Long time no posting! While many things were put on a back burner during quarantine, others have just begun!
I’m excited to finally have my YouTube channel up and running and will be sharing many tying tutorials with you in the very near future; so please check out the link and be sure to subscribe!
*Have a pattern you’d love to see me tie for the channel? Feel free to Leave a comment or send me an email and I will put it on the tying list!
Stay safe out there and happy tying!
As this comes as a shock to so many of us at this time, I am deeply saddened to announce the recent passing Robert Hopken on Saturday December 7th, 2019.
Robert, or “Uncle Bob” as some of us in the Guild called him, was not only a great friend but an avid educator of fly tying as well as my teaching partner and co-founder of the Kids on the Fly N.W.N.J. chapter. Being able to pass on his knowledge to new tyers and the next generation was something Bob accomplished not only through tying at shows and our sessions in NJ; but through a kids tying session that was held before our Catskill Fly Tyers Guild meetings.
If there was one thing that Bob felt strongly about, it was education and while I will be continuing our “Kids on the Fly” tying sessions in both NJ and the Catskills; at this time both programs have been put on hold until further notice.
It was an honor to have taught beside him for the last few years. He will be deeply missed.
I have enclosed a link with details for the service from the family below.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 2-4 & 7 – 9 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff NJ
While my website is still undergoing a facelift and a little rearranging, I wanted to send out a handful of updates. This weekend August 10th , 2019 is the Dette Flies Open House! I will be tying flies along with Fred Klein and Mike Beckley so stop on over to their new shop in Livingston Manor, NY for a day of food, fun and fly tying; then stay for the pig roast!
Spey dayz will be held August 17th at the Firemen’s Field in Hancock, NY from 9am to 4pm. There will be presentations and vendors as well as many of us tying flies around the event so stop on by and see what Spey Dayz is all about!
Quill Body Soft Hackle is up on the Dette Flies website!
And because you can never have too many soft hackles; the winter issue of Fly Tyer Magazine featured my article on working with Quill bodies. It has troubleshooting along with different patterns to help you try your hand at working with quill bodies. While I’m a huge fan of paper publications, If you don’t already have a copy you can click the photos below to go to their website and checkout a slightly different digital version.
First and foremost I would like to apologize for my absence on this blog. A lot has gone on over the last year and while I look forward to sharing all of that with you in the near future, I am now in the process of finding a better way to re-organize and lay out this website for ease-of-use. So please bare with me a little bit longer as I sort out the kinks to the site.
Now Onto the fly tying!
Please Join me this Monday, March 25th at 6:30pm for another free fly tying class at Ramsey Outdoor Stores in Succasunna, NJ! I will be teaching three or four simple fly patterns for early trout fishing. The class is free and you only need to bring your vise, tools and some thread (olive, tan and black are good choices in 6/0 or 8/0; all other materials will be supplied.
Are you thinking about heading straight from work? Is it possible you may not have time to grab all of your stuff?? Have no fear! I will be bringing 8 Regal Vises and Tool kits with me that you’ll be available to use during the class on a first come first serve basis, so stop on over!
The art work for the poster is finished and the tables are being set up for this weekends event!
I will be tying flies and selling some of my fly tying scrap bins this Saturday March 24, 2017 at Tie One On in Syracuse! Stop on over and see the many Tyers and presentations going on throughout the day!
” I didn’t think this would ever be something that I could become so quickly addicted to, but after taking your beginners fly tying course; I’m hooked! I will admit I was a little bit nervous when I arrived since I had never tied…