Education / Past Monthly Meetings

May 5th Meeting: Free Casting Clinic with Dusty Wissmath

Who couldn’t use some help with their cast? Dusty Wissmath will be heading our bonus meeting in May. Come out and wiggle a stick, learn about fishing out west and enjoy some grilled goodness. The casting clinic will start at 5:00 pm with a barbeque and program to follow.


Dusty Wissmath  says, “Joan Wulff, Lefty Kreh, Macauley Lord and Floyd Franke taught me how to teach and how to analyze the cast. I’ve been lucky enough to work with and learn from some of the best in the business. Jay Buchner, Bob Clouser, Dave Whitlock and Scott Sanchez inspired me with their innovative and masterful approach to fly tying as well as effectively fishing the flies that they tie. From Paul Bruun, of Jackson, Wyoming I learned how to guide professionally and have fun doing it.  It’s because of these folks that I am able to say I have the best job in the world. I’m privileged to call them my friends. I hope that I can open the door for you, as they did for me, to this fantastic sport.”

Dusty is on the pro staff of the Scott Fly Rod Co., Hatch Reels, Hyde Drift Boats and is a Guide/Ambassador for Simms Fishing Products.

We will have a barbecue between the casting clinic and Dusty’s presentation on fishing out west.

More Upcoming Speakers:

MAY 12TH 2015 • TUESDAY – Jeff Greendyk

Jeff Greendyk grew up in central Virginia. He started fly fishing at the tender age of 10 and kayak fishing at 16 fishing the upper James River near Richmond. Soon he started exploring many of the rivers and lakes of Virginia kayaking and fishing every opportunity he had. While completing his degree in Biology at Old Dominion University, Jeff found the joys in exploring the bays and rivers of the lower and middle Chesapeake Bay. Now finding himself in Charlottesville he is using everything he has learned in the last 16 years to fish the James and Shenandoah Rivers.  Jeff currently is the Fishing manager of the Orvis Company store in Charlottesville Va. The topic of Jeff’s talk will be “Kayak Fishing.”

SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015 • TUESDAY – Dan Downey

Dan Downey is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University. Dan is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and attended Madison College before earning his PhD in analytical and nuclear chemistry from Louisiana State University. Dan’s primary research interest is environmental chemistry. He has worked closely with Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service to document the acid rain threat to the region’s mountain streams, and more importantly, propose solutions to protect these watersheds. Dan has been recognized by Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service and the Izaak Walton League for his many contributions to maintaining water quality and improving habitat for native fish species. Dan is a past president of MTU. His presentation is titled “Water Chemistry of North Branch Simpson Creek and the Rich Hole Wilderness Fire.”

OCTOBER 13TH, 2015 • TUESDAY – Charles Kraft

Charles A. Kraft Jr. has been designing flies and guiding since 1959. Chuck’s flies were originally designed after lures and pork baits, and after trying to use rabbit and deer hide, he resorted to synthetic materials so that these flies were not only durable, but imitated the action of the prey species very well. His patterns not only work for bass and trout, but also for Saltwater species too, and are used all over the world. Chuck’s fly patterns include the Kraft Kreelex, the CK baitfish and the Kraft Clawdads. The Clawdad represents a crawfish and is extremely effective on large rainbow and brown trout and smallmouth bass. Kreelex and baitfish are both deadly imitations of forage fish.  The Kreelex has worked on huge browns and rainbows from Chilean Patagonia to cutthroat on the Elk in BC, and many places in between including Virginia brook trout. Chuck will demonstrate how to tie several of his most successful patterns and give tips on how they should be fished.

Directions to Keezletown Ruritan (location of Member Monthly Meetings) Harrisonburg VA

  1. Take 33 East toward Penn Laird/Massanutten
  2. At the stoplight at the intersection of 33 East and Indian Trail Rd, turn left onto Indian Trail Rd. Turning right will put you on Cross Keys Road.
  3. Take Indian Trail Rd (rt 620) past Chad Ln. The club is on your right just past Stella St.

Here is a link to Google Maps to chart your own directions.