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March 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Gig Harbor Fly Shop hosts fly-fishing expert Skip Morris on April 19

Fly6The Gig Harbor Fly Shop is getting fly anglers ready for the upcoming statewide lowland lakes trout on April 26 with an event Saturday April 19 that features educational presentations, fly rod casting demos, and a seminar with world-renowned angler, author and fly-tyer Skip Morris.

Morris will host two short free sessions in the morning, and an in-depth 2.5 hour afternoon session on both tying and fishing flies for trout in lakes for $30. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

The free presentation details are:

Fishing the Surface of a Trout Lake at 10 a.m.: Trout lakes are sadly misunderstood—and they represent a whole world of fly fishing that too many anglers, either through unfamiliarity or uncertainty, are missing. This presentation takes you patiently by the hand and guides you through the techniques, tackle, and flies that take trout feeding in the top layer of a lake. Here you will learn about lake entomology, the intricacies of chasing and catching path-rising trout, when to expect surface feeding on chironomids, and a great deal more…with innovative ideas and images that entertain.

Fishing the Depths of a Trout Lake at 11 a.m.: As in streams, trout in lakes do most of their feeding well down. This presentation explores fishing with sinking lines and with floating lines and weighted flies on very long leaders. In this show you will learn how to determine if trout in a lake are feeding deep, what they are feeding on, and how to turn this knowledge into good fishing. Of course, depth is relative—in the case of lake trout, it ranges from only a half dozen feet down to thirty.

The paid presentation details are:

Tying and Fishing Flies for Trout Lakes from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: In this show Morris goes back and forth from projector to tying vise. For each lake insect we watch slides showing the insect, the water it lives in and hatches (if it hatches) from, a fly or two for its imitation, and how and when to fish that fly. Then the lights go up and Skip moves to the vise to tie the fly (or flies), pass a sample around, and answer a few questions. Then it’s back to the slides, and so on. The attendees leave this show knowing how to tie a modest number of new, solid fly patterns; knowledge on how to fish them; and a handout with the pattern for each fly.

For more information on other seminar or questions, visit or email or call 253-851-3474.




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