Monthly Beer Tie Sessions

We have monthly Fly Tying Sessions the 2nd Monday of the month throughout the year.

The next BEER TIE is scheduled for November 12th from 7-9 PM at the Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, MD. You're invited to "Tie" one on with us that evening. Bring your tying gear and get ready for an evening of fun. For those that don't tie, don't worry. We'll have a vice or two free so you can step in and see what its all about. You're also welcome to just sit back and watch or additionally enjoy the food and spirits offered by the Bistro. Please bring cash to pay for your food and spirits as "Checks may not be split up".

Wet Fly Tying Class in November and December

PPTU will be offering a class in tying wet flies later this year, in the Schweinhaut Senior Center (where we hold our regular monthly meetings).  The dates will be November 7, and 14, and December 5, and 12 (all Wednesdays).  Class size will be limited to 20.  Registration is limited to the first 20 people whose checks are received.  Please send checks, made out to PPTU, to: 

Bob Kaiser
2601 Sagebrush Terrace
Silver Spring, MD 20905

Also, so that we can create an email list, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you send the check.

This will be an intermediate class; participants will be expected to have basic tying skills and tools.  Additionally, In order to keep costs down, participants will be expected to provide the following:

  • Hooks – All flies will be tied on size 14 standard size hooks. Recommended hook type is Mustad R50 (available in 50 packs from J. Stockard and other sellers), but any 0x heavy, 0x long, round bend hook will work.
  • A pair of mallard wings.  We'll be using both quills and covert feather from them for a number of the flies.  The wing pairs are cheap, but you can probably share with somebody else. 
  • A "midge" type bobbin holder.  The chapter has some of these, but not enough for everyone.   This is a small bobbin often used for holding the small bobbins of silk thread.  They are available from multiple sources. 

All other materials will be provided.  The cost will be $75.

Methods of fishing wet flies will also be discussed.

Here are some of techniques to be covered, with examples of flies that might be used for each technique:

Thread bodies  (Partridge & Orange)
Game Hackle  (Partridge & Orange, March Brown Flymph, etc)
Poultry Hackles  (Brown Hackle Peacock)
Collar vs. Beard (Dark Hendrickson, Light Cahill, etc)
Rolled Wings  (Dark Hendrickson, Light Cahill, etc)
Paired Quill Wings (Lead Wing Coachman)
Folded Quill Wings (Wickham's Fancy)
Pre-spun flymph bodies (March Brown Flymph)
Dubbed bodies (Dark Hendrickson, Light Cahill, etc)
Darkening Thread with wax (Greenwell's Spider)
Touch dubbing (Waterhen Bloa)
Stewart's hackle around thread/ semi-palmered (Stewart's/Bailey's Black Spider)
Palmering  (Wickham's Fancy)
Emerger Types (Pheasant Tail Sulfur Emerger)

Fly Tying Skills

From time to time information on fly tying will be published here. The information will consist of articles on fly tying techniques and patterns--all generated by members and friends of the Potomac-Patuxant Chaper of Trout Unlimited.

Fly Patterns from the April 2018 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2017 Tying Demonstrations

2017 Fly Tying Meeting Photos

Fly Patterns from the January 2016 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the February 2015 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2014 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2013 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2012 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2011 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2010 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2009 Tying Demonstrations

Fly Patterns from the January 2008 Tying Demonstrations

Miscellaneous Fly Patterns and Tying Related Articles