Saturday Tying Demo – Marty One More Time

Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo and Bighorn Fishing Report

Let the Tying Demos Continue!   It’s still raining, so I’m still tying flies!.

Somewhere under there is my parade.  Photo by Haley Luna.

Somewhere under there is my parade. Photo by Haley Luna.

Sooner or later the weather will break, and the waters will recede, and then it will be “Fishermen, start your engines”!  Until then, Brian says to continue the Saturday tying program and have some fun.  I’ve been on the Bighorn River in Montana lately and didn’t get any fresh talent booked, so this week you will get another ration of Marty.  I’ve got some ideas for future Saturdays, so in the coming weeks we should have some variety.

This week’s theme will be “Dry Flies” (and I hope you appreciate the irony of that theme).  

I hear from a lot of tyers who just never got started tying dries, but would like to get into it a bit more.  So this session I will tie all dry flies,  including classic hackled catskill, a parachute, a “hackle stacker”,  Thorax duns, and a palmered Elk Hair Caddis.  I’ll also demonstrate some deer hair comparadun tying, and a couple of techniques for tying with CDC. 

Check back first thing in the morning and I will have a link for a PDF recipe list.


Afterbay, Bighorn River MT at about 14,000 cfs. Photo by Hale Harris, Bighorn Trout Shop


Did I say I just got back from the Bighorn?  14,000 cfs must have scared everyone away, because for three days it was pretty much my private river.

Highlights:   I had been waiting for 6 weeks to complain about hot weather, and I got my wish.  It rained once, I think, but the drops only hit two of the three people in my boat.  The water was clear, and the fishing was outstanding.  

(Our boat was manned by one Texan, one New Englander.  I was to serve as interpreter, but we soon learned that flyfishermen mostly speak the same language anyway.)


Saturday Tying Demo June 6, 2015 – Marty Again


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Salmonfly Season!

If it’s going to rain, we’ll just keep extending our Saturday Tying demo season!

This Saturday Marty will demonstrate a variety of stonefly patterns.  The Salmonfly season is right around the corner, with bugs active on the Colorado, and the North Platte, and soon to be the ticket on the famous rivers north of here.  And the techniques for tying are mix-and-match transferrable to brown stones, golden stones, skwalas, and other patterns.

Join us for another Saturday tying demo at Elkhorn!

Tying recipes:  Tying program Elkhorn 060615







Saturday Tying Demo 4/18/15 – Debra Perez

This Saturday we welcome Debra Perez as our guest tyer.  She is originally from New Mexico, and picked up flyfishing 16 years ago from her husband Andy.  When he began guiding on the San Juan River and needed flies for his clients, Debra began tying flies for him and has been tying ever since.  

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



Veterans Tying Night at Elkhorn – April 8, 2015

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It’s the second Wednesday of the month!  We are pleased to host the Platte Rivers Chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing  fly tying evening, at Elkhorn Flyshop.  

Marty Staab of Elkhorn Flyshop will host the event and provide instruction and assistance, with help from other experienced tyers.  

Veterans of all abilities are welcome.  The evening will be part tying class for beginners, but with opportunities for open tying with experienced instruction available.  

This month we will tie a few of the more popular leech patterns, and a chironomid or two, for lakes the veterans will have an opportunity to fish this summer

For additional information, contact Jordan Cable, Colorado Veteran Liason for the Platte Rivers Chapter of Project Healing Waters.  Jordan can be reached at  

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Elkhorn Anniversary Sale

Saturday, April 4 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

Spring Customer Appreciation Event Featuring Zen Tenkara

Join us in Celebrating as we welcome Zen Fly Fishing to the Elkhorn community! We will be celebrating with lots of give-aways, a raffle and special pricing on special inventory (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!

  • 10-12 Elkhorn Saturday Fly Tying Demo – Dave Sanchez
  • 1 pm Introduction to Tenkara presentation 
  • 1:30 pm Tenkara casting demo
  • 2 pm Kebari tying demo
  • 2:30 pm Distance casting demo
  • 3:00 Free Casting Clinic with IFFF certified instructor, Jim Tilmant (space limited registration required, call the shop)

Feeney’s Weenies will be here if you are in the mood for a fantastic Chicago style hot dog!

Receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent, additional tickets can also be purchased for $1.                                                                                   

 Raffle items include but not limited to:

  • Zako Tenkara Rod (Zen)
  • Baichi Tenkara Rod (Zen)
  • Kyojin Tenkara Rod  (Zen)
  • Traveler 8′ 3 wt and green Z1 reel
  • Namaqua 9′ 5wt rod
  • Tenkara guided trip


All raffle proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of Project Healing Waters.

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A very special thank you to all of our donors who honor our veterans through their donations.


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