Tuesday, February 5, 2013

An Evening with Phil Rowley

Hi Everybody!

Phil Rowley stopped in to spend the evening with our gang. The library was jammed to capacity to take in Phil's presentation that included three fly patterns. The first fly was a Hot Spot Baetis. This is an excellent searching pattern that works great in rivers. One of Phil's signature flies is the Herl May. It is a great pattern to fly fishing during callibaetis season. Our final fly we tied is the Stillwater Dun. We tied the Stillwater Dun as a river pattern used to imitate a Slate Winged Olive or Flav. Phil is a very precise fly tyer and his instruction second to none when teaching others the art of tying flies. Every time Phil instructs our group, we all learn so much. Phil has a philosophy that we all "never stop learning," and I know many of us picked up several great points to make us better fly tyers. Thanks Phil for spending the evening with us. As always, it was enjoyable and instructional. 

...and no snow storm to drive through!

We still have 7 spots available for the Saturday March 9th workshop with Phil Rowley. The theme is dubbing loops. Give Bob a call to sign up.

The IF4 International Film Festival is a GO. It is on Thursday March 21st at 7 p.m. at Carnival Theatre.

The Central Alberta Trout Unlimited Dinner Auction is Thursday April 25th at the Black Knight Inn. Please support this worthy cause. It is all about our waters. This is our biannual fundraiser that helps pay for the projects we are working on.

Next week Les Kolibaba is our guest instructor. See you then!

Phil at the Vice

The Gang

Betty building her fly

Helping each other is a special part of our group!

Herl May

Hook: Mustad  S82-3906B (#12-#16)
Thread: 8/0 or 70 denier tan or olive
Tail: Mottled turkey Flats, tan or olive
Rib: Fine silver wire
Shellback: Pheasant tail or mottled turkey quill
Body: 2 strands of tan ostrich herl mixed with 1 strand of light olive ostrich herl
Wingcase: Remnants of shellback covered with mirage opal mylar
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs:  Mottled turkey flats, tan or olive

Hot Spot Baetis

Hook: Mustad C49S #14-#18
Thread: 8/0 or 70 denier hot orange
Tail:  Pheasant Tail
Rib:  Fine Copper Wire
Shellback: Mirage opal Mylar
Body: Pheasant tail
Thorax: Hot Orange Diamond Dub or Ice Dub
Bead:   XS gold, brass or tungsten

Stillwater Dun-Lesser Green Drake or Slated Winged Olive

Hook:  Mustad C49S #12-#14
Thread: 8/0 or 70 denier olive
Tail/Body: Dun neck hackle
Rib:  Single strand of yellow embroidery yarn
Thorax: Dry fly suitable dubbing, olive
Wing: Poly Yarn, white or grey
Hackle: Neck or saddle, dry fly quality, grizzly dyed olive

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