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.





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

Event: March Chapter Meeting

When:  Saturday, March 25, noon until 3 p.m.

Where: Exploration Gateway (Sippo Lake Library) 5710 12th Street N.W., Canton.  This is a joint meeting of the CFRTU chapter with the “Fly Tying Get-togerther group founded by John Rochus.

Title: Fly Fishing Cuba

Speakers:  Mark Sommers and Gregg Elefterin will be telling us about fly fishing in Cuba, a “bucket list” adventure for them.  They will share their experiences fly fishing for tarpon, bonefish, permit and other salt water species under catch and release regulations in a marine reserve 60 miles offshore Cuba.  Join us as we enjoy their adventure.

Following the presentation there will be door prizes handed out, and a raffle for a TFO fly rod and reel valued at $500.  Lastly, Mark and Gregg will show us how to tie some of the flies they used, so bring your vises, fly tying tools and thread.  All other materials will be supplied for $2.00.  Snack foods will be available to all.

Greg Elefterin & Mark Sommers
Cuban Bonefish


Event: April Chapter Meeting

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

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker: John Navarro, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Topic: Stream Restoration in Ohio.  Details to follow.

John Navarro


Event: May Chapter Meeting

When: Monday, May 8, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker: Joe Conroy, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Topic: DOW Put-Grow-&-Take Brown Trout Program.  Details to follow

Joe Conroy


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.