Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fly Tying Marathon 3.22 for Project Healing Waters

Mark your calendar for Saturday March 22 for an all day fly tying marathon to benefit the National-Capitol chapter of Project Healing Waters (PHWFF)

Some of the PHWFF participants have issues with dexterity and vision due to the nature of their injuries. Please take this into consideration when tying flies:

  • Flies should be easy to see from a distance
  • Flies should be easy to tie on by a guide or PHWFF participant
  • Flies should have a big eye
  • Flies should be barbless
  • Flies should be tied for local stocked trout, Chesapeake Bay stripers, warmwater ponds, and shad.
The venue is Whitlows On Wilson.

If you are within an hour or so's drive from Arlington it is a trip worth making. The food is really good, there are ladies in yoga pants all over the place, there is a wide selection of adult beverages (I like the Lagunitas, there is Flying Dog which is a sponsor of the Snakehead Tournament). Be sure to tip your waitstaff!

 For tiers, a C-clamp vise is not the best here as most of the tables are patio style you'd find at a backyard event. A pedestal vise will do you much better.

Stop off at Urban Anglers and Orvis to stock up on your tying materials!

Not sure where to park- there is a parking garage next to the restaurant, ample parking in the neighborhoods a few blocks away, and street parking.If you don't have a car or end up having a pint or two of ale you are just about two blocks from the Clarendon Metro.

We'll be set up at the back of the restaurant known as the 'sand bar'. The event is all ages and everyone is welcome. If you don't know how to tie flies you can watch others or just hang out. As Orvis is the sponsor there may be some great raffle prizes.

If you are not familiar with PHWFF this will be a great opportunity to find out about the program, its volunteers, participants, and the healing nature of fly fishing.

You might just find yourself signing up to volunteer!


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