This season we will be meeting on scheduled Tuesday evenings from September through May. Please see schedule below. Tuesday nights are the opportunity to learn something new! Typically, one of our members will teach us how to tie a new fly pattern...or demonstrate a new technique. Several times a year, "celebrity" fly tyers and other fly fishing experts join us to share their knowledge and expertise. Past guests have included prominent tyers such as A.K. Best, Bob Clouser, Oliver Edwards, April Volkey and Pat Cohen. We also welcome speakers of local interest; in fact, you just might learn how to find Muskies on the Fox River (yes, our Fox River)! If you are interested in joining us, please fill out an application and return to: DRiFT P.O. Box 5028 Wheaton, IL 60189.
This fly is made using to different technics put together. The extended body technique I used comes from a Neversink Drake by “Camper Van Fly Tying Bench” who has a YouTube channel. The wings came from an origami wing tutorial by James Lund also on YouTube. I found both methods interesting and thought I would combine them in a black drake style. I choose a big hook to make it easier to learn a couple new to me techniques.
Hook: Mustad 80250 #10
Thread: UTC Black 70
Body: 3 mm black foam cord
Wing: black hen back
The Hellgrammite, the larval stage of the Dobson Fly, actually hatches on branches or rocks prior to immediately falling into the water where it will live for one to three years and grow to over 2 inches long. A delicious snack for bass and trout, this pattern was created by Harry Murry for smallies.
Hook: Mustad 9672, sizes 4,6,8,10 (shank 1 1/8”, gap 3/8")
Body: Large chenille or dubbing
Rear Body: Ostrich herl
Hackle: Rooster saddle
Pincers: Black rubber
Weight: Barbell eyes (6/32), or wraps of 0.20 wire
This is a nymph type pattern representing possibly a stone fly nymph or a damselfly nymph, or whatever a half blind fish thinks it is. It is tied large, buggy, and ugly, surely not to win a beauty contest.
I tie these for my uncle who prefers them unweighted, un-beaded, and uses them as a dropper behind a lead fly.
It is a simple tie, and imperfect is perfect!
Hook - TMC 5262; size 6-14;(2x long x 2x strong)
Thread - Black UTC 70 Denier
Weight - small lead wire/(option - Brass bead to fit)
Rib - very fine copper wire
Tail/Backstrap - Ringneck Pheasant tail fibers
Body/Thorax - peacock herl
Body Hackle - brown rooster saddle.
Bring your tying tools, materials for the flies you want to tie, and your lucky bodkin! Work on your 100 Tie-a-Thon flies, help a member learn new techniques or start refilling your fly box. It's a night of social tying and more!
There will be snacks and chances to win prizes!
DRiFT hopes you and your families have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to tying with you in the New Year!