January 13, 2022

History & Developemnet of Soft Hackle Flies

John Shaner

John Shaner will do a fly tying demo on Classic Spider Flies (in the US known as Soft Hackles). His presentation will cover from early 19th-century soft hackle flies to the current day. He will show the history of these flies and how they still work today. John is currently the FFI Eastern Waters Council Fly Tying Chair. John has been fly fishing for as long as he can remember. He caught his first trout on a fly he tied himself in 1965. He grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as he could drive. Over the years John has fished for trout extensively across the US and has made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. A list of the rivers he has had the good fortune to fish would be fairly long!

He has a special love for Montana and Wyoming and lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. His favorite rivers are; The Beaverkill and the West Branch of the Delaware in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone National Park, and in England, the Abbots Worthy Beat of the Itchen in Hampshire, and the River Eamont in Cumbria. He has also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species.

He has been in the fly fishing business since 1985 and has managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and since 2008 with Hardy. Currently, he holds the position of Eastern Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, the parent company of Hardy, Fenwick, and Hodgman. His interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. He is mostly self-taught but has studied many techniques over the years and has a special interest in reproducing traditional patterns. The Catskill style of dry flies is his first love, but in the past 15 years, his focus has been on British wet flies. He also likes to experiment with new patterns but he is a bit of a traditionalist in his use of materials and seldom incorporates synthetics into his flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers.

John has a special fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them “Soft Hackles”), and enjoys tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. His other passion is collecting tackle and angling books. His “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. John is a member of The Anglers’ Club of New York, The Flyfishers’ Club of London, The Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, and The DeBruce Fly Fishing Club. Currently, he lives in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the Beaverkill and West Branch of the Delaware.

The meeting is on January 13, 2022 at the Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville, PA at 7PM.

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October 14, 2021

Tim O’Neil

Striper Fishing with Tim O’Neill

Tim is the founder and owner of O’Neill’s Fly Fishing as well as the owner of the Norvise fly tying system. He began fly fishing at the age of 10. During the following 3+ decades, his passion for the sport carried him through many parts of the industry including; retail sales, commercial fly tying, lecturing, seminar teaching, and guiding. Tim’s fly fishing exploits have been written up in publications like “Out and About Delaware” and “Delaware Today” as well as being interviewed for NPR radio to discuss fly fishing.

A Master Machinist, Tim has been manufacturing parts for the Norvise for well over a decade. His personal and professional relationship with Norm Norlander made Norm’s choice to pick Tim as his successor a sound one. He considers himself an educator first and gets the most pleasure in helping others learn more about this great sport.

At DVFF we are an affiliate of Fly Fishers International, the leaders for teaching fly fishing, fly tying, and fly casting. We have members that are FFI Certified Casting Instructors and Fly Tying Columnists of major fly tying magazines. Our members are willing to help you learn, and learn how to enjoy fly fishing. As we start our in person programs now would be a great time to join. As we have overnight fishing trips, club outings and fly tying and fishing classes starting up in January. Contact the club for more information. delawarevalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

Our meeting is at 7:00 PM at the Churchville Nature Center on the second Thursday of the month. Dues are only $35.00 per year. This is an members only event, if you would like to become a member here is the link for membership

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September 9, 2021 Meeting

Choosing the Right Dry Fly w/ Eric Naguski

September 9th we will have Eric Naguski on “Choosing the Right Dry Fly: Options for Fly Selection for Specific Hatches and Water Types.”

Eric Naguski has spent the last 40 years chasing trout around Pennsylvania with a fly rod in hand. He is the owner of Riseforms Fly Fishing Guide Service and is also a guide for Relentless Fly Fishing. He currently lives and guides out of Boiling Springs, PA in the heart of the Cumberland Valley, surrounded by its legendary Spring Creeks and their notoriously difficult trout. Eric is a bug geek and loves to dry fly fish. To him, sharing the experience of successfully presenting a dry fly to a picky rising fish with a client is most often more fun than doing it himself. Eric has a biology degree in aquatic ecology and is heavily involved in conservation activities in the Cumberland Valley as a board member of Cumberland Valley TU. He also finds the time to serve on the board of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association working to preserve and promote the storied history of fly fishing in Pennsylvania. Eric enjoys fly fishing for saltwater fish and has caught fish on the fly from Massachusetts to Mexico, but his heart lies in the limestone streams of Pennsylvania. He has a new book out “Favorite Flies for Pennsylvania” if you would like a copy let us know and Eric will bring a few to sell and autograph.

***Note > Right now we are required by Bucks County to wear a single mask while inside county facilities even if vaccinated. Those who are not vaccinated are required to use a double mask or at least a 4ply one.

This is our First Meeting of the 2021 – 2022 year. With that said, “Its time to pay our dues”.
This is a members only event, if you would like to become a member here is the link for our membership form
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August 12, 2021 Meeting

FFI Bronze Fly Casting Skills

Our August 12 meeting is at 6 PM at the Churchville Nature Center and is a continuation of the FFI Bronze Fly Casting Skills from last month with Dave Zamos, a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor. Dave will work with us and go over the skills needed to complete the Bronze Fly Casting Skills Award. This award is found on https://www.flyfishersinternational.org/…/FFI_LC…

The Casting Skill Awards are broken down by Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each award covers basic and intermediate fly casting skills. This is a great opportunity to enhance your current skills and learn new ones. Bring a 5wt or 6wt fly rod with a bright yarn fly on the leader. Participation is free, but to earn the award you must be an FFI member and pay the registration fee. Score Sheet: https://www.flyfishersinternational.org/…/FFI_LC…