It was a full house for the all day fly tying workshop led by Phil Rowley. This is Phil's 5th trip to Red Deer and the 26 participants were introduced to 10 patterns from Phil's new book: Stillwater Selections: A Collection of Proven Patterns. Phil's new "text" book has 55 stillwater fly patterns that he has not published before. Many of the patterns have come from a variety of inventive tyers and, of course, Phil. Phil is a master at explaining the food sources that are available to trout (and other fish species) in our stillwaters. The patterns he covered today provided us with an excellent cross section of food that trout target. I am always amazed at Phil's clear explanations of how to tye these patterns. The background information that Phil provides about what is happening with the "critters" in the lake helps us understand why these are effective lake patterns. Two episodes of the television show: The New Fly Fisher also made for enjoyable entertainment at lunch. There is no question that the Central Alberta Fly Tyers are becoming a very skilled group of tyers. Phil has had a great deal to do with our development as tyers and we are very appreciative of that. I have posted all the patterns covered today in the previous post.
Phil is always interested in feedback about his workshops. If you attended the workshop and have any thoughts you would like to share with him, please drop me an e-mail and I will pass them along!
The trip to the Parkland Region of Manitoba from June 4 to 8 is almost full. If you are contemplating coming, please contact me asap. Remember that we will be having a "preparatory" day on April 17th for the trip.
Finally we do have a tying session this Monday. Reid "The Kid" Stoyberg is our leader. Reid has a neat session planned with 2 patterns he has had incredible success with here in Central Alberta. After watching Reid and Phil Rowley discuss and then watch Oliver Edwards and Davie McPhail tying on You Tube, you can appreciate how knowledgeable "The Kid" is. By the way take a look here for
The Gang taking in Phil's Presentation