Tying classes and fly-fishing activities

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Stuck at home? Here's a partial listing of fly-fishing classes and related activities in the Pittsburgh area.

An Introduction to fly tying for beginners

Sundays through Feb. 16 (started Jan. 5), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ken Sink Chapter Trout Unlimited, held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 398 Church St., Indiana, Pa. $25, free for students age 12 to 16. BYO tools and thread. Assistance provided for financial hardship. 814-691-2220.

Fly tying classes

Tuesdays through Feb. 11 (started Jan. 7), 6-10 p.m. Neshannock Creek Fly Shop, 250 Main St., Volant, Pa. The class teaches entry-level fly tiers to tie egg patterns, nymphs, streamers, standard dry flies, parachute dry flies and more. BYO vise, tools, thread. $75, 724-533-3212.

Joe Kline Great Fly Sale

Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Penn's Woods West Chapter Trout Unlimited, Brentwood VFW, Route 51, Brentwood. Named in honor of a deceased TU member who loved bringing new people into the sport of fly fishing, the annual Great Fly Sale offers hundreds of flies tied and donated by chapter members and available for purchase by the public. $5 per half dozen, proceeds benefit Penn's Woods West TU. Held during chapter meeting featuring fly fishing author Matthew Supinski as guest speaker. Admission free, 412-881-9934.

Introductory tying clinics

Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. L.L. Bean, Ross Park Mall, Ross. Instructors Bill Nagle and Dan Byrnes teach some of Western Pennsylvania's most popular flies during the first in a series of tying clinics. Equipment and materials provided. Free, reservations at 412-318-1200.

Steelhead fly tying demonstration

Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Mark DeFrank. Free, details 412-788-8088.

Fly tying class

Jan. 18, 1-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Mark DeFrank. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Beginner fly tying course

Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 1 p.m. Sundays. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. In the past 30 years, hundreds of Pittsburgh-area anglers have taken this course covering the proper use of tools, an overview of tying materials, and the techniques used to tie a variety of basic, proven patterns. BYO vise and tools. $75, register at 412-788-8088.

Stonefly tying demonstration

Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Kieran Frye. Free, details 412-788-8088.

Fly tying class

Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Kieran Frye. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Steelhead fishing the Great Lakes

Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Jeff Blood. Free, details at 412-788-8088.

Fly tying class

Feb. 1, 1-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Jeff Blood. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Beginner and advanced fly tying classes

Feb. 5 through May 7, 7:30 Wednesdays. Family Tyes event held at Harrison Middle School, 129 Windvale Drive, Whitehall. $10 includes beginner or advanced sessions and group membership. Tool kits and materials available for purchase. Family Tyes is committed to youth development and environmental conservation through fly fishing. Register at 412-780-3787.

10 best small flies tying demo

Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Bruce Cox. Free, details at 412-788-8088.

Fly tying class

Feb. 8, 1-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Bruce Cox. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Fishing the Bighorn River

Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Steve Galetta, owner of Bighorn Angler, Fort Smith, Mont. Free, details at 412-788-8088.

Beginner and intermediate fly tying classes

Feb. 11 through April 15, 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Allegheny Fly Tyers event held at Gander Mountain, 4505 Century Drive West Mifflin. Open to children and adults. $30 includes tools and materials. Register at 412-655-3337 or 412 389-6037.

Beginner fly tying classes

Feb. 13 through April 17, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Allegheny Fly Tyers event held at International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Open to children and adults. $30 includes tools and materials. Register at 412-655-3337 or 412 389-6037.

Nymphing/tying class

Feb. 15, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor, former world fly fishing champion and U.S. Fly Fishing Team member George Daniel. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Dynamic nymphing

Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor George Daniels teaches from his book, "Dynamic Nymphing" (Stackpole, 2011). Free, details at 412-788-8088.

Ladies only fly fishing class

Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor, Fish and Boat Trout in the Classroom coordinator Amidea Daniel. Free, details at 412-788-8088.

Pizza Daddies Fly-Tying Demo

Feb. 17, 5-9 p.m. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. benefit held at Pizza Daddies Restaurant, 5560 William Flynn Highway, Gibsonia. Includes demos by local tyers, door prizes, food, cash bar and raffles of fly fishing gear. $10 admission, 412-316-5033.

Bass Bug tying demonstration

Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Doug Pollack. Free, details 412-788-8088.

Fly tying class

Feb. 22, 1-4 p.m. International Angler, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Instructor Doug Pollack. $30, register at 412-788-8088.

Cabin fever

Feb. 23. Four Points Sheraton, Cranberry. Southwestern Pennsylvania's largest fly fishing expo is a fundraiser for Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited. Cabin Fever includes dozens of vendors, seminar speakers, used equipment sales and raffles. Details pending. 412-576-5221.


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