Learn to Tie Your Own Flies!
Instructor - Ian Anderson
One of the greatest aspects of learning to fly fish is that it is so easy to learn how to make your own flies. Not all flies answer every need and you may come up with a particular pattern that works better than all others for you. With a little practice and instruction you can quickly be tying your own pattern and catching fish on them.
FlyMasters Beginning Fly Tying School is a four week course that meets Tuesday evenings or Saturday Mornings. You can choose to attend the Tuesday evening classes or the Saturday Morning classes. They are the same classes just different days to accommodate busy schedules. Instruction is one session per week (Tuesdays 7:00pm to 9:00pm or Saturdays 10:00 - 12:00am) for four weeks. Cost is $50.00 per student.
The entire course is only $75.00 and all materials and tools are provided. The main focus of this course is to develop good hands-on techniques as well as emphasis on proper fly proportions and aesthetics. Upon completion of the course the student should have the ability to tie about 80% of the basic patterns shown in most fly-tying books and magazines.
The flies selected for the course have been chosen because they help expose the beginner to all of the basic fly tying techniques while building skills and knowledge in each class on what you have learned before. Plus, all of the flies are good in our local warm waters waters. In the first class, students will tie a rubber spider and a woolly bugger, both extremely productive and popular patterns. Students will tie two different flies in each session as well as learn much information concerning fly tying, materials used and technique. The skills learned in tying the flies in this course will apply to all other flies any tier might wish to tie. Classes are a combination of information and instructions concerning tying materials, tool and techniques as well as step-by-step instruction for the flies tied in class.
Main Topic Flies You'll Tie
Session #1 Introduction and fly tying tools Rubber Spider and Woolly Bugger
Session #2 All about hooks Clouser Deep Minnow and Zug Bug
Session #3 Fur and Feathers Deer Hair Caddis and Clouser Swimming Nymph
Session #4 All About Thread Skips Dad and ItsABug
Current Dates for Beginning Fly Tying for 2018
January 16th (Tuesday) - 7:00 - 9:00pm
January 20th (Saturday) - 10:00 - 12:00pm
March 20th (Tuesday) - 7:00 - 9:00pm
March 24th (Saturday) - 10:00 - 12:00pm
The Rubber Spider, the first fly you will tie!
When you complete the Beginning Fly Tying class you can continue on to our Intermediate and Skills Development Tying Classes on Saturdays. These classes are designed to help beginning fly tiers continue their practices and learning in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere to encourage them to enjoy fly tying. All sorts of different flies are tied throughout the year in our Intermediate classes. Bass, Trout, Carp, Salmon, Steelhead, Northen Pike and even saltwater species are all possibilities in our Saturday classes. Take a look at our class page for the Intermediate & Skills Development Fly Tying class to see just what kinds of flies we tie!
Our Beginning Fly Tying Classes fill quickly and are reserved on a first come first served basis. Payment is made in advance to confirm your reservation. To register for the class, leave your name and phone number with the store personnel (317-570-9811) or send Ian an .
The instructor is Ian Anderson. He has been tying flies for many years and specifically has been teaching the Beginning Fly Tying Classes at FlyMasters since 2006 (and the Intermediate class since 2006 as well). Ian likes all things fly tying from new and unconventional to the older classic patterns of yesterday. He is always in search of new and interesting materials and ways to tie flies and in the end fool fish!
He also teaches our Intermediate and Skills Development Tying Classes.