Biography Ralph Rhoades
I started tying in 2005 using Jack Dennis’s Western Trout Fly Tying Manual and VCR tape. Since then I have attend tying sessions in various fly shops, classes at the yearly Fly Fishers International Fair and a class at Charlie Craven’s Fly box taught by Charlie Craven.
I enjoy teaching fly tying, helping with Boy Scouts, FFI High Plains Drifters Kid’s Day, teach a beginners class for Project Healing Waters and demonstrate at the Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fair, the Denver Fly Fishing Show FFI Learning Center, Denver International Sportsmen’s Expo, Southern Conference Conclave and at the Sow Bug Festival.
My favorite trout flies are woven patterns, including Pott’s Sandy Mite, Frizzle and his other patterns, and woven Czech Nymphs. I also enjoy tying the Coachman family, wet flies and the many BWO and Caddis flies we use in Colorado. I have recently started tying tenkara flies and a few steelhead patterns.
I am a member of the High Plains Drifters FFI club in Denver CO, the FFI Fly tying Group and Project Healing Water Fly Fishing – Denver.