We had 11 fantastic ladies, mostly beginners, attend from NJ, CT and NY. The school was held at a new location this year—Ten Mile River Preserve in Dover Plains, NY. It proved to be the perfect venue. We had 3.5 miles of private water to fish, ample casting lawns, delicious meals prepared by the resident chef, and stayed overnight on the premises in their comfortable rooms and cottages.
Over the course of 1.5 days we covered everything from gear and equipment, casting and more casting, essential knots, reading the water, wading safety, entomology, and outdoor firepit s'more making :). All the ladies improved their fly fishing skills and everyone had a great time. It was such a pleasure meeting and getting to know all of them. Trout in NY, NJ, and CT had better beware! ;)
Here are some pics from the school.
|Scouting the river the evening before. Plenty of obstacles to challenge the students. Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY|
|Our home away from home for the next two days—Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY|
|Casting practice. Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY|
|On stream entomology: passing around caddis and mayfly nymphs found under rocks. Photo: A. Broenniman|
|Me giving a spey casting demo. Photo: A. Broenniman|
|The ladies putting their new skills to use on the river. Photo: A. Broenniman|
|Class of 2016 (students and instructors): Back (left to right): Jaime, Linda F, Linda H, Annette, Kat, Jess, Kirsty, Becky, Kay, Kim, and Kathleen; Front (left to right): Hyun, Patty, and Vicky. Photo: A. Broenniman|