Join the Don Baylor for an informative history of where trout fishing began in America and the people who started it. You will need to download the free GoToMeeting App onto your computer/phone/tablet to join the meeting or you can dial in from your phone, 1 (408) 650-3123, access code 164-110-117, but you will not be able to see any of the visuals without the application. To join, just click this link if you already have GoToMeeting installed.
Baylor, renowned Pocono fly fisherman, author, and artist, will provide a fascinating slide program on the history of trout fishing in the Poconos. Pennsylvania is steeped in trout fishing tradition and evidence exists that the Poconos was the birthplace of fly fishing in America. Through Don’s extensive research he will explore and explain the rich trout fishing literature, legends, and lore of the sport in the Poconos and the many celebrities, presidents, and writers who have fished its storied waters and lodged in its grand hotels and hostelries- including the almost mythic Henryville House among others.
Just some of the names from the 1800’s and early 1900’s who graced these waters reads like a Who’s Who of historical characters: presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge, General Phillip Sheridan, governor Gifford Pinchot, boxing greats John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain, legendary fishing writers Edward Ringwood Hewitt, Henry Van Dyke, and John Taintor Foote, fishing luminaries George LaBranche, Ernie Schweibert, Jim Leisenring and Charlie Fox, and last but not least Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.
Don is a true student of the sport and this historical presentation highlights fly fishing as more than just catching fish. Through its origins here in the Poconos on legendary streams such as the Brodhead, Paradise Creek and the Leavitt Branch he brings to life these fascinating figures against a backdrop of the natural beauty of the Poconos and delights audiences with the rich trout fishing heritage we have here in our own backyard. The Brodhead TU chapter, of which Don is a founding member, has been instrumental in preserving these historic waters.
For those of us who relish this grand sport of trout fishing help us kick off the new season with this inspiring and enlightening presentation.