Past Monthly Meetings

Oct 13th: Tying and Flying with Chuck Kraft


Come learn from the master!
Chuck Kraft is undeniably a wizard of the vise. As a local guide, angler and fly tyer he’s credited for putting hundreds of people onto the big bass, trout and musky. He’ll be on site at the next MassTU member meeting with flies for sale, tales and a firm handshake!

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.

More Upcoming Speakers:

November 10TH, 2015• TUESDAY

Dan Downey – Water Chemistry of North Branch Simpson Creek & the Rich Hole Wilderness Fire

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.”

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.