Beginning Fly Tying Class #1

  • 26 May 2021
  • 07 Jul 2021
  • 6 sessions
  • 26 May 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 02 Jun 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 09 Jun 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 16 Jun 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 30 Jun 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 07 Jul 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Virtual over Zoom
  • 0


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The club's president Xavier Carbonnet has recruited sometime guide, fervent fly fisher, and instructor extraordinaire BILL SCHARNINGHAUSEN to teach a Beginners' course in the art of Fly Tying, for trout species in particular.  Students will learn how to tie each of these super successful flies:  Wooly Buggers, Hare's Ear nymphs, Bird's Nest nymphs, and the Elk Hare Caddis and Adams dry flies.  The knowledge and skills gained in this course will allow the student to go on and experiment with tying any number of flies from recipes found in countless books and online.  This class will expose you to the wonderfully relaxing and often addicting world of fly tying, while allowing you to begin filling your fly boxes with flies of your own creation.  There may be no more satisfying experience than fooling a big trout into eating a fly you designed and tied yourself!

Until further notice, all Beginning Fly Tying Lessons will be conducted in Zoom meetings. A Zoom invitation will be sent out to each registered student before each session.

This class will have 6 sessions on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:00PM.  The first session will be held on Weds., May 26, 2021 and on the following Wednesday evenings for five more successive weeks (except for skipping the week of June 23) through Weds., July 8.

This class will be limited to 10 students in order to provide one-on-one online instruction, with a waiting list auto-generated after that limit is reached.

The $100 registration fee for this course is non-refundable.

Students will need to quickly procure their own tying vise, tools, and materials listed below, either all at once or piecemeal for the fly pattern being tied in each of the last 5 sessions. Lost Coast Outfitters fly shop in San Francisco (540 Jackson St., 415.483.2278, open to 6pm) is prepared to provide all the required equipment and materials needed (listed below), and answer any questions.  There are a limited number of club-owned fly tying vises available for loan from GGACC (see contact below).

The first session will be a general review of fly tying and how to use the required tools, including how to load a bobbin, use a vise, whip finish, etc. Subsequent classes will involve the actual tying of a specific fly pattern in each session (in the order of flies listed below).

For the basic tools, students will need the following:



Whip finish tool


Hair stacker


Head cement

Hackle pliers

Thread - black 6/0

Hooks, additional threads, and tying materials needed for each fly pattern are as follows:

Woolly Bugger:

Hook: TMC 5263 size: 12-2
Thread: 6/0, black or color to match body 
Tail: Marabou (color to match body) 
Body: Chenille, medium size (various colors like black, olive, brown, etc.) 
Hackle: Rooster saddle, color to compliment body color (most common colors are: black, grizzly, olive, brown) 
Optional components: lead wire, beadhead, eyes, conehead beads, flashabou, krystal flash or just about anything else you can think of!

Hares Ear Nymph:

Hook: TMC 3761, (TMC 5262 -this size w/ beadhead), TMC 200R, size: 8-18 

Thread: 6/0 for size 12-8; 8/0 for size 14-18; (brown, black, tan or color to match body) 

Weight: lead wire, (size should be diameter of hook shank) 
Tail: Small "clump" of hare's ear fur (partridge hackle fibers, pheasant tail fibers or goose biots can also be used) 

Rib: Gold tinsel or wire (small or fine) 

Body/Thorax: Dubbed hares ear mixture or substitute like squirrel (natural, tan, brown, gray, etc.) 

Wing Case: Turkey tail wing (narrow strip) 

Optional components: beadhead, flashabou for wingcase, small diameter flashabou for ribbing, dubbing wax 

Birds Nest Nymph:

Hook: TMC 3761, alternates:TMC 2457 or 2487, size: 10-18

Thread: 6/0 for size 10-12; 8/0 for size 14-18; (tan, grey or color to match body)

Weight: Lead wire, (size should be diameter of hook shank)

Tail: Small clump" of Mallard flank, Teal flank, Lemon Woodduck flank, cut from center of feather.

Rib: Copper wire (medium or small diameter depending on hook size)

Body/Thorax: Dubbed Australian opossum (gray, tan, olive) Wing/legs: Mallard flank, Teal flank or Lemon Woodduck flank (color to match body)

Optional components: Beadhead   

Elk Hair Caddis:

HookTMC 100 or TMC 900BL; size: 10-18 
Thread: 6/0 for size 10-12; 8/0 for size 14-18; (color to match body)
Tail: N/A
Rib: small or fine wire, either copper or gold
Body: Antron or similar dry fly dubbing. Colors include: tan, brown, olive, black
Hackle: Dun, grizzly, brown, black (You can use either rooster neck or saddle hackle.)
Wing: Natural elk hair


Hook: TMC 100 orTMC 900BL; size: 10-20

Thread: Black or Gray, 6/0 for size 10-12, 8/0 for size 14-20

Tail: Grizzly, or grizzly and brown hackle fibers, moose body hair

Body: Gray antron or similar dry fly dubbing or natural muskrat

Hackle: Grizzly and brown, rooster neck or saddle hackle Wing: Grizzly hen neck feathers (tips)

For questions about this class, contact Bill Scharninghausen

For arranging for possible loan of a club fly tying vise, contact Fred Virgilio


Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:

General Information:

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Our Mailing Address:  Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  ·  P.O. Box 591476  ·  San Francisco, CA 94159

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