We are a group of Fly Tyers who want to improve our tying skills. We come from as far north as Roseburg, Oregon and as far south as Yreka, California to converge on Gold Hill, Oregon. We are all different skill levels but we agree on the joy of Fly Tying.
I love volunteer organizations like Southern Oregon Fly Tiers because everyone is involved just because he/she loves its purposes. Everyone accepts a responsibility to see it happen, for planning, for setup, for raffle, for coffee, buying tickets or just participating does so out of a devotion. In my workshop at FFI Fair this summer, we discussed this fact. Everyone who was there came from a distance, paid for housing and food, paid $40 for the workshop and expended the effort out of devotion to fly fishing, fly tying and demonstrating.
Vic’s presence this coming Tuesday night, volunteering to come from his home in Eugene to present for us, is a great example of the same devotion. Such devotion is only one of the reasons the Oregon Council, in 2014, designated him Fly Tier of the Year. Other reasons given by one who is more familiar with Vic than I, stated “Not only is he a great tier, but he is a heck of a nice guy.” So I know that we are all looking forward to watching and hearing Vic’s presentation.
Below are pictures of the patterns Vic will be demonstrating. (Dan Kellogg told me last month that he was planning to be away, so there will be no Tech Table this session.) --Ed Morphis
Hi Tom -- I just spoke with Annabelle. She told me that Paul passed away this morning. There WILL be a Celebration of his life ... details are being worked out and will follow. Donations can be made to CASTING FOR RECOVERY in Paul's memory. I'm sure Annabelle would appreciate any cards or notes that people would like to send. For her address contact Cathy Hamilton, Tom Collett, or Dave McCants.
Could you please put this information up on the blog, to share with our group.
KEVIN DANIELS WILL DEMONSTRATE HOW TO BUILD WALLY WINGS AND TIE DIFFERENT PATTERNS WITH THEM
Most of us are familiar with wings made from feathers in various fashions, including pulling off barbs on one side and pulling the barbs down on the other side, to simulate mayfly wings. These are made one feather for one wing. However, fewer of us are familiar with what are called Wally Wings. One set of Wally Wings are made from one feather, by stripping one side of the stem attached to the barbs, and then the other. Thus making a matched pair of wings. This is done after tying in the feather to the hook. Kevin will demonstrate how to do this precisely and efficiently.
If you have not seen these done, you will be fascinated with learning how to do them. If you have tied them, you will appreciate the demonstration of how to do them efficiently, because you know that, while they are neat and beautiful, they require practice to learn. And you will appreciate picking up hints on how to do them.
One of the great things about what we do at these meetings is learning new and interesting techniques that make our tying more enjoyable and satisfying. I know I truly enjoyed learning how to tie Wally Wings, and practicing to be able to tie them better.
THE TECH TABLE
Dan Kellogg will be manning the Tech Table again, and, as you all know, most of us will learn new techniques, or learn them better. And, as I already said, this enriches our tying and the enjoyment of practicing it. I am intentionally not telling you what this presentation is about, but I will tell you that it is an area that usually gets little attention, yet is much more important than the attention it gets.