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The 3rd Thursday of the Month

The 2013 - 2014 Meeting Schedule


 Sep. 19, 2013

Bamboo Rods

Jim Downes and Jonas from the Feathered Hook in Coburn will present an evening talking on building and choosing a bamboo fly rod. Jim Downes, of the LJ Downes rod company, has been building bamboo fly rods professionally for more than 15 years. The enthusiasm and dedication to the art of cane rod making is reflected in the exacting fly rods he crafts. Culms of bamboo used in the L J Downes rod shop were hand selected in China over two decades ago. His tapers are proprietary, based on but not copied from Heddon’s high-end fly rods. Attention to detail and outstanding workmanship are the hallmarks of an L J Downes bamboo fly rod. Not only are these rods pleasing to the eye, they are made to be fished!

  NOTICE!!! The October meeting will be Wednesday, October 16. We apologize for the change. Please pass the word along to your fishing buddies.  

 Oct. 17, 2013

Bonefish in the Bahamas

Our very own Ray Miller, operator of River Sage Outfitters, will do a show on fishing for bonefish in the Bahamas. Ray specializes in personalized small group adventures to fly fishing and wing shooting destinations worldwide.  From Alaska to Argentina Ray has assembled a list of trips that will be sure to please everyone in your group.  By specializing in small group destinations River Sage Outfitters can customize each trip to fit your exact needs. 

 Nov. 21, 2013

Rangley Streamers

 Don’t miss this meeting. Sharon Wright will be here tonight.

Sharon E. Wright lives in Lisbon, Maine, between the Sabattus and Androscoggin Rivers. Her inherited interest in Maine tradition and history is evident in her original fly designs which have become her signature in the fly-tying community. She loves to share her passion for tying classic patterns and their histories which has evolved into presentations, shows, and classes. Her appearances include Featured Presenter at the L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Spring Fishing Expo, the University of Maine Folklife Center at the American Folk Festival, Cabelas Spring Fishing Expo, Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, Dallas Fly Fishers, and celebrity tier at major East Coast fly-fishing shows. She has been recognized for several of her original designs including the L.L.Bean 100th Anniversary Streamer, the State of Maine Streamer, and the Blueback Trout, which have appeared in regional and international publications. Her custom designs were recently featured in a collaborative work with author/photographer David Klausmeyer in the 2012 winter issue of Catch Magazine.  Her great, great, great grandfather was Joshua Gross Rich, one of Maine’s earliest and most prominent outdoor sporting pioneers of the famed Rangeley Lakes region.  Many of her original designs are reflective of her heritage, the region, and her family history. Her concentration is on Maine streamers and classic wet flies. She is a regular contributor to Fly Tyer magazine and is currently writing her first book, Tying Heritage Feather-wing Streamers, for Stackpole Books.

 Dec. 19, 2013

Annual Christmas Party Auction

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


Notice January Meeting is the 4th Thursday


 Jan. 23, 2014

 Ed Engle - Off Beat Tactics that Catch Fish

Every now and then the tactics that usually catch trout don’t work. In this program Ed explores nonstandard tactics that may work when the normal stuff doesn’t, like fishing the same side of the river with streamers, using large spent wing spinners as attractors, drowning terrestrial patterns, active alternatives to dead-drifting nymphs, high-sticking dry flys, presenting attractor patterns in new ways or swinging dry flys on a tight line. In addition to presenting specific nonstandard tactics the program will encourage fly fishers to let go of their preconceived notions whenever confronted with unusual or difficult fishing conditions.

Note: This is a special program and there is a nominal $10 fee for non-members 

 Feb. 20, 2014

Don Balylor

Don has spoken to the club several times in recent years an is expert on the Pocono hatches and streams. His other passion is the history of American fly-fishing. Most experienced fly fishers are familiar with the origins of American fly fishing in the Catskills and such historical figures as Hewitt and Theodore Gordon. Howver, few fly fisherman know that before the Catskills, it was the Poconos and streams like the Brodhead where fly-fishing had its earliest origins. Don will speak about these early days and their lasting influence on American Fly Fishing.

Don Baylor is a fisheries biologist with Aquatic Resource Consulting in the Poconos. He has lived all his life in Stroudsburg, PA and has been an avid fly fisherman since age 11. His life long fishing experiences in the Poconos has made him an expert on the streams and hatches of the Poconos and Upper Delaware. He first published a booklet on fishing the Poconos called Pocono Hatches back in 1980. He has recently revised (2009) and expanded that book as Pocono and Upper Delaware Hatches. The revised book is an excellant overview of the main hatches in the Poconos and discusses which stream they occur. It also includes tying patterns and instructions.

