Dry Fly Dick Frantes Memorial Fly Tying

When Tom Schnadt and Jonathan Jacobs approached me about taking over the Dry Fly Dick Frantes Memorial FlyTying Event for the April Kiap-TU-Wish meeting, my first thought was what better way to honor past tying events and past organizers than to come up with a tying theme for the night. The six fly tiers I have lined up for the April meeting are all tiers that produce flies commercially for shops and fly fishing guides.

Not being a production tier myself, I can tell you that I have learned a lot from commercial fly tiers and believe they have a wealth of tying knowledge to spread to the rest of us “working-class” tiers. Production tying is not just about speed, it also employs techniques to use materials more effectively and more efficiently. It entails organizing your tying space, tools, and materials in a manner to help you become more productive. It even includes simplifying materials or patterns to make flies more durable or easier to tie.

Learn a few of these tips, tricks, and techniques from our commercial fly tiers at the next chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 5th.

~ Brian Smolinski


Presenter:  Six Commercial Fly Tiers

Where:  Junior’s Bar and Restaurant
Best Western Plus Campus Inn
100 Spring St., River Falls, WI

When:  Wednesday, April 5th

Social Hour: 6:00-7:00 PM

Program:  7:00 PM

Parking:  Underground parking is available at the hotel.  On street parking is also available near the hotel.


Juinior's Bar & Grill

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