Monday, February 24, 2014

Dragons and a Prince with Evan Ritchie

Hi Everybody!

Twenty one keen fly tyers braved another frigid night to take in Evan Ritchie's fly tying session. Evan is one of the original members of the fly tying group that began many years ago as an exclusive group. Over the last 20 years the group has evolved into a rather diverse group of fly tyers. Luckily Evan kept the group going almost single handed for several years. He has taught a lot of people how to tie flies, including me.

Tonight, Evan showed us a dragon pattern made mainly from foam. This dragon pattern needs to be fished with either a full sink line or a sink tip. The second pattern is a variation on a prince nymph. It is a variation that will work great in either a lake or river. We tied the prince nymph variant both as a straight nymph and as a soft hackle.

Thanks Evan for the two excellent patterns.

Next week, Larry Prowse is our guest instructor. 

Remember that the International Fly Fishing Film Festival is next Thursday March the 6th at Carnival Theatre. The films look excellent this year. Get your tickets on line right here! The IF4 Film Festival should be an excellent evening. Josh Nugent will be here as well!

Foam Dragon Nymph

Hook: Size 8 to 12 3XL dry fly hook
Thread: Olive 8/0
Eyes: Bead Chain (make them bright)
Body: Foam
Thorax: Olive Dubbing
Legs: Rubber

Prince Nymph Variation

Hook: TMC 200R sizes 8 to 12
Bead: Orange 1/8 to 7/64ths
Thread: Olive 8/0
Tail: Tan goose biots
Rib: Small gold wire
Body: Olive antron 
Wing: White goose biots
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: (optional) Partridge

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