Beginner and Advanced Fly Tying for January 2020

By Don Fine

The January 20th Beginner fly tying class will be led by Ray Ouellette. The fly chosen by Ray for that evening tying session is a simplistic, albeit effective, nymph pattern for trout. Although the pattern is nameless, I will refer to it here as a bead-headed peacock. As customary, the tying session will be held at 7:00 PM in room 207, at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The Advanced fly tying session (formerly called Roundtable) will be held on Thursday, January 16th. James Harris, owner of the Beaver Creek Fly Shop, will lead the tying that evening, and the pattern chosen for that evening is the small black caddis (shown below). While caddis flies are not readily available early in the year, according to James the black caddis works well as a good imitation of the little black stonefly which is prevalent on many of our local streams during winter months. I personally have had good luck with the small black stone on both Catoctin and Big Hunting Creeks.

Rather than in Room 207 (the customary room for the Advanced fly tying), the January 16th Advanced tying session will be held that evening in the large multipurpose room at Trinity United Methodist Church, starting at 7:00 PM.