January Guest Speaker: Kate Abbott will give an informative presentation on River Restoration Through Dam Removal.

We will conduct our January 20th meeting at 7:00 pm right after the Fly Tying Demo, at the Ludlow Elks Club, 69 Chapin Street in Ludlow MA.  Hope you all had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Holiday Season!


2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

Join us for our regular meetings!

When: 3rd Monday of the month

When: 7 pm

WhereElks Lodge 69 Chapin St., Ludlow, MA 01056

Monthly Meeting Agenda includes:

Fly tying demonstration by Dan Trela
Short Business Meeting
Speaker TBA
Large Raffle


Free Fly Tying Classes 2020

Manny DaSilva at the bench

Starting the 2nd Thursday in January (January 9th)  at 7:00 PM and continuing for 8 consecutive weeks. At Elks Lodge 69 Chapin St., Ludlow, MA 01056. We educate adults and children (9 years and older) through our free fly tying classes beginning on the second Thursday in January and continuing for eight consecutive Thursdays. 

All classes are directed by Mr. Manny DaSilva as the lead instructor tying the demonstration flys.   He is supported by many of the experienced WMFF Club members who assist the students with “hand’s-on” guidance whenever necessary.  The classes are open to the general public and those who express an interest in this life long and fascinating hobby.  There are NO costs to the students, the only stipulation is that whenever there are youth involved, that they be chaperoned by an adult family member.

INFORMATION CALL:   Manny DaSilva @ 413-283-2915 or Gil DaCosta   413-323-7896

Tie 2 flies each night with expert instructor Manny DaSilva who is assisted by experienced club members for individual instruction.

Demonstration projected on large screen for easy viewing.

**All materials and hardware provided by WMFF**

Open to children 9 years and older when accompanied by an adult.

Class 1. January 9th Woolly Worm & Woolly Bugger, both in Olive and Black

Class 2. January 16th   Gray Hackle & March Brown Nymph

Class 3. January 23rd   Lead Wing Coachman & March Brown Wet

Class 4. January 30th   Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph & Tellico Nymph

Class 5. February 6th   Deer Hair Nymph & Muddelr Minnow

Class 6. February 13th Hornberg & Mickey Finn

Class 7. February 20th Gray Ghost & Black Ghost

Class 8. February 27th Elk Hair Caddis & March Brown Dry fly

Stuart Johnson assisting a student at a class. To his left is Hany Aziz. In the background is Bill Donnelly and Tony Silva.
Manny at the fly tying class

Manny enjoying the moment


Fly Pattern: March Brown (Dry)

March Brown Dry
Hook Mustad 94840  sizes 10 – 18 or Lightning Strike YDF1-12 -16
TailDark ginger hackle
BodyTan fox or tan dubbing
WingWood duck flank feather fibers
HackleDark ginger and grizzly mix

Fly Pattern: Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis
Hook Mustad 94840  sizes 10 – 18 or Lightning Strike YDF1-10 
BodyGinger/olive dubbing (tan, used in class)
RibGold wire revers wrapped
WingElk hair
HeadElk hair butts clipped short

Fly Pattern: Black Ghost

Hook Mustad 79580  sizes 2 – 12 or Lightning Strike YST5-06 or 08 or 10
TailYellow hackle barbules
RibFlat silver tinsel
BodyBlack wool or floss
ThroatYellow hackle barbules
WingWhite saddle hackle or white marabou
CheekJungle cock (optional)

Fly Pattern: Gray Ghost

Gray Ghost
Hook Mustad 9672  sizes 2 – 12 or Lightning Strike YST5-06 or 08
Tip or TagFlat silver tinsel
BodyBurnt orange tinsel
RibFlat silver tinsel
Throata)  4 or 5 Strands of of peacock herl
b) Sparse white buck tail
c) Short golden pheasant crest
Under wing4 Gray saddle hackles
ShoulderSilver pheasant body feather
CheekJungle cock

Fly Pattern: Mickey Finn

Mickey Finn
Hook 4X-strong streamer hook (here, a Dai-Riki #700), sizes 4 to 14
ThreadBlack, 8/0 or 70-denier
RibSilver oval tinsel, medium
BodyGold/Silver Mylar tinsel, medium
Adhesive #1Superglue or Z-Ment
Lower wingYellow bucktail, cleaned and stacked
Mid wingRed bucktail, cleaned and stacked
Upper wingYellow bucktail, cleaned and stacked
HeadTying thread
Adhesive #2UV-cure resin

Fly Pattern: Hornberg

Hook Mustad 9671  sizes 6 – 16 or Lightning Strike YSN-08 or 10
BodyFlat silver tinsel 2/3rds of hook shank
Under wingYellow buck tail, (optional second layer red buck tail same length in yellow)
Side wingsMallard flank feather 1/2″ past hook bend
Cheek Jungle cock (options)
HackleBrown and Grizzly mix

Fly Pattern: Muddler Minnow

Muddler Minnow
Hook Mustad 9672 sizes 1/0 – 14
TailMottled turkey quill sections
BodyFlat gold tinsel 2/3rds of body
Under wingGray squirrel tail to half turkey tail length
Over wing Mottled turkey quill sections to half turkey tail length
HeadSpun deer hair
First bunch, tips pointing back butts clipped short
second bunch, tips and butts clipped short
Third, same as second bunch till head is formed

Fly Pattern: Deer Hair Nymph

Deer Hair Nymph
Hook Mustad 3906B
BodySpun deer hair (Clipped to form  a torpedo shape)

Fly Pattern: Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
Hook Mustad 3906B sizes 6 – 18 or Lightning Strike YNW3-10
TailMallard flank feather – dyed wood duck
BodyBlended rabbit (Natural)
RibbingGold oval tinsel
Wing caseWood duck flank – dyed wood duck
LegsHare’s mask ties as collar (Loop method)

Fly Pattern: Tellico Nymph

Tellico Nymph
Hook Mustad 3906B or 9671 sizes 8 – 14 or Lightning Strike YNW3-10
TailBrown hackle fibers
ShellbackPeacock herl
BodyYellow floss
RibbingOne strand of peacock herl
HackleBrown hackle collared tied down