HOWEVER, SPFF’S FLY TYING CONTINUES IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS
by Michael Peratis
March 11, 2020 ~ The Beginning Fly Tying graduates received their diplomas.
Typically, our graduates would join our regular Wednesday night fly tying sessions to learn additional tying techniques and create more complex flies.
March 20, 2020 ~ Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to shelter-in-place.
Now, with the shelter-in-place order, in-person fly tying was out of the question. I was concerned that without having a continuing instruction experience our graduates would soon lose interest in fly tying. So, what to do?
April 16, 2020 ~ First attempt using Zoom
I contacted the grads & told them I’d try starting some tying sessions, teaching simple patterns using the limited materials they were issued in the class. Initially there were some major challenges with the camera, the lighting and the Zoom app. After few weeks of stumbling, everything began to fall into place.
- The Camera & Lighting issues were resolved.
- The students and I got much better at using Zoom. (Thanks Cat White)
- Some PHW Vets and a few of the regular Wednesday night tiers got wind of what we were doing and joined the group.
- Cece Rubin notified all the SWC Clubs about our meetings, and Cat White put out the word on SPFF’s Fly Tying Group Facebook page. Even more folks joined in.
- In May all participants began receiving a schedule of the flies we’d be tying and their material lists. This allowed everyone to choose which flies they wanted to tie, get their materials, and join in for tying on the appropriate dates.
So, what started as an experiment with a small group has now grown to 100 participants, with 20-30 usually attending our meetings. A few of our tiers are in the process of setting up cameras so they too can host meetings and teach some flies. This is wonderful news for me!
It appears that Zoom is how we’ll continue to meet for the foreseeable future. Contact me at email@example.com if you’d like to join the group. We meet from 6:45 to about 9:00 every Wednesday.
Many thanks to all the participants & helpers. I long for the day we can get back to in-person Dinner & Fly Tying sessions.
SPFF Zoom Fly Tying Schedule for October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, 18
***** This schedule is subject to change *****
When you search YouTube or look through books, you’ll find many versions for most of the flies we tie.
If you don’t have a suggested material, SUBSTITUTE with something you do have & learn the tying process.
HOOK: TMC 2457 or similar, #12 - #16
THREAD: UTC 140 denier, color to match the body
DUBBING: Super Fine Dubbing, color to match the body
BODY: Sili Worm, Color of your choice
HOOK: TMC 2487 or equiv. #10 - #24
THREAD: Grey UTC 70 denier or UNI 8/0
BODY: Brown Beaver Dubbing (Don’t substitute for this)
WING: 3 strands of White Fluoro Fibre or similar & 2 Natural CDC feathers
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Xo3oxHBLz4c&list=PLgrWTCSM4ueoglUU7YFkOlhh2aFNZtL56&index=10
HOOK: , TMC 2488 or similar, #16 - #22
THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Yellow Olive
TAIL & SPLIT WING CASE: Mallard Flank fibers, dyed Wood Duck
BODY: Tying Thread
WING: CDC Puff, Light dun
THORAX: Super Fine dubbing, Brown
HOOK: Daiichi 4647 or similar, #10
THREAD: UTC 140 denier, White
BEAD: Tungsten 1/8” or 5/32”, color of your choice
EXTENSION ##: Size 20 - 1¼" long Dressmaker Pin, cut off to 1/2" long back from the head
TAIL: Black Rabbit Fur or Black Marabou Fibers + a few strands of UV Pearl Krystal Flash
BODY: Arizona Simi Seal, #21 Black/Blue or #49 Black Magic
ALSO NEEDED: Super Glue, Red Sharpie (optional), 3⁄4” wide Scotch tape (optional)
## - Available at Joann Fabrics ~ Also FREE at Fishermen’s Spot (Dave Shaffer has them, just ask).
HOOK: TMC 5262 or similar, #8 - #20
THREAD: Tan 8/0 (70 denier) or 6/0 (140 denier)
WEIGHT: (Optional) Lead /lead-free wire or tungsten/brass bead - sized to hook
TAIL: Wood duck or mallard flank
RIB: Small copper wire
BODY: Hare’s ear dubbing
THORAX: Hare’s ear dubbing
HACKLE: Wood duck or mallard flank
HOOK: TMC 100 or similar, #12 - #20
THREAD: UTC 70 or similar, olive or tan
BODY: Peacock Herl
WING: Fine Deer or Elk Hair, natural
HACKLE: Grizzly rooster neck or saddle
WALLY WING MAYFLY (Rich Ress teaching)
HOOK: TMC 100 or similar, #14
THREAD: 8/0 or 6/0 (70 or 140 denier), light gray, tan, olive, blue dun, etc.
TAIL: Coq de Leon or microfibbits or paint brush bristles
BODY: Superfine dubbing, color to match thread
WINGS: Mallard Flank, natural
HACKLE: Color of choice (just about gape size & shorter than wings)
TOMORROW’S THANKSGIVING ~ thaw your turkey - bake your pies ~ NO FLY TYING TONIGHT