Saturday Tying Demo – Marty One More Time

Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo and Bighorn Fishing Report

Let the Tying Demos Continue!   It’s still raining, so I’m still tying flies!.

Somewhere under there is my parade.  Photo by Haley Luna.

Somewhere under there is my parade. Photo by Haley Luna.

Sooner or later the weather will break, and the waters will recede, and then it will be “Fishermen, start your engines”!  Until then, Brian says to continue the Saturday tying program and have some fun.  I’ve been on the Bighorn River in Montana lately and didn’t get any fresh talent booked, so this week you will get another ration of Marty.  I’ve got some ideas for future Saturdays, so in the coming weeks we should have some variety.

This week’s theme will be “Dry Flies” (and I hope you appreciate the irony of that theme).  

I hear from a lot of tyers who just never got started tying dries, but would like to get into it a bit more.  So this session I will tie all dry flies,  including classic hackled catskill, a parachute, a “hackle stacker”,  Thorax duns, and a palmered Elk Hair Caddis.  I’ll also demonstrate some deer hair comparadun tying, and a couple of techniques for tying with CDC. 

Check back first thing in the morning and I will have a link for a PDF recipe list.


Afterbay, Bighorn River MT at about 14,000 cfs. Photo by Hale Harris, Bighorn Trout Shop


Did I say I just got back from the Bighorn?  14,000 cfs must have scared everyone away, because for three days it was pretty much my private river.

Highlights:   I had been waiting for 6 weeks to complain about hot weather, and I got my wish.  It rained once, I think, but the drops only hit two of the three people in my boat.  The water was clear, and the fishing was outstanding.  

(Our boat was manned by one Texan, one New Englander.  I was to serve as interpreter, but we soon learned that flyfishermen mostly speak the same language anyway.)


Saturday Tying Demo June 6, 2015 – Marty Again


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Salmonfly Season!

If it’s going to rain, we’ll just keep extending our Saturday Tying demo season!

This Saturday Marty will demonstrate a variety of stonefly patterns.  The Salmonfly season is right around the corner, with bugs active on the Colorado, and the North Platte, and soon to be the ticket on the famous rivers north of here.  And the techniques for tying are mix-and-match transferrable to brown stones, golden stones, skwalas, and other patterns.

Join us for another Saturday tying demo at Elkhorn!

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Saturday “Fly Tarring” Demo – Elkhorn May 30, 2015



Mark McMillan demonstrates his improved “iron on feathers” technique.

We all know that flies seem to work a little better when they have been chewed on a bit.  Saturday’s demo by Acme Paving will show how to pre-stress a season’s worth of flies in one short turn of the drum!  (It is highly recommended that you remove flies from your flybox before attempting this technique.)


Fly Tarring Demo this Saturday               (No Tying Demo)

You guys wore out our parking lot with our fantastic turnouts for Tying Demonstrations this season, so we will be resurfacing the parking areas west and east of the shop.  The only time we can do this falls on Saturday, and because parking will be limited we have reluctantly canceled the tying demo.

 It’s a real shame – Marty was going to tie 6 secret patterns that are easy to tie, using common materials, which always work, all year long, especially on bigger fish, and are best presented with short, sloppy casts and allowed to drag.  

The shop will still be open, and the parking in front unobstructed.  Stop by for 10% off fly tying materials anyway!


Saturday Tying Demo – Marty Staab

  Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo Held Over Another Week

Fishing can be good in the rain.  But you do tend to get wet.

 If you’d rather stay dry and indoors this Saturday, drop by the shop for Marty Staab’s  Encore Presentation of our Saturday tying demo program.

“I will be tying a few patterns that have been good to me this spring on the Bighorn River in Montana, and some of the stillwater patterns I’ll plan on using to further my commitment to get better at  fishing the big lakes this season.”

The recipe list is not yet complete, but will include Bighorn patterns such as the Pinky, Root Beer Midge, JuJu PMD, and dries such as the Crippled Thor, Last Chance Cripple, and Film Critic.  The list will also include stillwater patterns such as Rickard’s Stillwater Nymph, Mother’s Midge, a Ray Delaney Scud, a Cowabunga Callibaetis spinner,  a Quigley Cripple, and a couple of dependable night fishing flies.

