RIDGWAY – When I was a kid, I’d read columns in Field & Stream about fishermen with not a whole lot to do in the wintertime sitting around a potbelly stove tying flies and swapping tall tales.
RIGS Fly Fishing Shop in Ridgway will be recreating that reverie this winter, minus the potbelly, with free fly-tying seminars from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. (Winter hours for the shop are Saturdays only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Each week, RIGS’ owner, Tim Patterson, is inviting regional fly-tying masters to come share their techniques.
The first seminar, Dec. 4, will feature 30-year hobbyist and commercial fly tier Kurt Zelazny from Montrose. Patterson described Zelazny as “great for any an all questions about tying, entomology and fishing.” And “he’s lived the life of an avid fly fisherman.”
Patterson said the fly section of the shop “has also expanded, added new tying materials to be the most comprehensive in the region – everything from new hook styles to the latest and greatest in dubbing, beads, tools and hackle.”
The week-two seminar, on Saturday, Dec. 11, will feature Gunnison River guide, and Austin resident, Gale Doudy. Week three, the expert will be Matt McCannel, a full-time guide and manager of RIGS.
“Matt started tying flies at the age of 10,” according to Patterson. “He hails from the world of commercial tying and is a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.
“We’ll have coffee and a good time these winter Saturdays,” Patterson said. “Come on down.”
Future seminar guests and schedules will be posted on-line at RIGS’ site: www.fishrigs.com