P.O. Box 8548
Fort Wayne, IN
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In the winter of 1995, Paul Dygert and Dr. Paul Raiman proposed the formation of an
organization for fly fishermen in the Fort Wayne area. Paul Dygert, who had recently
moved to Fort Wayne from South Bend, had previously been associated with the
Saint Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers and held several positions with that club. That
club’s president and founder, Joe Mitchell, acted as an advisor in the early planning
and conceptualization of the club.
After an announcement of intent was published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers, an
informational meeting was held. All participants were very enthused to move forward
with the formation of the club. Officers and directors were elected including Paul
Dygert, President; Dr. Paul Raiman, Vice President; Hal Usher, Treasurer; and John
Reed, Secretary. As of the end of the first year, the club roster included 39 members.
Meetings were held at Hilger’s Restaurant.
The club immediately decided to become affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers,
Great Lakes Council and remains so yet today.
Past presidents of the club include Paul Dygert, Jerry Drake, and Bob Lowden in
order of their service. The current president is Don Privett, who was elected to that
position in 2010.
Today, the club remains dedicated to its founding principals including promotion of fly
fishing, education of our members and the public on the techniques of the sport,
participation in efforts to preserve and protect our natural resources and enjoyment
of the fellowship of other fly fishermen. Our current roster includes over 80 dues