First Fall Meeting

Club Meeting Thursday September 17, 2020

6:30 at the Elks Club Ludlow

Message from our President Harold Norman:

We hope that all our members, their friends and families are in good health after all that has been experienced in our country and parts of the world for the past several months.  For those members who have friends and families that were taken ill or suffered a loss of a dear one, our hearts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.  Please know that this pandemic has impacted us all in some way shape or form.  As a minimum, I miss gathering at our meetings and the experience of sharing our passion for the fly tying/fly fishing hobby/profession.  If there is one lesson that this pandemic has taught us is; to NOT take things for granted as if we expect everything to happen the way we want, or because that is the way it’s always been, or we have always done things or expect things to take place.  Life is short, sometimes unfair, and definitely complicated!  Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay tuned for information on our upcoming meeting in Sept.  (I hope).  Also, since our membership is comprised of many members with seniority, please take time out to touch base with a couple of our members/friends during this summer.  In fact, when you get the chance please give Manny DaSilva a telephone call at 413-283-2915, he could use a few encouraging words during his fight with cancer. 

Well it has been several weeks since this notice was initiated and now we are in Phase 2.5 of this crazy Corona Virus pandemic.  I hope we are moving toward some normalcy soon.  I will be contacting the Elks Club in the next few weeks to see when they plan on opening and based on that information, we will get the word out to you ASAP.  We hope that by the third Monday in September (21) we will hold our first meeting since January!

We will send out our usual Meeting Notice before the meeting with all the meeting info.  Until then, please stay safe and get out there and enjoy our summer.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me at, call me at 603-305-5301, or snail mail at the address listed above.  My Face-Book and Messenger accounts are shut down due to a hacking problem so you won’t find me there.

Guest Speaker: Dan Trela Dan will be tying the Teco Bug

Field Notes From Our Local Fly Fishers:

The shutdown of our country has really impacted the activity on the Swift River!  I have never seen the Route 9 bridge area with so many cars that there were NO parking spots in the lot, the field across the street, route 9, the pumping station and the side trail to the Y-pool!  Poor trout don’t stand a chance!


No Club Meetings Until September 21, 2020

Due to the affect and impact of the current Corona Virus epidemic, we along with many other groups and organizations cannot gather in large groups until the state revises their group meeting restrictions.  We will stay tuned for any changes to these restrictions and notify all the members when things begin to get back to normal.

Due to these circumstances, our April and May meetings and our cookout are all cancelled.  I will miss enjoying our outing and I miss our meetings as well.  Just another lesson for me NOT to take things for granted because we never know when they will be gone!

Membership status:  Normally we all renew our club memberships in March, usually at the March EXPO.  Due to the current situation, all memberships are in the GRACE period.  No one will lose their membership.  If you want to send your dues by mail, the address 146 Old Enfield Road, Belchertown, MA 01007.  If you want to wait until we meet again, that should be fine as well but the decision/agreement has to be made by the Board Of Directors.

Our President (Harold), wishes everyone a great summer, and looks forward to gathering together in September.

Please be careful and mindful of your environment whenever you are in a public place, and do stay safe.

He also recommends fly fishing as a great therapy for times of stress and anxiety!  I feel better just thinking about it!  Thanks Harold.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me at, call me at 603-305-5301, or snail mail at the address listed above.  I have shut down my Face-Book and Messenger accounts due to a hacking problem so you won’t find me there.

Best regards,

Gil DaCosta

Harry Potter was spotted at the Scantic river in Enfield. He put quite the spell on this rainbow!

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

Join us for our regular meetings!

When: 3rd Monday of the month

When: 7 pm

WhereElks Lodge 69 Chapin St., Ludlow, MA 01056

Monthly Meeting Agenda includes:

Fly tying demonstration by Dan Trela
Short Business Meeting
Speaker TBA
Large Raffle


Free Fly Tying Classes 2020

Here is the 2020 fly tying class. A total of 18 students completed the class. Thanks to all who participated. Seated in the right front is head fly tying instructor Manny DaSilva.
A very special thanks for all the members that helped over the 8 weeks of the class. Left to right:  Dennis Dube, Harold Norman, Don Vacon, Dan Trela, Al Wilbur, Dan Moraski, Roy Britton, and Tom Panaccione. The club also wants to thank Manny DaSilva seated in front for all his work in teaching the classes and to be recognized for all the time he put in to organize this event! Missing in the picture is Peter Jezouit, Rebecca Piwcio, Bob Regish, Gill DaCosta, George Dunham, Ron Hason, Stewart Johnson, and Susan Paris.
Manny DaSilva at the bench

Starting the 2nd Thursday in January (January 9th)  at 7:00 PM and continuing for 8 consecutive weeks ending on February 27th. At Elks Lodge 69 Chapin St., Ludlow, MA 01056. We educate adults and children (9 years and older) through our free fly tying classes beginning on the second Thursday in January and continuing for eight consecutive Thursdays. 

