Class Notes – Bonefish Flies 2020

Just a quick post about the Bonefish fly tying class at FlyMasters of Indianapolis that I taught this past Saturday.  Below are a number of photos from the class.  If you would like a closer view simply click on the photo and it will zoom in for you.

We had a very nice class on a rather cold day for this winter.  There was lots of discussion about the three flies we tied, the Borski No-Name Shrimp, the Bonefish Squimp and Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp.  We spoke about various way to complete the fly for different water conditions and needs as well as color and material variations that are also productive.  In general we discussed Bonefish flies and how other patterns are constructed and fished.

The flies are not difficult patterns to tie but are a specific needs type of fly.  Although, I imagine you could throw these in your favorite smallmouth water and probably catch a fish.  It was nice to get back in the classroom and share some flies and tying techniques with others.  Making tying videos is fun and it certainly is a means of reaching a large group of people but nothing replaces the one on one interaction and learning in a class.  Not to toot my own horn but I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I have had someone in class exclaim “that’s how that is done”, or “now I get it” and the most frequent “learning that simple step was worth the entire class”.  Sometimes we just need someone else to explain something in a different manner or show it in a different light and then the light bulb goes off in our head.  Even if you don’t live around Central Indiana and it would be most difficult to attend one of my classes, find a shop near you, a club or a fly fishing show and get face to face with someone.  You’ll be amazed at what you learn.

Speaking of my classes, the next class I will be teaching will be some traditional trout nymphs but with a twist; they will all be tied on jig hooks.  Ever seen a Copper John on a jig hook?  Come by FlyMasters on March 21st at 1:00pm to tie one yourself.  Check back with Dressed Irons for more details as the date draws near.

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