CFTG Presentation in Edison, NJ at the Fly Fishing Show

We have some exciting news! The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will be giving a presentation this year at the Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ! The show itself is held January 24, 25 and 26th

OUR PRESENTATION will be held on Sunday the 26th at 3 PM in room D-75

So be sure to stop and see us before you go and give a listen to “Catskill Fly Tyers Guild – Past – Present – Future”

March 16th Meeting – Don Baylor!

The March 2019 meeting of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 P.M. in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, NY.Bring flies to the March meeting to donate to Project Healing Waters. The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild continues to support Project Healing Waters and its mission of physical and emotional rehabilitation for disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outing

Tyers needs for April 6th 2019 Rendezvous!

The Guild will be holding its annual rendezvous April 6, 2019 at the CFFCM! If you are interested in tying with us please send us an email at catskillflytyersguild@gmail.com Lunch will be available for purchase and set up will start by 8 AM!

Reminder: February 16th presentation with Tony Ritter

Tony Ritter will be joining us Saturday February 16th at 1pm at the Wulff Gallery located in the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for a discussion on some of his great fish catching patterns and how they’ve evolved over the years.

Upcoming March 17th 2018 Meeting: PHWFF Fly Tying!

The March 2018 meeting of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 P.M. in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, 1031 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, NY.

We will be tying flies to donate to Project Healing Waters. Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outings.Bring your vise, tools, and materials to tie flies for anglers learning to fly fish and to enjoy the rewards, physical and spiritual, of the sport.

This is the sort of meeting on which the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild was founded twenty-five years ago—members tying together and sharing stories, tips, and fun. It’s a good time and for a good cause.

The Fly Fishing Show in Edison NJ and a message to our tyers this weekend! See you there!

***To all tyers who are tying at our Catskill Fly Tyers Guild booth. PLEASE GIVE THEM YOUR NAME at the ticket booth as we are INSIDE the show they have a list with your names.**

And to everyone else?! Stop on over to see us and our rotating shift of tyers throughout the weekend!!!

The tyers are as follows

FRIDAY:

9am to NOON :Gary Baron and Tim Bartholomew

NOON-3pm: Nick Rubicco and John Kavanaugh

3pm-6pm: Steve Fogel and Bruce Concors

SATURDAY:

8:30am – NOON : Joe Apuzzi – Catskill John Bonasera

NOON – 3pm : John Kavanaugh and Joe Scarangello

3pm – 6pm John Losapio and Rick Fischer

SUNDAY:

9am – 11:30am Ricky Bassett and Len Ruggia

11:30 am -2pm: John Losapio and Bill Leusler

2pm – 4:30pm Brian McKee and Dana Reed

Volunteer Instructors Needed Jan/Feb 2018: 4H Fly Tying Classes

Everywhere you look you will find Guild members who enjoy spending their free time teaching and volunteering their time, and being able to pass our knowledge down the younger generations is one thing that helps keep the tradition alive. In the months of January and February Guild member Don Stewart will be running a series of 4H fly tying classes for kids that will run weekly in Middletown, NY. 4H will be supplying all of the materials and volunteers will be working with small groups of kids to help instruct a pattern. There will be other volunteers on hand but more are needed.

If you can make all or even only one of the dates on the following list Please contact Don Stewart ASAP via email at dstewartdude@gmail.com

Or by phone: 845-978-6512 or 845-342-3371

The classes will be held on the following dates:

January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st and 8th. All classes will begin at 7pm

Fly Tyers Needed: The Fly Fishing Show – Edison, New Jersey Jan 26, 27 & 28 2018

The Fly Fishing Show is back this year and in a new location: Edison New Jersey! The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will have a booth at the new location and are in need of tyers to fill various rotating shifts throughout the 3 day weekend.

Any Guild members Interested in tying please contact John Kavanaugh at flymank@optonline.net or call: 973-219-7696

C.F.T.G. Meeting- December 16, 2017

The weather looks clear for Saturday so please join us!

This months Catskill Fly Tyers Guild meeting will be held December 16, at the Catskill

Fly Fishing Center, Old Route 17, Livingston Manor NY at 1 pm.

Dave Brandt will demonstrate how to tie one of his favorite

flies. Please bring your light and tools and tie along. Materials will be provided.

And Don’t forget about the Dette Trout Flies Holiday Party afterwards!

The new hats will be available at meetings and at the show!

*If you are interested in tying for The Fly Fishing Show, NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison NJ, January 26 27 and 28, 2018 – Please contact John Kavanaugh asap 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.