All classes are directed by Mr. Manny DaSilva as the lead instructor tying the demonstration flys.   He is supported by many of the experienced WMFF Club members who assist the students with “hand’s-on” guidance whenever necessary.  The classes are open to the general public and those who express an interest in this life long and fascinating hobby.  There are NO costs to the students, the only stipulation is that whenever there are youth involved, that they be chaperoned by an adult family member.

UPDATE: If you missed the first couple of class it is not a problem. Feel free to start coming to any of the classes! Students that attend 5 classes will receive a diploma and free membership to the WMFF club!

INFORMATION CALL: Gil DaCosta   413-323-7896

Tie 2 flies each night with expert instructor Manny DaSilva who is assisted by experienced club members for individual instruction.

Demonstration projected on large screen for easy viewing.

**All materials and hardware provided by WMFF**

Open to children 9 years and older when accompanied by an adult.

Class 1. January 9th Woolly Worm & Woolly Bugger, both in Olive and Black

Class 2. January 16th   Gray Hackle & March Brown Nymph

Class 3. January 23rd   Lead Wing Coachman & March Brown Wet

Class 4. January 30th   Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph & Tellico Nymph

Here is a link to YouTube for a tying demo of the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph.

Here is a link to YouTube for a tying demo of the Tellico Nymph.

Class 5. February 6th   Deer Hair Nymph & Muddelr Minnow

Class 6. February 13th Hornberg & Mickey Finn

Class 7. February 20th Gray Ghost & Black Ghost

Class 8. February 27th Elk Hair Caddis & March Brown Dry fly

Stuart Johnson assisting a student at a class. To his left is Hany Aziz. In the background is Bill Donnelly and Tony Silva.
Manny at the fly tying class

Manny enjoying the moment


**Postponed** March 16, 2020

**The Fly Fishing Expo is postponed for now**

Take advantage of the fly tying recipes and content on our site to prepare for the season and we will see you next year!


Meeting Notice: February 17, 2020

We will conduct our February meeting at 7:00 pm right after the Fly Tying Demo, at the Ludlow Elks Club, 69 Chapin Street in Ludlow MA.  Hope you had a chance to drop in on the Fly Tying Classes on Thursday nights!


Fly Pattern: March Brown (Dry)

March Brown Dry
Hook Mustad 94840  sizes 10 – 18 or Lightning Strike YDF1-12 -16
TailDark ginger hackle
BodyTan fox or tan dubbing
WingWood duck flank feather fibers
HackleDark ginger and grizzly mix

YouTube link to March Brown Dry Fly


Fly Pattern: Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis
Hook Mustad 94840  sizes 10 – 18 or Lightning Strike YDF1-10 
BodyGinger/olive dubbing (tan, used in class)
RibGold wire revers wrapped
WingElk hair
HeadElk hair butts clipped short

YouTube link to the Elk Hair Caddis


Fly Pattern: Black Ghost

Hook Mustad 79580  sizes 2 – 12 or Lightning Strike YST5-06 or 08 or 10
TailYellow hackle barbules
RibFlat silver tinsel
BodyBlack wool or floss
ThroatYellow hackle barbules
WingWhite saddle hackle or white marabou
CheekJungle cock (optional)

YouTube link to the Black Ghost


Fly Pattern: Gray Ghost

Gray Ghost
Hook Mustad 9672  sizes 2 – 12 or Lightning Strike YST5-06 or 08
Tip or TagFlat silver tinsel
BodyBurnt orange tinsel
RibFlat silver tinsel
Throata)  4 or 5 Strands of of peacock herl
b) Sparse white buck tail
c) Short golden pheasant crest
Under wing2 Gray saddle hackles
There is an underwing of Gold Pheasant Crest extending to the bend of the hook.
CheekJungle cock

YouTube link to Gray Ghost part 1

YouTube kink to Gray Ghost part 2


Fly Pattern: Mickey Finn

Mickey Finn
Hook 4X-strong streamer hook (here, a Dai-Riki #700), sizes 4 to 14
ThreadBlack, 8/0 or 70-denier
RibOval silver tinsel, medium
BodyFlat Silver tinsel
Lower wingYellow fish hair
Mid wingRed bucktail, cleaned and stacked
Upper wingYellow bucktail, cleaned and stacked
HeadTying thread
ShoulderSilver pheasant body feather

YouTube Link:


Fly Pattern: Hornberg

Hook Mustad 9671  sizes 6 – 16 or Lightning Strike YSN-08 or 10
BodyFlat silver tinsel 2/3rds of hook shank
Under wingYellow fish hair, (optional second layer red buck tail same length in yellow)
Side wingsMallard flank feather 1/2″ past hook bend
Cheek Jungle cock (options)
HackleBrown and Grizzly mix

YouTube Link: