I happened to be talking to a friend and the subject of fly fishing came up. He said he has always thought it looked cool but was always afraid to try it. The conversation evolved into tying flies. Whenever I told him I try to tie, he wanted to know more about it.
I told him I started going to these little fly tying classes that were held at a church by my house. The first classes were two years ago and it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Last year, they held the classes again and mostly the same guys showed up, so we tied more difficult flies. This year, we plan to do it again.
This guy's son is just about ready to be an Eagle Scout and they are both very involved in their troop, from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout. He wondered out loud if I could have a session or two to teach the boys about fly tying.
After I finished laughing, I thought about the guys who taught the classes I have been going to. Two of them are in their early 30's and are "hip" (if you know what I mean). One of them is a high school art teacher and he ties some absolutely wonderful flies. The third guy is a retiree but he is a whiz at the vise.
So...I asked them and all of them are in. Great, I thought, but there are 15 kids and at least ten fathers who all are anxious to learn. They also suggested that they have one or two fly casting sessions as the place where these kids meet has a huge room, at least 50 feet long and 30 feet wide, and a 12- to 15-foot ceiling. Seems like it would work fine.
Thing is, that is a lot of people. Even with six or eight vises, I don't think we can keep the kids interested long enough. Plus they range from first grade to high school--quite a gap.
Any suggestions on how to maybe go about this? We are hoping at least ONE boy gets interested in this and, hopefully, his dad will, too. That is the plan in our heads.
Fishing is a wonderful sport to share with your child. I wish my boy would have picked up on it but he just never got interested. I really think he would have liked fly fishing. I regret that it took me 50+ years to even try it.
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Oh, and WHAT would you try to tie?
San Juan worms, wooly buggers, pheasant tail nymphs, and Closer minnows were what we were thinking...