Friday, January 27, 2023

Information About Fly Tying on Monday January 30th with Steve Luethi

Hi Everyone!

Steve Luethi is our guest fly tyer this Monday January 30th at 7 pm! Steve is a skilled fly tyer who loves big toothy critters! Steve is going to share pictures from his last two trips to Cree Lake and I am sure we will be tying flies for big toothy critters. Steve asks you to bring orange or red UTC 140 or 6/0 thread.

...also, we have ordered the tying materials for our big all day workshop on February 11th. We still could use a few more tyers. The workshop is $75. That includes lunch, prizes, a PDF of the workshop and your tying materials.

Please etransfer your workshop fee to me ( when you have a chance or catch me on Monday!

...Steve's workshop will be lots of fun! See you there!



Monday, January 23, 2023

A Neat Way to Tie An Ultimate Boatman and Chromies with Ralf Kuntzemann

What a terrific evening of fly tying with Ralf Kuntzemann. Ralf ties lots of flies for his friends so he loves to figure out ways to make his patterns quick and easy ties! Tonight Ralf showed 18 fly tyers a neat way to tie an Ultimate Boatman. An ultimate boatman is quite fussy to construct. Ralf glues two pieces of foam together with 3M Super 77 spray glue and then punches out his foam bodies with a homemade punch fashioned from a spent bullet shell. Then he uses a needle to thread the silly legs. Fast and efficient! I am already looking forward to Ralf's next tying session in late February! Thanks for thinking outside the box Ralf!

Next week, Steve Luethi is our guest tyer. Steve is a guide with Out Flyfishing from Calgary. Steve loves tying big streamers and I am sure he has some big fish flies on his mind.

Finally, we could still use 3-5 more tyers for the Phil Rowley Workshop on February 11th. 

See you next week!

Willy showing us the empty shell casing used to make a punch for the the foam bodies.

Once you punch out the foam bodies, use a needle and a bit of glue to thread the silly legs through the foam.

Take a felt pen and and add red eyes and that wine glass look on the boatman.

Use a razor blade to create a slit for the hook!

Slit the foam with a razor blade and insert your favourite hook, then add some clear gorilla glue to seal the deal.

The steps go quite quickly and you can make a dozen ultimate boatmen in an hour.

Watch Neil Jennings Construct an Ultimate Boatman

The second fly of the evening was "The One Wire Wonder Chromie!"

Add a bead then wrap the wire rib right onto the shank of the hook. Then use resin to create depth and a taper. Simple, quick. and functional!


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Some Information About Ralf Kuntzemann's Tying Session this Upcoming Monday January 23rd

For this Monday's tying session with Ralf Kuntzemann. If you have any of the following bring them along. I will bring some extra. This tying session looks like a blast!

1/ Loon, or other, UV epoxy  - thick preferred - both thin and thick if they have

[with UV Flashlight]

2/ an old magazine that they don't mind thrashed/trashed [for mixing epoxy and banging out some scud patterns]

3/ a mallet, or some other "pounding" device

4/ a large sewing needle [to fit backswimmer/boatman legs into eye]

5/ a razor blade [or other sharp cutting instrument]

6/ medium/small/X-small wire [red/black/copper/brown - as they may have]

7/ magic, or other permanent, markers [fine tip preferred]

Pls let me know if you need further information


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Private Hackle Sale

Get ahold of Joe If you are interested in purchasing any of the following hackles. They are all for sale!


Monday, January 16, 2023

Pike Streamers and Morrish Mice with Dr. Bill Young

Dr. Bill Young was our guest instructor tonight. He taught 15 fly tyers how to tie a pike streamer that he designed. Effective pike patterns do not need to be complicated. A rabbit strip with lots of flash, crystal chenille and some hackle in your favourite colours will certainly get the attention of pike. Dr. Bill also showed us how to tie a Morrish Mouse. This is an excellent pattern that brown trout will devour in the dark and is a tried and true fish catcher for so many species. Thanks Bill for an enjoyable evening of fly tying.

Next week Ralf Kuntzemann is our guest instructor. This will be a tying session that you will definitely enjoy! Ralf is a very creative fly tyer with many neat ideas, some unconventional yet very effective.

We still need some fly tyers for our all day Fly Tying Workshop with Phil Rowley on February 11th. Please send me a text (403-598-3802) or e-mail me The cost is $75- that includes all of the tying materials and lunch!

Phil Rowley Workshop-February 11th

Lunch is Provided
Seminar Runs from 9 am to 4 pm
All Tying Materials will be Supplied
PDF of the Workshop for all participants
Door Prizes!

Just What the Doctor Ordered (Dr. Bill Young)

Hook: Universal Predator Size 2/0-6/0
Weight: Dumpbell Eyes
Thread: 3/0 colour is your choice
Tail: Rabbit and lots of flashabou
Body: Crystal chenille and hackle

Moorish Mouse

Hook: Gamakatsu SP-11 Size 1
Thread: GSP or 3/0
Tail: Rabbit
Body: Deer or Elk Hair
Shellback: Foam


Monday, January 9, 2023

Tying a Carey Special, Jimmy Legs and Glass Ant with Rick Miyauchi

What an excellent start to the 2023 fly tying season. Seventeen fly tyers came out to take in Rick Miyauchi's presentation. Rick guided the group through how to tie up a Carey Special, a Jimmy Legs and a glass ant. As always, everyone was worried that we would be tying tiny flies but Rick taught us to tie two classic flies and a new ant pattern using glass beads. A Carey Special is an outstanding pattern that can be used to imitate everything from a dragon fly nymph, a damsel nymph as well as a cased caddis. The variations are endless with the different coloured variegated chenilles that you could use for the body. A Jimmy Legs is a staple on many rivers in Alberta. A Jimmy Legs is an excellent stone fly imitation. It maybe one of the most popular stone fly nymphs on the Bow River. The final fly is one I have not encountered before, a glass ant. Using two different sized glass beads on a size 16 hook with some hackle makes for an excellent dropper fly on our rivers.

Next week, Dr. Bill Young is our presenter. Bill is tying pike flies and you will need some 3/0 thread (210 denier), colour is not a big deal.

We still have lots of space for our workshop with Phil Rowley! Give Bob a call or text (403-598-3802) to sign up.

Carey Special

Thread: Black 8/0
Hook: size 10-6, 2 xl hook
Weight: 0.020 lead replacement
Tail: Pheasant Rump
Body: Variegated Chenille
Collar: Pheasant Rump

Jimmy Legs

Thread: 8/0, black
Hook: size 10 to 4, 3 xl hook
Legs: Rubber
Body: variegated chenille
Weight: 0.025 lead replacement

Glass Ant

Thread: Black 8/0
Hook: C49s size 16
Body: Glass beads, one black(larger) and one amber (smaller)
Legs: Starling Feather


Sunday, January 8, 2023

Talk and Tie About Fritz with Kevin Porteous and Phil Rowley

In case you missed this talk and tie with Phil Rowley and Kevin Porteous from Scotland, here is the workshop. Lots of excellent information. If you tie Boobies, Blobs and FABS get a coffee and take the time to watch this informative workshop. I learned a lot from this presentation!


Friday, January 6, 2023

Fly Tying Mondays Resume on Monday January 9th at 7 pm and Some Great News

Fly Tying Mondays resume on January 9th at 7 pm at Reliance Learning Centre. Rick Miyauchi is our guest tyer. Just bring your basic tying tools and $4!

Saturday January 7th at noon Mountain Standard Time. This will be an excellent free workshop to learn about tying boobies, blobs, FABS, etc. Just tune in to Phil's You Tube Channel.

E-mail or text bob: 403-598-3802