How to Set up a Fly Reel – from Orvis and Tight Line Video

Great Video from Tight Line Video

Published on Sep 21, 2017

Article written by Phil Monahan of Orvis

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is always looking for better, simpler ways to do things–whether you’re talking about tying a specific fly pattern or trying to get a new line and backing on a fly reel. Here, Tim demonstrates his method for ensuring that he gets just the right amount of backing loaded on a reel, to make the most of the arbor’s diameter. As usual, Tim employs a little ingenuity and some unorthodox materials. While this process may seem complicated, if you watch all the way to the end, you’ll discover that once you’re set up, the actual loading of the reel is a breeze.

Basic Fly Tying Classes Are Back In Session!

By Ron Robinson

Our basic fly tying classes started on September 1. We will tie nine different “bugs” over the course of the month. Brian Mazoyer has put together a great selection of fly patterns as well as an excellent team of instructors.

The classes are free to all club members. You can attend any or all the classes, as you like. Our

instructors will be there to help if you need it. 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. All 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. If you have questions, give Ron Robinson a call at 602-867-8820.

Casting Meet-up

Every Wednesday, September thru April
Road Runner Park, Hi 51 & Cactus
Casting classes are extremely import so you understand proper casting technique, however practice is what sets that muscle memory so you can repeat, mindless, a quality casting action and as Cinda Howard told me putting the fly where you want it is the key.
So come on out. Starting on September 6 at 8:00a we will meet every Wednesday until May. Keep in touch with social media and the newsletter for times. Time will change as the weather does.
If you have questions, give John Doss a call at 623-229-8335.

Casting Class

We resume our monthly casting classes Saturday, September 14. Our classes will run through April and are held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Steele Indian School Park. Enter the park on the south side at Indian School Road and 3rd Street. We will be all the way at the north end of the parking lot on the grass. If there is an event blocking the Indian School Road entrance, use the entrance on the west side at Central Avenue (about 1/4 mile north of Indian School Road). The club has rods and reels for those in need and a fine group of casting instructors. It will likely be hot, so bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water. The first class will feature a review of methods to give you good loop control and show you how to develop a casting practice session designed for your specific needs. If you have questions, give Ron Robinson a call at 602-867-8820.

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.