We have a place, a date and best of all GREAT FISHING! July
22 - 29th, Delaware River Club, (DRC) Hancock NY. While the
mailing address is New York, the DRC is located in the northeastern
most part of Pennsylvania, only one mile upstream from Hancock,
New York on the Pennsylvania side of the West Branch of the
Delaware River. You can get a feel for the DRC on their
We had hoped to have this years Fish-In at Roscoe NY. It didn't
work out for several reasons. This year's organizer Ron Kusse (Host
QC from our Chat Room) decided there were more and better fish to
be had a short distance away - still in the Catskills.
The West Branch of the Delaware is considered one of the
countries best tailwater fisheries. Those staying at the Delaware River
Club will have access to two and a half miles of Private Water. Prime
fishing for WILD FISH, not stockers. The average size for the trout is
16 inches. We know most easterners think fine fishing is over by the
first of June - but it's not true! This may be the best kept secret in
The DRC has a wide variety of accommodations, including
camping, cabins and rooms. This Catskill resort is in the mountains, it
is not hot there in July, and there are tremendous hatches and willing
fish. Al Caucci, co-author (with Bob Nastasi) of Comparahatch,
Flytyers Color Guide, Instant Mayfly ID Guide, Hatches, and
Hatches II, will be there from the 24th through the week (he is the
co-owner of the DRC).
Breakfast and dinner will be available at the DRC. They do not have
a 'full-time' restaurant, and those wishing meals will need to let
the folks at the Fly Shop know the night before for breakfast. We are
still working on details, but dinner will be available too.
PIG-ROAST !!! The details are on the Bulletin Board, click
The great thing about the West Branch of the Delaware is there
are hatches all day long, not just swarms of caddis, but great mayfly
hatches - morning to night! Most anglers will be rewarded with 16 - to
20 inch trout - the lucky ones will measure their catch in pounds! Night
fishing is also legal and recommended, and QC has offered to lead a
night fishing expedition. A new adventure for those who haven't tried it
- it can produce monsterous fish.
I realize some of you may have planned for a late May gathering,
but we think you will be delighted with the quality of the fishing at the
DRC in late July. After all, the whole idea here is to put our FAOL
folks onto fish! That's where the fun is. Besides the West Branch of
the Delaware at the DRC, there are over 200 miles of Blue Ribbon
trout water within a half hours drive! The Beaverkill, Willowemac, the
East Branch of the Delaware, or (an extra ten minutes) the Neversink,
Esophus, plus numermous less known streams. These are the fabled
streams of the great writers. These are not crowded water like many of
the western waters - you can fish all day to rising wild fish and not see
anyone except your own party.
Ron Kusse has some special things planned for those interested,
like a cane day, a trip to see the former Leonard and Payne factories
and the grave sites of those legends. Or a hike into the famous
beaverponds. Stay tuned for details, more to come soon.
One of the 'doings' will be impromptu fly-tying by
some darn good tiers. To keep everything spontaneous we are
not scheduling any 'tying events, but have been assured that
several will be tying at various convenient times. For
instance, Bob Mead, noted for his 'Praying Mantis,' has
assured us he will give a demonstration sometime during
the 'Fish-In.' It is probable that some tying will be
going on every evening someplace at the DRC.
Since there are so many possibilies of where to fish, we will have
guides available to direct (or guide, or float) as well as maps of the
There is some information on the Bulletin Board under
2001' with links to the accommodations at DRC and the hatches we
can expect (lots). We will put up an "I'm Going" list (see below)
as well, and if you would like to share a room or campsite,
we have plenty of time to post those requests on the Fish-In
2001 section of the Bulletin Board. You will need one license,
for New York state. Here is the link for that information:
There will be other accommodations available and we will have
those too, but if you wish to stay or camp at the DRC, you should
make your reservations NOW - BUT make sure you tell the folks
there you are with Fly Anglers OnLine. If you get the answering
machine, say you are with FAOL and want to make reservations for
the Fish-In, Matt will return your call. They do take credit cards.
For those flying in, the closest airport is Stewart Field at Newburg, NY.
It is served by the major airlines, car rental is available there as well.
This is about 70 miles from the DRC on a four-lane highway.
There is a second airport available to fly into, Binghamton, NY.
It is easy to get to, and only about 40 miles away.
More to come, JC and I are excited to be going on this trip, and
we look forward to meeting new folks and renewing old friendships.
Yes, you really are invited to join us! We hope you will mark
your calenders for that week now, and plan on joining folks
from FAOL for fishing and fun.
If you do plan on making it to the Fish-In 2001, drop us an
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put your name on
the I'm Going List! ~ The LadyFisher
I'm going list!
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