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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fly Tyers wanted!

For the Nov. 28th meeting, we are looking for a few people who are interested in sharing their favorite pattern for Monocacy trout.  We have enlisted the expertise of our resident fly tying gurus, and are looking to YOU to fill out a few more spots.  The pattern should be relatively easy to tie, and something you could demonstrate in about 15 mins. ( More if it is really cool ;) ).  If you would like to participate, please contact Mike Recine :

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Support Forks TU and the Bushkill Creek Restoration Project

Trout Unlimited and Orvis will be teaming up for an Embrace- a- Stream project challenge which runs for 1 week, Nov. 6 thru the 12th.  Individuals who donate as little as $10, can help the Forks Chapter win their share of an additional $50,000 in prize money. 

Here's how it works:

Starting Nov. 6th you can go to this website: and make a donation via credit card directly to the project.  The Chapter will use that money and any prizes awarded to fund the project.

  • Prizes are based on the total number of gifts, and the total amount raised and are awarded from a $50,000 prize pool provided by Orvis and Trout Unlimited. All projects are broken into one of three categories - small, medium and large (based on chapter membership size) - so that each project is competing against similarly sized organizations. The prize structure is as follows for each of the three size categories:
   - Most Unique Donors - $5,000 prize
   - Most Money Raised - $2,500 prize
   - Most gifts of $25 or Higher - $1,500 prize
   - Most gifts of $10 to $24.99 - $1,000 prize

In addition, there are prizes of $100, $250 and $500 that will be given out throughout the week to randomly selected donations. For example, a total of 42 randomly selected $10 donations will unlock prizes of $100 and a total of 21 randomly selected $50 donations will unlock prizes of $500. You never know when your donation - no matter the size - will unlock one of these random prizes!


Bushkill Creek Restoration Assessment and Prioritization Project

A “Class A” trout fishery, The Bushkill Creek flows some 16 miles from its headwaters in the Blue Mountains to its confluence with the Delaware River in historic Easton, Pennsylvania. While the stream has a significant reproducing population of wild brown trout, conditions in the creek have been degrading over the past 15 years. The lower Bushkill meanders through mostly urban/suburban landscapes, which has contributed significantly to the creek’s current lack in quality trout habitat. One section that runs entirely through a public park system within three separate municipalities has suffered the most. A combination of bank erosion, sedimentation, and loss of its natural thalweg, primarily caused by substantial amounts of run off from upstream development and recent flood events, has led to the present degraded condition. The 1.9-mile stretch is in desperate need of restoration to bring macro-invertebrate and trout habitat back to a truly “Class A” condition. The Forks of the Delaware Chapter is planning a large-scale project that will involve conservation partners and state and local agencies, but our first step is to make a thorough science-based assessment of the creek. This entails identifying optimal locations for installed structures and developing a list of materials, equipment, and contractor hours needed to implement the restoration. This initial planning stage is pivotal to the permitting process, which will allow us to most effectively restore the riparian and in-stream habitat of the Bushkill Creek.
Forks of the Delaware Chapter
Joseph Baylog
PO Box 467
Stockertown, PA 18083

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meeting reminder for 10/24/17

Just a reminder to join us this coming Tuesday, October 24th, 7pm at the DAR house for our monthly meeting.

This month, we will be featuring our annual elections, followed by a short Great Lakes tributary guide by our resident experts...if you are interested in fish like the one pictured here, be sure you don’t miss this meeting.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

5 Tips for Better Streamer Fishing...

Photo: A.J. Swentosky
 by Chad Shmukler, - Monday, Oct 20th, 2014

Once anglers achieve success with streamers, they often focus intently on fishing big flies. The reason is simple and well known: big flies catch big fish. There's also a rush that comes with streamer fishing that doesn't come with other brands of fly fishing. Streamer fishing is distinctly different than dry fly fishing and nymphing and in most respects is more dynamic and varied terrain. Unlike these other tactics where following a few basic rules can lead to consistent success, the streamer fisherman needs to approach the water with a more predatory, evaluative eye in order to produce results.
Streamer fishing is about the world of swimming prey. Whether that prey is smaller trout, baitfish such as minnows, sculpins, leeches or something else entirely -- it swims. And imitating a swimming creature requires a different skill set and approach than imitating a drifting or floating one. Beginner streamer anglers will often try to apply the rules of the dry fly and nymphing worlds to that of the streamer fishing world and end up frustrated when the results don't come.
The key is improving your streamer fishing is changing your way of thinking. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Ditch the Leader

