Michael Pearce

Fishing group to host fly-tying clinic

Flatland Fly Fishers is hosting a fly-tying class Thursday evening at the Great Plains Nature Center, furnishing all materials and instruction for free.
Flatland Fly Fishers is hosting a fly-tying class Thursday evening at the Great Plains Nature Center, furnishing all materials and instruction for free. The Wichita Eagle

Anglers of any gender and experience are welcome at a fly-tying clinic hosted Thursday evening by the Flatland Fly Fishers Club. The event will be held at the Great Plains Nature Center from 6:30-9 p.m.

Rick Brown, the club’s education director, said the event was initially created for a group of 18 women who attended a females-only fly-casting seminar a few weeks ago. At the time, those in attendance told Brown and other instructors they wanted to learn more about the sport, including how to create their own flies.

“So far we only have one lady signed up so we decided to open it to anybody,” said Brown. “I’m not opposed to having the event for one person but we have enough (tying) vices to handle up to 20. We might as well use all of them that we can. This will give even people who know how (to tie flies) a chance to tie some flies, sit around and shoot the breeze.”

The club will furnish hooks and enough materials to tie most popular kinds of flies, especially those that will work well in Kansas. Brown and others will provide instructions on patterns they’ve used often in local waters.

“They’ll be able to take the flies they tied, take them home and catch warm-water fish with those flies,” he said. “That’ won’t be a problem.”

Brown said the club will also hold a fly-casting clinic May 21, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center. Initially it was designed to be a mid-level instructional clinic for women, based on interest at the beginner’s event earlier in the year. With only one woman currently registered, Brown said it will be open to the public, too.

For more information go to flatlandflyfishers.org. Brown can be contacted at rickdbrown@msn.com.

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