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.

Sad event -The passing of longtime DVFF member Wallace Schmaltz

It is with sorrow today we report the passing of Wally Schmaltz.
Wally was a member of DVFF for over 30 years and until the last three years had always attended our monthly meetings.

Wallace SchmaltzWallace Schmaltz Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:47 am Wallace ‘Wally’ Schmaltz of the Cobalt Ridge section of Levittown passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Yardley. He celebrated his 90th birthday on April 26th. Wally is survived by his son, Wade and his companion, Michiko; his dear granddaughter, Erica and her husband, Jeremy; two great grandchildren, Caleb and Logan; and many nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his best friend and wife, Shirley Craig Schmaltz; a dear sister­in­law, Bonnie McKinnell; and dear friends, Bob and Joan Russell. He was born in West Pittston to the late Emma and Erwin Schmaltz. He was a graduate of West Pittston High School and attended Trenton Junior College. Wally worked as a motor winder for Lockwood Electric Motor Service, Trenton, and after his retirement, he worked for Kufen Electric in Warminster, until he was 81. He was a member of Oxford Valley Chapel, and until a few years ago was very active in the church’s Music Ministry. He sang in the choir, and enjoyed playing his trumpet. He was a great musician, and in his early years had his own German band. Wally loved fly fishing, and enjoyed his summers at his summer home in the mountains on the lake. He was a charter member of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club. Relatives and friends are invited to Wally’s life celebration starting at 3 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Oxford Valley Chapel, 198 Bristol­Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, PA 19056, followed by his memorial service at 4 p.m. A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the church after the service. Memorial contributions in Wally’s name may be made to his church at the above listed address.DunnGivnish Funeral Home, Langhorne

Looking for Ideas

Our Speaker has been rescheduled to April. Therefore are March meeting held on March 23, we will take this time to have brainstorming and planning session. DVFF is getting ready to have our busy season and we have several events coming up. These include our upcoming learn to fish fly days March 26th and April 23rd, A Fishing derby, charity fishing events.  As Always, we need members help to make these events work.  We will be looking for ideas and people to help take the lead for some of these events.


DVFF Meetings are held beginning at 7 pm, at the Yardley VFW Post, 1440 Yardley Newtown Road. Minutes for I-95 and shady Brooke farms