LA GRANDE, Ore. - Tired of winter? Learning how to tie flies may be just your answer for the winter blahs. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled fly tying workshops in John Day on Saturday, Feb.21 and in Pendleton on Feb. 28.
“It’s an activity you do indoors where it’s warm and cozy and come spring, you’ll have the flies you need to go fishing,” said Mary Hoverson, ODFW Northeast Region education coordinator.
At these workshops, participants will learn the basics of fly tying by actually tying wet and dry flies such as the Wooly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear and other basic trout fishing flies. Experienced instructors will also cover tools and equipment, materials, terminology, how and what trout eat and aquatic insect life stages and the fly patterns that represent them.
“The workshop is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. It’s designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome,” said Hoverson. “This is a hands-on course. At first everyone feels they are all fingers and thumbs, but they soon improve as they tie a few flies.”
Space is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is required. The $30 registration fee covers instruction, program materials, use of equipment and lunch. It’s an all day workshop beginning at 8:30 AM and ending around 4:00 PM.
These workshops are two of several being offered under ODFW’s Outdoor Skills Program. Under this program, ODFW provide participants with instruction in a variety of outdoor skills in a casual and supportive environment. The program offers workshops for adults, families and for women under the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.
Workshops are held year-round at locations throughout the state. Additional events scheduled for 2009 include a small game clinic, 2 pheasant hunts, 2 fly fishing workshops, Dutch oven cooking, clamming, crabbing, use of inflatable watercraft, shotgun clinics and a multi-course family outdoor day.
To register for the fly tying workshops or to get information about the Outdoor Skills Program and other workshops scheduled, check out the Education and Training page of ODFW’s web page or call ODFW either in Salem at (503) 947-6025 or your local ODFW office.