Wyoming Pre-trip

Ron Robinson ~

I would like to thank all the members who sent me get well wishes while I was recovering from heart surgery. I want to give a special thank you to Bob Sickles for all his help while I was away. I should be back to limited action soon.

This month’s education class will focus on how and when to add “bling” to your flies. We will review how these techniques have evolved over the years and give each student an opportunity to tie a few patterns for their next trip. The club will supply all materials and equipment for those in need.

We also will talk about the upcoming Wyoming trip. All are welcome whether you are going on this trip, thinking about a future trip, or just want to hang out and socialize. Topics will include what to bring (clothing, cigars, etc.), rehash of last year’s experience and what to expect, information on rods, leaders, tippet, flies, etc., and current conditions at Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile. Come on out and share in the pre-adventure.

Please note that our formal casting classes have ended until cooler weather returns in the fall. You can still attend informal weekly “casting meet-ups” at Roadrunner Park every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. The meet-ups are good opportunities to get some one-on-one help as well as fly fishing information from other members.

Grouping Flies

Over the years, I have enjoyed tying many different flies and filling many fly boxes. Each year, I reorganize the flies into groups that make sense to me when I go fishing. I organize my boxes according to fishing location, grouping the flies that I know are effective at a particular location. New members often ask me the types of flies I use for a particular location. Ask a dozen members and you will get a dozen different answers with their recommended fly selections.
For those who are new to fly fishing, I recommend using a small assortment. Here are a few that I would consider. They are available at just about any fly shop and are easy to tie:
Cold water lakes:
  • Woolly Worms (black, olive, and dark brown) in #10,
  • Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail in #12,
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear in #12, Prince Nymph in #12,
  • Royal Coachman Dry in #14,
  • Elk Hair Caddis in #14,
  • and a standard Pheasant Tail Nymph in #16 (fished behind the Royal Coachman Dry or Elk Hair Caddis when fishing for rising trout).
Arizona small streams: 
  • Royal Coachman in #14,
  • Adams in #14,
  • Elk Hair Caddis dry flies in #14,
  • un-weighted Pheasant Tail in #14,
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear in #14,
  • and a Bead Head Prince Nymph in #14.

Disco Midge 

disco midgeHook: Short curved, size 12-22
Thread: Black, white, olive, or red
Body: UV crystal flash in gray, red, clear, or olive
Rib: Silver wire extra small, fine
Thorax: Peacock herl
Head: Thread
1. Place the debarbed hook into the vise and start wrapping the thread just behind the eye.
2. Tie in the wire and two or three strands of crystal flash at this point and wrap the thread over them into the bend of the hook.
3. Wrap the thread up to the starting point and let it hang.
4. Take the crystal flash and wrap it over the thread base to form the body of the fly, making sure to cover all of the thread in even wraps. Secure and trim the excess.
5. Wrap the wire in even, open wraps over the body of the fly. Secure the end and trim the excess.
6. Take a single strand of peacock herl and tie it in by the tip. Make several wraps around the fly to form the collar, tie off the end, and trim the excess.

7. Wrap a small, neat thread head. Whip finish and cut the thread.

Basic Fly Tying Classes Are Back In Session!

Ron Robinson, Education Chair

September 1,5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunnyslope Community Center

Our basic fly tying classes start on September 1 and feature flies used on the San Juan River. These are very basic flies and are being taught in sizes that are at the larger end of the ranges used, so they will be a

little easier for you to tie. You can attend any or all the classes, as you like. Our instructors will be there to help you if you need help. The club supplies all the materials and has equipment for those in need. The complete schedule of classes is set forth above and on the website. The classes are held at the Sunnyslope Community Center from 7:00 to 8:45 PM. Please be a little early, as we start at 7:00 PM sharp. The club trip to the San Juan is October 15 to 19, so you will have plenty of time after the classes have ended to tie flies for the trip! If you have questions, give Ron a call at 602-867-8820.

Note: Our Fly Tiers Guild will not meet in September while we are teaching our basic fly tying classes. We will start up again in October. We have not yet selected the next date. Watch for updates in the next newsletter.