 Mar. 20, 2014

Fishing Western Waters

Long time club member Al Smeraglio spent month’s traveling, camping, and fly fishing most the the fabled western waters. Tonight Al will share with us the rivers and fishing techniques for fishing out west.


 Apr. 17, 2014

Rick Nyles - Hatches, CDC Flies and Fishing Penns Creek

Rick is guide/owner of Sky Blue Outfitters, a fly fishing guide service located in Eastern Pennsylvania. Fly fishing for over 35 years Rick is an accomplished fly tier and uses CDC (Cul De Canard) feathers in all his dry flies. Come find out Rick's unique approach to dry fly fishing and tying.


 May 15, 2014

Ozzie Ozefovich ( ) will present his show "Not Just Trout". Come out to the meeting to enjoy the presentation and find answers to the question "Why do we love to fish?" The show includes the most picturesque and unique clips of trout in their liquid environment together with other creatures, flora and fauna - both above and below the water's surface - that were encountered during many years of filming the underwater world of trout.

 Jun. 19, 2014

Bob Bonney will present a program about fishing for steelhead.


A few of our past speakers

Bob Clouser


Don Douple


Ozzie Ozefovich


Bill Skilton


Ben Turpin Wet Fly Water Guides: Dave Allbaugh and George Lashinsky.

Charlie Meck


Frank Plucinsky

Tom Baltz



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Classes: Fly Tying & Tactics and Strategies


The Fall 2013 classes begin in September and the Winter (2014) classes in January. Click Here for detailed information.


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        2013 Trout Season

            Southeast Regional Opening Day March 30, 2013 (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 13th, 2013 (the 1st Saturday after Apr. 11th)


Fly Fishing Clinics & Seminars


                This year's Seminar will be April 6th, 2013 

Directions to Resica Falls

The Day's Agenda


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Club Fishing Trips

Saturday Oct. 19, 2013


Tuscarora Lake at Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, PA


From Rt 309, 2 miles west of Tamaqua turn on to Tuscarora lake rd - to the lake.

From Rt 54, go into Barnesville and turn on to State Rt 1018 - to the lake.

There is map's on the Fish commission web sight.

Meeting time - between 8 to 9 am at the park boat launch..



Click Here to sign-up for the trip: Lake Fishing Day

Saturday Nov. 2, 2013


 Cast and Blast Outing at French Creek State Park

 Click here for Details and to sign-up for the day. Assemble at the main park office at 8:30am. Hunters will be leaving promptly at 9am for the fields.

Click Here to sign-up for the trip: Cast & Blast Sign-up

Saturday Nov. xx-xx, 2013  Club Trip to Pulaski NY - Salmon / Steelhead
Saturday Mar. 29, 2014  Opening Day - South East PA
Saturday Apr. 5, 2014  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, Steve Birkenmaier, Ed Emery, Jay Kapolka, Al Smeraglio, Ray Miller
bulletCooking Staff;: Steve Larson, Rich Metzger, Steve Nack, Ed Emery
bulletFor Cabin information call Scout Headquarters at 610-688-6900
Saturday Apr 12, 2014 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 Steve Larson 
Saturday Apr 19, 2014  Stick Day on the Brodhead
bullet Breakout that Bamboo Rod
bulletMeet for lunch at the Park right under the Rt 191 bridge
bulletLunch Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips and Soda
bulletCooking Staff Steve Nack, Steve Larson
Fri - Sun  May 30, 2014  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
bulletMust arrange own tenting/Sleeping arrangements
bulletWill break up in groups to fish

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 Jun 6, 2014  Penns Creek - Central Pa
bulletContact Steve Larson 215-822-1511 for information
bulletMake reservations at The Feathered Hook, Colburn PA 1-814-349-8757
bullet Breakfast included
bulletDinner usually on the Grill at the Feathered Hook, everyone splits the cost
bullet Alternate Stay,
bulletGuides available, Contact Feathered Hook


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Sportsman's Shows                  

 International Fly Tying Symposium  @ Double Tree Hotel, Somerset, NJ  Nov. 17-18, 2012
 The Fly Fishing Show  @ Garden State Conventions Center, Somerset , N.J.  Jan. 25-27, 2013
 Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show @ PA Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA  
 The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show @ Oaks Convention Center   Feb. 14-17, 2013
 The World Fishing and Outdoor Expo @ Suffern, NY  
 Philadelphia Sportsman's Show @ Valley Forge Convention Center  
 The Saltwater Fishing Expo  @ Somerset, N.J.  
 The Calvary Outdoor Expo - Souderton, PA   Mar. 2, 2013
Links for Finding Shows:  
     PA Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureaus  
     Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council  

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