Jump to content
Maine Fly Fish
Sign in to follow this  
Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop

Eldredge Bros Fly Shop 2019 Class Schedule

Recommended Posts

Hello Folks,

       Happy holidays to all and I hope that you are all well and ready for winter. The time is here for annual winter classes. This is the time of year that I start getting excited about spending time at my tying table filling up my depleted fly boxes with trusty old patterns and creating some new ones. Crank up the wood stove and let the snow fly, it's time to tie! 

       I've just finished the schedule for our winter classes. We have a great list of instructors again this year who have a whole list of new patterns to teach. If you see a class that you really want to take I advise you not to procrastinate about signing up. Some of our classes fill very quickly. Last year we filled about 125 seats during the first 24 hours after announcing the seminars. If you call and the class you wanted is full please request that your name be put on the waiting list. Life gets crazy at times for all of us and we often have people who have to cancel. The people on the waiting list get the first chance to get in a class when there is an opening. 

BEGINNERS FLY TYING CLASS
Fly tying is a rewarding aspect of fly fishing; catching fish on a fly one has tied themselves adds greatly to the satisfaction of fly fishing. This class is designed to take a student with limited or no tying experience and teach them how to tie effective patterns on their own. The student will learn about the tools required to tie flies and the selection and preparation of materials. You will be taught all of the proper techniques to take a bare hook to the finished fly. From there the class will go on to tie a few proven patterns for fishing in freshwater. The basic techniques learned in this class will be applicable to all types of fly patterns.

The instructor for this class is Registered Maine Guide Aaron Broaddus. Aaron’s profession as a middle school teacher allows him summers off to follow his passion of Fly fishing, Fly tying and guiding people into the great outdoors in search of fish.   

Day Class:  February ~ Saturday 2nd, Saturday 9th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 24th   ~   9:00am - 11:00am

Instructor:  Aaron Broaddus

Cost: $40.00 per student

JOE CORDEIRO ~ FLATWING STYLE FLIES ~ TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. For the past 10 years he has focused on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing his salt water flies. Growing up near Cape Cod, Joe has been fishing his entire life. Fly fishing has been his main focus for many years. His salt water fly patterns have been tested in New England waters for their imitation of the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of his creations. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.

Date: February 24, 2019
Time: 9:00am till 4:00pm ~ Full Day Class
Cost: $85.00 per Student, Lunch is included
Students must have at least a basic knowledge of fly tying to participate in this class
Classes are limited to 13 students ~ Payment in full is required to hold a space in these classes
All tying materials (except thread) will be supplied ~ Students need only to bring their vises, tools & thread

 FLY  TYING  JAMBOREES
Fly Tying Jamborees are 2 hour classes that are taught by local guides, fly shop employees, production fly tiers, or local tiers who excel at the art of fly tying. They will teach students to tie fly patterns that they have confidence fishing. I'm excited about the lineup of tying classes we are offering this year. We have a few new additions to our great list of instructors this year.

New Instructor Ben Whalley
Ben’s obsession with fly fishing started at the age of 10 when his father taught him the basics with an old 7wt fiberglass fly rod and a box of bass bugs.  He grew up in Brazil where his family ran a ranch for abused and abandoned street children. It was there that he learned to tie flies by scavenging the farm for feathers and hairs. He tied flies that imitated berries to fool the local population of Pacu. Ben moved to Maine in 2003 where his obsession with brook trout and landlocked salmon began. By 2015 he was guiding part time in the Rangeley area and in southern Maine for striped bass. He now spends much of his time sight fishing the flats of Maine for stripers and the flats of the Keys for Tarpon. He is a self-professed spey junkie for trout, steelhead and sometimes stripers.  Ben ties beautiful flies and will be passing on his skills this winter teaching students to tie some of his fishy striper patterns.  Ben’s class is January 12th 

 New Instructor Patrick Brown
Patrick landed his first fly caught brook trout at Grand Lake Stream at the age of 6 on a grasshopper pattern his father bought for him at Grampy’s Gun and Bow. After that he and his older brothers caught trout all over New England thanks to a father who always made time to take his boys fishing. Since those days Patrick’s passion for fly fishing and fly tying has taken him all over the USA and beyond. He has managed two fly shops, guided full time for trout & striped bass and taught hundreds of fly tying classes. After reading an article in Fly Fisherman Magazine in 1998 titled “Steelhead Alley” he made his first trip to Cattaraugus Creek . He spent the next 10 years walking up and down every steelhead river within driving distance, trying every fly fishing tactic to catch them. It wasn’t long before he fell in love with swinging flies with two handed rods. For the past decade he has spent countless hours swinging for steelhead on the Deschutes, Clackamas, Sandy, and Upper Hoe Rivers in Oregon and Washington as well as his favorite New York tributaries. Patrick will be teaching his class to tie three of his most productive steelhead flies. Whether he is swinging out west or in New York, these are his go to patterns.  Patrick’s class is January 19th  

