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January 2012

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General Meeting - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CJTU “Fly Tying Night”

Fly Tying Night

Instead of our usual monthly guest speaker we are going to be again hosting a night of fly tying. Members from our chapter will be sharing their knowledge of the art of fly tying and 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 7:00pm and will have an abbreviated business meeting at 8:00 then settle in for a night of fly tying.

 Fly Tying Night

American Legion Hall
137 New Market Road
Dunellen, NJ
Meeting starts at 8 PM - Non Members are always welcome!

2012 CJTU Fly Tying School

Enrollment is now open!
Classes start on January 17th. Sign up now!

Efingers Fly Tying Demo

Saturday, January 7, 2012
9:30 - 4:00 pm

Garden State Outdoor Sportsman's Show

NJ Convention Center
Edison, NJ
January 12 - 15, 2012

The Fly Fishing Show

Garden State Convention Center
Somerset, NJ
January 27 - 29, 2012

President’s Letter

January 2012

Let me start off by wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The holidays are now behind us and I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. The weather has been very strange this year. The early season blizzard that affected most of our area made us think we were in for one hell of a winter, So far it has not materialized, but it is far from over. When I started writing this letter late Tuesday evening, after our board of directors meeting, the thermometer on my window, by my desk, read 12 degrees. Several days later, I'm walking around in shirt sleeves enjoying the 50 degree weather. The point I'm trying to make is that is premature to hang up your rods for the year, there is plenty of fishing to be had!

January is by far the busiest month of the year for Central Jersey Trout Unlimited. We will have a presence at two area shows; The Garden State Outdoor Sportsman Show and the Fly Fishing Show. The Garden State Outdoor Sportsman Show will take place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. The dates of the show are January 12th though the 15th. We are still looking for help at this event. We need folks to help staff the booth. We will be conducting fly tying lessons for children, selling flies and offering tickets for our tackle box fund raiser to the public. At this year's show we will be giving away a fully loaded tackle box stuffed with spinning and casting tackle that should cover every freshwater need, I am very pleased to announce that the fine folks from Efingers Sporting Goods donated this prize worth almost $300,00. Stop by our booth and pick up a ticket or ten! If you are interested in helping out we will give you a free pass to get into the show. Just catch up with one of the directors at the next meeting. The Fly Fishing Show will take place January 27th through the 29th at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, New Jersey. I believe we are adequately staffed for this event, but feel free to stop by our booth which will be located in the lobby.

This weekend, on Saturday January 7th, we will be conducting a fly tying demonstration at Efingers Sporting Goods in Bound Brook, New Jersey. We will be there from 10:00am to 4:00pm, right in front of the big fish tank display as soon as you walk into the store. In addition, Efingers will be running a huge sale on fly tying supplies. It will be a great time to catch up with old friends, learn a few new tricks and pick up some needed fly tying materials at a great price.

On January 2nd a small, but dedicated group of CJTU volunteers set to work on repairing our storage shed. The building has been deteriorating over the years and was in desperate need of a new roof, doors and other repairs. I am happy to say that our shed is now weather tight and good for a few more years! My thanks go out to all that have participated in this project over the last few months.

Next Tuesday's meeting will be our second annual fly tying night. Some of the chapter's best fly tiers will be there tying up fly patterns for all types of fishing. We will be setting up a little early (around 7pm) so feel free to stop by. There will be a very short general meeting and the rest of the evening will be dedicated to fly tying. Feel free to bring out your own equipment and tie yourself. Its a great opportunity to get some free hands on instruction or pick up a few ideas for new patterns. Come out and spend the evening with us!

I want to wrap up by mentioning our fly tying lessons that begin this month. There is still time to sign up for these classes. You can do it at next week's meeting or use the contact information on our website. We are offering classes for tiers of all skill levels from beginner to advanced. This is a great way to master a new hobby, beat cabin fever and restock your fly boxes at the same time. The cost is $50.00 for six lessons that will take place over the next three months. We are even offering material selection this year at an additional cost that will ensure that you have everything you need to complete the course.

Tight Lines,

Fly of the Month

“CE Crayfish”
by Lou DiGena

This is my CE Crayfish (Close Enough) . The Crayfish below was about a size 8. When I design my flies I like to follow the K.I.S.S. rule (Keep It Simple Stupid).

CE Crayfish

Click here for the recipe !