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Ammonoosuc Chapter Trout Unlimited 

Fly Tying Classes

   

  

 Ammo TU will be holding a series of four free fly-tying classes later this winter with two instructors from our chapter. The instructors will be Art Greene and Mike Didio, both with extensive experience teaching this skill. Art has taught many classes in Littleton. For the past many years, he has been the main tying instructor at the June and August sessions of the New Hampshire TU Youth Trout Camp. Mike has taught classes in several schools in the greater Littleton area. 

Participation is limited to 10 people per class, with a minimum age of fourteen. The classes will be held from 9:30 until 11:00 am on Saturday mornings as listed below. To learn all necessary skills, attendees are encouraged to participate in all four
 classes. Each participant will learn from “Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple” by Skip Morris, the best book for beginning fly-tyers. Several businesses have provided a number of “grab bag” items that will be given to class participants.

 

FLY-TYING CLASS SCHEDULE


Saturday, February 25
Introduction to fly tying techniques and tying two easy flies which can be used in all NH streams.

Saturday, March 4
Tying two nymph patterns that are the favorite insect forms of Brook trout.

Saturday, March 11
Tying an insect emerger pattern commonly referred to as a soft-hackle wet fly, and another pattern that is a favorite of many Ammonoosuc TU members.

Saturday, March 25
Tying two dry flies which are the insect patterns often seen on the water surface.

 

FLY CASTING AND KNOT TYING


In April, there will be two classes on fly casting and knot tying. The details are not final at this time, The availability of the gym for Saturday or Sunday to hold the classes is not confirmed at this time. There will be only one class each weekend. The proposed date are below.

Saturday, April 1 or Sunday April 2 - An introduction to how to tie the knots commonly used in fly fishing followed by an introduction to fly rods, reels, fly lines and leaders.  Beginning to learn to cast using a fly rod.

Saturday, April 8 or Sunday April 9 - Various methods to cast a fly line.

(Note that the season for fishing in New Hampshire opens on April 22, 2023!)

 

Winter 2023 Chapter Gatherings

  • January 12, 2023         Speaker - Joel Destasio

  • February 9, 2023        Speaker - Angus Boezeman

  • March 9. 2023             Speakers - Bill Bernhardt and Paul Starring

  • April 13, 2023              Speaker - John Bunker  

  • May 11, 2023               TBD

  • June 8, 2023                 The Ammonoosuc TU  Chapter - Annual Meeting

Our speakers for the January, February, March, and April presentations . The speakers are very prominent individuals in the fly fishing and Trout Unlimited conservation communities, who will tell us about outstanding fishing opportunities in New Hampshire and wonderful habitat improvement projects.  Among these speakers will be Bill Bernhardt and Paul Starring, guides at Lopstick Lodge in Pittsburg.  (Paul is also an Ammonoosuc TU board member.)  Angus Boezeman, an extremely well-known New Hampshire guide, will also entertain us with his clever insights about fishing, many with extremely humorous tales.  Others will include Joel DeStasio, TU New England Restoration Field Manager located in New Hampshire and John Bunker, New Hampshire Trout Unlimited NLC Representative. 

 

Hopefully you can join us at one of our monthly chapter gatherings, guests are welcome.

Roland Payne,

President

Ammonoosuc Chapter #554

Trout Unlimited

Littleton Community Center

120 Main Street

Littleton, NH

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