CVFF MEETING SCHEDULE & INFORMATION

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER meetings are “OPEN EVENTS” and we “WARMLY WELCOME” guests and the general public, unless it is posted as a “closed or members only”.  To be a guest, please email our club president at: grsfish@hotmail.com


  • TUES, FEBRUARY 8 > PETER STITCHER > 7:00pm on ZOOM!
  • ORGANIZING FLY BOX TO MATCH THE HATCH
  • To be a guest, please email our club president at: grsfish@hotmail.com

MATCHING THE HATCH IN TWO MINUTES with PETER STITCHER
The phrase “matching the hatch” is frequently tossed out to beginner fly anglers as though it were a simple and obvious process. Too often it conjures up memories of tedious entomology classes in school or at fly fishing trade shows. While many of us have grasped the basics of the aquatic insect’s journey from nymph to flying creature, the subtleties are harder to grasp. On the river we can waste a lot of time fishing emergers before their time or overstaying our welcome bouncing a nymph along the bottom. Then there is the frustration of placing what appears to be a perfect imitation of a natural by a rising fish, only to be shunned and rejected. Faced with an almost infinite fly choice of pattern, size, color the odds of getting it right are stacked against the average angler. That is before we stray farther from our home waters and, in the absence of a guide, try to crack the code of a new river. Then we need hard information or a proven system to give clues to the trout’s menu. Reducing the variables by using tested techniques will make the difference between a great fishing day or just more casting practice on the water. Who better to turn to than an Aquatic Biologist who runs a successful fly-tying company? Such a person is our February presenter Peter Stitcher.

A self- described “Fly Fishing Geek” Peter will guide us through the P.A.U.S.E. Method of matching the hatch, highlighting the 5 areas where the day’s menu is written on and around the river. Then, using the observation made on the water, the participant will learn how to prioritize that information and M.A.T.C.H. the samples to the best fly patterns. Finally, we will discuss how to utilize water temperature and the standard hatch chart to anticipate which fly patterns should be active on our target water year-round.

Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and the CFG (Chief Fly Geek) at Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle Inc. As a biologist, Peter works in the assessment, restoration, and management of trophy trout waters across the Western US. Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, fish vision, and habitat use to help the fly angler think like a fish, and fish like a pro. Ascent Fly Fishing tie all the flies they sell and employ 50 full time fly tyers supporting a community of over 500 dependents. Peter writes the Bug Bites column in High Country Angler magazine, was the feature of the Denver Channel 9 News piece Catching Colorado and can be seen teaching at the fly fishing expos and clubs around the country.

Don’t miss Peter’s dynamic explanation of how to match the hatch – make 2022 the year you start to think like the fish you are trying to catch.

 

  • DATES FOR 2022:

  • TUES, FEBRUARY 8 > PETER STITCHER > ORGANIZING FLY BOX TO MATCH THE HATCH
  • WEDS, MARCH 9 > JARRETT COONS > TO BE DETERMINED
  • TUES, APRIL 12 > ALICE OWSLEY > STALKING TROUT IN YELLOWSTONE
  • TUES, MAY 10 > CHARLES JARDINE > BEYOND THE CHALK
  • TUES, JUNE 7 > CVFF PICNIC
  • TUES, JULY 12 > HEATHER HODSON > DIY Fishing- 30 Days on the road
  • AUGUST > NO MEETING 
  • TUES, SEPT 13 > FRED ROWE > FLY FISHING THE SIERRAS
  • OCTOBER > CVFF FUNDRAISER
  • TUES, NOV 8 > BECKIE CLARK > COLORADO FLY FISHING
  • DECEMBER > HOLIDAY PARTY

If you would like to be a guest to our meeting, please email Gary Scott at: grsfish@hotmail.com 

The Conejo Valley Fly Fishers generally meets on the Wednesday after the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm.