Monday, October 31, 2022

November 14th tying - Lightning Bug

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, November 14, 2022

6:00pm - Tying Basics
6:30pm - Fly of the Month
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

Since we have several new tyers, we'll have a Basic Skills/New Tyer session at 6:00pm, followed by our regular tying session at 6:30pm. The new tier session will cover the loading the bobbin, securing the hook in the vise, starting thread, maintaining thread tension, basic material tie-in and finishing the fly with a half-hitch.   (Note: this session will not be livestreamed).

Then, at 6:30, we will jump into tying the colorful Lightning Bug.  This fly is also an effective fish catcher for both trout and bluegill. One look at the fly and you realize the origin of its name. The great thing about the Lightning Bug is it lends itself to endless customization.

As always, all materials other than thread will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for beginners to use during the session. The color schemes we'll use are pink or red in sizes 70 denier or 8/0. We'll have a few spools of red thread for those who don't have these colors. 

Material list:

  • Hook:  #12 jig hook or standard nymph hook
  • Bead:  1/8” slotted tungsten bead (jig hook) or standard bead (for nymph hook)
  • Thread:  70 denier or 8/0 in your color choice.
  • Tail and Legs:  Pheasant tail – natural or brown
  • Body and Wingcase:  Large holographic tinsel in your color choice
  • Ribbing:  Brassie size wire in your color choice
  • Thorax:   Two strands of strung peacock

For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email. For YouTube participants, search for "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" on YT.

We look forward to sharing our final fly pattern of 2022, so do come out and join us for a fun tie!