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.
Check out our Winter 2015 Newsletter!
Posted on January 19, 2015
We just posted our Winter 2015 Edition of STREAMSIDE featuring “PA
Fish and Boat Proposes Major Changes to Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures
Only Areas”. Read about the major changes to the DHALO regulations on
page 4 of our Winter 2015 Newsletter.
It is a long article but take time to read it. If you are concerned
about how these regulations may affect fly fishing opportunities in
Pennsylvania you should send comments to the Commission (http://fishandboat.com/inform.htm).
Learn to Fly Fish Course 2015 date announced!
Posted on January 15, 2015
On Saturday April 18th, 2015 the Dame Juliana League Flyfishers will hold
its annual Learn to Fly Fish Course at the Phoenixville YMCA! If you know
of someone who may want to sign up for the course please use the registration
brochure. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions that are not answered in the brochure.
Final Meeting of the Year
Posted on December30, 2014
We had a great turnout for our annual Fly Tying Round-up meeting.
We had Mike Ferraro making shad fly flicker spoons with a blow torch,
salmon egg flies with the TCO egg maker and Mike's own sucker spawn innovative gadget that makes separating the egg sacks a breeze.
Other people were making anything from a size 20 BWO soft hackle wet fly, through various nymphs and variations of wooly buggers to Jim Matson's size 8/0 herring.
Our next meeting will feature John Shaner in speaking about soft hackles and spiders. Spiders are the English name for soft hackle flies.
John represents Hardy and makes numerous presentations around the country. He will put on a really fantastic program. To see more pictures from the meeting
We just posted our Fall 2014 Edition of STREAMSIDE featuring "Reel Tails" by club president, Emersn Cannon,
"Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule", Bob Ballantyne's "Favorite Fly Patterns" and much more! Check
it out here.
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 some...you will like them! www.BrineFlyInnovations.com.
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 http://brineflyinnovations.com.
The discs really worked well! Give them a try! To see more pictures
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.
Spring 2014 Baja, Mexico
Posted on May 14, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
DJLOver 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!
About "the league"
The Dame Juliana League Fly Fishers was formed in the winter of 1970-71 by seven dedicated fly fishermen living in and around Phoenixville,
Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia . Our club takes its name from Dame Juliana Berners, a 15th century Benedictine nun who wrote
one of the first essays on fly fishing entitled "A Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle" published in 1496. We have adopted nearby French Creek,
in northern Chester County, as our official home water.