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Eldredge Bros Fly Shop

2020

Fly Tying Class Schedule 

 

 

 

  Happy holidays to all and I hope that you are all well and ready for winter. This is the time of year that I start getting excited about spending time at my tying table filling up my depleted fly boxes with trusty old patterns and creating some new ones. Crank up the wood stove and let the snow fly, it's time to tie! 

       I've just finished the schedule for our winter classes. We have a great list of instructors again this year who have a whole list of new patterns to teach. If you see a class that you really want to take I advise you not to procrastinate about signing up. Most of our classes fill very quickly. If you call and the class you wanted is full please request that your name be put on the waiting list. Life gets crazy at times for all of us and we often have people who have to cancel. The people on the waiting list get the first chance to get in a class when there is an opening. 

  

BEGINNERS FLY TYING CLASS
    Fly tying is a rewarding aspect of fly fishing; catching fish on a fly one has tied themselves adds greatly to the satisfaction of fly fishing. This class is designed to take a student with limited or no tying experience and teach them how to tie effective patterns on their own. The student will learn about the tools required to tie flies and the selection and preparation of materials. You will be taught all of the proper techniques to take a bare hook to the finished fly. From there the class will go on to tie a few proven patterns for fishing in freshwater. The basic techniques learned in this class will be applicable to all types of fly patterns.
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The instructor for this class is Registered Maine Guide Aaron Broaddus. Aaron's profession as a middle school teacher allows him summers off to follow his passion of Fly fishing, Fly tying and guiding people into the great outdoors in search of fish.  

4 Day Class: All Sundays ~ JANUARY 19th, 26th, FEBRUARY 2nd, 9th

Time: 9am till 11am
Instructor: Aaron Broaddus
Cost: $40.00 per student


JOE CORDEIRO ~ FLATWING STYLE FLIES ~ TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
    Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. For the past 11 years he has focused on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing his salt water flies. Growing up near Cape Cod, Joe has been fishing his entire life. Fly fishing has been his main focus for many years. His salt water fly patterns have been tested in New England waters for their imitation of the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of his creations. Joe's style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.
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Date: February 8, 2020
Time: 9:00am till 4:00pm ~ Full Day Class
Cost: $85.00 per Student, Lunch is included
Students must have at least a basic knowledge of fly tying to participate in this class
Classes are limited to 13 students ~ Payment in full is required to hold a space in these classes
All tying materials (except thread) will be supplied ~ Students need only to bring their vises, tools & thread

 

TOM GAGNON - TROUT FLIES ~ TOP TO BOTTOM II
    In his all day class Tom will teach students a number of trout flies he has found effective throughout the season in Montana. While the emphasis will be on dry flies, expect to tie a wide range of patterns from streamers to midges. Tom will introduce you to some new materials and techniques you probably haven't used before that create durable and fish catching flies that are sure to fool fish on your home waters. I've had the pleasure to watch Tom grow as a fly tier since his high school days when he started working at our shop. Tom now lives and guides in Montana. He has tied thousands of exceptional flies for our shop.
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Date: February 15th, 2020
Time: 9:00am till 4:00pm ~ Full Day Class
Cost: $65.00 per Student, Lunch is included
Students must have at least a basic knowledge of fly tying to participate in this class
Classes are limited to 13 students ~ Payment in full is required to hold a space in these classes
All tying materials (except thread) will be supplied ~ Students need only to bring their vises, tools & thread

 

FLY  TYING  JAMBOREES

    Fly Tying Jamborees are 2 hour classes that are taught by local guides, fly shop employees, production fly tiers, or local tiers who excel at the art of fly tying. They will teach students to tie fly patterns that they have confidence fishing. I'm excited about the lineup of tying classes we are offering this year.

    We are excited to have a new instructor joining us this year. Maine Guide and US Coastguard Captain Peter Fallon. Peter grew up fishing saltwater around Cape Cod and started running charter boats in 1986, but didn't begin fly fishing in earnest until college, where he scared a lot of West Branch salmon with some really ugly flies. He returned to his guiding roots in 2004, starting Gillies & Fallon Guide Service in Phippsburg, ME where he focuses on chasing shallow-water striped bass in and around the Kennebec River. A passion for chasing bluefin tuna morphed into an albie obsession and Peter moves his guiding base to Falmouth, MA, for September and October, focusing solely on false albacore. They can eat flies well...and then become highly selective. In his class Peter will share some of the patterns that he relies upon for false albacore around Cape Cod.  

    We have many returning instructors that have new flies to teach. These Tiers have so many killer patterns up their sleeves that their classes never become stale. Each one of them spends almost as much time at the vise as they do on the water. They are constantly creating new patterns or tweaking old ones to fool more fish. Their knowledge of tying materials and flies is surpassed only by their ability to bend those materials to their will and fish those flies effectively in their respective waters. No matter where you fish -- around the corner or around the world -- our instructors will have something new and informative to contribute to your tying and fishing knowledge.

