Tie a ‘Puff Daddy Variant’ Fly with SGT Lee Barbee

On Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 6pm EST, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing veteran ambassador and professional fly tier SGT Lee Barbee, U.S. Army (ret) of Red,White and Blue Flies will broadcast a virtual fly tying class live on the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Facebook Page.

Join SGT Lee Barbee for a virtual fly tying class here on Facebook! He will be tying a "Puff Daddy Variant" fly –…

Posted by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

He will be tying a Puff Daddy Variant fly – here’s what you need to tie along at home:

  • Hook: Partridge SUD size 16
  • Thread: Semperfli nano silk
  • Body: Semperfli floating poly yarn
  • Thorax: Semperfli Sparkle dubbing Light Olive
  • Wing: Semperfli Organza cut with a mayfly wing cutter
  • Hackle: Nature’s Spirit CDC
  • Solarez Bone dry on the head

Watch past fly tying tutorials here: SGT Lee Barbee’s Fly Tying Library

Lee Barbee was born in Macon, Georgia and spent 7 years in the U.S. Army with an MOS of 68W (Medic).  Lee served along great Infantrymen in 2-8IN, 2BCT, 4ID, at Fort Carson, CO, with a tour down range to RC South Afghanistan. He started a tour in Kandahar province finishing tour in Mya Neshin Province, and served as an Eastern Equine Encephalitis protocol assistant for the Division of Medicine at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease.

“PHWFF has become a major part of my life,” says Barbee, “the sense of comradery amongst volunteers and participants alike made me feel at home.  After working with volunteers Al Warner, Ted, Cryblskey, Kiki Galvin, Carl Smolka, Hank Pilcher, and Dick Buback, I immediately began to feel part of a family. They took me in under their wing and showed me a different path to healing. Teaching me the techniques of fly tying and fly fishing gave me a sense of peace that I never felt before. I’m thankful to continue to be a part of this program and amazing organization.”

Following his time as a participant with our Walter Reed, MD program, Lee launched Red White and Blue Flies – a Veteran owned and operated company providing quality, hand-tied flies for the everyday fly angler – and moved to California to attend college with the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant and health care provider. You can find Red White & Blue Flies on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/redwhiteblueflies/

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