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Join us for workshops & auctions available prior to the Expo

Join us for workshops & auctions available prior to the Expo

Pre-Expo Activities

We have multi-week workshops and auctions available prior to the Expo.  Please join us!

 

8/28/2021 through 8/30/2021 
6:00 PM - 6:00 p.m.

48-Hour Pre-Expo Auction
Auction

Presenter(s): A watercolor that accomplished artist Duane Hada will be painting right in front of your eyes. The painting will be put up for auction right after he's finished. We'll also have a rod, a trip, and other items up for auction during this 48-hour period.  


9/6/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Ginger Quill Dry Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award.  He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/11/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Buy Me Now Auction - 9/11/2021 to 11/7/2021
Auction

Description: 


9/13/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Bead Head Prince Nymph
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/20/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Lefty's Deceiver
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/21/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry wanted to give it a try. There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy. He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base. UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess. Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin. What helped was the different viscosities: Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications. After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/22/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT03 FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Workshop - Intro and Woolly Bugger
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Wednesday from 9/22/2021 through 10/20/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. This Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fly Tying Skills Awards Program is an educational program for all FFI members who care to take part. The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the FFI by the Fly Tying Group of the FFI. Three awards (i.e., Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collections for evaluation and review. Each collection involves mastery of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods and materials used. In the process of this Bronze Award Program, a tier will learn and use many important fly tying techniques, use a variety of materials and learn a number of effective fly patterns. Upon successful completion of the Bronze Award program, tiers will receive an FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Certificate, and FFI Bronze Award Pin, and the accomplishment will be recognized in the FFI Website.

This workshop will cover all 5 required flies and show what the Evaluator is looking for. We will go over the proportions and materials needed to pass the Bronze Award.

Materials needed:

  • Rooster pheasant center tail
  • Badger rooster hackle or brown or variant substitute
  • Saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Marabou
  • Guard Hair from hare’s mask
  • Light and dark hare’s ear dubbing
  • Brown mottled turkey quill section
  • Chenille
  • Orange floss
  • Fine silver wire
  • Oval Gold Tinsel
  • Fine gold wire
  • Medium copper wire
  • Lead or non-Lead (tin based) wire
  • Mottled Brown Partridge hackle


Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/24/2021

Pre-Expo Auction - 9/24/2021 to 10/3/2021
Auction

Description: 


9/27/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Troth's Elk Hair Caddis
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for the 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


9/29/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT03 FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Workshop - Grey Goose
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Wednesday from 9/22/2021 through 10/20/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. This Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fly Tying Skills Awards Program is an educational program for all FFI members who care to take part. The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the FFI by the Fly Tying Group of the FFI. Three awards (i.e., Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collections for evaluation and review. Each collection involves mastery of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods and materials used. In the process of this Bronze Award Program, a tier will learn and use many important fly tying techniques, use a variety of materials and learn a number of effective fly patterns. Upon successful completion of the Bronze Award program, tiers will receive an FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Certificate, and FFI Bronze Award Pin, and the accomplishment will be recognized in the FFI Website.

This workshop will cover all 5 required flies and show what the Evaluator is looking for.  We will go over the proportions and materials needed to pass the Bronze Award.

  • Materials needed:
  • Rooster pheasant center tail
  • Badger rooster hackle or brown or variant substitute
  • Saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Marabou
  • Guard Hair from hare’s mask
  • Light and dark hare’s ear dubbing
  • Brown mottled turkey quill section
  • Chenille
  • Orange floss
  • Fine silver wire
  • Oval Gold Tinsel
  • Fine gold wire
  • Medium copper wire
  • Lead or non-Lead (tin based) wire
  • Mottled Brown Partridge hackle


Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  See material list above


10/4/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Parachute Adams - Dry Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/5/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s):  Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.  When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry Coviello want to give it a try.  There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy.  He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base.  UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess.  Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin.  What helped was the different viscosities, Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications.  The think was perfect for this fly.  After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/5/2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FFS01 Comprehensive Introduction to Fly Fishing
Workshop

Presenter(s): Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET. This workshop is designed for a person who is beginning their fly fishing journey or a person who has been away from fly fishing for a considerable amount of time. This workshop will be very comprehensive and will include topics such as fly fishing equipment, selecting a fly rod and reel, fly line-leader-tippet, casting, knots, rigging, selecting a fly, prepare for a fly fishing trip, set the hook, play the fish, handle the fish, revive the fish, release the fish, fish behavior, fish habitat, reading water, stream anatomy, entomology safety, etiquette, and more. This same workshop is normally presented as a 10-week class at a local college; but will be presented in 5 weeks for the Virtual Expo.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/5/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT04 Classic Salmon Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Eric Austin

Description: This is a four-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 10/26/2021, 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. Instruction and demonstration of the dressing of a full dress salmon fly from the Victorian period.

