Flycasting Class for Intermediate Flycasters

Flycasting Class for Intermediate Flycasters

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant, FFF Certified Casting Instructor

This 2 hour class is designed to extend the skills of flyfishers who have a handle on the basics, but want to take their flycasting to a new level.

Focus will be on increasing loop control, increasing distance, overcoming wind problems, and improving ability to get good drifts with your fly.  Students will learn how to improve their overhead casts, shoot line effectively, and will be introduced to hauling for more line speed and distance.  Specialty casts and aerial mends, to avoid fly drag and help adjust to various casting and stream conditions, will be discussed and practiced.    (This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water) 

Skill Level:     Ability to make simple straight line casts of up to 40 ft, ability to repeatedly false cast 30 or more feet of line while maintaining control.

Class SizeCostClass Dates
Limited to 6 Students$40.00 / personSaturday, October 7, 2017 10AM

Casting Class with Jim Tilmant - Intermediate

  • A flycasting class with Jim Tilmant,

Fly Tying Saturday – 9/30/17 Bennie Mosher

 

 That grin tells me Bennie has something new to show us!

Bennie is a clearinghouse for just about everything fly tying on the internet, and is enthusiastic about trying and mastering new patterns and techniques.  Drop by and see what’s got his attention lately!  Rumor has it he’s tying big dries and some streamers.

 Check out the impressive list of tyers for the remainder of the season. 


 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!

 

Tying Demo Coffee Line

Saturday Demo 9/23/17 Tony McColl

 

Find your coffee mug and get it scoured clean – our Saturday Tying Demo is back!

 

 

 Kicking off our 2017-2018 Saturday Tying Demonstration program is Tony McColl.

Tony puts his flies to work up and down the front range.  They are designed to catch fish, and so his ties are a practical mix of creativity and solid proportions and design. 

  Check out the impressive list of tyers for the remainder of the season. 


 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 Fishing Classes

Flycasting Class – Beginners – Saturday 9/16/17 10AM

Flycasting Class for Beginners 

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant, FFF Certified Casting Instructor

Want to learn to fly cast? Come join us for this 2-hour session on the basics.

Here is a perfect class for novice flyfishermen who want to learn the fundamentals! 

Elements of instruction will include: Understanding rods, reels, and lines, Handling the line, Steps to completing a good basic cast, Shooting line, Shaping the loop, Presentation of the fly, False casting and changing direction, and the roll cast.          

(Note: This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water)

Class Size: Limited to 6 Students.

Equipment provided if needed

Click the class date to access the online form and reserve a spot. Walk-ups will be welcome the day of the class, space permitting, but these classes fill fast so you are encouraged to secure your place.

 

Class SizeCostClass Dates
Limited to 6 Students$40.00 / personSaturday, September 16, 2017   10AM
 

Featured Flies – Bass Poppers

 

 

Like most of us my default setting is “trout on the brain”, and I can simply forget other flyfishing options in the summertime.  Bass on surface poppers is one I never forget – it’s a blast sitting in a float tube on a local pond and waiting for a bucketmouth to inhale a big fly!

We’ve got hard foam bass poppers in the shop in several sizes.  The 5wt Traveler or Nomad will easily handle the medium and small size poppers, and even do a credible job with the larger poppers.  You can reach a bit farther with a 6 or 7wt, and the stronger butt section in the Amp series helps set the hook and lift the bass from weedy bottoms.  

Be sure to use a short (4ft) and stout (0X) leader, and  use the non-slip open loop knot to give the popper freedom to move about.

In addition to larger impoundments like Lonetree and Boyd, the front range is well-populated with reclaimed gravel pits that produce sizeable and numerous bass.  Try River’s Edge in Loveland, or Pella Crossing in Hygiene.  St. Vrain Ponds in Longmont are another good option.

I especially like taking them out at sunup or sundown, when the air is cooler and the bass are looking up.  Throw it near rocks or weeds and let it sit until the ripple settles, then chug it once or twice, hard, so it throws some water and goes “plunk”,  and then let it sit.  Sometimes you get a big slashing take, but often they just suck in under, so pay attention!

 

 

Bass Popper Comet

Bass Popper – Comet

Pencil Popper - Frog

Pencil Popper – Frog

Bass Popper - Blue

Bass Popper – Blue

Bass Popper - Black

Bass Popper – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Tying Demo – Rod Dufour

 

 Just when you thought it was over!  We are extending our tying demo season a few weeks.

Come on by this Saturday for Rod Dufour.  Rod is from Longmont, and will be tying his favorites for this area. 

 

On the following Saturday Marty will be finishing up the season with our final demo of the year.  If you follow Vise Squad!, tying demos and the online videos, you’ve seen him tie over a hundred different patterns, so for this session he’s asking for requests – send an Email to Marty@Elkhornflyrodandreel.com and let him know what you’d like to see him tie! 


 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 4/29/17 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!