PHWFF Outings

PHWFF New City, N.Y.- Catskills Trip – September 2017

A year ago our group embarked on a fall trip to the Catskills; a trip in which we were greeted with high temperatures and low water . On the other hand.. This year on the other hand, we lucked out! The temperatures were much cooler at night which kept the fish active in the early mornings, and rising fish were there to greet us in the evenings.
An hour or so later the rest of the group arrived. Everyone unpacked and settled in to their cabins, I myself was already situated at a different location in town, and we went over the game plan for the weekend. We also acquired a few helping hands on board this trip, which created more of a one-on-one fishing experience for the participants. Aside from Mike McClelland,Tim Daly, Harry Kerrigan and I; we were fortunate enough to have guides Frank Degrazio and Bryan Caldero of the Anglers Den joining us along with Ed Burgholzer.

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Fly Tying · PHWFF Meetings · PHWFF New City

PHWFF April 26, 2017 Meeting Recap – Michael takes over the evening with an Adams! ..or Gray Wulff..? or.. comparaduns..? or..”

I couldn’t make it to our April 26th meeting but our newest volunteer Michael Signorelli took over for me and the guys had an awesome time!

“We had a full house at the April 26th meeting, which took place a few days before our trip up to the Upper Delaware system. The guides told us to tie up some Adams in preparation. But, guess what, we tied some Gray Wulff variations instead. It was perhaps a fitting choice, since Lee Wulff created the fly in the Catskills almost 90 years ago. The group learned a few tricks when it comes to tying wings on a Wulff. [As we progressed through the steps, some of the tyers morphed the pattern into Comparaduns, Bombers, and even a Neversink Skater.] It was a very productive session that turned out a few very decent flies. Spirits were high at the end of the night. And the trip up to the Catskills promises to be a classic. ” -Michael Signorelli

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PHWFF February 22,2017- Meeting Recap for New City, NY: “Rod Building, A Speech by Bill , Charlie’s Flies and a new volunteer!”

Our PHWFF New City meeting on February 22, 2017 was a busy one!
Half the room was filled with participants who were working on their rods for the Competition and the other half was set up for our fly tying group.

Fly Tying · fly tying 101

“Fly Tying 101”: Creating a Split Thread Dubbing Loop

The Split thread dubbing technique is mainly used when you don’t want to add extra bulk to your fly. It works well when you are applying material to the head of a fly such as a hackle collar. Keep in mind that all threads are not good for splitting. Here I am using Danville thread which works just fine. This technique can be used for many different patterns, large or small, and the way you put the dubbing on will also have a different effect.

PHWFF Meetings · PHWFF New City

PHWFF January 11, 2017 – “Fun with a new technique, rod building sign ups and meeting recap”

Our January 11th meeting was a pretty busy one! Some of you who have been in our program over the last few years, might remember that this is the time of year where we split the class in two for a few sessions. Some of you will build fly rods with Harry and the rest of you will be tying with me. The fly tying will also be split up in two groups as well for anyone who is new. New participants will begin with me for your 101 sessions and the other half of the class will continue with me on our 201.

Fly Tying · On the Vise · PHWFF Fly Tying · Tips and Tricks

On My Vise:”New Year, New Me?” How about I just stick with a new tutorial to an old technique! 😂 The LaFontaine Cased Caddis 

It’s 2017!

How does that old saying go?

“New Year, New me”?

Well I’ll tell you what.. Seeing as though I won’t be whipping up any resolutions for consuming less bacon or coffee, and will more than likely just spend the rest of the new year, as usual, crossing out 2016 on everything I write because it’s now 2017.. 😂

What I do know, is that there’s never a bad time to try a new technique in regards to fly tying.

A few weeks back I posted a fly pattern for the LaFontaine Deep Sparkle Pupae, and after going through some tips to palmer hackle on a fly such as the wooly bugger, I decided that there’s no better way to start the new year than with a technique that may have been forgotten in these new times.

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PHWFF December 14, 2016 – The Low Water Woolly Bugger

At our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing meeting on December 14th, 2016 we discussed some upcoming trips we have planned for the spring, we also ate an entire tray of cookies…

After one of our last trips where we found nothing but low water, I decided that having a fly that can stay off the rocks while still being fishable in almost any situation, was one that everyone needed to add to their arsenal.

*At the bottom of the page I have added a few tips for the cone head variation that we tied as well, the material is in your kit*

Woolly buggers can be tied many different ways for various depths, cone heads, lead wire ect. but this one here, that we tied during class and (for those of you who took one home, the kits are of the same pattern) is specifically tied for low-water.

Fly Tying · fly tying 101

Fly Tying 101: “How to palmer a full body hackle that has been tied in by the stem”

During our December 14th, 2016 PHWFF meeting we tied a Wooly Bugger that works great in low water, but if you missed it or you just need to brush up on some skills in regards to how to palmer a hackle back and bring the thread through the front, then this is the place for you!

Start by grabbing your favorite wooly bugger hackle.

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PHWFF: Nov 9, 2016 – Harry’s BWO Dry Fly

Our November 9th PHWFF New City, New York meeting was lead by Harry who took over our Fly Tying for the evening and taught our participants his BWO Dry Fly. This step-by-step I have put together to help aide in those who are tying at home after meetings, It may be little different from what you were taught that night.

I have done my best to tie this in Harry’s style and all instructions will be word for word from his pattern, (with a few of my comments) to help match up with what you took in that evening, in way of his techniques.

Just keep in mind that even though I am tying this fly based on his instructions in the way he taught you that night; all individual tyers have different techniques.

Me and Harry teach our dry fly techniques different and have different styles, which is why every few months when we switch who teaches the pattern for the evening, you are actually expanding your knowledge. Its great to learn from different tyers!

So here we go!