The passing of Robert Hopken

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
https://vpfh.com/tribute/details/4088/Robert-Hopken/obituary.html#tribute-start

The Dette Flies Open House, Spey Days and more Quill bodies!

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!

Dette Flies Open House!

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!

Spey Dayz! August 17th at Firemen’s Field in Hancock, NY

Quill Body Soft Hackle is up on the Dette Flies website!

Quill Body Soft Hackle Tutorial

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.

Working with Quill Bodies in Fly Tyer Magazine
Working with Quill Bodies in Fly Tyer Magazine

It’s been a while.. but I’m back! And there’s a Free fly tying class March 25th!

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!

Upcoming Event: Tie One On- Syracuse, NY March 24, 2018

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!

 

 

Free Regal Fly Tying Class! March 4th 2018

Regal Tying

❄️When the snow is falling and the rivers are high there’s no better way to shake off that cabin fever than by tying a few new patterns to stock those boxes. ❄️

I will be teaching two patterns this Sunday, March 4 at Ramsey outdoor in Succasunna New Jersey and the class is free!  Just bring your vise and tools and come on down!

Class starts at 10am!

The Succasunna location is:

281 Route 10 East
Succasunna, NJ 07876

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