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.

Basic Fly Tying Classes Begin September 1

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.

Trico Poly-Wing Spinner

trico-poly-wing-spinnerHook: 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
Head: Thread


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.

General Education – Dubbing

ron-robinsonOur class this month will feature the huge quantity of dubbing material donated to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and our club by Jason Jones. The class will show what dubbing is available, how to blend/mix it, and how to apply it to all types of fishing flies. You will have the opportunity to make your own blend and tie a simple leech pattern. Ron Robinson will supply the hooks. You need to bring your own tying equipment. We are using Jason’s donation to help generate funds for our local Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program and offer our members an opportunity to purchase unique, quality dubbing at a very low cost. We will be taking purchase orders at $5 per bag. The class will be held on August 16 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM at the Sunnyslope Community Center.

If you have questions, give Ron a call at 602-867-8820.