INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING, TYING and MORE!

Hopewell Fish and Game Fly Tying Instructional classes with Jay Davis

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE OF CHARGE!


The Hopewell Fish and Game fly tying classes will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays, February 19th through March 18th, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  These classes are free of charge and open to club members and the public, ages 10 yrs. and older.   Although instruction will be geared to beginners, fly tyers of all levels are welcome, and attendees can bring their own equipment and materials.  Snacks and refreshments may be brought in by attendees, and there is a soft drink machine in the club house.  The course outline is shown below.

 


Wednesday, February 19th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fly Tying - An Introduction
Introduction to fly tying will cover equipment, materials and basic fly-tying skills.  Students will be shown the basic equipment (vise, bobbin, scissors, hackle pliers, etc.) and materials (hooks, threads, tinsels, etc.) needed to start tying.  The students will then be shown how to set up the fly-tying vise, mount the hook in the vise, and start the tying thread on the hook.  Once these skills are mastered, remaining time will be spent tying the San Juan Worm, allowing students to practice tying materials on the hook.

Terrestrial - San Juan Worm
The San Juan Worm can be very effective.  Originally tied to imitate a semiaquatic worm in the San Juan River, it has proven itself on trout streams everywhere.  It is tied in several styles and a myriad of colors.

Hook – Mustad 3906B, size 14
Thread – Brown (Camel) 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Body Material – Worm Brown Ultra Chenille
Rib (optional) – Fine oval gold tinsel


Wednesday, February 26th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fly Tying - Tying Dry Flies
In tying dry flies, students will be shown how to tie two simple and effective dry flies – the Tan Elk Hair Caddis and the Blue Winged Olive.  In tying these flies, students will learn about hooks for dry flies, dry fly hackle selection and suitable dry fly body, tail and winging materials.

Tan Elk Hair Caddis
This fly has replaced the Henryville Special as the standard caddis dry fly pattern.  It is useful everywhere caddis flies are present.  It is also a good searching fly to use when no hatches are occurring.

Hook – Mustad 94840, size 12
Thread – Brown (Camel) 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Palmer Rib – Brown hackle palmered through body
Body – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing, tan
Wing – Tan colored elk hair fibers
 Head – Trimmed butts of elk hair wing

Blue-Winged Olive (Flick)
The Blue-Winged Olive represents the widest array of hatches across the continent.  Hatches can occur any time of the year, even on warm winter days.  This version of the pattern was devised by Art Flick, whose New Streamside Guide is an excellent reference book for fly fishermen.

Hook – Mustad 94840, size 14
Thread – Olive, 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Tail – Natural dark dun hackle fibers
Body – Super Fine dubbing, blue wing olive
Hackle – Natural dark dun, slightly oversized


Wednesday, March 4th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fly Tying - Tying Wet Flies
In tying wet flies, students will be shown how to tie two simple and effective wet flies – the March Brown Spider and the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.  In tying these flies, students will learn about hooks for wet flies, wet fly hackle selection and suitable wet fly body, tail and winging materials.

March Brown Spider
The March Brown Spider simulates the march brown mayfly and many caddis species with brown wings and tan bodies.  It also is a good searching fly when no feeding or hatch activity is observed.

Hook – Mustad 3906B, size 12
Thread – Orange, 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Rib – Oval gold tinsel
Body – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing, natural hare’s ear
Hackle – Brown partridge

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Wet
The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear wet fly represents many of the gray and spotted caddis flies.  Like the March Brown Spider, it is a good searching fly, especially when fished in tandem with the March Brown Spider.

Hook – Mustad 3906B, size 12
Thread – Black, 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Tail – Pheasant tail or brown hen fibers
Rib – Oval gold tinsel
Body – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing, natural hare’s ear


Wednesday, March11th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fly Tying - Tying Nymphs
In tying nymphs, students will be shown how to tie two simple and effective nymphs – the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph and Caddis Larva.  In tying these flies, students will learn about hooks for nymphs, and suitable nymph body, tail and winging materials.

Green Caddis Larva
The Green Caddis Larva is an imitation of the green rock worm.  It is a free-living (it does not live in a case) caddis larva and cannot swim.  It is fished on the bottom and allowed to tumble.

Hook – Mustad 3906, size 12
Thread – Black, 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Weight – 10-12 turns lead wire
Abdomen – Hare-Tron Dubbing, caddis green
Legs – Partridge hackle fibers
Thorax - Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing, dark hare’s ear

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph is considered by many to be the American Express card of nymphs – you don’t leave home without it.

Hook – Mustad 3906B, size 12
Thread – Black, 8/0 Uni-Thread or 6/0 Flymaster
Tail –Brown hen hackle fibers, 1 ½ gap widths in length
Weight – 10-12 turns of lead wire
Rib – Oval gold tinsel
Abdomen and Thorax – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing, natural hare’s ear
Wing Case – Gray duck primary wing feather section, folded over
Legs – Guard hairs plucked out from thorax


Wednesday, March18th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Fly Tying - Tying Bucktails
In tying bucktails, students will be shown how to tie two simple and effective bucktails – the Squirrel Tail and Black Nosed Dace.  In tying these flies, students will learn about hooks for bucktails, and suitable bucktail body, tail and winging materials.

Squirrel Tail
The Squirrel Tail, while not actually using bucktail, is tied in a similar fashion.  It is an excellent minnow imitation and can be used wherever trout and bass feed on minnows.

Hook – Mustad 79580, size 6
Thread – Black, 6/0 Uni-Thread
Rib – Oval silver tinsel
Body – Flat silver tinsel
Wing – A few strands of white calf’s tail (shank length) over which is tied gray              squirrel tail fibers (half a shank length past hook bend)
Head – Black (eyes, painted or stick-on, increase this fly’s effectiveness)    

Black Nosed Dace
The Black Nosed Dace can be tied with bucktail or calf’s tail. It is an imitation of the black nosed dace minnow and many similar laterally striped minnows.

Hook – Mustad 79580, size 8
Thread – Black, 6/0 Uni-Thread
Tail – Red wool or red hen hackle fibers (tied short, 1 / 2 gap in length)  
Rib – Oval silver tinsel
Body – Flat silver tinsel
Wing – White calf’s tail, over which is tied black calf tail, over which is tied brown calf’s tail, all half a shank length past hook bend      


These classes are recommended for ages 10 yrs and older.

Snacks and refreshments may be brought in by attendees. We do have a soft drink machine in the club house.


For more information, please contact Jim Coyle at 717-586-4751

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