                 

January 4th ~ Travis Johnson ~ Spring Trout Flies 

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January 11th ~ James Browne ~ Striper Flies 

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January 18th ~ Tom Cormier ~ Trout Streamers 

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January 25th ~ Scott Fisher ~ Striper Flies ~ Squid and Sand Lance   

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February 1st ~ Evelyn King ~ Soft Hackles & Flymphs ~ Tying & Fishing Techniques 

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February 8th ~ Joe Cordeiro ~ Full Day Class ~ Flat Wing Style Striper Flies 

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February 15th ~ Tom Gagnon ~ Full Day Class ~ Trout Flies Top to Bottom II 

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February 22nd ~ Ben Whalley ~ Striper Fly ~ The Beast

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February 29th ~ Patrick Brown ~ Steelhead Swinging Patterns 

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March 1st ~ Peter Fallon ~ Albie Flies

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March 7th ~ Travis Shipman ~ Hollows and Gamechangers 

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March 14th   ~ Jeff Faulkner ~ Musky Flies with Bucktail Brushes

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March 21st ~ Joe Calcavecchia ~ Striper Flies

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Time: 1:00pm till 3:00pm on Saturdays except Peter Fallon's class which is on a Sunday 

 

Cost:  Jamborees $15 per student 

 

  Joe Cordeiro full day class $85 

 

  Tom Gagnon full day class $65

 

*Students must have basic knowledge of fly tying to participate in this class

 

*Students must sign up and pay in advance to secure a seat in class

 

*Open seats are available on a first come first serve basis 

 

*Students must bring their own tools, vise, and thread

 

*Demo vises will be available for students who wish to test drive a different vise

 

*Eldredge Bros. will supply all of the tying material, except thread

 

 

PRIVATE CASTING INSTRUCTION

            Most fly fishermen never take a casting lesson when in reality we could all better our casting greatly with just one lesson. If you are just learning to fly fish, a casting lesson will get you started on the right track before you've accumulated years of bad habits. One lesson can also save years of frustration and bad casting. If you've been fly casting for a long time but you just can't seem to increase your casting distance or you constantly get knots (wind knots are not caused by the wind) in your leader or maybe your fly always hits the water behind you, a one hour lesson could work wonders for your casting and fishing. You will not just learn how to cast, you will be shown the mechanics of fly casting and how and why it works. Our goal is to have you come away from your lesson with an improved casting stroke and the ability to diagnose mistakes that may arise in the future and correct them using the knowledge gained from that lesson.

 

COST:  $50.00 / Hour / Per Person or Group ~ By Appointment

 

SPEY CASTING CLASS
         For many years now we have been hosting full day Spey Casting classes taught Topher Brown. Our Spey classes are limited to 6 students. All skill levels are welcome. We have a few two handed rod & reel outfits available for those who don't have them. At this time we don't have any dates scheduled but we are taking names on waiting list. This will be a first come first served list so if you are interested please call or email the shop to get on the waiting list. 

 

Dates & Cost: To Be Announced

 

FLOAT TUBE JAMBOREES
         Float Tube Jamborees are festive gatherings of float tubers. We have been doing our Float Tube Jamborees for almost 20 years. Most of our floats are done in the tidal section of the York River. The York is a beautiful tidal river and is perfect for float-tubing due to its light boat traffic. The targeted species will be striped bass, which can be found in all sizes in the river.

Dates & Cost: To Be Announced

 

 

Flies for Kids

Flies for Kids was created because there are many children out there who would love to get into fly fishing and fly tying but they have no one in their life that does either. For the past 6 years Flies for Kids has raised enough money to buy almost 200 fly tying kits at a generous discount from Wapsi. Most of those kits have been given to children who expressed an interest in learning to tie their own flies.

Here is how it works
Fly tiers from around the country donate flies that we put into Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxes donated by Cliff Outdoors and waterproof swing leaf boxes donated by EBFS. As each fly box fills to capacity we add another fly box and start to fill that one.

We sell raffle tickets for chances to win the entire selection of flies and fly boxes that we've accumulated. Tickets are $10.00 each. We draw a winner the night after our Fly Fishing Expo which will be held on March 28th, 2020

Guidelines
     All that we ask of the tiers who donate flies is that they donate new, unused flies. Please don't empty your fly box and send us those old, rusted, chewed up, fished once, flies that you're glad to be rid of. Honestly, we won't use those flies. These flies are meant to attract people to donate by purchasing raffle tickets.

We'd like to thank the hundreds of tiers that have generously donated flies to Flies for Kids over the past 6 years. We'd also like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The money that you spent is as much a donation to the kids as it is a chance to win all of the flies.

    All of your donations may be the catalyst that starts kids on a path to experiencing the wonder and beauty of the great outdoors through fly fishing.

 

Please send flies or money for raffle tickets, including your name, phone number and address to;

Eldredge Bros Fly Shop
P. O. Box 69
1480 US Rt. 1
Cape Neddick, Me. 03902
ATTN: Flies for Kids

Email any questions that you might have to info@eldredgeflyshop.com

 

17th ANNUAL FLY FISHING EXPO ~ MARCH 28th, 2020 

          Come join this festive event held annually here at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop. Some of the highlights of this all-day event include: Spey casting demonstrations, test casting 100's of fly rods, door prizes, raffles, professional fly tying demos, bamboo rod building demonstrations, representatives from major tackle companies and Maine sporting camps, Maine artist, book signing, chances to win free fly rods and reels, free food and drink, and much more! Stay tuned for more information about this great event.