Saturday Tying Demo – 10/24/15 – Judson Knowles

Judson is back!  We enjoyed his presentation last season, and had a blast when he hosted a Vise Squad session.  Join us this Saturday for more of his favorites, including soft hackles such as the Pheasant Tail pictured here.

Judson truly enjoys tying, and his enthusiasm is inspiring.  You will most certainly leave this session wanting to tie a few of his patterns for your box.

If you haven’t attended before, our Saturday Tying Demo program features talented tyers from around the state, demonstrating their skills on the big screen monitor as we sit and drink coffee, take notes, eat donuts, and heckle our favorite tyers!  It’s free, and a fun time.

We get started at 10AM, and finish around noon.  Then you can shop for tying materials at our 10% discount for attendees!

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Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, by Judson Knowles

Download a copy of Judson’s recipes for this Saturday here:  Knowles Recipes 2015




Saturday Tying Demo – Shawn and Hunter LeLoup

This Saturday, father and son duo Shawn and Hunter LeLoup demonstrate their favorite patterns for the Big T and Rocky Mountain National Park.  SEE the post.


If you haven’t been our Saturday tying program before, it’s a free, casual demonstration displayed on the big screen, while we drink coffee, nibble on snacks, and talk fishing and fly-tying!

Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo – 10/3/15 -Adam Omernick


This Saturday we welcome Adam Omernick as our guest tyer.  Adam is immersed in flyfishing, as a certified casting instructor, a flyfishing guide (both Western and Tenkara), and through his business Zen Tenkara  (

We can expect a variety of styles and patterns, and a good time!

Saturday Tying Demo – 10/10/15 Shawn and Hunter LeLoup

Team Flytying!

Join us for our fly tying demo at Elkhorn flyshop this Saturday at 10AM.  It’s free, including the coffee!

This Saturday father and son fly fishing and tying team, Shawn and Hunter Leloup, will be presenting their favorite patterns for fishing the Big Thompson Canyon and in RMNP.

Shawn, a native of upstate New York, has been fishing his whole life on both rivers and lakes.  Fly fishing in Colorado for 10 years, he has brought his 11 year old son Hunter into the wonderful hobby of fly fishing and tying.  Hunter started fly fishing and tying basic flies at the tender age of 7.  Now an accomplished fishing and tying aficionado, Hunter enjoys the late nights tying and long days on the river with his dad.

The duo will be tying some everyday flies with a twist and hopefully some new ones you haven’t used or seen before.

Elkhorn Saturday

Elkhorn Tying Demo Canceled on Account of Weather! (Just kidding – click on the 9/26 post in the right column)

 There will be no tying demo this Saturday.  As much as Marty enjoys tying demo, our Saturday program is taking a weekend off. The Big T dropped to a level you can wade, and the Park is full of hungry fish, and the weather is just too nice to stay indoors too long, so drop by and pick up a spool of tippet and go catch a fish!

Stay tuned!  We still have plans for Saturday programs in coming weeks, sometimes tying, and sometimes other programs of interest to flyfishermen.



They are calling your name! Photo courtesy Steve Schweitzer






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.)


Elkhorn Anniversary Sale

Saturday, April 4 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

Spring Customer Appreciation Event Featuring Zen Tenkara

Join us in Celebrating as we welcome Zen Fly Fishing to the Elkhorn community! We will be celebrating with lots of give-aways, a raffle and special pricing on special inventory (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!

  • 10-12 Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo – Dave Sanchez
  • 1 pm Introduction to Tenkara presentation 
  • 1:30 pm Tenkara casting demo
  • 2 pm Kebari tying demo
  • 2:30 pm Distance casting demo
  • 3:00 Free Casting Clinic with IFFF certified instructor, Jim Tilmant (space limited registration required, call the shop)

Feeney’s Weenies will be here if you are in the mood for a fantastic Chicago style hot dog!

Receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent, additional tickets can also be purchased for $1.                                                                                   

 Raffle items include but not limited to:

  • Zako Tenkara Rod (Zen)
  • Baichi Tenkara Rod (Zen)
  • Kyojin Tenkara Rod  (Zen)
  • Traveler 8′ 3 wt and green Z1 reel
  • Namaqua 9′ 5wt rod
  • Tenkara guided trip


All raffle proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of Project Healing Waters.

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Project Healing Waters

A very special thank you to all of our donors who honor our veterans through their donations.


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Peppers Eyewear                                                        Stone Creek                                                                                                                                                                Stone Creek

Silvers, Bears and Broken Fly Rods!

Believe it or not I broke this rod (Traveler 9′ 10wt) on a 20lb Silver in Kodiak, Alaska the fish was a fighter and it kept coming out of the water and I was getting him close to the bank when a 9 foot bear came into the water across the river from me and the fish was not all fought out but with a bear swimming my way across the hole from me and the fish I tried to drag it out of the water so that I could get it off of my line. The fish took another jump the bear was hauling ass my way and I was yanking when I heard snap…. The rod was in pieces and the fish was still on so I grabbed the fly line and yanked and broke off the line and backed away from the river. The bear was pissed and I had to pepper spray it to leave us alone. It was a crazy day on the river I really like the way this fly rod handles and am excited to get back to Kodiak this September to chase more Silvers, and less bears….

Thanks, for making such a great fly rod.

Brad Brian