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December 07, 2016
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Learning to Tie a Fly; ‘Up’ your game

This Comparaemerger fly, in the vice, is in the process of being tied on a hook. You can see the antron shuck and deer-hair wing tied on.
Photo by Jeff White

For me, this course was just the right setting to learn the techniques needed to continue tying my own flies. The setting was small and intimate, consisting of 11-year-old Dan Flynn, brought by his grandfather Bill, and myself. Dan has been fishing for about seven years and had tied flies before but was able to perfect some of his skills. I just know that Dan, a quick learner, will be tying flies and fishing for years to come. We joked that Dan picked up fly tying so easily that he would be tying flies for his father and grandfather in no time.

While I am not yet a master fly tyer, I will continue to improve my tying skills thanks to what I learned in this course. If you are looking to get started tying your own flies, I can recommend Matt at the Beaverkill Angler. You can also visit them in Roscoe or find them on the web at

[Kristin White has lived in the Upper Delaware River region for over 10 years and currently calls Callicoon, NY her home. She is the director of the Western Sullivan Public Library and enjoys spending her free time near or on the river.]