Great Feathers Fly Shop

For some time now, off and on for the past couple years, I have been in third-party contact with Great Feathers Fly Shop in northern Maryland, discussing the possibility of me conducting a fly tying class there. Great Feathers Fly Shop is in the country, near Sparks, north of Hunt Valley, not far from the Gunpowder River, and the famous historic thoroughbred horse farms and the associated racing and traditional fox hunting country north of Baltimore is very nearby.

With recent events and realignment of my life, as things move forward, in addition to my family, especially my two daughters and four grandsons, I am going to devote my life to fly tying, guiding, writing, and teaching fly tying and fishing, selling custom-order fishing and collectible flies at shows and events, and via mail order. Anything related that involves and integrates my love of fishing and tying flies, the outdoors, and my experience and ability related thereto, will be an essential component and part of my plan for the future of my life.

Great Feathers shop owner Mike Watriss and I have been in contact recently; we are cooperatively planning a wet fly tying class on the weekend of October 8 and 9, 2011.

On my return from Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday April 19th, (the trip was for personal delivery of the custom-ordered ten-frame set of the color plate wet fly reproductions from Ray Bergman’s Trout and his other books), I stopped for an overnight visit with a friend in Bel Air, Maryland. On Wednesday afternoon of April 20th, I visited Great Feathers with two friends who had earlier taken me to lunch with the Maryland Fly Anglers.

The shop is in an old stone building, a former farmhouse, built in the 1700’s. Cool! And when I walked in the door, I knew right away I was going to like the place when I saw a sign saying, “Ted Nugent for President;” because I like to hunt and I own guns which I will never surrender to any government, and, Led Zeppelin was playing on the shop sound system. Good first impressions for sure.

The link to Great feathers is here in this post, I have also added it to my links on the side bar. Check it out; they have lots of wet fly materials.

If interested in attending this class, which very well may be scheduled over two days, check the Great Feathers link for their contact information.

I have lots of flies to tie, and despite that, I will endeavor to add fresh material on a regular basis. Thanks to everyone for your visits and patronage of this site.

Great Feathers Fly Shop

6 comments on “Great Feathers Fly Shop

  1. DAVE LOMASNEY says:

    Hey Don,
    Welcome back, that sounds like my kind of fly shop, Teddy and Zeppelin, it don’t get any better than that!!…How was it let’n go of those fly plates, it must have been bitter/sweet?..Ahh fox hunting country…Back when I was a kid
    I had treeing walker coon hounds and I coon hunted with my dad for many years…what a blast hunting with dogs. Nothing like the wale of a hound in the still night air, it will send chills up your spine.
    Also did the rabbits with the beagles, and some bears
    with the hounds also..yup, lots of fun. Now it’s birds and fishin!..Also Don thanks for the tip on Hook & Hackle; I just got some NICE quills for tyin’ my wet flies.


  2. Thanks for the comment Dave!
    It was bittersweet to leave the frames in Georgia, but the man who ordered them was very, very pleased.
    I made a couple new friends while there — fished a little on the Upper Chatahoochee River, the river in Atlanta rose eight feet the day I arrived due to the severe weather the south was getting. So no trout fishing locally; we drove 90 miles north to the town of Helen; that’s quite the interesting tourist town!
    My hickory shad fishing in Maryland was also rained out due to high water.
    Back to tying, hope to do some fishing next week with my brother.
    Take care!

  3. Peter F. says:

    Hi Don, I was looking through your blog for your contact information. But I couldn’t find it. Could you direct me to it? Thanks.

    Peter F.

    (We met at the Marlboro fly show, and talked about photography a bit….)

    • Hi Peter:
      Sure I remember you, we had a real nice, enjoyable conversation. You have the same camera I do…my e-mail address is in some of the posts, the DVD’s, etc…I’ll send to you directly…nice to hear from you, and thanks for your comment!

  4. Bert says:

    Greatfeathers is a wonderful shop with lots of unusual feathers including hen hackle from domestic suppliers and game birds from Cookshill and Veniard. They support an active forum with a bunch of wet fly, soft hackle and flymph tyers.

  5. Don Bastian says:

    Hi Bert:
    Thanks for the reply – nice to hear from you. Yeah, the selection of feathers for wets & soft-hackles at Great Feathers impressed me too. I am excited about doing a class there.
    Tight lines!

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