Chapter Meetings

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ESCTU Meeting Facility - RWJ Auditorium

Floor Plan

Capacity: 175 standing, 100 auditorium-style seating

Meeting Agenda:

6:30 pm Doors Open

6:30-7:00 pm Meet & Greet

7:00-7:15 pm Business Meeting

7:15 ~ 9:00 pm Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Meeting Location Information:

The Chapter normally meets on the second Monday of every month (except July and August) at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

The chapter meetings are free and open to the public.

Chapter members are encouraged to bring potential new members to our meetings so they may learn about us and hopefully be inclined to join.

Directions The D&R Greenway Land Trust:

One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ, which is off of Rosedale Rd in Princeton.

There are numerous ways to reach the D&R Greenway Land Trust, depending on your starting point.

The D&R Greenway Land Trust organization’s website ( contains detailed driving directions.

For those already familiar with the Princeton area, the following directions should get your there:

From the intersection of Elm Rd. and Rosedale Rd in Princeton:

Follow Rosedale Road approximately 0.6 miles and look for a sign on your left with a stone base for D&R Greenway Land Trust. Turn left at the sign onto Preservation Place and wind to the right to reach the courtyard parking area. (NOTE: The Trust's sign is not well-illuminated and can be difficult to read at night.)

From the intersection of Province Line Rd and Rosedale Rd:

Follow Rosedale Road in an easterly direction (toward Princeton) for 1 mile and look for a sign on your right with a stone base for D&R Greenway Land Trust. Turn right at the sign and wind to the right to reach the courtyard parking area. (NOTE: The Trust's sign is not well-illuminated and can be difficult to read at night.)

Guest Speakers 2019

January 2019

Guest Speaker

Jeff Conover

Topic: "Trout Tackle Techniques and Tips"

Owner of JAC Fly Fishing, ESCTU's own jeff Conover will share his lifetime of experience fishing for trout.

Jeff's presentation will cover fly rods, fly lines, leaders, tacklessetup, casting, mending line, fly presentation, fighting large trout on light tippet and more.

If you are new to fly fishing this will be a good starting point for you to develop your own techniques, and if you are an experienced fly fisher, I am sure you will find something to add to your arsenal of fly fishing techniques

February 2019

Guest Speaker

Jeff Conover

Topic: "Chapter Fly Tying Night"

Jeff Conover from JAC Fly Fishing will be giving a Fly Tying Presentation. He will cover various topics on fly tying, fly design, materials and more. Tie along with him as he ties a version of the ZugBug and shows you his techniques working with different types of materials and tools.

You are welcome to bring your own equipment. We have a limited amount of complete tool setups, so bring your tools if you have them. materials will be supplied.

As many of our members will attest, there is something that is extra special about landing a trout on the first fly that that you have tied.

Tools Needed:

Vise - Pedestal mount preferred.

Scissors - Serrated preferred.

Thread Bobbin - With 6/0 Thread

Hackle Pliers

Rotary Whip Finisher - (Optional)

Supplied Materials:

Hooks - Saber, #7030, Size 12.

Long Peacock Herl.

Small/Thin, Large/Wide, Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel.

March 2019

Guest Speaker

Robert Shane

Topic: "Protecting Our Local Streams"

Rob Shane, Trout Unlimited Mid-Atlantic Organizer, will be talking about TU's initiatives in the region.

Primarily, the focus of his teams in the past year has been the Unassessed Water Initiative, the Clean Water Rule, and threat to wild trout from energy and other forms of development. Rob will also talk about ways the chapter can engage in advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.

Rob joined the Mid-Atlantic Advocacy team in October 2017. Previously, he was working as the volunteer operations Coordinator with TU out of Arlington, Va office. A native of Columbus Ohio, Rob has spent much of his life fishing for steelhead and trout in Pennsylvania and had deep ties to the resources of the keystone state

April 2019

Guest Speaker

Jim "Coz" Costolnick

Topic: "Tips & Techniques on the Upper Delaware River"

Since Jim "Coz" Costolnick began his guiding career on the Upper Delaware he has logged tens of thousands of hours guiding this river system. Coz was the original a host of ESPN's "In Search of Fly Water" and traveled the globe to bring the world of fly fishing into the living rooms of millions. Coz is currently a fly fishing field staff advisor for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life television series.

Coz is a certified casting instructor and Pro Staff advisor for the Clacka Craft Boat Company. Coz's love of sharing his secrets and techniques is what makes him a highly sought after teacher, speaker, and personality in the fly fishing industry.

When he's not on the water he can usually be found at his fly shop, Border Waters in Hancock, NY. Coz also hosts our annual Steelhead Camp on the Great Lakes tributaries. His dedication to the river is displayed through his work on the board of directors of Friends of the Upper Delaware River.

May 2019

Guest Speaker

Rod Rohrbach

Topic: "Spring Creeks and The Meaning of Life"

"The fly fishing writer, John Gierach, writes that all fly fishermen believe that fly fishing teaches us something important about life, but none of them know what it is."

Well I’d like to give it a shot!

It’s the fauna, the flora, and the solitude. It’s the constant learning; the attempt to perfect the imperfect able. There are no grounds crews, greens fees, or lift tickets. You don't have to assemble a team to fly fish. There are no modems, motors or phones. It’s the predator-prey relationship where to the predator it’s a game, to the prey it’s life and death. There is no rush, no schedule.

