How does the Simms Team spend their Wednesday evenings in the depths of a Montana Winter when all they want to do is get out and fish? They tie flies.
Several members from Simms’ Core Angling Group (more on that later) volunteered to teach a tying class one day a week for six weeks. The volunteers rotated to keep the class fresh and fun – each volunteer demonstrated how to tie one of their favorite (and hopefully most productive) fly patterns.
During the six weeks, not only did the Simms tying students gain fantastic knowledge, they enjoyed drinking beers & laughing with their Simms friends, creating great fly imitations and often getting the opportunity to catch a fish with the fly they tied. There was so much enthusiasm that our own Gina Bittner took one of her personally tied fly patterns to her hair stylist and had her hair done in the same color combo. That’s commitment to your fly and it looked awesome!
Now that we see signs of Spring and have been able to get out to fish after work and on the weekends, the folks that participated in the fly tying sessions are really able to test their product. And we’re happy to report that fish are being caught…and released.
Thanks to our friends at the The River’s Edge West for sharing their education room for our Wednesday evening tying sessions. It was a great way to get through a long winter.