Fly Tying Mondays Resume on December 5th.

We will get another season rolling on Monday December 5th at West Park Middle School starting at 7 pm. We are usually done by 9 pm. members are always welcome.

A box full of flies!

A box full of flies!
...and fly fishers

Monday, March 13, 2017

Three Beetle Fly Patterns with Darren Petersen

Darren Petersen photo

Darren Petersen was our guest instructor tonight and he showed 24 fly tyers how to tie three great beetle fly patterns. Two of the patterns were of his own design and the third is a pattern that Davie McPhail has developed called the Black Cricket. 

Darren is a true outdoorsman. When he picks up his fly rod, he for sure will be also packing his camera. He enjoys nature. Darren will capture bugs and take them home to photograph. Darren loves birds and the animals that live beside his favourite streams. Darren's fly patterns tonight were well thought out in their design. He pays attention to what the bugs look like in nature! Most important, Darren loves to share the outdoors with his family!

Special thanks to Talia, Darren's daughter, for making the cricket legs. Rumour has it, the price was right!

Thanks Darren for a very enjoyable presentation and evening of fly tying!  I can hardly wait to fish these flies come summer.

Remember the IF4 Film Festival is next Thursday March 23rd at Carnival Theatre starting at 6:30 pm (doors open), films start at 7 pm. You can get your tickets at TC Outfitters or on line right HERE!

Next Monday, Evan Ritchie is our guest instructor. See you then!

Winged Sword Bettle

Hook: Size 12 Dry Fly hook, 2 XL
Thread: 70 denier, black
Wings: Polypropolyene
Wing Case: Black foam and mylar (orange and green, medium)
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Peacock sword
Thorax: Olive ice dub

Winged Chewy Bug

Hook: size 14 dry fly
Thread: 70 denier, black
Wings: Cream saddle
Wing Case: Black foam covered with chewy skin
Body: Brown dubbing
Head: Black foam
Thorax: Brown dubbing
Legs: rubber

Davey's Black Cricket

Watch Davey McPhail tie the Black Cricket

Watch Davie McPhail teach you how to make hopper/beetle legs

These two tyers tonight were the fastest at making beetle legs. They won some original Darren Petersen glass pieces. Lucky them! I bet Stuart is enjoying scotch in that glass!

 Darren Petersen photo
 Darren Petersen photo
 Darren Petersen photo
Darren Petersen photo

 Darren Petersen photo
 Darren Petersen photo
 Darren Petersen photo

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mighty Mouse II, Great Action

Fly Fishing in Belize, ...A Photo Essay

Winter has dug its heels in here in Red Deer. As the snow falls this morning and the temperature hoovers around -20C, my mind has been wandering back to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in Belize. We love it there. We love the people, the weather, it is not too "resorty" (is there such a word?), the fly fishing is awesome and the reef out front (second largest in the world) has some of the most amazing snorkelling you will ever experience! We have made some friends in San Pedro that have added to our enjoyment of the area! This year we fly fished, snorkelled, visited a local school, relaxed and explored.

The great news for us Canadians is that we can head to Belize, direct from Toronto! You can get all the way to San Pedro with one travel day thanks to West Jet! If you have a West Jet card, you can use your companion flight to fly there and your friend/spouse can join in all the fun for relatively economical travel costs.

Karen and I are planning a return trip there next year for two weeks. If you are interested in coming, please drop me a note so we can start the planning. I already have guides that are willing to take us out! The guide days will be $150 USD per person with two in the boat! We will line up our own accommodation and cook our own food and occasionally go out for dinner! Karen and I would coordinate the trip if there is sufficient interest!

Karen and I fly fished for bonefish, permit and tarpon. We did not catch a tarpon although I was very close on several occasions and the permit fishing is challenging but very rewarding! 

Click on the pictures to make them larger! 

A puddle jumper takes us to San Pedro from Belize City!

All the docks on Ambergris Caye have been rebuilt because of a hurricane damage this past fall!

You get around by walking or rent a golf cart!

We love visiting the local markets. They are fun to shop in!

The kids love to come and say hi!

Our condo!

The guides are awesome!

Snorkelling is world class!

Visiting a local school. We know the principal and she invited us for a tour and to visit the kids and teachers!

Our favourite bakery!

A Lion fish!

The south end of Ambergris are channels that can have awesome fly fishing!