INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING 2018
By: Rick Newman
In preparation for the Intermediate Fly Tying class, as the new host I am asking for input as to the format of the classes. Mike
Berube, and others whom have run the program, have recruited folks to come and tie flies that the tyers chose to tie. That has
been a good program and well run by Mike, Dan Ferguson and others.
What I am asking for is any ideas that our members have for this years event. Is the past format what we want to continue or are there some new ideas that folks want to see? I am open to reviewing the format and which flies club members want to learn how to tie. Are there techniques that members want to see demonstrated?
The club has quite a supply of fly tying materials, some of which aren’t worth much but we also have quite a few other materials that are of good quality and still useable. It seems that it would be financially prudent to use the materials we already have. Plus a fly with a moderate amount of materials is more suitable to tying in the two hour class session.
For those that have not attended the classes before, here is the time constraints that we work with. Classes start at 7:00 PM and run until 9:00 PM with setup of tables and chairs and the presenters tying station prior to 7 PM. Cleanup and the storage of tables and chairs finished by 9:00 PM. We commonly take a ten minute break, too. Presenters commonly tie and teach two flies and the students tie along.
Prior to the class the presenter notifies me, the host, with which flies they are going to tie, a list of the materials required for 20 flies (20 students) to be tied and directions and images of the steps required if possible to tie the flies. If these instructions are available in a timely manner, say one week before the class, I will email them to all the students in the class so that they may print these items out and bring them to class. A list of flies to be tied and thematerials is needed by early December so that they may be retrieved or purchased and packaged so that each student will have their own package of materials for the night of theclass.
So, to reiterate, I am looking for comments and ideas of flies that you as a presenter mightwant to tie or requests from the students in the class for flies that they want to learn to tie. I will take the remarks under consideration. I need these responses by November 15th, please.
We have six class sessions and six presenters. Also, if you are interested in presenting, I need to know that as well.
firstname.lastname@example.org is my email and the best way for me to track your responses.
INTRODUCTION TO FLY TYING REPORT
By: Mary Kovatch
There were eight students in the Beginning Fly Tying class this year 2017. They are: Lee Poquette, John Melzer, Janelle McCabe, Ken Moore, Alicia Moore, Jan Martinez, Levi Jordan and Travis Coleman. All of the students were eager to learn and they all became quite proficient in the art of fly tying. Thanks to all of you for participating.
A special thanks to Larry Ray for his knowledge, expertise and in particular for his excellent art work. When a procedure was demonstrated for tying a fly, Larry would draw each step on the white board so the students could actually see what the method looked like. He also took all of the club’s vices and adjusted those that were useable. Next year we hope to have new vices for the students – the ones we have are “ancient” and not in very good condition.
This year we instituted something new and that was to award a prize for different categories, for example the student who tied the best head or the one who could do the best at spinning deer hair and others. They all won a prize!
INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING REPORT
By: Mike Berube
We had a small class this year in terms of numbers of student tiers but that didn’t take away from the fun and comradery. The guest tyers did a great job in presenting new patterns, new materials and new techniques. From steelhead patterns to carp patterns, from coq de leon to CDC, and from 2/0 to size 16 hooks we covered a wide range of patterns that can be put to use on our local waters.
I didn’t put the class on by myself. It takes a lot of teamwork. I really have to thank our volunteer tyers for donating their time and. in a lot of cases, some personal tying materials: Josh Mills – steelhead patterns, Brad Thompson – trout streamer patterns, Dan Ferguson – quill body dry and streamer, Rick Newman – beetle bug and soft hackle and herl, Mike Berube – LGT nymph and CDC emerger, and Wayne Jordan – carp flies. Thanks to Rick Newman for being our IT expert for this class and for opening/closing the building. Thanks to everyone for cleaning up and setting up/tearing down the table and chairs. You were a great help. And, thanks to Kurt Tempel for keeping us on track in the adult beverage area of the class. Thank you all!
After 8 – 9 years of either assisting with or leading this class, I believe it’s time to turn it over to the next person. It’s been a lot of fun and I’d like to share that with someone else.
If you are interested in being the chair for this club event let me know.