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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
10/20/18 Dick Shinton Since the winter and spring tailwater midge and BWO season is just around the corner, Dick will tie some of his favorite tailwater fly patterns. 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 FFI Fly Fishing Expo in Montrose. His flies have been included in several books.
10/27/18 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.
11/3/18 Jason Haddix This is the first 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, and he'll show us big flies that catch big fish.
11/10/18 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, and based on what we saw at the Expo, we were happy to include him.
11/17/18 TBD
11/24/18 TBD
12/1/18 Kiefer Stumpp Kiefer is an inventive and prolific young tyer, and a skilled fly fisher. 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.
12/8/18 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.
12/15/18 Tony McColl Tony is another new face in our Saturday morning demo series. 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.
12/22/18 No Clinic
12/29/18 YOU It has become a custom here at the Laughing Grizzly to invite our customers to show off their skills and ideas during the holiday season. You can use your own or our vise and tools- just be prepared to demonstrate the materials and tying steps, and describe how, when and where you fish it.
1/5/19 TBD
1/12/19 TBD
1/19/19 Al Ritt Al is a great fly designer, tyer and teacher, and heads the Laughing Grizzly fly tying club. His book, 25 Best Most Versatile Flies, was published a couple of years ago, and he continues to write articles for the fly fishing and tying press. Al is Fly Tying Editor of Fly Fusion magazine. He also appears as a featured celebrity tyer at shows all over North America, so we're lucky he found time for us. Al recently completed all three levels of the FFI Fly Tying Awards Program, a huge honor.
1/26/19 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.

No Clinic

2/9/19 Chuck Esch This will be Chuck's second 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. His fly boxes are a wonder of organization.
2/16/19 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 fly pattern was 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.


3/2/19 Rick Takahashi Rick is working on a new book- Gee, that's a surprise! 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.
3/9/19 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.
3/16/19 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.
3/23/19 TBD
3/30/19 TBD
4/6/19 TBD