Fly Fishers Club or Pittsburgh


The Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh is very much an active club. In an effort to garner additional participation we (as in, Days on the Water) are hosting a page devoted to the Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh here on our site. It may not live here forever, but for now this is as good a place as any. Details on club meetings, the Christmas party, the summer picnic, and planned fly fishing outings can be found on this page.

Read: “At five decades-plus, Pittsburgh fly-fishers club still going strong” by Bob Bukk.

Contact the FFC of Pittsburgh

Contact us at: You can send any club-related email to that address and you can expect to receive club-related emails from that address.

Have an idea for a presentation? We are always looking for members to present something at one of the meetings. If you would like to present something, please send email to

Want to learn more about a specific topic? Chances are, someone in the club knows something about it. If you would like to know more about a topic, please send email to We’ll see if we can track down someone to talk about your topic.

Regular Monthly Meetings

Regular monthly meetings of the Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh are held on the third (3rd) Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00pm. The Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh meetings are held at the Munhall Borough Municipal Building at 1 Raymond Bodnar Way, Munhall, PA 15120. The complete schedule for 2024 can be found below.

Jan 15, 2024: Mike Ginsburg is delivering a presentation called “The Properties of Water.” Mike will discuss working up to the surface film, how to fish and tie for it, and what it means to aquatic insects from below.

Feb 19, 2024: Open night; program tbd.

Mar 18, 2024: Ian Brown, long-time member, will deliver a program on fly fishing in Belize.

Apr 15, 2024: Program tbd.

May 20, 2024: Scott Loughner will tie his favorite green drake patterns. This is the last meeting until September 2024.

June 1, 2024: Spring club outing at Lake Gosling at 7 Springs will be held on Sat, June 1, 2024. Bring your own lunch and drinks. The cost is $35 per person. See our Field Trip Details page for information on Lake Gosling, including directions.

No meetings are held in June, July, or August. Additional details on our annual summer picnic to come.

Aug 4, 2024: FLY FISHERS CLUB OF PITTSBURGH 2024 Summer Picnic.

Members enjoying our summer picnic!

Sep 16, 2024: Program tbd.

Oct 21, 2024: Program tbd.

Fall club outing at Lake Gosling at 7 Springs. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Nov 18, 2024: Program tbd.

Dec 2024 ~ Holiday Social ~ Thompson Run Athletic Club ~ Additional details to come as we get closer to the date.

About the Club

The Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh was founded in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s by a group of like-minded individuals with a love of fly fishing – making it the oldest active organization for the fly fishers in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The idea of the club was introduced to the area by founding member, Mr. Bob Runk. The concept was patterned after the Fly Fishers Club of Harrisburg of which Mr. Runk was a member.

The idea of an organization with no dues, no officers and no political agenda was appealing to many. Meetings were held as a clearing house of information and education on fly fishing techniques, fly tying techniques, waterways near and far and fly tackle. Fly rods were cast, fly tying materials were shown and shared and fishing trips were re-lived. But more importantly, life-long friendships were made, secret spots were shared, and good times were had by all. Everyone was welcome – young and old, novice or veteran – all with the common bond of an interest in fly fishing. To become a member one only had to show up at a meeting. That’s it! Everyone or anyone could contribute to the meeting which would last several hours or more.

Many members of the Fly Fishers Club of Pittsburgh have left their mark on the history of Pennsylvania fly fishing. Bob Runk, Chauncy Lively, George Aiken, Mike Sajna, Bob Lancaster, and others are all represented in the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Others, like fly fishing show promoter Chuck Furimsky, have contributed to the sport of fly fishing in significant ways.