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.