Northwest Fly Anglers 

A Family Oriented Fly Fishing Club

Upcoming classes

    • February 25, 2020
    • 7:15 PM
    • March 31, 2020
    • 9:15 PM
    • Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
    • 4

    Catching fish is a ton of fun. Catching fish on a fly that you tied with your own hands is even more fun. We’re offering beginning fly tying, a series of 6 classes taught by Eric “Dinty Moore” Olson and David Paul Williams. Students will learn two patterns each class and receive the recipe and materials for two copies of each pattern.

    Each class will build on the skills learned in the previous session so by the end of the course students will be able to proficiently tie some very challenging flies. We will learn about thread control, maintaining proper thread tension and training our fingers to manipulate materials. We’ll learn about different tying materials and how to select good materials. We’ll even learn a bit about how to fish the flies we tie. Students will end up with a great selection of trout flies that will catch fish in our lakes and streams, plus a couple of saltwater flies and even a terrific topwater bass fly.

    Here is a list of tying tools that students need to bring:

    • Bobbin 
    • Bobbin threader
    • Bodkin
    • Hackle pliers
    • Vise
    • Scissors
    • Dubbing twister
    • Whip finisher (optional)
    • Tying Lamp (optional)

    Get the best vise (pedestal or C-clamp) and scissors you can afford. Materials for the flies will be furnished by NFA. 

    The list of flies that will be tied include carey special, woolly bugger, chironomid, pat stone, pheasant tail nymph, gold rib hare’s ear,  elk hair caddis, royal wolf, compara dun and dun parachute.  Add to that immense educational base will be Dave’s input when and where to use the flies! The cost of the class is $70 for members and $85 for nonmembers which includes the materials to tie all of the flies and a description and pictures of all the flies to be tied during the class.  If you are a nonmember and sign up for the class, you can join the club at any time during the class and $15 will be credited toward your membership. The patterns the class will tie were originally selected by Jim Higgins who did an excellent job of choosing patterns that build on skills learned each week so that by the end of the class students will be able to tie many patterns that are not only excellent flies to fish but will develop skills to tie many other different patterns. The class will start February 26th.

    More information: contact David Williams or Eric Olson


    • April 07, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • May 05, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Green Lake West Casting Pier
    • 18

    Cost: $60 (for all 5 sessions)

    Instructor: Michael Gallavan (with several assistants) 

    Location: Northwest side of Green Lake, near Duck Island (see map below)

    Every Tuesday: 7 April to 5 May 2020 (5 total sessions)

    Class Start: 6:30 to 8:00 pm- Rain or shine

    Come a little early- 6:00 to 6:15 pm to get set up


    If you are just beginning in the sport or want a tune-up, this is the class for you!

    On a space available basis, the class is open to Northwest Fly Angler club members and the general public.  20 people is the maximum size of the class that can be accommodated.  Signup is through the NFA website.

    If the parking lot (see map below) is full, there is usually parking available on the streets to the north.

    Bring weather-appropriate clothing, your rod, reel, and floating line with a leader with 0x or 1x tippet.  For those people who do not have fly fishing gear, some loaner gear will be provided.

    We don't use flies with hooks in the class. Instead we'll use about an inch of yarn (provided) tied to the end of your leader to provide proper action.

    Please wear eye protection.  Your standard glasses or sunglasses are fine.  




Past classes

April 02, 2019 Beginning Fly Casting
February 26, 2019 Beginning Fly Tying
April 03, 2018 Beginning Fly Casting
January 30, 2018 Beginning Fly Tying
August 19, 2017 Middle Fork Snoqualamie River - Mentoring Day Trip
April 04, 2017 Beginning Fly Casting
January 10, 2017 Beginning Fly Tying
April 09, 2016 How to Host a Fishing Outing Workshop
April 05, 2016 Beginning Fly Casting
January 05, 2016 Beginning Fly Tying
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