Don Freschi has revamped his Sport Fishing on the Fly web site. He has added links to video of many of his television shows and many of his "On the Bench" segments are now available on line. There are several Alberta "destinations" on his show list. It looks like he is gradually adding "past" shows.
Karen and I spent the day in Edmonton with the Northern Lights Fly Fishing/Trout Unlimited gang taking in a seminar with LeRoy Hyatt. I am sure many of you watch LeRoy on PBS while drinking your morning coffee on Saturday morning. LeRoy lead the group in tying 13 patterns during the day. LeRoy is a big fan of deer hair. LeRoy estimates that he ties 300 dozen goddard caddis each year. LeRoy taught us how to select deer hair for tying collars and spinning/triming deer hair. He gets a lot of orders for deer hair patterns. Other than a foam bettle pattern, you will not find much foam in LeRoy's fly box. The patterns today were quite straight forward but he offered many tips that will certainly make my tying better. LeRoy is lots of fun to listen to. He shared many funny anecdotes through the day. Approximately 40 tyers were certainly entertained and left with many useful ideas. Karen and I enjoyed our day.
Fly Tying begins in about 10 days. The classes will again be at Annie L Gaetz School that is located at 32 Mitchell Avenue. The cost of each session is $3.00. The $3.00 covers the costs of materials, the facility rental and refreshments. You do need to bring your basic tying equipment. That includes your vice, bobbin, thread (black, green, brown and red 6/0 usually does the job), a sharp pair of sissors, hackle pliers, a hair stacker, a whip finishing tool and some head cement .
The sessions start at 7 p.m. and they usually go to 8:30 or 9.00 p.m.
Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. The experienced tyers will help mentor newcomers.
Check out the dates and presenters in previous blog posts (about two back).
We do have one important date change as well. The Phil Rowley Workshop is now on Saturday January 30th. Phil will be presenting flies from his new book for stillwaters. Phil will also have the book along for anyone who wants to purchase one.
Is anyone going to the LeRoy Hyatt Workshop this weekend? Give me a call or e-mail. Maybe we can car pool.