Newsletter December

Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association

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Art Giulietti
203 606-7763
Vice President
Allison Brown
Second Vice President
Paul Dinice
Kevin Stankiewicz
2nd Treasurer
Jay Hirsch
2nd Secretary
Allison Brown
Joe Marchese
John Rossi


Max Ruggiero 
Allison Brown
Sam D’Ambruoso
Fred Monahan
Paul Dinice

Fly Tying
Paul Dinice 
Bill Goeben
Suguru Imaeda
Dan Rodak

Jay Hirsch 

Sam D’Ambruoso
Sam D’Ambruoso
Want to join our team?
Call Art Giulietti for more info.
The Bend of River by Sam D’Ambruoso
Our next membership meeting is Thursday, November 1, at 7pm. For new members, see directions to St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wallingford below Up-coming Events. Also this November’s meeting will be held on the third floor of the Church.
         TMA was stocked next week with 5,000 browns and 2,000 rainbows (latest estimate).  Great time to be on the River although the flows are still dangerously high.  Watch those water levels!
         Our HFFA Christmas Party is December 6.  Here’s a chance at great door prize!  If you buy a ticket for the Annual Dinner Meeting and re-new your membership for 2019, you get a free ticket for the door prize which is a high quality, new fly rod and reel. What a deal!  Don’t miss this.
           You may have noticed in these newsletters a series of original paintings that I am completing on the Housatonic.  Some members have expressed interest in buying these or reproductions of the paintings.  Contact me directly at  Any painting or reproduction print sold will result in a donation of 25% of the purchase price to the HFFA Conservation Fund, Mill River Project.
Please see our membership form at the end of this newsletter.  Send in your membership renewals for 2019. Have a friend who is a fellow fly fisher?  Please pass this newsletter along to them.  We would love to have them join us.
Hope to see you at the November meeting!
Tight lines,
Sam D’Ambruoso
Publicity Chair
Conservation Chair
HFFA Newsletter Editor
State of CT Fisheries Advisory Council Member
Update Your Calendar
Always verify the time and dates before you go to these events.  Sometimes they change. 

Catskill Fishing Show
The 2018 Arts of Angler Event is scheduled for
Saturday, November 10th at the
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Livingston Manor, NY
Call or write to
(845) 439 – 4810 for directions and times the Museum is open.
Marlborough Fishing Show
Marlborough, Mass
January 18-20, 2019
Annual Fly Fishing Show
Edison, New Jersey
January 25-27, 2019 
Annual HFFA Expo
St Paul’s Church, Wallingford
 March, 2019  10am to 3pm
Annual HFFA Dinner Meeting
Monticello’s, Wallingford, CT
Sunday March 24, 2019


Hunting and Fishing Show
March 29-31, 2019  Hartford Expo Center
Boy Scouts Fly Tying Class
Fred Monahan, Educator Chair
Deer Lake, Killingworth
April 5, 6, 7, 2019
HFFA Campout
June 7,8,9, 2019
Call Jay Hirsch at 203-281-1522 to make reservations.
Annual Fly Fishing Merit Badge Class
Boy Scouts of America
Sponsored by the HFFA
April 5, 6, 7, 2019
See information after the Conservation Report of the newsletter.
Want to join one of our teams that put these events together? Contact Art Giulietti at 203-606-7763
The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association General Membership meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, September to May.  The Executive Board meets every third Thursday of the month, September to June. All members are invited to attend both meetings. Meetings will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (next to Archie Moore’s Restaurant) 65 North Main, Wallingford CT , starting at 7:00 PM.
Conservation Report
Sam D’Ambruoso, Conservation Chair
On line fishing report: Want to stay up to date on what’s happening in fishing in this State? Take a look at this link which comes out weekly:
Trout Stocking Schedule: Want to know where the State is stocking trout?  Take a look at this link:
Fingerling stocking:  We will be helping Mike Humphries of DEEP Fisheries with the stocking of fingerlings in feeder streams of the TMA. Target date: March/early April. We will need help with the stocking.  Write to and let me know that you are available.  These fingerlings work and grow into large browns and rainbows on the Housatonic as evidenced by recent River sampling of fish.
Come and join us!  All we are asking is a few hours of your time to give back to the Housatonic TMA which has given so much to you over your lifetime. Call Sam D’Ambruoso at 203-417-7120.
Boy Scouts Merit Badge Class
Fred Monahan, Education Chair
April 5, 6, 7, 2019
The HFFA will sponsor our annual Fly Fishing Merit Badge class on April 5, 6, and 7, of 2019 at Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth Ct.  We will teach scouts fly tying and fly casting as well as taking them out to the pond and have them try to catch their first fish on a fly.  This project was very well-received by the Scouts and it was equally rewarding to the HFFA volunteers who helped introduce fly fishing and fly tying.
A special thanks to Fred Monahan, our project leader (year after year I might add), and all of the HFFA volunteers who contributed their time and energy in helping our young people learn fly fishing. It looks like we have already made some fly fishing enthusiasts!
Fly of the Month by Paul Dinice
Carey Special


