Monocacy Creek Trip- July 20th

Our next HBTU outing of the season will be to the Monocacy Creek near Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, July 20, 2019. We will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area at the end of Monocacy Creek Road, which is in Illick’s Mill Park. Head west on Route 22 in Bethlehem, then take Center Street south to Illick’s Mill Road. Make a right and then another right on Monocacy Creek Road and take it to the end. You can use 100 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem PA in your GPS (40.641455, -75.378949).

The water temperatures in this limestone spring creek are good for trout much of the year. The water flow currently is very good. Our parking spot will be next to an old mill dam and access should be relatively easy. Above the dam is the lower end of the Trophy Trout section which is not stocked and has a healthy population of stream bread browns. Below the dam is stocked heavily, so you’ll have your pick of areas to fish. BWOs, sulphurs, caddis, sowbugs, scuds and terrestrials are recommended.

We’ll fish till about noon and some of us will then have a beer and sandwich at Fegley’s Brew Works, a great pub which is only a few minutes from the parking spot.

June Fly of the Month- The Royal Wulff

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The adoption of the hairwing patterns that eventually became the Wulff dry fly style began in the late 1920’s in several locations. Although many angling writers credit Lee Wulff with the Royal Wulff, Q. L. Quackenbush, an early member of the Beaverkill Trout Club above Lew Beach in New York is often cited as the creator. In 1929–30 both Quackenbush and Wulff had independently modified the Royal Coachman pattern, particularly the Fanwing Royal Coachman with hair wings and tails. Both Wulff and Quackenbush made the modifications because the Fanwing Royal Coachman proved too flimsy and fragile on rough water.

Tie 10 and bring them to the June chapter meeting.

KARL AND ERIK BARTON SPEAKING AT CHAPTER MEETING, THURSDAY, MAY 9TH

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The topic will be about fishing with two-handed fly rods. Hacklebarney TU Chapter members, Karl and Erik Barton have been fly fishing together extensively for the last decade or more. They will be discussing all the aspects of fishing with 2 handed rods including the history of 2 handed rods, the different types of rods, which rods fit which situations, all the different lines and situations for each, all the different casting techniques, good resources for information and various gatherings that are held each year.  Pretty much everything you always wanted to know about 2 handed rods. You don’t want to miss this one!

 7:30-9:30 at The Whippany Legion Hall.