Bruce Cox, fly fisher and fly tying instructor, will present a four-session workshop on Fly-Tying and Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead. Seating is limited, so registration and $80 payment is required to hold your seat.
Bruce notes that Western Pennsylvania is blessed with access to phenomenal steelhead trout fishing. The tributaries of Lake Erie team with these “Steel Rockets” in the fall and winter months during their annual spawning runs.
For the fly-fisher, it is an unbearably exciting time to hook up with the fish that fill the sports magazines, Internet, and dreams that were once only obtainable by buying a plane ticket and spending thousands of dollars to fish in British Columbia, Alaska, Kamchatka, or in the Northwest states of the USA.
Though public access can be ridiculously crowded at the numerous public access points, thousands of fishers drive north each year to capture the undeniable thrill and feeling of accomplishment of putting a 3 to 12 pound Steelhead in the net.
Class will provide both the novice fly fisher and experienced non-fly fishers with plenty of hands-on instruction. From an introduction into this side of fishing with a fly, to basics for steelhead, and detailed fly-fishing for what some call “Rainbows on Steroids,” we’ll also cover where to fish in PA, equipment preparation, and how to tie some of the flies that the chrome will take in the Lake Erie tributaries.
.Bruce Cox and Jack Tabish will instruct. Four classes 2 1/2 hours each run from 6:30 PM to 9 PM on Wednesdays September 13, 20, 27, and October 4. Fee is $80 and includes materials. Students to supply their own fly tying vice, scissors, half hitch took to, bodkin and Martinelli whip finish tool.
Wednesday, September 13
1, Session one: Introduction to fly-fishing for Great Lakes steelhead
- The fish, where to fish, equipment, reading and flies
- Intro to fly tying
- Basic skills, proctor hook placement, thread jam knot, thread control, half hitch to use
- First fly for steelhead and others
- Eggs one – Objective: single egg technique, Glow bug, half-and-half, nuclear roe
Wednesday, September 20
2. Session two:
- Dressing for steelhead – staying warm and dry
- Eggs two: objectives include basic multiple egg technique
- Sucker spawn, crystal meth, scrambled egg and blood dot
Wednesday, September 27
3. Session three: Streamers/wets – Objective:
- Exposure to the basics of Steelhead fly adaptation,
- Steelhead/Salmon Wet and
- Elementary Spay
4. Session four: Real junk flies and nymphs
Objective: adaptation of nynph techniques for steelhead
San Juan worm, squirmy wormy, mop fly, lively legs stonefly
To reserve your seat, payment of $80 to the Rachel Carson Homestead is expected in advance. You can stop by – we are open on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1:30 pm, by PayPal, or mail a check payable to “RCHA” to RCHA, PO Box 46, Springdale PA 15144.
Email info@RachelCarsonHomestead.org for more information.