Looking for the new hats? They are in! So come and see us at the International Fly Tying Symposium on November 11th and 12th in Lancaster, PA!

Come and see us at the International Fly Tying Symposium on November 11th and 12th in Lancaster, PA!

“The 2017 International Fly Tying Symposium is scheduled for Nov. 11-12 in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, Lancaster, Penn.”

We will have the new hats in stock and a rotating shift of fly tyers throughout the weekend as well as the new hats!


Fly tyers needed for November shows!

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild is looking for fly tyers to fill rotating spots at the next two shows!

“Arts of the Angler” will be November 4 and 5 at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury CT. Please contact Ed McQuat if you would like to tie. His email address is edmcquat@optonline.net or phone: 203-544-8014

We also need fly tyers for the International Fly Tying Symposium –

*NOTE THE NEW LOCATION* Marriott Hotel, Lancaster, PA – November 11 and 12, 2017 – contact John Kavanaugh if you are interested in tying, FlymanK@optonline.net or 973-219-7696

October 21st, 2017 – CFTG Meeting

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild meeting will be held on October 21, at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, Old Route 17, Livingston Manor NY at 1 pm.

Ed Ostapczuk will show a PowerPoint presentation on Ed Sens, based upon the five articles research he did that ran in the Gazette.

There will be no November meeting as we will be attending the Danbury show and the Lancaster PA show. The new hats will be available at the shows!

CJ’s flies mixing styles

I have grown to live with things as they are. I’m the type who doesn’t deviate from the standard. I used to mix it up a lot as a younger man, always tinkering with things to change them, most of the time with subpar results. My father told me, “They make it like that because it works.” When I took up fly tying, I went with my adult philosophy on the patterns I tie: read the dressing, tie the fly. No need to alter them much—maybe a different shade of hackle or body color, but for the most part, when you look at one of my flies, there is no argument as to what it is. In a nutshell, I guess that I am not a pattern designer.

However, I am happy that others are, and I never tire of reading about or seeing the “new” patterns that people think up and, better yet, use with success. Let’s face it, there are thousands of “new” patterns tied every year. Some are variations on a standard and some are totally different. And sometimes someone takes two standard patterns and morphs them together to make something different, yet familiar.

There’s still time to reserve your seat!

Our 4th annual dinner celebrating 24 years will be on September 16 at the Rockland House with Dave Brandt putting on a great Catskill program that you won’t want to miss! Silent auction and raffles! Donations are appreciated, contact me.
Entrees are prime rib $29, salmon $27 and chicken parmesan $27 inc gratuity, cash bar. Reservations must be made by Sept 9 to Judie at darbee1@juno.com or 607-498-6024. Send payment to CFTG Dinner, PO Box 663, Roscoe NY 12776.