Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday February 2, 2009

The library was jammed. Twenty seven fly tyers spent the evening learning about chronomids for both lakes and rivers. We were fortunate to have Don Anderson spend the evening with us. Don is a stellar stillwater fly fisher who also is an authority on building bamboo fly rods.
Don led us through 6 patterns. Interestingly enough, 4 of the chronomids are river patterns. Don has experimented with many tying materials and he shared his thoughts about how to effectively imitate several types of chronomids.
Don encouraged his audience tonight to be more aware of the fish along the edges of the banks where we walk. Many a time we spook these fish and completely miss the opportunity to cast to them.  Don also encouraged us to be observant. Sometimes casting over fish that have seen a lot of flies needs to be done with smaller flies of the same pattern or with an alternative method that the fish have not seen very often.
We also talked about the illegally introduced perch that have ruined several fine trout lakes in west central Alberta. Go to:

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Thanks Don for a very informative evening! We appreciate your effort to drive in from Rocky Mountain House to spend the evening with us!

Next week Doug Pullen is our guest tyer. I am quite excited about Doug's theme! Steelhead flies! See everybody next week!

Don Anderson

Central Alberta Fly Tyers taking in Don's presentation

Lake Chronomid 1
Hook: size 10 C49S
Underbody: Bronze flashabou (3 or 4 strands)
Overbody: Clear vinyl material from the front of a binder cut in thin strips
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Gills: Bridge Floss (Oral B)

Black Midge for Rivers
Hook: Size 18 nymph
Body: Black thread
Thorax: Peacock Herl

Hook: size 18 nymph 
Body: Red Wire
Thorax: Peacock Herl

Commando Whitehead (rivers)
Hook: size 18 nymph hook
Body: Copper wire and rust brown embroidery thread (two strands)
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Post: White foam

River Chronomid
Hook: size 18 nymph
Body: Rusty brown embroidery thread, copper wire and black flashabou
Thorax: Peacock Herl

Lake Chronomid #2
Hook: Size 10 C49S
Underbody: Silver flashabou (2 strands) with a black flashabou rib
Overbody: Smokey vinyl from from an anti static bag
Thorax: peacock Herl
Gills: Bridge Floss (Oral B)

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