Veterans Tie Flies with PHWFF Rapid City, SD Program

On Tuesday, October 19, Rapid City PHWFF gathered at the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Outdoor campus in Rapid City and learned how to tie a couple of different flies.

Participant and volunteer Clint Kirk led the class by demonstrating how to tie a black stone fly variation as well as a classic wooly bugger.

A wooly bugger is the perfect fly for beginners to learn on. Not only is it versatile and can be used in most fishing scenarios, but it is a suggestive pattern, meaning you can vary the colors or some aspects of the fly since it doesn’t imitate anything specific. The wooly bugger also teaches fundamentals needed for fly-tying, especially when it comes to harder flies.

Both flies teach the importance of material to fly size ratio, and different tying techniques that can be used in many different flies.

Rapid City Program lead joshua osterbur

Kirk sat at the front of class and projected his vise and procedures onto the TV so that the participants could all get a detailed view.

The participants were able to ask many different questions about materials used during the tying session as well as the difference about techniques that are used.

“The participants asked great questions, such as when to use head cement and why,” Osterbur said. “They asked different ways to tie on beads, when to use dubbing, and much more. The information provided by Kirk was amazing, as well was the interest the participants showed in class.”

Osterbur would like to thank Kirk with his knowledge of fly fishing as well as his ability to teach at a predominate level.

“HIs teaching gives the participants near untouchable knowledge,” Osterbur said.

Osterbur would also like to thank Dan Peck for sharing his unique experiences and knowledge about fly fishing to anyone who asks.

“He is always stepping up to help all of the participants when asked.”

We would also like to thank the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks for letting the program use their facilities.

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