Meet The Saltwater Fly Anglers Of Delaware

Want to learn about fly fishing the salt or fly fishing in general? Meet the club.

This Wednesday is the annual monthly meeting of the Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware. The club meets monthly at the clubhouse in Rolling Meadows. Located behind the Wawa and Home Goods on Route 1 the access road is 71 Gainsborough Dr, Lewes, DE 19958. This would be a great time to meet the club and learn to cast, or new techniques. Anyone interested in joining the club or just checking it out is always welcome.

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Squid fly by Mac

“Our August meeting is this Wednesday, Aug. 11. It will again feature outdoor casting with grill-cooked hamburgers, sausage sandwiches, sodas and water. We will start the food off at 6 PM followed by casting and then move inside for a business meeting and fishing reports. Joe Helbe and Frank Danner will again be on hand to offer casting help to anyone who would like some. Due to the resurgence of the COVID Delta Variant, mask wearing would be a good idea indoors, especially if you haven’t been vaccinated.”

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Saltwater Fly Angler of Delaware club members casting out

The SFAOD has been around for many years now, first formed in the year 2000 by Don Avondolio. An avid fly angler and author. Don saw a need in Delaware to get interested fly anglers together and share knowledge. He has two books he has done over the years specific to east coast waters and saltwater fly fishing: FLY-FISHING THE ATLANTIC COAST
He also has some flies you can purchase at Icehouse Bait and Tackle.

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Fly casting demonstration at the Delmarva Outdoors Expo

The Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware don’t just fish the salt they are known to hit the sweet water as well. Traveling up north to White Clay creek and surrounding streams. Many of these guys take trips around the country and then share their adventures at monthly meetings.

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The Saltwater Fly Anglers lined up along the fishing pier beach in Cape Henlopen State park

When you are surrounded by the estuaries, bays and ocean, it is good to learn how to fly fish the area. The SFAOD club also meets on Wednesdays to fish the flats at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. They catch fish and it is another good time to learn or meet fellow wizards of the long wand.
The club does on a fly casting demonstrations at the Delmarva Outdoors Expo. You can also find them at Coast Days every year. With a tying booth to show off flies and fly tying, as well as casting lessons.

In the winter on Saturdays the club gathers at Lewes Harbor Marina to tie flies and tell lies. Great way to learn to tie flies, or just sit around and make your own with fellow fly anglers. The coffee and donuts are on point too. This is my favorite fishing club, these folks just love to fish and share knowledge.

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Stan is giving us instruction about this monster fly’s action in the water and casting.

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