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Fly-tyer to give speech

by Rosemarie Middendorf

A fly-tying course will be hosted by the High Sierra Fly Casters on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 a.m., at Angler’s Edge, 1420-A Highway 395 in Gardnerville. The cost is $25 per person.

Jay Fair, fly-tyer extraordinaire, will share his skill at tying. Fair, a native of northern New Mexico, has fished the Rio Grande and other Mexican waters for 15 years. He moved to Southern California in 1951 and then to Portola in 1971. He soon started guiding and does so on the Eagle and Davis lakes, as well as elsewhere. He is in his 26th year of guiding.

Although he has spent 62 years tying flies, Fair, an innovative tyer, is quick to point out that he doesn’t tie “pretty flies that look like crickets.” He likes to tie his flies sparsely, but with different colors in a manner that blends together. He dyes all kinds of materials to accomplish this. You may have seen some very colorful Jay Fair burnt orange, yellow or green saddles in the fly shops. Some of his flies have been featured in the Western Fly Fishing magazine.

You will need to take your own vise, tools, etc., to the class. Materials will be provided by Fair, and a few vises will be available for those who haven’t one.

Limited seating is available, so make your reservation now by calling Gene Young at 265-2626, 782-2522, or e-mail

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