by Jon Thames & Don Fine
Fly Tying Roundtable
The October fly tying Roundtable was held on October 18th. We welcomed again Mr. Art Overcash as our instructor for the October program. Art has been our featured fly tier numerous times over the past years, each time bringing his expertise and insight to our classes.
The fly chosen for the evening roundtable was the “Mr. Rapidan “, developed originally by Harry Murray, well known fly fishing guide and instructor from Edinburg, Virginia. Tied in the Lee Wulff style of dry fly patterns, the Mr. Rapidan is a great performer when tied small for trout and larger for bass, and panfish.
Images from the October Roundtable
Beginner Fly Tying Session
The October Beginner Fly Tying session was held on October 16th. The session was led by Don Fine and the fly pattern chosen was the black winged beetle. Beetles, like other terrestrial insects are still prevalent going into the cooler months of the fall. The steps and materials used for the black winged beetle are an easy pattern for beginning fly tiers to learn to tie and to apply to other insect patterns throughout the year; spring to fall.
As a prelude to the beginner sessions that will be held through the remainder of 2017 and into the spring of 2018, Don has chosen a variety of new streamer, nymph, and dry fly patterns. Each of these include new materials and techniques meant to enhance the tying skills of all who attend, as well as build an ‘arsenal’ of patterns for the fly fisher to use.
Images from the October Beginner Session
Both the Beginner and Roundtable sessions are held at 7 PM on the respective dates at Trinity United Methodist Church, off W. Patrick Street in Frederick. There is no charge for the sessions. Tying equipment is available for the Beginner sessions and fly tying materials are provided for both sessions.