Class Fee: $100 for 4-week course
Material Fee:  $30


10/5/2021
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

WC01 Beginning Fly Tying for Women
Workshop

Presenter(s): Gretchen and Al Beatty

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:30 to 10:30 PM ET. If you want to learn to tie your own flies, this is your class. The Beattys will take you through the basics of tying, starting with a simple pattern and expanding on the knowledge from the previous class.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/6/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT03 FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Workshop - Pheasant Tail Dry Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Mike Swederska, Sr

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Wednesday from 9/22/2021 through 10/20/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. This Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fly Tying Skills Awards Program is an educational program for all FFI members who care to take part. The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the FFI by the Fly Tying Group of the FFI. Three awards (i.e., Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collections for evaluation and review. Each collection involves mastery of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods and materials used. In the process of this Bronze Award Program, a tier will learn and use many important fly tying techniques, use a variety of materials and learn a number of effective fly patterns. Upon successful completion of the Bronze Award program, tiers will receive an FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Certificate, and FFI Bronze Award Pin, and the accomplishment will be recognized in the FFI Website.

This workshop will cover all 5 required flies and show what the Evaluator is looking for. We will go over the proportions and materials needed to pass the Bronze Award.

Materials needed:

  • Rooster pheasant center tail
  • Badger rooster hackle or brown or variant substitute
  • Saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Marabou
  • Guard Hair from hare’s mask
  • Light and dark hare’s ear dubbing
  • Brown mottled turkey quill section
  • Chenille
  • Orange floss
  • Fine silver wire
  • Oval Gold Tinsel
  • Fine gold wire
  • Medium copper wire
  • Lead or non-Lead (tin based) wire
  • Mottled Brown Partridge hackle


Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/11/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - The Blue Charm Hair Wing - Salmon/Steelhead Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/12/2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FFS01 Comprehensive Introduction to Fly Fishing
Workshop

Presenter(s): Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET. This workshop is designed for a person who is beginning their fly fishing journey or a person who has been away from fly fishing for a considerable amount of time. This workshop will be very comprehensive and will include topics such as fly fishing equipment, selecting a fly rod and reel, fly line-leader-tippet, casting, knots, rigging, selecting a fly, prepare for a fly fishing trip, set the hook, play the fish, handle the fish, revive the fish, release the fish, fish behavior, fish habitat, reading water, stream anatomy, entomology safety, etiquette, and more. This same workshop is normally presented as a 10-week class at a local college; but will be presented in 5 weeks for the Virtual Expo.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/12/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s):  Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.  When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry Coviello want to give it a try.  There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy.  He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base.  UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess.  Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin.  What helped was the different viscosities, Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications.  The think was perfect for this fly.  After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/12/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT04 Classic Salmon Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Eric Austin

Description: This is a four-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 10/26/2021, 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. Instruction and demonstration of the dressing of a full dress salmon fly from the Victorian period.

Class Fee: $100 for 4-week course
Material Fee:  $30


10/12/2021
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

WC01 Beginning Fly Tying for Women
Workshop

Presenter(s): Gretchen and Al Beatty

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:30 to 10:30 PM ET. If you want to learn to tie your own flies, this is your class. The Beattys will take you through the basics of tying, starting with a simple pattern and expanding on the knowledge from the previous class.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/13/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT03 FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Workshop - Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
Workshop

Presenter(s): Mike Swederska, Sr

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Wednesday from 9/22/2021 through 10/20/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. This Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fly Tying Skills Awards Program is an educational program for all FFI members who care to take part. The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the FFI by the Fly Tying Group of the FFI. Three awards (i.e., Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collections for evaluation and review. Each collection involves mastery of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods and materials used. In the process of this Bronze Award Program, a tier will learn and use many important fly tying techniques, use a variety of materials and learn a number of effective fly patterns. Upon successful completion of the Bronze Award program, tiers will receive an FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Certificate, and FFI Bronze Award Pin, and the accomplishment will be recognized in the FFI Website.

This workshop will cover all 5 required flies and show what the Evaluator is looking for.  We will go over the proportions and materials needed to pass the Bronze Award.

