Here we are on Halloween eve and I just got a bit of news that I am very excited about. The blog has been a little quiet for the past few weeks. I have been working on something since June really, but very intensely these last few weeks and that has taken a lions share of my time. All of the details have been ironed out and I am very proud to announce that the Christiana Cabelas store will be hosting a series of Winter fly tying classes and O'Neills Irish Flies will be instructing these classes!
I am very happy to be affiliated with the world's foremost outfitter and I will do my very best to make your class informative as well as fun. I will be instructing three separate, six week long classes; Introduction to fly tying, Cold Water 101, and Salt and Streamers. Each class will meet on the same night of the week from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.
Introduction to fly tying is a class tailored to the beginning fly tyer. We will discuss everything from the basic tools, how to use them, using the hook to measure proportions, and the different types of thread we use. I hope to tie 10 to 12 patterns in this six week class. At the end of the class, if you do your homework, you will have the beginning's of a well stocked fly box suitable for our local waters. The introductory class will meet on Thursday nights.
Cold Water 101 is a class designed for those who love to chase cold water species such as Trout, Steelhead, Musky and Shad. Flies in this class will be of moderate to advanced skill level. Where the Introductory class gives you the foundation for solid fly tying, 101 takes things a step further. New materials, challenging patterns and diversity are sure to make this class a hit! Cold water 101 will meet on Wednesday nights.
Monday nights are set aside for Salt and Streamers. This is my favorite class because with all of the new materials and techniques out there today we can really push the limit of fly design / tying! All patterns in this class have "crossover potential" as they can be fished for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and with a hook change these flies will go right into the salt for Stripers, Flounder and Blues. A moderate to advanced skill set is preferred for this class.
Classes will meet on their respective nights starting Monday, January 12 th and run six consecutive weeks concluding the week of February 16 th. O'Neills Irish Flies will provide all of the materials for the classes, participants will need to bring a vise, bobbin, bodkin, thread and a quality pair of fly tying scissors. We will meet in the conference room of the Christiana Cabelas store. for directions click here. Arrival 1/2 hour before the 6:00 pm start time is beneficial to allow for set up time and discussion.
If you think you may be interested in one of these classes of for more information and pricing please use one of the contacts at the bottom of the page to get in touch with me. Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.
I hope you are as excited about participating in these classes as I am about instructing them. I look forward to seeing you in class this winter.
P.S. Fly tying classes make GREAT Christmas presents...