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WINTER FLY TYING PROGRAM
FLY FISHING TRAVEL
This weekend we're excited to kick off our winter fly tying series by hosting David Nelson. David is from Westchester and is one of our highly accomplished regional tyers. Known for his Squimpish materials and flies, David’s creations have become immensely popular over the years. His hand-blended Squimpish Hair is a concoction of several materials that achieve a lifelike look not found elsewhere on the market (one glance at his materials and you will immediately realize why his products have become so popular!). David often ties big flies for big fish and his materials are perfect for monster Striper patterns, so expect to see some bigger flies this weekend. He is also an avid trout angler and frequently fishing the Delaware River up in the Catskills so we may see some killer trout streamers from his repertoire as well. This will be a great demo - one you won’t want to miss!
Fly tyer, guide and world class fly fisherman, Pogo Pike, will be joining the Compleat Angler Fly Tying demo presenters for the first time this year. We are super excited to have him. If you like toothy critters fishing for Pike, Musky, and Bass on the fly, you want to make this demo! He’ll be showing us his most productive big fish flies. Pogo Pike currently holds a world record Walleye on the fly and is also the current Champion of the 2017 Musky Fly Fishing Championship hosted by Treeland Resorts in Hayward, WI. Pogo and his partner won first place in a two day tournament as well as earning top spot for the biggest fish of the weekend among 57 anglers. For more info on Pogo Pike, check out his website – https://www.pogopike.com and on instagram @pogo_pike.
Michael Johnson grew up fishing in Utah and the greater Rocky Mountain region. Michael learned how to tie his first fly at age 16. It was an olive wooley bugger size 6. With this fly Michael ended up catching a huge rainbow trout on the Green River. This memorable experience of tying this fly, motivated him to continue learning how to tie flies. Michael is mainly self taught, by reading books and attending classes. He moved to New York City in 2001 to teach fitness. He also discovered saltwater fly fishing in the shores of Long Island, Cape Cod and Florida and the fly tying that went with it. In 2008 Michael discovered the Catskills, the birthplace of fly fishing and fly tying in America. It was then his fly tying skills excelled. Fly tying is a form of self-expression and creativity for Michael and a means to inspire others. For more info and great images check him out on instagram @theflywarrior.
Jonny King is and incredibly accomplished tier. His patterns are phenomenal. Jonny has tied at numerous shows and events and is highly sought after. He ties both fresh and saltwater patterns and has written multiple articles for numerous fly fishing magazines. Jonny King is widely regarded are one of the best tiers out there. His patterns are not only beautiful and unique, they catch a lot of fish. Expect both fresh and saltwater flies. No matter what Jonny ties, it's going be a great demo. This is one that you do not want to miss. These are some of the most creative and stunning patterns you will see. Even for the advanced tier, Jonny will show you something you have not see before. See you there!
Lisa Weiner and Jerry Jahn from Spey Casting Northeast are both very accomplished Spey and Switch anglers. They will be cooking up some tube and intruder style flies that cater to that style of fly fishing. These patterns will be very salmonid oriented and most effective on Salmon, Steelhead, and trout. On their home water of the Farmington River in upstate Connecticut Lisa and Jerry do a lot of trout spey as well and expect some of these patterns to be oriented toward trout spey. They both tie some beautiful flies and this will be a great way to kick off our two months of tying demos! If you fish for trout, Steelhead, or salmon you will not want to miss this one.
Captain Ian Devlin owns and operates Devlin Charters. Based out of Norwalk, Ian has been guiding light tackle and fly anglers for over 20 years. Captain Devlin is also a World Record Holder for Bluefish on the fly. He has tied at numerous events across the Northeast and is well known for his material, Devin Blends. This synthetic material was created by Captain Devlin and is incorporated into many of his saltwater baitfish patterns. If that weren't enough, Captain Devlin worked closely with G Loomis three years ago to produce his brainchild: the G Loomis Short Stix. This rod is a dramatic departure from stereotypical rod design and has become very popular among saltwater anglers.
Captain Devlin ties some incredible flies. His patterns are extremely effective for Stripers and Blues. They have accounted for huge fish and can be fished year round. These flies are also deadly in the tropics, especially for Tarpon. Weather you are chasing big Stripers, or headed down South, Captain Ian Devlin's flies are a must-have in your fly box. You do not want to miss this one! You can find great shots of his flies and catches on Instagram @ian_devlin.
Mina specializes in tight-line style flies as well as soft hackles. We are excited to have her showcase some extremely effective patterns for Czech and Euro nymphing applications. Mina is an extremely accomplished angler in her own right. She is just as passionate as she is dedicated; and it shows. She constantly catches seriously big trout and fishes all over the east coast. Her patterns are very sought after and Mina has tied for shops as well as to order online. She has developed a reputation as a great angler and tier by any measure. Mina will be showing us some of her favorite patterns for local rivers such as the Farmington, Housatonic and Catskill rivers. Mina will also be going over were to place these flies on the rig, when to fish them, and how they should be presented. As well as the tight-line patterns; we may see some of her deadly soft hackles. We rarely get tiers in that specialize in this style of tying so this will be one you do not want to miss. If nymphing is your thing, then this demo is for you.
Mike has been tying flies commercially for over 30 years and that's reflected in the quality and innovation of his flies. When it comes to a guy who ties flies that catch fish, Mike is among the best. He has been tying our custom flies here at the Compleat Angler for over 10 years and has a reputation for cooking up some of the most effective patterns for the anglers that frequent our shop. His saltwater patterns are incredible and are hard to keep in stock. However, Moytl is best known for his dry flies which are some of the most effective trout patterns that we carry. Our customers tell us consistently, that when it comes to spooky, pressured, or selective trout, Mike's flies are the best. With trout season around the corner this is the perfect demo for anyone who will be chasing trout in the coming weeks. This is one you do not want to miss!
Eric Peterson is an accomplished tier by any measure. He is known for his exceptional saltwater patterns for both cold and warm water species. Eric has had multiple patterns picked up by major vendors such as Fulling Mills and he is well known for tying some deadly patterns. He will be tying Bonefish and Albie Flies at the Angler. False Albacore can be a very finicky fish when they want to be. Especially when the sun is high, those fish can be very hard to fool. Eric will show you some patterns that will get job done when fish are refusing everything else. This is one you won't want to miss! For more info on Eric check out http://southbensonoutfitters.com.
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