Re: Took a fly tying class today
The local class that I mentioned in Post #2 (above) is 8-weeks long. The first week was a tool and knot class (starting hitch, half hitch, pinch wrap, & whip finish). Beyond that, we are learning two flys per week, basic to more complex. Started with a Wooley Bugger, and advancing through wets, nymphs, streamers, drys, and the last week we spin deer hair.
The course doesn't teach us "everything", but exposes us to most anything! For example, to tie a Gold Rib Hares Ear, we had to spin a dubbing loop. Not necessary to sucessfully tie that particular fly, but now I know how to do it!
By the following week, we have to have five of each of the previous week's flys tied (and "inspected") for "homework". Completed homework awards the student with raffle tickets, which are drawn to award additional tying materials. A great incentive to do the homework!
They keep the student:instructor ratio at about 4:1, which leads to some very intense learning, rather than trying to work with a large group, too.
"A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky