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.

Fly Tiers Meet Up

AFC Fly Tiers Guild Meets August 24: We have had a number of requests for a VERY informal get together to tie flies of our own liking and share techniques and materials used. Depending on the response, we will meet once a month at the Sunnyslope Community Center from 7:00 to 8:45 PM. The first meeting will be held August 24 with a theme of “rabbit”, which would include just about any type of fly, so bring materials for a favorite pattern and show us how you tie and fish it.

Partridge and Green Soft Hackle

Hook: Standard wet, size 12-16 Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 11.07.35 AM
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Rib: Silver tinsel or wire
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Partridge
Head: Thread

1. Place the debarbed hook into the vise. Attach the thread just behind the eye of the hook and start wrapping back towards the bend. After only a few wraps of thread, tie in the ribbing material and wrap back over it to the bend. Wrap the thread back towards the eye where the thread was started.

2. Tie in several strands of peacock herl by the tips. Take the peacock and wrap it around the thread several times to form a rope (this will help make the

peacock stronger). Take the peacock rope and wrap it around the shank of the hook towards the bend, then wrap it back to the tie-in point and tie off. Trim the excess peacock.

3. Now take the rib material and counter wrap in a spiral fashion, making only three or four turns, tie off, and trim.

4. Take a partridge feather and prepare it by trimming the end and removing the barbs from the top half of the feather. Tie in at the front of the body. Take hold of the feather and make only one or two wraps around the hook, tie off, and trim.

5. Use the thread to form a neat head. Whip finish and cut the thread. The fly is ready to fish.

July General Education – Mark Pearlstein, Balanced Leech

July 19, 7:00 PM
Sunny slope Community Center

Our education class this month will show you how to tie a deadly Balanced Leech.

Our guest instructor will be Mark Pearlstein. Mark has used Balanced Leeches with great success in the ponds and lakes of Oregon.

Balanced patterns are becoming very popular among still water anglers. Philip Rowley told us about the unique features of balanced patterns in his presentation to our club last year. The Balanced Leech (Minnow) is designed to fish under an indicator. The concept is to get larger flies to ride horizontally in the water

under an indicator and not up and down like a midge. This helps the fly imitate leeches and minnows swimming in the water. It is tied on a 60-degree jig hook and incorporates a straight pin or brad in which the bead is secured to balance the fly. Smaller size 8 flies are called balanced leeches and larger size 4 flies are referred to as Balanced Minnows.

Balanced patterns can be used on many different types of flies. We will tie a simple Simi Seal-type leech. You also could use a balanced technique on flies such as the Arizona Peacock Lady, Woolly Bugger, Woolly Worm, most any leech pattern, and quite a few of the popular wet fly patterns. In addition to showing you how to tie this style of fly, Mark will give tips on how the fly should be fished.

The club will supply all the materials you need. If you need tools or a vise, the club will have them

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

Fly of the Month June 2016 – Copper John

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  • Hook: 2xl size 12-16
  • Body: Copper wire in natural, red, black, green, silver
  • Bead: Copper size appropriate for hook
  • Wing case: Mylar with epoxy covering
  • Thread: Black 6/0
  • Thorax: Peacock herl
  • Weight: Lead wire as option
  • Legs: Hen feather
  • Tail: Goose biots
  • Head: Thread

1. Begin by pinching down the hook and placing the bead on the hook before placing the hook in the vise. If the plan is to weight the fly, this would be the time to make 8 to 10 wraps of lead wire on the hook and push the wire under the bead. Start the thread just behind the bead and wrap back to the bend of the hook. Select two biots, even the tips, and tie them in so they point away from each other and are about the length of the fly body. Wrap over the biots up to where the thorax will be and trim the excess. At this point, tie in the copper wire and wrap back over it to the base of the tail and then wrap the thread back up to where the wire was tied in.

2. Take the copper wire and wrap forward in smooth tight wraps to form the body to a point where the thorax will begin. Tie off the end and trim the excess. Next tie in the mylar strip and hang it off out of the way for now. Take three or four peacock herl pieces and tie them in by the tips. Advance the thread to just behind the bead and let it hang. Take the peacock herl and wrap a large thorax up to the bead, tie off the ends, and trim the excess. Take the hen feather and strip off a number of the barbles to be used as the legs for the far side of the fly, tie these in so they extend back about half the length of the body, secure, and trim any excess. Repeat the same process for the near side of the fly.

3. Take the mylar strip and bring it over the top of the thorax, tie it off right at the bead, and trim the excess. Whip finish the thread and trim off the rest. The final step is to mix up some epoxy to put on the mylar as a small bubble. Once the epoxy has cured, the fly is complete and ready to fish.

Let’s Put the Fly in Fly Fishing

BY Ron Robinson, Education Chair

At our last general meeting there was a brief discussion on fly selection when fishing moving waters. I was asked if we might give a class on this subject. My response is, “Why spoil all your fun?”

If just having the “right fly” was the only thing needed to catch a lot of fish, our sport wouldn’t be much fun. There is more, much more, to fly fishing than fly selection. Remember, fish are much less expensive at your local grocery store, but the fun is missing.

If you really want to understand selection, fishing techniques, fly construction, etc., you need to spend some time reading and “doing”. To that end, I have listed a few books that will help you get started or improve your current knowledge base. There also are hundreds (thousands?) of good YouTube

presentations if reading isn’t your thing. The club also has several DVD’s that will help your quest. We will use our September fly tying classes to help with construction and understanding how flies fit into the fish diet. For now, here are three books that I highly recommend:

  •  Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods, by Dave Whitlock
  •  Handbook of Hatches: Introductory Guide to the Foods Trout Eat & the Most Effective Flies to Match Them, by Dave Hughes
  • Stillwater Presentation – A Fly Fisher’s Comprehensive Guide for Planning and Executing a Presentation System for Catching Stillwater Trout, by Denny Rickards

Just remember that there are a lot of “right flies” out there. The more you study our sport the more you will find.

General Education Class — Jim Schultz/Caterpillar Flies

General Education Class — Jim Schultz/Caterpillar Flies
June 14, 7:00 PM
Sunnyslope Community Center
Ron Robinson, Education Chair

Our education class this month will feature Jim Schultz showing us how to tie the latest editions of his

family of caterpillar flies. Jim’s latest editions are easier to tie and even more effective on the water.

The class will be held at the Sunnyslope Community Center on June 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Make plans now to attend so that you can tie some of these great flies for the San Juan or your next trip. Bring pen and paper to take notes. This will be a great opportunity to get questions answered by the maker.

It’s always great fun to hear what Jim has to say about fly tying generally, and the class also will improve your overall understanding of fly fishing. Oh, by the way, Jim’s flies also are great on our local ponds and lakes. See you there.

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

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General Education Class — Baby Damsel Fly Nymph

May 17th, 7:00 pm
Sunnyslope Community Center

It’s damsel time! This month we will teach a simple yet VERY effective damsel fly nymph, Brian Chan’s Baby Damsel Fly Nymph. It’s a good damsel fly imitation and also takes trout feeding on scuds and leeches. It’s very simple to tie, using only marabou, gold bead, and wire ribbing. Minor changes in the marabou color, bead color, tail length, and weight will give you quite an arsenal for still water fishing.

Ron will supply all the materials from his “stash”. Bring your fly tying equipment. If you need a vise and tools, the club will make them available. If you have questions, give Ron a call at 602-867-8820.

Ron Robinson