We had an awesome time last night at Maine Beer Company! Not only was this the first time that we have done a M.B.F. at Maine Beer Company, but we also did our first one during a weekend. So it was a first for a couple of reasons! We had a great turnout even considering the possible conflict with the Patriots game! Haha.
We were reminded of the changing season yesterday as light flurries of snow dusted the parking lot as we started to setup the room for the night.
The two patterns that we tied last night were the Golden Retriever and the Golden Stonefly (on a jig hook). We talked about the various techniques for fishing these flies and why they are important and popular flies for fly fishing in Maine. Like most of the Maine Bar Flys, our effort is to try and teach fundamentals in fly tying which allows the participant to go home and not only repeat what they learned but also apply it to other patterns and/or ideas. The two patterns that we tied last night are perfect examples of this!
Our last Maine Bar Fly in October was at Oxbow Blending + Bottling in Portland. We apologize for not doing a "recap" of that night, but you can check out our Instagram post here about it:
The raffle last night was generously supplied by Fishpond with their Wind River Rolltop Backpack and a Tacky fly box (plus an All Points Maine hat!). The funds raised will be donated to the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust at the end of the Maine Bar Fly season (end of winter).
The next Maine Bar Fly will be on December 19th at Bissell Brothers in Portland. We will be tying saltwater patterns and the raffle will be for the American Saltwater Guides Association. Hope to see you there!