Introduction to Fly Tying

Vise Squad! Peak Vise

Peak Vise

Fly-tying season is upon us! 

We are starting our fall schedule with our Introduction to Fly Tying class.  It’s perfect for beginners, even those who have never before seen a fly tied!  You will learn how to use the vise, tools and equipment, then dive right in and tie a fly!   You will leave knowing how to start your thread, bind and wrap materials to the hook, and tie a finishing knot with the mysterious “Whip Knot” tool.   You will leave the class with several useful flies you have tied, and enough hooks and materials to tie a few more at home.

SydneyThis is a perfect foundation for taking the “Fundamentals of Fly Tying” class.  

You don’t need to bring anything – All tools, equipment, hooks and materials are provided.  The location for all sessions is Elkhorn Fly Shop.

Two dates available!  Get in on one of them and you’ll be ready for the wonderful slate of tying classes and clinics starting in November!

 

 

    Fee:                     $25
    Class size:             3-6
    Sessions:              One session, 2 hrs

    Primary Instructor:  Marty Staab

Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo 10-14-16

This Week’s Featured Tyer – Richard Pilatzke

 

PILATZKE PHOTO

Richard Pilatzke

Rich has spent the last three years as the demonstration fly tying program director for the Denver International Sportsmen Exhibition.  An all-around fly tier and well known demonstration fly tier who tied at the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver TU tying clinic as well as many of the fly shops along the Front Range.  Perhaps known more recently for his fly patterns tied out of foam, he will bring many of his latest creations for his demonstration.  He is a stillwater specialist and has fished many of the stillwater for trout and warm water species along the Front Range.  His patterns have appeared in “Modern Midge”, “ Modern Terrestrials” and in Pat Dorsey’s newest book  “Colorado Guide Flies”.

Flycasting Class – the Double Haul

FLYCASTING CLASS – LEARNING THE DOUBLE HAUL

AND OTHER TECHNIQUES FOR INCREASING DISTANCE

DATE:  Saturday, October 8, 2016   1PM

WHERE:  Elkhorn Fly Shop   

Instruction by Jim Tilmant,  FFF Certified Casting Instructor

This 2 hour class will help deal with wind and cast longer distances with the double-haul, and teach you the adjustments that must be made in your casting stroke to handle the increased line speeds.  Instruction will be tailored to the ability level of students within the class.  (This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water)

Skill Level:  Intermediate level casters capable of false casting and shooting moderate amounts of line.

Class Size:       Limited to 5 Students

Cost:                $35.00 / person

 


Casting Class with Jim Tilmant - Saltwater Casting

Saltwater casting class
  • Price: $50.00
    Everything saltwater - lines, communication with guides, wind, and presentation.

Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo – 10/1/16

Featured Tyer – Jason Haddix

It’s fall, and time for kickoff! – Join us for our first week of the Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo series for 2016-2017.   We’ve got lots of innovative tyers lined up, so visit the Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demonstration web page for a schedule of tyers and program preview.  Make some space in your flyboxes.  You are certain to see some patterns you will want to add to your arsenal! 

Jason Haddix - Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo

Jason Haddix

 “Favorite Patterns”

Elkhorn Flyshop’s own Jason Haddix will kick off our tying demo season, featuring some of his favorite patterns, including trout patterns on tubes.   When you see the advantages of tying on tubes, and realize how simple it can be to get started, you will undoubtedly want to convert some of your favorite streamers and other trout patterns.

Jason is a true commercial tyer, and his Waters Edge Fly Company serves  customers from all quadrants of the country, tying high quality custom patterns for anything from trout to musky.  During the tying season he appears at flyfishing shows across the country,  including our own Denver, and regional exhibitions such as West Denver, Fort Collins, and Longmont.    Jason is a gifted deer hair fly tyer,  and experienced in tying Intruder and Tube style flies. 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Classes

Flycasting Clinic – Intermediate Flycasters

Sunday, September 11, 2016    10AM

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 Size:         Limited to 6 Students 

Cost:                $35.00 per person

Class Dates:      Sunday, September 11, 10AM

RESERVE A SPOT!:

Flycasting Fundamentals for Beginners

Flycasting Class for Beginners 

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

 

Sign up to reserve a spot in this valuable class on the fundamentals of flycasting.   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.

