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Seminars

I'm excited to announce the schedule for our 2018 Seminars. 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. Now that the warm weather months have come to an end and we're all staring down a long 4 months of cold days, our classes offer a chance to get out of the house and share in the camaraderie of our sport. A few hours or a day spent in our comfortable classroom with kindred souls can help shed the winter blues and add to your success on your next fishing adventure.

All of our classes have been very popular and tend to fill to capacity quickly. If you see a class that you would like to take we suggest that you sign up early to reserve a seat. Payment in full is required at the time of sign up to hold a space in any of the classes.  


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.

1st - 4 Day Class:  January ~ Sunday 7th,  Saturday 13th,  Saturday 20th,  Saturday 27th, 2018  ~   9:00am  -  11:00am
Instructor:  Mark Drummond
Cost: $40.00 per student

2nd - 4 Day Class:  February ~  Saturday 10th,  Saturday 17th,  Sunday 25th,  March Saturday 3rd, 2018  ~  9:00am  -11:00am
Instructor:  Barry Hayes
Cost: $40.00 per student

 

ROD BUILDING CLASS
            Our rod building seminars are taught by Mark Drummond and Jim Bernstein. They have a combined experience of over 60 years of rod building and have been instructing at our shop for the past 17 years. At one time Mark built rods for Joe Sterling's fly shop in Danforth, Maine. During this seminar students will learn all of the proper techniques for building a custom rod. Some of the techniques taught will be: Selecting the right blank and components, splining blanks, attaching tip-tops, thread wrapping, cork drilling and gluing, filing guide feet, signing rods, applying finish, and attaching reel seats. Cork grips will be made by gluing multiple cork rings together and then shaping on a lathe so that it custom-fits comfortably your hand. Past students have expressed that this was the most satisfying part of building a custom fly rod.

         
Class Instructor:  Mark Drummond

Date:   January 28th, February 4th, 11th ,  make up day Feb.18th ~ 2018
Time:  9:00am  -  4:00pm
Cost:  $50.00  If blank and components are bought at E.B.F.S
Cost:  $200.00  If student provides blank and components
Class size limited to 4 students

 

TOM GAGNON  -  TROUT FLIES ~ TOP TO BOTTOM ~ FULL DAY CLASS
            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 tyer 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.

Date: January 6th, 2018
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

 

SCOTT FISHER ~ ESSENTIAL NORTHEAST SALTWATER BAITFISH FLIES ~ FULL DAY CLASS
Scott is one of those rare people who can find intimate detail in things many people would consider mundane. He has applied that ability to his inspection of all the fish foods he can get his hands on. His photograph database of these fish foods goes back more than twenty years and could fill volumes and I'm hopeful they someday will. Scott was a friend to the late Jack Gartside and shared many fishing adventures with him. Under Jack's tutelage Scott learned many of the intricacies of making flies to imitate all types of fish food and like Jack, Scott is very innovative in his fly designs and in his use of common materials. With his ability as an artist he brought all of these influences together to create some of the most deadly fly patterns, most of which he's kept secret for years.  I knew Scott for ten years before he showed me one pattern...just one.  It was a jaw dropping moment. During Scott's full day class on February 3rd he'll be "letting some cats out of the bag". Scott will be teaching students how to tie flies that imitate northeast saltwater baitfish.

Date: February 3rd, 2018
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

 

MICHAEL DECOTEAU ~ SWINGING FLIES FOR STEELHEAD AND TROUT ~ FULL DAY CLASS
            When Michael started fishing for steelhead it was only natural that he would use his great talents as an artist and fly tier to create stunning steelhead patterns for swinging.  He has fished the Great Lakes tributaries from the Ohio/Michigan border to the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY.  His beautiful fly patterns for Great Lakes steelhead can be seen on the Steelhead Alley Tying Blog and in Jay Nicholas and Rob Russell’s new book “Modern Steelhead Flies”. Michael is a Signature Tier for HMH Vises. He has owned and operated his fly tying and fly art company RedSpotFly, and has been a guide for Greg Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters and for Reel Action Fly Fishing’s Alaska lodge

Date: February 24th, 2018
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

 

JOE CORDEIRO ~ FLATWING STYLE FLIES ~ TIPS AND TECHNIQUES ~ FULL DAY CLASS
           
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 10 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.

Date: March 10th, 2018
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

 

Fly Tying Jamborees

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Fly Tying Jamborees are 2 or 3 hour classes that are taught by local guides, fly shop employees, production fly tyers, or local tyers 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 have several returning instructors that have new flies to teach, including Barry Hayes, Travis Shipman, Tom Cormier, Dave Parent, James Browne, Jeff Faulkner, Joe Julian, and Joe Calcavecchia.  These guys 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 13th   ~   Barry Hayes ~ Early Season Nymphs & Wets

January 20st   ~  Travis Shipman ~ Effective All Season Flies for Maine Stripers

January 27th   ~  Tom Cormier ~ Non-Traditional Trout Flies


February 10th  ~  Dave Parent ~ Woven Nymphs


February 17th  ~  James Browne ~ Striper Flies


March 3th   ~   Jeff Faulkner ~ Alewife Patterns for all Fish Species


March 17th   ~   Joe Julian  ~  Trout Flies


March 24th  ~  Joe Calcavecchia ~ Striper Flies  


March 31
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  ~  Eldredge Bros. Fly Fishing Expo


Time:
   1:00pm till 3:00pm on Saturdays
Cost:   $15.00 / per student

*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 tying material, except thread

 

14th ANNUAL FREEZE UP
            I want to invite everyone to our 14th Annual Freeze Up event. This is an event we do in partnership with maineflyfish.com. The Freeze Up is a celebration of the beginning of a new year of fly fishing. Kevin McKay and I will be there at first light with the grills fired up making coffee and breakfast sandwiches till the eggs run out. There will also be many other people there with all types of food. We’ll have a casting competition for adults and youths and the winners will each be awarded an Echo fly rod. We’ll also have a tying competition and the winner will receive a 4 hour guided striper trip with Maine Guide and Captain Mark Drummond. And there is fishing!! The event is held on the banks of the Mighty Mousam River where there are brown trout, brook trout and sea run trout. This is a great gathering of fly fishers and always a festive event. Bring the whole family! If you plan to attend and fish, don’t forget to get your 2018 Maine fishing license.     

Date; January 7th, 2018
Time: First light till late afternoon or so.
Location: Rogers Park (Rogers Pond), off of Water Street, Kennebunk Maine. 
Rain or Snow date: There is no rain or snow date. We do this event no matter what the conditions. A few years ago we did it during a horrendous blizzard and 40 people showed up and we all had a blast.

 

Private Casting Instruction
         Most fly fishers never take a casting lesson when in reality we could 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.  

Instructor ~ Jim Bernstein 
By Appointment / Cost: $50.00 / Hour

 

SPEY CASTING CLASS
          For many years now we have been hosting full day Spey Casting classes taught by local experts. 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.

 

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.

Date: To Be Announced
Cost: FREE


14th ANNUAL FLY FISHING EXPO  ~  MARCH 31st, 2018
            Come join this festive event held annually here at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop.  Some of the highlights of this all-day event include: Antique tackle appraisals, 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, chances to win free fly rods and reels, free food and drink, and much more! Stay tuned for more information about this great event.