Last night we gathered at Fore River Brewing Company in South Portland for the second Maine Bar Fly of the season. The theme was "Half & Halfs" which was taught be Shaun Baggitt. Two variations were done - a saltwater one for striped bass, bluefish, etc and the other was a freshwater crayfish imitation for trout/bass. This was the first time that we had tied using bucktail. Although probably my favorite material to tie with, it can be tricky not only for beginners, but logistically for large groups. But, everyone prevailed and tied some super fishy patterns!
Continuing the effort with Project Healing Waters, we were able to raffle off some good items including a fully guided day on the water targeting striped bass with Kevin Stone of Old Oak Outfitters - a very generous offering! All proceeds again will go towards PHWFF and specifically their local chapter. This will be true for the remainder of the Maine Bar Flies this season, so at the end of these events I will be able to give back to a wonderful organization.
The great people at Fore River Brewing put up with us again and provided a great place to gather, tell stories, and learn some new tying techniques. They always have great beer including a newer brown ale called All Hands and Timberhitch which is a red ale. I enjoyed both quite a bit!
The next Maine Bar Fly will be taught by Nate Wight and we will be doing Euro style nymphs on jig hooks! Stay tuned for more info. It will take place in January, but date is not confirmed. If you have not signed up for the email list. You can do so HERE. I will be sending out an email with specifics through there.
Hope to see you at the next one!
(Shaun Baggit checking himself out on the big screen above)
Words + Photos By: Josh Thelin