Tying a Hellgrammite with Rich DiStanislao

The hellgrammite is the larval stage of the dobsonfly. They will hatch from egg masses in trees, above ground level where the larva then crawl into water. Once there they will spend 2–3 years underwater, usually inhabiting the swiftest sections of larger streams and rivers. Hellgrammites are voracious predators of…

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Tying the Grannom Caddis with Rich DiStanislao

The Grannom Caddis – often referred to as the "Mother's Day Caddis" – hatches toward the end of April and lasts about two weeks. At emergence, caddis can take off immediately after reaching the surface. They are strong fliers and don’t need to set wings. Trout will chase these, often jumping out…

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February Annual Meeting will Feature Special Guest Henry Ramsay

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For our upcoming 2021 Annual Membership meeting, the Doc Fritchey Chapter will host special guest Henry Ramsay. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7:00 pm EST. Henry’s presentation — “A Walk On the Wild Side,” — will discuss the value that Pennsylvania's Class A trout…

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DFTU To Offer Advanced Fly Tying Course ONLINE
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DFTU To Offer Advanced Fly Tying Course ONLINE

Due to the health risks created by the COVID-19 virus, our chapter cannot in good faith offer our customary face-to-face fly-tying course in the Spring of 2021. For obvious reasons, there is just too much close contact between student and mentor when trying to teach a beginner to tie trout…

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Fly Tying Classes Return this Winter
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Fly Tying Classes Return this Winter

Ever want to try fly-tying as a hobby?  It has great appeal to fishermen, the hobbyist, the artist, and biologist. It brings out creativity, artistic flair, interest in entomology, and perfection in matching natural insects. For me, this has become a lifelong amateur profession, and it helps me pass many a…

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