News & Events
General Meeting - Tuesday, January 11, 2011
CJTU “Fly Tying Night”
Our January monthly meeting is going to be a little different. Instead of our usual guest speaker We are going to be hosting a night of fly tying. Members from our chapter will be sharing their knowledge of the art of fly tying. If you are a fly tier or thinking about getting into this fascinating hobby this is going to be a great night out. CJTU members will be sharing their favorite patterns and fly tying techniques.
At this workshop you will be able to ask questions of the tiers or even sit down at a vice and get hands on instructions. This event is open to everyone, the more folks we can get to attend the better the event will be. We probably have over a dozen fly tiers that have committed themselves but we can accommodate many more.
If you are a fly tier I encourage you to bring your vice and some materials and join us. Please don't feel you need to be an expert tier to join in, beginners and novices are encouraged to participate. In fact one of the best ways to learn, is to tie along side an experienced fly tier. We will be setting up around 7:30pm and will have an abbreviated business meeting at 8:00 then settle in for a night of fly tying.
2011 CJTU Fly Tying School
Classes start January 18th
I want to start off by wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Hopefully most of our members did not get the big dump of snow that we did in my neck of the woods. Thankfully for me the blizzard hit in the middle of a two week vacation. I was able to enjoy it by staying home and spending a few hours a day tying flies in front of a warm fire. Fly tying is a welcome distraction from the winter weather. Although a diehard fisherman can find water to fish twelve months out of the year, fishing at this time of year, though sometimes productive, is seldom comfortable. So fly tying becomes a way to "extend" the fishing season as well as keeping the fly boxes well stocked.
Fly tying will be the focus of this month's meeting. We will be hosting a fly tying clinic instead of our usual guest speaker/presentation format. Some of the chapter's best fly tiers will be tying flies at Tuesday's meeting. They will be there to answer questions, provide instruction and show off what's up and coming in the world of flies and fly tying. It will also be a great opportunity to learn a little about the patterns that work on our local waters.
January is also the month we kick off our fly tying lessons and workshops. Our program offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts. We run a beginners class tailored for someone new to fly tying and workshops for more experienced tiers. The cost of the class is $50.00 for 6 lessons/workshops. The classes will take place at the same location that our meetings are held at and will occur on the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of January, February and March. It's a great opportunity to learn about fly tying, hone your skills or just get out of the house and break the spell of cabin fever.
January is a busy month for Central Jersey Trout Unlimited. We have a presence at two area shows, the Garden State Outdoor Sportsman Show and the Fly Fishing Show. The first show will be the Garden State Outdoor Sportsman Show. The Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show (www.GSOSS.com) will take place on January 13 - 16, 2011 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. The Fly Fishing Show (http://www.flyfishingshow.com/Somerset__NJ.html) will take place at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset NJ, January 21,22 & 23. We can always use an extra hand with the booth at the Edison Show so if you want to help out speak to one of the directors at the next meeting. We will be running raffles for a rod and reel as well as a killer selection of flies at the show so stop by and support your chapter by taking a chance on these great prizes.
In February we will be kicking off our annual fund raising campaign. This year we will be running a raffle and the winner will receive a 4 day guided fishing trip on the Delaware River with room and board included. You will be able to check out all the details on our website. Tickets will be sent out in the mail and will also be available for sale at or meetings and any events we are attending.
On February 12th we will also be hosting a fly tying demonstration at Efingers Sporting Goods in Boundbrook, NJ. Come out and spent the day with us and take advantage of some great sale prices on fly tying materials.
That's about all for now. I hope everyone can make it out to our January meeting it should be a good one. If not stop by and say hello to us at the shows. Tight lines and ice free guides!
Fly of the Month
“Double Bead Cased Caddis” by Bart Lombardo