The 2019 Juliana’s Angler’s Linda Hotchkiss Memorial Spring School & Warm Up Weekend returns to Ten Mile River Preserve in Dover Plains NY (90 minutes north of NYC). We will begin our ALL INCLUSIVE PROGRAM with a gourmet dinner at the Old Drover’s Inn on Friday night before retiring to the Preserve for the evening. Saturday morning we breakfast together before splitting into two groups. One group remains on the grounds learning about fly fishing from soup to nuts while the second, more experienced group, heads out to local waters with a NYS licensed guide for on-water instruction and angling. This second group is supplied with their lunch and will only return to the Preserve when the fishing is done!
New anglers will spend Saturday morning with experienced instructors learning about equipment, flies, knots, stream dynamics, insect life cycles in the lodge before heading out to the casting pond and fields to learn the basics of casting and angling. Lunch is served in the lodge, or outside, depending upon the weather. In the afternoon, new anglers head to the private segments of the Ten Mile River for on-stream instruction in entomology, casting, playing and landing fish. This group also stays on the water until the fishing is done!
At the end of the day, both groups reunite for cocktails, charcuterie, and fish tales before sitting down for a plated dinner. After dinner participants gather around the famous Ten Mile fire pit for S’mores and another yarn or two before retiring.
Sunday morning starts early as the entire group grabs some coffee and heads to the private sections of the Ten Mile River with instructors for an hour or two of early morning angling. Breakfast is served back in the lodge and is then followed by a casting demonstration before the program ends. Participants are welcome to remain on the club grounds for the day and lounge or fish the private river segments. Sporting Clays are also available for an additional charge.
Program price is based upon double occupancy, each room has it’s own full bath.
We’re heading home! The Juliana’s haven’t hit the Farmington as a group in a few years, so it’s high time we headed back. We’ve booked the whole place so that we can misbehave and run around in our pajamas! Legends Lodge on the Farmington is just over 2 hours from NYC and only about 10 minutes off I-84. It’s newly constructed and is located ON THE BANKS OF THE FARMINGTON RIVER in Connecticut! The lodge has dedicated areas to hang wet waders and boots, a full kitchen, lounge area, double rooms with baths, ample parking, a small fly shop and IT’S ALL OURS!!! Anglers can arrive Friday at 2pm, check into their rooms and hit the river! We’ll meet for dinner at a local restaurant and head back to the lodge to sleep. In the morning we’ll eat breakfast in house before meeting our guides. We’ll split into groups so each guide can head to his or her preferred section of the river. We’ll have lunch on the river and stay until the day is done, then we’ll all meet for dinner back at the lodge. After dinner we’ll make a fire and lie to each other about the day’s angling. Sunday morning we’ll head out to the river after breakfast for a day of angling on our own before trekking home with a smile on our faces!!
The Farmington is an incredible river with amazing trout and many areas of easy wading. This trip is a great follow-up to our Spring School.
This trip is a real departure for the Juliana’s. We spoke to some pretty high level folks in Orvis travel and their Endorsement Program, as well as one of our own very experienced club members who’s been there, before making this decision. Three Rivers Ranch has been in the same family since the 20’s and has been run by the same woman since 1987. They are famous for warmth, hospitality, good food, natural beauty and just plain kick-ass angling, especially in July. The Ranch is located on the banks of two rivers and is licensed to fish multiple rivers in nearby Montana and Yellowstone. They also have a full Orvis Fly Shop on the premises. We are booked to arrive on Saturday, July 20th and then float with guides for three full days on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, before heading out on the 24th. If that’s not enough angling, there is wade fishing available on site just steps from our rooms on both the Warm River and the Robinson Creek. All meals and booze are included as well as airport transfers from either Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole.
We have the Robinson Lodge reserved for our use. The Robinson Lodge has 4 bedrooms with a queen and a twin in each room and private bathrooms, so we can accommodate at least 8 anglers. We will eat in the main lodge although we will have our own kitchen area, lounge area, and a billiards area. All private. Wading is just a few steps away if anyone wants to wade before or after the float trips. Guides provide the flies on the float trips. 5 and 6 weight rods are the norm.