2018 Fly Tying Year

Fly tying occurs from January through October. Fly tying is held in the conference room at Cabela’s on the 4th Wednesday of the month and in the 2nd Floor Auditorium at Bass Pro Shops the Thursday after the 4th Wednesday. The tying starts at 6:00 pm. See the activities calendar for exact dates.

Derby City Fly Fishers provides all the tools and material for these classes, free and with no continuing obligation.  The public is welcome; you do not have to be a club member to participate.

January 2018

Gerry McDaniel will kick off the new year of fly tying by demonstrating a “Wooly Bugger” and the “Chicago Fly”.

The “Wooly Bugger” is a very popular and widely used streamer fly.  It can be used in salt and fresh water to catch virtually anything with fins because it looks like so many sources of food.

The “Chicago Fly” is a bead head mohair leach.  Gerry first learned of this fly from Doug Swisher of Michigan who in turn learned of it on the Muskegon River from a guy from Chicago, giving it that specific name.

February 2018

Wes Krupiczewicz with be teaching the class how to tie Soft Hackle Wet Flies.  Soft Hackle flies go back at least 500 years, first being mentioned in a text in the 1496 edition of “Treatise of Fishing with an Angle” by Dame Juliana Berner!  There is also a lot of good information on the web regarding tying and fishing soft hackles.  One is by Louis Cahill “The Magic of Soft Hackles”.  Another is by Jack Gartside “The Soft-Hackle Wet Fly – Back to Basics”.

Wes will be demonstrating two soft hackle flies this month.  The first  is a “Peacock & Partridge” using old fashioned and traditional materials.  The second is an “Orange and Hen” using mostly synthetic materials.