CANCELLED: Beginner’s Fly Tying: March 16, 2020

By Don Fine

The Trinity Methodist Church is closing for two weeks due to current coronavirus concern. As such, we have decided to postpone PVFF’s March beginners and advanced fly tying nights. Sorry for the inconvenience. As our April general meeting is the annual casting clinic held outside at the Middletown Park, we’re still on for that, April 14 starting at 6:00 pm.

— Andy Mekelburg, PVFF President

The next Beginner’s Fly Tying session will be held March 16. As noted in our earlier Streamlines newsletters, the theme of our 2020 Beginner’s fly tying program is to focus on improving the basic fly tying skills for the correct application of materials on the hook.

Increasing in complexity from our last class, the pattern chosen for the March Beginner’s class, the Light Cahill wet fly, builds upon the skills learned last month, including the correct application of a tail, hackle collar and wing to the fly.

The Light Cahill is a great general imitation of summer mayfly duns. While the Light Cahill* was originally designed to imitate a family of mayflies with the name of Stenonema, it is a great searching pattern that can be used to imitate light colored mayflies which begin hatching in late May and continue through June.

*The Dark Cahill variant of the Light Cahill is often used earlier in the spring, as it imitates several of the darker colored mayflies which hatch during the months of March through May. Virtually the same tying steps are used for the Dark Cahill with substitution of darker tying materials.