I spent May 18th with the Michigan Fly Fishing Club. We had a great fly tying class from 1 – 3 pm followed by an evening banquet. We tied several imitations by way of learning new techniques: Down and Dirty Minnow, Hen Saddle Pancora, Hedgehog, Elk Hair Skater (demo only), Down and Dirty Mouse (demo only), Black Strip Leech (demo only).
Everyone was excited to see the tying techniques embodied in these flies, and the room was abuzz with laughter and good-times talk. The Club purchased copies of Long Flies for everyone in the class, and many brought copies of my other books, so there was much book signing during a great lunch of pizza and salad provided by the Italian American Club of Livonia where the event was held. Great fun for everyone.
The after dinner program that I presented was “Where the Trout Are,” a fly fishing travelogue with an ecological message on the importance of our cold-water resources. It was a timely message, considering the devastating effects of the cold-water resource used by Flint, MI.
Thanks y’all for inviting me.
Lunch consisted of deep dish pizza, salad, and much book signing.
Whew, that was a lot of book signing–let’s tie flies!
The wild-eyed tyers, hard at work? I need a break to sign more books.
Fly tying tactic 1 was spinning and marking the Down an Dirty Minnow (also called the Collard Minnow).
The Hen Saddle Pancora uses 5 Coc d’leon hen saddle feathers. It has no equal for movement in the water. Fly two for the tyers, demonstrating a unique hackling tacit.
Ye olde Hedgehog was used to teach a very unique tying tactic to form the hackle fiber back on the fly.
The Elk Hair Skater with full elk hair hackle was the first demo fly.
The super-easy to tie Down and Dirty Mouse was the second demo fly.
The last demo fly was the Black Strip Leech–ol’ killer.