2017-2018 Free Fly Tying Demos
Most Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm
All demos will be at St. Peter's South
Please call 970-377-3785 to RSVP
November 10th - Bob Reece - Umpqua
We are kicking things off again this year with Umpqua signature fly designer Bob Reece. Bob has many seasons under his belt guiding in North Park, Colorado and Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming. However, he has guided most recently in Wyoming's renowned Horse Creek Ranch where he has time tested and perfected his unique style of fly patterns. Bob is a regular contributor to Fly Fusion Magazine as well as writing regular fly tying posts for the Gink & Gasoline blog, bringing a fresh perspective to the world of trout fly tying.
November 17th - TBD
December 1st - Eric Ishiwata - Montana Fly Company
This is one that we are always excited for. For years now, Ish has taunted us with his boxes of the tastiest swing schmeat any of us has ever seen this side of the Skeena River. Just when you think you've seen it all, he'll calmly turn your world upside down in a five minute conversation about tube flies, trout behavior, or color combinations that will cause you to drop everything and sprint to the nearest vise and tie a fly. If you fish two handers regularly, heck if you fly fish regularly, give us a call and sign up for this one. Bring your own towels to wipe the drool from your faces though...
December 15th - Rick Takahashi - Umpqua - Tying Demo and Book Signing
Mr. Takahashi is another legendary local to Fort Collins. He loves to tie and design patterns for the waters that he loves to fish, including many waters local to here. Rick loves to use his talents to bring others into the realm of fly fishing by contributing to local and regional tying demos. WE are extra excited for this demo because he will also be promoting and signing copies of his newest book, "The Fly Tying Artist: Creative Patterns for Common Hatches." We can't wait to get our hands on the new book! (just in time for Holiday shopping too...hint, hint)
January 26th - Chris Krueger - Montana Fly Company
Chris has been one of the most consistent and determined local fly tyers whose patterns can be found in the Montana Fly Company catalog. Chris is a Fort Collins local, teacher by trade, owner of Rocky Mountain Fly Design and MFC (Montana Fly Company) signature tier. So, yeah, you could say he has a few tricks up his sleeve! Support local and see Chris' unique style in person.
February 9th - TBD
We're working on something special for this date!
February 16th - Pat Dorsey - Umpqua - Tying Demo and Book Signing
Pat is the Guide Director and partner at the Blue Quill Angler Fly Shop in Evergreen. A Colorado native, Pat has guided for over 20 years and is one of the leading experts on fly fishing the South Platte River. He is an Umpqua signature tier and his patterns have become sure-fire go-to's when fishing Colorado and Wyoming's tailwaters. Pat has also just published a new book on fishing the South Platte, so put this one on the list, grab the new book, and get it signed by the man himself! It is always a pleasure to host Pat and we are looking forward to another fun and informative demo.
We would like to welcome Phil Iwane to our South shop tying bench for the second time. His first demo was a smashing success, so we HAD to have him back. Phil is a familiar face in fly shops across Colorado, has done plenty of demos for various fly tying expo’s and tying clinics, and is now a Umpqua signature fly designer. Look for the Iwan-e-Dun mayfly series coming soon to a fly shop near you! We are excited to see what Phil has to show us this year!
March 10th - Charlie Craven Demo and Umpqua Event
$5 per person
We always like to end the tying demos with a bang. Charlie Craven is a man that needs no introduction. Many of us probably caught our first fish on one of his flies or tied one of our first flies using instructions from one of his books. Charlie is a true professional when it comes to demos and we always enjoy having him come tie for all of us. This is a great opportunity to get tips and instruction from one of fly fishing's greatest fly tiers and teachers. There is a $5 entry fee to this demo, but it's always a great event featuring Umpqua Feather Merchants, their signature tying program and arguably their most famous fly designer, Mr. Charlie Craven. Gift bags and give-aways to all who attend!