Saturday Tying Demo – James Ushiyama

 

Only a few scheduled Saturday demos left!  Stop by this Saturday for James Ushiyama, who will be tying his favorite patterns. 

James has been a guest tyer at local TU tying expos, and we are looking forward to having him here at Elkhorn.


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!

 

Upcoming Events

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Advanced Fly Tying Class – with Jason Haddix

DEER HAIR BASS BUG BASICS

-STACKING, SPINNING AND WORKING WITH HAIR

Participant cost: $175.00                                              Max participants: 4-6

Dates: SESSION 1 -MAR 26     4:30 to 7:30

            SESSION 2 –  April 2   4:30 to 7:30

 

To reserve a spot, call Elkhorn Flyshop at 970-227-4707


 

This multi part course will be aimed at taking the student through the basics of working with different types of hair in order to tie a variety of useful patterns for everything from trout streamers to bass bugs.

Each participant will be taught the following skills

Session 1

 

Selecting hair by type/species

Hair selection- appropriate application for each hair type

Hooks-how and when each hook type should be used

Tools-bobbins, hair stackers, scissors, hair packers, razor blades and more will be covered. The pros and cons for each style/brand as well as safely using them to get max results.

Threads-selecting the best thread for each type of hair and why

Weed guards-materials choices and how to appropriately attach multiple styles.

Foul guards-cover multiple styles and placement for use in tails

 

Tying steps-basic spinning, stacking and packing skills to culminte in the production of one to two basic hair bass bugs.

 

Session 2

Building on session 1 skills and adding the following

 

Building a dense deer bass bug-step by step in two colors

Stripes-how to both spin a stripe of hair to build a banded bug and how to stack hair to create a banded bass bug

Spots-how to insert spots of color in any place from sides to belly to spots within spots

blending/mottling-this covers how to fold together colors of hair to create shaded areas/spots

Shaping-the use of a double edge razor blade to cut various shapes of heads and bodies.

Burning-cautery tool will be used in order to make sockets for items such as eyes and so on

Legs-we will cover how to thread legs through a body once it’s finished and how to apply them during the stacking/spinning process.

 

 

Participants will need to provide the following items for this course

Vise, basic tying tools, hair scissors, 200 denier gel spun tying thread, basic 140 denier white tying thread, deer hair packer-cohen fugly packer jr or dyna king packer

 

Instructor will provide the following items for the course

Deer body hair, deer belly hair, samples of alternate hair types, handout, cautery tool to share

Weed guard material, glue, razor blades, hair stackers

 

 

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!

 

Tube Fly Essentials

There are only a few seats left for this class date!

Fly Tying Classes:  call Elkhorn at 970-227-4707 to reserve a seat!

 

“Tube Fly Essentials” with Jason Haddix

 

 
Date:                   Sunday, Feb 26,2017  (Sunday evening)
Class duration:   3-4 hours
Class size:           4      (an additional class date will be scheduled if interest exceeds 4 tyers)
Instructor:          Jason Haddix
Cost:                    $65
 
Fly tiers wanting to further their knowledge and skills will appreciate what advantages tube flies have to offer.  Skills learned from class can be applied to trout, steelhead, warm water and even saltwater patterns. Tube flies are tied on small diameter tubing which allows you to keep the fly and the hook separate. This allows the tier or angler more versatility and customizing by swapping hooks when one dulls or bends. Same thing if the fly gets damaged. Also, having the hook separate from the fly allows the angler better control of how the hook rides through the water. 
 
In this class you will learn the basic tube fly construction and tying techniques used to build a variety of effective patterns that will fish well on our local waters and beyond… 
 
Class will cover:  
– discussion of different types of tube fly systems from several manufacturers
– hooks to use and reasons behind them 
– tube fly tools, adapters and vises
– tying techniques and basic skills for tying 4-6 patterns useful for local waters 
– brief discussion of rigging and fishing styles of tubes  
 
Student will need to provide: Vise, tying tools, Tying lamp if desired, lighter or cautery tool, thread 
 
Class will provide: Heritage angling products tube fly needle/pin,  Tubing, select components, general materials

Saturday Tying Demo 1/7/17

 

 

This week’s guest tyer – Jim Rose

Jim Rose with Brookie

Big, Big Brookie

 

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Jim is a northern Colorado/southern Wyoming veteran with a world of experience fishing these waters.  You may remember his previous demo featuring “Bob’s Average Nymph”, one of my top five favorite fly names.  This season he will be tying distinguished flies from his history figuring out the North Platte:

“These flies include several of my old favorites from decades of fishing the upper North Platte in Wyoming and a couple of excellent, lesser known patterns for Front Range streams.  The old favorites are my variations on some classic patterns that don’t get used much today.  I threw the rainbow smelt in for fun.  It’s a great fly for really big brook trout in the Nipigon River, where the world record brook trout was caught.”


 Elkhorn Flyshop presents a fly tying demonstration  each Saturday at 10AM, from September through at least April, featuring some of the most talented and notable tyers in Northern Colorado.  It’s free!  Join us for fresh coffee, a donut or cookie, and some amazing demonstration tying.
 
 

 

Saturday Tying Demo – 12/17/16

This Saturday – Eric Pettine

Eric Pettine

Eric Pettine

   Join us this Saturday!  Eric will by tying dry flies, from classics dating back a hundred years to modern patterns. 

Eric is a down to earth type of fly fishermen who makes it a point to spread the gospel of fly fishing through his story telling and demonstrations in a light hearted and humorous manner.  Don’t be fooled – this Fort Collins resident is one of the most recognized names in the fly fishing industry not only for his fly pattern designs but for the many books he has written on destination fly fishing, fly tying and fly fishing tactics.  He is a Signature Fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, has been a demonstration tyer and presenter at the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver TU Fly Tying Clinic and has presented programs on fly fishing and fly tying throughout the United States.  His patterns have appeared in Rick Takahashi’s books “Modern Midges” and “Modern Terrestrials”

Elkhorn Flyshop presents a fly tying demonstration  each Saturday at 10AM, from September through at least April, featuring some of the most talented and notable tyers in Northern Colorado.  It’s free!  Join us for fresh coffee, a donut or cookie, and some amazing demonstration tying.

 

Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited Guest Night

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Guest Night – Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 PM

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Some of us are headed to the Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited Guest Night, and we are going to arrange a caravan/carpool opportunity if you would like to join us!  Just come by the shop by 6PM. Bring a friend!  There may be opportunities to carpool, but we can at least make sure .

It’s open to the public. The speaker is Robert Younghanz – The Bug Guy.  (Fly fishermen should never pass up a chance to listen to an entomologist!)  It starts with a social half hour beginning at 6:30 PM, featuring a beverage and probably a snack, a live demonstration fly tyer, and an opportunity to join Trout Unlimited for a measly $20!

Follow the link to the website for more information and to learn about this organization!