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.

Info for anyone attending the upcoming Guild Picnic on August 19th 2017!

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will hold our annual picnic on August 19 from 12 – 4 pm at the Elsie and Harry Darbee and Matthew Vinciguerra Memorial Pavilion at CFFCM, Old Rt 17, Livingston Manor NY.

Plates, silverware and napkins will be provided. As always, the picnic is a potluck which means everyone brings a dish to share.

Please let Nicole March at TheQuiltedTyer@gmail.com know what you are bringing, and how many guests are coming, this way we can obtain a final head count.

We also will have Casting games, so bring your rod!

Don’t forget to bring your two flies for the fly swap labeled with your name, name of fly, size & date. Containers will be available.

The C.F.T.G. teams up with Kids on the fly!

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild has recently teamed up with Kids On the Fly, New Jersey; to help spread the history, knowledge and passion that surrounds our obsessive time behind the vise. Donations were sent by way of vises, hooks and storage containers and we hope that these items, along with volunteering, will help further the mission that Kids On The Fly continues to accomplish with their teachings.

Free fly tying courses with Guild member Hank Rope will begin February 18th, 2017

The Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection and the Phoenicia Fish and Game Club will sponsor a series of free fly-tying classes beginning on February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am.
The first class will be held at the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia library, Main Street in Phoenicia on February 18.

The three additional classes, will be at Phoenicia Fish and Game on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

Preregistration is a must. Call or e-mail Hank Rope at: tyeflys@hvc.rr.com (845) 254-5904.

A handful of photos from Fly Fest 2017!

I guess we can call this one a “Throwback thursday” since it was lost and never posted!

Fly Fest was held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on February 4th, 2017. This is an casual get together sponsored by Catskill Flies, where fly tyers from everywhere tie flies, share tips, patterns and stories. Its a fun day that helps to break up the cabin fever of the cold winter months.

Thanks to Guild member Rick Fischer for the photos!

Upcoming Event: February 18, 2017 Guild Meeting 

The February 18, 2017 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.   Last month we were tying flies for Casting For Recovery, our meeting place was not available due to weather – first time ever cancelled! If…

“Up on the Esopus”with Ed Ostapczuk – Bucktails: A Catskill Tradition

In Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Joseph D. Bates, Jr., perhaps the definitive authority on streamers and bucktails, defined the bucktail as “a fly possessing a predominately haired wing, whose shape and intended action are to represent a baitfish.” Bates went on to write: “A hair wing fly of this type is called a bucktail regardless of the kind of hair used.” This definition was given the stamp of approval by A. J. McClane in both McClane’s Standard Fishing Encyclopedia, his angling Bible, and The Practical Fly Fisherman. However, McClane did suggest that the name is derived from the use of hair from the tail of a deer for the wing. Regardless of the hair used to tie a bucktail, who can argue with this? Not me!

Bates also wrote that “the origin of both the streamer and the bucktail is lost in the dim history of the past.” But then he quickly adds, “It is certain that the American Indians used similar flies in the first half of the nineteenth century.” Further, he suggests that the origin of modern long-shanked flies can be traced back to the Catskills. In Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Bates devotes a fair amount of ink to the Bumblepuppy, which he notes was originally tied as a bucktail and streamer as early as 1880 by Theodore Gordon and later by Herm Christian, perhaps Gordon’s only fly-tying understudy.

“The Wet-Fly Corner”-Thunder

I am always searching for new wet-fly patterns. While looking through Bergman’s Trout, I came across a pattern that intrigued me from the start. When I first I saw this pattern, on plate 8 of Trout, I thought to myself, “What a wonderful pattern to bring to life in my vise, then give it a try a fishing!” When I looked at the actual pattern recipe and saw the materials listed and colors called for, though, I thought to myself, “Who in their right mind came up with this color scheme—and why?” The fly I am speaking of is called the Thunder.