My son-in-law, Jordan, and I attended a Fly Tying and Fly Casting workshop at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie Center, Iowa on October 5 & 6. The workshop was put on by the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association (HFFA). Jordan found the workshop on-line. He's pretty new to fly fishing and I'm pretty new to fly tying.
My wife and I drove up from Kansas City. Mom and daughter spent some quality time together (shopping) while Jordan and I attended the workshop.
The workshop was very entertaining and informative. The HFFA put together a very good presentation with lots of material and subjects being covered. The instructors (9 of them) were all very knowledgeable, friendly and very interested in helping all the participants. Fly casting, fly fishing and fly tying were the main topics for the weekend.
We all had the opportunity to tie flies, practice our casting and fish. We learned how to tie the “wunder fly”. It proved to be extremely productive on the river when we fished Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Multiple species of fish seemed to like the silver & white combination of the fly/jig. I caught a catfish, a walleye, a few bluegill and more crappie than I could count with it. While the crappie were plentiful, they would not have made much of a fish fry. The average size was around 4″ long.
Overall, the workshop was well worth the trip.
After fishing with the "wunder fly" and learning to tie it, I can see a new "hobby/habit" beginning to take root.
The "Wunder fly"