Sunday, February 13, 2011

Re-cap form 2011 West Denver TU Tying Clinic

Had the privilege yesterday to tie with 58 of the best tiers here in the west. The weather was great and I think it hurt the turn out a little. Spent the the day tying next to Juan Ramirez and Marty Bartholomew. The day started off a little slow, within about 2 hours it was rock in. I wish I would taken a few more pictures than I did. West Denver TU dose a amazing job putting this clinic on. The food was great and the members do a great job of taking care of the fly tiers. This is one event I look forward to each year.

 Juan working some magic

 Juan's thread box

One of the highlights of the day for me was getting to talk to Sue Armstrong for a minute. She was tying a couple spots down from me. The George Grant stoneflies she ties are just amazing. The work that goes into one of these flies is astonishing, on average it take 2 to 2-1/2 hours to tie of these flies. The collars are all woven by hand. I was able to get the nerve up to ask her if she would be willing to do a fly swap. I would trade one of my flies for one of hers, and she was willing to do the swap. You are probably wondering who got the better end of that deal. So here are a few pictures of the fly I received in trade.


  1. Wow that is an impressive stone to say the least. What a beautiful tie. Nice update on the event too.

    Now if you do decide to fish that work of art, I think 0x is in order :)

  2. $50 for a pair of Scissors your mad I am sending you a pair for free.

    Nik Wright Owner of Deer Creek

  3. Thanks Nick, I will use them. Good to hear from you, sent you an email and did not here back. Figured you where real busy

  4. Cool looking stone. 2 hours is a bit much for a fly I'm going to fish, but what fly did you trade? Without a tutorial I'm having a hard time justifying the time. Any insight?

  5. Chewy

    The George Grant stoneflies are really not fishing flies. They are more of a show fly, I don't plan on fishing with it. I traded on of my "D" golden stonefly nymphs.