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Fly Tying Workshops

Fly Tying Workshops

You can sign-up for the workshops at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler at 275 A Street, Idaho Falls or call the shop at 208-524-7160.

 

The Matuka Sculpin in the Style of Darwin Atkin with Steven Fernandez (Buszek Winner)

Cost: $40 – Thursday Evening April 2nd 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Location – Jimmy’s All Seasons Anglers – 275 A Street Idaho Falls
Please bring tools, thread and a portable lamp. Maximum 8 students. For Advanced Tiers.

This is the eighth year that Steven Fernandez will be doing a workshop for advanced tiers. This workshop will be special and will feature the Matuka Sculpin in the Style of Darwin Atkin. Darwin Atkin hailed from Porterville California and won the 13th annual Buz Buszek award in 1982. One of Darwin’s most famous flies is the Matuka Sculpin. Stephen says that this fly is both challenging to tie and, as a bonus, a deadly fly for catching big fish. There is no better instructor in the world for teaching advanced techniques than Steven Fernandez. His attention to detail and his ability to explain is unparalleled.

Steven Fernandez, one of the most renowned fly tiers in the world, who is unmatched in tying Classic Trout Flies, Atlantic Salmon and Catskill Style Flies, will share his knowledge and expertise. In Steven’s workshop students will have the chance to learn from a true master, the art of tying the classic trout fly. A word of caution, this workshop will be very intensive and is intended for fly tiers with advanced skills. Steven Fernandez has been tying flies for over 40 years and started tying professionally at the age 13. By his sixteenth year he was demonstrating and teaching fly tying locally and then nationally. By 17, he was featured in the April 1977 edition of Field and Stream. While pursuing an architecture degree in the 1980’s, he challenged the notion of artistic salmon flies by tying flies on straightened out hooks with atypical materials and techniques, raising a few eyebrows in the process. Judith Dunham included him in her book The Atlantic Salmon Fly, The Tyers and Their Art ( 1991), which helped lead to international demonstrations, classes, and feature articles. Currently Steven is the Fly Tying Co-Director for the Southwest Council of the FFF and also received the prestigious FFF Buz Buszek Memorial Award in 2012. We invite you to attend Steven’s workshop for a truly unmatched and unique fly tying experience.

 

 

Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies with Pat Dorsey

Cost: $75 – Friday Morning April 3rd 9 am – 12:30 pm

Location – Executive Board Room

Here at the 2020 Expo we are lucky to have Pat Dorsey as our featured tyer. Pat has built a worldwide reputation for innovation in materials use and tying technique. In this workshop Pat will have the students tie a number of his signature tailwater flies. He will bestow numerous tips and tricks about how to tie and fish these effective tailwater patterns such as the Mercury series, UV Scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Not only are these patterns effective on tailwaters, but they are very useful for spring creeks and when the water is low in the fall and spring. Please join Pat for a highly educational experience that can’t be missed.

Pat Dorsey is the head guide and a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat also publishes an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the through the central and southern Rockies

Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Pat is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shops throughout the United States. Pat is a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.

Pat Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti pro staff, Hyde Drift Boats Pro Staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff. Pat is also the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine.

Pat Dorsey is the author of four books: Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on fly-fishing tailwater fisheries. It includes detailed discussions on dams, benefits of a tailwater, hatches, fly selection, reading the water, and tactics and techniques to fool tough trout on year-round waters. Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies contains 500 step-by-step photos to tie 24 proven patterns, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them. Colorado Guide Flies, features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes. Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River (completely revised in 2018) is a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns.

 

 

 

Introduction to Fly Tying with Jeff Armstrong

Cost: $40 – Friday April 3rd 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location – VIP Room #1

Tools, Materials and Lamp will be provided.

This workshop is designed for the beginning fly tyer. In fact for those who have never tied a fly but would like to learn. The basic techniques taught in this class will allow the beginner to embark on a lifetime of fly tying. Patterns will include, the Wooly Bugger, San Juan Worm, Zebra midge, Parachute Adams and others. Discussions will include an introduction to entomology and how, when and where to fish these patterns. These patterns are all well suited to the eastern Idaho region. Materials, tools, and lamps will be provided.

Jeff Armstrong has been tying flies for 40 years. He has been the coordinator and associate instructor for the Snake River Cutthroats Beginning Fly Fishing Class for 15 years

The Complete Guide to Tying and Fishing Cripples and Emergers
with Scott Sanchez (Buszek Winner)
Cost: $40 Friday Afternoon April 20th 1:30 pm – 5:00pm
Location – Executive Board Room
Please bring tools, thread and a portable lamp.

This class was taught three years ago and it had a waiting list so it is being offered again this year. While on the river you find out that the trout are feeding on cripples and emergers. As it turns out trout love cripple and emergers and in many cases preferring them over the duns. And someone who has perfected tying and fishing cripples and emergers is Scott Sanchez. If you really want to improve your fishing during a hatch you must attend this workshop. Come and join Scott as he shares some of his favorite and innovative techniques for cripples and emergers.

Scott is regarded as one of the country’s most innovative fly tiers, with his tying sessions providing entertainment for all. Scott has been teaching fly tying since the early age of 14 and has been working in the industry for the last twenty years tying flies commercially, guiding, helping with video productions, writing articles, and serving as the fly tying editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. In 2010 he won the coveted FFF Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award. Scott is fishing manager and fly tying guru for High Country Outfitters in Jackson Wyoming (www.highcountryflies.com), which features many of his effective and unique flies. His Double Bunny has won the prestigious One Fly Contest three times.

