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Here's the info for advanced fly tying class participants:
Please print it out and bring the questionnaire to the first class. 


Date:          Fourth Wednesday of every month  January through June, 2001

Time:          6:30 to 9:00

Place:         Sunset Hills Country Club


General Information:

Students are to bring the following:

Fly tying tools

Lamp (for the old guys who can no longer see in the dark)

Extension cord (if you have one)

Fly tying thread (I will give advance notice of the kind of thread we will use before each class.)

I will provide all tying materials required for the class, including enough materials to tie a few additional flies for practice.  I will also provide hooks.

I will hand out a tying instruction sheet for each of the flies to be tied.  There will be space on the sheets for you to be able to take notes.

We will tie 2 flies per night.  Generally there will be one easy fly and one more difficult fly.  All of the patterns will be tested and true patterns, and include most of my “hot” flies.

Teaching you these patterns will be an excuse to allow me to teach you the techniques I think an advanced fly tier should have mastered.  I will at times also give you some exercises to do to improve your tying skills.

I suggest you use the additional materials I give you to tie a few of the same flies between class sessions.  Bring the flies you tied back to the next class, and I will be happy to critique them for you.

I will spend as much time as I can explaining fly tying materials to you.  This is a complicated subject, which, for the most part, even most production tiers do not understand.  I suggest you bring extra paper to take notes about materials if you are the type inclined to take notes.

You may also want to bring your materials with you to the class so you can evaluate your materials as we talk about them in class.  Learning to select the right materials will save you money since you won’t be buying materials you can’t use and will save you the time you otherwise would spend and frustration you would encounter when you attempt to tie flies with the wrong or poor materials.

For the first two classes, we will tie the following flies.  The thread size and color are given so you will know what to bring to the classes.  I have also listed the materials to be used so you can look at your materials while I explain what you should be looking for.


Antron Caddis  (Blue Ribbon Flies Pattern)

Thread:          Either 6/0 or 8/0 black thread

Materials:      Dark gray synthetic (or natural) dubbing with antron; and deer hair (fine dark hair with dark tips)

Jan’s Elk Hair Caddis  (Variation of Al Troth’s pattern)

Thread:          Either 6/0 or 8/0 brown thread.  You need two spools of thread and two bobbins: brown thread on one bobbin, the color of the thread on the other bobbin does not matter.

Materials:      Hare’s mask dubbing; brown dry fly hackle; light deer hair or fine light elk hair with short black tips; and red or orange deer hair.  (You may want to bring all of your dry fly necks and and/or saddles to look over when we talk dry fly hackle.  Also, you may want to bring all of your deer and elk hair.)

February 28

Jan’s Pheasant Tail Nymph  (Variation of Frank Sawyer’s pattern)

Thread:          Either 6/0 Danville’s thread – tobacco (red-brown), or any brown 6/0 or 8/0 thread

Materials:      Pheasant tails; and copper wire

Quigley PMD Cripple

Thread:          Either 6/0 or 8/0 yellow thread.

Materials:      Light olive marabou; yellow Hareline dubbing; light deer hair; and ginger dry fly hackle.



I have already selected the first 4 flies we will tie which will cover the first 2 months.  For the other 4 months, the flies we tie will be determined, in part, by what you would like to cover.  Therefore, please answer the following questions and turn this back into Jan Kurahara at or before the first class:

1.Number in order of preference (from 1 through 7, with 1 being your first preference) the types of flies you would like covered in this class:

a.       Mayflies  _____

b.      Caddisflies  _____

c.       Midges  _____

d.      Stoneflies  _____

e.       Bait fish, Leeches, etc.  _____

f.        Terrestrials  _____

g.       Others  _____       Describe: _________________________

2.Number in order of preference (1 through 5) each category of fly you would like covered in this class:

a.       Dry fly  _____

b.      Nymphs  _____

c.       Wet flies (e.g. soft hackles)  _____

d.      Streamers  _____

e.       Other  _____       Describe: _________________________

3.Would you like to have tying small flies (#20 or smaller) covered in this class?

Yes  _____       No  _____

4.Would you like to cover the tying of any traditional dry fly patterns?  If so, check the pattern you would like to see covered in this class.

a.       Humpies                             Yes  _____            No  _____

b.      Adams                               Yes  _____            No  _____

c.       Light Cahill                         Yes  _____            No  _____

d.      Other                                 ________________________

5.Any specific patterns or techniques that you would like to see covered?

a.       ____________________________________________

b.      ____________________________________________

6.Name the streams or lakes that are your favorite fishing places:

a.       _____________________________

b.      _____________________________

c.       _____________________________

d.      _____________________________

e.       _____________________________

7.Name any other places you want to fish and would like to tie patterns that might be successful there:

a.       _____________________________

b.      _____________________________

Your name: ______________________________




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