Pizza Raffle and Fly Rod Party!

Make that Pizza Party and Fly Rod Raffle!

The Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club will hold its annual June Pizza Party and Rod Raffle on Wednesday, June 23, 2014 starting 7:30 PM, at the Yardley VFW Post (1444 Yardley-Newtown Road, Yardley PA, 19067).

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Salmon Fly not included.

On hand will be a fine selection of fresh hot pizzas with each of the top favorite toppings as were voted on during the by-law review last month. As if this wasn’t enough, the Club will also hold the Fly Rod Raffle. This year’s prize is a very fine TFO Lefty Kreh Professional Series 9 ft, 4 wt, four-piece rod guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the raffle winner.

June is a relaxed, light-hearted meeting and an excellent time to make summer trip plans with your fellow club members. We hope you can join us – and we hope you can bring a friend.

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!

Notice: Introduction to Fly Fishing Class

I want to take this moment to remind everyone that the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club is offering its Introduction to Fly Fishing Class on March 22, 2014 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM). The fee for this class is only $25.00. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to call ahead to pre-register: (215) 245-0677. Bring along your notebook and your rod and reel with line (though not required).

From personal experience I can say that this class is probably one of the finest available – for many reasons. When I attended this class – the first time – I had already been fishing for over 30 years. I learned much more than simply how to “fly fish”… I learned specifics about fish behavior and angler behavior that, once applied, brought me even more joy and success in the angling sports I grew up with.

Our expert members will share their knowledge:

At the right time: This class will provide you with all the information you will need in order to have a fun and fulfilling “opening day” fly fishing for trout in Pennsylvania.
Of the right gear: From rod and reel to boots and hats – you will learn what you need and what you won’t need to fulfill your fly fishing goals.
Of the right tactics: You will learn to “read the water” and to “match the hatch” to help you decide whether to fish the top, the bottom, or somewhere between.
Of tips and tricks: You will learn about what goes into all those vest pockets – from the latest little gadgets to well tested home-made tools and much more.
Of fly casting: Bring your rod or borrow one of ours because you are going to learn to fly cast, or, learn to fly cast better than you do already with help from our FFF-certified casting instructors (Federation of Fly Fishers).

If you enjoy this class and want to take your skills to the next level, or you are looking for more advanced training, take a look at our upcoming “on-water” Fly Fishing Class on the Little Lehigh Creek. We’ll discuss this at greater length in a future posting.

One other personal note I would like to share: Fly Fishing is NOT an expensively exclusive sport. You will learn that you can – even with a small budget and simple equipment care – enjoy a lifetime of fly fishing without breaking the bank! (More about fly fishing on a budget will be presented in a later posting.)

This class will be held at the Yardley VFW Post (#3693), 1444 Yardley-Newtown Road, Yardley, Bucks County, PA 19067. After the morning session the class will take a break for lunch and you are welcome to join us at one of the nearby eateries, then, back to start the afternoon session.

Please share this with your friends, neighbors and family – this truly is a great class for beginners to get started as well as a refresher for those with some experience. This is also a wonderful and affordable opportunity for a “Family Day” outing and even an “early” Father’s Day present.

You can find images from a previous class on our Past Events page.

We hope you can join us!