It’s gotten colder (finally) in North Texas. Tougher, maybe, to venture out on chilly mornings, but perfect for settling in behind a vise with a new fly pattern. And the best way to learn new patterns is in a group, like the ones in Tarrant County that offer fellowship and flies all in one. Here are the local fly-tying groups that we know about, starting with the newest.
Grapevine Fly Fishing, 122 N. Main St., Grapevine; 720-453-6878
The second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. owner Michael Tulowitski leads a fly-tying class. All materials will be supplied. A class aimed at beginners is planned for fourth Wednesday of the month.
El Fenix Mexican Restaurant, 4608 S. Cooper St. Arlington; 817-557-4309
Thursday nights, with dinner and drinks starting at about 5:30 p.m. and tying about 6:30 p.m. This event is usually led by a rotating cast of FWFF members who provide materials, but require participants to provide their own vise and tools. It meets in a space in the rear of the restaurant.
Backwoods, 441 Carroll St. in the Montgomery Plaza development; 817-332-2423
Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Call ahead for details and information. Backwoods’ free fly tying nights are well attended with lots of knowledgeable tyers that are willing to help and share. Materials and tools provided.
Orvis Fort Worth, 4601 West Freeway #310; 682-703-7675
Free, open fly-tying class on the second Tuesday of the month 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The store will supply materials and hooks. Guests are free to bring their own tools, vice and thread.
The Roadkill Roundtable via Zoom
Free ZOOM demonstrations are hosted by Jack Gillis, FWFF president, and include experienced and well-known fly tyers, including Dutch Baughman, Fred DuPre’, Dave Boyer, Eric Austin, Al and Gretchen Beatty. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org to register without cost.