WAYNESBURG – Beginning Dec. 3, the Greene County Department of Recreation will kick off its series of four fly-tying courses with a class for beginners. Each of the three-week courses costs $20 to attend and is limited to 20 students. Courses will be held on the upper level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Each subsequent course is designed to build on skills learned in the preceding course.
Instructors Ken Dufalla and Lynn Murral will lead the courses. Dufalla has a master’s degree in marine biology, and Murral is a former certified Orvis flytier.
The beginner’s course is designed for adults age 18 and older, who are interested in learning the basic principles needed to begin fly tying. Classes will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 19. The registration deadline for the beginner’s course is Nov. 29.
The beginner’s course will focus on topics such as threading a hook, adding the basic body parts of a fly, adding the hackle and tying off the fly. Each student will have the opportunity to make several flies during the course, including streamers.
From Jan. 7-23, an intermediate course will be offered. The beginner’s course is a pre-requisite, and the intermediate course will cover the construction of more complicated and advanced flies, such as streamers, nymphs and wet flies. The registration deadline for the intermediate course is Jan. 3.
A course combining fly tying and lure making will be offered next from Jan. 28 to Feb. 13. The registration deadline is Jan. 24. The final course in the series is an advanced class consisting of making dry flies, wet flies and copies of insects found in streams. The advanced course will run from Feb. 18 to March 6, and the registration deadline is Feb. 14.
The fly-tying series of classes is sponsored by the Greene County commissioners and Michael’s Auto Sales Inc.
For more information, or to register for the beginner’s course, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.