Monday, February 12, 2018

Jujubaetis and Micro Chubby Chernobyls

Hi Everybody!

Rick and Bob collaborated to do a presentation tonight. Bob showed everybody how to tie a jujubaetis, a Charlie Craven pattern. This tying style can be used for many mayfly nymphs by adjusting the colour of the super hair you use. Rick showed the group how to tie some small foam dry flies that are micro chubby chernobyls.

Next Monday is Family Day and there is no Fly Tying Monday.

The following Monday Bernie Peet is our guest instructor, see you then!

Bob Vanderwater

Rick Miyauchi

Jujubaetis (Charlie Craven)

Hook: Curved Nymph Hook sizes 14-24
Thread: UTC 70 denier white and black
Tail: mottled brown fibres
Abdomen: One strand black and two strands brown super hair
Thorax: Black thread
Wing Case: Mirage Opal Tinsel
Wing Case and legs: Grey fluro fibre

Micro Chubby Chernobyl

Hook: Mustad 9761/9672 or 3906B size 14
Thread; Colour to match 8/0 or furry thread
Underbody: Ice dub
Overbody: 2 mm foam
Wing: Macrame or Polypropolene or pretreated wing material
Legs: Silly legs

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Late Winter and Early Spring Nymphs for the River with Dan Reaman

Dan Reaman is a very passionate fly fisher and an outstanding fly tyer. He has created several original patterns based on his keen observations on the rivers he loves to fly fish. Tonight Dan shared three early season river fly patterns. He also took it easy on us because these patterns need to be tied small. Yes size 18 to 24 is not that unusual! Dan also introduced us Firehole hooks. They are sold in Montana and are in fact competition hooks.

Thanks Dan for sharing your fabulous fly patterns with us! I hope you are able to do another session next year!

Next week Bob and Rick are our presenters. See you then!

Matt Mc'annel's Demon Midge

Hook: Mustad CO68 
Body: veevus body quill BQ12, hot pink 
Rib: UTC 70 in black, 
Gas Bubble: Red UTC Holo Tinsel

Dan's Ice Dub Baetis

Hook: Firehole Outdoors 316 sizes 16 to 20 
Thread: UTC 70, brown, tan or olive
Tail: light brown hen hackle fibres
Rib: UTC wire to contrast body, silver, gold, black, in size small, 
 Abdomen: Awesome possum, golden stone dubbing.
Thorax: UTC thread, gills: uv pearl ice dub, 
Wing case and legs: brown antron yarn in spring, tan MFC widows web in winter,

 Reece's Fusion 

Nymph hook: Firehole Outdoors 316 sizes 12 to 18
Bead: Brass
Tail: Rootbeer Krystal Flash
Rib: UTC wire size medium copper
Gills: Tan ostrich herl
Thorax: Olive ice dub in dubbing loop

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bread and Butter Stillwater Flies with Philip Rowley

The Central Alberta Fly Tying Club feels very fortunate to have Phil Rowley spend the weekend with us teaching us so much about stillwater fly fishing and tying flies that will work great on our local lakes. Phil is a big part of the Central Alberta fly fishing community. This is Phil's 9th all day Saturday workshop in Red Deer. Thirty one fly tyers filled our tying area to capacity today. The day started off with an intense blizzard and nasty wind chill but everybody made it to the workshop.

As always Phil does a great job ensuring the students understand what food inhabits our lakes. We then focused on 8 fly patterns that did not include chironomids. We tied flies that are tried and true and also challenge everybody's tying skill. The flies teach all of us so much. Careful thread control, learning a sense of proportion on flies, creativity, the proper way to use hackle, dubbing loops, what materials to use and so on! 

Phi is a master fly tying instructor. His explanations allow all levels of fly tyers to be successful at the vice. All of the fly tying students come away with a better understanding of fly construction and tying technique.

The best part of the weekend is the camaraderie amongst the group. Visiting at the pub, working together tying flies, learning and just plain having a great time.

As always we owe Phil a big thank you. We also owe his wife Patsy a big thank you for helping Phil gather materials and package them. That is a big job!

A big thank you to Garnet Clews and his brother for allowing us the use of their facility for the workshop!

...and lastly, yes there is a fly tying session this Monday at TC Outfitters. See you there when Dan Reaman is our guest instructor.