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.
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.
Ron Robinson, Education Chair
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.
Basic Fly Tying Classes Begin September 1: The nine classes will feature flies that target tail waters, which would include places like Lees Ferry and the San Juan. These flies also are very effective in other moving waters as well as our lakes and ponds. Brian Mazoyer and his crew of instructors are ready to help you make your own flies that you can fish on the club trip to the San Juan in October. The club will supply all materials and tying equipment if you need it. See page 2 of this newsletter for a complete schedule of the classes, and call Ron at 602-867-8820 if you have questions.
Hook: Standard dry, size 12-22
Thread: Brown 6/0 or 8/0
Wing: White Antron or poly yarn
Tail: Dun hackle fibers or Microfibets
Abdomen: Olive, brown, or black dubbing
Thorax: Brown dubbing
1. Place the debarbed hook into the vise and start wrapping the thread just behind the eye, wrapping back towards the bend of the hook. Don’t trim the tag end of the threat yet.
2. Take a small clump of Antron and tie in the wings at the front of the hook, using figure eight wraps to secure so that the wings lie flat.
3. Now wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook, keeping the tag end of the thread on top of the hook.
4. At the bend of the hook, tie in several hackle fibers to form the tail. Bring the tag end of the thread between the fibers, splitting them, and tie off and cut the tag end of the thread.
5. Now dub a tapered body towards the wings.
6. Next use the brown dubbing to form the thorax.
7. Form a neat thread head. Whip finish and cut the thread.