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Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited teaches Fly Tying to Woodland Park High School Students

Posted by Michele White on September 25, 2017 in Volunteer Opportunities

On September 12, 2017, PPTU taught over a hundred students to tie a rather brightly colored version of the woolly bugger pattern.  Five volunteers led an introductory fly tying class to Ms. Stacy Roshek’s Adventure Recreation Class at Woodland Park High School.

This type of community outreach and support provides information to the public (and in this case to youth) about the importance of conservation of our natural habitats for trout. Not only do the youth learn about PPTU’s mission (Conserve, Protect, Restore cold water fisheries in the Pikes Peak Region) but they also learn that we have opportunities to volunteer for hands on projects within their own home region, such as reintroducing native greenback cutthroat trout and working on river habitat restoration.

The woolly bugger pattern they tied on this day varied from a more traditional model, in that we used brightly colored marabou and chenille. This result was a shape in an attractant color that can be fished by means of jigging through pocket water like a streamer. The students learned to control their bobbin, trap and wrap material,including hackle with hackle pliers, and tie finishing knots.

Nicely organized fly tying tool sets donated to PPTU.


One of the proud classes.


Second wave of students.


Schematic diagram of step by step fly tying procedure….

A purpley fuzzy woolly bugger in progress…


Another work in progress….

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