Posts tagged: fly tying
FLY FISHING — My Sunday Outdoors feature story sheds some light on April Vokey, the celebrated British Columbia fly fishing guide and founder of Fly Gals Ventures, who was giving presentations in Spokane recently.
But you'll get another glimpse of her appeal and talent in this trailer (above) for a 60 Minutes Sports story that's available for viewing on Showtime.
I’m not a great caster; I’m not a great fly tier; I’m not a great writer; I’m not the best at any of those things,” Vokey says in the report.
“Then what makes you so good at this?” asked 60 Minutes Sports reporter Bill Whitaker.
“I love it more than anybody I know.”
FLY FISHING — Bob Bates, 83, passed away Wednesday, a week after he was at the monthly Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club meeting as curious as ever about the sport.
Bob devoted years to teaching students about fisheries by volunteering to run the public tours at the Spokane Fish Hatchery.
Click here to read about just one of many fisheries-related services Bob enjoyed.
He made the world a better place.
FLY FISHING — It's summer and anglers are making and executing all sorts of travel plans related to the pursuit of fish.
But savvy fly fishers don't consider it down time to be here in Spokane. Here's a report from Mike Berube of the Spokane Fly Fishers from his Spokane River float-fishing trip on Friday:
A friend and Ihad a great float yesterday. Put in just below Monroe St Bridge at about 6AM and took out at TJ Meenach Bridge at about 1PM. River is fishing great. The fish were primarily at the end of riffles and loved any type of brownish olive streamer. I fished a sz 6 woolhead sculpin on a sink tip. All were in the 12-14” range with a couple to 20”. Nymping was productive also.
Hard to beat a Pat's Rubber Legs with a Lightning Bug dropper on the Spokane.
Wading to some of the really good holes should be better in about a week if it continues to drop.
July 7 - Fly casting workshop and rod repair demonstratio, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 14 - “Seasons of the Steelhead” author Will Godfry will demonstrate fly tying and sign books, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
July 21 - Fly casting workshop, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
July 28 - Fly rod building and repair demonstration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Info: (509) 229-3414.
ANGLING – State fisheries biologists for the Spokane Region and the Idaho Panhandle will present fishing updates at the annual Spokane Fly Fishers Extravaganza Wednesday (April 10) at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
The biologists — Jim Fredericks of Idaho Fish and Game and Randy Osborne of Washington Fish and Wildlife — will present their fishing reports at 7 p.m.
FLY FISHING — The fifth annual North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo opens in Lewiston on Friday (March 22) and runs through Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.
Organized by the Kelly Creek Flycasters, the Expo features a series of presentations by luminary anglers and fisheries professionals, sessions that introduce people to the sport, displays of the latest gear by vendors and a steady stream of live fly tying.
One presenter, for example, will explain how poppers, the stubby, cork-like lures that are known to induce aggressive strikes from bass, can also drive steelhead to make explosive top-water hits.
Al Buhr of Salem, Ore., told Lewiston Tribune outdoor writer Eric Barker that steelhead returning to the Snake River and its tributaries are particularly prone to the patterns that draw attention when they are twitched or popped across the water’s surface.
“Oh man, I’m telling you, it’s a mind blower,” he told Barker. “I’ve had as many as five strikes on one swing. I’ve had them come completely out of the water like a trout to pounce on that fly.”
Buhr, author of two fly fishing books and a well-known spey casting instructor, is billed as one of the star presenters.
The expo will be followed by a banquet on Saturday. Tickets to the banquet are available from club members. There is no cost to attend the expo but there is a charge for some of the workshops.
FLY FISHING — The first group outing of the year for the Spokane Fly Fishers — Saturday at Coffeepot Lake west of Harrington — was a BIG occasion for some of the anglers - with rainbow trout up to 21 inches long.
Read on for the detailed report from club member Mike Berube.
And the two club members in the photo above — Dan Ferguson, left, and Mike Berube — are examples of the mentors the students get to associate with: Priceless.
Learn from the Spokane Fly Fishers
What: 31st annual Fly Fishing School.
When: Thursday evenings, March 7-April 25, plus Saturday sessions on pontoon safety and casting.
Who: Organized by Spokane Fly Fishers club.
Where: St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy Ave., plus field sites.
Cost: $125 for nonmembers, includes membership.
Sign up: Mike Berube, (509) 999-8235; spokaneflyfishers.com.
FLY FISHING — Davy Wotton, a fly-fishing entrepreneur and professional since the 1960s, will present a program of the history, development and fishing of the soft hackle fly in a program sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers Wednesday, 7 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
Fly tiers have dubbed him, pardon the pun, the king of the soft hackle. He's widely known for the SLF Dubbing Blend Series.
Wotton, who hails from Great Britain where he's has a wide ranging career in the sport, lives in the USA. He's currently the managing director of the American International School of Fly Fishing.
FLY FISHING — Two more fly tying classes have been added to the already busy schedule of instruction being offered by Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley, (509) 924-9998.
