Henry Ramsey To Speak at January Meeting
A Walk on the Wild Side,
Fly Fishing Pennsylvania’s Headwater Streams
Time: 6:45 pm -8:30 pm
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Place: Croton Watershed TU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Pennsylvania has over 86,000 miles of running water with over 15,000 miles designated as wild trout waters and many more that haven’t been assessed. “A Walk on the Wild Side” takes you to some of the Keystone States best headwater streams and discusses tactics, tackle, flies and the need to protect them.
About Henry . . .
Henry is the author of "Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout" published by Stackpole / Headwater Books and released in January 2011, and co-author of "Keystone Fly Fishing Guide" released in 2017. He is a custom fly tier, fly fishing and fly tying instructor, photographer and presenter.
Henry has been a custom fly tier for many years, tying flies for trout fisherman across the US, as well as tying artistic and classic Atlantic Salmon flies.His tying work has been featured in several publications including the Art of Angling Journal, The Game Journal and the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. He also contributes to Fly Fisherman and Eastern Fly Fishing magazines. He is a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and a member of the Daiichi Hook and Regal Vise Pro Staffs.
In Memoriam, Clem Fullerton
It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Clem Fullerton, an original member of our chapter. Clem was very active in many aspects of the chapter - president, newsletter editor and member of The Rock Rollers, to name a few.
Besides being a resident of Westchester, Clem was a proud Texan who wintered back in his home state. He also had a place in Calicoon on the Delaware River where he graciously hosted many summer board meetings. Clem’s endearing ‘aw shucks’ personality always added levity to his chapter newsletter with a closing joke or quote. He was also honored with our Member of the Year Award, he shared with his wife Barbara. You couldn’t mention Clem’s name without including Barbara too!
Many may remember or have heard of “The Rock Rollers”, in which Clem was an active member. This group of dedicated fly anglers/conservationists conducted stream improvement projects throughout the watershed with the blessing of DEP/DEC, believe it or not back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Some of the projects Clem worked on are still present today. To name a few, there is a V-dam that forms the first pool just down stream of Rt 35 bridge over the Amawalk Outlet. Another project on the East Branch is a pair of wing-dams along the long straight stretch between Brady’s Bend and Phoebe’s Hole. These two wing dams create some velocity for scouring streambed while still allowing fish passage.
Look for these two examples and, if observant, you’ll notice others throughout the watershed with Clem’s thumbprint. Say thanks and tight lines to this Rock Roller!
Clem was working as a salesman in New York City when he got interested in fly fishing in the late 1950’s and 60’s. He was a founding member of our TU chapter along with Ray Bergman and Dick Taulleur. They used to meet and tie flies, and that evolved into the Croton Watershed Chapter of TU. Clem was Croton Watershed Chapter President--at least for one term and maybe two--as was his wife, Barbara. He ran the chapter’s spring Fly Fishing Schools, which were held at Fox Lane Middle School at that time. And, he also edited the chapter’s newsletter for some years. When I edited the newsletter, he always contributed a couple articles each year on fishing the local streams.
By the 1980’s, he had started a janitorial/office-cleaning business. When he retired, he and his wife moved to Texas, but they came back each spring to a house they had on the Delaware River. The last time I saw him, we were fishing the upper stretch of Willemoc Creek, probably 12-15 years ago. He told me that, to access the parts of the Delaware River where the embankment was really steep, he would tie a rope onto the guard rails along the road and rappel down to the river. He was well over 70 years old at the time. That’s dedication.
Requiescat in pace.
Click on this pdf to read Tony Bonavist's tribute to Clem Fullerton.
Recent Prize Winners
The Grand Prize winner of our special raffle for the Scott Flex Rod with Galvan Rush LT reel was Chris Mueller. Chris was thrilled with the early and unexpected Christmas present.
For our December meeting we also had a Special Raffle for a beautiful carbon Landing Net. Roger Bauman, our conservation chair, was the lucky winner of the net. There is now pressure on Roger to show us a picture of a fine trout in that net.
A very happy (under the mask) Chris Mueller with his new Scott Flex Rod and Galvan reel.
Mark Your Calendar for Connetquot Trips
Great news! Trips coordinator Ed Poulton has arranged for three more Connetquot outings. The last two trips have been phenomenal, so we felt we needed to add more. Connetquot is a great place to fish for beginners or those who want to improve their skill. You will catch fish and you can practice your technique for dry fly, nymphing or streamer fishing. There are also plenty of skilled anglers who are happy to provide help. The new dates. are:
Friday April 16, 2021
Friday July 23, 2021
Friday October 1, 2021
Sign Up sheets will be posted later.