Wet Fly Tying Classes at Great Feathers Fly Shop

Updates August 22:  Saturday is full. Sunday October 9th has a few spots left.

Two days of classes are confirmed.

Dates are:

Saturday October 8th

Sunday October 9th

As of today, Monday, August 22nd, an e-mail from shop owner Mike Watriss indicates that Saturday October 8 is FULL. I am pleased to see that the response so far is very good. Interest in learning to tie traditional, historic wet flies is high, and I am obviously delighted that some people still think an opportunity to learn from me is worthwhile.

The objective of this class is to teach students as much as they can absorb, starting with a basic wet fly pattern, gradually progressing through increasing levels of pattern difficulty and complexity, and concluding with a married-wing pattern(s). Registrants will receive a pattern and material list closer to the class dates. I always include personal orientation toward my student’s specific tying problems, difficulties, and requests. Printed material and relevant educational electronic document files that I have personally written and prepared over the past fifteen years  is also provided to the students.

Class size per day is limited to eight students. The fee is set at $75.00. Lunch is Dutch Treat at a deli across the road from the shop.

Contact Great Feathers for information about hours, registration, deposit, and with any other questions you may have. These classes are for fly tiers possessing intermediate and higher levels of tying skill.

Great Feathers Fly Shop

14824 York Road

Sparks, MD 21152-9317

(410) 472-6799

You can also click the Great Feathers link tab on the right side bar of this site. e-mail:    contact@greatfeathers.com

PS: I didn’t mention, I guess I assumed those considering this class know that I am the instructor.

Also, I would like to add, besides some wet fly recipes and information from Ray Bergman’s books; pattern information including techniques, styles, recipe variations, and a variety of tying methods and preferences is also sourced using the reference writings, drawings, and photographs of:
J. Edson Leonard, Helen Shaw, E. C. Gregg, Ray Ovington, Mary Dette, Rube Cross, Dave Hughes, and John Veniard. The topic of wet fly tying and fly tying in general is a well-diversified portion of my class instruction.

My class teaching and imparted knowledge of fly tying and fishing is the result of 47 years of my combined “education” as it were – the result of reading, experiencing, tying, fishing, observing, listening, and continuing to learn.

One fellow from Maine just e-mailed me last week to tell me since I taught the class in March up in Brewer for The Penobscot Fly Fishers:

“My wet flies have never been easier to tie or looked better,” since taking your class.