A little over a year ago I started a part-time job at LL Bean. It’s a great moonlighting gig and diapers are expensive! I help customers make decisions on gear, fly selection, tools etc. Last fall the active department manager and I talked about the possibility of having regular fly tying events at the store. I bounced the idea by a few guys and I’m excited to inform everyone that it’s finally underway.
For the next few months we will have several of the area’s most knowledgeable fly tyers demonstrating some of their favorite flies. Demonstrations are the second Wednesday of every month and start at 6:30pm. Our lineup is as follows:
March 13 – Brian Bradfield (Brian on the Fly)
April 10 – Jim Strong (Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited)
May 8 – Micheal Simmons (Guys, Flies and Pies)
We started our series a couple weeks ago with special guest, Cal Curtice. We had great crowd and Cal shared some awesome information. Cal tied a prince nymph variation he uses for lake run fish and a midge emerger he ties for inland trout.
Brian Bradfield will be our next tyer. I’ve fished with Brian for many years now. His knowledge of fly tying and fly fishing for all Western NY species is amazing. You can find a lot a great information on his blog – Brian on the Fly.
This is a Hendrickson variation that does very well at one of our local inland trout streams. What stream you ask…? Well. You will have to come in to find out.
In addition to the special guest demos, we will be hosting fly tying clinics – designed for beginner/intermediate tyers. These clinics will be conducted by yours truly every Wednesday (every Wednesday we DON’T have a special guest) through the month of May. Clinics are also 6:30-7:30pm, and will be held in the Outdoor Discovery Area. LL Bean will provide the vise, tools, material etc., but feel free to bring your own equipment. We encourage you to ask questions, tell stories and tie a few flies!
Hope to see you at the BEAN!
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