Final Hops & Hoppers of 2019

Tuesday December 17th marked the last Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop Hops & Hoppers open tie night of 2019 at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul.  The turn out to these open fly tying events is usually good, and there’s a lot of diverse fly Tyers that attend to tie flies, drink craft beer or soda, and talk about past and future fishing trips.  It’s also a great excuse to escape the house and shake off the cabin fever if ice fishing or winter trout fishing is not your thing.

Lucas Gluesenkamp aka Strange Bugs sits amazed that a ziplock baggie appeared on Jim’s vise.
Lucas Gluesenkamp whipping up some bass bugs that are not strange.
Bobby Regan lining up some feathers

I cannot remember the last time I brought my vise to an open tie.  I’ve learned over the years, that I never tie flies at these things, and I spend more time taking photos and talking to others.  I’m okay with that.  I prefer to tie my mop flies in the comfort of my own home, so, no one can steal my secret mop fly recipe.

Mike and Sam focused on their bugs.
Micah Crider tossing the whip finish on a winter trout streamer.
Micah Crider getting ready to start another fly.

All kinds of flies were being tied.  Trout flies, musky flies, dry flies, and streamers.  The only consistent thing I noticed on this night were the laughs.  There were a lot of them.  I think we all need to get out and fish.

Driftless Drew whipping up a bug the same size of a Driftless brown trout.
Armone Vang tying a chironomid that ended up in one of my fly wallets.
Looking forward to future open tie night, but more importantly, I’m looking forward to 2020.
Cheers to all of you!

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