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.
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
Our next meeting will be Wednesday May 27, 2015. We have an interesting Guest Speaker Mr. Ricky Wolbert. The topic will be fly fishing from a kayak. Wolbert serves as a guide to those who wish to fly fish from a kayak. Mr Wolbert, will be speaking about Fly fishing while Kayaking in freshwater and saltwater. Wolbert leads people to locations including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and occasionally Florida. This will be an interesting topic, to learn how he can fish and control a kayak at the same time. Join us to learn, hear adventures, and stories about Ricky’s trips and his techniques.
Our Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, at the Yardley VFW Post, 1444 Yardley Newtown Rd, starting at 7:30 pm. Just off I-95 at the Newtown Exit #49.
Each meeting begins with Fellowship Followed by a small business portion and then A presentation on Fly fishing.
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.
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.