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Fly Tying

Fly Tying Classes

Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler strives to teach and share correct and useful information with our customers about Fly Fishing and Fly Tying. In the spirit of helping people progress in the sport of fishing, we offer Fly Tying classes. Our instructors are experienced fisherman and fly tiers who have spent many hours perfecting and improving their personal skills on the water or behind the tying vise. They are patient and more than willing to help you learn and perfect your skills. We believe in being personal with our classes so we limit the class size to 6 people. This allows our instructors to give every student enough personal attention while at the same time offering the student a group price for the class. See below how our 2019 entry level class is organized.   If a personal schedule has no room for this class, the Snake River Cutthroats ( local FFI and TU affiliated club) also offer an entry level class. See a description below.

Available Classes:

All Seasons Angler 2019 Beginning Fly Tying (Choose either first or second session):

  • First Session: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM,  January 10th to February 7th, 2019
  • Second Session: Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 PM, beginning February 21st to March 21st, 2018

Class is one night a week for 5 Consecutive Weeks

Course Fee: $50

Instructor: John Harder

Class Description

Fly tying is a great activity that is sure to help your fly-fishing success.  This class is your chance to learn fly tying basics.  We schedule this class for five consecutive evenings at the shop. The cost of the class is $50.  Materials are not included in the cost of the course. Fly tying kits for this class are available at the shop or materials (See class content below) can be purchased there.  Attendees must bring their own fly tying vise, scissors, bobbin, hair stacker, and 6/0 tying thread in colors black, olive and tan. If necessary, these items can be purchased at the shop. Contact us to sign up or for more information: 1-208-524-7160 or [email protected]  Each session is limited to four students.

                                      Class Content

Black Wooly Bugger:                                                Black Rubber Legs:
Hook: Dai Riki #710 Size 6                                           Hook: Dai Riki #710 Size 6
Thread: Black 3/0 Mono cord                                      Thread: Black 3/0 MonoCord
Tail: Black Marabou                                                       Tail: Black Super Floss
Body: Black Chenille                                                      Body: Black Chenille
Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle                                        Legs: Black Super Floss
Option 1: Lead Wire .025                                              Option: Lead Wire .025
Option 2: Bead or Cone Head

Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph:                      Beadhead Prince Nymph:
Hook: Dai Riki #060 Size 12                                        Hook: Dai Riki #060 Size 12
Thread: Black 3/0 Mono Cord                                    Thread: Black 3/0 Mono Cord
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers                                            Tail: Brown Goose Biot
Rib: Small Gold Wire                                                    Rib: Small Gold Wire
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail Fibers                                  Body: Peacock Herl
Thorax: Peacock Herl                                                   Collar: Brown Saddle Hackle
Wing Case: Pheasant Tail Fibers                                Wing: White Goose Biot
Legs: Pheasant Tail Fibers                                          Head: 1/8 Gold Bead
Head: 1/8 Gold Bead

X-Caddis:                                                                       Iris Caddis:
Hook: Dai Riki #320 Size 14                                        Hook: Dai Riki #320 Size 14
Thread: Tan 6/0 Fly Master                                        Thread: Tan 6/0 Fly Master
Body: FineTan Dubbing                                               Tail: Amber Z-yarn
Wing: Comparadun Deer                                             Body: Tan Emerger Dubbing
Tail: Amber  Z-Yarn                                                      Wing: White Z-yarn
Head: Pheasant Tail Emerger Dubbing
A.P. Caddis:                                                                 Sparkle Dun:
Hook: Dai Riki #320 Size 14                                       Hook: Dai Riki #320 Size 14
Thread: Tan 6/0 Fly Master                                       Thread: Tan 6/0 Fly Master
Abdomen: Fine tan dubbing                                       Abdomen: Fine Rusty Dub.
Wing: Comparadun Deer                                             Wing: Comparadun Deer
Rib: Small Gold Wire                                                   Tail: Brown Z-yarn
Wing: Elk Body Hair                                                    Thorax: Same as Abdomen

Rusty Parachute:
Hook: Dai Riki #320 Size 14
Thread: Tan 6/0
Wing: White Z-yarn
Tail: Brown Z-yarn
Body: Fine Rusty Dubbing
Hackle: Grizzly Dry Fly


Snake River Cutthroats Entry Level  Fly Tying Class

These will begin on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 and run for 6 consecutive Tuesdays. Classes are 2 hours each, 7-9 PM at Idaho Falls High School. Basic tying techniques are taught with emphasis on patterns that are regionally effective. Required materials are supplied for $30. Detailed class notes covering each fly and tying technique discussed, general information on materials and tools, and on trout food-forms are included.

Basic fly tying techniques are taught using proven local fly patterns such as Adams, Renegade, Sofa Pillow, Woolly Bugger, etc and covers tying wet flies, dry flies, and streamers. This class began in the mid 1970s, and some of the original instructors are still teaching. Consequently, there is over 50 years of fly tying teaching experience available for the student to learn from. Usually there is 1 instructor for every 2 students. Instructors have up to 20 years in fly tying teaching experience. Joining a fly tying class allows the beginning fly tier a chance to learn the art of fly tying quickly and easily.  Youth 10 years and older are invited. Attendees must bring fly tying vise, thread bobbin, scissors, bodkin, hackle pliers, hair stacker, half-hitch tool and other useful tools, all of which are available in local fly-fishing retail shops.  For further information and sign-up contact Buck Goodrich; 208-357-7328 or Jeff Armstrong; 208-522-7005.


Specialty Fly Tying Classes

 With enough demand we can offer classes in most fly tying subjects. Such includes effective steelhead patterns, regionally proven streamer patterns, patterns for specific waters, spring creek patterns, and others.  If we can accumulate enough interest, classes in such as these are possible. So get in touch or visit with us to relate your interest in a specific tying sector.