Fly of the Month

Fly Tying Evening

Venue: Tararua Tramping Club Locker Room
Monday 21st October 2019, 7.30pm
(Access through side door on north side of building)

The Annual Inter-club Fly Tying Competition was held at the WFF Club rooms on Monday 19th November.
Due to other commitments the Kapiti Club was unable to field a team this year and so it became a battle between the Hutt Valley Club and Wellington.
The level of tying this year was extremely high and both teams are to be congratulated. The Wellington team of Gordon Baker, Paul Baker and Jim McLean finally prevailed with a score of 232 to Hutt Valley's 227.
Paul Baker also picked up the prize for best fly with a well tied Copper John. Well done guys.
Many thanks to the judges Tony Houpt (chief judge) John Miller (Hutt Valley) and Ross Gigg (Wellington) who did an excellent job scoring the flies on what turned out to be minute differences. Also thanks to Carmen for the catering, especially the sausage rolls.


Gold (Black) Bead Hare & Copper NymphFly of the Month

This is arguably New Zealand’s greatest contribution to fly design. It is the easiest pattern to tie in its most simple form yet it is one of the most effective nymph designs. Tied “in the round” so it looks thesame no matter how it is drifting. A perfect starting place for anyone thinking about giving flytying a go. Larger examples probably suggest large swimming mayflies, bullies and stoneflies,medium sizes suggest caddis pupae and small ones midge pupae.

Hook   TMC 3769 size 8-18
Thread   Danville 6/0 black
Rib   Copper wire
Underbody   Lead wire
Body   Dubbed hares fur
Head   2.8mm gold, brass or glass bead – optional extra
Bead   Gold or Black bead

If anyone has suggestions for fly patterns they would like to see tied at the flytying meetings please let Strato know (04 386 3740). This will give an opportunity to plan ahead and order materials in advance.