You must not use the aforesaid artful sport for covetousness, merely for the increasing or saving of your money, but mainly for your enjoyment and to procure the health of your body and, more especially, of your soul. -Dame Juliana Berners, A Treatyse of Fyshynge with an Angle, 1496.

Weatherby's in Grand Lake Stream, Maine

Posted on June 20, 2014

Fishing is not all about catching. Club Member Jim Shaughnessy and I have been going here for 35 straight years. This is a quick video of our annual trip to Maine fishing for smallmouth bass and land-locked salmon. The place we go is Weatherby's in Grand Lake Stream, Maine.

Latest fish caught using the Brinefly's Pulse Disc

Posted on June 20, 2014

All these fish were caught this week. The brown trout was caught in Valley Creek and the others on the Brandywine. All were caught using Brine Fly Innovations 1/2" disc! It really works. If you have not heard of Brine Fly Pulse Discs go to this website. Our own Jim Matson is the inventor and owner of the company. Try will like them!

Schuylkill River musky/smallmouth trip

Posted on May 27, 2014

After hearing Jake Villwock speak to DJL at the March neeting, Joe King and Emerson Cannon decided to go musky fishing on the Schuylkill River with Jake. We got these smallmouths on musky flies. We had one 40" tiger musky rise like a Polaris missile and attack Joe's fly. We were about 3' from my fly that had hooked itself on a branch on shore...ha ha. Joe's fly was just dangling 1/2 in the water and 1/2 out about 8" from the side of the raft! The musky came up like a Polaris missile brushing the oar on the way, eating the fly then back in the water and up again for a jump. It went under the raft, tangled itself on the anchor rope and jumped again and got off. Super excitement! The orange fly has a DJL's own Jim Matson disc that makes the fly pulsate and wiggle. Jim is the creator and owner of The discs really worked well! Give them a try! To see more pictures click HERE.

Check out our Spring 2014 Newsletter

Posted on May 23, 2014

We just posted our Spring 2014 Edition of STREAMSIDE featuring the "Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule", "Muskies on the Fly", "Equipment Review", and much more! Check it out here.

Kimberton Fair Parking Donations Collection

Posted on May 19, 2014

Our next big event this year will soon be upon us. We will require a minimum of 18 volunteers to help the Kimberton Fire Company (KFC) collect parking donations at the Kimberton Fair in July. The Kimberton Fair is the last full week in July, we will be supporting the Fire Company by collecting donations from about 5:30PM until about 9:30PM (sometimes a little later) on Monday, July 21st through Wednesday, July 23rd. We need a minimum of 6 people each night, and we always seem to be a few heads short. Assisting in this effort is always a great time. In addition to helping out our sponsor, KFC, you get to spend an evening with your fellow DJL club members talking about our favorite activity (Fly Fishing). The KFC provides meal vouchers to our team so we typically can rotate turns taking breaks to go get a burger or hotdog as well as enjoy those KFC donuts. (yummy). Collecting donations requires no prior experience. This is a great opportunity for new club members to come out and support the club and meet with fellow club members. If you can volunteer, please reply to this e-mail with nights that you will be able to support. In exchange for helping the Kimberton Fire Company with the fair, we get free use of their facilities for our meetings. It is one of the many things we do that help keep our dues so low while still being able to provide quality speakers, casting clinics, video libraries, fly rod & reel lending, etc. Please show your support for the club and respond today with the days you are available to help out. Once we have sufficient volunteers we will generate a schedule and you will receive a notice with additional details on which night you are being asked to support and where to show up!
Thanks in advance for your support!
Troy Dunn
Fire Company Coordinator

Spring 2014 Baja, Mexico

Posted on May 14, 2014

DJL's Fly of the Month

Posted on April 22, 2014

DJL is proud to announce a new section to our website. It will be DJL's Fly of the Month. Our own Jerry Sizemore has made a video on how to tie a fly. Each month that we have a meeting, he will be giving us directions in how to tie a different fly. Now, he will get this info from YOU, the club. So please, if you have a favorite pattern that you would be willing to share, please contact Jerry. You can check out the April Fly of the Month HERE or on Facebook.

