Prep for lake fishing season with presentations at fly shop

Staff reportApril 6, 2014 

Famed angler, author and fly tyer Skip Morris will headline a daylong fly-fishing event April 19.

Hosted by the Gig Harbor Fly Shop, the day will include sessions on fly fishing for trout in Washington lakes. There will be rod demonstrations, free how-to sessions and a seminar led by Morris.

The Olympic Peninsula resident is the author of 12 books on fly fishing and fly tying, including “Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple” and “Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes.” He also serves as the host on six instructional videos and has been a speaker at sportsmen’s shows, fly-fishing shows and fly clubs across the United States, Canada and overseas.

His session, “Tying and Fishing Flies for Trout Lakes,” will be from 1:30-4 p.m.

Morris will go back and forth from a projector to the tying vise. For each insect, he will show slides of it, the water it lives in, a fly or two that imitates it and how and when to fish those flies.

Then he will move to the vise to tie the flies, pass samples around and answer questions.

The cost is $30 a person, and space is limited.

The day will start at 10 a.m. with a free presentation on “Fishing the Surface of a Trout Lake.” This session will explain the techniques, tackle and flies that take trout feeding in the top layer of a lake. Participants will learn about lake entomology, the intricacies of chasing and catching path-rising trout, when to expect surface feeding on chironomids and more.

At 11 a.m. will be another free session, “ Fishing the Depths of a Trout Lake.” This presentation looks at fishing with sinking and floating lines and weighted flies on very long leaders. Anglers will learn how to determine if trout in a lake are feeding deep, what they are feeding on and how to catch those fish.

From 1-4 p.m., visitors will have the chance to try out the new Winston BIII-LS and Echo Glass fly rods. There also will be a fiberglass fly-rod casting competition.

To sign up for Morris’ session, or for more information, call the shop at 253-851-3474 or go to the shop at 3115 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor.

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