Antietam Fly Anglers Fifth Annual Fly Caster’s Rendezvous

  • Are you interested in learning to fly fish?
  • Are you a Fly fisher?
  • Need help with your casting?
  • Want to improve distance, accuracy?
  • Or just a spring tune-up?

We’ll then attend!

Antietam Fly Anglers

Bob Abraham Casting Club“

Fifth Annual

Fly Caster’s Rendezvous

First Timers, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Fly Casters – IFFF CCI and MCI Continuing Education

29 March 2014, Riverbottom Park – Williamsport, MD

Cross the Bridge on West Salisbury Street, Williamsport, MD

Instructors Show Time:  8:59 AM

9:45 AM – Registration

10:15 AM – Free Under 14 Youth Clinic – 1 Hour (Parent Presence on the Grounds Mandatory

Equipment Provided)

10:15 AM –  Clinics Begin:  Spey Casting on Potomac River (Bring Equipment and Waders), Single-hand Spey Casting (Field), Extend your Fishing Distance Cast, Mended and Curved Casting, Accuracy Casting, more…

Preferred Single-Hand Outfit 5, 6 or 7 weight rod(s) with matching line(s), 0X x 7 ½’ leader(s) with yarn fly.  Bring your two-handed rods.

Bring and wear eye protection.

Fee:  $20 (all participants and instructors)

Hands-on Instruction for all skill levels – Bring your own equipment.  Equipment provided for beginners.  Bring rain-gear.  Order-out lunch at field or bring sack lunch.  Water Provided

Emergency Casting Clinic

Single and Two-Handed Casting Demonstrations and Skills Presentations

Riverbottom Park (also known as Potomac Park) is on the Potomac River at the west end of Salisbury Street in Williamsport, Maryland.

For more information, contact Robert (Bob) Stouffer, IFFF CCI, at or by phone,

301 791 4594

The Bob Abraham Casting Club is an educational arm of the Antietam Fly Anglers, a Federation of Fly Fishers Charter Club.  See us at for schedules of events.  Push the Casting Club button for the casting club schedule and monthly training tip.

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Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival


April 19th to 21st 2013:

We traveled to the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival  for the two day festival hosted by the town of Waynesboro on the banks of the South River. We volunteered to assist with the set-up on Friday and were pleased to find that the massive main tent was indeed water and wind resistant as huge thunderstorms rolled through the valley. After the deluge, Saturday arrived sunny (a great relief); but, a little chilly with a brisk wind making the casting classes a bit challenging.

The main tent boasted 75 vendors including manufacturers and shops offering fly-fishing equipment, clothing, artwork & pottery and destination trips. Volunteers from national, as well as local Virginia, non-profit organizations shared their goals and objectives with the public as they walked through the venue. Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, Trout Unlimited, International Federation of Fly Fishers and many other local organizations were well represented. The Virginia Wine growers provided the best of their vineyards for tasting and enjoyment.

The Festival banquet was held at the Waynesboro Country Club and Dan Davala, President of the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders and an IWFF Master Casting Instructor was named Virginia Angler of the Year. Dan is a fly fisherman “extraordinaire” who enables, encourages and teaches fly fishing to anyone that stands still long enough to hold a fly rod! Congratulations Dan!

The Virginia Fly Festival offered 45 free classes and seminars on fly-fishing, fly-casting and fly tying with several being taught on the water and “hands on”. The big names were all there including Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser and Ed Jaworowski.

Di and I took the opportunity to look in on a few of the seminars being offered and had a few favorites.

–         Walt Cary shared his technique for tying “popping bugs”! Walt has been creating sturdy, high quality “bugs” for over 50 years and seeing the many steps in his process made us realize that his is a labor of love! (And maybe it’s better to order them from Walt than try to make them ourselves!)

–         Martin Bawden from Flymen Fishing Company taught a streamer fly tying class ”Innovative Approaches to Tying Streamers”, based on Flymen Fishing Company’s new and innovative Fish Skulls. 

–         Dan Davala and John Bilotta demonstrated various 2-handed casting styles including spey and switch on the South River. Dan and John are International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructors (MCI) and are the “go-to guys” to learn spey casting in the greater Washington area. Their contact info is:  (Link)

–         Kiki Galvin’s Women’s Casting Classes were full on both days leading us to believe that women are finally coming into their own in the sport of fly fishing.

Dianne and I worked the International Federation of Fly Fishing booth for a few hours on both days. She taught casting to anyone that showed an interest including a lovely young lady (12 years old) with a serious interest who received over an hour of free instruction with her proud dad standing by. I tended the fly tying table and introduced several people to the fun of making their own wooly buggers and green weenies.

