Introduction to Fly Tying

“The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always learning.”
Theodore Gordon, American author and “Father of the American school of dry fly fishing.”

We live in a region that has an endless amount of fishing waters. If you’ve always wanted to learn the art and science of fly fishing or are already confident in your abilities but would like to learn to tie new and exciting lures, come and learn from local expert George Kutskel, treasurer of Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited. 

Mr. Kutskel will discuss the important skills to become a fly fishing master, important knots, rod repair, selection of materials, identification of the various bugs that can be represented by artificial flies, and individual classes devoted to tying the four major types of flies – streamers, nymphs, wet flies and dry flies.

This class will teach students about the different knots involved with fishing and tying flies and how each of those knots are used. It will provide an overview of the equipment used for fishing and how to properly care for and maintain your equipment. An exciting part of this class will include the study of the various bugs found in our local streams and how to identify the species of insects that are part of the life cycle in our waters. This all leads to the equipment and materials used to tie lures that resemble and imitate the insects that will catch fish.

Fly tying is considered an art and a science. Most who learn the skills needed to tie flies end up making it a lifetime hobby and passion.


Wednesday evenings, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, and 28, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 204
Fee: $160*
Discounts available for Penn State faculty, staff, and students. Please call (814) 375-4772 for your unique discount code.

The class offered in St. Marys will be instructed by fly fishing enthusiast and small business owner, Scott Whitehead. Scott enjoys sharing his passion and has taught numerous classes even developing a video used as a teaching aid. He also has experience in guiding fly fishermen. We invite you to spend some time during the winter months to fine-tune your skills or develop a new hobby. Space is limited so that each student receives more one-on-one attention from the instructor.


Tuesday evenings, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, and 27, 2018 (NO class February 13)
Community Education Center, 4 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, PA 15857
Fee: $160*
*Discounts available for Penn State faculty, staff, and students. Please call (814) 375-4772 for your unique discount code.