Monday, July 31, 2023

August 14th fly tying - Cats Whisker

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, August 14, 2023

6:30 pm - tying session begins
5:30 pm - casting outside, weather permitting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month's fly is the Cats Whisker, created by David Train of England in 1985. Like it's first cousin the Fluff Butt, the Whisker consists of a chenille body and marabou tail but with the addition of a marabou underwing. The original pattern didn't have bead chain or lead eyes, and had a tendency for the underwing to foul. To solve this, Train added four stiff whiskers from his cat to keep the underwing in place. Thus the name!

There are many variations of this fly over the years, and a wide range of species that eats this fly. If it has fins and gills and swims, it'll eat a Cats Whisker.  Many different colors can be used for the body, tail and underwing as well.

Because it's an easy-to-tie pattern, we encourage all novices or those interested in getting into fly tying to attend this session. The club has spare tools for use during meetings, and all materials are provided.

As always, we broadcast the sessions live via Zoom for those who cannot attend. The sessions are later posted on YouTube for future reference on the Kisatchie Fly Fishers YT channel. If you would like to join the Zoom but do not have the link, please email Bill Morrison.