Ken hung out with the folks from the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders (TPFR). These guys and gals have the Potomac River zeroed in and if you want to learn more about fishing the Potomac check out their site. TPFR has monthly events called “beer ties” which are held at a local pub. Judging by the name, beer is consumed, flies are tied, good food is devoured and fly fishing films are shown.  Check out their events page for more information on where and when.





Tomorrow is the first day of spring the Shad run should start in the next few weeks.  Few things make me happier as a fly fisherman shad are a fly Fisherman’s dream easy to catch they jump and shake their head like a Tarpon.  They take simple bright colored flies and the better days can be a hundred fish or more.

I have been tying up old favorite patterns and adding some new ones to my box. This week I will start walking my favorite stream checking water temps while keeping a sharp look out for Shad.

A few picture of fly’s I have been tying.

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Busy Weekend Coming Up

We have a very busy weekend coming up this week.  On Saturday march 10th we will be at CCA’s Lefty Kreh Tie Fest.

This is Dianne’s 10th year of teaching fly casting at the annual event, if your interested in getting a free introduction casting lesson, look up Dianne at the Chesapeake Women Angles booth.


 Link To Tiefest

March 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Prospect Bay Country Club

313 Prospect Bay Drive West

Grasonville, MD 21638

The Tiefest is free to CCA members and children under 16. Those 16 and older can pay a $10 entrance fee or join the CCA that day for a $25 annual membership.


Sunday, March 10, 2013



The National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited (NCC-TU) will hold its 38th Annual National Capital Angling Show on Sunday March 10, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Our headliner this year will be LEFTY KREH, legendary fly fishing personality, author, fly tyer, and outdoor phtographer, speaking on “Why We Fish: Around the World in 50 Minutes,” and “Better Digital Photography.” Also featured are Tom Rosenbauer on “How to Read Streams,” and “Trout Fishing in Small Streams;” a panel of Dianne Tidy, Kiki Galvin, and Carol Stevenson on “Fly Fishing Opportunities For Women;” Dave Rothrock on “Eastern Fly Hatches and Life Cycle Imitations;” C. D. Dollar, on “Fly and Light Tackle Fishing from Kayaks on the Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries;” Colby Trow on “Shenandoah Valley Spring Creeks;” Guy “Spelunker”Turenne returning all the way from Fort Collins to speak on “High Country Angling–Trout Fishing in Northern Colorado;” and Mark Snyder, on “Getting Started– Fly Fishing 101.”

There will also be INDOOR fly-casting and fly-tying clinics and demonstrations for all experience levels, from beginner to seasoned veteran, activities for families and children, an author’s table with book signing, fishing guides, representatives of tackle manufacturers, fly shops, and sister nonprofit organizations in the conservation community. Several raffles and a silent auction offer the chance to win an LL Bean Manatee Deluxe Kayak, fishing trips, clothing, equipment, and more.

Admission is $15.00; youth16 and under are free. Net proceeds from the Show are donated for local watershed restoration, conservation education, and conservation projects. Georgetown Preparatory School is located on 10900 Rockville Pike (Rte. 355) at Strathmore Avenue in North Bethesda, MD 20852, near the Capital Beltway, I-495, and a short distance from the Metro Red Line’s Grosvenor-Strathmore Station. For additional information visit the NCC-TU web site:, or call Tom Mann at 202-262-2183.

NCTU Website: Link

Show Flyer: Link 

Smoke in the Mountains


Smoke in the Mountains

Smoke in the Mountains southwest of Dillon MT

We have had a west wind all day; sitting in camp there is the smell of a campfire in the air.  However; the state of Montana has issued Red Flag Warnings and does not allow open fires anywhere in the state due to the extremely dry weather.   The smoke is coming from wild fires in Idaho and Montana.   The Mustang Fire in Idaho has already consumed 257,520 acres and is only 16% contained.  The fire south of Bozeman is 10,000 acres and is 40% contained.  With the high winds today there is a strong probability that the size and the intensity of the fires will grow.

Cottonwood Camp On the Bighorn River

If you are looking for a manicured campground with concrete pads, swimming pool,  and a game room for the kids, then this is not the place for you.  However; if you are looking for a place where you can immerse yourself in everything trout fishing on the Bighorn River then Cottonwood Camp should be your temporary home.

Entrance to Cottonwood Camp

Entrance to Cottonwood Camp



The 3 Mile Fishing Access is next door or it is a short drive into town to meet a guide or launch at Afterbay.

Evenings at the camp take on a different feel after a day on the river   Fishermen gather on the front porch of the Camp Store and discuss the day’s fishing over adult beverages and a good cigar while dogs nap at their feet.  The aroma of barbeque wafts through the air reminding you that you haven’t eaten yet.

