February 12th, 2018 – First Meeting of New Venue at Christ Church At Grove Farm!
(7:00 PM: Christ Grove Church – off Mt. Nebo exit on 79)
Christ Church At Grove Farm
Address: 249 Duff Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone: (412) 741-4900
“Dry Fly Fishing – What I Have Learned So Far…”
As a Native Pittsburgher, I bought my first fly rod after getting out of the Army in 1967, but got sidetracked with college, job, Rock, Ice and Mountain climbing, and family. That all changed when I took a fly tying class with local teaching legend Rudi Mion in the 80’s.
After I discovered the world of bugs under rocks in streams family and work still were on the table but I found myself doing more fly-fishing than climbing. I got involved with the Tri-County Trout Club during out initial formation of our fly tying forum, which meets every Monday for over 30 years now. I did not start out to be a “Trout Snob” having cut my fly fishing teeth on the stocked streams of God’s Country, First Fork, Kettle, et al.
The real change occurred when I discovered the gems of Central PA, the hatches, wild fish, books by George Harvey, Joe Humphrey, Charlie Meck, and Sage RPL fly rods. I haven’t turned back since. Today I am retired and spend the “Hatch” season in Green Hills Campground (April thru June) at Green Hills Campground on the Little Juniata chasing rises, Olives , Hendrickson’s, Sulphur’s, Cahill’s, Green Drakes and Slates and others on those streams I once was so intimated of.
I live in Springdale and am active with the Arrowhead Chapter of TU and this past year with the newly activated Pittsburgh Casting Club. For some time now I have been doing fly tying demos at the local clubs and shops in the Pittsburgh as well as teaching beginner and intermediate tying at the International Angler Fly Shop.
The program I will do is about Dry Fly fishing and what I have learned so far. With today’s emphasis seemingly on the newer nymph and streamer tactics, we will dig into the varied dry fly games played on different types of streams and the fly fishing required to put them into the net, This includes reading the water, rises, different presentations/casts, leaders, lines, rods, reels and fly’s. I ask come to learn there is more to the Dry Fly experience than just having the fly on top.