The club's founder, Ray Markiewicz, long time avid fly fisherman and fly fishing instructor, felt the need for a fly fishing club in Western New York that followed the mission and philosophy of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Nearly a dozen like-minded fly fishermen of various skill levels joined with Ray in a meeting in January 2007. They met at the Highland Hobby Shop in Derby; this became the first official meeting of the Lake Erie Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers. The chapter grew and soon moved its meeting location to the Seaway Trail Center on Route 5 in Hamburg where we met on the first Tuesday of each month.
July 26, 2007 the chapter was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
organization. Charitable donations to our Chapter now are tax deductible.
In 2011, the club moved to The American Legion Post 735 at 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca, New York and currently meet on the third Thursday of the month.
The Lake Erie Chapter has had an array of interesting guest speakers each
month since its first meeting. The program topics ranged from casting, fly
tying, interesting locations to fish, conservation and fishery updates by
NYS DEC biologists. Member Ron Zarnowski organized a casting and fishing
seminar with Oak Orchard Fly Shop Manager, Nick Pionessa and Orvis Outfitters Fly Shop Manager, Adam Cook , on Cayuga Creek,
this "on the stream event" was a great success. The Lake Erie Chapter also
teaches the fly fishing merit badge requirements for the Greater Niagara
Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our chapter has had booths at the
Mayville Spring Steelhead Show, Hamburg Travel and Outdoor Expo and at the
Erie County Fair. The chapter is also a member of the New York State
Conservation Council and the Erie Federation of Sportsmen's Club in order to
be an advocate for fly fishers on a state and local level.
In In 2011 and 2012 the club held a "Kids Day" where club members held a trainging class for children between the ages of 8 to 15 how to Tie Flys, Cast. Biologists from the DEC, UB and Corp of Engineers caught various bugs in the lake to show them how they may tie a fly to mimic that bug.
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