Kids Tying Flies was an event that brought together our Rio Grande Valley Fly Tying Club members with children who could some day be the future of fly fishing in our country. The event was held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room.
Sheala Castillo had developed a flier that was posted over the weekend at Bass Pro's White River Fly Shop counter. Club members wanted to have an event that would introduce children to fly tying and eventually fly fishing. Irma Ramirez provided the on-sight recruitment and photographs.
The event brought several of our members
to tie the Santa Clouser, a red, green, and gold variation of the deep clouser minnow. This is certainly a fishing catching pattern. So don't mistake it as a novelty fly for kids. Tied on a debarbed saltwater hook the fly was not only attractive, but easy for the children to put together. Large, gold bead chain made up the eyes, red/green bucktail the body, and gold flashabou provided the flash to atract fish.
Jack Keller and Charlie Villarreal helped me teach kids not only how to tie the pattern, but also explain the use of the equipment and the basics of what makes a fly like this work.
This was the first time that they had tied flies. The photographs provided proof of how proud they were of their creation. Not only did they glow, but the parents who brought them marvelled at how well they listened and showed off their work.
The Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers Club provides
this service at no cost to the participants. Hopefully next year will be even more successful. The club meets every second Tuesday of the month. The lineup of patterns will be posted soon.
We will also have fly fishing and casting lessons through out 2016, so visit this website in early January to attend.
We love seeing the smiles on children's faces. If you would like for your child to participate or know one that would benefit from participation, please contact Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez at 956-639-3426 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.