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Saturday Signature Tying Series – Featuring Judson Knowles
December 5, 2015 @ 10:00 am MST
It’s officially fly tying season!
Learn different skills and patterns every week! Join us on Saturday mornings to see some of the best tyers around spin up their signature patterns. Each week will offer up instruction, patterns and techniques for tyers of all levels. We guarantee that you’ll learn something new at each and every one! We will see you there with fresh coffee and hot patterns for Colorado and beyond.
With over 800 square feet devoted to tying tools and materials, FRA has the largest and most comprehensive tying inventory in the region.
This week we are excited to welcome Judson Knowles to the bench. Judson love tying and brings a ton of enthusiasm to the bench every time he ties.
‘Who’ is Judson Knowles?
Good question really. Do we really know who we are? ‘What am I’ is an easier question to answer. I am a husband, a father, lover of the outdoors, fly tier, catcher of fish sometimes…
I have been tying and fly fishing since I was 8 years old. I was lucky enough to attend the Beginner & Intermediate Fly Tying classes taught by Ray Johnson in Southern California in the late 70’s at Orange Coast Community College. I was the youngest person in the classes by 25 years or more. The first fish I caught on a fly was a sucker on a Renegade I had tied in class. This was part of the class field trip up to Azusa Canyon. That feeling has never left; the excitement and joy are still present, even today. I am amazed every time I catch a fish on a fly that I have tied. It isn’t so much that I have “fooled” nature, it is more about something I had offered up, made of twisted feather & fur that was deemed “good enough” by a wary trout lurking below.
I am technical by nature. I cannot draw to save my life or wax on poetic about the esoteric virtues that fly fishing has instilled within me. Fly tying is about the only creative outlet I have. Sometimes I find it relaxing, sometimes frustrating but it always presents an opportunity to learn.