Another year of Beginning Fly Tying has been completed. As mentioned in the last article, this will be my last year to teach the course. I have been blessed to secure commitments from Mary Kovatch and Larry Ray to continue this necessary program.
First I would like to mention the people who took the class – they were Mike McCammon, Miguel Ferrera, Judy Crowder and her daughter Lacy Crowder, Jerold Vincent, Tim Olsen, and Jim Marshall They all should now know if they want to continue tying or want to buy their flies.
They have put beads on hooks and the floor; broken and recovered from broken thread; done packed hair and spread it all over the room; and found that forgetting to put a material on the hook at the instructed position can usually be repaired.
Second I want to thank my helpers Mary Kovatch and Larry Ray. They not only helped the students with problems but showed that not all people tie using the same methods and that this is not wrong. Mary, as well as helping with questions, gave the “how to use” each fly. Larry is a good artist – as shown by his column about the library. His dry erase board
pictures were of a level far beyond my crude drawings.
I would be remiss if I did not thank all those people who have assisted with this class in the past. If I tried to list their names I would miss somebody so I will just give a blanket “THANKS”. Special thanks goes to Bob Mielbrecht who envisioned the need for the Beginning Fly Tying class and wrote most of the instructional materials as well as taught classes. He has been a sounding board for ideas as well as producing the color pictures of the flies and other printed materials that we give out to the students.
INTERMEDIATE TYING CLASS IS WHIP FINISHED
By: Mike Berube
We had a really great class this year. Thanks to all who signed up and came out to learn some new patterns and techniques. Our volunteer guest tyers are what make this class worth attending. They all put their personal skills and tips/techniques out there for all to learn from. Dan Ferguson, Rick Newman, Bob Newman, Heather Hodson, Britten Jay, and Brad Thompson made my job of coordinating the classes really easy. They all had patterns picked out and were eager to share. Thank you!
If you attended the Beginner’s Tying class this year, you’re ready for this class next year. I hope to see you there.