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Guest Speakers 2021 /2022
9/13 Lou DiGena -- KISS Guide to Hatches and Patterns
Lou DiGena, an avid fly tyer and Life Member of Trout Unlimited, will share his philosophy and method to simplifying entomology and sharing trout catching patterns. Using his fine arts background, he produces patterns with a simple and studied elegance following he KISS rule (Keep It Simple Stupid).
10/18 Andrew & Nancy Moy -- Fly Fishing for Bonefishing on Andros Island
Andrew & Nancy, co-owners of the Tightlines Fly Fishing in Parsippany, NJ, currently host two yearly trips to Andros Island to fly fish for bonefish. They will share their tips and techniques for catching these silver torpedos of the flats on the fly.
11/8 William Kibler -- The Raritan Headwaters Mission
An avid fly fisherman, clean water advocate, and current Director of Policy for Raritan Headwaters, William Kibler will detail the mission of Raritan Headwaters, an association dedicated to protecting the the 470-square-mile North and South Branch Raritan watershed, a region covering 38 municipalities in New Jersey’s Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties.
1/10 Bob Romano-- Fly Fishing Maine's Rangeley Lakes Region
For over 40 years, Bob Romano and his wife, Trish, have maintained a camp in the Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine where Romano has set his Rangeley Lakes series of novels. Bob will share tips and techniques gleaned from decades of experience on how to make the most of fly fishing the Rangeley Lakes region.
2/7 Joel Weiner -- Fly Tying Clinic
Ardent fly fisherman/fly-tyer, ESCTU’s own, Joel Weiner, demonstrates how to tie a couple of 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.
3/14 Tim Camissa --How My Pennsylvania Tactics Worked in Iceland
Tim Cammisa, of Trout and Feather, will share his recent experiences fly fishing for Arctic char and brown trout in Iceland. The tactics and gear used relate to his time spent chasing trout in Pennsylvania, thus join Tim as he presents this journey and specific strategies that led to success.
4/11 Brian Millen -- Casting Clinic
Joan Wulff-certified casting instructor and inventor of the Excel Caster, ESCTU’s own Brian Millen provides casting instruction on various fly casting techniques. Bring your own rod(s) or try one of the latest Orvis rods provided courtesy of the Orvis Princeton. Location TBD.
5/9 Nick Raftas -- Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass
Nick Raftas, owner of Wild East Outfitters, an Orvis endorsed Fly Fishing guide service, will share his knowledge for catching river smallmouth bass on the fly. Many believe the smallmouth bass to be, pound for pound, the hardest fighting fish there is, and Nick knows how to catch them!
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 (https://drgreenway.org/contact-us/) 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.)
6:30 pm Doors Open
6:30-7:00 pm Meet & Greet
Name Badges handed out
50:50 tickets Setup
Raffle tickets Setup
Setup Ernie Schwiebert Prints Setup
Quarterly Event Signup Sheet Circulated
Photos Guest Speaker
Photos New Members
7:00-7:15 pm Business Meeting
New Members and Guests Recognized
Membership & Outreach Report
Art of Fly Tying Report
Guest Speaker Introduction
7:15 ~ 9:00 pm Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A
Close of Meeting
Photos 50:50 Winner
Photos Raffle Winner
Name Badges Collected - Attendance Recorded
AV equipment Put Away
Name Badges out away
Refreshments put away
Photoframes put away
50:50 put away
Raffle put away
Quarterly Event Signup Sheet Collected
ESCTU Meeting Facility - RWJ Auditorium
Capacity: 175 standing, 100 auditorium-style seating