Fly Fishing Course

Posted on March 20, 2013

We had a great flyfishing course Saturday with 14 students participating. The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time. Here are some video highlights of the course.

Volunteers Needed!

Posted on April 7, 2014

Green Valleys Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to participate in a stream clean-up of the French Creek in downtown Phoenixville, PA. The French Creek Clean-Up will take place from 8:00am - noon on Saturday, April 26. Volunteers will remove litter from the banks along the French Creek, starting in the vicinity of the Foundry Building along Main Street. Seventeen volunteers, including Phoenixville residents and members of Camp Hill Special Schools, participated in last year’s French Creek Clean-Up alongside GVA staff, and it was a rewarding experience. We removed 20 bags of litter, 2 bicycles, and almost 80 pounds of metal scrap from the stream! This year if conditions allow, we would like to clean the French Creek all the way to where it meets the Schuylkill River - approximately 3/4 of a mile in length. The clean-up will run rain or shine, although if weather conditions are severe it will be postponed. As a registered event with the Great American Clean-Up of PATM, we have received free clean-up supplies, including trash bags, gloves, and traffic safety vests. Bottles of water will be provided. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (610) 469-4900. I have enclosed with this letter an event flier with details on the clean-up. Thank you for your time. I hope that you will be able to join us. Stream clean-ups are valuable acts of environmental stewardship! Click HERE for Volunteer Waiver, Release and Indemnity form.

Kelsey Stanton

February 19th Stocking of French Creek

Posted on February 22, 2014

A big shout out thank you to club members: Dick Allebach, Emerson Cannon, Renie Groff, Joe King, Ed Nugent, Matt Romano, Jim Shaughnessy, Charlie Wagner, Jack Waters, These people braved the icy roads in the am, then walked though knee deep to mid thigh snow carrying buckets of fish to float boxes. Oh yes...then either walked those boxes upstream or downstream where they could, due to downed trees and lots of ice. Now, all of you can go out and try and catch some mighty fine looking fish! To see more pictures click HERE.

Check out our Winter 2014 Newsletter

Posted on January 14, 2014

We just posted our Winter 2014 Edition of STREAMSIDE featuring "A Reel Tail", "January" an article by former member Beth Wilson", French Creek's Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Area Parking, and much more! Check it out here.

Check out our Fall 2013 Newsletter

Posted on October 2, 2013

We just posted our Fall 2013 Edition of STREAMSIDE featuring "Kayak Fishing with Outriggers", "Chester County Conservation Camp", John Burgos visits his "Office", and much more! Check it out here.

IFFF Council Name Change

Posted on October 2, 2013

Our International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) council name has changes from "Mid-Atlantic" to "Chesapeake". Click HERE to find out more about the Chesapeake Council.

DJL Vice-President Emerson Cannon fly fishing for sailfish in Guatemala

Posted on March 20, 2013

DJL Vice-President Emerson Cannon got back from Baja on Sunday and put together this video..3 min of rooster fishing on the fly. It was incredible!

Posted on May 18, 2012

The week of May 5 through May 12, 10 of us in Capt Brian Horsely's group caught between 90 and 100 roosters over 20 lbs, 5 of which were over 40 lbs, at least 30 over 30 lbs. All caught on flies. The trip was hosted by Gary Bulla of California. The flies of choice were Gary Bulla's Papagallo in tan and white or Charlie Bishardt's 3/0 airhead. We fished out of pangas captained by local guides in La Ventana in Baja Mexico about 100 miles north of Cabo. We have known the captains for years and always invite them to dinner where we stay the last night of our visit. The weather was ideal, with 65 being the low in the early am and the high reaching 85 under sunny skies.

Congratulations! You've found our new website!

Posted on January 1, 2012

This is the new home page for the Dame Juliana League Fly Fishers DJL Over the coming months we will be adding some new features in order to keep you better informed of the clubs activities, and hopefully provide some tools so that current members can contribute to our photo gallery and journal. For the very latest, check our calendar of events. -Tight Lines!