Juliana’s Anglers Annual Linda Hotchkiss Memorial Fly Fishing School and Warm-up Weekend for Women

April 17 - 19, 2020

Our school his an “All Inclusive” program that has been held annually for over 20 years at the beginning of the Fly Fishing season in New York State. If you are interested in our annual school, check out the general information below and the detailed description under Upcoming Events. 

Our School and Warm Up Weekend is named in memory of former Club President Linda Hotchkiss, a beloved Juliana who passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2017 while visiting Ireland to participate in a Fly Tying Show.

A Juliana’s tradition for more than two decades, the Juliana’s Fly Fishing School and Warm-up Weekend for Women is designed to teach fly fishing to women who have never held a fly rod as well as hone the skills of advanced anglers looking to shake off the winter cobwebs and improve their technique. We begin Friday night with a sit down dinner where we all get to know each other and review the weekends activities and schedule. We then retire for the night in modern double occupancy rooms with private baths. You’ll be pampered and well fed for the weekend! After a group breakfast Saturday morning, the group divides. New anglers stay “on campus” and receive classroom, dry land, and on-water instruction covering topics beginning with theory, equipment, knots, flies, reading water, wading casting, hooking fish, landing fish, and safe release sot that our precious resource can be caught again another time! Our advanced anglers receive more individualized instruction, depending upon their needs, whether it’s casting tune ups, knot techniques, fly selection or something else … before heading out to fish local waters for on-stream instruction with a licensed NYS guide. Both groups come together at the end of a full day for a plated gourmet dinner, camaraderie and fun! Sunday morning the entire group heads out early to a private section of river to put it all together and show off their new skills. We re-convene for breakfast and then enjoy demonstrations by experts of advanced techniques like Spey Casting and Chech Nymphing before concluding our program. The entire weekend is marked by good cheer, outstanding food, laughter, and friends both old and new. Our instructors are Juliana’s Board Members and long time anglers who are as happy to be there as you are and gladly share their knowledge and experience in order to give you the skills and confidence you need to get out on the water and fly fish. Once again, we will be returning to Ten Mile River Preserve in Dover Plains, NY – just 90 miles north of NYC in Dover Plains, NY. The Ten Mile River Preserve has on-site lodging, gourmet food with a C.I.A . (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef and encompasses over 3,000 acres of land with 3 1/2 miles of private fishing water on the Ten Mile River as well as a casting pond. 

The all inclusive weekend includes:

  • Small group and individualized casting instruction.

  • Classroom sessions: Learn essential fishing knots, basic gear and tackle know-how, stream entomology, how to read water and fly selection, as well as an introduction to fly tying.

  • On-the-water instruction: Gain practical experience with our instructors while learning safe wading, casting, approach & presentation, hooking, playing, landing, and releasing fish.

  • Advanced anglers will have the opportunity to practice, correct, and improve their technique as well as learn new casts before fishing local rivers with a shared guide on Saturday.

  • Meals & Schedule: The program begins Friday night with a gourmet meal at the Old Drover’s Inn in Dover Plains before heading to the Ten Mile River Preserve for the night. Saturday morning; the group has breakfast together and then divides into two groups for the day. New anglers stay at the Preserve for the day while more experienced anglers head “off campus” for a day of angling. At the end of the day the entire group re-assembles for a plated dinner in the main lodge prepared by a C.I.A. trained chef. After dessert, the group enjoys s’mores and fish tales while sitting around the fire pit. The group grabs some coffee before heading out together early Sunday morning to catch the morning hatch on the Ten Mile River, followed by breakfast. After breakfast the group assembles one last time for a Spey or similar casting demonstration on the river.

  • Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on Friday, and wine and beer are included with your dinner on Saturday, you are free to BYOB.

  • Lodging - Two nights (double occupancy) lodging at Ten Mile River Preserve. We have full use of the lodge facilities at Ten Mile River Preserve during our stay.

  • Anglers are welcome to fish the Ten Mile River or local rivers on Sunday. If interested, a round of sporting clays with or without instruction can be arranged for an additional charge.

Costs and registration

This year's school will be $625.00/per angler, double occupancy. Each room has its own full bathroom. 

We are only limited by our boundless enthusiasm and the number of beds available. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. All rooms are double-occupancy, if you wish to specify a roommate, please indicate it on your registration form. Also please indicate any special dietary concerns – we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Please check out or Upcoming Events for more detailed information.

Have more questions? Please send us an email at info@julianasanglers.com.