Fly Tying Mondays Resume on December 5th.

We will get another season rolling on Monday December 4th at TC Outfitters. From 7 pm to 9 pm.

...new members are always welcome.

A box full of flies!

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hoppers and Attractors




TC Outfitters was filled to capacity again with 25 fly tyers. We spent the evening tying 3 hopper/attractor patterns that will be excellent on our rivers in Central Alberta. We started off with Charlie Craven's "Charlie Boy Hopper", then tied tied a Chernobyl Ant and followed that up with a Stimulator tied with a brill body! Brill can be purchased from The Canadian Llama Company.

Next week Larry Prowse is our guest tyer. Larry would like you to bring white UTC 140 or 6/0, tan UTC 70, black UTC 70 and your UV resin and light!

Remember to drop me a note to sign up for the all day Philip Rowley Workshop on February 3rd. We have 12 signed up so far. We need 24 or so participants to make it a go! It will cost approximately $40/person.

See you next week!





Love foam hopper patterns and stimulators in the summer!


Brill Stimulator

Hook: 3XL long dry fly sizes 6 to 12
Thread: Orange or yellow UTC 8/0
Body: Brill: Orange, yellow, golden, chartreuse
Tail: Deer
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly or Cree
Wing: Deer



Charlie Boy Hopper

Hook: 3XL Dry fly Hook Sizes 8 to 12
Thread: Tan, Orange or Yellow 6/0 (maybe even 3/0)
Body: 2 mm foam, colour to suit (tan, yellow, orange )
Underwing: Wing web
Overbody: Deer
Legs: Rubber





Chernobyl Ant


Hook: 3XL long dry fly sizes 6 to 12
Thread: Orange or Yellow UTC 8/0 or 6/0
Body: Two layers of foam-colour to suit
Legs: Rubber












Monday, December 4, 2017

A New Tying Season and a New Location, TC Outfitters! All About Semi Seal Balanced Flies


What a great start to another fly tying season. We had 30 fly tyers head to TC Outfitters tonight to learn about tying balanced flies. We had a few challenges to get up and running but we think that we have most of the problem solving figured out. We can accommodate  up to 35 fly tyers and tonight we had 28 fly tyers. Our new space is cozy but it has a lot of positives!

This week we tied a variety of balanced flies. Once the gang got the hang of how to construct the chassis of a balanced fly, everybody set to work building lots of different balanced creations. I know that the originator of the balanced fly concept, Jerry McBride, would have been smiling with all of the ideas. The main material tonight was semi seal. We concentrated on tying with Canadian Olive, Canadian Brown, Blood Leech, Black/Blue and Black/Red semi seal! Everybody got the "hang" of using a dubbing loop as well. 

The hooks and beads were ordered from the Canadian Llama Company. Kent and Amanda Govett are very reliable at getting bead orders out. They also have a wide variety of tying materials. Check them out!

Next week, we will be tying some grasshopper patterns. That will include tying a stimulator using brill, a very cool synthetic material. We will also be tying Charlie Boy Hoppers! Come on out next Monday for a fun filled evening of fly tying.




Balanced Blood Red Semi Seal Leech

Hook: Daiichi 4640 size 10 or 12
Extension for the Fly: Sequin Pin
Bead: 1/8 tungsten
Thread: Black 70 or 140 denier
Tail: Marabou or rabbit
Body: Blood Black Semi Seal


A successful dubbing loop with Canadian Olive Semi Seal


Balanced Bruised Leech


Canadian Olive Balanced Leech

Hook: Daiichi 4640 size 10 or 12
Extension for the Fly: Sequin Pin
Bead: 1/8 tungsten
Thread: Brown  70 or 140 denier
Tail: Marabou or rabbit
Body: Canadian Olive Semi Seal



A Balanced Ruby Eyed Leech








Monday, November 6, 2017

Fly Tying Mondays Start on Monday December 4th at TC Outfitters

Well the fly tying season kicks off on Monday, December 4th at TC Outfitters starting at  7 pm. We generally are all finished up at 9 pm. Remember that each session costs $3.00 per person. That covers the costs of the fly tying materials for the evening per person!


