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.
Colin Monahan has been pursing various species of fish since he was 12. Growing up in the greater Lehigh Valley area he was quickly introduced to stream trout and warm water fish in the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. He’s been fortunate enough to learn from pioneers and legends in the sport such as George Harvey and Joe Humphries as well as contemporaries like George Daniel and Joe Goodspeed. His love of angling has taken him to numerous locations around the world. As a practicing attorney, he spends his free time on the water or with his family.
Colin will be discussing various aspects of chasing muskellunge. His presentation will cover the gear, lines, and flies necessary, as well as fish habitat, conservation and angling etiquette. Apart from the crash course on Esox masquinongy, Colin will also discuss an important non profit organization who’s singular purpose is to educate anglers, preserve and establish viable populations of muskellunge, and above all, have fun while enjoying this precious resource.
Our guest speaker this month is Steve Turrisi from The Sporting Gentleman shop in Glen Mills, PA. Steve is currently the lead fly fishing and fly tying instructor for the Sporting Gentleman.
Steve’s program is about fishing the White River in Arkansas. He will discuss fly fishing with streamers for the large trout found in this famous tailwater fishery. Many large Rainbow and Brown trout are caught in the river below Bull Shoals Reservoir year-round.
Members and guests are invited free for this presentation. Time: 7:30pm Place: Yardley VFW Post,1444 Yardley Newtown Rd (RT 332),Yardley, PA 19067
Join us on April 27 as the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers will feature the return of Henry Ramsey. Henry previously wrote a book “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” which focuses on PA and east coast fly hatches. His book also contains various flies for Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. Henry also is a fly fishing guide and has fished Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Colorado just to name the a few.
Henry, will talk about the best flies for Pennsylvania streams. Also his experiences the places he has traveled. Last time he had copies of his book for sale.
DVFF Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Yardley VFW Post, 1440 Yardley Newtown Road. Minutes for I-95 and Shady Brooke farms
We begin with a social time at 7:00 pm. Followed by short business meeting then our presentation
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.