The Cottonwood Camp is located just south of Ft. Smith, Montana, nestled in a huge cottonwood grove.  There are full service and water & electric only RV and trailer spaces, rental cabins and enough tent space to accommodate a small army of fishermen with plenty of boat parking space.  Cell phone service is not available in Ft. Smith; but, Cottonwood does have WiFi so that you can stay connected to home.


If you are planning a trip to the Bighorn River in Montana and are interested in a reasonably priced cabin or a campsite then the Cottonwood Camp on the Bighorn River should be your base.

Ken & Dianne

Cottonwood Campgrounds:

Bighorn River, Fort Smith Montana

The Bighorn River is a year round tail water fishery on the Crow Indian Reservation The water coming from the bottom of the Yellowtail Dam is cold and supports a healthy 6000 fish per mile population of wild Brown and Rainbow trout and an abundant insect life.  No stocking on this river!

Ken Landing a nice Rainbow with help from guide Bryant Mettlar.

Ken Landing a nice Rainbow with help from guide Bryant Mettlar.

Our morning started by meeting our guide for the day; Bryant Mettlar, at the Fort Smith Fly Shop & Cabins, the outfitter we booked through.  Brian is a young and very capable upcoming guide on the Bighorn River.  Brian started by rigging our rods for the day (we’re not used to this royal treatment).  Our nymph rods were rigged with Hare’s Ears and PMD Emergers or Prince Nymphs; the dry fly rods were loaded with Caddis in tan and black.

Bryant launched the drift boat at Afterbay and as soon as we got set up in the river we were catching fish.   One after another of fat healthy Brown Tout and the occasional Rainbow ate our flies.  Seventy percent of our day was nymphing; but as the day progressed the sporadic caddis hatch that had been on all morning was picking up and the trout appeared more willing to slurp the adult flies on the surface.   So, after a short break for lunch along the river, we switched to dry flies.

Our dry fly rig was a tan and a black caddis in tandem.  Periodically the water’s surface erupted with hungry trout attacking drifting caddis like they were the only food they had eaten for weeks.

Dianne With fish on!

Dianne with nice Bighorn River Brown.

Dianne with nice Bighorn River Brown.






Ken with nice Rainbow Trout

Ken with nice Rainbow Trout









It was very pleasant day on the river and we estimate that we caught 90 to 100 trout including a hook jaw rainbow male and several very large browns.  This is definitely a “bucket list” fly fishing destination.   Plan on spending several days with a couple of float trips if your budget allows.

Ken & Dianne

Know before you go:

The Big Horn is primarily a float river and I highly recommend using a guide for your first trip.  If your wallet does not allow a guide you can float the river with a pontoon boat or inflatable raft.  The Big Horn would be great for a fishing kayak.  There are places to rent drift boats if you know how to handle one.

We found very few places where you can wade fish; three-mile access is one of the most accommodating.

Ft. Smith is an isolated town with only one road in and out.

The nearest major town is 40+ miles away so provision accordingly.   Ft. Smith has only one small convenience store, laundry, post office, 2 restaurants and several fly shops.

If you enjoy an adult beverage bring it with you.  This is on the Crow Indian Reservation and no alcohol is sold in Ft Smith.

Abandon cabin alone the Bighorn River.

Abandon cabin alone the Bighorn River.

Most accommodations are local cabins and outfitters.  Cottonwood Campground has full and partial hook-ups, tent and dry camping with a small fly shop and lots of fishermen!  There is dry camping at Afterbay State Campground.

More Information:

Bighorn River alliance:

Fort Smith Fly Shop & Cabins:

Bighorn Angler:

Bighorn Trout Shop:

Cottonwood Campgrounds:

Spearfish South Dakota

We are in Spearfish South Dakota. Yesterday we visited the D.C Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives It is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country. Originally constructed to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Some very impressive fish swimming around in their ponds, they will spoil you!


A reproduction of the railroad cars used to transport fish

Link to the hatchery web site.


Heading West

W e are embarking on a long awaited “Bucket List” trip later this week; dragging our camper, the “Tin Turtle”, and fly-fishing our way west.  There is no particular schedule and no final destination…just a long series of adventures exploring new rivers and re-visiting old favorites.  If all goes well, the trip will wind through Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, AZ and New Mexico…maybe.

Follow us on our new Blog “Roaming Oldies Fly Fishing” as we mosey our way across this great and beautiful country.

Each week we will offer:

Where we’ve fished and what flies worked

Best places for DIY fishing

Fly fishing tips

Explore favorite rivers and streams


Recommended accommodations based on our experiences

What to see off the beaten path and in the cool out of the way places (not the usual tourist stuff)

Fly Fishing Bums With A Touch Of Grey