The 'Fish-In 2002' will be held the last full week in July (the 22nd thru the 27th)
at the Delaware River Club on the West Branch of the Delaware River, New York,
and every year thereafter. Yes, we have made it permanent. The 'Fish-In'
has become an integral part of Fly Anglers OnLine and must have a home. We have
found at the DRC all of the parts to make it a success. This year was great, 2002
will be even better.
I want to thank all of you who contributed ideas and information for the 2002 event.
Trust me, all were considered. The 'Fish-In' has taken on a life of its own and must
now be treated accordingly. It will serve the most people in the best manner by giving
it a permanent place for many reasons.
I know some (perhaps many) will be disappointed that we can not continue to
move it about the country, in some ways, we are too. We know this will mean
some of you may never get the opportunity to attend and for that we are truly
sorry. As the necessary elements are included in the 'Fish-In' it is not possible
to move it about and still have a successful time. We hope to make this week
of fraternity a major point in many of our yearly fly-fishing activities.
By maintaining a location much more can be included and the quality
of the experience can be enhanced each year.
We are fortunate to have found and most grateful for the co-operation and
continuing involvement of the DRC. They will play a far more integral role in
the future. More of the details will be on here soon. The itinerary is planned
and nearly complete for 2002. Here is a small idea of how it will be laid out.
Breakfast every morning on premise from 7:00 to 10:00a.m., pricing will
be similar to "town" prices.
'School-Time' every day from 10 to noon - which includes basic
casting, presentation, roll cast and double haul. Casting classes will be on the
pond, except for the double haul which will be on the lawn. 'Show-Time' every
evening from 9 to 10:30, Those will include Where to Fish with Dick Jogodnik,
J.C's Flies Only, Rod Building with Ron Kusse, an Evening with Al
Caucci (Entomology, Catskill flies and his Comparadun),
and a Timed Tying Contest on Friday. Bob Mead (Mantis) will be in charge
of that, and it promises to be interesting to watch as well as
challenging for the tiers. Casting Games and events on Saturday all day
and closing dinner and ceremony at 5pm. No pig roast, probably
an all-inclusive Bar-B-Que. We have already addressed and are
working with the DRC on this years camping issues.
There will be guided walking tours of the river as
well as float trips available. Both are fishing trips and there will
be a charge for the guides services. The exact details will be available
in print from the Fly-Shop and reservations can be made thru them.
The DRC has already blocked the week for just FAOL. You can make your
reservations directly through them. 1-800-6-Mayfly is the phone number. You
must tell them you are with FAOL!
We have arranged the 'Fish-In 2002' so that no scheduled events (show-time,
school-time) will interfere with fishing. Some may want to attend these, some
may not, but, at least you will have the choice. It will allow us to really plan our
days there, knowing what each day has to offer. There will be a nominal
registration fee to cover expenses for the events handled by FAOL. More
on that later too. We have delegated certain areas of interest to some great
guys and are sure you will have a wonderful time. If you have any problems
or complaints contact me, I am the one who is responsible for the
whole thing. I will try to make it a good experience
~ James Castwell