Friday, April 18, 2014

April Wrap Up

April Chi- Tie was a great time.  We had a good turn out and a bunch of new faces.  Besides the usual beer, tying and fishy conversation we also had Will Winans of Big River Fly Co out to show us a couple of the smallmouth flies he uses down on the Kankakee River.  Will showed us two patterns- the first a deer hair head Skinny Water Baitfish, and the second a sweet little craft fur baitfish. Everyone there got to tie up a couple with Will to help us if needed.
Overall it was a fun night and the best way to ignore the snow that was falling outside! Good drinks, good company, and a couple new flies to add to the arsenal by the end of the night.
Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks especially to Will for joining us, demonstrating some great flies, and letting us in on .  Be sure to check out Will's new guide service on the Kankakee online and on Facebook.
And be sure to mark your calendar for our next meetup on May 12!

Will showing us how it's done
Trimming hair
Finished pattern #1

Finished pattern #2

A stack of bass snacks

Dodging pool cues


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Meet Up

Here we are again getting ready for another Chi- Tie event.  The weather has finally turned and spring is here.  It's time to finish filling those boxes and get on the water.  Rivers are free (with lower than expected flows) and lakes and ponds are opening up.
Join us Monday April 14th at 6:30pm at Galway Bay for our next get together.  Aside from the usual beer, tying, and fishy conversation we'll also have Will Winans of Big River Fly doing a demo for us.  Besides being a Chi Fly mainstay Will is also a local guy guiding on the Kankakee River just an hour from downtown Chicago.  Will has years of experience with the K3 having grown up on the river and will be showing us how to tie one of his go to smallie patterns.  A little bit of rabbit, a little bit of deer hair, and a whole lot of action.
Hope to see you there!