Clinics & Events

AO Clinics, Classes, and Events are currently hosted over Zoom due to COVID-19.

The Tying Bench (via Zoom) – The Brimbuster!
Saturday Apr. 17th, 10AM


Every now and then, someone will ask Tying Bench host Steve Hudson to name his favorite fly. “If you could only have one fly to use,” they’ll ask, “what would it be?”

It doesn’t take him long to answer: the Brim Buster!

The Brim Buster was originally developed as an imitation of a damselfly nymph. There are lots of those in the pond at Steve’s folks’ place, and he wanted a pattern that would be an effective imitation. What eventually emerged was the Brim Buster, and to say it was effective would be an understatement!

But it turns out that the Brim Buster is a great trout fly too. Stocked trout love. So do wild trout, it seems — even wild native brookies.

If you upsize it, largemouth and spotted bass attack it with gusto. And if you upsize it a little more it becomes a great saltwater pattern too.

We think you’ll like the Brim Buster. It’s as much fun to tie as it is to fish!

Fly Tying 102 Class (via Zoom)
Tue. 4/27 & Thur. 4/29 7-9PM


Fly Tying 102 will take your tying to the next level! Building on the skills covered in Fly Tying 101, it introduces more advanced tying techniques as well as more complex flies. You’ll have a great time, and you’ll enjoy exploring some of the more sophisticated tying techniques that we will explore!

Signing up:
Remember that there is no charge for the course, but please sign up in advance so we can provide you with the Zoom meeting information. You can do so by reaching out to the shop through email or phone call. Thanks!

Intro to Fly Fishing Clinic (via Zoom)


Looking to pick up fly fishing this fall season or need a simple refresher? Our popular Flyfishing 101 clinic is the perfect opportunity to learn about this exciting and enjoyable sport! In this two hour clinic, you’ll explore the basics of flyfishing:

* What is fly fishing?
* How do I cast a fly rod?
* What kind of gear will I need?
* What about flies…which ones do I need?
* Will I need waders and other accessories?
* Where can I fish, and what will I catch?

Bugs and Suds Fly Tying Social, Postponed


Spend your Wednesday evening with us for our monthly fly tying social!  Bugs and Suds isn’t just a fly tying night, this an opportunity to gather with our local fly fishing community. We’ll break out the grill and provide beverages from our friends at SweetWater Brewing. Bring your vice and tying materials or show up ready to swap fishing lies and stories with local fishermen and women. 

Come one come all!