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:
Thursday, September 15, 2022

We are LIVE at a 6:30 PM

Back in the Greater Plymouth Community Center

We are LIVE at a 6:30 PM

Back in the Greater Plymouth Community Center

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. 

One More Thing -- GPCC  has not extended its hours, so we will continue to start at 6:30 PM.  Please be on time so we can take care of dues collections before the meeting gets rolling.

September's Speaker - Henry Ramsey

Kettle Creek's Class A Wild Tributaries

Henry Ramsey on a wild tributary

Henry caught his first trout more years ago than he cares to admit, and the magic of catching fish has not faded with time or with repetition. His journey in the world of fly fishing began during boyhood over thirty-nine years ago when he first saw someone fishing with flies they tied themselves. That image was mesmerizing. It still remains clear in his mind today. From that day on he's always been an avid fly tier and fly fisherman

Today, Henry wears many hats; website owner, Henry Ramsay Flies and Photography; fly tier, angler, author and guide. His fly tying is a near daily activity for him and the focus has always been on learning new ways to imitate nature or to improve on older designs. He grew up in the east and fished all over his home state of Pennsylvania as well as New York, Maryland and Colorado. The legendary spring creeks of the Cumberland Valley, the storied rivers of the Catskills, the mountain brooks of the Poconos and Appalachians have provided him with the opportunity to develop, test and refine his fly patterns, to match their hatches, and develop effective techniques for fishing all of these waters.
Henry has published several excellent fly tying and fishing books including Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout.

Zoom Meeting Alternative

Fall meetings will also be available on the Zoom.


For the first meeting of the year, members who paid dues this or last year will be sent the Zoom link and instructions.  For the remaining meetings, the link will only be shared with currently paid members.

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 Fishing - Beginner
Instructor Sam Vigorita 

Fly tying is not difficult and it can be very rewarding if you get a little expert help.   Take advantage of our experienced tiers and learn important patterns and tying techniques that will greatly increase your fishing success. The beginner classes focuses on learning basic techniques and simple, but effective patterns. 

Wednesdays,  Starts 9/21 to 10/26     Time 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Greater Plymouth Community Center Classes

Advanced /Intermediate Fly Tying -
Lead Instructor Sam Vigorita 

This class is for people who have experience in fly tying and wanting to improve their skill level.

Thursday     Starts  9/22 – 10/27    6:30 to 8:30 PM


To sign up online or by phone  at: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Phone 610-277-4312

Souderton Area Community Education

Intermediate and Advanced Fly Tying
Instructor Sam Vigorita

The class will be geared to anyone having some experience tying trout flies. Students may use the teacher’s materials at the first class, but will need their own vice and tools. This class is for fly tyers with one or more years experience. 

Advanced/Intermediate Fly Tying  ICMS A108
Six Weekly Sessions,
starting September 27 to November 1.
Souderton School District  Phone  215-723-6061 to register or on line.

Classes held at:
Indian Crest Middle School
139 Harleysville Pike, Soudeton PA  18964

Random Casts.

Lefty Kreh  Fly Fishing Tips.
This summer I had the opportunity to go back and read Lefty Kreh’s old book. Fly Fishing Tips.  The book is now twenty plus years old and I was curious to see if it was outdated or still useful.  I came away feeling that it is a bit of both.
Fishing has changed a lot since Lefty wrote the book. Many of his tips are about home made accessories that help him fish.  An example was his use of a laundry basket that becomes a stripping basket. His photos show tackle that is simpler, inexpensive and more primitive than today's.  Who knew that we would now need a 1000-dollar rod and a 600-dollar reel to catch trout? Nevertheless, there is something exciting about using that older, simpler, cheaper and less effective tackle. Perhaps it’s more authentic or closer  to nature.
Lefty does have some cool casting and fishing ideas. We all love to cast far, but he stresses accuracy and tight loops.  For example, he discusses practicing casting 40 ft at a mousetrap and trying to have the fly set it off.  Or, he recommends mounting a hula-hoop on a tree and trying to cast through it.  That is a tight loop!
I was also interested to see that even back in 2000, Lefty was warning about the dangers of sun exposure.  He always wore long sleeve shirts and a hat with a brim for sun protection. He writes that in spite of this, he still got skin cancers on his hands.  That was the one area of skin exposed to the sun.  Be careful out there.

Quote of  the Month

Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are a fish.


Fly Fishing Calendar of Events

Here is what is happening this Fall

Upcoming Fishing Outings

  • Autumn on the Lehigh - Saturday, Sep. 24,2022    9 AM EDT
  • Brodhead Autumn Fishing - Saturday October 8, 2022 9 AM
  • Annual Lake Day - Tuscarora Lake   Saturday October 15, 9:00 AM 
  • Annual Cast and Blast - Scott's Run Lake   Saturday October 29  9:00 AM
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

To See All Speakers through June

Become a member now!

Yearly membership is September through August.  Members enjoy monthly meetings with renowned guest authors, fly tyers, and world class guides.  Learn where, when and how to fly fish.  Our 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 8:30 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: Mike Pellegrino       ::
VP:  Rich Mooney                     ::
Treasurer:  Charlie Hammes   ::
Secretary:   Don Bowers            ::
Newsletter: Don Bowers           ::

Zoom Host: Mike Ebner          ::

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

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