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.