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Sunday February 17th, 2013 : Don Bastian Tying Class

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Don Bastian has been tying flies for 48 years, starting at age 12 in 1964. He was a Pennsylvania fly fishing guide for 16 consecutive seasons and a commercial fly tier for 12 years. He is the author of three instructional fly tying DVD’s; Advanced Classic Wet Flies – 2007; Traditional Streamers and Bucktails 2007; and Tying Classic Wet Flies – 2004. Don was the featured author and fly tier of the Ray Bergman chapter in the book Forgotten Flies, published in 2000 by The Complete Sportsman. He has a combined total of approximately 765 traditional wet flies, streamers, and bucktails published in that book. The Ray Bergman Collection featuring historic wet fly patterns tied by Don Bastian debuted in September 2010 at Hatches Magazine Online. When completed this archived collection will feature 483 wet flies illustrated with Don’s macro photographs and updated information with pattern recipes from Ray Bergman’s books. Completion of this project will establish Don’s combined total of flies published in print and on-line at approximately 1,300, and considering future prospects that number is bound to increase. He specializes in tying classic wet flies and streamers but he is equally comfortable at the vise whether he is turning out dry flies, nymphs, steelhead and bass flies, salmon flies, panfish patterns, and even a few saltwater flies. He is a fly tying instructor with 30 years teaching experience, and has participated at various shows, forums, and fly tying clinics for nearly 25 years. He has 30 years experience as an amateur photographer. His fishing experience is primarily freshwater in his home state of Pennsylvania, but he has also fished in New York, Maine, Ontario, Montana, Wyoming, Maryland, Georgia, Ohio, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and England. Don is a tactical fly fishing specialist, versatile in diverse methods and techniques. He is the father of two daughters - Kim and Lyneah, and has four grandsons. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Black Gnat Silver
  • Body: Flat silver tinsel
  • Hackle: Black
  • Wing: Slate
  • Blue Quill

  • Tail: Dun hackle fibers
  • Body: Stripped peacock quill
  • Hackle: Dun hackle
  • Wing: Slate
  • Beamis Stream

  • Tag: Flat gold tinsel
  • Tail: Brown hackle fibers and gray mallard
  • Hackle: Brown tied palmer
  • Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
  • Body: Dark claret dubbing
  • Wing: Brown duck or goose wing quill
  • Armstrong Fontinalis

  • Tail: White hackle fibers
  • Body: Orange wool yarn, medium
  • shade
  • Hackle: White
  • Wing: Narrow bands of white and dark gray (Canada goose) married to and topping orange duck or goose quill section
  • Footer Special – to be tied in Rangeley / Stevens Style

  • Body: Flat gold tinsel
  • Throat: Sparse dark blue bucktail, followed by 5 – 6 strands peacock herl
  • Underwing: Sparse red bucktail, followed by sparse yellow bucktail
  • Wing: Two yellow hackles
  • Shoulders: Guinea fowl body feathers
  • Captain
  • Tail: Red and yellow, married, barred wood duck and blue duck optional (Marbury)
  • Butt: Peacock herl
  • Body: White floss
  • Hackle: Brown
  • Wing: Slate
  • Colonel Fuller

  • Tag: Flat gold tinsel
  • Tail: Black quill sections
  • Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
  • Body: Yellow floss
  • Hackle: Yellow
  • Wing: Yellow with red stripe, married
  • Blue Devil – to be tied in Rangeley /Stevens style

  • Tag: Flat silver tinsel
  • Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
  • Body: Black floss (Carrie Stevens also tied the Blue Devil with red floss)
  • Underbelly: White bucktail
  • Underwing: Four to six strands peacock herl
  • Throat: Orange hackle fibers, then blue hackle fibers
  • Wing: Two orange hackles flanked on each side by one slightly shorter blue hackle
  • Shoulders: Partridge – ruffed grouse breast feathers
  • Cheeks: Jungle cock
  • Material List for Don Bastian’s Bear’s Den Class – February 17, 2013
  • Mustad S-series size #6 wet fly hooks
  • Two or three each, hooks, Mustad streamer 94720 S-series OK
  • Two bobbins spooled with Danville Flymaster 6/0 black AND white
  • 1 heavier WHITE thread like Danville 3/0 monocord, or Uni-thread 3/0
  • Mylar tinsel, Extra small (#6-18) and Small - #14
  • Mylar tinsel – medium #12
  • Black hen hackle – Chinese cape
  • Or black schlappen
  • Dun hen hackle
  • Natural gray mallard feathers – just a couple feathers
  • Brown hen hackle or strung saddle hackle – few feathers
  • Natural gray mallard wing quills
  • Brown dyed duck or goose wing quill, pr.
  • Red dyed duck or goose wing quills, pr.
  • Yellow dyed duck or goose wing quills, pr.
  • Black dyed duck or goose wing quill sections, pr.
  • Orange dyed duck or goose quill sections, pr.
  • Natural Canada goose wing quill, pr.
  • 1 -barred wood duck feather –optional
  • Peacock herl from Eye – not strung
  • White floss
  • Yellow floss
  • Black floss
  • Yellow schlappen
  • White schlappen
  • Orange schlappen
  • Blue schlappen – SD blue, not dark - on the schlappen, students need only a couple feathers each color
  • Orange wool yarn – medium shade
  • Dark blue bucktail
  • Red bucktail
  • Yellow bucktail
  • White bucktail
  • Yellow saddle or neck hackle – streamer
  • Guinea fowl body feathers – need one good pr.
  • Ruffed grouse body feathers – I will provide these
  • Jungle cock – need one pr., optional

  • Sunday February 17th, 2013 : Don Bastian Tying Class |
    $85.00