Tuesday, October 10, 2017
This Wonderful World of Trout
We all know why we go trout fishing with a fly rod: our goal is to fool some trout. The program “This Wonderful World of Trout” expands the focus of our adventures pursuing trout beyond that of just the quarry: the environment in which trout reside includes so much more, and it even goes beyond that! This world is the angler's world and there's so much to see, to experience. Once the angler opens his or her mind we can realize the depth of beauty and wonder the wonderful world of trout truly has to offer. There's definitely a lot here about trout and the stream since they are the ultimate motivators for a trip; however, there's a lot to see along the way as well as when we're on the stream.
Dave Rothrock has been pursuing trout, and other species, with a fly rod since the mid-1960's and he's been tying flies for a bit longer than he's been fishing them. Dave has fished throughout the East, into the Midwest, and Europe where he fished great waters in Austria and Slovenia.
Dave's articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Pennsylvania Angler magazines as well as other publications. His fly patterns have have graced the pages of various publications, books and calendars. He has presented programs on fly-fishing related topics to groups throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Dave is also a co-author of the book “Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania's Best Water.”
In 2004 Dave and George Daniel teamed together to compete in the northeast regional qualifier for Barrett Productions' Fly Fishing Masters competition. As a team they placed first out of 36 teams in the two day casting competition.
In the past Dave has worked as an instructor in the L. L. Bean fly fishing schools and has taught fly fishing, casting and fly-tying classes for various fly shops. Dave currently guides and teaching fly fishing and casting through his business, Salmo-Trutta Enterprises. He utilizes many of the best trout streams in central and northcentral PA as his classroom environment.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
PA Trout Streams and Patterns for Success
Growing up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, a small town situated along the Delaware River, led to a lot of fishing opportunities. Until the mid-80’s we lived in a neighborhood that was actually sandwiched between the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal. I was surrounded by water and it became a big part of my life. When the neighborhood children weren’t playing baseball, riding bikes or racing quarter midgets, we fished. It was that simple. Mom would often load a couple of kids in the car and take us to the local pond or creek and we’d go fishing.
My life has been blessed by many people, like my Uncle Sandy, who welcomed me to use the pair of ponds on his family farm thereby honing my fly fishing skills as a youngster. And his friend, Chris, who got me hooked on trout fishing in New Jersey’s Rock Brook many years ago. In my early teens my family continued to help me follow my fishing interests. My Aunt Nette and my father drove me all around the state to fish the best trout streams we could find. It was at this time that my aunt introduced me to Dan Shields and Steve Sywensky at Flyfisher’s Paradise Fly Shop in State College, PA. A couple of classes with Joe Humphrey’s and lots of great advice and I was on my way to becoming a successful fly fisherman.
I attended college at East Stroudsburg University, where I majored in fly fishing the Pocono streams and Environmental Science. It was there that I met and became good friends with Don Baylor, a well-known fly fisherman, entomologist and author, who taught me the Brodhead Creek and all of the nuances of the hatches of the Poconos. In 1996 I started teaching family, friends and even strangers on the stream how to fly fish, until eventually my part time business, Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service was born. I gained valuable experience from my employment in several fly shops and lodges while continuing to guide and build rods. Word got out that I had a knack for catching fish which led to invitations to lecture at local Trout Unlimited meetings and fishing clubs as well as Fly Fishing Shows. Sharing my knowledge and experience with other fishermen through writing Keystone Fly Fishing, Fly Fisherman Magazine and helping authors like Tom Gilmore with editing their books or writing short testimonials for use in articles has also been a pleasure.
Many a client has fantasized about trading places with me and although I’ve been successful and really enjoyed the work, it hasn’t always been easy. The fishing profession can be either feast or famine and I was often away from my wife and children. In 2015 I had the opportunity to accept employment as a Stream Manager for a private fishing club in the Poconos. I now enjoy watching over the McMichaels Creek and instructing members and their guests. I’m also able to guide part-time along with my friends Mark DeLorenzo and Kevin Craig. Between the three of us we continue to teach and guide throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and are keeping anglers hooked up on our local streams. To learn more about Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service contact us at www.BenTurpin.com.
Over the years I have had lots of support from my wife, Jodie, who has always encouraged me and was the first person to believe that I could actually make a living from hunting and fishing. Many said it couldn’t be done, but through the grace of God, I am still enjoying making my living on the stream. We currently live in Saylorsburg, PA with our children Andrew and Valery.
