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Tie a Caddisfly Saturday

February 18 @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced fly tier, please join others of the same passion on February 18th as we tie a broad selection of flies which represent Caddisflies, at the various stages of their life cycle (larvae, pupae and adult). You may be wondering why this ‘winter’ gathering of us fly tiers is focused on tying caddisfly patterns. The simple answer to which is; if you are fly fishing for trout on a freshwater stream, river or lake in North America there are likely to be periodic hatches of one or more caddisfly species from early spring until late fall. In Gary LaFontaine’s classic book “Caddisflies”, he noted that caddisfly larvae and pupae were the predominant (45%) aquatic food form found in trout stomach contents. In comparison, in the same samplings 30% were mayfly nymphs and 15% other fly larvae and pupae, i.e. significantly less than the caddisflies. 

Our agenda for Caddisfly Saturday will consist of tying a series of caddisfly patterns; starting with the most simplistic (e.g. muskrat nymph), then advancing in complexity (e.g. caddis pupae), into the fully developed emerging (e.g. emergent sparkle pupae) and mature caddisfly (e.g. elk hair caddis). Simply stated, each tier will have the opportunity to tie (along with others) a minimum of five different caddisfly patterns.  Caddisfly Saturday will also be conducted in the spirit of a Fly Tying Roundtable event; that is cross-talk and interactive learning from one-another is encouraged.

The Caddisfly Saturday event will be held in room 207 at Trinity United Methodist church starting at 9:00 AM and finishing up before 1:00 PM. Light refreshments (coffee, water, pastries) will be provided. (Participants are welcome to bring your own bag lunch). While there is no charge for the class, we request that you preregister (NLT February 15th) by contacting us (identify the topic in your message), so that we know how many fly tiers will be participating. Preregistration will also facilitate knowing the quantity of materials needed and skill level of the participants. Preregistration will also help us determine quantity of fly tying equipment required for those who are ‘beginner’ fly tiers.