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Fishermen - FYI - There's a fly tying seminar in NY

If any of you New York fishermen are interested there is a ‘Fly Tying seminar’ in Central NY (Utica).

There is also a presentation by a wildlife photographer and some casting demos.

 

More info here:

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Fly tying is a great hobby

Fly tying is a great hobby for any fisherman who can use them. There is nothing quite like watching a fish rise to take a fly that you have tied yourself. I really got into it quite a few years ago. I was using all kinds of materials that I found various places to use for tying flies. We had a Siamese cat at the time, and I was brushing her with a cat brush and noticed that the hair in the brush was very much like the dubbing material that you buy. So I began using some of the cat hair for dubbing material. It worked great!

Another time, I was fishing for brown trout on the Manistee River in Michigan during what is called "the Hex hatch". These are a large mayfly that hatches during a short period in the summer. They hatch right at dusk, coming up from the bottom of the river to float on the surface for a short time before flying up into the bushes. I had seen that one of the materials to use to make the "spinner" pattern wings was the white hair from a deer tail. Well, I happened to have an old deer tail around, so I tied up some with it. It's hard to adequately describe the thrill of putting one of those homemade flies out on the surface of the river and watching a 5 pound (or larger) brown trout come up and "slurp" it in!

  If you haven't tried fly fishing, find out if there isn't some water near you that can be effectively fished with fly equipment. And start tying some of your own flies. You can start with a minimum of equipment by getting a kit from a place like Cabelas. Then you can add to it as you feel necessary. Go to a seminar or a show where fly tying is featured. You can also probably find some videos on Youtube. Just get started! Thumbs up

Thanks for the post, Mike!

 

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a little far

Hey Groovy Mike, thanks for the info on the fly tying seminar... New York might be a bit far for me.  I bought a complete fly tying setup a few years ago and still don't know how to use it.  I would love to learn as I think it's a fantastic sport.  I live on the water and could certainly use them. 

Plus, I know where there are some nice streams with rainbows, cuts and even some big, big browns.  Right where you may be camping come this next mule deer season.... maybe we should give it a try?

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I’d be willing to learn

Arrow-Flipper : Yeah that’s a bit far for you. I’ve never tied flies or tried fly fishing but I’d be willing to learn. In fact that seems like a great opportunity to enjoy some cigars while camping streamside…. I like the way you think my friend ;)

 Jaybe – using cat hair to catch fish. That’s ironic!

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