If you are a fan of wet flies you probably already know about the Ray Bergman collection. Ray Bergman had one of the most extensive collections of wet flies. These flies where beautiful back in the day and just as beautiful today. Recently Don Bastian took it upon himself to recreate as many of the wet flies in Ray's collection and books. In total there will be 483 flies. Currently there are 80 of them posted on Classic Fly Tying. These are well worth a look see.
In our next Intermediate and Skills Development Fly Tying class we will be tying some fun and productive Bluegill and Bass Foam flies. Yes, we have lots of snow and the thermometer barely makes it above 32 degrees but spring will be here before you know it. Beside, winter is a time to stock up on flies and what better flies that bass and panfish topwater flies. Imagine yourself sitting at your tying table, a crackling fire, a nice warm adult beverage next to you as you tie up a few of these flies and dream of warm summer evenings on your favorite water. Makes you want to sit down and start tying flies now. First you have to come by the shop and learn how to tie them though. Check out the class page to find out what tools and thread to bring. Then hop in your car with ten bucks and come to the shop this Saturday at 2:00pm. We'll have a great time.
Many people like tying flies using rubber leg materials. They add all kinds of life to a fly that some think is just what fish can't resist. However, Sometimes rubber legs can be a real pain to tie flies with. Alex Cerveniak of Hatches Magazine recently made a nice little video with some great tips on working with rubber legs in you flies.
Looking for some step by step instructions on tying a Hendrickson dry fly? Look no further. There are all kinds of fly tying resources on the internet. Some are good and some not so good. One of our goals at FlyMasters is to connect you with quality resources for fly fishing and fly tying. This would include quality Internet information to make your fly tying easier. I ran across a nice page of step by step instructions for the Hendrickson Dry Fly. The Hendrickson is not a particularly difficult to tie but it is a classic pattern any dry fly fisherman should have in their fly box. Get your tying tools out and enjoy some dry fly tying.
One of the first skills many new fly tiers want to learn is spinning deer hair. Actually, they want to make bass bugs out of deer hair but don't really realize it is spinning deer hair they are asking to learn. It can be a challenge to learn to work with deer hair or work with any hair for that matter in fly tying. Even if you are a pro at spinning deer hair if you use poor quality materials your flies will suffer. Unfortunately, many new tiers are uncertain as to what to look for in choosing quality hair and therefore make their learning more difficult because they are working with inferior materials. If you find yourself in this position your in luck. Here is a great article on hair selection. There is all kinds of great information on the different properties of hair and what to look for in hair for the flies you are tying. Enjoy.