Saturday Tying Demo 4/29/17 Rob Stout

 

Rob Stout is our guest fly tyer this Saturday.  He suffers from a number of ailments – carpoholic, streamer junkie, and a serious fly tying addiction. 

This Saturday we may see anything from his carp crawfish to big articulated trout streamer.  He’s a contributor to the Pyramid Fly Company, and we won’t want to miss a chance to interrogate him on flyfishing Pyramid Lake for ten pound cutthroat!  I suspect we can get him to demonstrate some Balanced Leeches.

You can find Rob’s tying videos online on his “Fishing Northern Colorado” You Tube channel.  He’s a field editor/blogger for Fish Explorer.  His patterns have been featured in tying magazines.  With Rob’s passion for fishing, you’ll be seeing a lot of him over the coming years!

 

 Rob is our last scheduled tyer for the season, but we are working on extending our popular tying demos for another several weeks, so keep checking the Emails!


 Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

 

Saturday Tying Demo – Bennie Mosher – 4/15/17

 

This Saturday Bennie Mosher will by dyeing Easter Eggs.  Wait – TYING eggs.  Actually, he’ll be tying his favorite fly patterns. Yeah, that sounds better.

 He’ll claim to be a relative newcomer to fly tying, but he’s in the accelerated program, rapidly accumulating expertise as he explores materials and techniques.  (He stepped up to the plate as a volunteer at our Potluck tying demo, so I tell him he’s now a veteran celebrity tyer!)

 

 

 

Click here for a downloadable recipe list.

Bennie will be tying a range of fly patterns, including some famous and popular, and a few of his design. 

 You can download and print a recipe sheet here.

 

 


Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

Bennie Mosher is our guest this Saturday,

Saturday Demo – Dick Shinton – 4/8/17

Shinton in his office

Dick Shinton in his office

 Don’t be nervous this week – there will be no more drafting of volunteers from the audience until further notice!

Many thanks to Jim, Benny, Norm, and the duo of Jerry and Kent, for stepping forward to demonstrate their patterns last week.  It made for a fun Saturday demo, I’m told the video has made the first cut at America’s Funniest Videos.

No offense to our volunteers, but we went back to a professional for this Saturday’s event.  Dick Shinton will be our guest, and we will want the benefit of the full two hours from this outstanding tyer and designer of flies.  

Dick guides extensively in Rocky Mountain National Park, and knows the hatches and rythms of that fishery like nobody else.  He has gladly shared these patterns with us at past demos, here at Elkhorn and at big shows like tying expos by the St. Vrain TU, Rocky Mountain Flycasters TU, and West Denver TU.  If you know half of what Dick does behind the scenes for flyfishing (St. Vrain TU; kids programs; fundraising) you share my admiration for this generous talent.

Dick Shinton Tying Lamp

Dick Shinton’s Tying Lamp

This season Dick is going a little different direction – back to the future!  He’s tying some old, venerable patterns, including bucktail streamers and soft hackles.

 Although they are traditional patterns, they should be a part of your future because they work, and are a load of fun to tie and fish!   Time to learn the wet-fly swing.

Click Here to download his recipe sheet for Saturday

 

 


Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

Saturday Tying Demo – 4/1/17 – Pot Luck Demo

 

This Saturday is a Pot Luck Demo – you have been invited to bring your favorite pattern and sit behind the vise for a few minutes and show us how you do it!

(The date is probably a coincidence.)

 

Once again we are having an “open vise” session at our Saturday Demo.  

Let’s have some fun!  Bring a sample pattern, a hook or two, and a bag of the materials you need.  We will have a Peak vise, lamp, and an array of tools so you don’t need to bring much.

I have a few volunteers lined up, but need more, so please bring stuff and let me know when you arrive that you are prepared to tie.  Last year we had some good patterns, and certainly a good time.

Here’s the deal.  If we get enough volunteers to cover the first hour, we’ll move on to the “Tag Team” event.  

First, I’ll conscript two tyers to tie a wooly bugger as a team, using only one hand from each tyer.  

 

 

 

 

If that is successfully completed, I pledge to demonstrate my “Blindfolded Clouser”. I’ve already packed the necessary materials.  

