Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Meeting: December 17, 2016

The December 17, 2016 monthly meeting of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, Old Route 17, Livingston Manor NY at 1 pm.   Charles Coronato will be tying the Dark Cahill Dry fly. Bring your tools and material and tie along!  Hook: Standard dry fly number 12-18 Thread:…

“Dry-Fly Hackle: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been” by John Merola

My odyssey through the land of dry-fly hackle started around 1970. I had become a member of the Southern New York Sportsmen’s Association and entered their essay contest for youth members. I guess I was a better writer back then, since I found myself headed to Camp DeBruce Environmental Education Camp in the Catskills on…

Arts of the Angler: November 5th and 6th, 2016 in Danbury Connecticut

Every year the Catskill Fly Fishing center and museum host the”Arts of the Angler” show in Danbury Connecticut, at the Ethan Allen hotel.

It’s always an excellent show with two full days of presentations, different fine arts and handmade items for sale, along with two rooms packed with experienced fly Tyers, and this year was no exception.

CJ’s flies caddis flies the other trout food

“I never paid much attention to caddisflies in my fledgling years of fishing and tying flies. All my efforts were focused on mayflies, Art Flick’s Streamside Guide, and tying with wood duck flank feathers.

I was aware of caddises, even saw them often enough while fishing, but never considered them a viable source of trout food.

All this changed one afternoon when I was heading back to Pennsylvania after a morning in the Catskills opening up our summer house.

Book review: “The Classic Wet Fly Box”

These were real fishing flies, in other words, and not only do they form the core of the 100 patterns covered in The Classic Fly Box, they form its implicit argument: that classic wet flies are not anachronisms, but flies that catch fish, and that a truly “classic” box of wet flies contains fishing flies—simple, effective ties