The Blue Assassin is hands-down one of the most effective midge mergers I've ever used, especially on tailwater such as the Chattahoochee Tailwater below Buford Dam or on the Toccoa.
Developed by Chris Scalley of River Through Atlanta Guide Service, the Blue Assassin has given me many great days on Georgia's Chattahoochee and Toccoa rivers as well as on countless other streams across the eastern United States. Yes, it's predominant hue is blue - not what you normally expect to see in a fly. But there is no arguing with the fact that it works really, really well!
In this Saturday's edition of The Tying Bench, you'll learn how to tie Blue Assassins of your own. I usually tie the fly on size 18 hooks, but I recommend going with size 14 or 16 hooks while you learn.
I think you'll enjoy tying and fishing the Blue Assassin. Meanwhile, if you see Chris Scalley on the river, be sure to thank him for developing this great pattern. Then tie one of your Blue Assassins to your tippet and get ready to take on some trout!
Hook: Curved-shank midge/emerger hook, size 14-20. Straight shank hooks can also be used and may be easier for less experienced tyers.
Bead: Silver tungsten or brass bead to fit hook
Thread: Size 6/0 gray or black
Tail: A few strands pulled from a piece of white Antron yarn
Abdomen: Two or three strands of flash material tied in at bend and wrapped forward. Try pearl, blue, or silver.
Ribbing: Extra fine silver wire wrapped over abdomen (but experiment with other colors)
Thorax: Blue dubbing blend
ZOOM MEETING INFO
Time: August 27, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 892 5815 3422
Passcode: FlyTying27 [two capitals, no spaces]
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FLY TYING CLASS!
FLY TYING 101
Getting started in the fascinating world of fly tying -- from the comfort of your own living room!
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Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating world of tying your own flies? Here's your chance to learn the basics of fly tying through a special on-line introductory course, and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own living room!
The course consists of two sessions and is generally offered on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. Each session will start at 7 p.m. Eastern. Each session will last until about 9:30 (with a break in the middle), with the second session picking up where the first session left off. Emphasis will be on learning key tying skills, and by the end of the course you'll be set to begin a lifelong journey through the fascinating world of tying your own flies!
There is no cost to take this course.
What about materials? We will provide a list of materials as each course is scheduled. Your local fly shop (or even another tyer) should be able to help you get what you'll need.
And how about tying tools? We'll suggest basic tools that you'll need too. I suggest that you visit your local fly shop to check out the many tool options that are available and to pick the tools which best suit your needs.
These classes are suitable for adults as well as for focused youth. In fact, it's a great thing to do with your kids or grandkids!
Please note that you should plan to attend both sessions in order to get the most from this course.
Please feel free to share this with your fly fishing club or with others who might be interested in learning to tie flies. All are welcome!
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