Iroquois Chapter of TU Welcomes Matt Chapple as our Guest Speaker for our Wednesday, November 5th Monthly meeting at Barbagallos Restaurant 6344 East Malloy Road E. Syracuse NY. Meeting starts at 7:00 but please join us around 6:00 for a bite to eat, and a Meet & Greet. Most will recognize Matt as the web master of CNY Flyfish.com website however you may not know he is a very accomplished Guide and Fly Fisherman who has forgot more than most of us know. So please join us for Matt’s presentation on fishing the Black River and other CNY streams.
I am originally from North Syracuse NY. I lived there for my first seventeen years. I was interested in fishing from an early age and would sometimes ride my bike to fish local ponds. My family frequently went on camping trips around NY and anywhere my family camped, I would fish. My journey into fly-fishing started in Ithaca, NY when my family went to visit my Uncle there. He showed me a fly rod and showed me some basic casting on his pond. I soon became very enamored with the rise of a trout. Initially I fished mostly with dry flies when my Grandfather and Father would take me fishing. My Grandfather liked to fly fish, but liked to fish wet flies as well as dry flies. From him I first learned to swing flies for trout. He also had some fly tying equipment and materials, in which I also adopted an interest. I practiced mostly the wet fly swing and dead drift dry fly fishing through me teens. During school at SUNY Cortland, where I got a BS in Biology/chemistry, I began to experiment with streamers, wet flies and nymphs fishing the Cayuga Lake tributaries, still one of my favorite areas to fish. Post college, living in Ithaca, I continued to fish the Cayuga Lake tributaries and also began to fish for steelhead, mostly in the Salmon River and in the past 8 years have enjoyed fishing for steelhead with Spey rods. With the help of my family and friends, I started CNYFlyfish.com in 1995 because I thought there was a lack of local fly fishing reports and I was very interested in becoming a fishing guide. Today I work as a scientist in Ithaca and guide part-time and of course fly-fish as much as I can. Words cant describe my love of fly-fishing and of course the fish. For me the utmost is being outdoors with friends and family on the banks of a river sharing a stretch of water with the hope of a fish.