Streamer fishing, like all other fly fishing tactics, is about control. While a long leader can be an asset to the dry fly fisherman trying to control the drag on his high-floating dun imitation, it is the bane of the the streamer fisherman. Despite this well held fact, walk into any fly shop and you'll find extruded, tapered streamer leaders topping 9 feet in length and I've found no shortage of "streamer leader" recipes that call for 4 different sizes of monofilament lines in order to create a 6-8 foot concoction or other similar nonsense.
When fishing big, swimming flies, control is about connection with the fly. A shorter leader means a better connection. Additionally, leader-shyness or leader stealth is largely a non-factor.
There's really no reason to have a leader at all, at least not what one would traditionally consider a leader. Instead, go with a straight piece of monofilament or fluorocarbon. 3 to 4 feet will do just fine. When in doubt, go shorter.
The only exception to this rule would be if you're fishing only a floating line, in which case you may need to go longer in order to get your fly to sink properly. But if you're fishing a sinking line or sinking tip -- as you most likely should be -- keep it short.

Fish to Fish

Most anglers approach streamer fishing from a covering water perspective, unlike dry fly fishing where an angler will fish to a specific rising fish or to specific lies, hoping to entice a strike. As such, they are fishing to fish, rather than just covering water. But streamer anglers should be fishing to fish as well. That's not to say that covering water isn't an effective tactic, it is to say that reading water doesn't go out the window just because you're streamer fishing. In tandem with covering water, streamer anglers should be identifying likely holding lies and delivering their flies to those positions in the water. If you're confident you've identified water that likely holds a waiting fish, it can help not only to present your fly to that position in the stream, but to present your fly to that position using a variety of tactics and from a variety of angles.

Screw Around

The stripped retrieve and the down-and-across swing are undoubtedly the most commonly employed streamer fishing tactics. And with good reason: they're incredibly effective. But swimming prey, which streamers are designed to imitate, are dynamic. Baitfish, sculpins and so on -- unlike nymphs bouncing helplessly along a stream's rocky bottom, emergers mired in the surface film and duns floating atop the current -- are largely free to do as they please. This means they may head upstream or downstream, swim feverishly to avoid predators or dart around near the bottom looking for stuff to eat. Who knows what else they might do?
The point is that there isn't any one or two methods of streamer fishing that cover your bases. There aren't three or four either. It pays big dividends to experiment -- and do so avidly -- when streamer fishing. Present your fly from different angles and at different speeds, try different retrieves and different drifts. Screw around.

Drift It

Expanding on the previous point, there are any number of ways you can experiment when streamer fishing and you'll likely be surprised at the results. Many of them use skills you've already developed in other areas of fly fishing, such as dead drifting. Dead drifting isn't just for nymphs.
Yes, streamer fishing is about swimming prey, but the predators commonly see baitfish, sculpins, leeches and so in in the water column that are either stunned from a encounter with another predator or that are simply dead. Dead or stunned prey is easy prey, and can often elicit a vigorous response from holding fish. Fast water, plunge pools and other turbulent areas in the river are great places to dry dead drifting streamers.

Pump It

One great technique that works well on trout, salmon, smallmouth bass and any other number of species is commonly referred to as the pumped or jigged retrieve. This retrieve works well at imitating baitfish, such as minnows, merrily plying the water in search of food -- unaware of and unconcerned with bigger fish interested in eating them -- but can also imitate an injured and struggling baitfish.
Some anglers employ the jigging retrieve with a rod held high, but I'll more commonly employ it with the rod held in the same position I'd typically hold it in while swinging the fly and controlling its speed in the water column. As such, I'll most often cast the fly down and across with a specific run or lie in mind, tossing in a big mend once the fly hits the water. As I the fly begins to swing into position, I'll pump my elbow upstream and back down again using a lengthy but fluid motion. I'll do this repeatedly as the fly moves through the target zone, with varied pauses in between pumps. Take care to pump the fly up and back down for the first time just prior to it entering water where you expect fish to be holding, slowing the swing speed down by introducing slack into the line and initiating your control of the jigging motion.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Project tour reminder:

Join Wildlands for a project tour and planting @ Illick's Mill on Oct. 12th.
Visit: to register and for more info.