As a primary food source in our area trout streams, caddis are a must have in your fly box. However, many anglers focus solely on patterns that mimic fully emerged adult caddis, anticipating that they will be present at the peak of a caddis hatch when surface feeding is in full effect. With more knowledge of the stages of the caddis life cycle, the patterns used to match each, and how fish feed in relation to those stages, the potential for success on the water improves dramatically.
Join Aaron Motley at Hunter Banks Asheville on Thursday, April 20 from 6-9pm for an intermediate level tying class that will focus on tying patterns for all stages of the caddis life cycle. You'll begin by tying a free-living caddis larva, move to a peeking cased caddis, and end with an adult caddis imitation - the iconic elk hair caddis.
We are limiting the class to 10 participants. With each class offering popularity has increased and seats are filling quickly. With that in mind please call 828-252-3005 to reserve and prepay for your seat prior to the class.
4/5 UPDATE - THE CLASS IS NOW FULL
Have you always wanted to learn how to tie flies? Dreamed of a day when you catch a fish on your own creation? Or have you purchased a starter tying kit but never understood how the collection of tools, threads, hooks and hair come together to build a fly? Whatever the case, we have an exciting new opportunity for you to learn the art of fly tying.
Join Patrick Brady, our Guide Services Coordinator and seasoned fly tyer, for our new Introduction to Fly Tying Class on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at our Asheville Location. Patrick will start the class with an overview of the vice that you will be learning on. He will then move to the tools most commonly used in the creation of flies. These include scissors variations, bobbins, hackle pliers, and the ever challenging whip finisher. Finally, he will dive into the six or seven materials that you will use to tie your first fly - a Wooly Bugger.
We understand that the environment in which you are learning a new skill is nearly as important as the content that is being taught. This class will have a fun and relaxed atmosphere allowing you to feel comfortable and focus on learning. The cost is only $10 per participant and Hunter Banks will be providing all of the tools and material you will need for a fun night at the fly shop.
We are limiting the class to 10 participants so please call 828-252-3005 to reserve your seat prior to the class.
In the age of “Big Box”, “One-Size-Fits-All" outdoor retail, it has become more difficult to consistently provide value as a specialty small business. Since 1985, Hunter Banks Fly Fishing has been committed to creating exceptional experiences through outstanding service and support. As we strive to continually uphold this promise, we’ve made significant changes to ensure our team is best equipped to provide the service and support you’ve come to expect.
We began the largest initiative in our 30 years of business in 2016 by migrating to new sales and e-commerce software. The project's goal was to support our team’s sole focus - build stronger relationships with our community members. The transition was more turbulent than we anticipated and our ability to administer the Hunter Banks Rewards Program was severely impacted. After months of building custom software to support the program, we’re pleased to announce that the program is now back online.
Email notifications of reward balances were sent the morning of March 23, 2017. If you believe you have a reward balance for 2015 and/or 2016 but have not received a notification email please check your SPAM folder. To redeem visit a Hunter Banks store and utilize our counter-top displays to apply your rewards to a purchase. Your credit can be used over multiple purchases to keep your fly boxes full or they can be saved for that premium fly rod you've always wanted. If you'd like to use your Hunter Banks Rewards for a purchase on hunterbanks.com or over the phone, please call 828-252-3005 for assistance.
As a way to express our sincere thanks for the support of our vibrant and dedicated fly fishing community, the Hunter Banks Rewards Program was developed in 2010 and has awarded over $100,000 to our community members. We hope you’re as excited as we are to have the program back online. Visit hunterbanks.com/hunter-banks-rewards for more info.
The official start of Spring has arrived and with it comes the promise of perfectly drifted dry flies, passing in and out of the shadows cast by overhanging rhododendron, awaiting an explosive take. That is assuming you can see your fly.
Join Aaron Motley at Hunter Banks Asheville on Thursday, March 23 from 6-9pm for an intermediate level tying class that will focus on mastering the use of the parachute. You'll learn to work with the most popular materials used for parachute construction including CDC, Antron, para-posts, and traditional kiptail.
The cost will be $25, paid at the time of registration, and we'll be limiting the class to 8 participants. As always, Hunter Banks will be providing all the materials, vises, tools, snacks, and beverages. Please call us at 828-252-3005 to reserve your seat.
Sometimes even a small adjustment to your most tried and true patterns can make all the difference. Take the prince nymph and hare's ear, two of the most common fly box tenants, for example. Have you even considered adding rubber legs to these patterns? The addition of legs gives a more lifelike movement to your nymphs. But while the addition of legs may seem like a simple enough step, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep correct body proportions.
Join Aaron Motley at our Asheville Shop on Thursday, February 23 from 6-9pm for an intermediate level tying class that will focus on taking your stonefly imitations to the next level. You'll learn the intricacies of leg addition, the use of Deer Creek UV Resin for added durability, and much more!
The cost will be $25, paid at the time of signup, and we'll be limiting the class to 10 participants. As always, Hunter Banks will be providing all the materials, vises, tools, snacks, and beverages. Please call us at 828-252-3005 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.
Let’s get the basics out of the way. The 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be held on Saturday, March 4 at Highland Brewing. That’s right we’re holding the event on a Saturday rather than a Thursday this year! Doors will open at 6:00pm and the movie will start promptly at 7:00pm. Tickets will be $15 and can be purchased through the Hunter Banks website or at either Hunter Banks location. There will only be 275 tickets sold this year and we anticipate being sold out before the show. There likely won’t be tickets available at the door so please buy early!
Now on to the things that are really getting us excited about bringing the F3T to town this year. For those of you that joined us in 2016, you know that we had a record turnout (225 or more attendees) largely due to the fact that we moved the event into Highland’s new event space. While the space worked well last year we want to ensure this event continues to evolve and become one of the best on the circuit so we’re making several improvements. First, both bars (main floor and balcony) will be open and all attendees will have direct access to the new rooftop deck. This will allow the crowd to spread out more evenly throughout the space and give us options to ensure everyone enjoys the show. Second, we are stepping up the video quality in a big way. We’ve partnered with an event technology company to bring in and setup a film quality HD projector and projection screen. The films are going to be bigger, brighter, and a high quality than we’ve ever had.
Finally, last year we were surprised to find that a number of attendees had traveled considerable distances to join us. People came from Charleston, Clemson, Boone, all over East Tennessee, and even Kentucky. With the event being on Saturday this year, it seems likely people may want to escape to Asheville for the weekend and luckily we’ve got a good friend right across the street. The Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown (Asheville’s newest hotel) sits adjacent to our shop and has been kind enough to reserve a block of rooms for us on Friday and Saturday night. The rate is $209/night plus tax and includes breakfast and wifi. This is a fantastic rate for a downtown property that gives you walking access to all of the surrounding restaurants, breweries, and activities. This rate is only available through 2/10/17 so please make plans and book early. Book your room here; simply entered your dates and the group rate will automatically be applied.
If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 828-252-3005.