Twenty two fly fishers braved frigid -27C weather to kick off another year of fly tying. Dr. Bill Young was our presenter. Bill shared two reliable patterns, one of which we do not think to use often enough. Bill's foam beetle has been a very reliable pattern on the eastern slopes rivers in Alberta. Bill showed us how to tie a klinkhammer fly as well. The klinkhammer is an emerger style of tying. Tonight we focused on a green drake emerger. You can use a variety of hook sizes and dubbing colors to imitate several different type of emerging mayflies. Thanks, Bill, for presenting. Your tying instructions are easy to follow. I have to agree with what A.K. Best noted in his books. It takes about 50 repetitions of a specific pattern before you get a good sense of how to acurrately tie a fly. My proportions were off a bit tonight. Time to get tying.
Next week Evan Ritchie is our guest tyer. We will see everybody next week!
Let me know if you would like to take Phil Rowley's all day tying course on Saturday January 30th. I am sure the course will quickly fill up.
Hook: C 49 S Mustad size 10 or a Klinkhammer hook
Body: Green beaver dubbing
Post: polypropolyene or a goose feather
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: Blue dun
Hook: size 12 dry fly hook
Over Body: Black foam (shaped in a tear drop)
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly or blue dun
Indicator: bright antron
Translucent strip under the body to push the hackle fibers out to the sides.