Materials needed:

  • Rooster pheasant center tail
  • Badger rooster hackle or brown or variant substitute
  • Saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Marabou
  • Guard Hair from hare’s mask
  • Light and dark hare’s ear dubbing
  • Brown mottled turkey quill section
  • Chenille
  • Orange floss
  • Fine silver wire
  • Oval Gold Tinsel
  • Fine gold wire
  • Medium copper wire
  • Lead or non-Lead (tin based) wire
  • Mottled Brown Partridge hackle


Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/13/2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

FT05 Beginning Fly Tying
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jack R Gillis, Barry Webster, David Hooper, Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a two session workshop on 10/13/2021, 7:00-8:30 PM ET, and 11/7/2021, 9:00-11:00 AM ET. Are you a beginner fly tier?  This is the workshop for you. The first workshop session will be devoted to fly tying tools, equipment, materials, and fundamental techniques. The second workshop session will be devoted to tying two flies. Students are encouraged to obtain fly tying tools, equipment, and materials during the two weeks between the two workshops.

Class Fee: $40
Material Fee:  $0


10/18/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Borski's Redfish Slider - Saltwater (new)
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/19/2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FFS01 Comprehensive Introduction to Fly Fishing
Workshop

Presenter(s): Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET. This workshop is designed for a person who is beginning their fly fishing journey or a person who has been away from fly fishing for a considerable amount of time. This workshop will be very comprehensive and will include topics such as fly fishing equipment, selecting a fly rod and reel, fly line-leader-tippet, casting, knots, rigging, selecting a fly, prepare for a fly fishing trip, set the hook, play the fish, handle the fish, revive the fish, release the fish, fish behavior, fish habitat, reading water, stream anatomy, entomology safety, etiquette, and more. This same workshop is normally presented as a 10-week class at a local college; but will be presented in 5 weeks for the Virtual Expo.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/19/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT04 Classic Salmon Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Eric Austin

Description: This is a four-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 10/26/2021, 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. Instruction and demonstration of the dressing of a full dress salmon fly from the Victorian period.

Class Fee: $100 for 4-week course
Material Fee:  $30


10/19/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s):  Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.  When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry Coviello want to give it a try.  There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy.  He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base.  UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess.  Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin.  What helped was the different viscosities, Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications.  The think was perfect for this fly.  After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/19/2021
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

WC01 Beginning Fly Tying for Women
Workshop

Presenter(s): Gretchen and Al Beatty

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:30 to 10:30 PM ET. If you want to learn to tie your own flies, this is your class. The Beattys will take you through the basics of tying, starting with a simple pattern and expanding on the knowledge from the previous class.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/20/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT03 FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Workshop - Orange Partridge Soft Hackle
Workshop

Presenter(s): Mike Swederska, Sr

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Wednesday from 9/22/2021 through 10/20/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. This Fly Fishers International (FFI) Fly Tying Skills Awards Program is an educational program for all FFI members who care to take part. The Awards Program is managed for and on behalf of the FFI by the Fly Tying Group of the FFI. Three awards (i.e., Bronze, Silver and Gold) are offered for demonstrated skill in fly tying that require submittal of fly collections for evaluation and review. Each collection involves mastery of increasing diversity and complexity of tying methods and materials used. In the process of this Bronze Award Program, a tier will learn and use many important fly tying techniques, use a variety of materials and learn a number of effective fly patterns. Upon successful completion of the Bronze Award program, tiers will receive an FFI Bronze Fly Tying Award Certificate, and FFI Bronze Award Pin, and the accomplishment will be recognized in the FFI Website.

This workshop will cover all 5 required flies and show what the Evaluator is looking for.  We will go over the proportions and materials needed to pass the Bronze Award.

Materials needed:

  • Rooster pheasant center tail
  • Badger rooster hackle or brown or variant substitute
  • Saddle hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Marabou
  • Guard Hair from hare’s mask
  • Light and dark hare’s ear dubbing
  • Brown mottled turkey quill section
  • Chenille
  • Orange floss
  • Fine silver wire
  • Oval Gold Tinsel
  • Fine gold wire
  • Medium copper wire
  • Lead or non-Lead (tin based) wire
  • Mottled Brown Partridge hackle


Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/22/2021

 Pre-Expo Auction - 10/22/2021 to 10/31/2021
Auction

Description: 


10/25/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Resin Sand Eel - Saltwater (new)
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award.  He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/26/2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FFS01 Comprehensive Introduction to Fly Fishing
Workshop

