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News and General Postings

Dec 7, 2016 Notice. The Jan. 2017 meeting is the 4th Thursday

Meeting is Jan. 26th, 2017

Jun 21,2016

1. Fall Tying Class schedule for 2016 updated

2. Membership list posted on members only page

Apr 13, 2016

Kids Fly Fishing Camp hosted by The Sporting Gentle Man & other kid friendly classes- click here for more information.

Mar 3, 2016

View Winter 2016 class flys in the Gallery

Feb 11, 2016

Membership and Expenses info updated on members-only page

Dec 16, 2015

Winter Fly Tying Schedule has been updated.

Sep 10, 2015

The on-line Sep 2015 Newsletter is now available.

Aug 27, 2015

Membership lists & Yearly Expenses have been updated on the members-only page

Aug 25, 2015

2015 Winter and Spring Newsletters have been published

Aug 24, 2015

The 2015 fall Fly Tying class schedules and locations have been posted.

Aug 22, 2015

The Events Calendar page has been updated for the 2015-16 meeting dates, Fishing Days, and Expo / Symposiums for the coming year

Dec. 8, 2014

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

Oct. 21, 2014

A New Species of Mayfly Discovered on the Lehigh River

Oct. 13, 2014

The Oct. 2014 newsletter is available here

Sep. 29, 2014

The October meeting is back to the regular schedule for the 3rd Thursday of the month - Oct. 16th.

Sep. 15, 2014

The Sep. 2014 newsletter is available here

Sep. 15, 2014 Important Notice: The Oct. 2014 meeting is the 4th Thursday - Oct. 23rd  
Aug. 21, 2014

The meeting calendar has been updated for 2014-2015

Aug. 21, 2014

The Tying and Fishing class schedule had been posted for 2014-2015

Aug. 21, 2014

Dates have been published for the annual Lake Day and Cast&Blast events. Calendar

  Posting for meeting year 2013-2014  
Mar. 17, 2014

Catch up on your reading - this years club newsletters have been uploaded to the site - Newsletters.

Oct. 12, 2013 NOTICE!!! The October meeting will be Wednesday, October 16. We apologize for the change. Please pass the word along to your fishing buddies.  
Aug. 23, 2013

The fall and winter class schedule is now posted.

The 2013-14 Meeting schedule is updated.

Lake Day and Cast&Blast dates are set, check the events calendar for more information.

Sign up Here for Cast&Blast

Sigh up here for Lake Fishing Day

  Posting for meeting year 2012-2013  
Sep. 7, 2012 The club meetings & events calander & classes schedule has been updated for 2012-2013.

     Meeting & Events


Sep. 16, 2012 Corrections:

The Sep meeting date has been corrected to the 3rd Thursday, Sep. 20th

The Nov meeting date has been corrected to the 3rd Thursday, Nov. 18th

The Cast & Blast event date has been corrected to Saturday, 11/03/2012.

Sep. 16, 2012 Additions:

Souderton Area Tying and Fishing Class information added: Souderton Class Schedule

Dec. 16, 2012 NOTICE!!! The December Christmas party/auction meeting is Thursday, Dec. 20th. It will start at 6PM. From 6-7pm we'll have an open buffet and the auction will begin at 7PM.  
Dec. 16, 2012 Winter tying and tactics classes will begin in January. The location has been changed to the Plymouth Community center where we hold our monthly meetings.  
Dec. 16, 2012 The club's newsletter from 2011 to date have been published. Current&Past Newsletters  
Dec. 20, 2012 The January meeting featuring A.K. Best willbe the 4th Thursday, January 24, 2013.  
  Postings from Prior Years  
Oct. 2, 2011 Meeting notices. The October 2011 meeting is the 3rd Wednesday, Oct. 19th not the usual 3rd Thursday. The January 2012 meeting is Jan. 26th, not the usual 3rd Thursday.

Meeting Schedule


Mar. 11, 2010 An updated version of the membership list & expense sheet is available on the Members Only page.

We’ve got 93 members on the current membership role and should easily break 100 with new memberships from the Oaks and Souderton sportsmen shows. Good job everyone, working to build a strong and vibrant club.

