Tying Demo – Marty 12/26/15

Bonus Saturday – Marty Staab

“Norm’s Secret Bugger”

There was no tyer on the calendar for this Saturday, but Brian figured if I got anything for Christmas is would probably be fly tying materials, so why not turn me loose on Saturday. Not sure what to tie with coal, but I’m thinking on it.

There is a definite satisfaction when you catch a fish on a fly you tied, and the pleasure is magnified when it’s a pattern you designed, or tweaked to make it uniquely yours.

It’s been my pleasure over the seasons at Elkhorn to have experienced another rewarding aspect – showing someone a pattern, or better yet how to tie it, or when/where/how to fish it, and it turns into a hot fly for them. It’s fun to share a good fly and be a genius, even if only for a moment!

On the other hand, there are some Evil Geniuses who come up with a hot, hot fly and keep it under lock and key, not sharing the flies or the tying pattern. You know who you are, Norm.

Most of the patterns I will demonstrate have such a story behind them. Click here to download the recipe sheet.

Norm's Secret Bugger

Norm’s Secret Bugger

Saturdays featured fly will be “Norm’s Secret Bugger”, based on a sample acquired through industrial espionage and reverse-engineered in a forensics laboratory. It will be a “Vise Squad! Sixpack” soon!



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!