Presenter(s): Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET. This workshop is designed for a person who is beginning their fly fishing journey or a person who has been away from fly fishing for a considerable amount of time. This workshop will be very comprehensive and will include topics such as fly fishing equipment, selecting a fly rod and reel, fly line-leader-tippet, casting, knots, rigging, selecting a fly, prepare for a fly fishing trip, set the hook, play the fish, handle the fish, revive the fish, release the fish, fish behavior, fish habitat, reading water, stream anatomy, entomology safety, etiquette, and more. This same workshop is normally presented as a 10-week class at a local college; but will be presented in 5 weeks for the Virtual Expo.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/26/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s):  Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.  When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry Coviello want to give it a try.  There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy.  He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base.  UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess.  Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin.  What helped was the different viscosities, Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications.  The think was perfect for this fly.  After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


10/26/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT04 Classic Salmon Fly
Workshop

Presenter(s): Eric Austin

Description: This is a four-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 10/26/2021, 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. Instruction and demonstration of the dressing of a full dress salmon fly from the Victorian period.

Class Fee: $100 for 4-week course
Material Fee:  $30


10/26/2021
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

WC01 Beginning Fly Tying for Women
Workshop

Presenter(s): Gretchen and Al Beatty

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:30 to 10:30 PM ET. If you want to learn to tie your own flies, this is your class. The Beattys will take you through the basics of tying, starting with a simple pattern and expanding on the knowledge from the previous class.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


11/1/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FT01 Flies of the Silver Award - Merkin Crab - Saltwater (new)
Workshop

Presenter(s): Jerry Coviello

Description: This is a nine-week workshop running every Monday from 9/6/2021 through 11/1/2021, 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET. Jerry Coviello will teach the flies for the Silver Fly Tying Award. He will go over a different fly each week and explain how to tie it and what the Fly Tying Award Evaluator is looking for. He will explain the new flies that were added to the award and what is coming soon to the award.

For the Silver Fly Tying Award, participants are required to present three examples of each of the six required patterns from the nine required patterns listed. The Ginger Quill is a mandatory fly to tie as one of your six patterns.

Prerequisite for this class is to have earned the FFI Bronze Fly Tying Skill Award.

Class Fee: $225 for 9-week course
Material Fee:  $0


11/2/2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FFS01 Comprehensive Introduction to Fly Fishing
Workshop

Presenter(s): Dutch Baughman

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET. This workshop is designed for a person who is beginning their fly fishing journey or a person who has been away from fly fishing for a considerable amount of time. This workshop will be very comprehensive and will include topics such as fly fishing equipment, selecting a fly rod and reel, fly line-leader-tippet, casting, knots, rigging, selecting a fly, prepare for a fly fishing trip, set the hook, play the fish, handle the fish, revive the fish, release the fish, fish behavior, fish habitat, reading water, stream anatomy, entomology safety, etiquette, and more. This same workshop is normally presented as a 10-week class at a local college; but will be presented in 5 weeks for the Virtual Expo.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0


11/2/2021
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FT02 Featured Flies Using UV Resin
Workshop

Presenter(s):  Jerry Coviello

Description:  This is a six-week workshop running every Tuesday from 9/21/2021 through 11/2/2021 (no class on 9/28), 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.  When UV resins first came out for fly tying, Jerry Coviello want to give it a try.  There were epoxy flies he wanted to tie but never did because he didn't want to deal with the wait, mess, and curing of epoxy.  He saw vises from tiers that used epoxy to tie their saltwater flies and the mess it made on the vise jaws and base.  UV resins eliminated the wait and some of the mess.  Here is an epoxy substitute that dried in seconds.

His first attempt was tying an Ultra Shrimp, the shellback of the shrimp used UV Resin.  What helped was the different viscosities, Thin, Thick, and Flex UV Resins, for different applications.  The think was perfect for this fly.  After playing with it, he was completely satisfied with the results.

Jerry picked a series of flies that use the different viscosities that Solarez manufactures.

Class Fee: $125 for 6-week course
Material Fee:  $0


11/2/2021
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

WC01 Beginning Fly Tying for Women
Workshop

Presenter(s): Gretchen and Al Beatty

Description: This is a five-week workshop running every Tuesday from 10/5/2021 through 11/2/2021, 8:30 to 10:30 PM ET. If you want to learn to tie your own flies, this is your class. The Beattys will take you through the basics of tying, starting with a simple pattern and expanding on the knowledge from the previous class.

Class Fee: $125 for 5-week course
Material Fee:  $0