Its playing nature’s game, on nature’s terms.

It’s the people you meet, some nice, some not so nice It’s a campsite along a babbling brook, the smell of bacon, the pungent smell of hickory smoke and the aroma of a pine forest.

It’s strong black coffee on a chilly morning and a campfire, a nip of scotch

It’s watching a ground squirrel stealing your peanuts while you watch a “riser" in its feeding lie.

It’s birds singing, bees buzzing and loons crying.

It’s discovering beautiful places and being alone with nature.

It’s learning to enjoy your own company, a chance to reflect. It’s problem solving.

In Spring Creeks and the Meaning of Life, I reflect on pleasant and not so pleasant experiences, share some observations along the river of life, provide some tips on living and fishing alone in North Americas wilder places and FISHING SPRING CREEKS

While fishing and camping around North America I’m fulfilling a promise to myself to compile and share the treasury of learning, tips and experience acquired from over 20 years on the banks of the Little Lehigh and my collaborative friendships with many of the legends of fly fishing/tying.

June 2019

Annual Business Meeting

July 2019

No Chapter Meeting

August 2019

No Chapter Meeting

September 2019

Guest Speaker

9/9 BART LOMBARDO – Everything Tenkara

Bart Lombardo, creator of Panfish On The Fly, and current president of Central Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will share his in-depth knowledge of Tenkara fly fishing – a traditional method of fishing used among Japanese trout anglers for over 200 years. Bart will describe everything needed to get you started with this very simple, effective style of fly fishing.

October 2019

Guest Speaker

10/21 KEN REINARD – Our Heritage of Angling

Well-known author of “The Colonial Angler’s Manual of Flyfishing and Flytying,” Ken Reinard, will entertain us with his in-depth knowledge of 18th century fly fishing and the most famous of all fishing philosophers, Izaak Walton. Ken, dresses the part and uses period tackle to demonstrate the fly fishing techniques of Colonial times. A presentation not to be missed!

November 2019

Guest Speaker

11/11 CAPT. DAVE VOLLENWEIDER -- Winter Trout Fishing on Round Valley Reservoir

With nearly 30 years of experience fishing the freshwater rivers, lakes, and streams of New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Canada, Captain Dave Vollenweider of Live to Fish Guide Service will share the tactics and techniques to put Round Valley Reservoir’s trout in your boat during the cold of winter.

December 2019

Annual Holiday Party

12/2 3rd ANNUAL CHAPTER HOLIDAY PARTY at Orvis-Princeton Store

Orvis-Princeton store staff will showcase new Orvis clothing and fishing products available for the holiday season. Games, food, and refreshments will be available along with some outstanding raffle items. This is a family event so be sure to bring your significant other to share this fun & festive evening!

Guest Speakers 2020

January 2020

Guest Speaker

1/13 TIM FLAGLER – Fishing Patagonia

If you tie flies, you may be familiar with Tim Flagler's Tightline Productions videos from YouTube and his weekly tying segment on Orvis News. Tim is also a fishing guide and hosts trips to Argentina’s Patagonia region – a destination that should be on the bucket list of every fly fisher. Tim’s video expertise will be utilized to share footage of his experiences during past trips to the region that will be sure to make you feel like you’re there!

February 2020

Guest Speaker


Avid fly fisherman/fly-tyer, ESCTU’s own, Jeff Conover, will demonstrate how to tie a few select flies that are effective in area waters. As many of our members will attest, there is just something extra special landing your first trout on a fly that you have tied. All are welcome to bring their own equipment and tie along.

March 2020

Guest Speaker

3/9 ANDREW & NANCY MOY– Spey Casting with the Moy’s

Owners of the Tight Lines Fly Fishing, a full service fly shop in Parsippany NJ, Andrew & Nancy Moy will share their enthusiasm and tips for Spey casting – a two-handed technique frequently used when fishing large rivers for Atlantic salmon and steelhead and in the surf where anglers are required to cast larger flies long distances and keep the fly line in front of them.

April 2020

Guest Speaker

4/13 GEORGE DANIEL – Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, & Patterns for Streamers

Renowned fly fisherman and author, George Daniel, is one of the most sought-after speakers on the fly-fishing circuit today! George will discuss how to become a more effective streamer fisherman and cover some of the subtle nuances & tricks that will get fish to eat your streamers under a variety of conditions. He’ll also share some of his favorite streamer designs/patterns and the best ways to rig and fish them. Adapting to the situation is what it's all about, and George will show you how to do that!

May 2020

Guest Speaker

5/11 ANITA COULTON -- European Style Nymphing Demystified

Orvis-endorsed guide with Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters on the Upper Delaware, and highly-respected competitive angler on the top-ranked Team Freestone, Anita Coulton will demystify Euro-nymphing for you. It is one of the most productive techniques for catching trout there is today! Anita will cover the rods, leaders, and special techniques used to become a successful Euro-nymph angler. She’ll also provide step-by-step instructions on how to tie your own Euro-nymph leader. (Materials will be provided.)

June 2020

Annual Business Meeting


Chapter members will meet to elect new officers/directors, review the past year’s accomplishments, elicit comments from the membership, and discuss plans for the following year.

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