This Week's View

by Deanna Birkholm

January 29th, 2001

Fish-In 2001

So what's a Fish-In?

This all started purely by accident. Four years ago when FAOL was pretty new, I mentioned in the Chat Room we needed to catch some trout. We were going 'home.' Granted, Montana is our adopted home having been born and raised in Michigan, but for us fly fishing is Montana. Both of us were licensed guides there, we know where to fish and when. FAOL folks asked when we were going, where were we going to fish, and the first FAOL Fish-In was born. Nothing very organized, folks just met up with us in West Yellowstone and we fished mostly the park, (Yellowstone National Park.)

Even before we got back, Al Campbell decided the next Fish-In was going to be in the Black Hills in South Dakota. Keep in mind here, my husband JC and I had nothing to do with this! Folks who read this website wanted to get together and fish - catch some fish, have fun and put some faces on the names they knew from FAOL. It was great fun, 37 people showed up from all over the country! We had a blast. (You can read about it here.)

It didn't take long before we heard from the east coast. Let's do a Fish-In next spring in Pennsylvania. State College was chosen and about the same number of folks showed up for that one. (You can read about that one here.) While it was still happening, Ron Kusse said we really should fish the Catskills, and offered to head up Fish-In 2001.

As always, this is not a group grope like a TU or FFF conclave, there are a few organized activities, but no registration (or fees) and FAOL does not get paid to do anything involved with the Fish-In. That might change this year since we have already had some inquiries about T-shirts. At any rate, we all try and stay at the same place, since not everyone can camp we need a combination of facilities. It works out better if people aren't strung out all over the region and end up feeling left out.

The FAOL Fish-In is a loose annual gathering of the folks who read this website, EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND INVITED!

We do not make reservations or airline arrangements for you. You are on your own hook. Some will come in early and stay the whole week, others will show up for a weekend or a couple of days. Whatever works for you.

The object is to come fish and have fun.

Fish-In 2001

We have a place, a date and best of all GREAT FISHING! July 22 - 29th, Delaware River Club, (DRC) Hancock NY. While the mailing address is New York, the DRC is located in the northeastern most part of Pennsylvania, only one mile upstream from Hancock, New York on the Pennsylvania side of the West Branch of the Delaware River. You can get a feel for the DRC on their website.

We had hoped to have this years Fish-In at Roscoe NY. It didn't work out for several reasons. This year's organizer Ron Kusse (Host QC from our Chat Room) decided there were more and better fish to be had a short distance away - still in the Catskills.

We will put up a full information page on the details soon, but so you can make some plans, here's the scoop.

The West Branch of the Delaware is considered one of the countries best tailwater fisheries. Those staying at the Delaware River Club will have access to two and a half miles of Private Water. Prime fishing for WILD FISH, not stockers. The average size for the trout is 16 inches. We know most easterners think fine fishing is over by the first of June - but it's not true! This may be the best kept secret in the east.

The DRC has a wide variety of accommodations, including camping, cabins and rooms. This Catskill resort is in the mountains, it is not hot there in July, and there are tremendous hatches and willing fish. Al Caucci, co-author (with Bob Nastasi) of Comparahatch, Flytyers Color Guide, Instant Mayfly ID Guide,Hatches, and Hatches II, will be there from the 24th through the week (he is the co-owner of the DRC).

The great thing about the West Branch of the Delaware is there are hatches all day long, not just swarms of caddis, but great mayfly hatches - morning to night! Most anglers will be rewarded with 16 - to 20 inch trout - the lucky ones will measure their catch in pounds! Night fishing is also legal and recommended, and QC has offered to lead a night fishing expedition. A new adventure for those who haven't tried it - it can produce monsterous fish.

I realize some of you may have planned for a late May gathering, but we think you will be delighted with the quality of the fishing at the DRC in late July. After all, the whole idea here is to put our FAOL folks onto fish! That's where the fun is. Besides the West Branch of the Delaware at the DRC, there are over 200 miles of Blue Ribbon trout water within a half hours drive! The Beaverkill, Willowemac, the East Branch of the Delaware, or (an extra ten minutes) the Neversink, Esophus, plus numermous less known streams. These are the fabled streams of the great writers. These are not crowded water like many of the western waters - you can fish all day to rising wild fish and not see anyone except your own party.

Ron Kusse has some special things planned for those interested, like a cane day, a trip to see the former Leonard and Payne factories and the grave sites of those legends. Or a hike into the famous beaverponds. Stay tuned for details.

Since there are so many possibilies of where to fish, we will have guides available to direct (or guide, or float) as well as maps of the region.

There is some information on the Bulletin Board under 'Fish-In 2001' with links to the accommodations at DRC and the hatches we can expect (lots). We will put up an "I'm Going" list as well, and if you would like to share a room or campsite, we have plenty of time to post those requests on the Fish-In 2001 section of the Bulletin Board.

There will be other accommodations available and we will have those too, but if you wish to stay or camp at the DRC, you should make your reservations NOW - BUT make sure you tell the folks there you are with Fly Anglers OnLine. They do take credit cards.

More to come, JC and I are excited to be going on this trip, and we look forward to meeting new folks and renewing old friendships. Yes, you really are invited to join us! ~ The LadyFisher

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