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The 3rd Thursday of the Month

The 2016 - 2017 Meeting Schedule


 Sep. 15, 2016

Scott Cesari - Pocono Patterns

Scott will present, "The History of Fly Fishin In America as Seen Through the Eyes of the Hook. Through Scott's study of the flies that were created to fish the waters of the Pocono Mountain Region in NE Pennsylvania, the presentation details both the flies that he found and how it illustrates the history of our sport. You will learn about patterns that date back as far as the mid 1800's, about the rise and fall of the famed Henryville House and it's prestigious guests, and you will see how some of the patterns he discovered can be traced back to the very first English writings on fly fishing from the 1600's.

 Oct. 20, 2016


Don Douple - Native Trout & Hatches in PA

Long-time time club members are all familiar with Don Douple and his excellent presentations. Don is a photographer, nature artist and one of the most knowledgeable experts on Pennsylvania hatches and how to fish them. He has also developed some very creative patterns for fishing in Pa. Several years ago he moved up to central Pennsylvania to focus on fishing some of the premier limestone streams of the state college area. While I don’t know the exact focus of Thursday’s presentation, but I guarantee you that it will be one of the most informative and useful presentations of the year.

 Nov. 17, 2016

Barry and Cathy Beck Dry Fly Strategies

 Dec. 15, 2016

Annual Christmas Party Auction

Once again our prestigious auctioneer, Sam Vigorita, will host the annual auction with his ‘ball-busting’ style

Notice: The Christmas Party/Auction meeting will begin with food & refreshments at 6PM.

 Jan. 26, 2017

The Jan. 2017 meeting is the 4th Thursday 


 Jan. 26, 2017

Streamer Fishing with Landon Mayer.

Landon is a fly fishing guide and author in the Florissant, CO area, calling the South Platte his home waters. He has been guiding on these waters for the past 17 years.

Landon is a contributing writer for High County Angler and Fly Fisherman Magazine. He has also been featured in Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing and Fish and Fly.

Through trial, error and perseverance, he has developed innovative techniques for sighting, hooking and landing selective trout. He shares these techniques and secrets in his books titled "Colorado's Best Fly Fishing', "Sight for Trout and "How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your LIfe".

 Feb. 16, 2017

Henry Rsmsey

Henry is the author ofthe new book "Keystone Fly Fishing, the Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania's Best Water". He will be discussing what are the best hatches on PA's best streams, where to find the hatches and how to fish them. He previously published "Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout". Henry is an experienced fishing guide and fly tyer and has been fly fishing for more than 35 years.

 Mar. 16, 2017

Brian Shumaker

Brian is the owner of Susquehanna River Guides, specializing in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River that runs through Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River is a fertile limestone river and home to one of the best smallmouth fisheries in the East. This majestic river is rich in food, with rock ledges and wide shallow riffles laden with nymphs, crayfish and other foods. This environment ensures prolific hatches and rapid growth rates and holds the promise of thrilling smallmouth fishing!

 Apr. 20, 2017

Tom Gilmore

Tom is a dedicated environmentalist. His 1983 to 2012 tenure as NJ AudubonŐs President is punctuated by at least four major environmental achievements. But his passion and respect for the outdoors doesnŐt end there. Tom is also an avid fly fisherman.

Tom has fly fished around the world for over 40 years. During that time he has recorded the details of landing over 11,000 game fish with a fly rod. He is an accomplished author, having written numerous articles on the many aspects of fly fishing, and is currently working on his fourth fly fishing book.

Tom's first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002 by Countryman Press, and represented the first book dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of this exciting and challenging species, extremely fast and strong for their weight. His second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006 by Countryman Press. Here Tom Gilmore explained the behavior and habits of the several species of tuna, and where they can be found. His book includes tackle, tactics and important flies and knots, and is considered an indispensable guide for those pursuing this sport fishing trophy.

His Fly Fisher's Guide to Pennsylvania was published in 2016. The book details 160 trout streams and provides detailed driving directions to over 400 public access points. Under the sections "What the Experts Say" the author shares insights gleaned from interviews of over two dozen guides and experienced fly anglers.

 May 18, 2017

Mark Sedotti

Mark Sedotti is a pioneer in Northeast saltwater fly fishing. He was born and raised in Port Chester, NY, 26 miles north of New York City on Long Island Sound. Here he developed the flies and casting techniques to fish the rich local waters for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and other gamefish of the Northeast coastline. Naturally, Mark expanded into freshwater fishing over the years, and has vast experience fishing for trout, Pike, and even Makinaw with a fly rod.

He is a respected fly casting instructor and teacher who has written articles that have been published in the: “American Angler, Fly Tier, Outdoor Life, The Fisherman,” and more featuring trout, pike and other species of fish. As the Casting Columnist for Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine (1995-2000), Mark is known for his articles on Striped Bass, Bluefish, and False Albacore.

Mark is known for casting unusually large flies (4" to over 24") tremendous distances, with uncanny accuracy. Both things once thought impossible. He does this with a unique, ultra-powerful back cast called the "Sayonara Sling". He casts distances with magnum back casts of 120’-140’.

He's also had some of his fly patterns, such as the Sedotti's Slammer menhaden series, the Sedotti Mackerel, and the Sedotti Flounder, to name three, featured in articles and fly tying books. Many of his patterns are giant and are castable by design, because of his concept of "weight balancing", which involves adding enough weight to the fly to counter (and negate) a pattern's drag. He's now into tying patterns that exhibit strike triggering actions, similar to what you see in many popular soft plastic baits.

