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2012 Fly Fishing Jamboree and Meetup

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/31/2012 (6585 reads)
Green DrakeOne of the most intriguing things for me about Paflyfish was the early meet ups that took place. Early on I considered the Internet to be an informative, but faceless place. I soon realized that many took advantage of the site to get together for many of their fly fishing trips.

I was contacted at one point in the early years by Maurice and other members of the board that there was a number of people getting together for a Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Jamboree in the spring and did I want to attend. I was pretty shocked by the idea. Well over the years the jamboree has continued and grown. To the point now that I wouldn't even call it an exclusive Pennsylvania event with people coming from Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida. Some photo's over the years are here.

We have a lot of fun fishing over some of Pennsylvania's finest streams. If the Green Drakes are on many head over to Penns Creek, but the Little J, Spruce, Fishing and Spring Creek all offer a lot of fun in May. In some years it has rained, well every year, and there are many alternatives to the bigger named streams as well.

This year is no exception and members on the forum are making plans to meet the weekend of May 18-20, 2012 at Seven Mountains Campground in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Please contact them if you would like to stay there that weekend.

Friday, May 18th
Jam attendees often start arriving throughout the day if they haven't arrived earlier in the week. We don't have use of the pavilion until 300 PM on Friday, when some Jamboree attendees will be pitching in to set up the pavilion for a convenient central location for meeting and events. Stop by after 3:00PM to help or meet others trying to get back out on the water.

Friday evening our guest speaker will be author and Paflyfish member Dwight "Troutbert" Landis. Dwight is best known for his book, Trout Streams of Pennsylvania: An Angler's Guide and shared an interview with me a few years ago that can be found here. Dwight will be speaking about Spring Creek starting at 10:00 PM

Saturday, May 19th
Coffee 6-9am available at the pavilion

Fire Ring at the pavilion around dark

Live Entertainment! - Last year we tried to create The PAFF Band (under the impromptu choreography of JackM) to crank out some great tunes for all to enjoy. as it turned out, I didn't make decent arrangements and instead we enjoyed the improvisation of several of our members, including the inimitable Shakey. If we could get him and the rest of the gang to come and volunteer, we'll do it all over again this time. If you'd like to join the band or just put in a solo performance, just bring your instrument and/or voice and let 'er rip. Quiet hours may be a factor. If we get all the sites booked for Seven Mountains, perhaps they'll extend them for us.

Sunday, May 20th
Coffee 6-9am available at the pavilion.

This is a new location, but still puts us right in the middle of some of the best fly fishing in the state. Streams like Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Spruce Creek, Little Juanita and Fishing Creek are all within an hour of the campground.

In addition to the expected fly fishing opportunities authors, fly shop owners, and other experts are usually in attendance and provide a lot of great knowledge at the evening gathers. Follow the latest details in the forum here.
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Published: 2012/2/5 19:20  Updated: 2012/2/5 19:20
Joined: 07/06/2011
From: Ephrata, PA
Comments: 1315
 Re: 2012 Fly Fishing Jamboree and Meetup
Can't wait! I'll bring my 6 string banjo and bust out some Irish drinking songs for everyone to get rowdy to!
Published: 2012/2/7 17:09  Updated: 2012/2/7 17:09
Joined: 04/03/2010
From: Emmaus, Pa
Comments: 26
 Re: 2012 Fly Fishing Jamboree and Meetup
I'm gonna try my hardest to make it this year. Espcially to use the popup camper as well. I'm at the point where I don't even care how busy I am at work, and will take that friday off and rent a spot.
Published: 2012/4/6 8:48  Updated: 2012/4/6 8:48
Joined: 01/22/2012
From: Mechanicsburg, PA
Comments: 6
 Re: 2012 Fly Fishing Jamboree and Meetup
First year for me! Just booked a tent site. Will bring a couple rods, a couple musical instruments, and looking forward to meeting everyone!

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