TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts
William Anderson, an architect from northern Virginia came to demonstrate tying exquisite traditional wet flies and flymphs. Wet flies are designed to imitate the nymphal form of mayflies as they emerge to become flying adults. Flymphs are a variation of traditional artificial nymph patterns with a circular collar (like a wet fly) that gives the fly a lifelike look as it moves underwater. Anderson showcased hand-hewn spinning blocks (based on designs by Pete Hidy and Richard Clark) that he makes for spinning dubbing onto silk thread for the bodies of the flies he ties. (www.williamsfavorite.com/).
Pat Cohen, from Cobbleskill, NY, ties large stacked deer hair flies for both trout and warm water fish such as pike, walleyes and bass. As he demonstrated, each fly takes him at least a half hour hour to tie and involves stacking various colors of deer hair on a hook, tying it down, compacting the assembly and then shaving to shape with a double edged razor blade. The result is an extremely dense collection of the hollow deer hair that is durable and floats like cork. He ties commercially and sells the flies and specialized fly tying materials and equipment from his website (rusuperfly.com) as well as appears at up to 30 fly fishing shows and seminars per year.
Eight women participated in a special Women's Beginning Fly Tying Class led by Kelly Buchta of New Jersey. Kelly covered the tools, materials and techniques used in tying flies that catch trout. In a sport increasingly popular with women, Patagonia sponsored a session on women’s fishing gear, featuring clothing, base layers, waders and equipment designed specifically for women.
The Dynamic Nymphing workshop was led by George Daniel, TCO fly shop manager, fly fishing instructor, competition flyfisher and coach out of State College, PA. Dynamic nymphing, or contact nymphing, is a set of techniques, rigging and equipment designed to increase your success in catching and landing fish while nymphing (www.tcoflyfishing.com/TCO_Fly_Fishing_George_Daniel_DynamicBook.cfm).
Mayflies spend only a few days flying in the air out of their yearlong life cycle. Most of the year they are aquatic creatures, living and metamorphosing through 20 to 30 nymphal stages underwater after hatching from eggs laid by the airborne females.