Mar. 11, 2010

March Meeting - Wet Fly Fishing: The program for the March meeting is Basic Equipment and Tactics to Wet Fly Fishing presented by Dave Allbaugh and George Lashinsky. Dave and George run Wet Fly Waterguides in Western Pennsylvania specializing in the Classic Art of Wet Fly Fishing. Over the last 20 years these two have spent countless hours on the stream and at the vice perfecting and designing new wet fly patterns and customized leaders for the streams that they fish. Their mission is to teach and educate new and old fly fisherman about this forgotten classic traditional way of fly fishing and to show how productive wet flies can be through out the season.

Feb. 10, 2010

The speaker for February's meeting is Ben Turpin. Ben is an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide located in Saylorsburg, PA. In addition to guiding in the Pocono’s and Central Pa, Ben is a Custom Rod builder. His website is:

Jan. 19, 2010 January 2010 Newsletter is available.

Jan. 14, 2010 January 21st meeting features Bill Skilton:

Bill will demonstrate tying fly patterns that he has developed over the years, talk about his unique materials, and discuss fly fishing the streams of Central PA...the Yellow Breeches, Letort and the much underappreciated Susquehanna River. He will have available for sale the CD format of his book and Hellgrammite Kits. You can visit his website at and check ebay for his on-line auction sales.  Read more about Bill.

In the picture is a very dear friend of Bill's, Janice Egeland, from Hershey, PA. This is a beautiful Golden Trout she caught on the Yellow Breeches last fall...that we call the "smiling trout". (Click the picture for a better look at the 'smiling trout')

Dec. 13, 2009 December 2009 Newsletter is available.

Nov. 13, 2009 An updated version of the membership list is available on the Members Only page.

Nov. 11, 2009 November 2009 Newsletter is available.

Nov. 03, 2009 Cast & Blast Day, Sat. Nov. 7th:

Come out and fish the whole day or pheasant hunt the morning and fish the afternoon. 8:00am – meet at the main boat launch at Beltsville Reservoir. Those that want to hunt will break up into parties and blast away. If you don’t want to hunt you can fish the Pohopoco. 12:30am Everyone meet again at the main boat launch. Then we’ll head off to fish the Lehigh. Steve Larson, out trip coordinator, is away on business this week. So please send me (mike @ an email to RSVP your plans of attending either Blast and Cast all day event or are coming up for just the afternoon “Cast” ˝ of the day. Hope to see you out there,

Oct. 11, 2009 October 2009 Newsletter is available. Don Douple will be the guest speaker and present a fly tying demo.

Sep. 22, 2009 Scotts Run Lake Fishing Day:  The date has been set for Sunday, Oct. 11th, 2009. Come out and enjoy a good day of fishing AND a free lunch. Plan on arriving by 9am and fish 'till the fish stop biting. The club is providing hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch - but please bring your own beverage. Go here (Sign-up Form) to sign up for the day so the cooks know how much food to bring. After lunch there will be a casting/fishing demo by Sam Vigorita.


Sep. 02, 2009 Bob Clouser will be the featured speaker at the September 17th, 2009 kick-off meeting. Bob’s reputation is well earned in freshwater and saltwater circles throughout the world. As a fly fishing expert he has conducted schools, given tying demonstrations, published books, produced videos, and participated in charity events. Perhaps he is best known for his innovative and proven fly patterns (e.g. The Clouser Minnow, etc.) and has received recognition in many magazines. Bob and his wife, Joan, operate Clouser’s Fly Shop in Middletown, PA

Jul. 18, 2009 July Newsletter: The Club's first every summer edition of a newsletter is available here: July 2009 Newsletter. Thanks Dwaine for the summer edition.

Jul. 12, 2009

2009-2010 - Fly Tying & Tactics and Strategies Classes

The Fall 2009 classes begin in October and the Winter (2010) classes in January. The MLFT club offers two classes for beginning through advanced fly tyers.. Classes are held twice a year. There is a fall session starting in October and the winter session starts in January.  The tying class has multiple instructors available and ready to teach and coach beginners, novice, intermediate and advanced tyers. The Tactics and Strategy class includes particular tips for fishing the Upper Delaware River.

Click Here for detailed information.

Jul. 04, 2009 Summer Events:

Penns Creek Trip July 24th and 25th: To make reservations contact, The Feathered Hook directly at 1-814-349-8757.  Jonas will give me the head count and arrange rooms.  Directions are available on their website, The Feathered Hook.

