Flycasting Classes – Saturday 9/5/15

If you missed our earlier classes, here’s a great chance to tune up your flycasting!

This Saturday Jim Tilmant will conduct two sessions – a beginner’ class in the morning, and an intermediate class in the afternoon.  

Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page to reserve your spot.

 

FLY CASTING CLASS for BEGINNING CASTERS

DATE: Saturday, September 5, 2015

10:00 am at Elkhorn Fly Shop

Cost:   $30.00

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

Want to learn to fly cast, or improve your casting by understanding the essential elements of a good cast? Come join us for this 2-hour session on the basics. 

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, the roll cast           

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

Class Size: Limited to 5 Students (Equipment provided if needed)

 

FLY CASTING CLASS  EXPERIENCED CASTERS

DATE:  Saturday, September 5, 2015

1:00 PM at Elkhorn Fly Shop  

Cost:  $30.00

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

 This 2 hour class is designed to help those with fly fishing experience become better casters.

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 5 Students 

Flycasting Class for Beginners

  • This date features one session, for beginners. Later sessions will be scheduled for intermediate casters, and for specialty skills.

Saturday Tying Demo – Pot Luck Round 2

Uncle Sam

Saturday Tying Demo Grand Finale

– Marty’s Challenge!

 

Last Saturday we got a treat when Jerry D’Amato answered the call for volunteers to demonstrate, and he shared some great tips on scissors, tying techniques, and materials!

This Saturday we will continue with our Potluck theme, in which our Demo attendees are invited/encouraged/commanded, if necessary, to step forward and tie a pattern for the crowd.

Here is the challenge:

  1.   If at least two volunteers step forward to demonstrate a favorite pattern, and
  2.   If I get two people to tie an Olive Wooly Bugger, following my verbal instructions,

then Marty will tie a Clouser Minnow, blindfolded!

clouser_minnowBlindfold

Peak Vise We will have a Peak vise  and a Regal tying lamp set up, and the basic tools (scissors, whip finisher, hackle pliers etc).  All you need to bring is the thread, hooks and materials for your fly.

For the challenge, Marty will provide the materials for the wooly bugger, and verbal instructions.

And I’ll bring the blindfold!

Let’s have some fun for this last Saturday Tying Demo of the season!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Demo – Pot Luck!

Saturday Tying Demo – Pot Luck / Open Vise

10AM Saturday, May 14

potluck graphic

 This Saturday is a Pot Luck Demo – you have been invited to bring your favorite pattern and sit behind the vise for a few minutes and tell us how you do it!

Let’s have some fun!  Bring a sample pattern, a hook or two, and a bag of the materials you need.  We will have a Peak vise, lamp, and an array of tools so you don’t need to bring much.

I have a few volunteers, but need more, so please bring stuff and let me know when you arrive that you are prepared to tie.

Remember – if we get enough volunteers, we won’t have to conscript!

 

 

Saturday Demo – Rob Stout

Saturday May 7  10AM

Rob Stout

 

Rob Stout will be our tyer this Saturday.  Yet another young pup that can tie in the dark without glasses!

Rob is getting an early start in the fly tying world, and has been a guest tyer at Trout Unlimited fly tying expos along the front range, and we are pleased to get him on our Saturday lineup.

Although the image here is of a beast of a carp, Rob’s pattern list includes streamers and other trout flies.  Click here for a preview of his tying recipes  RobStoutFlyTyingDemoRecipeList

RobStoutPic

 

Saturday Tying Demo – Yancey Cox

 

This week Yancey Cox is our guest tyer.  His lineup this year includes a Ginger Hen Streamer, Royal Wulff Emerger, Sunken Beetle, and a Muddler Daddy. 

Join us for an interesting 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!

 

Saturday Tying Demo – Connor Murphy

 

Connor M with fish

Connor Murphy is our guest tyer this Saturday, March 26 at 10AM.  Connor always has an interesting lineup, from small midges to huge articulated streamers.  We should all take a hint from the image here, and pay attention!


 

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!

 

Fundamentals of Flycasting for Beginners

Flycasting Class for Beginners 

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant, FFF Certified Casting Instructor

Here is a perfect class for the flyfisherman who wants to learn the fundamentals of making good casts!  Whether you are just getting started in flyfishing, or have been at it a while but want to improve your casting, this is the class for you!  This is a full two-hour session of hands on flycasting!

Sign up to 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 Size:       Limited to 6 Students

Cost:                $65.00 / person    

Class Dates:       Saturday, April 1 2017 at 1PM-3PM, meet at Elkhorn Flyshop

Flycasting Class for Beginners

  • This date features one session, for beginners. Later sessions will be scheduled for intermediate casters, and for specialty skills.

Saturday Demo – Pat Dorsey

10AM to noon at Elkhorn Flyshop on Saturday, March 19 2016

dorsey image

Pat Dorsey


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!

Pat Dorsey is our special guest this Saturday.  He will be tying many of his favorite South Platte patterns, and we long ago discovered that his flies are fantastic on our Big Thompson and other tailwaters.

Visit Pat’s Corner on the Blue Quill Angler website for a full introduction that will easily explain Pat’s stellar reputation.

You can download Pat Dorsey’s Recipe Sheet for the Demo here.

 

 

Saturday Tying Demo – March 12 2016

MadScientist

McMillan Tying Bench

“And now, for something completely different . . . . “

 

Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan is our guest tyer this Saturday 3/12/16.  He has developed a reputation for incorporating unusual materials into unique and creative patterns.  He’s reputed to be on the Pro Staff at Hobby Lobby and JoAnne’s, but don’t let this fool you – he’s an excellent tyer with sound fundamental techniques, which are easy to overlook when he starts going “cutting edge”.

I asked Mark if he was going to prepare a recipe list, and he said “Why start now?”

If he did, the first recipe would probably say “Preheat oven to 270 degrees”.

“It’s Alive!” McMillan finishes a fly

Rumor has it that Mark is playing with torches and powder paints, as well as some foam popper stuff.  We usually demand he demonstrate a Wally Wing, and he will probably furl some rabbit or squirrel.

We will make sure the fire extinguishers are all charged and ready.

Drop by Saturday.  You will definitely see something “Completely Different”.


 

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-Eric Pettine

 

Saturday, February 27, 10AM

Elkhorn Flyshop

Eric Pettine

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!

 Eric Pettine is our guest tyer this Saturday.  He’s been tying, fishing and guiding in this area since ….. well, a long time.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet  such a wealth of knowledge. 

Personal testimonial – back in about 1987 a few self-taught buddies and I had been tying subsistence flies, and decided to go to a tying expo in Fort Collins to see some proper fly tying.  Eric was one of the featured tyers, and showed me how to tie a big black stonefly nymph, with biots, Ligas Dubbing and Larva Lace rib, and turkey slips, and then gave me the fly.  I still have it, and it’s still perfect! 

Join us Saturday!