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2016-2017 Class Information and Schedules

The MLFT club offers classes for beginner through advanced fly tyers and fly fishers.  Classes are held twice a year, in the fall and winter. The tying classes have multiple instructors to teach and coach beginners, novice, intermediate and advanced tyers. The Tactics and Strategy class includes specific tips for fishing the Upper Delaware River.


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Tying Class: If you’re interested in fly-fishing and fly-tying, this is the course you’ve been waiting for. Don’t wait; be ready for opening day. Learn how to create wet flies, dry flies, nymphs, streamers, and bass bugs. The class is divided into two groups; beginners and intermediate to advanced tyers. There is an instructor for each group. For beginners, suggestions for tools and materials will be given at the first class. Advanced instruction is  available for experienced tyers wishing to advance their fly-tying skills. Instructors: Sam Vigorita & Dave Shillington

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Tactics & Stratigies Class: Improve your skills and catch more fish! Learn how to "read" the waters of a trout stream. Find out where fish live, how to approach them, and how to catch them. Know what they feed on and learn the types of flies to use at different times of the year. Become a better fisherman and reduce your chances of coming up empty. The instructor is one of the area's most successful trout anglers and has logged literally thousands of hours fishing and instructing on East Coast trout and salmon waters. Instructor: Sam Vigorita

Fly Tying - Dry Flys: Advanced tyers class specifically targeted to Sam Vigorita's very own dry fly patterns and techniques that are featured in his book, Fly Patterns - An Edge Above the Rest.  These patterns were developed from years of fishing the Upper Delaware River. If you're looking for that 'edge' to be successful when fishing the Upper D, sign up for this class.

Dry Fly Tactics -  Upper Delaware  /  Dry’s and Why ” - instructor Sam Vigorita

For years everyone is always asking why is Sam catching more fish and bigger fish then everyone else, even when we use the same fly.  Why ?  This is what Sam has to say:

I have been working on this for the past couple seasons and will now put on this new class to answer all the why’s.

You might also ask why has no one else ever put on such a class. Well as far as I can tell from talking to many of the so call pro’s, they just do not understand the feeding habits of these particular fish. I will show where, when and how to fish Dry fly’s on the Upper Delaware and how to present them.

Learn what patterns to use and how to tie them.  Leader set up and most important the Proper Presentation and how to achieve it. Find out why these fish feed differently then any other Trout in other streams and what needs to be done to entice them to your fly.

You will also be shown how, where and why they feed the way they do. We will take an in depth view into the feeding window of an Upper Delaware Trout. Including drawings, slides and photos of how, where and when they feed.

With 35 years of fishing this wonderful river and a book over flowing with 20” plus trout photos I can honestly say I have learned a few things on how these fantastic fish live, feed and think.  This will be an in depth look into everything you want and need to know to increase your success rate on the  “ UPPER D ”.

Sam   <*)))><


Class locations and schedule

Class Location Season Start Dates
Fly-Tying Greater Plymouth Community Center Fall 2016 Oct 5 for 6 Wednesdays, 7-9pm.
The fall class will be geared to intermediate tyers with at least 1 year tying experience. No advanced or beginners separate sessions.    
Fly-Tying -

Advanced, Intermediate and beginners will be accommodated

Greater Plymouth Community Center Winter 2017 Feb 2, 6 classes Thursday nights. No class club meeting nights.
Fly-Tying Cheltenham H.S. Fall 2016 Sep 29 for 6 Thursdays, 7-9pm. No class on club meeting nights
Fly Tying - Dry Flys Sporting Gentleman    
Beginner Fly-Tying(*) Souderton Area Fall 2016 Sep 27 for 6 Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Intermediate Fly-Tying (**) Souderton Area Winter 2017 Feb 14 for 6 Tuesdays
Tactics & Strategies (***) Souderton Area Winter 2017 Feb 13 for 5 Mondays, 7-9pm

(*) These classes are targeted for beginners to novice tyers with up to 1 year experience only.

(**) This is a follow-on course for intermediate fly tying  techniques

(***) The Souderton area strategie's class includes free attendance at the  clubs annual Learn to Fly Fish 1 day clinic at Resica Falls. The winter class, weather permitting, will include a 6th class session demonstrating fly casting techniques.

Registration for Greeter Plymouth Community Center

You must pre-register by calling the Greater Plymouth Community Center at 610-277-4312 and pay by credit card. Cost is $58 non-township resident, $50 for township residents (and a discount is given if you are a member of the Center).

Cheltenham High School - Adult Education

You must pre-register by calling the Cheltenham Township Adult School at 215-887-1720 and pay by credit card. Cost of the class is $88.

Registration for Souderton Area School District Classes:

Fly-Tying class is $55. Tactics & Strategies class is $50. To register for classes the Community Education, at 215-721-1551. Classes held at Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Pike, Soudeton.

Souderton Area Community Education
760 Lower Road
Souderton, PA 18964

Registration for The Sporting Gentleman Classes:

Contact The Sporting Gentleman shop at (610) 361-2001. Sign up fast this class will fill quickly. 

The Sporting Gentleman
128 Glen Mills Rd
Glen Mills, PA 19342

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