The Return of Henry Ramsey

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

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Our next meeting – Flyfishing while Kayaking

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.

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.

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!

Fly Fishing on a Budget

I recently had the pleasure to speak at length to a founding member, and Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club, Jerry Girard Sr. Jerry’s knowledge of fly fishing spans far beyond the act of angling – he is also a recognized historian of fly fishing in America and is a collector of antique fly fishing equipment and ephemera. Jerry’s interjection of these topics among his educational presentations at club meetings and classes helps to emphasize the robust history of our sport – lending the modern angler a very real sense of connection to past generations of fly fishers.

As our conversation turned to focus on the economics of fly fishing, particularly those costs associated with entering the sport, Jerry reassured that it can be done on a tight budget – though he is quick to include that fortunes large and small can also be spent. Among some angling circles today fly fishing continues to be labeled a sport for the wealthy. At one time, here in the U.S., that may have been so. Well-balanced rods with finely tuned action could only be purchased from a master craftsmen who could spend a hundred hours or more creating such a rod by hand. Rods such as these could cost a fortune and be wholly unattainable to the average working-class angler. I’m quite sure that this rooted perception has wrongly kept many people from fly fishing today. Thus, the goal of this article is to dispel the myth of fly fishing as a sport only for the wealthy and to encourage anglers who may be feeling the pinch of today’s economy that they can begin fly fishing for less than $100.00.

On the first stop on your shopping trip, particularly if you haven’t fly fished before, I strongly recommend you attend an Introduction to Fly Fishing Class – and the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers Club offers an excellent course later this month on March 22, 2014, and this is where you should spend your first $25.00 from your budget. For more information or to reserve your seat call us at: (215) 245-0677. A class such as this will provide you with the information you need to select the equipment necessary for you to reach your fly fishing goals – and as such, this article will not cover those details of what to purchase and why – those are covered in the class.

A quick online search this morning of the “big-name” outdoor sports vendors revealed that a very nice rod and reel combo (with floating weight-forward line, leader and backer) can be purchased for as little as $40.00. These are moderate action, 4-piece, graphite rods available in line weights of 5, 6 and 8 lbs. The lengths available are either 8.5 ft. or 9 ft. and come with cork handles and aluminum reel seats. The reels themselves can be switched for either right or left hand retrieval and are built with adjustable disc-drag. (Just to note: the next least expensive combo with similar features was priced at $60.00.) These modern rods are quite durable and surprisingly cast worthy… certainly well enough to provide years of angling fun.

The rod and reel combo above requires the additional purchase of a tippet or two to get started. Ranging from 3X to 6X the same vendor offered 30-yard spools for $1.88 each. Buying tippet materials by the spool is the most economical option, though you can also purchase tapered tippet-leader combinations of various lengths but you will pay a premium for the convenience of not tying your own.

Finally, the flies need to be purchased. While assortment packs are available and may seem to be the way to get a large and broad selection, I would recommend another option and this will require a visit to your local fly fishing vendor preferably one located near the waters you intend to fish. Go to the shop and introduce yourself to the proprietor who, in almost every case, will be a wealth of knowledge about the local waters, and ask them to help you select flies from these categories:

• Match the Hatch
• Attractor
• Dry or emerger
• Sinking or wet.

Fishing some combination of surface or near surface fly along with a sinking or wet fly tied onto a dropper will increase your chances for a bite. When matching the hatch, ask for guidance on selecting flies of different sizes. Depending on your selection, these flies can cost between $0.75 to $1.50 each. Consider selecting between 16 and 20 flies – with a few duplicates for those recommended as the most productive – and we’ll average the cost for simplicity here at $1.00 each. You can skip the specialty fly storage box for now and make use of something you have at home (empty prescription bottles, small candy tins, etc.). Once you get these flies home, if you are planing to release your catch, use a pair of pliers or a small file to remove the barb from the hook.

So, we’ve made a significant number of purchases to get us on the water for opening day. Let’s examine our total:

1 ea. Rod and reel with backer, line and leader = $40.00
3 ea. Tippet line = $ 5.64
1 ea. Shipping = $ 5.00
20 ea. Flies = $20.00
1 ea. Introduction to Fly Fishing Class = $25.00
Total = $95.64 (taxes not calculated)

Keep in mind, this is a bare-bones set up and a spartan example just to illustrate that you can start with nothing and build a kit and the knowledge to fly fish for under $100.00.

This, I believe, is a good starting point for budget conscious anglers – whether you are tentatively frugal entering a new sport, selecting an outfit for an angling youth (who knows what they will be into next week?), or simply in a pinch between pay days. Fly Fishing is affordable, fun, and provides a great opportunity to get close to nature, in peaceful solitude or with family and friends.

For more information about fly fishing come out to one of our monthly meetings, or better still, enroll in our Introduction to Fly Fishing Class.

We hope you join us!