Fly Tying Classes at Aquatic Imitations in Hollidaysburg, PA

Aquatic Imitations offers classes in the art of “Fly Tying” for both the beginner as well as the seasoned tier that wants to learn new techniques or just polish their skills. Creg Strock is a seasoned fly tier with over 54 years experience and teaches the “Advanced Fly Tiers Class” for the John Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited here in Blair County. Classes are custom tailored to each individual based upon their work schedule, availability and what they want to learn. A normal class encompasses four, two hour sessions, and covers those insect patterns that are found throughout our local streams, ie. Blue Winged Olives, Light Cahills, Sulphurs, Slate Drakes, Caddis as well as the standard imitative patterns such as Pheasant Tails and Hares Ears.

All the life cycle stages of the insects are covered from the nymph to the emerger to the dun and then the spinner if applicable. Aquatic Imitations supplies all the required instructions and materials to produce these patterns and only requires the individual taking the class to bring their own basic equipment and supplies.

Fly Tying Classes at Aquatic Imitations

Required Equipment

  • Standard Fly tying vise
  • Bobbin
  • Thread: 8/0 Black, Cream, Olive, Tan and Brown
  • Whip Finisher or Half Hitch tool
  • Dubbing Wax
  • Head Cement
  • A light, preferably with a magnification glass

Items Supplied

  • Hackle
  • Dubbing
  • Ribbing materials
  • Wing Case materials
  • Hooks

For those individuals with an interest in learning to tie flies that have no equipment or supplies, we offer a variety of equipment, tools and supplies to get you started.

The cost of classes: $15.00 per two hour session

Classes must be scheduled during normal shop hours, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m any day but Wednesday.

We gear our instructional classes primarily on those insects and terrestrials found in our local streams.

Should you have any specific questions we haven’t covered, please call us at (814) 309-3474 and ask for Creg Strock.