Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chucker University

Hello All you Happy Fly Chuckers.
If you didn't get to watch Kevin tie last week you missed a real cool fly.

He is going to tie it this week again as a special treat for us all. I am posting a list of materials (I know late as usual) so if you want to bring some materials and tie along that would be great.

KUTA Fly Model A
Material list
*Hook = Gamakatsu B10S size 2/0
Thread = Fly Master+ (210 denier)
Body contains the following;
Grizzly Hackle
Palmer Chenille 
more Bucktail
Eyes = Stick on Eyes 5/16 - 3/8
* Mustad 3366 2/0 will substitute if needed. Size wise it is pretty close but the Gami hook is a much better hook. A lot Sharper. It is worth the money if you are tying flies for yourself. 
Also someone is missing a Small Hair Stacker Base - 
It's in my bag to bring along.
Hope to see you on Saturday.
On a good note, I want to give all the folks at Como Dockside a positive review. Over the last couple weeks they have done a super job understanding us and helping us to to our meeting on time. It was a rocky start but I'm proud of the effort they make for us. Thanks Como Dockside! We do appreciate what you do for us.
Scott Nordby

Friday, February 3, 2017

Pink Pookie Tie along

I know this is late and not much warning but;
Lisa Asked me to cut up some Tapered Chernobyl Ant bodies because she wanted to tie some Pink Pookies. She told me that this was one of Bruce Nelsons favorite flies. After some trial and error I found some cutter that will work very well.

I cut up a couple hundred bodies.
And I practiced so I think I can explain.
But we may have a guess tier to help teach us this fly.

Here is a material list. If you have some of the stuff please bring it. I should have enough to share if you don't have something.

Pink Pookie (by Dean and Dandy Reiner)
(Hatch Finders Fly Shop, Livingston Montana)

Dai Riki 320 size 10
* other options size 12 2x long nymph/streamer hook
* 1x dry fly
* Mustad 3366 size 8
**( I also cut a larger size that the 3366 size 6 and 9671 size 10 would work for)
Thread = 6/0 red or pink
Under Body = 2MM Light Pink Foam
Over Body/Wing Cover = 2mm Tan Foam
Wing = Elk or Dear Hair
Legs = Yellow Barred Centipede or Tarantu-leggs
* yellow medium rubber and black sharpie
Indicator = Orange Foam

** I have all the foam you could want!

Links to step-by step
Dandy Tying the Pink Pookie
This one is a nice step by step also.
A little different in how the hair is tied in. I like Dandy's method better though.

This is just a sample, lots and lots of vid's and step by steps.
Hope to see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Flies from Last Saturday

Here is a collection of flies tied at Chucker's last Saturday.

These are the foam cutter that I have. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Beetles R Us

Doing some simple Beetles to fill some boxes on Saturday. (I should have plenty of material if you need some). Kevin asked me to bring my Foam Press down so I will have the press down there with the Beetle stamp. Let me know if you want me to bring any other stamps. You can bring your own foam or just let me know what color you want :-) (I have lots of foam).
** the step-by-step in attached to the email **

Pattern Recipe:  
Hook:             Dry fly size 10
Thread:           Black 6/0 Thread
Body:              2mm Black Fly Foam (Cross link craft foam)
Body Shape:   Cut foam with Fiver Road Creation Size 12 Beetle Body Cutter
Under Body:    Peacock Herl  (Ice Dub is also nice)
Legs:               Medium or Small Round Rubber (Black) about 1” long  
Indicator Post: Bright color 2mm Fly Foam (Cut 1/16 – 1/8 wide)

Link of the Week: -Curtis Fry and Cheech are some of the best and most initiative tiers out there. Great videos. They now have a brick and mortar store. If you find a pattern on the site it has links to all the materials, good prices too and stuff you won't find any other place. You should really subscribe to his youtube channel also 

Notes, Events, and News worthy:

HFFA Annual show in Iowa City  Feb 17-19  (more info at - HFFA SHOW)
Great Waters Expo Hamlin University  March 17-19  (more info at - GREATWATERS EXPO)
Sow Bug  in Mountain Home Arkansas March 23-25 (more info at - SOWBUG ROUNDUP)
IFFF Fair Livingston Montana  Aug 1 - 7  (more info at - IFFF FAIR)
Northwest Sports Show  Minneapolis Convention Center March - 23-26 (info at - NWSS )

