Fly Tyers’ Bench

Beginner Fly Tying Class!!

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NEW TO FLY TYING?  NEVER TRIED AND WANT TO LEARN? GREAT FEATHERS IS HOSTING A BEGINNERS FLY TYING CLASS!!!  THE CLASS WILL BE HERE AT THE FLY SHOP.  THE DATES FOR THE CLASS: SATURDAYS – Mar. 14th, Mar. 21st AND Mar. 28th THE CLASS WILL BE FROM 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM COST: $95.00 FOR THE WHOLE CLASS WITH A $45.00 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR SPOT. CALL OR E-MAIL THE SHOP FOR MORE DETAILS, (410)-472-6799. [email protected]

Fly Tying Class Hosted by Great Feathers

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Beginner Fly Tying Class 2014-2015 Great Feathers is proud to announce that we will be hosting a beginner’s fly tying class!  This class will be geared for complete beginners to fly tying and novices that want to add a solid foundation to their basic skills.  The class will be held at our fly shop in Sparks, Maryland! Dates for this class are December 27th, January 3rd, 10th and 17th. The class runs from 6:30-8:30 pm. The class will entail use of tools, along with instruction and practice tying seven patterns that cover the basic techniques needed to tie most flies.Read More

Deer Hair In My Beer

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Besides getting deer hair in every uncovered orifice of my body, my least favorite part of spinning deer hair is getting it in my beer.  There just isn’t anything worse than finishing trimming your fly and reaching for your glass, only to find an evenly distributed layer of red and chartreuse flotsam across the surface film. These particular deer hair trimmings are coming from my snook and sabalito tarpon floaty flies.  I plan on slapping these babies along abandoned docks and mangrove islands in the “back woods” of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Once I am in Belize I wont haveRead More

The 2013 International Fly Tying Symposium

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The Fly Tying Symposium is a great opportunity for fly tiers to convene and get answers, find materials and watch other tiers. It also provides an opportunity to meet with and discuss tying with many of the best tiers in the world. This includes many of the top authors and tiers who have made an impact on the industry and trend setters who are up-and-coming. You can have books signed and find out techniques that you have wondered about or need to perfect. There are also a number of the best salmon fly tiers which are always showing and sellingRead More

Flye Tyer Henry Ramsay Shares Fly Tying Tips

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Hold off on those vacation plans, Great Feathers is scheduling  Henry Ramsay on Saturday June 22nd. Henry is a recognized Pennsylvania fly tier and author who wrote the book Matching Major Eastern Hatches. These flies perform very well in his Pennsylvania waters but are also quite suitable on our local tail water, the Gunpowder River. Join us for a full day of fly tying and conversation. We will be tying flies out of Henry’s book, discussing the best times and where to use his flies and we will also be looking over Henrys photography approaches for taking pictures of theRead More

Join us for a Day of Wet Fly Tying with Dave Allbaugh!

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Great Feathers is hosting a day of wet fly tying with Dave Allbaugh. Dave is the owner and principal guide of Wet Fly Waterguides, a guiding operation that covers Central and North Central Pennsylvania where his clients fish and certainly catch!.  Most  likely using wet flies exclusively. Dave concentrates his guiding on Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata River, Kettle Creek and Pine Creek  and has fished these waters his whole life. Dave Allbaugh, who recently released a fly fishing DVD, will be at Great Feathers discussing “Matching The Hatch With Wet Flies” via a tying tutorial featuring the flies onRead More

Basic Fly Tying Tools

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You are already a fly fishing enthusiast. It is a fascinating way to fish, whether you are casting from a boat, or wading in a mountain stream. Fly fishing is an enjoyable way to relax and unwind. You have also been enthralled by the beauty of the flies you have been using. How could you not be enchanted by magical names like Black Ghost, Rio Grande King and Silver Doctor. Even the raw materials are exotic. Consider working with rabbit skin, rooster plumage, gold tinsel from France, and African raffia grass. It is time to try your hand at tyingRead More

Fly Tier’s Bench Regular Comments on Great Feathers’ Materials

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I just got home from a visit to Great Feathers – it’s been a while since I last stopped. I must say – it was refreshing to pay you a visit and stock up on my needs for this winter’s tying. In today’s world where fly shops seem to be closing their doors and we need to rely on other ways to get our materials – Great Feathers is a welcome change and I really enjoyed my visit. It’s especially hard to get materials for tying the classics and my need for silk floss was met. Thanks much again andRead More

wet fly tying classes by don bastian

Don Bastian Wet Fly Tying Class 8/8/11 and 8/9/11

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    These two dates are reserved at Great feathers Fly Shop for a classic wet fly tying class featuring Don Bastian. Don has been tying flies for 47 years, and teaching fly tying for almost 30 years. He has approximately 765 flies, wet flies, streamers, and bucktails published in the book Forgotten Flies – (2000). Besides the 499 wet flies in the Ray Bergman chapter, Don also tied the entire series of Keith Fulsher’s Thunder Creek Minnow patterns. He also replicated many traditional Maine and New England style streamers and bucktails, including some tandem trolling flies. Among his workRead More

Dedicated fly-tiers competing with fashion industry for prized feathers

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The latest craze involves adding long feathers to women’s hair. The preferred feathers are dyed grizzly saddle hackles. These feathers are also a favorite of fly-tiers so this latest demand has created a run on hackle. As a result it has become difficult to obtain, and more expensive. Hopefully, like most things in fashion, this trend will pass and we can get back to using feathers for tying flies. Feathers serve several functions on a fly, they imitate the legs of insects fish are feeding on and, for dry flies, hackle floats your fly. The best dry fly hackle comesRead More

Fly Tyer’s Bench: Barnegat Bay Bunker

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Spring striper bass season in Maryland begins with a trip to Great Feathers, an excellent shop for saltwater tackle, flies and tying materials. If you can’t go in person, check out their web site for online shopping. All the technique in the world won’t make up for inferior equipment and flies, so go for the best. The bays and backwaters of Long Beach Island, NJ are a great destination for fly fishing for stripers, known locally simply as ‘bass’. Wading with a fly rod in the relatively shallow Barnegat Bay describes a favorite fishing trip for many enthusiasts. The experiencedRead More

Fly Tyer’s Bench – Usk Naylor Variation

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The history of the Usk Naylor pattern is rather murky, but it appears it began as an imitation of an ‘olive’ designed by fishers on the Usk River in Wales. Note that this is not a martini olive, but one of the mayfly species known in the U.S. as the Blue Winged Olive. The BWO mayfly is one of the most common insects on the continent and is imitated by dozens of trout flies. No matter what the definition or the history of this fly, the Usk Naylor pattern is a great attraction for trout. It definitely makes sense thatRead More

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