Monday, March 4, 2013

Damsels and Dragons with Bernie Peet

Hi Everybody!

Bernie Peet was our guest instructor tonight. Twenty four avid fly tyers came out to learn to tie three dandy damsel and dragon fly patterns. Bernie did an excellent job of leading our gang through the steps to tie these imposters. As you can see from the photos below, Bernie has dedicated an entire fly box to dragon and damsel patterns. I do the same. I have had some amazing days on the water fishing with damsel patterns. Trout love to inhale these nymphs as they work their way to shore and crawl up shoreline vegetation. Trout do chase the adults that fly around but they will key into their migration to shore in a bigger way. Thanks for the excellent instruction tonight Bernie!

We have a lot going on in the next few weeks:

Saturday March 9th: All day fly tying workshop with Phil Rowley

The theme is dubbing loops and we still have room for 6 tyers. The cost is $40 (includes materials)

Saturday March 9th: Central Alberta Trout Unlimited Garage Sale ( I have moved it to Saturday)

Mattie McCullough School 26 Lawford Avenue (10 am to 3 pm)

Monday March 11: Fly Tying Monday with Roy Saunders

Thursday April 25th: Central Alberta Trout Unlimited Dinner/Auction

Bernie Peet

Marabou Damsel

Hook: Long curved nymph, #8-10
Weight: 0.15 or 0.20 lead wire
Tail: Olive marabou
Rib: Oval gold tinsel, medium
Thorax: Olive dubbing
Thorax cover: Olive or brown pheasant tail
Head: small bead chain eyes, or green plastic eyes
Hackle (optional) Olive hen, beard style

Lake Dragon (Stan Gredes, Three Hills, AB)

Hook: 3X nymph or streamer hook, #8
Weight: 0.15 or 0.20 lead wire
Underbody (optional): Knitting wool
Body: Olive dubbing
Rib:  Copper wire, medium
Shellback and wing case:  Olive Swiss straw/raffia
Legs:  Olive or brown pheasant tail
Eyes:  Black plastic, medium

Susan's Damsel (Brian Stelmack)

Hook:  Long curved nymph, # 12-14
Thread: 8/0 olive
Tail: 3 olive pheasant tail fibres
Body:  Olive floss
Wingcase: Olive goose biot
Legs: Olive hen hackle fibres
Head: Olive dubbing

Wes and Karen concentrating on their flies.

Bob, Bill, Willy and Cordell constructing tonight's patterns!

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