2017 TIE-A-THON APRIL 22nd

On April 22nd members of SJRVFF, members of Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and many others, will come together to tie flies for Casting for Recovery – Michigan. In nine years, fly tyers have donated over 65,000 flies to various good causes such as Casting for Recovery – Michigan who use fly fishing for education or therapy.

About the Recipient
The Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited – The annual Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp is held on the banks of the famous Au Sable River in Michigan from July 23 to July 28. Campers learn more about conservation and fly fishing in a week at camp than most of us learn in a lifetime. The camp accepts young men and women ages 13 through 18. Instruction is provided by Trout Unlimited volunteers, faculty from Midwestern Universities, and local professionals. For more information on the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited you can check out the Oak Brook Chapter web site: obtu.org

The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp Tuesday June 25-June 29th at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, in the heart of Northern Michigan trout country. The four-day Camp is designed to educate our 12-16 year old boys and girls about the importance of protecting our cold-water resources. Students will discover what trout need to survive, where they hide, and, with help from some of Michigan`s leading conservationists and anglers, how to catch them. No previous fly fishing experience is necessary! For more information on the Kalamazoo Valley TU Youth Camp, check out their website, kvctu.org

Trout Unlimited National Teen Summit – Every summer TU Teen leaders from across the country gather together to exchange ideas, learn about conservation and leadership, and shape the continually evolving TU Teens program. This year, the 6th annual Teen Summit will return to the birthplace of TU on the banks of the Au Sable June 21 – 25 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Northern Michigan. For more information on the TU Teen Summit and to watch a video about last year’s Summit in Montana, check out the website www.tu.org/teens

What is the Tie-a-thon
For more information, check out the website or check out Tie-a-thon on Facebook. The premise of the Tie-a-thon is like an old fashion barn raisin’, several tyers tie as many flies as they can to donate to the cause. Joining forces again this year to tie flies are with members of: St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers; Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited; The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock; Reel Women – Reel Men of Indianapolis; Grand River Fly Tyers; Fly GirlsAnglers of the Au Sable; Little Elkhart Trout Unlimited and many more individuals. A bunch of tiers come together to tie 100 flies a piece on a Saturday and at the end of the day, we try our very best to surpass our previous all-time high of 13,300 flies raised at one Tie-a-thon.

image01If you are interested, pick just one pattern to tie, buy a box of 100 hooks, the materials and get tying! To get you there, Terry Wittorp, chef, will have a spectacular lunch for all the tyers, which is worth at least 200 flies, but we will give you a break. Also, so you’re not too bored just tying, we will have a guest tier every other hour show off his or her special pattern. We will have a video set up to make easy to see from your tying station. The Tie-a-thon will last from 8:00am to 5:00pm. If you are not a fast tyer and can’t complete your 100 flies in that time, this is a good time to get a jump on your flies. We would certainly take more than 100 from anyone if they are ambitious.

You don’t have to be an expert tyer to donate flies. Many first time fly tyers have participated, this give you a chance to become very good tying at least one fly. If you need help learning a pattern, contact me, Tim Scott, and I will be happy to give you a lesson.

Just as in the past eight years, the Elkhart Conservation Club has graciously donated the use of their main building for the 2015 Tie-a-thon. (Map)

In seven years the Tie-a-thon has raised and donated over 54,000 flies to various Fly Fishing Schools, Flyin’ Heroes, the youth camp of the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Casting for Recovery,  the youth camp for the Brotherhood of the Junglecock, Reeling and Healing of Toledo, a cancer fly fishing retreat and Project Healing Waters.

If you are interested in tying a pattern and donating; please contact either:

Tim Scott
574-289-6392 home
Terry Wittorp
Elkhart Conservation Club:
55515 Riviera Dr, Elkhart, IN 46514

Send flies to
Tim Scott
711 Forest Ave
South Bend, IN 46616

RSVP for Tie-A-Thon

These are the flies we ask you to tie: (tie 100 flies of one pattern)

These are the flies we ask you to tie
Fly Size
Adams 14
Ant 18 – 20
Beetles 18 – 14
Blue Wing Olive Emerger 18 – 22
Caddis Nymph 16 – 18
Clouser’s Minnow 8
Cone-Head white rabbit leeches 4-6
Elk Hair Caddis 14 – 16
Griffith Gnat 20 – 22
Hare’s Ear 12 – 14
Mickey Finn 8
Nuke Eggs 10 – 4
Pheasant Tail 14 – 16
Soft Hackle 14 – 16
Woolly Bugger 10
If you have any questions on the patterns, please contact Tim Scott.