Patrick Horan joins the RiverFly Team

Patrick Horan, preparing for an R&D day

Patrick Horan, preparing for an R&D day

Some great news for RiverFly guests is the recruitment of Patrick Horan to the RiverFly Tasmania team.  Patrick was head-hunted by RiverFly in 2008, and since then has been serving a guiding apprenticeship of sorts with RiverFly founder Daniel Hackett; as expected, Pat has taken to guiding like a duck to water. This is no surprise-Patrick has been teaching fly fishing Adult Education classes for more than four years with the Fly Fishers Club of Tasmania, and was a junior Tasmanian fly casting champion when Daniel met him almost a decade ago. Patrick is an excellent photographer, and an even better fly tier; you’ll find Daniel pilfering his innovative parachute hackles and hopper patterns most days their guiding together.

One thing to point out is Patricks local knowledge: it wasn’t too many seasons ago that Daniel was talking to Pat about a new, favourite secret spot; Pat replied with ‘yeah, I know the spot, I’ve been fishing it for a few seasons now’.  You can find more about Patrick on the RiverFly Guides page.

FlyShop 1864 Fly fly tying courses – course content

A brace of Black and Peacock spiders

A brace of Black and Peacock spiders

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Course content

The courses have been structured to enable all skill levels to participate, and to teach take-away skills for tying better flies, and tying them easier. Some of the topics covered will include:

– Technique for tying durable bodies with peacock herl

– Tricks for tying deer-hair and Possum Shaving Brush ‘wings’ for better flotation and fish-catching

– Technique for tying in durable, non-slip parachute hackles

– Techniques for tying easy ‘porcupine’ hackles – the easy high-viz alternative to parachute hackles.

– Tying with deer-hair – bullet-heads and the WMD

– Correct techniques for tying with foam – glue, legs and the Chernobyl Ant

– The rules for using colour and UV reflective materials in flies

The course will cover many more topics along the way, and the day-to-day techniques that may be troubling you (such as dubbing!) will be covered through the course of tying the featured flies.

There’s no better thrill than catching a fish on a fly of your own design. Come and join us to learn more about how to do it.