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Seminars

I'm excited to announce the schedule for our 2017 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 8th,  Saturday 14th,  Saturday 21st,  Saturday 28th   ~   9:00am  -  11:00am
Instructor:  Mark Drummond
Cost: $40.00 per student

2nd - 4 Day Class:  February ~  Saturday 11th,  Saturday 18th,  Sunday 26th,  March Saturday 4th ~ 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 50 years of rod building and have been instructing at our shop for the past 15 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.

1st Class

1st Class Instructor:  Mark Drummond
Date:   January 29th, February 5th, 12th ,  make up day Feb.19th      
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
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 still ties thousands of exceptional flies for our shop each year.

Date: January 7th     
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


TOPHER BROWNE ~
ATLANTIC SALMON & WEST COAST STEELHEAD FLIES
Topher is a FFF Master Certified Casting Instructor and is one of three casting experts featured in the instructional DVD, Spey to Z. He has fished for Atlantic salmon in all of the Canadian provinces where they are found as well as Iceland, Norway, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. He has fished for Steelhead on the Skagit, Sauk, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Snake and Methow rivers in Washington, the Grande Ronde in Oregon, the Clearwater in Idaho, and the Skeena, Copper and Kitimat in British Columbia. He has written two books, Atlantic Salmon Magic, and 100 best Flies for Atlantic Salmon and also writes for the Atlantic Salmon Journal, Trout and Salmon magazine, Chasing Silver magazine and Swing The Fly magazine. Topher is considered to be the most knowledgeable and talented spey casting instructor in the Northeast. What many people don’t know about Topher is that he is a very accomplished fly tier. As a young man he spent hours at the vise in Warren “Dunc” Duncan’s fly shop in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It was under Dunc’s repetitive tutelage that Topher was able to put the final polish on his Salmon fly tying skills. We are excited to be able to offer a fly tying class taught by him.

Date: February 25th, 2017
Time: 9:00am till 4:00pm ~ Full Day Class
Cost: $75.00 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

 

RICH STROLIS ~ TROUT FLIES
Rich Strolis started as a guide on the ever popular Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Connecticut. He later transitioned his work to commercial tying, speaking engagements and teaching many facets of both fly fishing and fly tying across the Northeast and Eastern seaboard. His fly patterns although based out of the Northeast, have a strong following and relevancy across the globe and have been tied and fished by many as a result of his library of online videos. He is a signature fly designer for the Montana Fly Company, which currently produces twenty two of his patterns. His patterns have appeared in several national magazines and books, including Flyfisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Strip Set, Fusion Tying, Caddisflies and 50 Best Places, Fly Fishing The Northeast to name a few.   His first book was released in January 2016, Catching Shadows tying flies for the toughest fish and strategies for fishing them which details a wide cross section of his patterns. Rich is a very well rounded trout fisherman, but his passion lies in chasing trophy trout and various other apex predators on streamers. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Tessa and Nora.  You can see more of his work at his website,  www.catchingshadows.com.

Date: March 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00am till 4:00pm ~ Full Day Class
Cost: $100.00 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

 

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

 
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 a new addition this year to our great list of instructors. His name is DJ Lovett. DJ has been an obsessed saltwater fly fisherman for the past ten years. He chases stripers from the time they arrive in the spring until the water hits 60 degrees; he then turns his focus to sharks and the ever elusive bluefin tuna. Since I first met DJ I’ve watched his tying ability progress rapidly. I hired him to tie his beautiful striper flies for the shop not long after that.

 

            We have several returning instructors that have new flies to teach, including Jeff Faulkner, James Browne, Travis Shipman, Joe Julian, Barry Hayes and Dave Parent. 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 14th  ~   Barry Hayes ~ Trout ~ Classic Wet Flies

January 21st  ~  DJ Lovett ~ Striper Flies ~ Squid and the Top Secret Streamer 

January 28th  ~  JoeJulian ~ Trout ~ Dry Flies

February 4th  Travis Shipman ~ Striper Flies ~ Crabs to Peanuts

February 11thDaveParent ~ Trout ~ Caddis Life Cycle

February 18th  ~  James Browne ~ Striper Flies  

March 4th  ~   JeffFaulkner ~ Muskie Flies ~ Gargantuan Wolf Magnets

March 18th  ~   Joe Calcavecchia ~ Striper Flies

March 25th  ~  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

 

13th ANNUAL FREEZE UP
I want to invite everyone to our 13th 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 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 and the winner will 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 MousamRiver where there are brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, and sea run trout. This is a great gathering of fly fishers and always a festive event. If you plan to attend and fish, don’t forget to get your 2017 Maine fishing license.     

Date; January 8th  
Time: First light till late afternoon or so.
Location: Rogers Park (Rogers Pond), off of Water Street, KennebunkMaine. 
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.

 

STRIPER SCHOOL
Instructors; Jim Bernstein & Jeff Faulkner

Jim has been manager of Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop since its inception in 1992. Jeff Faulkner started working at the shop in 1995 which was 2 years after he became a Maine Guide and started guiding for striped bass. Combined they have almost 50 years of experience chasing striped bass with a fly. Both of them have helped Lou Tabory teach this Striper School and increased their knowledge of striped bass under his tutelage since the schools beginning over 20 years ago. During the first day of this seminar we will teach students about the many intricacies of fly fishing for striped bass; we will also be teaching students the fine art of fly-casting. The second day of this seminar will be spent on the water putting the previous day's theories into practice.

Date: June 10th & 11th, 2017
Class Size Limited to 10 Students
Cost: $300.00/student*
Day One: 9:00am till 4:00pm
Day Two: Early am till noonish

*Includes coffee, beverage, muffins and lunch for both days.


ELDREDGE BROS. 14th ANNUAL FLY FISHING EXPO
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. MARCH 25th, 2017