The ESCTU Secret Waters Program

To enable chapter members to get to know each other better, the ESCTU Board of Directors has agreed to put together a program for us to fish together in small groups in waters you probably would not know about our have access to. To do this, we will need two groups of members: 1) Hosts willing to share their secret/private water and personal time with fellow chapter members 2) Guest(s) (1 or 2) interested in fishing these secret/private waters with their host.  (Hosts can also sign up as guests.)

I will act as chairman and coordinate who goes with whom. I would like to formulate a list of members willing to host one of these one-day excursions by our May 8, 2017 Chapter Meeting. This is our casting clinic meeting, but we plan to have a short business meeting prior to casting at which time I will ask for host volunteers.

I will need each host to provide their name, email address, description of the secret/private water, date or dates it can or can’t be done, number of anglers that the host can take, and brief particulars like costs (e.g., guest fee),  lunch accommodations (provided or bring your own), whether it  includes an overnight accommodation (see the example below).  If you are willing to host 1 or 2 members, and not wait till the May 8th Chapter Meeting, you can email the information identified above to: The chapter in turn will disseminate the list for members to review.

Secondly, prior to our June 12, 2017 Chapter Meeting and after our May Meeting, I would like a list of those of you who wish to fish one of these secret/private waters with the host and email them to me at: in order of preference (1, 2 or 3). I, in turn, will do my best to accommodate your wishes and have your pairings available by the June 12th Chapter Meeting as well as email them to you with all the particulars.

Note that only those members who have paid their TU National dues and are assigned to our chapter (227 - Ernest Schwiebert Chapter) are eligible to participate. Unused assignments or cancellations do not carry over to a different date or season. Assigned guests of host are expected to show up as scheduled.

Finally, George Jaccoud and I would like to be the first to offer one of our secret/private waters with you to start this ball in motion:

1) Henryville Fly Fishers Host: Bob Bishop

Date: TBD

Cost: $75.00 per person and includes lunch

Number of rods: 2

Henryville Fly Fishers is a private club, where fly fishing originated back in the 1800’s. (It is just a 1 ½ hours from Central Jersey) It is on 4 1/2 miles of the Paradise Creek in Henryville, Pa. ( Poconos)  With over a 75 pools that have been designed to hold fish. Stocked with 16-18” Brown Trout it also has Rainbows and Brookies in the stream. This is a wading stream on a cold limestone-fed water.

2) Big Flatbrook Host: George Jaccoud

Date: TBD

Cost: N/A (Bring your own food & drinks)

Number of rods: 2 (Host & Guest)

We will be fishing a private stretch of the Big Flatbrook located in the scenic Minisink Valley that extends from the Delaware Water Gap north to Port Jervis, New York -- a 2 hour drive from the Princeton area. This is a wading stream that requires some hiking.


Bob Bishop
ESCTU Vice President
(215) 696-0476