Tying Demo – Steve Thrapp

 

  This Saturday Steve Thrapp will be sharing his “Spring Staples”, with patterns for early season in both running and still waters.  His program will encompass a variety, from small midges to full grown leeches.  Check here for a downloadable copy of his recipes, with photos! Thrapp 2016 Elkhorn Tying Demo

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 – 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!

 

 

 

Tying Demo – Eric Philp

Eric Philp will be our guest tyer this Saturday at 10AM. 

 

Philp Sowbug

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Amy’s Ant

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we get Eric Philp on the other side of the camera!

Eric has extensive experience fishing the Poudre and other Northern Colorado rivers and streams, and one of his favorite destinations is the Bighorn River in Montana.  His tying program for Saturday is an application of that experience to the vise, with rock-solid pattern choices for these waters.

Here’s a sneak peek at his pattern recipes:  Philp Fly Tying Demo 12-19-15

 

 

 

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 12/5/15 – Chuck Esch

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This Saturday at Elkhorn Flyshop Chuck Esch will be our demonstration tyer, and plans on featuring his best winter patterns – midges, baetis, mysis, and sowbugs. 

Chuck has an abundance of enthusiasm for tying, and if you have ever peeked at his flybox at one of our Vise Squad! sessions you would see rows and rows of identical flies, all perfectly tied and uniform proportions.  His talents have been discovered – he’s been a popular tyer at area TU tying expos, shop demos at Elkhorn and other flyshops, and this season you can visit with him at the Denver Flyfishing Show!

Join us on Saturday!

 

 

Tying Demo – Jim Rose – 11/28/15

Our Saturday Posse meets this weekend in our continuing quest for perfect flies and big fish. 

Our Tying Demo this Saturday features Jim Rose.   Jim has extensive experience in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, and his patterns have accounted for some impressive fish. 

You may remember the mystery last year regarding “Bob’s Average Nymph” -you can review last years post.  We have been getting great turnouts for our Saturday Tying Demo program, and after looking at pictures like the one here, I think we should use our superior numbers to hold Jim down until he volunteers his secrets.

We were prepared to threaten him last year, but it turns out he’s a really friendly guy eager to share what he has learned.  We can only hope he offers some resistance this year . . . .

 
 
 
 
 

 

Tying Demo 11/14/15 – Richard Pilatzke

 

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 This Saturday we welcome back Richard Pilatzke.  Rich is well known for his striking damsel and dragonfly adult patterns, but this session we will get an opportunity to see the full range of his stillwater favorites.

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!

 

Tying Demo 11/5/15 – Steve Rogers

Steve “Gonga” Rogers

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This Saturday we welcome Steve “Gonga” Rogers.  His tying demo will likely include everything under the sun, from teeny to titan, along with stories of big and/or numerous fish.

Steve can be found most Vise Squad nights tying something tandem and articulated like Craven’s Double Gonga, or Galloup’s Peanut Envy, so we are pretty sure he likes throwing big streamers.  But if you pay attention you will see he occasionally displays his talent in smaller trout flies, such as imitative baetis and Mercer’s Missing Link caddis ties. 

This Saturday will be a great chance to see the full range of his tying, and interrogate him on streamer fishing.

 

Saturday Tying Demo – 10/31/15 – Dave Mosnik

 

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 Dave Mosnik is our featured tyer this Saturday.  Dave is a Red Feather area expert, and his patterns are proven and effective.  If you like fishing stillwaters, drop by for some expertise!

Dave oversees the membership fishing at properties for Red Feather Storage and Irrigation , a wonderful and handy fishery above Fort Collins.

f 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!

 

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