Monday, December 26, 2016

The Gomphus

A great sprawler pattern that requires you to spin some deer hair, cut to shape! Take a look!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tying the Copper Moon and Deceivers with Dr. Bill Young

Dr. Bill Young was our guest fly tyer instructor tonight! Bill brought along a streamer few of us had seen before. We affectionately named it the Copper Moon, partially because Bill's hunting dog's name is Copper and also because of the copper flash in the fly! Bill has used the Copper Moon on the Bow River with lots of success!We also spent part of the evening tying Lefty Kreh's Deceiver. Deceivers have been used to catch many species of fish. I know Dr. Bill is gearing up for tarpon while others use deceivers to catch lake trout, bull trout, pike as well as many other species! There is no doubt that both flies are fish catchers.

Just a reminder that our all day fly tying session with Philip Rowley is on Saturday February 4th. This will mainly be a stillwater session with a wide variety of lake flies. Drop Bob Vanderwater a note to sign up.  We already have had several sign up!

Reid Stoyberg is our next guest instructor. Reid is a guide at Plummers Lodge at Great Bear Lake and the Tree River! Our next fly tying session will be January 2nd. The location will be announced shortly (we hope to tie flies at a pub)!

Tonight was our last tying session before Christmas. Karen and I would like to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas. We hope the holidays is filled with good health and time well spent with family and friends!

Copper Moon

Hook: 3 XL size 6 or 8 streamer 
Cone Head: 5/32nds
Thread: black or brown 8/0
Tail: White marabou
Body: White Marabou
Throat: Pearl crystal flash
Over Wing: Mallard Flank
Colar: Webby duck feather

Cool Fly Tying Set Up

Lefty's Deceiver

Hook: Mustad 34007  size 4 to 4/0
Thread: Whie 6/0
Tail: 4 hackle feathers
Body: silver or gold tinsel
Under Wing: White Buck Tail
Over Wing: Buck Tail: colour to suit
Flash: Rainbow Flashabou
Throat: Red Flashabou

Thanks for the Christmas Chocolates Doug!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cola Worm

Phil Rowley is just starting to add a new series of videos to his You Tube Channel! Take a look!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Look Out Permit, Tarpon and Barracuda!

Our fly tying club is very fortunate to have a wide variety of fly tying knowledge. Today Brandon Fawcett, Head Guide at Fly Fishing Little Corn Island in Nicaragua spent the evening teaching us three neat fly patterns. Tying a needlefish imitation was our first challenge, followed by tying an EP Crab and finally a Big Eye Tarpon Fly!

Brandon has shared his expertise with our tying group the last three years. Brandon heads to Little Corn Island about mid January and he continues to guide there until the spring. Brandon is a skilled guide. Little Corn Island is a diamond in the rough. A great place to escape Canada's harsh winter! Take sometime to check out his Fly Fishing Company!

Thanks Brandon and a huge congratulations go to Brandon and Genevieve!

Next week, Dr. Bill Young is our guest tyer!  Dr. Bill has asked you to bring 8/0 brown or black thread, 6/0 white or cream thread and some buck tail (if you have some)! You will also need some UV resin or Hard as Nails (finger nail polish) or fast drying epoxy! I am sure we can share around with this stuff!

See you then!

Brandon Fawcett

It was a full house, as usual!

Needle Fish Imitation

Two hooks: Mustad 34007 size 4 connected by knowable bit tippet, 30 pound
Tail: Chartreuse or Blue Marabou
Body: Mylar tubing
Eyes: Craft Eyes

EP Crab

Hook: Mustad 34007 size 2 or 4 or TMC 811
Thread: Tan or chartreuse
Dumbell Eyes: 5/32nds
Tail: Marabou-tan or chartreuse
Body: EP Fibres
Legs: Tan Sili Legs

Big Eye Tarpon Fly

Hook: Mustad 34007 size 1 
Thread: Orange, red-6/0
Tail: Schlappen feathers
Collar: Schlappen feathers

Monday, December 5, 2016

A New Season Begins with Clouser Minnows and Half and Halfs

What a great start to another fly tying season! Twenty-nine keen fly fishers came out on a frigid Monday evening and worked on tying Bob Clouser's famous clouser minnow. Perhaps the fly that has caught more species than any other fly! Clouser minnows are not difficult to tie although mounting bucktail at the correct angle ensures you get a nice tapered head on the fly. When you add some tail feathers similar to a deceiver, you then have a fly called a half and half! Lastly we tied clousers and half and halts with stinger hooks.

Next week, Brandon Fawcett, guide at Little Corn Island is our guest tyer. I am sure we will be tying some great salt water patterns!

Clouser Minnows- Bob Clouser Inventor

Hook: Mustad 34007 hooks sizes 8 to 6/0
Thread: Colour to suit pattern
Mirror Flash
Body: Bucktail
Dumbbell Eyes

...add a stinger hook
with Power Pro

Half and Half

Hook: Mustad 34007 hooks sizes 8 to 6/0
Thread: Colour to suit pattern
Body: Bucktail
Mirror Flash
Tail: hackle, schalappen; colour to suit design
Dumbbell Eyes

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A New Tying Season Starts on December 5th

Hi Everybody!

Well the fly tying season kicks off on Monday, December 5th at West Park Middle School starting at  7 pm. We generally are all finished up at 9 pm. Remember that each session costs $3.00 per person. That covers the costs of the fly tying materials for the evening per person!

New fly tyers are always welcome!

What do you need to have along with you? Here are the basics:

  • a fly tying vice
  • sharp pair of scissors (you can get cheap sharp ones at Michaels for about $8
  • whip finishing tool
  • a bobbin or two (to hold tying thread)
  • fly tying thread: I suggest back, red, olive, orange (8/0) and the same colours in 6/0; you at times will need other colours but these are the basic colours that will get you by!
  • some crazy glue (brushable type, can get at Michaels)
  • dubbing twister
  • hair stacker
  • velcro brush

There are other materials that you may occasionally need but these will get you by! You can gather most of these materials locally (TC Outfitters, Sportsmen's Den or Wolverine (by Costco).

The first session is all about clouser minnows! If you have bucktail, bring it along! Especially white and any of your favourite colours!