This past week was a great week of fly tying classes. I was instructing this week as Terry was on vacation. I must say I personally have a blast instructing these classes, and I want to thank Terry and all of the members of the class for allowing me to do so. The salt water class opted not to meet this past week due to work obligations. I was bummed to hear that because I was really looking forward to showing them one of my favorite salt water patterns, maybe next time. I apologize ahead of time because the pictures this week are a little light. We had a camera malfunction on Wednesday night and on Tuesday we just plain forgot to take them.
Tuesday night we tied the Flashback Pheasant Tail. This is arguably my favorite nymph pattern and has accounted for many, many trout over the years. I demoed my favorite color pattern, copper bead, maroon PT and copper wire. This was a hit with all the attendees and I am looking forward to seeing the homework next week. The second fly we tied was a speed version of the Pheasant Tail, the Teeny Nymph. A true "box filler." You can bang out several of this effective pattern in short order.
The Wednesday night got a real treat when they found out we would be tying with 6/0 thread and number 2 hooks. The "Headbanger Sculpin" was the pattern of the night. This articulated Sculpin pattern was a blast to tie, I will be tying up several for my personal boxes this winter.
The original pattern calls for 2 hooks and a wire / bead connection to join the two together. Due to the fact that many states are banning double hook flies and to give the fish a bit of a break, we opted for a single hook and a Fish Skull Articulated shank for the connection. I think the end result came out great. Really a fun pattern to tie, I hope to see an abundance of homework from the guys this Wednesday night.
Again I would like to Thank everybody for allowing me to instruct the classes this week. This is something I look forward to doing more of in the future.
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