 

 


Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

 

Saturday Demo – 3/25/17 – Phil Iwane

 

Phil Iwane

 

Phil is an outstanding tyer of the smaller sizes so important to us on the tailwaters of the front range.  Join us Saturday when he demonstrates his “No Mercy”  midge, and shows us how to get that extended body that turns your Blue Winged Olive dry into a fish magnet.

This year he has a bonus for us – he will demonstrate a useful dropper rig for nymphs in both rivers and stillwaters.  

 

Click here for a preview of Phil’s Nymping Rig illustrated.

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Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

Saturday Demo – 4/18/17 Steve Solano

 

Poor Steve.  His job requires him to drive a lot of miles in the Rocky Mountain Region, often in remote parts of Wyoming that are close to rivers and lakes.

His son Joey is a guide and shop rat at North Park Anglers, so Steve has a network of informants to supplement his knowledge of fishing around here. 

His theme on Saturday will be stillwater patterns.  Click here for a preview of his recipes.

 

 

When Leeches Attack


Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

Saturday Demo – Domingo Rodriguez – 03/11/17

Domingo Rodriguez

 

 


 This Saturday our guest tyer is Domingo Rodriguez,  who will be tying European style “Czech’ nymphs.

Domingo shares.  His tireless and cheerful efforts behind the scenes in behalf of Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited, and another favorite of ours, Project Healing Waters, are truly amazing.  Saturday, he will be sharing again, with his tying demo.

Czech nymphing is a relatively new style here in the U.S., but it’s widely used in international competitions.  Because it’s deadly effective! Here’s our chance to interrogate Domingo on this style of tying and fishing.

Here’s a recipe list of his patternd for Saturday

 

 

 

For as friendly and helpful as Domingo can be, he’s gathered a reputation for showing off ( which is what fly fishermen accuse when a buddy seems to be catching all the fish ).  

As testimonial to the effectiveness of Domingo’s flies and fishing, here’s a list of people who have complained to me about Domingo’s habit of racking up the numbers even when things are challenging for the rest of the group:

phone book

Larimer County Phone Book

 

 

Saturday Demo 3/4/17 – Jake Ruthven

 

JAKE RUTHVEN

This Saturday we welcome back Jake Ruthven, our annual reminder of how fast time flies!  Seems not that long ago he was just a talented kid promoting a high school flyfishing club! Now, he’s a talented young adult, with a pile of credentials, from magazines to flyshows and patterns in books like Modern Terrestrials.

This Saturday is a perfect time to see how Jake has expanded his tying talents. 

 Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and through April and beyond.  It’s free, and all are welcome.  Drop by for coffee and fly tying and fishing talk!

 

Saturday Tying Demo 2/25/17 Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan

 

There won’t be a recipe sheet for Mark’s tying demo.  He never knows what he’s going to tie until the director yells “Action!”

Instead, we are going to play Mark McMillan Bingo.  Download a playing card here.

 


 Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September, running through April.  Drop by for a coffee and  tying and fishing talk!

 

 The term “innovative” is insufficient to describe Mark’s tying.  He’s talented and accomplished with modern patterns, but just can’t limit himself to coloring between the lines.  He finds materials anywhere – JoAnne’s, WalMart, roadsides, and probably even an auto parts store.   

Join us on Saturday for the William Wallace of fly tying!

 

Saturday Tying Demo 2/18/17 – Rick Takahashi

RICK TAKAHASHI 

Trout and Panfish flies

Rick loves to tie flies, and will demonstrate his tying techniques to anyone willing to listen.  He is an author, presenter, and illustrator who has had several articles published by Fly Fisherman Magazine,  after which he authored “Modern Midges”, followed by “Modern Terrestrials”.   He is currently working on a new book featuring his personal fly designs as well as others he likes to tie.  Rick is a regular demonstration tyer  at the Denver Fly Fishing Show, Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave demonstration tyer, past guest artist for FFF Conclave, West Denver TU Tying Clinic, Fly Fishing Rendezvous demonstration tyer and presentor, and has participated in many of the regions TU Tying clinics.  He is pro staff member of Whiting Farms, Clear Cure Goo, Daiichi Hooks and Finest Fly Tying Benches; and a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Have a sneak peek at Rick’s recipes here!

And a TakaHopper video here!

Elkhorn hosts a guest tyer each Saturday at 10AM all winter, starting in September and  tying and fishing talk!