2017 Juliana’s Anglers Fly Fishing School and Warm-up Weekend for Women

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What are the dates of the school?    Friday, April 28th- Sunday, April 30th   

Where’s it located?  The school will be held at Ten Mile River Preserve, Dover Plains, NY. Their website is tmrp.org. The school will be held on grounds of Ten Mile River Preserve with the exception of dinner Friday night at Old Drovers Inn (in nearby Dover Plains) and on Saturday, our advanced anglers can fish the Housatonic River (about 30 minutes away.) 

What’s the schedule?  We will meet on Friday night for dinner at the Old Drovers and start to get to know each other. You can arrive at Ten Mile River Preserve anytime after noon on Friday to fish or shoot clays or meet us at the restaurant at 8pm. After breakfast on Saturday morning, the school will begin in the main building. All activities and meals will take place on the grounds of Ten Mile Preserve. The school will run through 10am on Sunday although it is possible to continue fishing after the school ‘officially’ ends. Our weekend will be relaxed and fun, so please dress casually and plan to arrive on time so we can get started. Advanced anglers will leave after breakfast on Saturday for guided fishing on the Housatonic River (about 30 minutes away). Bag lunches will be provided. 

What meals are included?  We will provide dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday, as well as snacks. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water will be available throughout the day. Friday night’s gourmet dinner will be at the Old Drovers Inn and Saturday night’s gourmet dinner will be at Ten Mile River Preserve. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions or allergies as soon as possible.

Is alcohol included? On Friday night, drinks will be available but are not included in the cost for weekend (you will pay for drinks separately). On Saturday night, beer, wine, and soda are provided with dinner. You are welcome to bring along anything you would like to have in the evening at the Preserve and around the firepit.

Where will we be fishing? The school students will be fishing on the Ten Mile River—the TMRP has over 3½ miles of private water. We will be able to walk or take a short ride to reach the water. If for some reason we decide the conditions on the Ten Mile River are unsuitable, there are other rivers nearby. We plan to fish on Saturday during the school and you are welcome to stay on Sunday and fish after the school ‘officially’ ends. We will also be using the casting pond on Saturday and you can use the casting pond on Sunday after breakfast.

Is there a registration deadline? See the School page here for prices and deadlines. All registrations are first-come, first serve so registration will remain open until the rooms are filled and then a waiting list will be formed.

What is the cancellation policy? We hope you won’t need to cancel but we understand that things do come up. If you are able to find a substitute, we can transfer your registration to that person. If you are unable to find a substitute, we will attempt to find someone to take your place but cannot guarantee you a full refund. If you can cancel after April 14th, you will get a 50% refund. Cancellations after April 25 cannot be refunded. Payment in full via credit card or check at the time of registration is expected and appreciated.

Do I need a fishing license? You will need a valid New York state fishing license. You can purchase a license, good for one year, online at dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.

Is there an age limit? You must be 18 years old (or older) to participate in Juliana’s Anglers Sporting Club events.

Do I need to be a member of the club to attend the school? No, you do not need to join Juliana’s Anglers to attend the school. That said, we love new members and what are you waiting for? If you register for the school, we will throw in a free JASC membership for 2017.

What should I wear/bring? April showers bring may flowers…actually we hope it won’t rain but we fish rain or shine. Since the weather can be unpredictable, we recommend you wear layers that can be added to or taken off as needed. Bring a rain jacket, fleece, and at least one extra change of clothes in case you get wet. If your feet and legs tend to get cold, you might want to include long johns and extra socks for fishing. Hands get cold? Bring gloves. Add in boots or shoes that can handle some mud (some casting practice will take place in fields), sunglasses, and a brimmed hat (such as a baseball cap). We will have a bonfire Saturday night so you might want to include a heavier sweater or jacket for relaxing by the fire. Everything is casual dress. Don’t forget any medications you need to take, sunscreen, etc.

What about fishing gear?  You will need a 4wt or 5wt rod with the appropriate reel and fly line. We recommend 9 foot 3x-5x leaders and tippet. You will need chest waders or hip boots, boots, wading belt, sunglasses (preferably polarized), and hat. Optional equipment includes a fly fishing vest, nippers, wading stick, and net. If you don’t have a rod, waders, or need to borrow something, let us know, we should be able to arrange loaner equipment.

What about flies?  You do not need to bring dozens of flies for the weekend but if you would like to bring some flies of your own we recommend the following:

  • Hare’s ear nymph – sizes 10-14
  • Prince nymph – sizes 10-14
  • Pheasant tail nymph – sizes 10-14
  • Blue Wing Olive (BWO) – sizes 12-16
  • Elk hair caddis – sizes 10-14
  • Green, gray, tan caddis (its early in the season so nymphs are recommended but might get opportunity to use a dry fly) sizes 12-16
  • Black or brown stoneflies – sizes 8-10

Flies can be purchased a local fishing shop (support your local shop!), Orvis, or online. If you go to Orvis in NYC, be sure to ask for your 10% Juliana’s Anglers discount.

What else is there to do at Ten Mile? After the school officially ends on Sunday, you are welcome to stay and fish the river or practice your skills on the casting pond. Ten Mile River Preserve is a 3,000 acre preserve with migratory birds and other animals in the area. If there is interest, we can arrange for sporting clays or shooting instruction for an additional charge. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to send us an email info@julianasanglers.com.

Who are the Juliana’s Anglers? Juliana’s Anglers was founded in 1995 by Nancy Zakon and a group of like minded anglers. We welcome women at all levels of the sport, from beginners to experts, from ages 18 to well, we don’t talk about that… We are based in NYC but our membership spans the US and Canada. We have singles, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, siblings, and more. We run local fishing trips, hold social gatherings, and celebrate the outdoors. In 2016, we voted to expand the club charter to include field sports (such as sporting clays and archery) as part of the club activities due to growing interest.

What else do I need to know?

Transportation:  If you need a ride or would like to offer space in your car, please contact us.  Don’t worry we will get you there!

Valuables: Please leave valuables and expensive jewelry at home as we are not responsible for them and the fish don’t care about bling. We should have cell phone reception but remember it may be spotty. You don’t have to bring a camera; we’ll take plenty of pictures for you.

Pet Policy:  We kindly ask that you leave your pets at home.

Safety:  Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.  During the weekend, always fish with your designated “buddy.” This is a Juliana’s Anglers rule.

Waivers:   You will be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival at the school.

Conservation:   Juliana’s Anglers is a conservation-minded organization.  Please take special care to prevent leaving your mark on the river.  Use only barbless hooks (don’t worry, we will show you how).  Lead weights are not permitted, but bead head flies are fine.  Follow preferred methods for catch and release fishing.  Tread lightly on paths and embankments.  Wade slowly and carefully, as you too are a precious resource.