Here’s short blog post about successful strategies our fly tying circle has used to promote interest in, and development of fly tying.
Club Sponsored Tying Classes
The Central Oregon Flyfishers runs a Winter Fly Tying Series each January through March, on Tuesday evenings. The sessions generally run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are regularly drawing about 30 participants weekly. Each person pays a $5 fee to cover supplied materials and room rental (not cheap). With about a dozen sessions to fill, instructors are recruited from the COF membership, and each session is devoted to tying two flies taught by the instructor. In the past, the Winter Fly Tying series has been coordinated in succession, by Sherry Steele, Jerry Criss, and John Kreft. This has undoubtedly been a successful program for the club.
Basic Classes and Fundamental Techniques
This year COF has sponsored weekly basic level, learn-to-tie classes in November. Also, a couple of the Winter Fly Tying series classes have been devoted to Techniques sessions taught by a half dozen instructors. In these sessions, the goal is not to tie complete flies, but instead, to learn basic techniques such as making parachute posts, dubbing techniques, tying Comparadun wings, etc. These sessions have been popular and work to fill in the gaps intermediate level fly tiers may have in their skills.
Fly Tying Nights and Afternoons
For the last three years or so, I have been involved in group fly tying evenings at the home of a friend, Steve. A. The idea here is to get 2-5 tiers together for an evening or afternoon during the off season.
We gather around a tying table, and tie patterns that each of us is currently needing for the coming season. Included is more than a little experimentation.
These sessions are great fun and productive, as you spend your time the way you like, and can carry on conversations about fishing, fly tying, and whatever. These sessions can branch out to visits to participants’ tying rooms, group outings, BBQs, and just general camaraderie. At my level of tying, these are the most productive and informative sessions. And it should be noted, that relative beginners are still part of our tying group.
Individuals involved vary from week to week, according to our various schedules and commitments, but in general, these sessions have been very beneficial to all.
All of the above provide the social and information boosts we all need, as isolated sessions at our own fly tying benches can get old quickly, over a long winter.
Try some of these for your club, group, or fly tying friends. There’s really no risk, and a lot of potential gains to your skills and contacts.