Each Saturday class is 3.5 hours long from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Individual cost per class is $39.
Four or more flies will be taught in class with the student tying at least two of each fly pattern. In addition to tying flies, material selection, proper proportions and variations of each fly pattern will be discussed. Patterns sheets, hooks and all materials will be provided. Students will be required to supply basic fly tying tools and should have some fly tying experience and/or have taken a beginners fly tying course. Please call (412) 788-7546 with questions regarding these requirements.
Take the clinic for the fly tying that most interests you or register for the entire series and get two clinics free. To take advantage of that option, call (412) 788-7546 and register course: YFD-708-1280. Cost is $235 for the series.
Tying the Wooly Bugger and All Its Variations – 1/30/21
The original Wooly Bugger is a very effective imitation of baitfish, crayfish, nymphs and leeches. In this course we will tie many variations of this effective pattern, including the Wooly Sculpin, the War Bird, and the Crystal Bugger.
Tying Streamer Flies – 2/6/21
Flies that represent baitfish account for some of the largest fish caught each season. This class is designed to teach the techniques necessary to tie imitations of the minnows, sculpins, dace, shiners, and darters found in our rivers, lakes and streams.
Mayflies: Bottom to Top – 2/13/21
Understanding the stages of mayfly hatches is an important step in becoming a successful fly fisherman. In this course the student will learn to tie flies representing all the life stages of mayflies, nymphs, emergers, adults and spinners. All necessary to match specific stages of a mayfly emergence.
Caddis Flies: Bottom to Top – 2/27/21
Caddis flies are an important aquatic insect on many trout streams. Students will learn the fly tying techniques necessary to imitate each stage of a caddis emergence, including larva, pupa and adult.
Stoneflies: Bottom to Top – 3/6/21
Stoneflies are an important food source in many streams and rivers. Students will learn to tie the imitations of several different types of stonefly nymphs and adults.
Tying CDC Flies – 3/13/21
CDC is the common reference to feathers located near the preening glands of ducks and geese. These naturally buoyant plumes are used to create imitations of the aquatic insects that fish eat. Nymphs, dry flies and emerger patterns will be taught.
Tying Flies with Deer Hair – 3/20/21
In this course students will learn the methods of spinning and stacking deer hair to tie effective flies for trout, bass and other species.
Tying Flies for Smallmouth – 3/24/21
Learn to tie the imitations of the food that smallmouth bass eat. Patterns for nymphs, minnows, crayfish and surface flies will be taught.
Tying Flies with Foam – 3/24/21
This class teaches the fly tying techniques for creating realistic and durable flies for trout , bass and other species.
Offered only in the Fall – Tying Great Lakes Steelhead Flies I & II
“Tying Great Lakes Steelhead Flies” is for anglers who want to tie their own flies for pursuing steelhead trout in the tributaries of the Great Lakes. Four or more steelhead fly patterns will be taught in each class with the student tying at least two of each fly pattern. Some patterns taught include: various egg patterns, sucker spawn, the egg sucking leech, the Spring Wiggler, polar shrimp, Emerald Shiner, and others.
Note: Fly patterns taught in Steelhead Flies I will be different from fly patterns taught in Steelhead Flies II. Steelhead Flies I is not required for Steelhead Flies II.