Fly Tying Mondays Resume on December 5th.

We will get another season rolling on Monday December 5th at West Park Middle School starting at 7 pm. We are usually done by 9 pm.

...new members are always welcome.

A box full of flies!

A box full of flies!
...and fly fishers

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday February 6th Phil Nash's Favourite Boatman/Backswimmers

Hi Everybody!

Another record turnout of fly tyers came to learn about water boatman and backswimmer patterns that Phil Nash loves to fly fish. I wasn't sure if 35 fly tyers would fit in the library but we still had room for more. Phil taught us an original backswimmer pattern that Bruce Tilbrook originated to fool pot hole trout in Central Alberta. Bruce wanted to have his imitations have a yellow underbody. Phil also taught us a backswimmer pattern that was introduced by the late Reg Denny. Denny's Fly Shop was a very popular place to purchase fly tying materials in Edmonton for many years. Reg's backswimmer pattern was simple and you know it will catch lots of trout! Phil also taught us how to tie Les Robinson's original boatman pattern called the LR Boatman. Again another very effective boatman imitation. Thanks again Phil for presenting to our gang tonight.

Next week, Reid Stoyberg is our guest presenter. You will be very impressed with our youngest presenter. He is a passionate fly tyer.

A final reminder of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival that will occur this coming Sunday February 12th at Carnival Theatre at 3:30 pm. You can prebuy your tickets on line right here. It should be an excellent event.

Phil Nash

The Gang at play!

Bruce's Backswimmer

Hook: Mustad 3906 size 10-14
Thread: Tan 8/0
Body: yellow wool
Shellback: Turkey Quill
Legs: Turkey Quill

Reg's Backswimmer (Reg Denny originator)

Hook: Mustad 3906 sizes 10 to 16
Thread: Tan 8/0
Body: yellow dubbing and peacock herl
Shellback: Peacock herl
Legs: Peacock herl

LR Boatman (Les Robinson originator)

Hook: C49S sizes 10-14
Thread: 6/0 olive
Shellback: 3 mm sheet foam, tan
Air bubble: Glass bead, clear or pearlescent
Body: Diamond Dub, light olive
Legs: Sili Legs, brown or olive

Permanent marker is used for the red eyes and markings on the shellback

(video from Sport Fishing on the Fly)

Les Kolibaba loves to add a single strand of pearl crystal flash to his boatman. Great idea Les!

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