New fly tyers are always welcome!

What do you need to have along with you? Here are the basics:



  • a fly tying vice
  • sharp pair of scissors (you can get cheap sharp ones at Michaels for about $8
  • whip finishing tool
  • a bobbin or two (to hold tying thread)
  • fly tying thread: I suggest back, red, olive, orange (8/0) and the same colours in 6/0; you at times will need other colours but these are the basic colours that will get you by!
  • some crazy glue (brushable type, can get at Michaels)
  • dubbing twister
  • hair stacker
  • velcro brush



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Gearing Up for Fly Tying Mondays Starting on December 4th

Hi Everybody!

Well after a lot of searching and talking with others, we have decided to try to have Fly Tying Mondays right at TC Outfitters. There is plenty of parking and the back space will not cost us anything.

There is a catch. We need to gather tables and folding chairs. We are going to ask for donations to get this done. We want to use 4 foot folding tables (cost is about $40 to $60). We are on a bit of a search to find tables where it is easy to attach a fly tying vice clamp. Most folding chairs cost between $10.00 and $17.00.

We hope to gather 35 chairs and 8 tables.

If you are willing to donate a table or 4 chairs or money to purchase any of the above, please get in contact with me by replying to this e-mail. Once we have gathered the tables and chairs we are in business.

The space at TC Outfitters will be tight at times but we are now going to be in control of coming and going; having pop/coffee; easy parking; no insurance or booking fees necessary and we can leave our set up gear at the shop. All of this will be a major convenience!

...and now

We need presenters! You do not have to be a pro to do this, just willing and enthusiastic to share three fly tying patterns. You organize all the materials, lead us in tying the patterns. We will cover the costs of the materials.

Here are the dates. Please drop me a note and tell me what date works for you!

December 4th Bob Vanderwater The Canadian Series of Balanced Flies
December 11th
December 18th

Christmas Break

January 9th Special Presentation Rick, Bob and Karen in the Arctic
January 16th
January 23rd
January 30th

February 3rd Saturday all day workshop with Phil Rowley cost $45

February 5th
February 12th
February 19th No Tying Family Day
February 26th

March 5th
March 12th
March 19th

March 26th

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Another Amazing Day Out West



Only 4 days until our Eastern slopes rivers are put to bed for another year. But, yesterday, what a day. 17C, no wind and willing cutthroat! Stuart and his buddy, Murray, joined me for a day on what truly is a blue ribbon cutthroat river. The river is no secret and those who know me understand my love for the area I like to hang out in!

Well it was -2C when we started to walk and everything was frosty. Even the mud was easy to walk on first thing! After 3 km of walking it was time to fish! It is rare to see rising fish this time of the year although later in the day we encountered a light BWO hatch that had the attention of several sizeable cutthroat and of course, us!

The gin clear water allowed us to see the fish in the runs. They were spooky because of the perfectly clear water but we did catch our share of beautifully conditioned late season west slope cutthroat!

As usual, the day moved way too fast. I did not fish much today. I love getting the camera out and trying to catch some fun moments! Many of the cutthroat trout were quite colourful.

The walk back was slippery because the frost was off the mud.

We washed off our gear and headed back to Red Deer. Stuart made sure I got home at the appointed time. A little driftin' as were rumbled down the gravel!

One awesome day Murray and Stuart. I enjoyed my day with you two!



















Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Last Week to Fish on our Eastern Slopes


Halloween is just a week away. For those of us who enjoy fly fishing on our Eastern Slopes, we are down to just a week before the rivers close until next June!

Today was a beauty. A warm late October day is not to be wasted on yard work. Karen and I made a dash to our Eastern Slopes to fly fish! The water was incredibly cold and the fly fishing was decent for this time of the year!  We are down to nymphing with the odd cutthroat rising for a midge or two. 

Trout are now heading towards wintering holes. 

Get out one more time before the rivers close. It is a long time until next June!