Coming Events


DIRECTIONS TO OUR NEW MEETING PLACE, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 621 College Ave., IN WOOSTER: Exit Route 30 at the Madison Avenue exit. Go north on Madison Avenue and continue straight as it becomes Bever Street. Turn right on E. Liberty Street at the Speedway shop and then turn left onto Beall Avenue. At the E. Bowman Street intersection, you will see Discount Drug Mart on the right and the church parking lot will be on the left. Signs will be on the church door indicating our meeting and location.

If you are new to the CFRTU Chapter and want to attend our meetings by Zoom, send an email to and request a Zoom meeting link.  A link to the Zoom meeting format will be emailed to you the Friday before each meeting.  You only need to request this once to get on our Zoom meeting list.  Once you are on the list you will get a Zoom link for all subsequent meetings.  Remember, you can always choose to attend by Zoom or in person. 

First Presbyterian Church

Bruch Hall, our new spacious meeting room at First Presbyterian Church in Wooster.





Event: May Chapter Meeting

When:  Monday, May 16, 7:15-9:00 pm.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker & Topic:  

Chris French, Hatchery Program Administrator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife will be giving an overview of the state fish stocking programs with a focus on the trout program. The Division of Wildlife annually stocks over 40 million fish per year, with a large part of that effort going into trout production. Chris will provide updates on the Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead programs and touch on some of the warmwater programs as well. 

Chris is a central Ohio native, receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He has been with the Division of Wildlife for 8 years, working as a fisheries biologist and a grants administrator before stepping into the hatchery program administrator role. Chris currently lives in Gahanna, Ohio. 

Chris French


Event:  September Chapter Meeting

When:  Monday, September 12, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker:  To be arranged


Event:  October Chapter Meeting

When:  Monday, October 10, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker:  Patrick Robinson of Steelhead Alley Outfitters will speak to us about “Steelheading the Alley.”

Patrick Robinson with a happy fly angler.


Event:  November Chapter Meeting

When:  November 14, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker & Topic:  Daily Record Outdoor writer Art Holden will speak on how to catch fish year-round in Ohio, from what species to target, to where best to catch them. Holden has been writing outdoor stories for The Daily Record since 1987. Though retired since 2019, he continues to work as the paper’s outdoor correspondent. In his presentation, Holden will also touch on his late July fishing trip to northern Manitoba, where he targeted giant pike and lake trout with his son, Izzy, on a remote fly-in lake. 

Holden, and his wife Jean, also do several monarch butterfly talks each year, as his wife promotes planting milkweed and pollinator plants to help boost the population of the marvelous insect with such an interesting life cycle.

Art Holden


Event: December Chapter Meeting

When:  December 12, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster


Tim Cammisa, central PA fly fishing and fly tying professional, will present “Successful Strategies to Catch More Trout”. Tim will focus on many areas within fly fishing to improve your fishing success.  Paying attention to the small details will pay dividends in the long run, and those are discussed, including some of the strategies Tim employs to catch more trout. With topics such as insect identification, reading the water, and employing varying techniques, lots of new information is shared, leading to greater success on the water.

Tim Camissa


Event: January Chapter Meeting

When: January 9, 2023, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker and topic to be determined.


Event: February Chapter Meeting

When: February 13, 2023, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker: Jerry Darkes

Program: “The Trout Club of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History- 45 Years of Conservation and Education”

The CMNH Trout Club has a long-standing history of supporting cold-water conservation and fly-fishing education.  In recent years, there has been a focus on supporting mainly local and regional projects.  At present we are focused on the Ohio Brook Trout Restoration Project and research on Lake Eries’s migratory smallmouth bass.

Jerry Darkes is Executive Director of the CMNH Trout Club.  A life-long fly fisher with over 50 years of on-water experience, Jerry is recognized nationally as a writer and authority on fly fishing the Great Lakes region.  He is retired from 30 plus years as an on-road sales rep for an extensive group of fly-fishing product manufacturers.  His focus these days is to educate anglers on the fly fishing opportunities available across the Midwest and Great Lakes areas.  

Jerry Darkes


The CFRTU Chapter is always looking for speakers for our monthly meetings. Please Contact Us for suggestions for speakers on fly fishing, conservation of aquatic resources and related topics.