Fish Poaching with Young Anglers

As a Delaware Valley Fly Fisher, how often have you arrived at one of your favorite fishing holes only to find it occupied by unlicensed poachers, who, somehow, are able to quickly reel in lines with dozens of hooks, toss their trash into the bushes, and load their over-the-limit, undersized and out-of-season catch into their cooler and hit the highway before you can find the number for your local WCO (Waterways Conservation Officer)? If you live and fish in and around the Delaware Valley your answer is probably “more often than you’d care to remember.”

What can we do about it? Not much. Confrontation is probably not the best option. Perhaps write down their license plate and a few notes describing who and what you saw, then report it when you are safe and able. In the end – this doesn’t seem to be a very satisfying course of action so let me suggest an alternative: Become a Poacher Yourself!

Before you get your tippet in a granny knot let me explain…
Selected waters across Pennsylvania, stocked with trout, are open to fishing under special regulations on the Saturday preceding the opening day of trout season. Yes, you can fish for trout a week before most everyone else as long as you are participating in the PFBC’s 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing days. As an adult, you will need your valid fishing license and trout permit. Your “Mentored Youth” (less than 16 years of age) must possess a current “Mentored Youth Permit” or a “Voluntary Youth License.” While the “Permit” is free, I’d ask that you consider purchasing a full “Voluntary Youth License” which only costs $2.70. I recommend this because the “License” provides a great return for your investment: for each “Voluntary Youth License” sold, the PFBC receives $5.00 back in federal funding and these funds are earmarked for outreach and education programs with the goal to introduce our young people to our fine angling sports in the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit the PFBC website on the Mentored Youth Program.

Okay, so you say that you wouldn’t exactly be “poaching” these fish because you are properly licensed and permitted. Your criticism is fair enough. So here is your second option to poach fish – that is – here is a fine recipe to try with your early season catch:

Trout Poached in White Wine with Thyme

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

1/2 stick chilled butter
1 large leek (thinly sliced and well rinsed, using the white and pale green parts)
1 med. carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 trout, boned and butterflied
2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, minced
2 bay leaves, each sliced in half
1 cup of Riesling white wine.

In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat and sauté the leek and carrot strips until just tender (about 5 minutes). Arrange trout, skin side down in a large roasting pan and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, black pepper and half of the thyme. Spread the leek and carrot mixture evenly over each fish and top each off with a half-tablespoon of butter (you should have about 3 tablespoons of butter reserved). Then gently poor the wine over the fish trying not to wash away the other ingredients.

Bake the trout until the center of each is just opaque, about 15 minutes. Transfer the fish and veggies onto plates and keep them warm with foil. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into your skillet and reduce this by boiling and constant stirring to about 3/4 of a cup (about 5 minutes). Remove any remaining bay leaves. Add remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and remaining thyme and whisk mixture until butter has melted. Pour sauce over fish and serve.

This dish is great served with some steamed asparagus and a simple baked potato.

Special Note to our friends and followers: If you do take a young person fishing on this special day we invite you to send a photo from your trip… or your dinner table!

8-Week Fly Tying Class about to begin!

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club will be holding its annual, 8-week long Fly Tying Classes, beginning January 7, 2014, starting at 7:00 PM. There will be a table and instructors for both  beginning and advanced tiers. Each class is about 1.5 hours long.
The fee is $50.00 for nonmembers, and $20 for Club Members (which, for club members, is fully refundable with your donation of two-dozen flies to the club for use as prizes at shows and meetings).
Classes will be held at the Yardley VFW Post (1444 Yardley-Newtown Road, Yardley, PA 19067).
Bring your own tying tools and materials (some additional materials may be provided by the instructor). Registration will be held on the first night of class – and additional walk-in students can join at any time.

We hope you can join us!

A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime

Teach someone to fish and they’ll be fed for a lifetime.
This loose paraphrasing from Anne Ritchie’s 1885 short story “Mrs. Dymond” has inspired people, and whole social movements, for over 125 years! Why?
Because it is a “simple truth.”

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club can help you give this gift of a simple truth to that special angler in your life this holiday season… and it may be the best valued gift you could give and certainly one that they’ll always remember!

Call us today at (215) 245-0677 to reserve a seat for your family member or friend at one of our classes: Introduction to Fly Fishing ($25.00), or Introduction to Fly Fishing on the Little Lehigh Creek ($50.00 includes lunch), or our eight-week long Fly Tying Class ($50.00).

Any of these thoughtful gifts would be perfect for your boss, or favorite auto mechanic, school teacher, little league coach, postal carrier, barber, Secret Santa or Pollyanna, and don’t forget that helpful young person in your neighborhood. Consider gifting one for yourself!

So, if you are still searching for a special “gift to last a lifetime” for the special angler in your life, then give us a call. Any of these Classes are perfect for stocking-stuffing.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE: If you complete your holiday gift shopping with us today – you just might be able to avoid the crush at the mall this weekend!
Now that is a pretty good deal, eh?

For more information on class dates and times, please visit our “Classes” page or call us at (215) 245-0677.

Last Call – for Fine Dining with Fish Tales

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club’s Holiday Banquet is NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 11, 2013. Please don’t wait any longer to submit your DVFF 2013 Holiday Dinner Reservation Form to Jerry Girard Sr.

Choose one of five great meal options for only $25.00… and as a bonus, by simply joining us at the table, you can enjoy a longer life, lower blood pressure, greater optimism, broader social trust and overall better health – not to mention some tips, tricks and insight to improve your fly fishing – after all, this is a Fly Fishing Club!

So, don’t wait until the December 5th Deadline to reserve seats for you and your guests!

Download the DVFF 2013 Holiday Dinner Reservation Form.

2012 Holiday Dinner

2012 Holiday Dinner

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers welcome you!

Welcome to the NEW Delaware Valley Fly Fishers’ website!

We hope that this new site will encourage you to learn more and fish more – and we hope that you will join our club to take advantage of all that we have to offer the discerning fly angler – whether you are an expert or novice we have something to offer everyone interested in the sport – year round.