Discover the Croton System

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May 21, 2014 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Frank Degrazio, fly fishing guide and Angler’s Den host extraordinaire will be joining us on Wednesday, May 21st to share his vast knowledge of the Croton watershed.

The East Branch of the Croton is a NYC Watershed tail water section that is open all year long, and runs from the East Branch Reservoir in Sodom/Brewster to Diverting Reservoir. With its abundance of various food sources, the wild and stocked brown and rainbow trout, at times can make this river technical for even the experienced angler. Frank’s presentation will hopefully shorten the learning curve for the newcomer, and sharpen the skills for the more experienced angler. He will be discussing, regulations, access points, safe wading, hatches, and equipment, including various rigging techniques that are successful on this little gem of a river. He has developed some of my own successful seasonal “go to flies” that he will share during the presentation. Attendees will be taken on a virtual field trip to the river, so they will be able to see it first hand through the eyes of a guide. Frank will also be discussing recent developments to the river and other fishing options in the northern part of the Croton Watershed.

Frank is a licensed New York State Fishing Guide and an avid fly angler. From Carmel, New York, where he still lives with his wife and two boys. For 20 years he has called The Croton Watershed ‘home waters’, especially the East and West Branches of the Croton River. He is associated as a guide and fly tier with The Angler’s Den fly shop in Pawling, New York. he enjoys traveling around New York and New England, fishing a great deal in fresh or saltwater from the shore or kayak. Frank is an active contributor to a variety of fly fishing social media outlets, and on the pro staff at A member of Trout Unlimited, and a Pro Member with Simms, Nautilus, Rio, Redington, and Fishpond USA. Recently, he has writing fly fishing articles for Live The Wildlife TV Show’s online magazine, and has been added to Hookalip’s online magazine team. Frank enjoys passing on his knowledge of fly fishing to others.

We’ll be providing pizza and soda like we do at every meeting and there’s a cash bar for those of you interested in something a bit stronger.

I hope we’ll see you on the May 21st!

Swap Table: If you have something you’d like to sell or swap bring it to the meeting and place it on the swap table. Stop by the table to see if there are any bargains to pick up!

Raffle: As always we’ll be running our raffle. You can find a fly box (perhaps with a few flies), hats, maybe even a six-pack of beer. Who knows what Kit will cook up for this month’s raffle. Stop by and find out.

Meeting Agenda

  • Call to Order at 7:30 pm
  • President’s report: Steve Zakur
  • Treasurer’s report: Steve Rudolf
  • Committee Reports
  • Featured Speaker: Frank Degrazio

Doug Peterson has agreed to coordinate the speakers and could use your suggestions and help in arranging for speakers. If you have any recommendations for speakers, please share your ideas with Doug.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting! [directions]