New Instructor Evelyn King
Evelyn has been fly fishing since she was a teenager and describes herself as a “self-confessed fly fishing addict with an equal obsession for aquatic insects and fly tying”. She is a registered Maine Guide, an FFF Certified Casting Instructor and is a founding member of Sebago Trout Unlimited Maine Women Flyfishers Group. Evelyn works as a volunteer every year for Casting for Recovery retreats. Besides fishing her loved waters of Maine she has fished Oregon, Wyoming, Florida, Belize and several Atlantic Salmon Rivers on the Gaspe Peninsula. Over 10 years ago Evelyn and three of her girlfriends started a ‘secret club’ they call CTT (Chicks That Tie) and started tying hundreds of flies together and at workshops. That was about the time I first met Evelyn and the other chicks at our winter seminars where they quickly became the life of the fly tying party. They not only held their own at these seminars but quickly advanced into outstanding fly tiers. Evelyn will be teaching her class to tie three flies that imitate three stages of life of the Hexagenia Limbata. She will also show the movements of these flies in short videos and discuss strategies and techniques for fishing these killer patterns.   Evelyn’s class is March 16th   

We also have many returning instructors that have new flies to teach, including Kevin Mckay, Travis Shipman, Tom Cormier, Scott Fisher, Nick Allen, Joe Cordeiro, Jeff Faulkner, Victor Trodella and Joe Calcavecchia. These Tiers have so many killer patterns up their sleeves that their classes never become stale. Each one of them spends almost as much time at the vise as they do on the water. They are constantly creating new patterns or tweaking old ones to fool more fish. Their knowledge of tying materials and flies is surpassed only by their ability to bend those materials to their will and fish those flies effectively in their respective waters. No matter where you fish -- around the corner or around the world -- our instructors will have something new and informative to contribute to your tying and fishing knowledge.

  January 5th   ~   Kevin McKay  ~  Freshwater Bass Flies

 January 12th   ~  Ben Whalley  ~  Striper Snacks   

 January 19th   ~  Patrick Brown  ~  Swinging Flies for Great Lakes Steelhead

 January 26th  ~  Travis Shipman  ~  Striper Hollow Flies

 February 2nd ~  Tom Cormier  ~  Tube Flies ~ $30.00 price of class includes HMH Tube Tool

 February 9th  ~  Scott Fisher  ~  Striper Flies  

 February 16th  ~ Nick Allen  ~  Trout Flies

 February 23rd ~ Joe Cordeiro ~ Full Day Striper Class ~ Flatwing Style Flies Tips & Techniques $85

 March 2nd ~  Jeff Faulkner  ~  Muskie Flies

 March 9th  ~  Victor Trodella  ~  Bonefish Flies

 March 16th  ~  Evelyn King  ~  Hex Life Cycle

 March 23rd  ~  Joe Calcavecchia  ~  Striper Flies

Time:   1:00pm till 3:00pm on Saturdays

Cost:   $15 / per student / $30 tube fly class includes HMH tube tool / $85 Joe Cordeiro full day class

*Students must have basic knowledge of fly tying to participate in this class

*Students must sign up and pay in advance to secure a seat in class

*Open seats are available on a first come first serve basis 

*Students must bring their own tools, vise, and thread

*Demo vises will be available for students who wish to test drive a different vise

*Eldredge Bros. will supply all tying material, except thread

 PRIVATE CASTING INSTRUCTION
Most fly fishermen never take a casting lesson when in reality we could all better our casting greatly with just one lesson. If you are just learning to fly fish, a casting lesson will get you started on the right track before you've accumulated years of bad habits. One lesson can also save years of frustration and bad casting. If you've been fly casting for a long time but you just can't seem to increase your casting distance or you constantly get knots (wind knots are not caused by the wind) in your leader or maybe your fly always hits the water behind you, a one hour lesson could work wonders for your casting and fishing. You will not just learn how to cast, you will be shown the mechanics of fly casting and how and why it works. Our goal is to have you come away from your lesson with an improved casting stroke and the ability to diagnose mistakes that may arise in the future and correct them using the knowledge gained from that lesson.

