Enjoy arts and crafts? Looking for a creative date idea? Fisherman learning to tie? This class is for you! Perfect for a date night sharing a fun unique experience, an avid fisherman learning to tie, or anyone looking for a creative hobby/outlet. Enjoy a glass of wine and learn something new! During this experience you will learn to tie the worlds most famous fly fishing lure - the Woolly Bugger! Just 30 minutes from the Catskill Mountains (the birthplace of fly fishing) and rivers such as the Beaver Kill, Neversink and Upper Delaware - there isn't a more historic region in the country to learn how to tie! Itinerary (2 hours total): - Introductions (15 min) where I will serve drinks and exchange intro's. - Short (5-7 min) explanation of the culture of fly fishing in the area. This region holds a significant place in fly fishing history. I believe understanding that culture makes tying here just a bit more special! - Instructional period (45 min) where I use thread, natural feathers and chenile to demonstrate each step needed to tie the Woolly Bugger as you follow along tying on your own vice. - Freelance period (45 min) to test your new skills by tying more Woolly Buggers. Get creative by combining colors, sizes or even put your own spin on a classic pattern! During this time I will have other patterns on display for you to examine and appreciate. - Closing (5 min)
I travel the world fly fishing for all species of trout. I have fished nearly every state in the U.S. (Alaska Idaho Colorado Wyoming etc.) and throughout Chile, Finland, Switzerland and Canada. As a child, I grew up fishing for months on end in the remote wilderness of Maine. My love for fishing has only grown with time. I have tied my own flies (fly fishing lures) for many years now. I tie streamers, nymphs and terrestrials in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes. I have tied flies with and learned new tying techniques from Denny Rickards (the most famous modern still-water fisherman in the U.S.). I live just 30 minutes from the Catskills where Theodore Gordon was the first American to start using fly fishing tackle (targeting brook trout) in the late 19th century on rivers such as the Beaverkill. The perfect place to learn to tie!
I offer a variety pack of Copa Di Vino wine by the glass (www.copadivino.com), a Yuengling Lager and Water available for…
Class will be held in Downtown Binghamton at my luxury 2,400 sq. ft. apartment around the tying table I built several years ago. I am an avid wood worker and also build fishing nets that I take with me on all of my trips. I am happy to show you some of these nets and other fishing equipment I have collected over the years.
You are welcome to BYOB. I provide all materials needed for the class. I would also suggest bringing some cash if you wish to purchase additional drinks (or flies that I have tied) during class.
Fly tying with a local expert