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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
10/26/19 Dick Shinton Dick will tie his signature patterns as well as other favorites. Dick is our in-house tying instructor, and has tied at shops and expos around the area, including the SVATU Expo, the West Denver TU Expo, and most recently at the Orvis Fly Tying Festival. His flies have been included in several books by Pat Dorsey, Steve Schweitzer/Mike Kruise and Rick Takahashi.
11/2/19 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. Eric has also guided extensively around Colorado, and has appeared in videos and on the radio.
11/9/19 Marty Staab Marty is a regular at the Laughing Grizzly, and we're always happy to have him back. With his great sense of humor, his outstanding tying skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of fly patterns, you're sure to learn a lot from Marty's presentation.
11/16/1 Dave Mosnick 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 and its many variants, but we're betting he has more up his sleeves for us.
11/23/19 Steve Maldonado Hunter. Fisherman. Fly Tyer. Steve does it all. He has appeared at local tying events and shops. We're not sure what he'll tie up for us, but we're sure it'll be worth your time. This is Steve's first appearance at the Laughing Grizzly Saturday fly tying series. 
11/30/19 Kiefer Stumpp Kiefer is an inventive and prolific young tyer, and a skilled fly fisher and guide. 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. Kiefer has tied at the West Denver Fly Tying Expo and the SVATU Fly Tying Expo.
12/7/19 Tom Ziegler Tom Ziegler is another new tyer in our Saturday morning tying clinic series. He has tied at the SVATU Expo, and we were impressed with his flies. We'll post more as soon as we know more about his program.
12/14/19 Domingo Rodriguez Domingo is the  leader of the Northern Colorado Veterans Fly Fishing organization. They provide fishing, fly tying and rod building instruction to military veterans. Domingo has appeared at area tying and fishing expos, but this is his first time to tie at the Laughing Grizzly.
1/4/20 Barbara Luneau Barbara is an excellent fly fisher and fly tyer who has had the opportunity to fish throughout the western US and in several saltwater destinations. In addition, she is the President of our local Trout Unlimited Chapter, St Vrain Anglers, is on the Colorado TU board and is Director of the CTU Youth Fly Fishing and Conservation Camp and has started a TU/Girl Scouts Stream Girls program around the state. Barbara has tied at the Laughing Grizzly several times and we're happy to have her back.
1/11/20 Kevan Davidson Kevan has fished all over the world for many species, but he cut his fly fishing teeth in Rocky Mountain National Park and other Colorado waters, both streams and lakes. He's a well-rounded tyer, and Umpqua just picked up one of his fly patterns. This is Kevan's first clinic at the Laughing Grizzly; given his busy schedule, we're lucky to have him.
1/18/20 Tony McColl Tony was another new face in our Saturday morning demo series last year. He is another one of the lesser known, but terrific, tyers that we are blessed with in Northern Colorado. He's tied at shops and tying expos in the area. You're sure to enjoy Tony's tying.
1/25/20 Dennis Martin Dennis has tied at the Laughing Grizzly almost every year for the past seven, 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.

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Most of the tyers in our series participate in this terrific event, plus others that we don't usually get to see in the shop.
2/8/20 Elaine Huskey Elaine Huskey is new to us at the Laughing Grizzly, but she's an established quantity on the local fly tying show circuit, which is where we met her. This is Elaine's fly shop tying clinic debut, so come on out and show your support.
2/15/20 Chuck Esch This will be Chuck's fourth clinic at the Laughing Grizzly. He will tie a variety of patterns from his wide repertoire. Chuck ties at many venues in the area, including the SVATU Expo and the West Denver Fly Tying Clinic. His fly boxes are a wonder of organization.


Joe Johnson Joe is an accomplished fly fisher, tyer and guide. That little kid we met back in 2005 is now 23. Joe hasn't tied at the shop for a few years, so it will be great to see him again. Joe has become one of the premier guides at North Fork Ranch near Bailey, CO. He'll graduate from CSU in Environmental Engineering in 2020. Join us to welcome Joe back to his original fly fishing home.
2/29/20 Rick Takahashi 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. Rick has tied at all the local tying venues including the Denver Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver TU Expo and many others. Rick's new book, The Fly Tying Artist, will be available for purchase and autographing.
3/7/19 Al Ritt If you've been around the Northern Colorado fly fishing scene for any length of time, attended one of the Fly Fishing Shows around the country or attended a fly tying event at the Laughing Grizzly or elsewhere, you know of Al Ritt. A prolific author of magazine articles and the book 25 Best Most Versatile Flies, Al is constantly in demand, so we always feel lucky to have him here at the Laughing Grizzly. Al also manages the Laughing Grizzly fly tying club.
3/14/20 Phil Iwane 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. His Iwane Dun and No Mercy Midge fly patterns were recently added to the Umpqua fly catalog. Phil has tied at all the local tying venues including the Denver Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver TU Expo and many others.
3/21/20 John Majerus John has tied here at the Laughing Grizzly every year that we've had a clinic program. He guides for the Laughing Grizzly and ties quite a few flies for the bins in the shop. In addition to his broad knowledge of standard patterns, John has designed quite a few effective patterns of his own. As a long-time professional production tyer, John has developed a lot of tips and tricks that make your tying more efficient that he'll share with us.
3/28/20 Jason Haddix This is the second time Jason has tied at the Laughing Grizzly, but he has appeared at other shops in the area, the Denver Fly Fishing Show and other events and expos in the Denver area. Jason is a master of the big streamer, but he'll show us a little of everything from small flies and soft hackles to leeches and streamers in his Laughing Grizzly presentation.
4/4/20 Landon Mayer Landon Mayer is a well-known guide, angler and author. Landon has graciously volunteered to do a special program for Laughing Grizzly customers. We're excited!  We'll publish further details as they are available .
To Be Scheduled
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. He is also a contract fly designer for Montana Fly Company.
Steve Rogers Steve is new to our Laughing Grizzly fly tying demo series this year. We met him at last year's SVATU Expo, and he asked to be part of our shop demos. He's tied at the Denver Fly Fishing Show as well. Steve started tying at 13, and has become a self-proclaimed streamer junkie, with the scars to prove it. He'll tie a variety of local patterns from midges to streamers.
Chris Krueger Chris is one of the most prolific fly designers in our area. It seems like he produces a new pattern every week. Many of his patterns are produced by Montana Fly Company. From the tiny Dark Knight Riser midge to his chunky Darth Invader streamer, Chris's flies have you covered. Chris is a featured tyer at fly shops, the West Denver Fly Tying Expo. the St Vrain Anglers' TU Fly Tying Expo, the Rocky Mountain Flycasters' TU Fly Tying Expo, the Denver Fly Fishing Show and more.