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Main Line Fly-Tyers Monthly

The Official Newsletter of
The Main Line Fly-Tyers

Philadelphia's Oldest Fly Tying Club
Established 1971
Celebrating 50 Years and Counting

Next Meeting: September 16, 2021.  6:30 PM

We are LIVE at a NEW TIME 6:30 PM

Back in the Greater Plymouth Community Center
COVID has changed our starting time

The time has finally come.  YAAAA!!    At least for now, we are back live at the Greater Plymouth Community Center.  We are all looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and seeing an actual LIVE Speaker. 

 At least until the GPCC extends its hours, we must start at 6:30 PM to run our full program.  Please be on time so we can take care of dues collections before the meeting gets rolling.

One More Thing -- Masks will be required at the meeting!.  This is a Montgomery County requirement and is  necessary to protect the health of all members.

September's Speaker - Aaron Jasper

Nine Months of Steelhead: The Steelhead Season Start to Finish

Aaron Jasper  will be discuss his secrets for fishing the Salmon river  and other Lake Ontario tributary streams for steelhead. He will focus on how to catch them, and where to catch them. The presentation is analytical  and logical in nature, as is all fishing. He will examine the ecology of  the whole fishery and what approach is needed to be successful.
 
 
Bio:    Fly Fisher/Guide/Fly Tier
 
Aaron Jasper fishes an average of 200-250 days a year, and has been fly fishing since the age seven. He really lucked out when he began fly fishing, because his Aunt was an acquaintance of Lefty Kreh. In the beginning Aaron was lucky enough to be given several lessons, at fishing shows, from Lefty. A major influence in Aaron Jasper's life was his grandpa who taught and mentored the young fly fisherman.. Grandpa showed Aaron how to catch tons of trout on bait, lures and flies. To this day, Aaron recalls that he has never seen anyone who could match his grandpa's skill at catching trophy stripers. All of this knowledge was passed down from Grandpa Jasper to Aaron during countless fishing trips together.
 
Aaron's early fly fishing took him to New Jersey trout streams such as the Flat Brook, Ramapo and Pequest Rivers. Since that time, Aaron has been fortunate to fish some of the greatest trout streams around the country, fishing extensively in the Eastern United States, as well as travelling across the country to experience some of the very best fly fishing available out West. As a result of his travels, Aaron has learned many techniques, flies and rigs that have enabled him to constantly grow and improve as a fisherman.
 
In recent years Aaron has become a true student of many European nymphing techniques and other methods of trout fishing. Along with traditional style wet fly fishing, Aaron has become a great source of Euro-Nymphing (European nymphing) knowledge. While this style of fishing is an investment to learn, it is very often unequaled in it's fish catching potential.
 
Aaron enjoys fishing in many different conditions, because he enjoys the challenge. Whether it's snowing or freezing cold, you will find him fishing. If the streams are blown out, he will be there. He fish in these extreme conditions to find new techniques that will work, and Euro-Nymphing's versatility has allowed Aaron to really perfect his fish catching abilities, regardless of conditions.
 
In 2007, along with his friend and web designer Justin Massimo, Aaron Jasper founded Trout Predator Online, a fly fishing community specifically aimed at disseminating and sharing good information about fly fishing techniques and destinations. Since then the community has grown to over 2600 members and is home to some of the very best information on the web about Euro-Nymphing. Aaron and Justin produce multiple short videos every month on everything from fly tying tutorials and tips to short destination adventure videos, all can be found on their website including information on European nymphing techniques.
 
To learn more about Aaron Jasper and his fly fishing techniques visit Trout Predator Online.

Special Raffle Prize!  September Meeting.

A great reason to go Live in September.

A high quality Orvis five wt graphite fly rod will be the top raffle prize at the September meeting.  You must be there to take advantage of this exceptional prize.
 

Zoom Meetings

Paid Members Only

 
Fall meetings will also be sent on the Zoom platform until further notice.

Paid members will receive an email invitation several days before the Zoom meeting.  Mike Pellegrino, our Vice President and Zoom Czar, will provide you with the zoom link  and instructions to sign on.   Members who paid dues last year will be sent the link and instructions.  If you have not yet paid your 2021 / 2022 dues be sure to join.  Our monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of the month and are now starting at 6;30 PM Eastern Time from September through June.

Fly Tying Classes

Beginner to Expert - We have the fly tying class for you!

