Since the weather is so cold at this time of the year, this is the best time to design and tie better flies for the upcoming season.
In this fly fishing podcast I will be discussing a sound approach which has helped me in designing flies I personally use and the 68 custom flies I have designed and sell in my fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
My approach to design flies consists of:
discerning the need for a new fly
evaluate existing patterns
evaluate many tying materials
tie several test flies
try these test flies on the fish
incorporate the most effective materials and tying styles into your final master fly
I have learned many tips and techniques from great fly tyers such as Ed Shenk, Charlie Brooks, and Vince Marino. Many of my patterns have originated by catching a natural fly and looking at the color and matching it. Then looking to see how the natural fly acts and drifts on the trout stream so that I can get my artificial to act the same way. The same thing applies for streamers in matching the natural shiners on the bass rivers.
Advanced Fly Tying Class – Saturday March 9, 2013 – 10:00am – Noon
This class is suited for anyone who has tied flies before. Arriving with a basic skill set and a basic understanding of fly tying will ensure you get the most out of this class. We will cover how to tie the Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle, Mr. Rapidan Skater, Housefly, Letort Hopper and Mr. Rapidan Ant.
We will have two separate Advanced Fly Tying Classes over the next two weekends.
Saturday February 26, 2011 and Saturday March 5, 2011.
We will cover more advanced techniques which will help you as you improve your skills as a fly tier. These classes start at 10:00am at Murray’s Fly Shop, 121 S. Main Street, Edinburg, VA 22824. You can register online or give us a call (540-984-4212).