Laughing Trout Fly Tying - Wednesday night at Wayzata American Legion  (Best group next to ours:-)  (more info at - LaughingTrout )
** Laughing Trout is inviting everyone to come to the next two meetings to tie flies for a great cause.  we will be tying flies to fill boxes for the Foster Program (more info at - Foster Fly Info )
R4F Fly Fishing Film Tour in River Falls WI  (more info at - R4F Film Tour )

News Worthy:
This year has a lot of events coming up and we need tiers. Please think about helping out tying at Great Waters Expo We will have 2 possibly 3 spots if we can get enough volunteers. I will have a sign up sheet at the meeting. Please talk to me if you have any questions. Same applies for tiers for the Northwest sports show. Unfortunately I will have to miss (first time in 23 years) since I will be at Sowbug!

Keep Your Base Wraps Tight - Scott

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thank you, Money, and Phil (from Trevis)

Hi to those who braved the weather (??) and made it to the Fly Chuckers’ meeting this Saturday.  Where were the rest of you?  You missed out on Ernie playing the role of instructor, Laurie joining our group, and a “Ginger” waitperson who arranged the tables for us (or else).

Meat of this email:  Per my last update, we had $360 available in our "Treasury” as of the end of 2016. The January 7th meeting brought in an even $50 from the purchase of Curt Nordrum’s excess tying materials and Hugh Langevin’s excess tying material (courtesy of Ward), and the meeting today (January 14th) brought in an additional $32, bringing our total Treasury to $442, confirming the guesstimate of our Assistant Treasurer, John Gigler.

Ward has promised to bring in the last box of Hugh’s materials next week, and Brian is due to return with a box of Curt’s materials, so bring your spare cash when you pack your tying kits for next Saturday morning.  Also, per the last blog, Scott is issuing a Bass Worm challenge of sorts.

Finally, Phil Eldred, Member Emeritus, who is now in Nampa, Idaho, and who somewhat razzed me for fishing for trout with “belly-button lint”, has totally gone over to the dark side, fishing for Idaho, Oregon and Nevada trout, as shown by the attached pic of an 18” rainbow.  Not a bad fish! (He does admit to still chasing smallmouth on the Snake River, though.)

Bob Trevis

Phil Eldred with a nice 18" Rainbow.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fly Chucker First Meeting of the Year

Hello All you Happy Fly Chuckers
I know it's getting late on a Friday night. But I wanted to get a post out.
Thank you all for being members of the Fly Chucker Goup. This is the greatest group I belong to! I don't mean to offend the other groups I belong to. If Laughing Trout was closer to my home it would be a tie with them. Fly Chuckers is a great mix of all things Fly Tying and Fly Fishing and you should all be proud that you represent this sport so well. Thanks Ernie for sharing your fly last week. I didn't put any fly together for this week so lets just have an open tie. Think about any flies that you want to tie as a group and we can put something together tomorrow for next week.

Tip of the week:
 - As I'm tying flies getting ready for up coming shows I came across something that I think will help a lot of you in your tying. Dryer Sheets to keep static in check. When cutting a lot of foam or working with a lot of Marabou, Static becomes your enemy. Keep a dryer sheet handy to wipe your hands or tools on. With foam, if you wipe the top and bottom of the foam sheet before you start cutting, it will help (NOT ELIMINATE) a lot of the static.

Fly Challenge of the Week:
 - If you remember last year, I had everyone bring in their version of a Timberwolf fly. I was thinking that maybe this would be a fun thing to do more often. I would estimate that most of you Chuckers only tie once or twice a week, but maybe this we get you behind the vise a little more in the winter months. So this challenge is for next week. Bring in your favorite Bass Worm pattern. Next week I will have materials to tie "Scott's Bass Worm" We have done this one before but it is a popular request. I have a lot of material (available for small donations) and will post the material list in case you want to bring your own stuff. I might have some stuff to tie one tomorrow (maybe).

Pictures for the blog: SEND ME PICTURES TO POST ON THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!
 - Think about taking pictures of the flies tied each week. maybe we can put one of each fly on a table and take a group picture to post.

See you all tomorrow hopefully.
Scott Nordby
Quote of the Week " May your bobbin not fray your thread"

This is my dad with his barn quilt he did for the front of the cabin!