CJ’s flies mixing styles

I have grown to live with things as they are. I’m the type who doesn’t deviate from the standard. I used to mix it up a lot as a younger man, always tinkering with things to change them, most of the time with subpar results. My father told me, “They make it like that because it works.” When I took up fly tying, I went with my adult philosophy on the patterns I tie: read the dressing, tie the fly. No need to alter them much—maybe a different shade of hackle or body color, but for the most part, when you look at one of my flies, there is no argument as to what it is. In a nutshell, I guess that I am not a pattern designer.

However, I am happy that others are, and I never tire of reading about or seeing the “new” patterns that people think up and, better yet, use with success. Let’s face it, there are thousands of “new” patterns tied every year. Some are variations on a standard and some are totally different. And sometimes someone takes two standard patterns and morphs them together to make something different, yet familiar.

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There’s still time to reserve your seat!

Our 4th annual dinner celebrating 24 years will be on September 16 at the Rockland House with Dave Brandt putting on a great Catskill program that you won’t want to miss! Silent auction and raffles! Donations are appreciated, contact me.
Entrees are prime rib $29, salmon $27 and chicken parmesan $27 inc gratuity, cash bar. Reservations must be made by Sept 9 to Judie at darbee1@juno.com or 607-498-6024. Send payment to CFTG Dinner, PO Box 663, Roscoe NY 12776.

Info for anyone attending the upcoming Guild Picnic on August 19th 2017!

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will hold our annual picnic on August 19 from 12 – 4 pm at the Elsie and Harry Darbee and Matthew Vinciguerra Memorial Pavilion at CFFCM, Old Rt 17, Livingston Manor NY.

Plates, silverware and napkins will be provided. As always, the picnic is a potluck which means everyone brings a dish to share.

Please let Nicole March at TheQuiltedTyer@gmail.com know what you are bringing, and how many guests are coming, this way we can obtain a final head count.

We also will have Casting games, so bring your rod!

Don’t forget to bring your two flies for the fly swap labeled with your name, name of fly, size & date. Containers will be available.

The C.F.T.G. teams up with Kids on the fly!

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild has recently teamed up with Kids On the Fly, New Jersey; to help spread the history, knowledge and passion that surrounds our obsessive time behind the vise. Donations were sent by way of vises, hooks and storage containers and we hope that these items, along with volunteering, will help further the mission that Kids On The Fly continues to accomplish with their teachings.

Free fly tying courses with Guild member Hank Rope will begin February 18th, 2017

The Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection and the Phoenicia Fish and Game Club will sponsor a series of free fly-tying classes beginning on February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am.
The first class will be held at the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia library, Main Street in Phoenicia on February 18.

The three additional classes, will be at Phoenicia Fish and Game on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

Preregistration is a must. Call or e-mail Hank Rope at: tyeflys@hvc.rr.com (845) 254-5904.