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March 8, 2017
CFFA Regular Monthly Meeting and Speaker
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Place: Veterans Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge, East Hartford, CT
Featured Speaker – Mark Wittman
Topic: “A Fly Fisherman’s Guide to the Adirondacks”
Mark Wittman, Phd., Connecticut resident, Adirondack fly fisherman, cancer drug researcher, and small stream expert will be our featured speaker. Mark will detail the unique history and character of the Adirondacks and the native brook trout fishery. A self taught tier and fly fisherman, he grew up in Pennsylvania, fishing small streams with his grandfather. Mark enjoys all forms of fly fishing and is an accomplished tier of classic fly patterns. His blog, “fishingsmallstreams.blogspot.com” is a trove of information and photography on the ins and outs of small stream fishing.
Wednesday Jan 11th at 7 PM we will hold our annual Pizza & Fly-Fishing Movie night. An open meeting with a chance mingle with other fly-fishers. Come out and lose the winter blues.
I’m 62 years old and have resided in Derby, CT all my life. I began spin fishing and fly
fishing at a very early age, all thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on
his one day off a week. In 1980 my fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In
1985 I made my first foray into salt water fly fishing. I live a stones throw from the
Housatonic River and Naugatuck Rivers. I’m a member of virtually every fly fishing
club and organization in CT. I’m also very much involved in numerous environmentally
based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the
Coastal Conservation Association. I’ve made numerous written contributions to
newspapers, local club newsletters, and periodicals. My “home” club/organization is the
Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association. For the past 35 years I’ve written “Fly of the
Month” section of the HFFA news letter and website. I contributed to a book entitled
“Over-Winter Striper Secrets” by Captain Al Anderson. The contributions included
photographs and writings which were incorporated in the section on fishing the
Housatonic. My ‘closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer
Magazine. I’ve also organized numerous small fly fishing expo’s here in CT. I’m a
member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and have been employed by the Town
of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 36 years
Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic
The Housatonic is a very unique and beautiful river. Where else can you catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires and then travel an hour south to the river mouth at Stratford/Milford and catch striped bass all in the same day. The slide show covers fishing locations on the “lower” Hous from the Ousatonic Dam in Derby to the ocean. It’s one of the premiere salt water fly fishing destinations on the east coast. It’s also one of a handful of locations which host winter-over striped bass. I’ll cover river access points, fishing gear, flies/bait fish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen. At each presentation I will have a limited number of “A Guide to Stripers n the Housatonic”.