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Classes and Clinics

Free Saturday Morning Tying Clinics

The Laughing Grizzly presents a fly tying clinic every Saturday from fall through spring from 10:00 - 12:00 featuring tyers from around the area- some well-known and some not as well-known, but all have fly patterns, tying techniques and fishing tips that will help you become a better fly fisher and fly tyer. We serve coffee and donuts- it's a great way to start the weekend. Check back for schedule updates.

In addition to the tyers shown below, we are working with other presenters to fill out the schedule. If you are on our e-mail list, you'll receive a note each week announcing the Saturday program. If you know of a tyer you'd like to see us feature, let us know.

Date Presenter Notes
10/28/17 Dick Shinton Dick will tie his own patterns, many of which have appeared in books: Modern Terrestrials (Takahashi) , A Fly Fishing Guide to RMNP (Schweitzer), A Fly Fishing Guide to IPWA (Schweitzer and Kruise ), and Colorado Guide Flies (Dorsey). He'll also tie a few newer patterns that haven't been publicized yet.
11/4/17 Kiefer Stumpp Kiefer is an inventive and prolific young tyer, and a skilled fly fisher. He's fished all over Colorado and some on the East coast as well, and has been successful everywhere. Kiefer is back by popular demand- attendees at his demos have drawn a lot of compliments.
11/11/17 Marty Staab Marty is a customer favorite at the Laughing Grizzly. His sense of humor is infectious, and his knowledge of fly patterns and styles is voluminous. Marty is a meticulous tyer of beautiful flies.
11/18/17 Robby Cribbs Robby is an excellent fly fisherman, guide and fly tyer. He was new to our Saturday morning clinic series last season, and he was so well received that he's back by popular demand.  Robby ties a wide variety of flies from the tiniest midges to big articulated streamers.
11/25/17 Josh Rickard Josh is our local bug guy, and his presentations usually include some info on local insect populations that the trout love to eat, and flies that represent them. He's a big proponent of "Confidence Patterns"- flies that you rely on to catch most of your fish most of the time. Josh will focus on flies for high altitude lakes, since he's become a serious trail runner last summer, with a best time of 40 minutes from the Fern Lake Trailhead to the lake.
12/2/17 Dave Mosnik Dave fishes a lot of lakes for both warm and cold water species, so we bet some of his patterns will be for lakes. He is the master of the woolly bugger, but we're betting he has more up his sleeves for us.
12/9/17 Al Ritt Al is not only a great fly designer, tyer and teacher, he's branching out in other aspects of fly fishing as well. His book, 25 Best Most Versatile Flies, was published a couple of years ago, and he continues to write articles for the fly fishing and tying press.. Al is Fly Tying Editor of Fly Fusion magazine. He also appears as a featured celebrity tyer at shows all over North America, so we're lucky he found time for us.
12/16/17 TBD
12/23/17 No Clinic
12/30/17 YOU It has become a custom here at the Laughing Grizzly to invite our customers to show off their skills and ideas during the holiday season. You can use your own or our vise and tools- just be prepared to demonstrate the materials and tying steps, and describe how, when and where you fish it.
1/6/18 Eric Pettine Eric is not only a fine tyer, he is a raconteur with many funny stories, He's tied at shows and clinics around the West, and he's been a regular here at the Laughing Grizzly for several years. His flies a very precise, and they certainly catch fish.
1/13/18 Mark Rayman Mark always exclaims "Done" at the end of tying a fly. His specialty is easy-to-tie flies that really work. He regularly fishes for carp, trout, bonefish, permit, redfish, bass and other stuff most of us probably never heard of, and he knows or has invented fly patterns that will catch 'em all. Little known fact: Mark also plays the tuba, and played in the Nebraska University marching band during his college days, but we won't hold that against him.
1/20/18 John Majerus John is another Laughing Grizzly regular who always impresses with his ingenuity and fine tying skills. He has been guiding for the Laughing Grizzly the past two seasons, and his teaching and customer service skills are a great addition to our expert guide staff.
1/27/18 Carl Pennington Carl has become a regular tyer here at the Laughing Grizzly. We were successful in scheduling him his again is year. Carl is a meticulous tyer with many effective patterns. He has been a regular tyer at the Denver Fly Fishing Show and other venues for several years

