The Second Annual Flymph Forum

The Second Annual Flymph Forum will take place Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th, in the new Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center at the  Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, New York. Hours are from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

The purpose of the Flymph Forum is to unite an international community of fly tiers who share an interest in the wingless wet fly. At http://www.FlymphForum.com they exchange not only photographs and tying instructions, but a broad range of historical and practical information. They are sponsored by The International Brotherhood of the Flymph, whose website http://www.Flymph.com honors the fly tying of James E. Leisenring, Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy, and related tiers. It was Pete Hidy who coined the term flymph in 1962 representing the swimming nymph and emerger stages of various mayflies, caddis flies, and stoneflies.

The expected Flymph Forum tiers this year include: Ray Tucker (letumgo), William Anderson, Bill Shuck (tie2fish), Lance Hidy (Gingerdun), Carl Sanders Old Hat), Roger Phillips (chasecreek), Ruard Janssen (Ruard), Chris Stewart (Tenkarabum), Tim Didas (tjd), Bob Dietz (rdeitz), John Shaner (Greenwell), Tom Park (Izaak), Eric Kelley (Smuggler), Jason Hilbourne (jaydawg), Art Friedlander, and Bob Kern (narcodog).

William Anderson will be demonstrating the Clark spinning blocks that he has hand-crafted out of hardwoods; John Shaner will have his North Country Spiders; Chris Stewart is bringing his Tenkara gear; and Lance Hidy will show photographs of flies tied by his father and Jim Leisenring, along with other memorabilia.

Please log onto http://www.FlymphForum.com to learn more about this congenial community of fly tiers from countries as far-ranging as Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, and Scotland.

Please visit Livingston Manor on May 25th to participate in this lively exchange of of fly tying craft and lore. The Flymph Forum website and logo were designed by Mark Libertone. (This information was copied from the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum website). While in the area, be sure to stop by The Rockland House for a glass of Roscoe Beer Company Amber Lager. Or better yet, stop by the brewery next door for a tour. And Saturday night is prime rib night at The Rockland House; their prime rib is just about as good as it gets.

Following are some beautifully-tied soft-hackle flies by my friend in Jarrettsville, Maryland, Bill Shuck. I am happy to have Bill as one of the contributing tiers for my upcoming book, Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892. Bill is one of the featured tiers at The Second Annual Flymph Forum.

Biot and Plover March Brown - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Biot and Plover March Brown – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Body Weave

Body Weave Soft Hackle Nymph – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck

Easternized Green Drake - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Easternized Green Drake – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Ginger Dun Peccary - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Ginger Dun Peccary – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grizzled Flymph - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grizzled Flymph – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grouse and Quill - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grouse and Quill – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Just Emerged PMD (Pale Morning Dun) - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Just Emerged PMD (Pale Morning Dun) – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Snipe and Purple - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Snipe and Purple – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Soft-hackle Cadis Worm - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Soft-hackle Caddis Worm – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Sulphur Flymph II - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Sulphur Flymph II – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Those are some great looking soft-hackle flies, Bill! Excellent tying! Your representations are well-proportioned, sparse, and fishy-looking. You do the Flymph tiers proud! Keep up the good work, and have a great weekend in Roscoe!

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10 comments on “The Second Annual Flymph Forum

  1. Kelly L says:

    Thanks for this write up Don! I am a member of that forum. There are an incredible group of tyers that frequent the board. It is a unique forum, and I have learned a lot there. They are responsible for my obsession with the flymphs, and wingless wet flies. 🙂
    Oh, and BIll, these flies are INCREDIBLE!! (especially the top fly, peccary, and quill bodied flies…gorgeous)

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Kelly;
      Glad you liked this post about the Flymph Forum gathering at the Catskill Museum. Good that you like soft-hackles too, they catch fish! A fellow here in Pennsylvania, Dave Allbaugh, of Johnstown, operates a guide and fishing instruction service, called Wet Fly Water Guides. He specializes in swinging soft-hackle wet flies. And he can vouch for their success and effectiveness. http://www.wetflywaterguides.com/

  2. Boris K. says:

    Those are absolutely STUNNING ties by Bill Shuck. They are elegant and would fish very, very well. Artists like Bill Shuck and Don Bastian show us how beautiful these very effective flies can be. They inspire me to improve my own tying and strive for that sparse, well proportioned, traditional grace.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Boris;
      Thanks very much for your comment! And I appreciate, as will Bill, your compliments on his tying. I agree, that Bill’s flies are superbly tied, sparse, being a key component of well-tied soft-hackles, and well-proportioned. Nice, clean, good-lookin’ and good fishin’!
      Thanks again for your comments!

  3. Bill Shuck says:

    Thank you, Donnie, for promoting our upcoming event, and thank you also to Kelly and Boris for the kind words about the soft hackle flies pictured. There are several tiers on the Flymph Forum site who tie at least as well and whose photography skills are superior to mine in many respects, so it’s an honor for me to be part of the group.

  4. Ray (letumgo) Tucker says:

    Thanks Don, for promoting our recent Flymph Forum event. It was a big success. I got to spend the week with our friend Bill, admiring his flies, watching him fish and listening to him snore (friendly humor).

    Bill, as good as these photos are, after seeing your flies in hand, I can see the photos do not do the flies justice. Amazing attention to detail…

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Ray;
      I was happy to help promote the event, I hope my post increased attendance by at least a little. Bill’s flies are very nice, he does quite well for an old duffer. :mrgreen: Ha, ha!

  5. Bill Shuck says:

    Harrrumph …

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