 

 

 

Innovative Patterns for SE Idaho’s Stillwaters, Creeks and Rivers from Snake River Fly with Brandon Morrison

Cost $40 – Friday Afternoon April 3rd 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: VIP Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp

In this workshop you will learn to tie new and innovative patterns that work well on the stillwaters, creeks and rivers of SE Idaho These waters most famously include the Snake River below American Falls, the Portneuf River and the many stillwater fisheries in SE idaho. One of the most innovative patterns that has been around for a few years is the balanced leach, a very effective pattern for the stillwaters in SE Idaho. Brandon will be teaching this a other innovative patterns for SE Idaho. Please join Brandon to learn about the waters of SE Idaho and the flies that work extremely well on these waters.

Brandon was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho where he grew up fishing the Main Snake and local reservoirs. Brandon now works out of the Snake River Fly in Pocatello and guides for the Lodge at Palisades Creek where he specializes in the water around Pocatello especially the Snake River below American Falls. Brandon is making a name for himself in the fly tying world. He has done tying demonstrations for Jimmy’s All Seasons Anger and demonstrated at the Snake River Cutthroats Tie-One-On. He will be tying at the Wasatch Intermountain Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo at Sandy UT. For those of you who love the fishing in SE Idaho, this workshop cannot be missed. Brandon has spent his entire life tying flies for and fishing on these waters.

 

 

 

Colorado Guide Flies – Must Have Patterns to Fool Selective Trout with Pat Dorsey

Cost: $75 – Saturday Morning April 4th 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location – Executive Board Room

This is the second workshop that Pat Dorsey, as our featured tyer, will be doing at the Expo this year. In this workshop Pat will showcase some of his favorite flies from Colorado Guides. These will include flies from midges to mayflies, terrestrial to stoneflies.
For over 25 years Pat had the opportunity to work with some of the best anglers and fly fishing guides in Colorado and has collected over 600 flies with a combination of new cutting- edge guide flies and more classic patterns. Some of the flies come from well know Colorado guide and tiers such as Charlie Craven, John Barr, Rich Takahashi, Greg Garcia, Dr. Eric Pettine, Steve Parrott and Jim Cannon. This workshop is not to be missed so please join Pat Dorsey for a truly unique tying experience.

Pat Dorsey is the head guide and a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat also publishes an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the through the central and southern Rockies

Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Pat is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shops throughout the United States. Pat is a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.

Pat Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti pro staff, Hyde Drift Boats Pro Staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff. Pat is also the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine.

Pat Dorsey is the author of four books: Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on fly-fishing tailwater fisheries. It includes detailed discussions on dams, benefits of a tailwater, hatches, fly selection, reading the water, and tactics and techniques to fool tough trout on year-round waters. Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies contains 500 step-by-step photos to tie 24 proven patterns, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them. Colorado Guide Flies, features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes. Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River (completely revised in 2018) is a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns.

 

 

 

New and Highly Effective Patterns from West Yellowstone’s Blue Ribbon Flies with Aaron Freed

Cost: $40 – Saturday Morning April 4th 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location – VIP Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp

In this workshop Aaron will teach the students about some of the newest patterns from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. Aaron is a prolific innovator of flies for Blue Ribbon Flies and if you go on the internet you will see many patterns that he has demonstrated for Blue Ribbon Flies, These include the Razor Mayfly, Copper Quill, Half Pint Midge and Aaron’s Callibaetis Nymph just to name a few. Aaron Freed is part of the long tradition of renowned fly tyers from Blue Ribbon Flies to include Craig Mathew and Bucky McCormick. who have done workshops at the Expo. Please join Aaron for a tying workshop that is in the grand tradition of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone.

Aaron grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, and has loved fishing since as far back as he can remember. Like many of us he fished for panfish, bass, and trout from a young age with his dad and grandfather, mostly with conventional gear. Aaron began fly fishing and fly tying around the age of 18 after beginning college in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, spending most of his time exploring backcountry brook trout streams. He moved to West Yellowstone, Montana in 2010 and began working at Blue Ribbon Flies. Aaron spent five summers working at the shop seasonally before moving into a year-round role in 2014. He continues to work at Blue Ribbon, helping to manage retail operations as well as tying flies commercially for the shop. Aaron has demonstrated his skills at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler and at the Snake River Cutthroats Tie-One-On.

 

 

 

New Patterns for the Henry’s Fork and Surrounding Waters from Henry’s Fork Anglers with Todd Lanning

Location: Executive Board Room

Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon April 4th 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp.

Todd Lanning has been part of the east Idaho and western Montana fly fishing and fly tying world since the early 1990’s. In this workshop Todd will be teaching students a number of highly effective and innovative patterns for the fabled Henry’s Fork and the surrounding waters. This workshop will concentrate on patterns that have been used with great success by the folks at Henry’s Fork Anglers in Last Chance. So please join Todd for a unique and highly educational tying workshop.

Todd Lanning grew up on a farm in Melba, Idaho and learned to fly fish from his grandfather at the age of nine. Todd spent almost every summer as a kid with his aunt and uncle in Hamilton, Montana on the banks of the Bitterroot River. It was on the Bitterroot that he fell in love with the western mountain fly fishing. Todd has been in southeast Idaho since the mid 1990’s. During the early 2000’s he was the general manager of the Southfork Lodge and Outfitters. In recent years Todd has been part of the team at Henry’s Fork Anglers as the assistant manager to Chris Lawson, son of the owner Mike Lawson. Todd is well known in the fly fishing world for his Henry’s Fork and Southfork flies and fishing techniques. This workshop is a must for those who want to increase their knowledge of the Henry’s Fork and Surrounding waters.

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