to fly-fish in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

Fun day of learning and fishing

Fun day of learning and fishing

 

Join us on Saturday April 23 as Delaware Valley Fly Fishers are having our annual learn to fish on the river event.  Join us on the Little Lehigh River in Allentown, minutes from Dorney Park.  As we have a full day of instruction and fishing.  The morning begins with instruction, followed by casting lessons and then fishing on the river.    Also included with your registration is a picnic lunch.   Our day begins at 10 am and will continue to 4 pm.   Fishing is under the eye of a certified casting instructor and other experienced fly fishers.

 

We will be meeting near the Heritage Fly shop.  The shop most likely will be open (FYI they do not accept credit cards)   Close by the local fish hatchery and the event is held Rain or shine.  (Hopefully no snow)   .

 

Cost is free for DVFF member and $50.00 per person for nonmembers.  Pre-registration is required.  To register contact Wayne Raydel at 215-280-7198.   In addition, a Current PA Fishing license with trout stamp is required in order to participate in this event. 

 

The location is next to the Heritage Fly shop 2643 Fish Hatchery Rd, Allentown, PA 18103.

 

 

Calling all new comers

If you are new to fly fishing or want to check it out and learn more, Join us on March 26, as we get ready for the fishing season. This one day session is a prelude to the annual learn to fish on the water day, held this year on April 23. DVFF is lucky to have certified casting instructors and guides who will help new and experienced fly fishers go over there skills.   There will be a casting clinic, along with and other instruction about fly fishing such as type of flies to use . Also This a great time to socialize and to find people who are interested in fly fishing.

This one day class begins at 10 am and runs all day. Lunch is provided for all who attend. There is a $25.00 fee for non-members..

 

If interested send a message to Wayne Raydel at wayne.r@delawarevalleyflyfishers.org to reserve your spot.

 

 

This Class will be held at the Yardley VFW Post, 1440 Yardley Newtown Road. Minutes for I-95 and shady Brooke farms

 

 

Wet lines lead to tight lines.

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club will be holding our On the Water Fly Fishing Class this Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on the Little Lehigh Creek. The fee is $50.00 – and includes lunch. If you are interested in attending this class, be sure to call us to reserve your spot (and your lunch) at: (215) 245-0677.

This is a fantastic class on a fantastic piece of trout water! When we begin our session on the doorstep of the Heritage Fly Shop you will be guided through instructions including how to read water (and how to fish that water based on temperature, flow rate, terrain and turbidity). You will learn how to cast under, over and around obstacles so that you can cast using weighted flies, wet flies and dry flies (and combinations that really work). This is an intensive day of fly fishing that is only interrupted by a lunch, then back to fishing.

Class participants are encouraged to bring along their rod and reel, clean waders, and to be prepared for any weather conditions as the class is held rain or shine. Remember also, because You WILL Be Fishing, a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License with a Trout Stamp is required!

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Fly Fishing Class on the Little Lehigh

This section of the Little Lehigh is a slice of Trout-Heaven-On-Earth offering plenty of shade, riffles, overgrowth and undercut banks – enough variety of conditions to keep you busy all day long. The park itself (part of the Allentown, PA., parks system) has ample parking and bathroom facilities. One of the nicest things about this park is that you will forget very quickly that you are within city limits.

Whether you are just starting out, or looking to gain some added experience and insight, you will find this class will meet your needs. As a bonus, Dave Bittner’s The Heritage Fly Shop is located right where our class will be held. Dave always has the latest information regarding hatches and water conditions and a well stocked assortment of gear and flies to help you catch fish… so while you are there, be sure to stop in and say hello – if you intend to fish the Little Lehigh again, Dave will be a man you want to make friends with!

The Heritage Fly Shop, and our On Water Fly Fishing Class are located at: 2643 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown, PA 18103 – just about 5 minutes off of either the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (Rte. 476) or Rte. 309. We hope you can join us!

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!