Always wanted to try tying flies but were intimidated by the apparent complexity? Caught the fly fishing ‘bug’ and want to go to the next level by tying your own flies? Join Tony Stifter of the St. Paul Fly Tiers for 1 to 3 available classes as you build a solid foundation on the basics of creating flies.
Come for one class or all three. Keep in mind that the first class will become a foundation for either of the two that follow. There will be demonstrations and information provided on a technique or style of fly, with plenty of time and guidance to put this knowledge to work as you tie your own flies. Each student will leave each class with the confidence, knowledge and enthusiasm for fly tying, plus at least 2 flies. Just in time for the fishing opener!
Each class will provide the basics while focusing on a particular styles of fly tying:
Class 1: February 16 – Introductory Class – Introduction to tools and basic tying techniques followed by demonstration and instructed tying of a few basic flies such as a Wooly Bugger, a Panfish Wet Fly, or a Trout Soft Hackle.
Class 2: February 23 – Nymphs – – This is an intermediate class, which uses many of the skills learned in the Introductory Class. Textured Dubbing, Weighting, Wing Case Application, will be covered, followed by the demonstration and instructed tying of a few basic nymphs such as a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail, and the Scud.
Class 3: March 2 – Classic Dry Flies – This is an intermediate class, which also uses many of the skills learned in the Introductory Class. Tailing, Dubbing, Upright wings, and hackles will be covered, followed by the demonstration and instructed tying of a few basic dry flies such as Mayflies, Caddis Flies, and Emergers.
Note: each class date is separate registration. If interested in multiple classes, participant must register for each date separately.
The instructor will provide tools and materials necessary for these classes. Students who wish to purchase their own tools for future fly tying will gain the experience and can get advice on types of tools, and places to purchase through their experience with any one of these classes.
Classes will be held at our winter location: Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia, MN 55073.
NOTE: Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!