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Saturday Demo – Czech Nymphing with Domingo Rodriguez


 Join us Saturday for a bonus program, “Czech Nymphing” with Domingo Rodriguez.

Czech Nymphing is a specialized method of presenting flies that utilizes short lines, weighted flies, sophisticated sighters and strike indicators, and stealthy approaches.   Domingo adopted this technique a few years ago and now has offered to share what he has learned.   Drop by for a presentation of techniques, the gear, and a tying demo.

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Saturday Tying Demo – 5/9/15 Casey Prather

What to do on a rainy day in May?    How about a Saturday Doubleheader!  

 Hang out at a flyshop and watch Casey Prather tie flies, then stick around for a presentation by Tom Sabol on an interesting “Front Range Trout” App he designed as a resource for the flyfisherman.  

Casey will begin tying at 10AM to noon, and we can expect a crazy variety of baitfish patterns, including at least one he’s going to tie with an airbrush!  Many of us know Casey from JAX, and we always enjoy his enthusiasm for the fly and flyfishing.

Shortly following Casey’s demonstration, Tom Sabol will give a 30 minute presentation to  introduce us to an App he designed covering the South Platte River drainage, which includes the St. Vrain, Big T, Boulder Creek, and Poudre rivers, plus tributaries.  

” Front Range Trout” gives anglers a step by step path to intelligently fish the Front Range waters of the South Platte Drainage. This application has hundreds of access points for waters on the Big Thompson River, Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, Cache La Poudre River, and the South Platte River proper, and its many tributaries. More water than you could fish in a lifetime, as well as hatch charts and pattern recommendations for the rivers and streams.

 (And if that’s not enough, I think he’s working on training it to tie #26 midges!)



Links to the app can be found at: 



and Thomas’ website,  can be found at:

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Tying Demo 4/25/15 Chuck Esch



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Chuck’s Flybox


If you have ever been to Vise squad, and peeked at Chuck’s flybox, you would have seen rows and rows of immaculate flies, each pattern represented by a dozen identical specimens, from small baetis through damsels and hoppers and on to big bushy streamers that belong on a leash and should have individual names.  

Well, here’s your chance to see how it’s done! Chuck will be our guest tyer this Saturday, and will demonstrate a variety of his favorites.  His work features not only diligently tied standards, but also unique patterns of his design using modern materials.




Tying Demo Saturday 4/18/15 – Debra Perez

This Saturday we welcome Debra Perez as our guest tyer.  

Debra is originally from New Mexico, started flyfishing 16 years ago with her husband Andy.   When Andy became a guide on the San Juan River, she started tying flies to help keep his boxes full of the most effective patterns.  

Among the patterns she will demonstrate are the Cream Envy midge,  a micro tube fly, and a foam wing emerger.  Expect some small patterns!  The San Juan rainbows are notorious for preferring tiny flies.

The San Juan River is a premier fishery, and midge patterns and tactics are honed to perfection on that water.   Don’t miss this Saturday’s demo – we will surely learn a lot!

Join us for coffee, a donut, and some tying!

Saturday Tying Demo 4/11/15 Connor Murphy

 Saturday Tying Demo 4/11/15   Connor Murphy

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It has fins = fair game!


They grow up so fast!  

Connor instigated a flyfishing club as a high school student a few years ago, and in short order began appearing as a demonstration tyer,  here at Elkhorn, and at other area flyshops, then the Flyfishing Shows and the big tying expos, in Fly Fusion Magazine, and suddenly he’s a college kid approaching a degree.

Lest you think real life will slow him down when he graduates and gets a job, he is studying fish biology at Colorado State. 

This Saturday he will by tying a variety for us, from small trout flies to big articulated stuff, and we are excited to see what he has developed since his last visit. 

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“Best of the West” award, 2014

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All those scissors, and no haircut!



Saturday Tying Demo 4/18/15 – Debra Perez

This Saturday we welcome Debra Perez as our guest tyer.  She is originally from New Mexico, and picked up flyfishing 16 years ago from her husband Andy.  When he began guiding on the San Juan River and needed flies for his clients, Debra began tying flies for him and has been tying ever since.  

Join us for coffee, a donut, and some tying!