syn_0053            FLY TYING COURSES              fly

Tying your own flies is an enjoyable, fruitful pursuit that will help you to become a better flyfisher, and will increase your pleasure in the sport.  Flycasters, Inc. offers many opportunities to learn to tie or to improve your skills. Tying flies knows no season or time of day.  It will introduce you to the biology of much of the aquatic and terrestrial life that is hidden from most people.  It will improve your vocabulary and your manual dexterity.
Flycasters hold a series of three formal fly tying courses each year, and frequently tie flies at the Evening Rise, an informal gathering of members seeking conversation on fishing and help with their tying.  Occasionally the Club offers seminars on tackle amd flies needed for upcoming Club Fishouts.


Introductory Course
The six week class traditionally starts around the first of the year (see club calendar for dates).  It consists of orientation, basic information, information on hooks, how to choose the right hook for a pattern, materials used for tying, preservation of tying materials, references, etc.

Prior to the first class students need to have purchased one bobbin holder, one spool of 6/0 black thread and one spool of 3/0 black thread.  At the first class we will discuss the essential, and some of the desirable, tools; vises, lamps, bobbin holders, scissors, et al, and give some suggestions on purchasing these items.  This will be followed by an examination of the tools that the students already possess.  The two essential fly tying knots will be demonstrated and practiced.  The step-by-step illustrated tying instructions for the two flies to be tied at the following week's class will be handed out to allow for advanced study of the patterns.

At each of the subsequent five classes two flies will be demonstrated and then tied by the students. In addition to the Chief Instructor and any Demonstration Tier, several experienced Club tiers will be available during each class to assist the students.  During each weekly class one fly is tied by the students with the assistance of the instructors, with the expectation that three additional flies, of the same patterns, will be tied by the student at home during the week.  These flies are then brought back to the next class to be critiqued.

Intermediate Course
This course is offered in late spring, usually March, a few weeks after the Introductory Course. It consists of four lessons and focuses on eight, more difficult, fly patterns.
Fall Course
This course is offered in the early fall following the Intermediate Course. It consists of four classes and focuses on more complicated patterns. Each class is taught by a different instructor, but are conducted in the same manner as the others.  The flies in this course will be of various sizes and styles. They may vary from simulations of the life stages of a single insect to a collection of saltwater patterns. As with all of the courses, enough materials is furnished to tie four of each pattern. It is recommended that the tier either have taken the previous courses or be an experienced tier to get the most benefit from this course.

Details for All Courses
Dates: Classes usually meet on Wednesday evenings starting in early Spring, mid Spring and in early Fall. See the Calendar for current information.

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