Orvis Fly Tying Classes

Throughout February and March 2012 I enrolled a several week introduction to fly tying class at the Orvis store on 5th Ave. in New York City. Every Tues., after work, for (8?) weeks, me and about 5 other folks were instructed by the world renowned Rob Ceccarini, of Downtown Trout fame, in the art of fly tying. Flies we learned to tie: Griffith’s Gnat, Carey Special, Pheasant-tail nymph, March Brown Comparadun, Hare’s Ear nymph, Wooly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Ants, Parachute Adams, and several salt water streamers. Rob was a fantastic instructor. Additionally, at one point, Rob invited guest instructors Paul and Gail Gallo to teach the Parachute Adams (Paul is a certified flycasting instructor in NYC). I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in starting out tying flies or improving upon their skills.

Here is the crappiest photo of flies you will ever see (although, I swear the flies themselves were awesome):

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The Bedford Sportsman Hosts: Tom Connor

On February 25, 2012, The Bedford Sportsman hosted Tom Connor for his annual(?) “Trippin’ with the Deacon” presentation. Tom went through a slide show presentation about destination fly fishing and how to get it done 1) in an organized manner, and 2) for less money than you would pay if going through a lodge or outfitter. Tom also gave out a nice handout which gave a great summary of his tips and tricks, which made note-taking a little easier (I really wanted to right down everything he said!). Great info and a great guy. I highly recommend checking this out next time Tom presents.

Two of my favorite take-aways from the presentation:

  1. Save money by booking a guide for one or two days of your trip, tip him heavily, and ask for tips on where you can fish on your own; and
  2. Bring your own booze. You never know how close the next bodega may be and you may also be blindsided by a “dry town”.