Fly tying with friends

Its January. Its cold out and, although there are a few fishing opportunities, in my opinion it is better to let the waters rest until spring – well March anyway. 

I fill my time up without much trouble.  I am reading a few good books, fishing and otherwise.  Holy Water by Jerry Kustich, River King by Bob Romano, and how about the USA Trilogy by John Dos Passos. Fascinating writing and a look into life at the turn of the 20th Century – most amazing is how little things have changed (check your library). 

But these are solo activities, not social, and one of things I love about being a fisher is that I get to be with interesting people who enjoy what I enjoy. 

Dave Flanagan showing how to do it at Campsite
Dave Flanagan showing how to do it at Campsite

I have a fly tying desk in my man-cave and it has everything I need to tie up a few Sparkle Duns, Woolly Buggers and Hendricksons; Clousers, Deceivers and poppers.  I put the radio on and send photos of my progress to Joe who sends me his, but it is barely social.

Not to worry – there are alternatives.

Campsite Sport Shop, River Bay Outfitters and the Art Flick Chapter of TU as well as Long Island Flyrodders each have tying sessions you can join.  You will not only learn a few new flies but also get to chat with some fellow fishers – maybe even make some plans for when the weather breaks. 


Bob's Poppers
Bob’s Poppers

So don’t be shy – give it a try. You don’t need to even know how to tie – these folks will walk you through the process. Click the links above and give them a call – or just show up and watch for a session or two – everyone is welcome. 

In the meanwhile, click here for a few good books.

Fly tying at Riverbay Outfitters
Fly tying at Riverbay Outfitters