Evan Ritchie was our guest tyer tonight. Evan taught 16 tyers two unique patterns. Both patterns have had explosive results. Evan's friend Sylvan Gagnon came up with the streamer we tied tonight. It was a pattern that Sylvan designed for the Bow River and the Crownest River. The streamer's main material is polar bear. Polar bear has a neat translucent effect when it is wet. It's a great imitation of a Rocky Mountain White Fish. Our second fly is a pattern designed by Evan. The first time Evan fished this pattern an explosive take scared Evan, hence the fly is aptly called The Heart Attack. The Heart Attack has three unique features. The body is seal, one part brown blended with two parts orange. Evan says that artificial seal is not as good. The wing is tan macrame and the hackle is oversized brown and grizzly saddle that is trimmed. The Heart Attack looks like a deadly October Caddis pattern.
It was another -30C night. Thanks Evan for the great stories and instruction.
Evan also showed us an Atlantic salmon pattern that Sylvan tied in about twenty minutes from memory and an interesting stonefly pattern that includes weaving.
Just a couple of reminders:
1. The Rowley Workshop is starting to fill up. There are 10 spots left. Let me know if you would like to spend Saturday January 30th with Phil.
2. I am in the process of pulling together a trip to the Parkland Region of Manitoba during the first week in June. This would be a 4 day trip that would be hosted by Phil Rowley. This would be a great opportunity to learn about the trophy lakes in this region. This is an instructional trip. Phil will be teaching us techniques that will certainly improve our stillwater success. This trip will also include a preperatory session here in Red Deer before the trip. The exact details of the trip will be posted here in the next 10 days.
3. Have a Merry Christmas everybody!
Evan Ritchie tying the polar bear streamer.
Polar Bear Streamer
(designed by Sylvan Gagnon)
Hook: 2 or 3 x streamer hook
Body: Silver mylar tubing
Tail: Polar bear.
Underwing: Polar bear
Overwing: Polar bear
Top wing: Peacock hurl 6-8 strands
The Heart Attack
(Evan Ritchie originator)
Hook: size 10-12 dry fly
Body: Seal (2 parts orange blended with one part brown)
Wing: Tan Macrame
Hackle: Brown and grizzly
A Sylvan Gagnon original.