NW Top Producing Nymphs
Beyond the Basics Fly Tying
FISHING — The 4th annual Hooks & Hops event for thirsty fly fishers looking for inspiration during winter is set for Wednesday (Jan. 23), 6 p.m-9 p.m. at Black Diamond Sports Bar & Pool Hall, 9614 E. Sprague Ave., sponsored by Silver Bow Fly Shop.
Shop operators bill the night as a chance to give back to their customers, with a free beer, prizes, live music, free appetizers and fishing films. The bar also serves dinner for those who want to settle in.
FLY FISHING — The cold of January is prime time for cozying up to a vise to learn how to tie flies.
Click “continue reading” for the timely January fly-tying class schedule — for beginner and advanced tiers — from Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley.
FISHING — Hall of fame fly tier John Newbury of Chewelah will be tying flies and displaying artistic prints of his fly patterns during a First Friday Event, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., at the Steelhead Bar & Grill, 218 N. Howard St., in Spokane.
FISHING – Two fly tying courses are coming up at Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley:
For steelheaders, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: learn modern patterns. $50.
For beginners, Jan 7-8, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: learn six effective patterns. $50.
Pre-register: (509) 924-9998.
Fly tying and fly fishing artwork will be on display and local brews will be served at a Fly Fishing Art Show to benefit Project Healing Waters, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday Sept. 7, at the Steam Plant, 159 S Lincoln St.
Project Healing Waters addresses the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
The non-profit group is organizing activities in the Spokane area.
Featured artists include:
Greg Piller, Steam Plant’s head brewer, will be offering samples of Steam Plant’s handcrafted beers and Spokane-based Dry Fly Distilling offer tastes of their fly fishing-inspired spirits that use locally-grown grains and botanicals.
Food and drink specials will be offered in Stacks restaurant and the Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing.
Info: (509) 995-9945
FISHING — Hardy Kruse of Spokane, who ran one of Spokane's first fishing shops with a special corner for fly fishers, is the latest of several notable angling personalities to drift out of this world in recent weeks.
Kruse, 85, died Sunday after a long illness. No public service is planned, according to close friend Stephen Aspinwall.
Long-time anglers will remember The Sport Cove, which Kruse operated in the Spokane Valley at the Two Swabbies for 30 years before closing the doors at the age of 75.
I still have the diver's swim fins Hardy hand rigged with straps to help anglers propel float tubes when they became the rage in the 1980s. “You'll spend three times as much for fins made for use with float tubes and they'll work half as well,” he told me.
I tried them out with Hardy for a story about float-tubing in a fine day of fishing at Bayley Lake (see photo), which was one of Hardy's favorite waters for big brook trout and rainbows at that time. He also loved fishing the Bow River near Calgary.
Other notable anglers passing in recent weeks include:
Harry Lemire: A Boeing worker who became a standout in fly tying and steelhead and salmon fly fishing circles for his exquisite hand-tied flies — and I really do mean hand-tied.
Lemire said he succeeded in tying a fly without the help of a vise in 1991. “I found it very possible, practical and rewarding,” he wrote. “From that day to this I've never used a vice when tying classic patterns and see no reason to.”
Another Lemire quote: “I've caught steelhead up to 34 pounds on a skating fly and up to 23 pounds on a dry fly. My life, I would say, has been good.”
Homer Circle: A southern gentleman, angler and author known to fans as “Uncle Homer” as he informed anglers for 50 years in Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazines. He passed away June 26 at the age of 97.
OUTDOOR SKILLS — Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills in a 15th annual September weekend workshop led by certified instructors.
Scheduled for Sept.14-16 at Camp River Ranch in Carnation, the annual workshop is coordinated by Washington Outdoor Women, a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship.
Twenty different classes will be offered throughout the weekend on skills such as archery, basic freshwater fishing, fly fishing and tying, kayaking and the basics of big-game hunting.
Workshop participants must be at least 18 years old and must have a current Washington recreational fishing license to participate in the fishing and fly-fishing sessions.
Info: Ronni McGlenn, (425) 455-1986, or www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org.
FLY FISHING — Fly fishers will find plenty of action in Ellensburg this weekend, and the won't have to put on their waders.
FLY FISHING — Swede’s Fly Shop, 1611 N. Ash St. in Spokane, is joining the Orvis Co. in a free series of basic fly fishing and fly tying clinics.
Fly Fishing 101 classes will be offered 10 a.m.-noon on the first Saturday of each month starting May 5 through Oct. 6, said shop owner Allen Peterson
Basic fly-tying sessions will be offered on the same days, noon-4 p.m.
The 101 course involves rigging rods and casting instruction.
Discount coupons and free membership into fly fishing groups also are offered. Info: 323-0500.
OTHER FLY-FISHING ACTIVITIES
Steve Moran Custom Rods is offering personal rod-building classes
Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley has a list of fishing technique classes for beginners as well as accomplished fly fishers for April and May. Fees range $20-$30.
Click “continue reading” to see the details on the Silver Bow offerings.