Yampa Valley Fly Fishers to host annual fly-tying demonstrations

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What: Yampa Valley Fly Fishers fly-tying demonstration

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pizza served at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Rex’s American Grill & Bar, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave. in the Holiday Inn

— With the best pre-runoff trout fishing on the Yampa River just a month away, the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers chapter of Trout Unlimited is inviting the public to its annual fly-tying night. This year's gathering, to be held Wednesday at Rex's American Grill & Bar, will feature master fly tier Tim Jacobs of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Jacobs, who formerly guided in the Steamboat Springs area, is a retired teacher from Glenwood Springs Middle School who continues supporting youth by serving as an instructor at the Michigan Youth Trout Camp each summer. He taught mathematics and coached football at Soroco Middle School in Oak Creek during the 1980s.

Today, Jacobs is a member of the Whiting Farms Team, representing the producer of high-quality fly-tying feathers.

He is a certified fly casting instructor who taught clinics for the Sage rod company during he 1990s and is noted for creating a wide range of multicolored deer hair flies.

A significant dry fly pattern for the Roaring Fork Valley is the large green drake mayfly, which Jacobs has refined from experience. He also is an expert in grasshopper patterns and typically brings copies of his tying recipes to his demonstrations.

For anglers who make pilgrimages home to the Midwest, Jacobs also has a repertoire of pike, panfish and bass flies.

Some of the best fly-tiers in the Yampa Valley will take part Wednesday night, including Steve Henderson, a contract tier for Orvis. He owns Henderson Fly Fishing guide service and is affiliated with Straightline Sports.

Paul Russell, who has several flies represented by Umpqua Feather Merchants and guides for Steamboat Flyfisher, will reveal how to tie custom patterns for Northwest Colorado.

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Vice President Bruce Carta touts fly tier Rob Burden for having the most organized fly boxes anywhere, and he will also demonstrate how to tie some effective local patterns.

The evening program will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a social gathering, and pizza will be provided. Anyone interested in fly-fishing or fly-tying is welcome to attend.

Click here to learn more about fly-tying and its appeal to fly-fishers.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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