Phil Rowley – Sunday 8:30 – 11:00 am

Meat & Potatoes Stillwater Flies

All fish, trout, and others, enjoy a large hearty meal. Large calorie-rich meat and potatoes food sources grow healthy fat fish. Learn how to tie some of Phil’s favorite meat, and potatoes fly types, leeches, minnows, and dragonfly nymphs.

In this intermediate tying class, you will learn how to tie balanced flies. Balanced flies are having a significant impact on lakes but also work equally well on moving water, especially when using tight line nymphing techniques. You can adapt almost any nymph or streamer to a balanced configuration. Balanced flies usually far outperform traditional patterns, especially when suspended under an indicator due to the horizontal manner in which they sit in the water. Balanced flies also make an excellent cast and retrieve patterns due to their unique jigging action.

In addition to learning how to tie some of Phil’s favorite meat and potatoes flies, he also explains his favorite presentation methods for each fly.
The class fee includes all tying materials. Students need only bring, white 8/0 or 70 denier thread, black 8/0 or 70 denier thread and olive 140 denier thread along with their tying vise, tying lamp, basic tying tools including a dubbing spinner.

Phil Rowley

Fly tier

Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North and South America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. Phil is probably best known for his stillwater exploits.
A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and has been the fly tying columnist for BC Outdoors Magazine for over 10 years. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In 2014, Phil was the proud recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from Fly Tyer magazine. Most recently, Phil was honored to receive the 2017 Jean Guy Cote award for his contribution to Canadian fly tying.
In addition to his writing, Phil has five instructional DVD’s. In 2018 he, along with good friend Brian Chan, released a Stillwater Fly Fishing App. A unique hand held resource specifically dedicated to the challenges of fly-fishing lakes. Phil was also a competitive fly fisher. He was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2017 Canadian Fly-Fishing championships.
When he isn’t on the water, Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs, conducting fly-fishing schools and fly tying clinics. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home.
Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sports Fishing Adventures, The New Fly Fisher, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta, Let’s Go Outdoors and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney.
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