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  1. Thanks for the replies everyone. Great points brought up about some specific techniques such and offsetting materials and using the pinch technique to apply materials. Many things I do just as instinct anymore and I am going to have to go back to the basics to be a good instructor. Byron thanks for breaking down how you set up and managed your class. I may have to adopt some of your approach. For now I'm looking at three 3 hour lessons. I'm thinking of starting with 1.5-2 hour overview of what a fly is and represents and the tools. After the initial presentation I would get hands on with basic techniques that I would also have video taped and showing on the big screen in a loop as I go around. I figure I should be able to hit the major stuff in the first day and have everyone a decent san juan worm or two to show for it. For the two following 3 hour sessions I figured I should do almost completely hands on with the multimedia as a helper. I'm thinking I could do a brassie and wooly bugger as a subsurface day and then a griffith gnat and a EHC the 2nd. I'm also thinking of filming each fly so that I can show it and the techniques clearly to everyone before starting. Thanks again and as alway I appreciate suggestions.
  2. I'm usually a lurker with the occasional comment but I could use some help here. I've been asked to put together a basic fly tying class for a local outdoor recreation facility and knowing some of the guys here teach classes any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm trying to put together a basic format for the class now to base a brief overview powerpoint on as well as integrating videos to highlight the basic techniques. Would anyone be willing to share a bit of knowledge, do's and dont's? Thanks, Josh
  3. That book is hard to own but many librarys have copies. You could do an inter library loan and get it pretty easy. AK has his own thoughts on what fly should look like so don't expect a textbook play by play of a PMD etc.
  4. That book is hard to own but many librarys have copies. You could do an inter library loan and get it pretty easy. AK has his own thoughts on what fly should look like so don't expect a textbook play by play of a PMD etc.
  5. If you want good trout fishing I think your closest bet is CO althought you will be braving the cold. Almost all of the tailwaters should still be open and the spawners should be around a bit. Another thought might be the san Juan in NM which is not quite as far as WY or the N Platte in WY is relatively close. If you do head to CO you are likely to avoid heavy snow fishing the S Platte, Arkansas and Rio Grande. Feel free to pm me for good free camping and I may even be able to join ya for some fishing. Josh
  6. Beautiful shots. Yellowstone and WY in general hold some of my favorite water. Looks like you had a successful trip regardless of the temps.
  7. orvis sink tip system is a cheep option if you want to avoid buying a new line.
  8. Thanks for the tips. It looks like materials may be partof the problem. Guess its time to hit the store.
  9. I,ve started tying and fishing with articulated streamers as the fall spawn ramps up but i have a few problems with construction. The biggest problem is the connection between the two hooks, such as what type and strength of mono for the connection, how to best get the mono to sit so that the trailing hook doesnt sit wrong and what porportions to make the mono connection to prevent the trailing hook from fouling onthe lead hook.
  10. Yes much like everything else in the world its made to be confusing. 5/0 is small 2/0 is big.
  11. The most obvious is the Blue. There is a little stream in town as well (I haven't fished it). You won't be lacking places to fish in summit county. As far as patterns you could check the hatch charts and just go with the standard imitations of those flies. Mostly standard trout flies from my experience in that area with a little twist here and there.
  12. Here is the problem. Im pretty familiarwith that area and so although I will likely be corrected by someone with more knowledge there should be no splake in blue mesa except by fluke. Itis possible that some of the high lake splake stockers worked theirway down from above taylor res but thatis quite a journey. I would think it is more likely for a rouge laker to go that far up stream instead. Either way i am no expert and am very interested to hear what DOW may say.
  13. Looks to be like a brown that is about two seconds from death. I've seen big browns like that during the fall spawn that look similar and have lost just about all of their fight and are making one last run. The upper Taylor does hold big browns as well as the well known rainbows. That said the speckled pattern does look a lot more like a laker than brown. I'm curious what others will say.
  14. Just curious but did you get a look at the midges to tell their size? Before you go tying on 518's you can definately buy #28 tmc dry fly hooks which may work a bit better for you. You can always go a bit shorter on how you tie to downsize the fly.
  15. The ticks and mosquitos are just too much! Nice shots!
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