Summer Delaware River Camping Trip Aug 1st and 2nd Please call the campsite (Pleasant Valley Campsite, Equinunk, PA) for reservations at 570-224-4083. Click the picture to see one of the the two nice 22 inchers Ed Emery landed on the spring trip.

After you make reservations please email Steve Larson (steve @ so he can keep a headcount of who is attending.

Apr.  29, 2009 Steve Wascher bass bug tyer extraordinaire was the quest speaker at the April meeting. Steve has a way with spinning and stacking deer hair few tyers can match. He is indeed at the top of the class for tying deer hair bass bugs. Click on the picture of Steve to see some of his remarkable deer hair bugs.

Apr. 15, 2009 Mike Mancke, Kevin Fisher & son Cole took a trip to Erie for some fine steelhead fishing. Click on the picture on the right to see some great pictures. Mike said they got into a run where almost all the fishing moving had to pass through and it was had not to catch one. Look at the expression on their faces - priceless!!!!

Mar. 26, 2009 Learn to Fly Fish Day: Don't forget! The club's annual fly fishing clinic is coming up soon. The date is April 11th. Sam Vigorita has created two very nice displays that will be raffled off at the clinic. So be sure to come on up to Resica enjoy the day and perhaps be the winner of one of these great prizes. Click the picture on the left.

Mar. 08, 2009 Dates to Remember:

Southeast PA Opening day - April 4th at 8:00 AM - not a club event


Learn to Fly Fish Day – April 11th 9:00 AM at -Resica Falls


Northeast PA Opening day - April 18th at 8:00 AM - Brodhead Creek, Stroudsburg, PA


Stick day – April 25th - Brodhead Creek, Stroudsburg, PA


Delaware River - May 29th to 31st - Pleasant Valley camp ground, Equinunk PA


Penns Creek  - June 5th to 7th


Delaware River Trip II -Late July, early Aug


Lake Fishing Day -Tentatively scheduled for Oct 3rd


Cast and Blast -Tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17th


Oct. 22, 2008

Thanksgiving at Pulaski: A number of club members made the journey to Pulaski for the traditional Thanksgiving Steelhead weekend fishing trip. The crew consisted of Dave (The Squash) Schillington, Steve (The Doc) Nack, Jim (The Bookman) Costello, Larry (The Son of...) Clark, Mike (The Mank) Mankie, and Sam (The Nice One) Vigorita. Everyone hooked into fish, even the first timers. Sam had himself a 'Nice One' weekend with an 18lb Steelie. He hooked up w/ around 20 fish, landing 3 on Friday, 6 on Saturday and 3 more on Sunday. Overall it was a good trip for everyone.

Oct. 22, 2008

CAST & Blast at French Creek State Park Sat. Nov. 8th: Come out and have a fun filled day. Start off in the morning doing some pheasant hunting. Then break for lunch and fish the afternoon at Scotts Run Lake. Information on where to meet and times is available on the sign-up page.

Please RSVP to Frank Howard or go here to sign up for the event: Cast & Blast signup 

Maps of French Creek State Park

Sep. 27, 2008

Scotts Run Fishing Trip Oct. 4th: This years fall fishing day will again be at Scotts Run Lake in French Creek State Park. Plan to arrive by 9am (or earlier if you wish). Click here for Pictures from last year. The club will provide lunch, if we get a volunteer to shop for the food (contact Frank Howard to volunteer).

Please RSVP to Frank or go here to sign up for the event: Scotts Run Sign-up 

Maps of French Creek State Park


Prior Year Postings:

*************** Selected Posts from the Past
Jun. 20, 2008

The The Delaware River Club is under new ownership. Please visit their new website for current information. The Delaware River Club rests on the banks of the West Branch and offers two miles of private-access water teeming with wild brown trout. The Club requires no membership and provides lodging, fly fishing schools, and guide services on the Upper Delaware system, including the Beaverkill River.

Jan. 06, 2008 The January meeting is back to the regular 3rd Thursday of the month - Jan. 17th. Come out and enjoy Ozzie Ozefovich's presentation on Fishing for Atlantic Salmon. Born in eastern Pennsylvania, Ozzie grew up fishing the streams of the coal mining region. His passion for trout and their world began at age six, when a brook trout fell prey to a garden worm. That passion continues unabated for the salmon and trout he now pursues with fly rod and camera. Ozzie is well known for his series of videos "The Underwater World of Trout".

