Saturday Fly Tying Demos
(Free to the Public)
10:00 AM to about 1:00 PM Saturdays from November 24th, 2018 into March, 2019.
Attending these is a great way to learn tying techniques, new and old, and to stay current on available materials and tools. Each featured tier has much experience in tying and using the flies they demonstrate, and each is ready to share their knowledge and skills with you. The beginning of our demo schedule includes the following tiers.
Saturday, November 24th Brandon Morrison
Saturday, December 1st Dan Gates
Saturday, December 8th Marty Howard
Saturday, December 15th Dave Raisch
Dave Raisch was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Ohio. Always interested in fishing, living in that part of the country meant warm water species would be mostly available. He moved to Idaho to attend ISU in the spring of 1998 to study for a master’s degree and wanted to fly fish badly. His thesis project involved fish distributions and water quality within the Portneuf River, Idaho. On studying for this degree and being in the field, our region’s cool, clear waters hosting mostly trout fascinated him. He began tying flies over ten years ago and has also taught fly tying classes at the beginner and intermediate level. He enjoys being creative with fly tying and has sold flies commercially. Streamers and big dries are his specialties. He also enjoys tying flies for big, selective trout! He has demonstrated his tying skills at the East Idaho Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo for a number of years in the past. He particularly enjoys tying flies for the river around American Falls Reservoir, the South Fork, and the Henry’s Fork, all special places to fish. Now associated with Snake River Fly in Pocatello, this will be Dave’s third demo at Jimmy’s, and he plans on demonstrating patterns for each of the above and other waters.
Saturday, December 22nd Ross Slayton
Ross comes to us via Northern California where he grew up fishing spinning gear for trout and spoons for steelhead. About 13 years ago, thanks to a rather drastic life changing event, he discovered fly fishing while living very close to the Trinity and upper Sacramento rivers. Not a bad place to establish one’s fundamentals. Soon there wasn’t a body of water in far Northern California or Southern Oregon that hadn’t seen his fly rod. Being a detail person and wanting more knowledge on how fish perceive aquatic food forms, it wasn’t much longer before he surrendered to the siren call of the fly tying vice. To further his fishing experiences he joined the Tracy (California) Fly Fishers and signed up for their tying classes. With tyers like Ben Byng, Steve Potter, Cliff Sullivan, and Rich “Lobdude” Lobrovich, it wasn’t long before he was producing some useful trout flies. By “divine providence,” Ross ended up moving to Idaho Falls 7 years ago. Further fortune is that he is employed at Rio Products. It wasn’t long before the local waters influenced his tying and reconstructed his fly tying to local standards. This is Ross’s second gig at Jimmy’s Saturday tying demos, so you in for a treat through seeing some new tying ideas, especially if he claims Ben Byng, Steve Potter, and Cliff Sullivan, and “Lobdude” as mentors.
Saturday, December 29th Justin Barnard
Justin Barnard comes to us from Shelley and grew up in Blackfoot. He attended college at ISU. He married a local girl, Kristin, and they have a 4 year old son, Sawyer. All that makes him a local guy for sure! He has been fishing for as long as he can remember and has tied flies for the last seventeen years. His favorites are any kind of streamers and classic steelhead/salmon flies. He also enjoys the pursuit of and obtaining the exotic feathers used in the classic Atlantic salmon flies. He has demonstrated his tying skills at the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo among many other shows in the Western United States. He will also be going to the International Fly Tying Symposium this Fall. He is a regular participant in the Bug Club meetings. He is part of the Force Fly Fishing Inc Pro team, Moonlit Fly Fishing Pro Team, and Snake River Fly Pro team. This will be his third tying demo at Jimmy’s.
Saturday, January 5th Kelly Glissmeyer
Kelly has fly-fished since his teen years and tied flies since 1983. That was the year Mrs. (Kathy) bought him fly tying tools and materials from Blue Ribbon Flies when they lived in West Yellowstone. He moved to Idaho Falls in 2002, and even though he fishes up to fifty times a year, he maintains a full time job and a happy marriage. He has accumulated a huge amount of fly-fishing experience fishing Greater Yellowstone waters. Appreciative of the wonderful times he has experienced doing so and generous and outgoing by nature, he looks for ways to give back to the sport he loves so much. He is a member of TU, the Upper Snake River Flyfishers and the Snake River Cutthroats. He is a past president of the Southern Utah Anglers based in St. George, Utah. He currently edits and authors a fly tying column for the FFI’s FlyFisher magazine. He began offering fly tying demonstrations in shops (here in 2010) and fly fishing events around the western states including the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying and Fly-Fishing Expo. More recently he has become a published author (Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Frank Amato Publications) of fly fishing techniques and associated tying for rivers, still waters and spring creeks. Kelly is also on the pro staff of LOOP USA as a Goodwill Ambassador. We have had inquiries about Kelly’s return to demonstrate his tying skills. Thus we could not put his demo off any longer. So with more seasons of fly fishing experience and new patterns to boot, he will be here by popular demand on January 5th. Bring your notebook!
As we develop the remainder of the schedule, we will post it in the shop, on our web site, and on Facebook. Look for our tying demo schedule in the Idaho Falls Post Register Outdoor Page Calendar “Coming Up,” published each Thursday.