Take it to the next level!
So you have begun to tie your own flies. Maybe you have already tied a few dozen woolly buggers, elk hair caddis or rubber spiders and now you are wondering where to go next. You can read a recipe from a web site or a magazine article but are having a hard time figuring out how it is all put together. Maybe there is a particular material you are wanting to learn or a certain technique you are having difficulty with.
Maybe you are just finding it hard to find the time to sit down any tie some flies; any flies. Good news for you, addressing these issues is just what the Intermediate and Skills Development Tying Class is all about. We tie flies for smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, northern pike, musky, carp, trout, salmon, steelhead, bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish, drum, catfish, peacock bass, and many more. Basically, if it swims and can be caught on a fly rod we tie flies for it. Most of the flies are tied up in class a few weeks before a particular fishing season so you can have some ready to fish with.
But that's not all, we also work on various skills and techniques used in tying flies. We learn how to spin deer hair, use a dubbing loop, direct dubbing, learn parachute techniques, stacking hair, burning wings as well as various new tools to aid in tying flies. Various patterns call for certain techniques and these classes can help tiers learn them.But the class is not just about patterns. We also learn how to work with epoxy, wool, deer hair, matched wings, synthetic materials, beads and weights, foam and cork popper heads, and many materials that are new on the market. Lots of great patterns exist that use materials many tiers are unfamiliar with or uncertain if they want to get into. These classes give tiers an opportunity to try certain materials before they buy them as well as learn how to use them in their flies.
The Intermediate Tying class are usually held every Saturday, A list of upcoming classes is always posted on the main web site page. Please check this list for the next class we will be hosting to make certain is the one you want to attend. One or more of the flies that will be tied may show up in the newsletter. The classes are usually from 2:00 to 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The price of the class is only $20.00. All you need to bring are your tying tools, all materials are provided. Double check the the information concerning the class you want to attend to make certain you bring the required thread or tools for what we will work on.
The size of the class can run anywhere from one to about twelve. It is hard to get more than about 12 people in the classroom. Generally, there are only about 5 or 6 people in each class so there is usually room. However, the only way to guarantee a seat is to register and pay for the class ahead of time. If you walk in on Saturday there might not be an opening so call ahead. As an added bonus for each participant you will receive an handout with recopies of each of the flies tied and Internet resources (when available) to help you recall each of the tying steps in the future.The classes are open to requests as well. If you have a particular fly you would like to learn or a technique you are having trouble mastering, let us know and we will work it into a class. We always welcome input and requests from our customers.
We hope to see you tying flies in our next Intermediate and Skills Development class.
To register for the class, click on the class description and pay online or leave your name and phone number with the store personnel (317-570-9811).