October Meeting: The Upper Delaware : Strategies for Success.

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October 14, 2015 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


The Upper Delaware; Strategies for Success.

Wednesday October 14th, 7pm 

Stony Hill Fire House, Bethel CT 

Bob Lewis and Samantha Dennis from the Delaware River Club will be sharing their expertise on one of the top 5 wild trout streams in the nation  The Upper Delaware River is home to the best wild trout fishing east of the Rockies, as well as the best dry fly fishing on the East Coast. Centrally located on the West Branch, the Delaware River Club is the optimal base of operations to fish this amazing river system.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. but doors open at 7 p.m. for pizza, soda and some good conversation with fellow CVTU members.

Bob Lewis

Born and raised in upstate New York, Bob honed his fly fishing skills on the Mohawk River and West Canada Creek. From the 70’s to the mid-90’s, Bob guided each summer in West Yellowstone for Bob Jacklin, Craig Mathews and Bud Lilly. For the remainder of the year from September to June, Bob taught high school English in New Hartford, New York. Educated at St. Lawrence University, he received his BA and then went to Syracuse University for his MA in English.

During the months of April, May and June, Bob targets the waters in the Delaware River system. His experience with this drainage began in the early seventies and initially focused on the upper East Branch and the lower Main Stem from Lordville down river. Fishing spinners on flat water and throwing streamers are two of Bob’s favorite methods of catching trout. As a guide, Bob focuses on casting techniques, reading water and proper fly presentation. Early in his career, he was lucky enough to be mentored by Lefty Kreh who helped establish him as a guide and a photographer. Other notables Bob has guided include Joan and Lee Wulff, Dave Whitlock, Billy Pate and George Harvey.

Bob enjoys teaching casting to novices, as well as advanced anglers. He has fished the Catskills, Adirondacks, Montana and Alaska, as well as the Bahamas, Florida Keys and South America. His new addiction is chasing stripers and blues on the east coast. All in all, a day on the river with Bob is both entertaining and informative.


Samantha Dennis

Samantha learned to fly fish on the freestone mountain streams of Vermont and the small rivers of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While brook trout will always be her first love, the lure of big browns has drawn her to many locations, including a 23-day trip to Chilean Patagonia with her husband as their honeymoon. For the past 10 years, she has been pursuing trout in the challenging spring creeks of the Midwest. It took just one epic day on the Upper Delaware to hatch an obsession and she has been returning year after year. While trout on a dry are her favorite, she loves stalking smallmouth and anything that will devour a streamer.