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.

First Presbyterian Church

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



Event: November Chapter Meeting

When:  Monday, November 8.  Time:  7:15 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church in Wooster

Speaker, Bill Zawiski, Environmental Supervisor, Division of Surface Water, Ohio EPA North East District.

Topic: Dam RemovalImproving water quality in Ohio one dam project after another.

Trained as a biologist, Bill Zawiski has worked with Ohio EPA since 1989, and is currently the Water Quality Group Supervisor in Ohio EPA’s Northeast District. He has also taught Environmental Regulation and Water Resources at the University of Akron. The  OEPA Division of Surface Water  ensures compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act and works to increase the number of  bodies of water that can be safely used for swimming and fishing. Bill has taken an active role in the movement in this area to remove old dams from Ohio rivers to improve water quality and restore rivers to a free-flowing state.   Zawiski  says dams and the slow-moving pools they create are a serious problem for fish and the aquatic insects they feed on. He will discuss the concepts and methods of removing old dams, and the benefits that dam removal can bring to stream ecology and fisheries.

Bill Zawiski


Event: December Chapter Meeting

When:  Monday, December 13.  Time : 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Where:  First Presbyterian Church in Wooster

Speaker:  Scott Hale, ODNR/DOW

Topic: Fishing Participation Trends and Conservation Funding Considerations

Description:  Participation in fishing is reflected in license sales, and until the recent pandemic, Ohio’s annual resident fishing license sales had been declining an average of 1% per year during the past two decades. The 2020 pandemic shifted this trend with an upsurge in participation in outdoor activities, likely resulting in how people prioritize their leisure time. Long-term implications are uncertain, but values orientations of Americans interested in conservation and the outdoors are clear and provide insights into the potential future of conservation funding.

The monthly raffle will feature a new Temple Forks Outfitter, 9′, 4-piece, 4-wt fly rod and reel valued at over $500 retail.  You must be present at the meeting to participate in the raffle and win the rod & reel.

Scott Hale with 46-inch Ohio Muskie 2021


Event:  January Chapter Meeting

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

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Wooster

Speaker:  Mark Warman, Cleveland Metroparks.

Topic:  Aquatic Invasive Plants in Ohio

Program Description:  Join Mark Warman to learn about aquatic invasive plants in Ohio’s natural waterways.  Several water weed species are on the move and threaten or recreation, ecosystem and economic interests.  Identification, reporting, and notes from the field will be discussed.

Mark Warman


Event:  February Chapter Meeting

When: Monday, February 14.  Time: 7:15-9:00 p.m.

Tom Doman will present “Seasons on Penns Creek.”

Description: Penns Creek is a jewel in the crown of Pennsylvania’s storied limestone streams. The creek flows through the scenic and rugged Bald Eagle State Forest. With 16 miles of Class A trout stream open to year ‘round fishing and managed under Catch-and- Release regulations, Penns offers wild brown trout in abundance and just about every mayfly hatch in the East. This stream will challenge even the most experienced fly angler. Please join professional fly fishing guide Tom Doman, proprietor of Penns Creek Guides, for an armchair angling adventure as he takes you on a fishing excursion through the ever changing seasons on Penns Creek. Tom tells us “I’ve fished for most of my life. The rest of it was wasted!”.

Tom Doman


Event:  March Chapter Meeting

When: Saturday, March 19  Time: Noon until 3 p.m.

Where: The Exploration Gateway (Sippo Lake Library), located at 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44718

Speaker: Tim Camissa, central PA professional angler and fly tier.

Topic: Fly Fishing Success with Emergers

Description:  Tim will discuss mayflies and caddisflies, concentrating on the adult emergence stage when they are extremely vulnerable to fish. Tips and techniques will be discussed to identify this stage, fish it more successfully, and purchase or tie flies to effectively match the nuances of what’s going on. He will also lead the group in tying two emerger fly patterns.

This is a joint meeting with John Rochus’ Fly Tying Get-together.

Tim Camissa

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.