January can be a house bound month. The weather does not always cooperate and everyone is tired of shopping. Why not try your hand at Fly Tying? January is the best time of year to learn and Bass Pro Shop is offering FREE classes. This gives you a opportunity to master the basic techniques to tying flies.
Here is a list of FREE Fly Tying Classes at Bass Pro!
Where: Bass Pro Shop Fly Shop
January 10, 2015 Topic: Streamers & Wooly Buggers
January 17, 2015 Topic: Nymphs
January 24, 2015 Topic: Wet Flies & Emergers
January 31, 2014 Topic: Dry Flies
February 7, 2015 Topic: Bass Poppers & Gurglers
February 14, 2015 Topic:Egg Patterns for Steelhead and Salmon
You will begin to learn easy simple patterns that will help you catch trout, steelhead, salmon, or bass by Spring.
Did you know that many of the famous Fly Fisherman are from New York State? Art Flick, Walt & Winnie Dettes and Fran Betters to name a few.
By learning the basic techniques of fly tying you become a better fly fisherman by learning about the "bait". When and what to use is crucial to catching the fish you want.
With so many lakes connected to streams, when the snow melts, rivers rise and fish seek places to spawn. They move with the streams or they can hit a road block such as a waterfall to spawn. Not only will you enjoy fishing, but consider your mental health with the peaceful solitude one feels surrounded by all that beauty. Consider the gorges throughout the Finger Lakes region.
Flies are considered imitations or attractors and are then broken down to:
Streamers & Wooly Buggers: Most recognized and commonly used fly. They attract fish in fast or slow water, rivers, ponds and lakes.
Nymph: Designed to resemble a young aquatic insect and small crustacean.
Emerger: Designed to resemble a not quite mature hatching aquatic insect as it is leaving the water to become a adult insect.
Wet Fly: Designed to sink below the surface of the water.
Dry Fly: Designed to land softly on the surface of the water.
Bass Popper/Gurgler: Designed to resemble surface and subsurface insects. They attract by making a noise.
Egg Patterns: Easy and inexpensive to make or buy. Match your color to the color of the hatch egg.
Imitations want to deceive the fish by representing insects the fish feed on. Imitators do not always have to be true to life but have realistic qualities when their fur/feathers are buried in water. They then move with the current. Attractors, are usually bright in color and are looking to get a reaction from the fish such as a strike.
Don't be house bound in January. Stop on down and take a few free classes with Mike DeTomaso. Gain the knowlege you need to start fly fishing in the Spring.