 Jun. 15, 2017




A few of our past speakers

Bob Clouser

Lefty Kreh

Gary Borger

Bill Skilton

Ben Turpin

Marc Pettijean

Charlie Meck


Ozzie Ozefovich

Tom Baltz



Previous Meetings
2015-2016 Calendar of Events
2014-2015 Calendar of Events
2013-2014 Calendar of Events
2012-2013 Calendar of Events
2011-2012 Calendar of Events
2010-2011 Calendar of Events
2009-2010 Calendar of Events
2008-2009 Calendar of Events
2007-2008 Calendar of Events
2006-2007 Calendar of Events
2005-2006 Calendar of Events
2004-2005 Calendar of Events



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Classes: Fly Tying & Tactics and Strategies


The Fall 2016-17 classes begin in September and the Winter (2017) classes in January. Click Here for detailed information.


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        2017 Trout Season

            Southeast Regional Opening Day April 1, 2017 (the 1st Saturday after Mar. 28th)

All streams in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties.

            Regular Opening Day April 15, 2017 (the 1st Saturday after Apr. 11th)


Fly Fishing Clinics & Seminars


                This year's Seminar will be April 8, 2017 

Directions to Resica Falls

The Day's Agenda


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Club Fishing Trips

Saturday Oct. 8, 2016


Scotts Run Lake

The fish commission stocks many of the local lakes in early October. his year the club will be going to Scott's Run Lake at French Creek State Park. It is a beautiful small lake and the fishing should be very good. The club will meet at the lake to fish for the day. THis year we will be cooking a hamburger lunch on the local grills. In addition, Sam Vigorita will be running a casting clinic in the afternoon. Come out for a great day!

Saturday Nov. 5, 2016


Cast and Blast Outing at  Beltsville Lake

Hunt for Grouse in the morning and fish for trout in the afternoon. Club members will meet at the main boat launch on Pohocopo Drive. If you plan on hunting be there by 8am sharp. If you're not a hunter you are welcome to come out for a daqy of fishing. Bring you own food and refreshments for the day.

Saturday Nov. xx-xx, 2016  Club Trip to Pulaski NY - Salmon / Steelhead
Saturday Apr. 1, 2017  Opening Day - South East PA
Saturday Apr. 8, 2017  Learn to Fly Fish Day - Resica Falls
bulletCoffee in the AM
bulletLunch Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chilli, Chips and Soda
bulletTraining Staff: Sam Vigorita, Dave Shillington
bulletCooking Staff;: Lenny Wasmanski Steve Nack, Ed Emery
bulletFor Cabin information call Scout Headquarters at 610-688-6900
Saturday Apr 15, 2017 Opening Day on the Brodhead
bullet Brodhead Creek, Stroudsburg, PA
bulletMeet for lunch at the Park right under the Rt 191 bridge
bulletLunch Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips and Soda 
bulletCooking Staff;: Lenny Wasmanski
Saturday Apr 22, 2017  Stick Day on the Brodhead
bullet Breakout that Bamboo Rod
bulletMeet for lunch at the Park right under the Rt 191 bridge
bulletBring your own lunch
Fri - Sun Jun. 2 - Jun 4, 2017  Upper Delaware Weekend Fishing Trip
bullet Pleasant Valley camp ground - Linda, 570-224-4083, Equinunk PA
bulletEach tent must call up for a reservation with number camping
bulletBring your own food for the weekend
bulletMust arrange own tenting/Sleeping arrangements
bulletWill break up in groups to fish
bulletSaturday night banquet. Cooking Staff: Lenny Wasmanski

The club camping trip is the 1st weekend in June. For those tent camping no need to make reservations, as space has been reserved. You will have to stop at the office and register and pay their charges. Anyone taking an RV or camper will need to call and make their own reservations.

Pleasant Valley Campsite, Equinunk, PA.  (2 miles SW on Pine Mill Road)

Googlemap from Equinunk to the Campground

Fri - Sun  May 19-21, 2017  Penns Creek - Central Pa
bulletMake reservations at The Feathered Hook, Colburn PA 1-814-349-8757
bulletOr email Jonas: Jonas @
bullet Breakfast included
bulletDinner usually on the Grill at the Feathered Hook, everyone splits the cost
bulletGuides available, Contact Feathered Hook
bullet7 'spots' will be held until mid January. Book now!


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Sportsman's Shows                  

 International Fly Tying Symposium   Somerset, NJ  Nov 21-22, 2015
 International Fly Tying Symposium   Lancaster, PA  Nov 21-22, 2015
 The Fly Fishing Show  @ Garden State Conventions Center, Somerset , N.J.  Jan 29-31, 2016
 Great American Outdoor Show @ PA Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA  Feb 6-14, 2016
 The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show @ Oaks Convention Center  Feb 25-28, 2016
 The World Fishing and Outdoor Expo @ Suffern, NY  Mar 10-13, 2016
 The Saltwater Fishing Expo  @ Somerset, N.J.  Mar 18-20, 2016
 The Calvary Outdoor Expo - Souderton, PA  Mar 5, 2016
Links for Finding Shows:  
     PA Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureaus  
     Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council  

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