Fly Tying Tips

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Fly Tying Tips
From Wes Bigney, New Mexico Trout Jump to a topic…
  1. Thread Use
  2. Getting the Most of a Bobbin
  3. Elimination of Ker-Flop
  4. Feathers and Tying On
  5. Elk Hair Caddis
  6. Hair Wings on Wet Flies
  7. Hair Wings on Dry Flies
  8. Posts for Parachutes
  9. Parachutes
  10. Handling Buck Tail
  11. Spinning Buck Tail
  12. Tinsel Streamer Bodies
  13. The Whip Finish
  14. Hook Extraction
Preface IMPORTANT If you intend to tie a pattern you have never tied, from a book or magazine photo, you are entertaining the probability that your first try will be a honking, ugly, klunker.  Do not be defeated, demoralized, or embarrassed, for you will not be alone!  Every tier has had this experience. Put another hook (one size larger) in the vice and copy the klunker, making adjustments to the new materials so it will look better.  It may take three or four tries before you get it to look right.  When you perfect the pattern, take a razor and slide it along the shanks of the klunkers to recover and reuse the hooks. 1. Thread Use Do not start thread close behind the eye – it only makes for a large head that is difficult to whip finish.  Start the thread ½ inch back from the eye.
  1. Tie in body material with butts facing toward eye and the material pointing back over the bend.
  2. Advance the thread to the tie off point (where the body ends). Now use the body material to wind over the tie in thread and ... Read More

Annual Rio Guadalupe Clean Up Project – April 8

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Annual Rio Guadalupe Clean Up Project - April 8
Volunteer Project: Rio Guadalupe Cleanup Saturday, April 8, 2017 New Mexico Trout has a tradition of welcoming the Spring opening of FR 376 between the Gilman Tunnels and Porter's Landing with a volunteer trash pickup. That Forest Service road provides access to our Rio Guadalupe home water and it accumulates a lot of roadside trash over a season's heavy use by the many people who visit that corridor. Doing these annual cleanups is one way we can express our thanks for the wonderful trout fishing opportunities the Rio Guadalupe affords, while we help maintain it in a state that we like to visit ... Read More

April General Meeting – April 11

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April General Meeting - April 11
Cicil Rich, Fisheries Biologist for the Santa Fe National Forest, will discuss fishing programs and opportunities in the Santa Fe National Forest. Time: 7:00 pm Location: Sandia Preparatory School, McCall Preforming Arts Center, Room 712 If you want to get reminders, join our Meetup page and RSVP to this event ... Read More

Thank you, Fred & Trish Breslin

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Thank you, Fred & Trish Breslin
Long time members Fred & Trish Breslin were presented with a plaque and gift certificate for their many contributions to New Mexico Trout, especially  for the generous support and many donations over the years for the New Mexico Trout Conclave. Many many thanks ... Read More

Bill Frangos selected as PHW Volunteer of the Year

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Bill Frangos selected as PHW Volunteer of the Year
Bill Frangos was selected as the Project Healing Waters Southwest Region's Volunteer of the Year from among over 300 volunteers.  Bill leads the fly tying portion of the New Mexico Trout sponsored PHW program at the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center.  This part of the year fly fishing long program meets weekly five months of the year and Bill has not missed a fly tying session since the program started over 8 years ago.  Bill also supports the program's casting and educational meetings the rest of the year.  He is a veteran himself and has a major positive impact on those veterans that enter and stay with the PHW fly fishing program and he is more than deserving of this award. > Dave Patton ... Read More

March General Meeting – March 14

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March General Meeting – March 14
New catch and release quality waters on the Rio Chama! Noah Parker of Land of Enchantment Guides will discuss the new catch and release water designation which was recently approved by the NM Game Commission.  We expect Noah will tell a little about the history of this initiative, the specifics of what part of the Rio Chama is in this section and, of course, recommendations on the great fishing opportunity these waters present. Time: 7:00 pm Location: McCall Preforming Arts Center, choir room at Sandia Prep. If you want to get reminders, join our Meetup page and RSVP to this event ... Read More
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