Fishing Forecast: Learn to tie flies with Hokey Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The recent run on frigid weather is set to take a break this weekend, and despite the unseasonably warm weather over the holidays, cabin fever still seems to find a way to set in, especially since those three weeks prior to the frigid weather were either extremely overcast or rainy.

Get out of the house and take a trip over to Northampton Middle School (1617 Laubach Avenue, Northampton, Pa.) this Saturday.From 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. every Saturday through Feb. 27 (weather permitting), the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited ( will hold its annual fly tying classes.IMG_0702

This year’s classes are being held in the new Northampton Area Middle School building on the same property as the old school building. Members of the chapter will be in the parking lot to help you find the correct building and room.

These classes are ideal for

everyone from beginner to expert, and especially for those who may be intimidated by the idea of the difficulty f fly fishing. Members of the Hokey TU chapter interact with participant throughout the sessions to help simplify and demystify the process of tying flies. The class is also fun for people who are good at crafts and sewing.

You can sign in and register beginning 9 a.m. The registration fee of $30 includes all eight classes, all materials for the class, a beautiful 100-page color manual to guide you step-by-step through tying all the flies, and the use of a limited amount of in-class loaner tie flying instruments.

Just because you can’t make one of the sessions doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the course, which is a lot of fun and a great introduction to a revered fishing tradition.

For more information, call Dale Ott at 610-262-7598 or e-mail him at

While it’s still too early in the region to ice fish, the winter warriors are still out there fishing, and archery deer season is continuing in the Lehigh Valley.


2016 Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations:

Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Route 6, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says ice fishing should start up sometime next week after the ponds get a chance to properly freeze.

Willie’s Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says one customer caught a few brown trout on the Lehigh River on Thursday. Friends were up at the Brodhead Creek and caught brownies up there as well. People are hoping for some ice fishing, but the predicted warm weather this weekend will set it back two more weeks locally. Kaercher’s Creek Dam by Orwigsburg is giving up some nice brook trout on fathead minnows.

Bob’s WildlifeTaxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says the flintlock season and late season archery deer seasons have been productive. The deer are starting to relax now. One customer brought in a 110-inch racked buck he harvested with a flintlock. Some hunters are going predator hunting for foxes, coyotes, and trappers are setting for beaver.

Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): 4Brian says action has been very slow since the holidays between the warm days during the holidays and the recent frigid mornings. The shop hasn’t been selling many fathead minnows

Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the shop is closed for the winter and won’t re-open until March.

Mike’s Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Rd., Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says the walleye are still biting in the Delaware River. There are also some nice trout being caught in the lower end of the Bushkill. Stripers are biting at Beltzville. People are anticipating ice forming on the Pocono lakes and ponds very shortly and are anxious to get their augers going.













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