COST:  $50.00 / Hour / Per Person or Group

~ By Appointment

SPEY CASTING CLASS
          For many years now we have been hosting full day Spey Casting classes taught Topher Brown. Our Spey classes are limited to 6 students. All skill levels are welcome. We have a few two handed rod & reel outfits available for those who don't have them. At this time we don’t have any dates scheduled but we are taking names on waiting list. This will be a first come first served list so if you are interested please call or email the shop to get on the waiting list.    

Dates & Cost: To Be Announced    

FLOAT TUBE JAMBOREES
          Float Tube Jamborees are festive gatherings of float tubers. We have been doing our Float Tube Jamborees for almost 20 years. Most of our floats are done in the tidal section of the York River. The York is a beautiful tidal river and is perfect for float-tubing due to its light boat traffic. The targeted species will be striped bass, which can be found in all sizes in the river.

Date: To Be Announced
Cost: FREE

 

14th ANNUAL FREEZE UP
            I want to invite everyone to our 14th Annual Freeze Up event. This is an event we do in partnership with maineflyfish.com. The Freeze Up is a celebration of the beginning of a new year of fly fishing. Kevin McKay and I will be there at first light with the grills fired up making coffee and breakfast sandwiches till the eggs run out. There will also be many other people there with all types of food. We’ll have a casting competition for adults and youths. Adult winner prize will be a Scott Flex 9’ 6wt. Youth winner prize will be an Echo Base 5wt Kit. We’ll also have a tying competition and the winner will receive a guided trip with Maine Guide Kevin McKay. And there is fishing!! The event is held on the banks of the Mighty Mousam River where there are brown trout, brook trout and sea run trout. This is a great gathering of fly fishers and always a festive event. Bring the whole family! If you plan to attend and fish, don’t forget to get your 2019 Maine fishing license.     

Date; January 6th, 2019

Time: First light till late afternoon or so.

Location: Rogers Park (Rogers Pond), off of Water Street, Kennebunk Maine. 

Rain or Snow date: There is no rain or snow date. We do this event no matter what the conditions. A few years ago we did it during a horrendous blizzard and 40 people showed up and we all had a blast.

Flies for Kids
Flies for Kids was created because there are many children out there who would love to get into fly fishing and fly tying but they have no one in their life that does either. For the past 5 years Flies for Kids has raised enough money to buy almost 200 fly tying kits at a generous discount from Wapsi. Most of those kits have been given to children who expressed an interest in learning to tie their own flies.

Here is how it works
Fly tiers from around the country donate flies that we put into Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxes donated by Cliff Outdoors and waterproof swing leaf boxes donated by EBFS. As each fly box fills to capacity we add another fly box and start to fill that one.

We sell raffle tickets for chances to win the entire selection of flies and fly boxes that we've accumulated. Tickets are $10.00 each. We draw a winner the night after our Fly Fishing Expo which will be held on March 30th, 2019

Guidelines
All that we ask of the tiers who donate flies is that they donate new, unused flies. Please don't empty your fly box and send us those old, rusted, chewed up, fished once, flies that you're glad to be rid of. Honestly, we won't use those flies. These flies are meant to attract people to donate by purchasing raffle tickets.

We'd like to thank the hundreds of tiers that have generously donated flies to Flies for Kids over the past 5 years. We'd also like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The money that you spent is as much a donation to the kids as it is a chance to win all of the flies.

All of your donations may be the catalyst that starts kids on a path to experiencing the wonder and beauty of the great outdoors through fly fishing.

Please send flies or money for raffle tickets, including your name, phone number and address to;

Eldredge Bros Fly Shop
P. O. Box 69
1480 US Rt. 1
Cape Neddick, Me. 03902
ATTN: Flies for Kids

Email any questions that you might have to info@eldredgeflyshop.com

 

ROD BUILDING CLASSES

We will not be having our rod building class this year (2019) but hope to bring it back for 2020.


16th ANNUAL FLY FISHING EXPO  ~  MARCH 30th, 2019
            Come join this festive event held annually here at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop.  Some of the highlights of this all-day event include: Antique tackle appraisals, spey casting demonstrations, test casting 100’s of fly rods, door prizes, raffles, professional fly tying demos, bamboo rod building demonstrations, representatives from major tackle companies and Maine sporting camps, Maine artist, book signing, chances to win free fly rods and reels, free food and drink, and much more! Stay tuned for more information about this great event.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×