Thames Valley TU will be conducting Fly Tying classes this Fall. Bob Walsh, John Preston, and Jack Balint will be teaching the classes. The classes will be held 11 am – 1 pm Saturdays at the Fish Connection, 127 RT12, Preston, CT. Tentative class dates are October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26 and December 3rd.
Classes are open to members (young & old) and to the public... beginner to experienced fly tiers welcomed. Tools and materials will be available if you don't have any. There are no fees for the classes and materials. Classes will be limited to 10 participants.
As in the past we will cover old/new, dry/wet, fresh and saltwater patterns. Every fly guaranteed to fool and catch fish! We will also entertain patterns that our students want to learn… anything from #2/0 streamers, #8 foam hopper, #24 Trico spinner, or whatever is hot!
Why learn to tie flies?
Fly tying is great way to learn some of the finer points of fly fishing; something to do off-season and keep focused on fishing; because you like being creative & working with your hands; and you want to spend many hours alone or with friends doing a fun hobby. Also, there is great satisfaction catching a fish on your own fly. Another reason people tie is to save money. How many $3 plus flies have you lost in the trees or snagged on the bottom of a stream or the hundreds of flies in your many fly boxes? But I would say, the jury is still out on that.
But one sure way to save money for sure is to take a fly tying class. This way you can determine if this hobby is for you before you shell out to buy the necessary equipment and materials to get started. There is nothing better than learning by personal instruction. Learning from a book can be hard but not impossible. Nowadays, I would suggest using online videos might be a good alternative.
So, if you think you would like to give it a try. Enroll in our fly tying class. It's fun and you will meet some great people and future friends... and have something that gives you pleasure for a lifetime!