Tying Demo Season Ends

That’s all, folks!

We have come to the end of our Saturday Tying Demo season.  

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Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan

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Now it’s time to get them wet!

Around here,our fly-tying season never really ends, but with so much to do now that spring is established, our Saturday Demo program has ended for the 2015-2016 season.  Elkhorn Flyshop would like to thank our excellent slate of tyers, and Rick Takahashi for his efforts in putting the schedule together.  We discovered some new talent, including some who have been hiding in our own audience, and we expect to have another fantastic schedule next fall.

 And special thanks to you, our tying community, who make Elkhorn the place to be for fly tying!   Super special thanks to Eric Philp, who provided the donuts each Saturday.

Vise Squad! will continue all summer – join us every 2d and 4th Tuesday at the Big Beaver Brewery, 6PM!  If you don’t want to tie, join us anyway and consider it a demo with 15 tyers all at once!  (And bratwurst instead of donuts)

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Tying Demo – Pot Luck Round 2

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Saturday Tying Demo Grand Finale

– Marty’s Challenge!

 

Last Saturday we got a treat when Jerry D’Amato answered the call for volunteers to demonstrate, and he shared some great tips on scissors, tying techniques, and materials!

This Saturday we will continue with our Potluck theme, in which our Demo attendees are invited/encouraged/commanded, if necessary, to step forward and tie a pattern for the crowd.

Here is the challenge:

  1.   If at least two volunteers step forward to demonstrate a favorite pattern, and
  2.   If I get two people to tie an Olive Wooly Bugger, following my verbal instructions,

then Marty will tie a Clouser Minnow, blindfolded!

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Peak Vise We will have a Peak vise  and a Regal tying lamp set up, and the basic tools (scissors, whip finisher, hackle pliers etc).  All you need to bring is the thread, hooks and materials for your fly.

For the challenge, Marty will provide the materials for the wooly bugger, and verbal instructions.

And I’ll bring the blindfold!

Let’s have some fun for this last Saturday Tying Demo of the season!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Demo – Pot Luck!

Saturday Tying Demo – Pot Luck / Open Vise

10AM Saturday, May 14

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 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 tell us how you do it!

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, but need more, so please bring stuff and let me know when you arrive that you are prepared to tie.

Remember – if we get enough volunteers, we won’t have to conscript!

 

 

Saturday Demo – Rob Stout

Saturday May 7  10AM

Rob Stout

 

Rob Stout will be our tyer this Saturday.  Yet another young pup that can tie in the dark without glasses!

Rob is getting an early start in the fly tying world, and has been a guest tyer at Trout Unlimited fly tying expos along the front range, and we are pleased to get him on our Saturday lineup.

Although the image here is of a beast of a carp, Rob’s pattern list includes streamers and other trout flies.  Click here for a preview of his tying recipes  RobStoutFlyTyingDemoRecipeList

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Saturday Demo – 4/30/16

Saturday 10AM     Dick Shinton

 

Dick Shinton

This Saturday we welcome one of our favorites, Dick Shinton.  Dick is a “Son of Rocky Mountain National Park”, guiding and fishing it extensively.  He has learned the rhythms of the Park, and developed patterns that work. We always walk away from his tying demonstrations with a pattern or two we want to add to our own boxes.

Join us for coffee and a morning of experienced fly tying!

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 – Michael Ringus

Saturday, April 23, 2016 

10AM at Elkhorn Flyshop

 

Michael Ringus enjoys tying many of the classic patterns, from simple wet flies to salmon flies.  Saturday he will tie a few patterns to demonstrate some of the tying techniques, and discuss the substitutions available to tie these patterns without all those impossible-to-find feathers.

These flies straddle the line between lure and art, and the attention to proportion and detail in tying them will surely improve our tying on modern patterns.

 

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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 Tying Demo – John Majerus

Saturday, April 16

10AM to noon at Elkhorn

 

 

Our guest tyer this week is John Majerus.  Join us to see what a successful local guide ties!

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 – Domingo Rodriguez

April 9, Saturday 10AM to noon

Czech Nymphs!

This Saturday we welcome Domingo Rodriguez, who will be tying “Czech Nymphs”.  You may know Domingo from his tireless efforts in behalf of the Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited chapter in Fort Collins.  He has immersed himself in this style of fishing for the last several years, and has experience as a volunteer at Team USA flyfishing events.  You won’t want to miss this introduction to a unique style of tying and fly-fishing. 

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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 Tying Demo – Yancey Cox

 

This week Yancey Cox is our guest tyer.  His lineup this year includes a Ginger Hen Streamer, Royal Wulff Emerger, Sunken Beetle, and a Muddler Daddy. 

Join us for an interesting demo!

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!

 

Fly Line Selection

Fly Line Selection

You have your new fly rod, a five weight for example, and need a line. Go to the fly shop and say, “I need a weight forward floating line with a typical trout taper for my five weight rod.” Take what they hand you, and you will be able to fly fish successfully for years to come. You just bought the most common fly line sold, and it’s a better fly line than your grandfather could have bought at any price. But there are many options, some of which will enhance your fishing experience.

I just received a catalog listing 18 Scientific Angler and 24 Rio fly line types, not counting line sizes, plus there are other manufacturers with similar numbers of lines. Let’s narrow this down by using the decision tree in the image, knowing that we are fishing in the Rocky Mountains, and if elsewhere we won’t stumble over one of the decision blocks.Line Decision640

Your five weight rod can range from a very fast action graphite to a very slow bamboo, with medium or progressive action being a common choice. Rods are tending to be faster, and line manufacturers know this. You can now buy a five weight line that is a 5 ½ or even a 6. It’s called “over-lining”, and it will make the rod load more quickly. On the other hand, you may cast better with your really slow rod “under-lined” with a 4 or 4 ½. Try over or under lining your rod to see how it feels.

Freshwater is an easy decision for us, but if you are going to fish salt water in a warm climate, you will need a stiff line, not to mention a rod bigger than your five weight.

The type of line is almost as easy of decision. A floating line is a must. How else will we fish dry flies? Your second line will be a sinking line, most likely an intermediate (sinks, but not much). This will facilitate stripping streamers in lakes and bigger rivers. Should you begin to specialize, there are floating lines with sinking tips and full sinking lines with different sink rates.

Now we get to style, and this is where manufacturers encourage specialization – lines for bass, trout, salmon, etc. But, there are two basic styles: WF (weight forward) and DT (double taper). The mass of a WF is in the head or front end. This makes for good “shooting” or long casts, but diminishes line control. Mending and roll casts are harder for the inexperienced. Still, faster rods perform better with WF lines, and most casts distances are within acceptable line control range. The mass of a double taper line is spread over the body of the line. This makes for good mending and roll casts along with delicate fly deliveries, but it shortens distance.

Rule of thumb:

  • WF for faster rods (maybe over-lined), or when mostly nymph fishing.

  • DT for slower rods (maybe under-lined), or when mostly dry fly fishing.

  • A common “trout” taper in either case.

Remember, as you casting skills improve, your fly line of choice for a particular rod may change. What feels best in your hands matters. Finally, the best line choice will improve a mediocre rod, and the worse line choice will ruin a great rod.

Jim Cooper