As many of you already know my wife, Michelle has been stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. We have been living with MS for over 8 years now. This disease can be devastating to a persons ability to preform simple, everyday activities such as tie your shoes or walk a flight of stairs. In a effort to combat this terrible disease my wife is looking for sponsors for a walk to benefit MS research and hopefully find a cure. If you are inclined please use the link below to make a pledge to support Michelle's team. Click the link to the Walk for MS home page, click "Donate" and type in Michelle Oneill (spelled just like that no apostrophe or capital "N") where it says "Name". Your generosity is much appreciated. For any donation of $50.00 or more "Irish Flies" will give that person one free, in home, private fly tying lesson. Please help us try to find a cure. Thank you.
To donate to Michelle's team click HERE
This year the walk is on May 1st. So there are only a few more days left to donate. Starting at Paper Mill Park (the corner of Paper Mill rd and Corner Ketch Rd). The walk will start at 10:00 am. This walk is about 2.5 miles in length. You are free to come out and walk if you are so inclined. We hope to see you there. Thank you for your generosity.
Michelle & Tim
Well, It is that time of year again. The temps are rising, the Dogwoods are in bloom and Tax day is right around the corner. All of this can mean only one thing...the Shad run is near!
If you have never fished the Shad Run.
The Spring Shad run can be one of the most prolific fisheries of the year. It can also be one of the most overlooked. "Shad Fishing 101" will cover all aspects of Shad fishing including; species, gear, rigging, flies, and locations. If you have ever wondered about this great fishery, you won't want to miss this class.
Details, details, details
This presentation is composed of over 100, quality photographs arranged in such a way you will think you are actually on the river. I have been fishing this run for over 15 years and my addiction to this fishery has taken me to countless rivers across half a dozen states. After attending this class you will have the knowledge you need to become a Shad junkie like me! I will also have tons of Shad flies for sale at this show.
Each class will meet at 10.00 am. I will present a 45 min / one hour slideshow that will cover species, locations, gear, techniques and flies. I hope this will spur on a question and answer session. After that we will tie a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 of my favorite Shad flies. (the number of flies we tie will depend on how we are doing on time) We will break for lunch and then head to the river to fish out the evening. (The un-official start to Shad season is usually the 15 th of April. the actual date is TBT, but I am shooting for the end of April / beginning of May. I have purposefully set the dates up early in the season so after class you will have the entire rest of the season to put your new found knowledge to task). O'Neill's Irish Flies will provide lunch and all of the tying materials for the tying portion of the class as well as the slideshow. Cost for the entire day is $175.00 / person.
For the tying portion of the class you will need to provide a vise, bobbin with thread (any 6/0 light color thread will do) bodkin, and scissors. A light for your vise is recommended, but not necessary. You will also be responsible for providing all of the appropriate fishing gear including rod, reel, line, waders and boots and fishing license. You can fish the flies we tie in class and I will have custom flies available for sale during the "classroom" portion of the day. For a detailed list of the gear needed or to sign up for the class please use the links or phone number at the bottom of the page to contact me.
This class was a huge success last year, check out my blog post from last April HERE. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you in class. Till next time...
No, no we don't really have Tarpon in Pennsylvania, but this presentation will make you think we do! Delco-Manning Trout Unlimited sponsors an evening focused on Tarpon fishing. My buddy, John McMinn, will give a presentation on fly fishing for Tarpon which covers finding, stalking and subduing the Silver King in backcountry waters. Tarpon are widely regarded as one of flyfishing's most exciting and rewarding targets. They can be tough to hook, requiring a good presentation of specialized flies. Once hooked Tarpon can also be a challenge to land - fighting hard, and jumping to throw the hook. Nicknamed the Silver King, Tarpon have bright, chrome sides darker backs that range from black to green. They grow to immense size, but unlike some salt water game fish, even the biggest tarpon eat flies well and are realistic targets for fly fishermen.
Most of the literature and media coverage of tarpon shows fishing in the clear, open water of the ocean. Instead of that, this presentation focuses on fly fishing for tarpon in the backcountry. These areas are more protected estuaries or tributaries which often flow with dark, tannic water. Tarpon behavior is different in dark water and requires different tactics than ocean-side fish. I will discuss aspects of backcountry tarpon behavior and highlight tactics that will improve your odds in this summit experience of fly fishing.
John McMinn is a lifelong fly fisherman who enjoys the challenge of tough fish, the exhilaration of adventure travel and the company of good friends. His first fish on fly was an 11" brown trout from Ridley Creek in 1969. Since then he has visited a variety of fresh and saltwater destinations favoring opportunities to sight fish. John is also committed to conservation and education serving as President of the Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited for 11 years and a boy scout leader in several capacities for 15 years.
This event will take place Tuesday evening, April 5th starting at 7:30. The Delco Manning chapter of Trout Unlimited meets at the Delaware County Field and Stream Association clubhouse, 713 Chester Creek Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015. for directions click here. This promises to be a great evening, I hope to see you there. Till Next time...