Dec. 6, 2007 There will be a special auction item. Sam Vigorita and Mike Ebner have collaborated to produce a special edition Fly Pattern book. There will be one copy available to the highest bidder.  The book contains the recipes and tying instructions for 24 patterns of flys, hints for fishing them and two articles to increase your fishing skills. These are the patterns that Sam has developed and honed fishing the Upper D. for the last 30 years.  Follow the step by step instructions and your fly box will be filled with flys to provide you an edge to catch more fish than using the traditional and standard fly patterns. Click on the picture to preview it.

Nov. 18, 2007 Maps: Need a map of a PA county. Get one here. Pennsylvania County Type10 Maps
Nov. 13, 2007 The November Meeting is Thursday the 15th. The November newsletter is posted. Use the Newsletters link above to read it.
Nov. 04, 2007 November's meeting guest speaker is Mike Martinek -  a well-known, highly respected tier and teacher, as well as author of Streamer Flies for Trolling and Casting. Mike's specialty is the traditional flies of the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine.  (Flys by Mike Martinek, Sailors Delight and Olive Varigator)

Oct. 24, 2007 Sam Vigorita on Line Control: Presentation and being in touch with your drift is the important part of a formula for success up north for Salmon, Steelhead & the big Brown. Read the entire article.

Oct. 06, 2007 Lake Fishing Day ( Oct 6th )                                                                             Click this picture for more pictures -->
We had a great turn out for the trip and beautiful weather. More like June-July fishing weather than October. Thanks to Carole for doing the food shopping and Kurt for taking time out from his family camping trip to setup the grills and cook lunch.

Jul. 29, 2007 Hach Charts:  Tulpehocken Creek Hatch Chart, Pohopoco Hatch Chart, Comprehensive PA Hatch Chart
Apr. 04, 2007 Fish Day Special Raffle: Sam Vigoritta has tied up an mounted in a nice frame a complete collection of the club's special flys. This collection will be raffled off at the Resica Learn to Fish Day Event. Click Here the picture(s) for a larger view. 

Sep. 19, 2006 Steve Nack's fishing trip pictures from Canada and Alaska are now available in the Gallery.

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May 21, 2006 Bone Fish in Hawaii: Ed Emery's first bone fish on a trip to Hawaii. Go to the Gallery to see his catch.

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May 11, 2006 Upper Delaware Camping Tip: 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. Telephone 570-224-4083

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Apr. 11, 2006 Paraleptophlebia adoptiva (Blue Dun, Blue Quill, Iron Blue Dun, Slate-Winged Mahogany Dun). We saw a few of these last weekend at Resica Falls. I didn't have any in my box, so I thought - better tye some up for opening day. This little mayfly appears mid April to early May. It's a size 18 to size 16. Last year I began tying most of my drys with quill bodies. I looked around for a suitable quill, then on my tying table I saw some grouse tail scraps. Hmmm, the tips were a nice chocolate brown and they inspired me to try  them for the Blue Quills body. Here's my receipe: Hook: Mustad 94840,  thread: brown, tail: medium Blue Dun, body: grouse tail tip (2 fibers twisted), wings: medium dun hen, hackle: medium dun < and some pictures >

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Dec. 17, 2005

As we prepare for the Christmas Holiday and the coming months of winter - Think Spring ! Click the picture for a musical review of last springs Fishing Seminar at Resica Falls.

Dec. 16, 2005

Our esteemed past president Ed Emery had the opportunity to fish the San Juan River in New Mexico. Jump to the GALLERY to view a few pictures of  Ed fishing the "Texas Hole". 

Apr. 6, 2005

What's Hatching When ?

Free raffle tickets at the next meeting to the person who can recite the entire chart !

 (Workbook version for download)

Mar. 6, 2005

Sam's Secret Specials                          

Looking for that something extra for fishing, particularly the Upper Delaware. Then take advantage of this members-only exclusive. Sam Vigorita is sharing his "special" flys, developed and tested based on 25+ years of fishing the Upper Delaware River system.  

Feb. 05, 2005

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