Hook: 3X long Nymph hook. (Size #6 or #10 hook.)
Tying thread:   Black 6/0 or 140-denier thread.
Weight (Optional): 6-8 wraps of lead free wire or a brass or tungsten bead.
Collar: Gold Utra Wire, small (Or use color of choice.)
Tail: Speckld Golden Olive Coq de Leon fibers or Pheasant rump feather fibers.
Body: Brown-olive rabbit-fur dubbing. (or peacock herl or chenille).
Thorax: Brown-olive SLF dubbing.
Hackle: Speckled Golden Olive Coq de Leon Feather or Pheasant rump feather fibers.
Head: Tying Thread.
Kudos to my fly fishing friend Mike Lombardo for reminding me about this fly. I had tied it many years ago but alas, it’s a forgotten fly in one of my boxes. So glad he reintroduced it to me again. This pattern was originally developed in the Canadian West. It was created by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Loyd A. Day of British Columbia back in 1925. It’s an old & traditional fly that works both in still water & rivers. Although it can represent a variety of fish foods, it’s best known as a damselfly & dragon fly imitation. Numerous material substitutions can be made to tie this pattern. I’ve offered some of these alternatives in the recipe above. When tied in bright colors it’s a much used steelhead fly.
Begin by starting your thread behind the eye of the hook. (If you so desire you can add weight to the hook or slide a brass or tungsten bead behind the eye.) Wrap it to the bend of the hook. At the bend of the hook tie in approximately 6-12 Coq de Leon fibers (or use pheasant flank fibers) for your tail. The length of the tail should equal the length of the hook shank. Next, tie in your gold ultra wire rib. You’re now going to dub your body of Brown-Olive rabbit-fur dubbing. Leave enough room behind the eye for your Thorax and hackle. Bring and wrap your rib forward to create an even segmented body.   Tie & clip off the wire. Next, dub your Thorax with Brown-olive SLF dubbing. Next, select a Coq de Leon feather (or pheasant flank feather) for your hackle. The fibers of the feather should be at least a hook shank in length. Strip the bottom of the feather stem before tying it in. Sweep the fibers of the feather back and make two (2) wraps of the feather. Tie and cut the excess feather off. Create a finished bulbous head on the fly. Cut your thread and apply head cement.
As previously stated you can make numerous material substitutions with this pattern. A much used version has a body made of peacock herl. Another alternative is to create the body by wrapping chenille. The variations & colors are endless.
Tight line has an excellent instructional video on how to tie this fly at .
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or at . This fly can also be viewed on my website at .
Fly Tying Classes
MEMBERS!  Here’s the best deal in town! The HFFA is proud to have the very best in fly tying instructions by our well-noted fly tying instructors and members, Paul Dinice, Bill Goeben, and Suguru Imaeda. These are very experienced and professional-level fly-tyers with wonderful instruction on tying specific patterns they are willing to share.
Here’s a sample of the latest salt-water fly tying class held this past Thursday, October 18.   If you are into salt-water fly fishing or thinking about it, this is what these tiers are doing under the guidance of our excellent salt-water fly tier,  Paul Dinice.  To register, call Paul at 203 305-3850 or email him at  The class make-up (beginners to advanced) will determine what saltwater patterns/flies we tie.

From top to bottom:

Half & Half

The Shrimp Tail Gotcha

Fish Mash Deceiver


Sign-up for these classes!  This past year we had 20 members sign up for this great class! Classes run Oct-March, the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM and are structured for beginners to advanced.
The price right for the class: it’s a whole one dollar per class or $5 for 6 classes and you get materials for the fly you’re tying that evening.  You just bring your tools like fly vices, scissors, tying threads. Beginners to advanced welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity!!
Flyfisherman fishing in mountain river
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Our HFFA Awards
“Charles Downing Lay Award”, presented by the Housatonic Valley Association, for Outstanding Conservation Efforts/ “The McKenzie Cup”, International Award presented by Federation of Fly Fishers/ “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by Eastern Council Federation of Fly Fishers/Connecticut Sportsmen’s Alliance “Outstanding Sportsmen’s Organization/ National Wildlife Federation “President’s Award”/ Connecticut DEP “Environmental Award”
Important Links


Hammonasset Chapter Trout Unlimited-
Farmington River Chapter Trout
Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association-
Federation of Fly Fishers –