On March 3, 2012, members of St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers, a Federation of Fly Fishers associate club, along with members of the Kalamazoo Valley (Mich.) and Little Elkhart (Ind.) Chapters of Trout Unlimited and many others, will come together to tie flies for Casting for Recovery of Indiana.
All the flies from the Sixth Annual Tie-A-Thon will be distributed to Casting for Recovery – Indiana. Through fly fishing and fly tying education, CFR is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of ladies with breast cancer.
Casting for Recovery provides fly fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have or have had breast cancer. CFR seeks to enhance the lives of breast cancer patients by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing, at no cost to participants.
The premise of the Tie-a-thon is like an old fashion barn raisin’– several tiers 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 Rapids Fly Tyers; Fly Girls; Anglers of the Au Sable; Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited and many more individuals. A bunch of tiers come together to tie 100 flies each on Saturday, March 3, 2012, and at the end of the day, try their best to surpass the previous all-time high of 13,300 flies tied at the 2011 event.
If you are interested, pick just one pattern to tie, buy a box of 100 hooks, the materials and get tying! To get you there, xanax brand name Chef Terry Wittorp will have a spectacular lunch for all the tiers, 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 tier 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 tier 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 the Tim Scott or Terry Wittorp and they’ll be happy to give you a lesson.
Just as in the past five years, the Elkhart Conservation Club has graciously donated the use of their main building for the 2011 Tie-a-thon.
The previous five Tie-a-thons distributed over 30,000 flies to four groups, the youth camp of the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the youth camp for the Brotherhood of the Junglecock, Reel and Heal of Toledo, a cancer fly fishing retreat and Project Healing Waters.
If you are interested in tying a pattern and donating; please contact either:
Elkhart Conservation Club:
55515 Riviera Dr, Elkhart, IN 46514
Send flies to:
711 Forest Ave
South Bend, IN 46616