ImageSo far here are the exhibitors & Fly Tyers for the 2018 expo.

Vendors                                Tyers                                       

Carl Barney -  Fly tying materials                            Mike Stewart

Fly Fishing                                            Leslie Wrixon

JT’s Fly shop                                                              Tom Baranowski

Highhook Vineyards                                                 Mark Dysinger

DEEP                                                                           Shawn Murphy

Spey Casting North East                                           Paul Denise

Upcountry Sports shop                                            Paul Rossman

CFFA Tag sale and promotions                                Ted Rosenkrantz

DriftSmith Outfitters                                                Shawn Brittan

Charlie McCaughtry  - Artist                                    Steve Culton

Thames Valley TU  - misc sales                                 Rich Strolis

Jack Smola – Fly Fishing Adventures

Nick Masi Enterprise  -  Tying materials

Dave Goulet – materials

John Marona  -  materials

Dan Trela  -  Rod builder

Brad Gage -  Sage Rep.

Bob Romano -  Author

Casting for recovery

Sned’s Taxidermy

Ven Yann  - Painted hats and mugs

Bob Lamson- Scott Rods & Fly Fishing Rep.

Captain Ray Stalachek - Cast a Fly Charters

Safet Nikocevic Fly Tying



9:30 Captain Ray Stalachek- Cast a Fly Charters  (Making Sense of Color)

11:00 Jen Ripple-  (Great Lakes Steelhead Fishing in Lake Michigan)

1:00 Rob Nicholis- (Flyfishing Patagonia, Chile & Argentina)


Willimantic River Trail Cleanup Day/Willimantic River Trail Cleanup Day


community park cleanup


CFFA in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of


Troop 82, Willington and Troop 27, Manchester


Invite all CFFA Members to join us for:


Willimantic River Trail Cleanup


(our home waters)


Saturday, March 19, 2016


9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.


Meet at State of Ct Parking Area as below:


I-84 East, exit 70, left on to route 32, lot is on left after passing under highway.


I-84 West, Exit 70, the lot is opposite from exit ramp.


Need to Bring:  Heavy Shoes and Gloves


Loper Shears, Trail Saws, Machetes


Chain Saws optional – Must be operated only by Owner


If arrive by 8:30 Coffee and Donuts(CFFA)


For More Info contact Bob Winot at Cell: 860-571-1914 ;


or Home: 860-292-1865


9 Intrepid fly fishermen spent a great day on the water at the People's State Forest on Oct. 10.  The temperature  at 7:30 a.m. was 45 degrees, so we decided to drink the DD coffee and eat the doughnuts as the weather and sun got a bit higher in the sky.  Eventually, after a lot of talking tall tales, we ventured out on the Farmington River, fishing at the Pipeline Pool up river from Matthies Grove.  Fishing was great, catching so, so.  Later on about  12:30 p.m. as we were leaving a group of us had an impromptu talk about  Czech Nymph fly fishing techniques from Mike Stuart. 

Pictured in Center photo:  Left to Right:  Dan Price; Jon Goldman; Mike Stuart; Phil Appruzzese; Stan Bastura; Ed Buggie; Malcolm Robertson; Chuck Koteen.  Not shown, Steve Cifirbon.






  Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association Monthly Meeting – November 12, 2015


The Best of Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

By: Rob Nicholas, Fly Fishing Guide and Travel Consultant


Thursday, November 12, 2015, Time: 7:00 p.m

                                                                  Free and Open to the Public

Free Refreshments


Place: Veterans Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge, East Hartford, CT

Rob Nicholas, well known local guide on the Housatonic River and expert on fly fishing in Patagonia, will be the featured speaker at our Thursday, November 12, 2015 CFFA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., to be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge, East Hartford.

Some of us remember the first truly American fishing show with Curt Gowdy, American Sportsman, which debuted on ABC in 1964 with a competition in Argentina between Gowdy and two Argentinian Fisherman for Trophy Trout in Patagonia.  We could only dream about the opportunity to catch five pound and up lunkers.  Moving forward  to 2015,  Rob Nicholas has become the go to guy on the ins and outs of fishing in the wilds of Patagonia.  Rob runs a booking agency totally dedicated to fly fishing in Patagonia, “Angling in the Andes”. Be ready for a great road trip with pictures, stories and advice on fishing the nether reaches of the Andes for Trophy Trout.


CFFA's Charter is the “Advancement of Fly Fishing”. To that end, CFFA sponsors two Fly Fishing Sessions every year: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing, "the art of presenting the fly". Our sessions begin with the very basics of fly tying and fly fishing.

The success of these programs relies on the participation of our many members who volunteer to assist with the instruction.  As members explore fly fishing, they learn more and more from their experiences. As their knowledge base grows, the fishing improves. This is what we provide to our students, our fly fishing wisdom and knowledge.  There is no greater feeling than seeing a student catching a trout on a fly they tied.

We offer a beginning Fly Tying Class with six classroom sessions beginning in January and a beginner Fly Fishing Class beginning in March with four classroom and two on-water sessions.


CFFA Beginner Fly Fishing Class Outline

Cost for entire course is $30 for kids, $50 for adults or $40 for adult CFFA members. The course runs four consecutive Thursday evenings starting in March, plus two on-water sessions usually occurring prior to Opening Day of Fishing. Students must register by phoning Peter Naples at 860-620-2317. Students will need their own fishing gear for the on-water sessions.  If you need additional information please contact Richard.

Class 1 - Fly Rods, Lines, & Reels
Why Fly Casting is Different, Lines and Line Weights, Classification of Line Weights, Types of Fly Lines. Fly Rods: Design, Function, Action, Material. Fly Reels.

Class 2 - Characteristics of Trout and Diet of Stream Trout
Many fish can be taken on the Fly. ID Most Common Trout in the East. Trout Survival: Needs, Characteristics, Diet. Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Caddis flies, Stone flies.

Class 3 - Stream Tactics
Location, Rise Types, Approach, Water Types. Factors Determining Fly Selection: Streamers and Buck tail, Wet and Nymphs, Dry.

Class 4 - Leaders and Knots
Basic Advice on Tying Knots: Backing to Reel, Backing to Fly Line, Fly Line to Leader, Leader to Tippet, Tippet to Fly. It is important not only to select the right knot for a particular job but to tie it properly. Poorly Tied knots will mean lost fish and aggravation.

TBD. Class 5 - Outside Casting Instruction will be held at a pond in East Hartford.

TBD. Class 6 - On-the-River Instruction will be on a section of river that is fly fishing only, no closed season.

There are no makeup dates for classes missed unless we need to postpone a class because of weather. In that case we would reschedule the class.



CT Fly Fisherman's Assoc. offers beginner fly tying classes running six consecutive Thursday evenings beginning in January. Cost for this course is $30 for kids, $50 for Non-Members and $40 for CFFA members. Students must register by phoning Peter Naples, 860-620-2317.

All required tools and materials are supplied. If you need additional information please contact Peter Naples above.


Class 1 - Streamers: Wooly Bugger & White Marabou Streamer

Class 2 - Nymphs: Tellico Nymph & Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Class 3 - Wet Flies: Dark Cahill & Turkey Tail Soft Hackle

Class 4 - Dry Flies: Blue Wing Olive & Light Cahill

Class 5 - Dry Flies: Poly Wing Spinner & Elk Hair Caddis

Class 6 - Terrestrial & Bucktail Streamer: Parachute Ant & Mickey Finn


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