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.

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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!

Dave Allbaugh’s “Fishing The Wet Fly”

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club is proud to present Dave Allbaugh as our guest speaker on March 26, 2014 (7:30 PM). Dave is a master wet fly angler, guide and native son of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Johnstown, PA., Dave has availed himself of many of the finest limestone streams found throughout Central Pennsylvania and productive freestone streams of North Central Pennsylvania, and it is within these magnificent settings that Dave offers his “Wet Fly Water Guide” guide services and personalized lessons in wet fly trout fishing.

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Dave Allbaugh with a nice late-June wet fly catch.

Fishing with wet flies is arguably one of the oldest methods recorded, and while our Pennsylvania waters have a robust history of wet fly fishing, in more recent times very few of us have actually practiced these truly classic techniques. Dave Allbaugh will bring his multi-media presentation to introduce us to a few of the more storied trout streams in the Commonwealth and provide us with a detailed discussion on equipment, flies, leaders and tactics to use – year round – for successfully fishing with wet flies.

Count this as a presentation you don’t want to miss.
We hope you will join us and Bring a Friend – Guests are always welcome!

“Fly Fishing Small Streams” Presentation

Jerry Girard Sr. and Dave Kimbell will team up this month to provide the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club with their expert insight on Fly Fishing Small Streams on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, starting at 7:30 PM. Members and guests who attend will be rewarded with knowledge on tackle selection, casting techniques, finding and approaching fish and much more. Both Jerry Sr. and Dave are long-time members of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club and both have contributed greatly to our club’s longevity and many other successes. Members and Guests alike are encouraged to join us for this very special, informative, and doubtlessly entertaining presentation.

If you haven’t yet experienced Fly Fishing Small Streams, consider this: In the U.S., only Alaska has more miles of streams than Pennsylvania’s 83,000 miles, and while much of the Pennsylvania lands have been developed to the riparian edge (and beyond), over 5,100 miles of waterways still exist in wild and undeveloped state forest lands. In our home waters of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club, the Delaware R. flows for nearly 300 miles without interruption from standing dams, draining over 13,500 square miles of four basin states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) through roughly 216 feeder streams.

The Delaware R. is a popular destination for anglers and other water recreation. As such, the Delaware R. can become a bit crowded and noisy – especially around the warmer seasonal holidays and weekends. When this happens many of us seek out the solitude and action of those smaller, cooler, feeder streams and wooded creeks containing trout, smallmouth bass and many other species. Fly Fishing these small streams successfully requires a wholly unique set of tools, tactics and skills, and for this reason, our upcoming February 26 meeting is dedicated to Fly Fishing Small Streams.

We hope you will join us and Bring a Friend!

Ray Miller Returns with Bonefishing in the Bahamas!

Not to be daunted, Ray Miller has remedied the technical glitch that halted his presentation in November, and he is returning on January 22, 2014 (7:30 PM) to provide us with his presentation: Bonefishing in the Bahamas!

For more information about Ray and this presentation, please see our earlier post.

We look forward to seeing everyone again, at this, our first meeting of 2014!