We provide fly tying classes for beginners and experts alike.
Greater Plymouth Community Center Classes

Fly Tying - Beginner and Intermediate - 
Instructor Sam Vigorita 

This class is designed for the beginner and intermediate fly tier with less than two years tying experience.  It will focus on tying  the basic nymphs,  wets, dries and streamers that are necessary for success on Pennsylvania streams.  The course introduces you to basic techniques and materials  needed for successful tying.  Students need to bring their own vice and tying tools.

Sundays, 9/26 – 10/31
12:00 PM-2:00 PM Price: $50 RES / $63 NR
Greater Plymouth Community Center Classes

Advanced Fly Tying -
Lead Instructor Sam Vigorita 

This class is for people who have two years or more experience in fly tying and wanting to improve their skill level. This class introduces students to the more complex tying techniques used in modern flies.  Flies that are tied change each semester. Flies tied include dries, wets, nymphs and streamers that are successful on Pennsylvania streams and the Upper Delaware.  The first night students need to bring their own tools and some materials for tying. Everyone can use the teacher’s materials as needed for the first night.

Sundays, 9/26 – 10/31
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Price: $50 RES / $63 NR

To sign up online at: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Souderton Area Community Education

Intermediate Fly Tying
Instructor Sam Vigorita

The class will be geared to anyone having several years experience tying trout flies.  Students may use the teacher’s materials at the first class, but will need their own vice and tools. 
 

Six Weekly Sessions
Starting Tuesday October 5th  from  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Office Hours: 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. (M-F)

Fly Fishing Calendar of Events

Here is what is happening this season. 

Upcoming Fishing Outings

Members will meet at 9 am for all of the fall outings. MLFT Demonstration Days

New MLFT Signature Gear!

Brand New Members Only Gear is Available - Show off Our Club Spirit

 More items are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes and shipped directly to your home.

Please note, current member of the Pennsylvania non-profit Main Line Fly-Tyers organization are entitled to purchase our shirts, mugs, etc.  Any proceeds are directed solely to the operations of our club.   

Purchases can be made from the Members Only portion of the website.

We now accept Apple and Google Pay

Easier, more secure, and fewer germs shared.

Also, we now accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, Chip Cards and Contact-less Tap to Pay.  More security for you and fewer germs shared.  So, if that is your preference, we have you covered.  As always, we still accept most major credit cards.
We encourage you to use your payment method of choice, but please remember, paying by check at the meeting saves the club a few dollars here and there.

If you wish, you may send your check made payable to MLFT to:
MLFT Treasurer
2331 N. Ridley Creek Rd.
Media PA 19063

Casting lessons at the October 16th, Lake day

 

 
Is this you?  Fear not. Help is on the way.  Sam Vigorita will be giving casting demonstrations and lessons at Lake day. Other experienced fly casters will be there to help.  Take advantage of this offer.  Often a few minor changes in casting technique can produce major improvement.
We meet at the Greater Plymouth Community Center from 6;30 to 9:00 PM.
“Good times with good people in beautiful places!
The fishing is a bonus.”

 
Become a Member Now

MLFT Meeting Schedule

September through June

Our monthly meetings are generally held the third Thursday of the month from September through June.  We meet at the  Greater Plymouth Community Center from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The December meeting starts at 6:00 PM for our holiday party and fly fishing gear auction.  The January meeting is the fourth Thursday of the month.  

Meeting Cancellations

When things are out of our control ...

There may be times when the Greater Plymouth Community Center (GPCC) building must close due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.  To check the the status of the GPCC, please check the Greater Plymouth Community Center Website.  We will also do our best to send an email to the membership if events are rescheduled or canceled.

Officers and Board Members

Our current officers and board members are listed below.

MLFT Contacts

President:  Todd Lustine         :: president@mainlineflytyers.net
VP:  Mike Pellegrino                 :: vp@mainlineflytyers.net
Treasurer:  Charlie Hammes  :: treasurer@mainlineflytyers.net
Secretary:   Don Bowers           :: secretary@mainlineflytyers.net
Newsletter: Don Bowers          :: newsletter@mainlineflytyers.net

Zoom Czar: Mike Pellegrino   :: zoomczar@mainlineflytyers.net

MLFT Board Members
Dave Gutsch, Dave Shillington, Ed Emery, Jim Costello,
Mike Ebner, Pete Fazio, Sam Vigorita, Steve Nack, Joe Pigeon

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