Bar Flies with Wayne Samson

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Thursday, February 20th, 2020 - 5:30pm

Bar Flies with Wayne Samson

Thursday, February 20, 2020

In February we will have a "bar flies" meeting. Come on out and tie a couple of flies led by Wayne Samson and maybe have a beer or two while doing it! 

This year we will tie a parachute dry fly and steelhead pattern. Wayne will attempt to demystify parachutes for us.

Unlike our other meetings, there will be a $20 fee for this meeting payable at the door. Wayne will supply all materials for the flies, including hooks. You just need to bring your tools, vice, and some thread. It is highly recommended that you have some tying experience. While not an "expert class" it will be tough to keep up if you've never tied before. If you have had some tying experience and can do a whip finish knot, you should be good to go.

You must RSVP for this meeting via email at in order to reserve your seat. There are a limited number of seats available in order to be able to provide the best atmosphere.

Wayne has been fly fishing and tying for nearly 20 years. Originally a warm water fisherman he started by experimenting with bass bugs using deer hair. Soon he met Chris Helm of Toledo, Ohio- considered by most to be perhaps the finest deer hair tier and he quickly developed a friendship. Chris rounded out Wayne’s tying, especially deer hair, and considered Wayne to be not only his best student ever, but the "best fly tier no one ever heard of." Wayne’s specialty remains deer hair bugs and hair work in general. However, he ties epoxy flies, saltwater flies, classic Atlantic salmon flies and most all trout flies as well.

Wayne has entered the Mustad Scandinavian International Fly Tying Competition two times and has returned home two Gold Medals. Most notably was a head-to-head competition against the master and his teacher Chris Helm in 1998. Wayne has won several other notable fly tying competitions and enjoys the competition challenges of fly-tying very much.

Wayne has good fishing skills and enjoys teaching beginners as well as more advanced fly fishers different techniques and fishing applications on the stream. Wayne likes all styles of fishing from warm water saltwater & bass to cold water steelhead and trout. He fishes in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio mostly. Wayne works full-time at Ford Motor Co. as a Machine Repairman.

The meeting will be at Charlie's Taverna in Maumee. The address is 1631 Toll Gate Dr, Maumee, OH 43537. Fly tying will begin at 6:30 and end by around 8:30. If you plan on having dinner at Charlies, please be here by 5:30.

This meeting is open to anyone.

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