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Fall has begun and the temps are cooling. After two warm summer-like weeks, we are now experiencing seasonal weather. New Jersey's fall stocking begins on October 10, and our main trout streams will receive fish two years old with a number of brood stock fish thrown in. These fish will bend your rod more and test your leaders. This year"s weather in the northeast has been somewhat like a roller-coaster. We started the year with drought conditions, experienced too much rain in the spring and now there is no significant rain in the forecast. Low water fishing this fall will require a stealth approach to your quarry. Good luck next week chasing those lunker rainbows.
Congratulations are in order for Fred Simonson, CJTU Conservation Chair. Through his hard work along with two other TU members, the Embrace-a-Stream proposal they submitted was awarded an $8000.00 grant. These additional funds will allow the project to be started and finished next Summer. Congrats Fred!
Fortunately for the Chapter, John Wester and Bart Lombardo have decided to take over coordinator responsibilities for Trout in the Classroom (TIC) for this year. We are still in need of a permanent replacement for Ozzie Ozefovich. The person taking on this job will begin next September. If you choose to learn the ropes, you can get involved with TIC now by helping out. Ozzie has agreed to take the person volunteering for TIC coordinator under his wing this year. Many thanks go out to John and Bart for stepping up for now until the close of school next June. Please give this job some serious consideration. TIC is one of the cornerstones of TU. Please write me if you’re interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Saturday morning, November 4, at 9:00am, we're having a stream walk of the Point Mountain stretch of the Musky for those of you who haven't fished it. We will meet at the parking lot on the left just beyond the bridge over the river coming in from Route 57. The lot is identified by the large green with white letter sign for the Point Mountain area. Rich Post, Ed Kordyla, Fred Simonson and I will lead a couple of groups up and down the stretch. We'll show you the pools and runs along the stretch. We will discuss rod length/weight we prefer and suggest fly patterns to use on this stretch. We'll all don our waders to do some fishing. Point Mountain is good holdover water and with the recent stocking, a number of us will have "tight lines" that day.
We will be tying flies with the Schwiebert Chapter of TU at Orvis Princeton on Sunday, November 12, from 11:00 to 3:00. In addition to fly tying, Orvis Princeton will have several demo Helios 3 rods available for all the TU members of both our Chapters in attendance to test cast. The Helios 3 rods are being promoted for their superior casting ability. We'll have the opportunity to test them for ourselves that Sunday. It should be a super day for both Chapters of TU. If you're experienced fly tier and want to tie that day, please contact me
A committee headed by Marsha Benovengo has been formed to make plans for a gala banquet sometime next year. After one meeting, the committee is thinking that the banquet will be held next fall (October 2018?). This is an affair which will bring the chapter together. They're hoping that perhaps fifty to sixty couples will make it a night out with for a great dinner and chances on some prizes for both men and women. Plans are such that the committee is thinking it will be a night out for you and your spouse. As plans progress, Marsha will keep you filled in at our monthly meetings.
Lastly, starting with the meeting this coming Tuesday, a gift certificate will be given away as a door prize. This will be done at all future meetings. We will also have another exciting raffle with some new prizes never raffled off before. Don't forget, please join us at 7:30 for pizza and soda.
I'll see you this coming Tuesday at 7:30,
News & Events
Unwanted Outdoor Gear Wanted
For the past few years CJTU has conducted a fund raising event at the sportsman's flea market at the Pequest Hatchery. We have raised money for the chapter by selling CJTU members old, unwanted gear. We ask that you take a look in the garage, the basement or the shed out back for any unwanted outdoor sporting gear such as fishing, camping or hunting equipment. We can turn your unwanted gear into money for the chapter. These funds will support our future help us keep the chapter running and support our future conservation efforts. We currently have another restoration project in the works, similar to the work we did on Point Mountain, on a tract of public water on the Musconetcong River. This project, like all the work we do, requires your financial support.
Please consider making a donation of your unwanted gear to CJTU. You can bring the gear to any monthly meeting right up until the time of the event. If you can't make a meeting, we can make arrangements to pick the items up at your convienance. If you want arrange for a pick-up please send an email to email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your support.
Fly of the Month
“The Phonecia Bucktail”
Tied by Rob Paull
This is a bucktail that originated in the area of the Esopus Creek in the Catskills. It is an adaptation of the Black Ghost streamer. These are great late season fish locators when fished along undercut banks and deadfall.
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