BEGINNING FLY TYING 2016
By: Betty Smith-Lambert
Everything has to start somewhere. Now wasn’t that profound?
How about tying your own flies? Are you a complete beginner? Have you wondered if you could tie flies? This class will tell you whether you want to take up the hobby “obsession” or do you want to continue to beg flies from friends, buy them at the shops, and /or catalogs and on-line.
The “Spokane Fly Fishers” offers a class in beginning fly tying. All the materials, tools, and instruction are provided for $30. No you don’t get to keep the tools. The class is only open to members of the club. The class will begin on Saturday, January 9th and progress through 6 lessons held each Saturday making the 13th of February the last class. The site is 1812 West 10th Avenue. The class starts at 9am and runs until 12 noon. If there is enough interest (more than 10 people) we usually have a second class that starts at 1pm and ends at 4pm. We only have room to sit 10 people per class so it is best to think about which one you want.
Why tie flies? This varies with each of us. Do you need a fly just a little smaller / bigger than the ones available? How about “match the hatch” on a particular fishing spot? How about a new fly you see someone fishing with or design your own flies. If you can tie flies – problem solved – just take your tying materials with you or rush back home and sit down and tie up some flies. After the class you should be able to follow a book or video on how to tie other flies.
We start off slow with a lecture on fly tying / materials / tools and the Mohair Leach, one material and a hook. From here on there are usually two flies per session. Included are the Nyerges Nymph, Woolly Bugger, Carey Special, Bead Head Chironomid, Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tail Nymph, a Flying Ant pattern, and the Gold Ribbed Hair’s. For the last class, the graduation fly, is the Muddler Minnow.
Each class is structured to give an understanding of materials, different techniques and materials handling. Not everything about fly tying is covered, that takes a life time of learning and practice.
What if you find out you “just are not made of the stuff” to tie your own flies? Wouldn’t it be best to find out for $30 rather than taking a class at a shop (remember when they existed?) for several hundred dollars? Another way to learn is to buy your own tools and materials and try to learn by watching videos and reading books.
Questions: call me at 838-5914. There will be sign-up sheets at the November and December meetings.
Note: I think this will be the last class I will teach. It is time for new blood in this job.