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.
The “Crackle Back” was a favorite fly of Larry Drake – he favored a pale yellow and a white version. It is an excellent Cumberland River fly and often trailed after a Chicago Fly or a Wooly Bugger :on the swing”.
The “Max Ex” if a floating fly and often used in a “Hopper-Dropper” rig as the Hopper.
Wes Krupiczewicz is leading the February Session and will be demonstrating two oldies but goodies, the “Bitch Creek Nymph” and the “Girdle Bug”. Both are heavily weighted nymphs that can be fished in a number of ways.
The “Bitch Creek” is a Western stonefly imitation, traditionally tied in orange and black to imitate the “salmon fly” in those waters. We will be tying a cream and black imitation to more closely resemble the stonefly bugs in the Cumberland River.
The “Girdle Bug” probably dates to the 1930s. It also has many names and variations including the “Michigan Wet Skunk”, the “Turd Fly” and “Pat’s Rubber Legs”. We will be tying an Olive version, but this rubber legged creature can be tied in a variety of body color and leg color combinations. It is an effective pattern for both trout and warm water fish like bass and bluegill.
Club president George Tipker will be leading fly tying this month and will demonstrate three flies!
First, George will be tying an excellent bluegill fly the “Black and Bluegill“.
The second fly will be the versatile and dependable “Catalpa Worm“. This mop fly is easy to put on a jig hook and catches all kinds of fish in all kinds of water.
The third fly George will tie is a “midge“. In a number of our streams, midges make up to half of the bug biomass in our streams. Midges are also found in all of our lakes. It makes sense to carry around these little flies, especially when the fish are being picky! I think there are as many midge patterns as there are midges in out lakes and streams. Don’t be surprise if George ties something other than the “Vinyl Rib (Blood) Midge” linked above.
It’s spring and all fly fisher’s fancy turns to BLUEGILL! Well at least it does for Jack Miller. This month Jack will be demonstrating two very effective bluegill flies for our home waters here in Kentuckiana.
The first fly is the irresistible “Bumble Bee” and the second is a Jack Miller original the “Spider Popper”. We’ll post pictures and recipes to the website as soon as they are in hand.