Fly Tying

 

George Walthour teaches Wooley Buggers at the Big E

 Fly Tying is directly related to the Education mission of Trout Unlimited. We use fly tying to teach people about natural resources, entomology, and of course how trout relate to their primary food source. We use fly tying as a social event, as a way to connect with youngsters and adults alike. Most of all, we do it because it's fun. You can see some of our ongoing projects below.

 

 

 

 


The Annual Fly Tying Classes

Brad instructs at the tying class

 

The Monadnock Chapter of Trout Unlimited will offer Fly Tying Classes at the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club in Keene, NH. Fly Tying is directly related to the education mission of Trout Unlimited. We use fly tying to teach people about natural resources, entomology, and of course how trout relate to their primary food source. We use fly tying as a social event, and as a way to connect with youngsters and adults alike. Most of all, we do it because it's fun! The Fly Tying classes will start by teaching basic techniques on simple patterns for the first few weeks. The remaining class time will be determined by the participants and their choices. This could involve tying zonkers, dry fly patterns or classic New England streamers for example. The chapter will supply materials and have tools available for class use. The first five week session will be a Beginner's session and will run from Monday, February 10 to March 10. We'll start at 6 pm and be done by 9m or so. An Advanced session of 5 weeks will follow. The second session will be Monday, March 17 and  March 24, then Mondays from April 7 to April 21. Each session will have a range of tiers and we will work with each student to help them along. The fee for each 5 week session is $75 for adults, $50 for CCF&G members, $25 for students and veterans.The cost for one session only is $15 for adults, $10 for CCF&G members and $5 for students and veterans.  Contact Mike Elkavitch, melkavitch@gmail.com to sign up or to get more information.

2014 Information poster

The link below will give you nore information about the classes.

files/Fly Ty Poster 2014(1).pdf

The

 2013 Session Materials

Beginner's Handout

Intermediate Handout

 BOOKS! I've started to place the collected wisdom as it relates to books on a separate page. Right now I've got some Technique books listed, but the list is growing. If you click through and order any of these books, the Chapter will get a small rebate - and it doesn't cost you any more. Check it out here.

Or even if you don't like fly tying books, enter Amazon through this link below:

 

       

 

 

     George's Clouser Crayfish.

I happened across some good instructions for tying  the Crayfish here. (Thanks to Rodney Chun and the Peninsula Flyfishers (CA).

 


 

 

 Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery is a non-profit organization that works with women who have or have had breast cancer. They use weekend fly fishing retreats to

"enhance the lives of breast cancer survivors by offering no-cost retreats tailored to promote and support mental and physical healing, shared experiences, and the hope that comes from learning new skills."

Groups of 14 women at a time attend retreats all over the USA, and by the way, they need FLIES! We can help. The Chapter will be purchasing 14 fly boxes, and we need to fill them with flies. You can help by signing up for a pattern and making 14 flies. More to come. In the meantime, check out castingforrecovery.org.

 
 Here's what we did in previous years...
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed flies. I'll post something as soon as I hear anything from CFR.

 The boxes are two section, compartments in the bottom, foam on top boxes.


 July 23, 2008. UPDATE! I received a nice letter from Selene Skoug at CFR in Manchester, thanking us for our donation. Give it a read here.

April 29, 2009 Update. Here's a shot of Kate Fox receiving a fly donation (two salmon flies in a glass dome) from TU member Larry Antonuk. The flies will be used during a fund raising event for Casting for Recovery.

Kate Fox (Casting for Recovery) and Larry Antonuk