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Welcome to 
The Tying Bench!

The Tying Bench is our exciting series of family-friendly weekly on-line fly tying workshops and clinics! Each week we look at tying a different pattern - from classic trout flies to big bass bugs...and everything in between!

     There is no charge to be a part of The Tying Bench!

     Learn more about this week's fly (and the materials you'll need to tie it) at right. You'll find Zoom login details at the bottom of the column.

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TWO Exciting events on
The Tying Bench this week!


FIRST:

Friday, May 14: An encore presentation!

Tying the Brood X Cicada

Friday, May 14 via Zoom

7 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID: 932 7714 6273

Passcode: cicada [lowercase]


There has been a lot of interest in tying the Cicada imitation, and several folks have asked if we will be covering the cicada again.

And so -- by popular demand -- we're having an ENCORE PRESENTATION on FRIDAY, MAY 14 at 7 P.M. focusing on tying a cicada for imitating Brood X cicadas!

Note that this special encore presentation will be on FRIDAY, May 14, at 7 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half.

If you missed last week's Tying Bench, or if you'd like a refresher or more practice tying this great fly, please make plans to join us on Friday evening!

Here's what you'll need to tie our Brood X Cicada on Friday evening:

HOOK: Size 4 or size 6 1XL or 2XL hook

THREAD: Black or red, 3/0

BACK: Black foam strip (we will use 3mm foam) cut to shape as we will discuss in the class

UNDERBODY: Brown standard chenille. Solid brown or a variegated orange/brown or black/brown can be used.

RIBBING: Cactus chenille or in orange, red, or root beer

WING: On this encore edition, we'll use synthetic material for the wing. Here are two good possibilities. Either can be used:

Wing option 1: A material such as Flash-N-Slinky in "Rainbow" color

Wing option 2: Kreelex Fish Flash in gold combined with a few strands of Kreelex Fish Flash in mottled gray or brown

LEGS:  Silicone leg material, orange and black.

EYES: The eyes of Brood X cicadas are red. Imitate them in a number of ways:

Eye option 1: Red plastic bead eyes (made from plastic beads on a thread core)

Eye option 2: Use silver plastic bead eyes, as above, but color them with a permanent red marker after tying them in.

Eye option 3: Make eyes from red craft foam


OTHER TOOLS AND SUPPLIES YOU'LL WANT TO HAVE:

1) Craft scissors for cutting foam
2) Zap-A-Gap
3) Red permanent marker (if needed for coloring silver eyes to make them red)

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SECOND:

Saturday, May 15 (our regular Saturday get-together):

Tying the Hellgrammite

Saturday, May 15, via Zoom

10 a.m.

Zoom meeting ID: 977 6736 9268

Passcode: FlyTying15


Hellgrammites –the nymphs of dobsonflies, large and fierce-looking creatures sometimes known as “fish flies” – are big, meaty aquatic insects that many fly fishers and fly tyers overlook. But they’re common in Georgia waters – and trout, bass, and other fish love ‘em. They’re a sort of “secret weapon” for fly fishers in the know, and if you know how to tie and fish them then you can take advantage of that secret weapon too!


This session of The Tying Bench will focus on how to tie and fish two great Hellgrammite imitations.


Here’s what you’ll need in the way of materials:


Hook: Nymph hook, 3XL or 2XL, size 6, straight or curved-shank.

Weighting wire: Small lead-free wire

Thread: Black 6/0

Tail for version 1: Black ostrich herl

Jaws for version 1: Black leg material such as Spanflex

Tail/jaws for version 2: Black biots

Body: Black chenille

Hackle: Black emu, black strung hackle (modified as covered in the class)


NOTE: A brown color scheme can also be used. If you go with brown, use brown herl, brown emu and hackle, and brown chenille. The biots and Spanflex can be brown or black in this case.