Fly Tying

Spring Nymphing in Pennsylvania Webinar on February 8th, 2022

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The spring kicks off the fly fishing season. Aquatic insects start making their move with warmer waters and anticipation of their emergence out of the water. Trout are equally actively feeding on nymphs for the vast majority of their diet.

In this webinar, Dave Rothrock and Dave Kile will have a conversation about some technics and approaches to spring nymphing. Dave Rothrock will discuss How to Set Up a Drop Shot Nymph Rig to get the best results as well as plenty of other ideas.

So join Dave and Dave for a fun and casual conversation about Spring Nymphing in Pennsylvania.

• How to Set Up a Drop Shot Nymph Rig
• Seasonal hatches and trout food
• Types of nymph patterns
• Wild vs stocked trout behavior
• Your questions and answers

Dave Rothrock
Dave has been fly-fishing across Pennsylvania for over 50 years. He is an accomplished angler and casting...

Blue-winged Olive Parachute - Size 24

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Another great video from Tim Flager with some detailed instructions for tying a Size 24, Blue-winged Olive Parachute.

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Woolly Bugger Euro Jig from Tightline Video

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Detailed instructions for tying a Woolly Bugger Euro Jig.

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Tying and Fishing Midges

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Many times the rising fish you see in the winter are taking midges. I’ve done well in the winter fishing midges on warmer afternoons. It’s great covering rising fish fish in the winter since I become tired of dredging the bottom, doing the chuck-and-chance-it to unseen fish. I could never stand watching fish rise in front of me without giving them a try.

Tying Midges

Midges are not hard to tie. I use a small sized emerger hook which is a wide gape 2x short curved hook. For dries, just add a thread body and a few fibers for wings or a wisp of dubbing for pupa:

Hook: Emerger hook size 20-28

Body: Thread (black, cream, brown, white, olive) to match naturals. I always try to catch a few insects with my net before I select a fly. If I can't capture a natural, I'll usually try black first.

Wing: 8-12 CDC fibers, or Z-lon, or...

Fly of the Month: Ritt's Fighting Crayfish

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Thanks Dave, I really appreciate the kind words in the article. You are the first person to contact me, interview me, and publish a very nice piece highlighting what I am trying to create with these films. Getting out on the river is often referred to as "going to church" by my friends who taught me to Fly Fish. Now I have never been to church, because that is not my background, however I find the river is the only place to find peace from our rush rush lives. My films are a way to capture what some people will never have a chance to experience and for the addicted anglers that need something to wet their appetite when they are away from the river. My films are in constant motion evolving as I grow as a filmmaker as I experience what works and what doesn't on film. I also appreciate people like you who take a proactive approach by simply doing what they say they are going to do. Much success to you in your life and I will be in touch in the future if you would like to see the...

2020 PAFF Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree

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To all PAFF members, family, and friends:
You are invited to attend and participate in the 2020 PAFF Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree, to be held on Saturday, February 15, from 10 AM to 5 PM. This event is being hosted by Michael Lohman GenCon . Please feel free to contact me with any questions. This event will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, in Slatington, PA. Directions can be found here:

Everyone is invited to attend and watch the demonstrations, get tips from the tyers, and have a great time. We particularly encourage beginner tyers to attend, and we'll have beginner instruction set up at a table. Details to follow.

As always, we need to recruit a team of volunteer tyers of all skill levels to participate and we ask that you register your willingness to give a demonstration by signing up...

Hares Ear Wet Fly by Tightline Video

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Another great video from Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions with detailed instructions for tying a Hare's Ear Wet Fly.

2019 PAFF Eastern PA Fly Tying Jam

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The PAFF Eastern Pa. Fly Tying Jamboree on Feb,16 was a great success!

We had lots of good tyers from all skill levels. Everyone had an excellent time and it was great to see some old friends and make some new ones. I want to thank Jack Fields for taking all our pictures. We were able to give a very nice donation to the nature center due to the generosity of the people and companies who donated the prizes for the fundraiser. We would also like to thank the good folks at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for having us at their facility. As an added attraction yesterday, Bill Fretz demonstrated how to make furled leaders. Bill makes fine leaders and it was quite interesting to see how it is done. - Michael Lohman "GenCon"

It was great to see everyone again, wish it could be more often. Big thank you to Mike & "T" for organizing the jam, it went off without a hitch... - LV2nymph

The event was a lot of fun as usual. Thanks to all the organizers and to the tiers who took the...

Bead Head Baetis Nymph

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Another great video from Tightline Video here in the region. Can you find more video's on tightlinevideo YouTube channel.

2018 Fly Tier's Reunion - Seven Springs, PA

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The Fly Tier's Reunion at Seven Springs, Sporting Clay's Lodge in Pennsylvania, April 27, 2018 by Jared