Beginner’s Fly Tying Class: June 17, 2019

By Don Fine

This month’s Beginner’s Fly Tying session will be held on the evening of Monday, June 17th at 7:00 PM. I have chosen the “Foam Hopper” pattern that I often use as a single imitator/attractor when fishing for trout. But most often I use a “Foam Hopper” as my lead fly with either a nymph or emerging-wet fly dropper.

With Summer coming on strong a terrestrial (e.g. hoppers), gets the attention of larger trout, since the real insect packs hundreds of more calories than a small midge. The cool thing about using foam terrestrials, is that they are virtually unsinkable (as compared to many hair-winged dry fly patterns), and they can be tied in various colors, and as imitations of virtually any terrestrial including; ants, beetles, crickets, etc.

If your summertime fly fishing is less Trout and more Smallmouth Bass or Pan-fish, why not use a foam terrestrial. When tied with rubber legs, fish cannot pass up the animation of imparted by the dangling appendages.

As has been customary at past sessions the PVFF will provide all tying materials to tie this fly and if you do not have your own fly tying equipment, a set will be provided for use that evening. We will again meet in Room 207 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 West Patrick Street, Frederick.