Click here to get to the online signup form.

 

 

Vise Squad! July 26, 2016

RoboPupa

 

RoboPupa

HOOK: Dai Riki 135 #14

THREAD:  8/0, black, or match the color of your head dubbing

ABDOMEN chartreuse or metallic green ultra wire, brassie size

COLLAR ostrich, olive

ANTENNA Krystal Flash, Lime Green

HEAD: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Peacock or Caddis Green

Click Here for a large print copy of RoboPupa tying tips

 Here’s a nice caddis to use in your summertime Hopper/Dropper rigs. The wire body helps sink the fly without the need for tungsten or brass beads, and the wire and hare’s ice provide an ideal amount of “shine” rather than a loud flash.

 Green is a common caddisfly color for our rivers, but yellows, orange, and good old brass are also effective.

Get a kit, drop by for a beer, and tie a half-dozen.  You will be quickly armed with a good dropper fly, just in time for prime fishing on the Thompson and Poudre! These bugs will be around ’til the end of summer, so you may want to tie even more!

 badgeVise Squad!   A casual, semi-social gathering of thirsty fly tyers. We meet every 2d and 4th Tuesday, at Big Beaver Brewery.  No charge, but you may want to purchase a beer, and the Bratwurst is highly recommended.  Bring your own stuff and tie what you want, or  order a convenient Vise Squad! Sixpack, a sample fly with all hooks and materials for you to tie a half-dozen of the featured fly

Introduction to Fly Tying

Introduction to Fly Tying.  This class is perfect for beginners, even those who have never before seen a fly tied!  You will learn how to use the vise, tools and equipment, then dive right in and tie a fly!   You will leave knowing how to start your thread, bind and wrap materials to the hook, and tie a finishing knot with the mysterious “Whip Knot” tool.   You will leave the class with several useful flies you have tied, and enough hooks and materials to tie a few more at home.

This is a perfect foundation for taking the “Fundamentals of Fly Tying” class.  

You don’t need to bring anything – All tools, equipment, hooks and materials are provided.  The location for all sessions is Elkhorn Fly Shop.

    Fee:                     $35
    Class size:             3-5
    Sessions:              One session, 2 hrs

    Primary Instructor:  Marty Staab

    Dates and Times:        Saturday, July 23, 8AM to 10AM at Elkhorn

Fly Casting Instruction for Experienced Flycasters

 

July 2, 2016      9:00AM  at Elkhorn Fly Shop  

Cost:  $30.00

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 Size: Limited to 6 Students 

Knots and Rigging Class

The better your knots, the less often you have to tie them!”

Bring your nippers, because in this class you will be tying knots, knots, and more knots!  Learn to repair your leaders so you don’t have to buy so many new ones!  Even better, learn to customize your leaders to specific techniques!   Learn a variety of knots for attaching your flies, so you stay hooked to the fish!

This class is designed to cover everything you want to know about your terminal rig, beginning with knots:

  •   the infamous nail knot, for attaching a new leader to a flyline
  •  a surgeons knot and blood knot to splice tippet onto our leader 
  •  alternative knots for attaching the fly, including the improved clinch knot, the Orvis knot, Davy’s knot, and an open loop knot
  • Multi purpose knots such as the Duncan loop, and a perfection loop

As we learn the knots, the class will cover rigging your flies, weight, and strike indicators.  We will have a discussion about tandem rigs, dropper systems, how far apart your flies should be, where to put your strike indicator, and the relationship between the amount of weight and placement of the indicator.  We will also cover stillwater rigs for fishing chironomids and other flies under a slip-style indicator.

It’s an ambitious course, and you are sure to learn a few things that will make your life easier and bring a few more fish to the net!

Knots and Rigging, Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:30 – 7:30PM, at Elkhorn Flyshop, Cost:   $35

Knots and Rigging, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00AM to 10AM at Elkhorn Flyshop, Cost:   $35

Sign up to reserve a spot!  Walk-ups will be welcome the day of the class, space permitting.