LOCAL MAN TO TIE UP HIPPIE CHICKS ON SATURDAY AT ELKHORN FLYSHOP! – Encourages others to do the same!
–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.
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.
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.
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
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.