"Fly Tying"
Welcome to the fun world of creating and
perfecting flies for fishing or display.
There in nothing that replaces the thrill of setting the hook on a beautiful fish especially if you have
correctly read the water, made the cast and presented the fly correctly. Imagine the added thrill when
you created the fly that made that fish move and strike, Nothing like it!

Our club has a long history of tying flies as a group while helping others learn and expand their
enjoyment for the art that is fly fishing.  
The Club sponsors a night of fly tying and instruction
every month at 6 PM on the 3rd Wednesday.
We meet in the Conference room at the Salinas
Airport.  The club provides all the material necessary to tie our "Fly of the Month"   
All levels of skill
and experience are welcome!
If you are a novice and have always wondered about tying feathers
and fur to a hook, don't hesitate to come by - we have the equipment and experienced members who
will be happy to get you started in this interesting hobby. Please join us!

We will be updating this section of the web site periodically to include tying tips as well as selecting
the flies for the year. If there is a fly you would like to tie, email Bill Pshide
He will be glad to substitute a fly if interest is shown
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find "
tips of the month"
Flies for 2017
January -The Clouser
This streamer pattern originated with Bob Clouser of Middleton,
Pennsylvania in 1984. He originally designed the
fly to catch small-mouth bass but soon found that it just about catches
anything else that swims. Colors can be Black,
White, Red, Yellow, etc.

February - Bead head Emerging Sparkle Caddis
Get savage strikes when you fish this bead head fly.
Before the fish are rising to caddis adults, the mature caddis pupa will
break the seal, crawl out, and begin two attempts to reach the water's
surface to complete the life cycle as an air-breathing adult. As it works to
reach the surface, the emerging pupa will begin to drift downstream.
This bead head emerger fly pattern is perfect for this period.

March - Balanced Leech & Booby fly (Pyramid Lake)
Mike Anderson, Pyramid Lake Guide at the Reno Fly Shop, ties one of
the most effective patterns for fly fishing Pyramid Lake, NV. This pattern
is fished under a floating line with and indicator or without (naked).

April - Czech Mate Nymph
The heavy weight of the Tunghead makes it the anchor for a Czech
dropper system that has proven deadly on so many American rivers.
The Czech Mate Nymph pattern is used to imitate a number of different
trout foods such as a scud or caddis larva. These scud nymphs are very
common in fast riffle water.  Add a bit of weight to get these flies down in
the riffles and then pull the fly up to the surface on the swing to imitate
them swimming to the surface to emerge.

May - Zug bug
The Zug Bug nymph pattern was invented by Cliff Zug as a caddis fly
imitation, and while it works well for that purpose it also works well in
any number of situations as a prospector, dropper, and even as a wet fly
on the swing. Easily one of the top 10 nymph fly patterns of all time

June - Dishhead Bass Popper
Blane Chocklett developed the disk head series of flies for top water
fishing on the James River in Virginia. These bugs will appeal to
surface feeding fish in still or moving waters. The flies are made from
foam disks stacked and staggered down the hook.

July- Crawdad
Crayfish flies imitate a common food source for trout, bass, pike, carp
and panfish. Available in a number of sizes and colors, these crayfish
patterns are excellent flies for rivers, lakes and ponds where crayfish
are abundant. For anglers in search of a smallmouth bass fly that
produces results

August- Gulley's Tailwater Shad
This pattern comes from the vise of John Gulley who hails from the
Razorback State.  It imitates something dead or nearly dead.  When
shad go through the generators at dams, they are either cut up or are
stunned.  This fly floats on its side like those injured fish and hopefully
the Linesides will eat them up.

September- Mack's Canyon
The Macks Canyon has worked great over the years for Steelhead
fishing Doug Stewart is actually my favorite of the Macks Canyon series.
Originated by Marty Sherman, this pattern as been a great fly on the
swing. Tied sparsely on a small hook has produced great results.

October- Dropper Stone
When things aren't happening and you can't quite figure out what to do,
go to the dropper. Big and buoyant, this stonefly is the perfect foam
towboat for a nymph. Double your chances of catching a fish with a
dropper rig.

FLY TYING in Nov and DEC -No Fly tying
Here is a "Monthly Fly Tying Tip" for the fly tying section:

Flatten hackle quills before tying them in on the side of a streamer. Crimp the
quill with a pair of flat blade, duck-billed pliers. The quill of a hackle is oval, not
round, and often when you tie it in place it turns sideways under the thread
torque instead of lying flat against the fly. Flattening the quill prior to tying
eliminates this annoying problem.

Read more:
(courtesy of Fly-Tying Tips, by Dick Stewart).
After each class
I will post instructions on tying
so you can practice at home.
Just click on the picture For an
video or the Fly Name for the