Classic Wet Flies Fly Tying Class with Don Bastian

News — By on February 2, 2012 6:00 pm

Classic Wet FliesFly Tying Class Instructed by Don Bastian

February 3 – 5, 2012
Fishing Creek Angler Fly Shop& Bed & Breakfast

314 St. Gabriel’s Road
Benton PA 17814
[email protected]

Fishing Creek Angler provides a perfect location in a lovely north central Pennsylvania rural setting for a winter weekend fly tying class. The Fishing Creek Angler Bed & Breakfast is beautifully appointed with solid wood walls, floors, and trim, with an open cathedral ceiling and spacious Great Room and dining area. There are four bedrooms to accommodate eight guests. Participants can enjoy the fly shop, bed & breakfast, and classroom without leaving the building. Bring your slippers!

These classes provide an educational and fun opportunity to learn from Don Bastian’s instructional expertise, experience, knowledge, and specific wet fly techniques acquired during 47 years of fly tying. A wide variety of specialized procedures for tying classic wet flies will be presented in this class.

➢ Wings – quill, mixed, married, herl, flank feather; featuring Don’s proprietary wing quill method.
➢ Seven body materials & types; multiple methods of applying hackle and tails.
➢ Tips, tricks, & techniques for working with floss, tinsel, wing quills, goose shoulder, other materials.
➢ Proper proportions, material selection, grading, application, & use.
➢ Instructional expertise to help solve your fly tying problems, challenges, and difficulties.

Package price of this class is $350.00 based on double-occupancy, and includes room tax. 50% deposit required to secure reservation. Credit cards accepted. Call or e-mail Fishing Creek Angler to make your reservation. Package Price Includes:

➢ Friday evening dinner featuring Mary-Ann’s lasagna with salad, garlic bread & home made dessert.
➢ Full breakfast of bacon, eggs any style, and toast – Saturday & Sunday.
➢ Lunch on Saturday.
➢ Lee’s Saturday evening steak Bar-B-Q with baked potato, salad, & home made dessert.
➢ Two nights double occupancy lodging at the Fishing Creek Angler Bed & Breakfast.
➢ Relaxing evenings in the B & B with your favorite libation; lots of fly tying talk and informal tying sessions.

Saturday class runs from 9:00 to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch. Sunday session is from 9:00 until noon. Attending students must bring vise, light, tools, and a list of specific materials (provided upon reservation). Check-in is anytime after 1:00 PM on Friday February 3rd. Come early to browse in the Fly Shop or simply relax, meet new friends, tie a few flies, and enjoy your favorite beverage. Feel free to bring beverages of your choice. Contact Don Bastian via e-mail at: [email protected] with specific questions or requests.

Don Bastian has forty-eight years fly tying experience including a decade long stint as a commercial tyer. He has nearly 765 classic wet fly, streamer, and bucktail patterns published in the book Forgotten Flies. Many of Don’s classic wets can be seen on the Complete Sportsman webpage His first fly tying video, Tying Classic Wet Flies was released in November 2004. In August 2007 two more Don Bastian DVD’s were released – Advanced Classic Wet Flies, and Traditional Streamers and Bucktails. Don has a feature wet fly article in the 2010 print issue of Hatches magazine, and Don’s Ray Bergman Collection, a year-long project, started in September 2010 at He has been a fly tying instructor for over twenty five years. References are available.

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