Saturday Tying Demonstration by Mark Mills


 –Dateline Loveland, Colorado, January 31 2015    

Reliable sources tell the Elkhorn Bugler that Mark Mills of Larimer County intends to tie up at least one Hippie Chick between 10AM and Noon on Saturday morning at Elkhorn Flyshop, 3121 W. Eisenhower, Loveland Colorado.  


“He’s done this sort of thing before” said Marty Staab, an employee at the shop.  “I really think he will go through with it on Saturday.”

A neighbor of Mills who asked not to be identified said “Nice enough guy, keeps to himself.  I kinda wondered about him leaving the house before dawn on weekends carrying lots of odd shaped bags and lugging a bunch of 3 foot tubes around.  Sometimes he would be gone for days at a time, and his pickup could be dirty and muddy when he got back.”

When contacted, running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks replied “No Comment.  I just answered the phone so I won’t get fined”.

According to Steve Schweitzer of Global Flyfisher, an international website, the Hippie Chick is classified as an “emerging midge”, although the age of Saturday’s individual cannot be confirmed.  Rumor has it that the Hippie Chick is #22, which raises questions as to whether Mark may be a serial tyer. 



 Mark has brazenly published a manifesto clearly stating his intent to tie up a Hippie Chick, and threatens to tie up as many as ten others.  

You can read the manifesto here:  Mills Manifesto 013115

A large crowd is expected.  

Refreshments will be served.  Law enforcement doesn’t seem concerned, but Eric is likely to bring donuts anyway.


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Fly Tying Demo – Carl Pennington


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 Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo

Saturday, January 24


This Saturday we welcome back Carl Pennington.  Carl ties a mean golden stonefly, and his demonstrations are always informative, both because of his technique and also because of his creativity.  

Carl designs flies for Montana Fly Company, and is a popular tyer at tying expos around the state.  You can check out Carl’s blog for more of his tying. 

Join us Saturday for coffee, a donut, and some expert tying!




Fly Tying Demo – John Pollock



 This may or may not be John Pollock.  I advised him to wear something subdued for the tying demo.

 Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo – John Pollock

  This Saturday we get a taste of “Before and After”. Our guest tyer is John Pollock – a recent transplant from Wisconsin – who will demonstrate some of his favorite trout flies from his former home, and patterns he has adopted for fishing Colorado tailwaters.  

(Just a thought – when people move to Colorado, there should be a welcome wagon kit that includes sunscreen, chapstick, and smaller flies.)

click Pollock fly recipes for a  preview of his patterns.  We will have copies available on Saturday as well.


Vise Squad! 1/13/15 Soft Hackle Golden Stone



Golden Stoneflies are one of my favorite flies to tie and fish.  You can go for big and wiggly like Pat’s Rubberlegs, or go Pro Stonefly and make ’em real.

This Vise Squad! session I’m going to tie a D-Rib Golden Stone Softhackle which features an easy tie, not too time or material consuming, part imitation and part suggestive.  I first saw something like this tied by Carl Pennington, and hopefully he will show us the right way when he’s our guest tyer later in our Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo season.

I’ll have kits ready – I’ll probably have plenty, but use the form  or send me an Email to make sure I hold one for you. 


  Softhackle Stone

Bill of Materials:   Softhackle Golden Stone

Hook:    3xl,  (TMC 200R, or DaiRiki 285) 8, 10, 12 Bead:   gold or copper, 3/16 #8, 5/32 #10   Thread:    UTC140  Tan or Hopper Yellow  Tail:    Biots, tan, or pale yellow    Abdomen:   D-Rib Amber, Medium      Flash:   Spooled Mirage, Medium.     Thorax   Senyo Laser Dub Dark Tan  SoftHackle:   Whiting Brahma, pale yellow   Collar:  More dubbing    NOTE:  This pattern is not dependent on specific materials, and it’s appropriate for lots of substitutions in colors or shades of biots and dubbing, darker hen hackle, etc.  Even the D-rib color can be varied for light or dark bodied versions  



Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demonstration – Phil Iwane

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Phil Iwane views each fly as a work of art, and takes great pleasure in the process of designing through tying and ultimately catching a fish with his own creations.  Phil’s program this year will include a number of ant patterns from  “Modern Terrestrials” by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka, along with other of his favorite patterns such as the extended body mayfly displayed here.