No Clinic

The SVATU Fly Tying Expo will feature many of the tyers that appear at the Laughing Grizzly, including Rick Takahashi, Pat Dorsey, Al Ritt and more. It will be held at the Longmont American Legion, 315 S Bowen Street from 10:00-2:00. Admission is $20 and includes lunch and raffle tickets.
2/10/18 Chuck Esch This will be Chuck's second clinic at the Laughing Grizzly. He will tie a variety of patterns from his wide repertoire. Chuck ties at many venues in the area. His fly boxes are a wonder of organization.
2/17/18 Chris Krueger Chris is a prolific fly designer, and we've heard a lot of feedback from customers that some of the flies he demo'd in past seasons were great producers. He's got a terrific YouTube channel- Rocky Mountain Fly Design. It's got great fly tying videos, and Chris is an outstanding teacher.


Rick Takahashi Rick is working on a new book- Gee, that's a surprise! Rick is a precise tyer with many original ideas. His tying style is based on the Japanese concept of shibui, a design aesthetic based on simple, subtle beauty. Every one of his flies is a miniature work of art.
3/3/18 Mark McMillan Mark is known especially for his use of non-traditional tying materials, but lately he's gone back to his roots and more standard patterns and materials. He always wows us with his unique patterns and techniques. He's been experimenting a lot the past few years with warmwater flies and poppers, so maybe we'll see some of those patterns.
3/10/18 Tim Drummond Tim tied for us last year, and to say he was a hit is an understatement. He's back again this year with some new patterns as well as his standard fish-catching goodies.
3/17/18 Phil Iwane Phil has been fishing all his life, but only came to fly fishing and tying about 20 years ago. Phil approaches each fly as a work of art, and describes both fly fishing and fly tying as Zen-like experiences. He enjoys teaching and sharing his techniques and patterns, and he'll tie his favorites in this clinic. Phil has tied at all the local tying venues including the  Denver Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver TU Expo and many others.
3/24/18 James Ushiyama James had made great strides in his tying over the past several years, and we've asked him to put his skills flies on display for our guests. James is a big fan of small flies, so we expect to see a lot of midge and other small patterns.
3/31/18 Pat Dorsey Pat is arguably Colorado's best known author, guide and tailwater expert, with a national reputation and following. He will be signing copies of his latest book, Colorado Guide Flies. We'll have copies available for purchase, or bring your own. We don't know about you, but we don't fish anywhere without a bunch of Pat's patterns in our fly boxes.
4/7/17 Steve Schweitzer Steve has just completed his most recent book Designing Poppers, Sliders and Divers, available in November 2017. The book is a  304 page compendium of materials and techniques for making both freshwater and saltwater topwater lures, with 800 full color photos and step by step instructions for 17 classic patterns. This is a must have for any warm water fly fisher, and should motivate trout fishers to broaden their horizons. Steve will demonstrate some of his techniques and patterns. We'll have signed books available for purchase, or bring your own previously purchased book for autographing.
Dennis Martin Dennis has tied each year for the past six, and has impressed us with his fine dries, nymphs and midges for trout fishing. Since he also fishes a lot for warm water species, Dennis will share his favorites for those fish as well.
Theo Anest Theo Anest is a former fly shop owner and guide. He'll tie up some of his favorite patterns for Wyoming's North Platte River, where he fishes and guides. This will be Theo's first clinic at the Laughing Grizzly, so come on in and help us welcome him.
Joe Johnson The Laughing Grizzly's own Joe Johnson will tie his usual bunch of fish-catching fly patterns. Joe's flies have been featured in the End of the Line page in Fly Fusion magazine and in several books, including A Fly Fishing Guide to RMNP (Schweitzer), A Fly Fishing Guide to IPWA (Schweitzer and Kruise), and Colorado Guide Flies (Dorsey).
Connor Murphy Connor Murphy first tied for the Laughing Grizzly when he was only about 15; many of you will remember him. Well, now he is a senior at CSU and even more talented and well-rounded as a fisherman and fly tyer. We're sure you'll be impressed with Connor's work.
Barbara Luneau Barbara is an angler and fly tyer of many talents. She has fished all over the western US and many saltwater venues around the world as well. Barbara is an avid Tenkara angler in addition to her traditional angling skillos. She'll tie some of her favorite patterns.