Incredible fishing is still to be had in the winter, but now that your fly boxes are mostly empty, winter is also the best time to restock them. So instead of just buying your flies, how about honing your tying skills or learning to tie? There is no better way to enhance your fly fishing experience than to fool a fish on a fly you tied yourself!
Certainly, there are some “go-to” flies that are better left to the experts, and size 24’s may just disappear between big fingers. But there are also some flies that anyone could tie because they are so simple, like the San Juan Worm, a Glo-Bug (egg), or a Zebra Midge.
Even basic fly tying experience can make you a more well-rounded angler. That’s why we have built a complete fly tying program here at Angler's Covey to help you learn or improve your skills at any level.
If you've never tied flies or just haven’t perfected your technique, then make that a winter goal. We have 4 ways to help you fill your fly boxes:
1 Hour Introduction Class Cost: Free! Time: 9:30 AM Location: Angler's Covey Materials: Provided Registration Required
This one hour introduction is a great opportunity to see if fly tying is for you. You will be introduced to basic materials, tools, knots and lashings, and will put it all together to tie your first fly! Just think of the fun you can have and the money you can save by learning to tie your own flies. If you’re new to fly fishing, or if you have been a fly fisher for some time but have not learned to tie, this is the class for you!
*Registration is required. Class maximum is 8 students
2 Hour Intro Classes Cost: $30 per Class Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Angler's Covey Materials: Provided Registration Required
Our Complete Introduction to Fly Tying
There is nothing more exhilarating than landing your first fish on a fly you tied yourself. Want to learn how? Come learn how to tie flies. We teach an intensive complete introductory class to fly tying:
Explore Fly Tying 201
Take your fly tying to the next level! Tying 201 will teach you all of the next-step basics, including equipment needed and proper uses, materials, and techniques. You will learn all of this while tying some the more popular patterns used in our region including the black beauty and woolly bugger. Taking this class will help you gain valuable skills and start filling your box for Spring and you will come away with the skill and confidence to tie your own flies.
2 Hour Intro Classes Cost: $50 per Class Time: 6PM Location: Angler's Covey Materials: Provided, Bring Your Own Tools Registration Required
Explore Fly Tying 301
This is the next level of tying. You will learn some more advanced styles, techniques, and materials in tying many of the top flies in our region.The class will focus on a specific fly pattern or special technique and are taught by our guides. We are home to some of the most innovative fly tiers in the country. Check our calendar for upcoming choices.
Minimum requirement; you need to have completed the 101 class and at least one 201 class, or have the equivalent tying experience.
Registration and payment are required to hold a seat. Class maximum is 8 students
Open class Cost: Free! Wednesdays | 6:15 PM Location: Angler's Covey
This is an "open to the public" night to come and tie with other folks, share and learn new techniques, tips, and tricks. You never know who might show up. You can bring your own equipment, use the tools we have at the shop, or just watch other tiers. The store will also stay open later so you can stock up on materials for the new skills learned. Watch for weekly specials on tie nights!
Call for more information 719-471-2984