Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Education classes with James Coyle and Jay Davis!

Classes are held the SECOND MONDAY of EVERY MONTH from 6:30pm until 8pm in the clubhouse.

Classes are free of charge and open to club members and the public, ages 10 yrs. and older. 

Instruction is informal and geared to beginners, however, fly-tiers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Feb 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 19 (SPECIAL DATE), October 10
Equipment and materials will be furnished, but attendees can bring their own. 

Snacks and refreshments may be brought in by attendees; there is a soft drink machine in the club house.
For more information, please contact James Coyle at 717-586-4751.

Smokey Mountain Fever
by Jim Coyle
"Hello, my name is Jim Coyle and I’m a fisherman. Forty years ago in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee I caught my first rainbow trout. The moment I landed that trout my excitement got the best of me and I ran completely out of my moccasins. My father was elated knowing that he had created another fisherman in our family. I spent my youth chasing trout all over Southern York County.  As an adult my appreciation for this great sport has only grown.  I have traveled to three other states besides Pennsylvania seeking steelhead and salmon.  In the last decade fly fishing has become my passion. Whether it’s a 7’ 3wt for trout or an 11’ 8wt for steelhead and salmon I spend plenty of time stream and river stomping.
If you’re a fisherman you need no explanation - the tug is the drug. Give me an hour stream side and I’m in my happy place.

 Fly fishing will challenge your skill and patience but will also give you the fight of a lifetime. On opening day two years ago I was rewarded with a 5 pound, 23” Rainbow on my 3wt in Muddy Creek. That big hen took a #12 pink sucker spawn on my second roll cast into the seam above a huge boulder. Fly fishing is great fun for all ages and contrary to popular belief fly fishermen are not solely confined to using flies.  It doesn’t matter if you use live bait, rubber worms, nymphs, dry flies, terrestrials, streamers or egg patterns – every fish, every stream, every cast we make present their own unique challenge.   If you would like to learn more about how to get started please come out and help stock on a Thursday night and I will share a lifetime of knowledge with you.  We need all the help we can get to put out these beautiful fish. Run a float box, carry a bucket or just ride along and I promise you will learn something. Get involved with the club and you’ll make some new friends, and who knows, maybe even catch that lunker you’ve been waiting for all these years."

Jim Coyle
Youth Fishing Educator and Fly Fishing Expert


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