If you will be attending the International Fly Tying Symposium in Lancaster, PA this weekend, please join us for a Q&A session during “Meet the Bloggers” at the International Fly Tying Symposium in Lancaster, P.A. November 11th 2017 @ 3PM
“The discussion, moderated by Chuck Furimsky, starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and includes audience questions.”
I have been invited to join the “Meet the Bloggers” panel along with Tim Cammisa, Tim Flagler, Josh Miller, John Shaner, Son Tao and Walt Young.
The show goes on for two days and the ballroom will be filled with fly tyers and seminars, so bring a notebook, a pen and all of your questions as there is much to learn!
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 4th at 1 PM I will be giving a fly tying demonstration during the Arts of the Angler show, which is being held at the Ethan allen hotel in Danbury Connecticut.
I will be demonstrating different fly patterns using the Flymen Fishing Company Wiggle Shanks. These Shanks give more movement to your nymphs and emergers that can help entice some of those picky trout.
If you’re in the area please stop over and enjoy the show! There Will be two days full of fly tying demonstrations and presentations from many people. So as I always recommend; grab a notebook, a pen and bring all of your questions; as there is a wealth of knowledge out there that many of us enjoy sharing with you!
When it comes to dry flies, nothing looks better than the proper proportions, standing at attention to the point that the fly looks like it has a life of its own sitting on your desk top. Balancing, almost hovering, on nothing more than a tail and hackle.
..but like many things we learn to do, that’s not always the case in the beginning. When not properly supported, tailing material has a tendency to follow the bend of the hook and will continue to point downward once more material is added on.
During one of the fly tying shows I stopped over to watch Matt and Tim from Tightline Video tying flies at their booth, and they had shown me a trick that I would like to now share with you. (If you are familiar with their YouTube channel you may have seen this there as well)
Before you start, cut a section of thread off your bobbin a few inches in length, and put it aside. Then start your thread and grab those microfibetts!
A year ago our group embarked on a fall trip to the Catskills; a trip in which we were greeted with high temperatures and low water . On the other hand.. This year on the other hand, we lucked out! The temperatures were much cooler at night which kept the fish active in the early mornings, and rising fish were there to greet us in the evenings.
An hour or so later the rest of the group arrived. Everyone unpacked and settled in to their cabins, I myself was already situated at a different location in town, and we went over the game plan for the weekend. We also acquired a few helping hands on board this trip, which created more of a one-on-one fishing experience for the participants. Aside from Mike McClelland,Tim Daly, Harry Kerrigan and I; we were fortunate enough to have guides Frank Degrazio and Bryan Caldero of the Anglers Den joining us along with Ed Burgholzer.
Let me start off by saying, I am no expert. As much as I enjoy fly tying, and as much as I am immersed in the learning and the teaching aspect of it; I am not afraid to say that I don’t know everything.
I don’t see the shame in it, because truthfully; I enjoy it. I have many questions that I sometimes forget to ask in my busy life, but to be able to stand there with that same person and learn side-by-side with them, to me isn’t a downside. Its an upside. Because now we both know the answer to a question, that five minutes ago neither of us didn’t.
I’m OK with all of this, and you should be too. But too often I find people would rather sacrifice the knowledge they could have acquired, by holding back a question in fear of sounding like a ‘beginner’ or an ‘idiot’ in front of others.
The bottom line is, “We all began as beginners”.
As the deadline approached for the fly tying contest being held by P.H.W.F.F. itself, the guys unanimously decided that the low-water woolly bugger was their fly of choice. After working on the entries which were to be mailed shorty after, the guys presented Harry with a flag and a plaque in honor of his service
Chenille is a common material used when it comes to woolly buggers, a fly in which I tie by the dozen since you can fish them all year. But materials like this with an inner thread cord can create a bulking issue when tying in without prep.
An inner cord means its a separate material that is wrapped around a cord or thread which is when wrapped around the hook. Estaz and chenille are common center corded materials.
If you are currently having this trouble here’s a quick tip that will eliminate that problem.
First let’s take a look at what happens when you tie it in without any modification.
The first time I thought about tying something with an extended body I tried to cut the ends off of my hooks, and after a few sticks to my fingers, not to mention the waste of money.. I gave up.
So when I came across these small articulated shanks I was thrilled and began using them for flies that I wanted to give a little more movement to.
Articulated Wiggle Shanks to put it simply, are a long shanked hook without a point that can be used to give a lifelike movement to your flies without having to sacrifice a hook. They can be used to tie a variety of patterns, such as the Pompadour Iso Emerger and the Wiggle frenchie. The only limit is your imagination! They can also be used for bigger nymphs such as stone flies and hellgrammites.
I have had quite a few questions in regards to the Isonychia Wiggle Emerger, and the best way to tie with the Flymen Fishing Company-Articulated Wiggle Shanks so I decided to keep this part in a separate post, so that you can refer back to it as needed.
“How do I tie on them? They’re too long. Should I cut them first?”
Affixing a shank in your vise
Trying to tie on a shank when its fully extended in the jaws of your vise, may prove to be somewhat aggravating. Not to mention you can easily lose track of the final length that you are looking to accomplish with the body. Tying with it already cut is harder to do, since you need the extra length to hold into the jaws while you tie. I recommend that once you decide on the length of the PHYSICAL body (not the tails that may be hanging loose on lets say a pheasant tail) that you keep only that amount of shank showing.
I would like to thank the Ridge & Valley TU Chapter for inviting me to tie a few patterns for some of their members on June 7th, 2017. I demonstrated the Renegade dry fly and the Isonychia Wiggle
Both step-by-step tutorials can be found by clicking the links to the fly names above. It was a great time and I hope that you were able to take something away from the demonstration, that you will be able to apply to your own tying.
It’s awesome when you have a whole room engaged and everyone discussing different aspects of patterns; as we all can learn different things from each other. There is a wealth of knowledge out there and to be able to share what I know with others, is what always makes this so much more enjoyable.