Posts tagged: Fly Tying

Recap: Maine Bar Fly at Fore River Brewing (Jan 10th 2018)

Recap: Maine Bar Fly at Fore River Brewing (Jan 10th 2018)

Wednesday January 10th was the second installment of the Maine Bar Fly. Held at Fore River Brewing in South Portland, we watched as Shaun Baggitt guided us through three deadly nymph patterns. The Zebra Midge, Brassie, and Higas SOS were the flies of choice. Sharing similar tying techniques and materials, these three patterns are highly effective in New England - especially in the winter (more on that with an upcoming blog post!). We tied these on size 12 Gamakatsu C12 Scud hooks so that the larger hook would be easier for demonstration purposes and also for those newer to tying.

The wood stove was roaring and the beer steadily flowed. The beer selection at Fore River was great with a lot of various stouts, IPAs, and pale ales that worked perfect for a cold winter night. HMH Vises was kind enough to bring a dolly full of their Spartan vises for everyone (that needed one). So, with ample beverages and fly tying materials people dived into the flies of the night... 

Maine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly Shop

 Maine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly Shop

Maine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly Shop

Maine Bar Fly - Shaun Baggitt - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly ShopMaine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly Shop

Maine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - All Points Fly Shop

Maine Bar Fly - Fore River Brewing - HMH Vises - All Points Fly Shop

The next Maine Bar Fly is scheduled for February 6th at Oxbow Blending and Bottling on Washington Ave in Portland, Maine. Start thinking big flies, big fish.... Tickets will go up on the website for sale soon. Hope to see you there!

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Recap: The First "Maine Bar Fly"

Recap: The First "Maine Bar Fly"

Last night was the first Maine Bar Fly. It was held at Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland, Maine with Aaron Lockwood, of Casco Bay Flies, providing his simple but effective "Laser Bunny" streamer pattern. People gathered, with all various levels of tying experience, to spin up one of Aaron's great flies and enjoy some of the many tasty beers that Oxbow brews right here in Maine. HMH Vises was kind enough to provide all of the loaner vises for those in need and also circled around the room helping tyers out as well. 

Thanks to everyone that came out and enjoyed themselves!

This will be a monthly event held at breweries around Maine, so keep an eye out for information on the next one via email.

Maine Bar Fly - Oxbow

Maine Bar Fly - Oxbow

Maine Bar Fly - OxbowMaine Bar Fly - Oxbow

Words + Photos by: Josh Thelin

(Bottom photo by: Will Schmitt)

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What To Look For When Choosing Bucktail For Fly Tying

What To Look For When Choosing Bucktail For Fly Tying

Here you are - sitting and staring at a rack of bucktails. You want to go home, tie some new patterns for your next trip, but you want to get the best possible product for this next top producing fly you're about to spin up...so, what do you look for?

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