up. All Tuned up ... the original fly fishing tune up. Saturday, May 9th, 2015.
Each season hundreds of fly fishermen gleefully head out to their
local waters only to receive an aquatic butt-kicking of epic proportions
by the fish they are pursuing. The hurt, anguish, despair and feelings
of inadequacy are devastating, they are real, they are crushing
and they are haunting, but luckily there is hope. We all know that
hope springs eternal except for the folk living in Vancouver who
just can't find a decent latte, a waterproof jacket or a trendy
set of Birkenstocks, for them all is lost, but not so for the fly
Each season many fly fisherman place their angling
hopes and dreams on the broad shoulders, some would say the big
boned shoulders, of Ian Colin James and each year those anglers
are not disappointed. Well maybe just that one chap but he has never
been seen since he wandered, slipped, fell or was pushed into the
Black Hole Pool, so we'll not talk about him until the investigations
have been completed.
Failure, frustration and getting flustered are
becoming all too common on the riverbank, but it doesn't have to
be like that. There is hope. And it all starts with a tune up. Ask
anyone involved in law enforcement about the value of giving someone
a good tune up.
Don't be fooled
Now before we go any further, don't be fooled by copycat tune ups.
Sure they may look the same, and they may claim to offer the same
sort of help and results as an Ian Colin James tune up, but this
is the original fly fishing tune up; developed, created and tweaked
to perfection by the guide who put the first one together. So-called
"tune ups" began sprouting up one or two years after my
original tune up was promoted on this website, and they often do
more harm than good.
You may need a tune up
You falsecast your way into a nose bleed.
You miss the takes.
You never get a take.
You hear "Whooshing" noises when you cast.
You slap the water on your backcast with your fly line.
You snap off flies on your backcast.
You are known as "The Demon Doublehauler."
You hook yourself more than you hook fish.
Here's how it works
On the day you have a 45-minute time slot which starts on the hour.
For one-on-one instruction, 45 minutes is a very long time, and
you will learn a ton of stuff. First of all I will get your casting
sorted out, you will learn how to cast accurately and safely with
the minimum amount of false casting and faffing about. Secondly
I will give you some fish-catching tips and we will work on your
fishing techniques. Lastly, I will point out which flies you may
want to use and at the end of the 45 minutes you will wander off
with 6 very productive flies.
Tune up location
All the tune ups will take place near Fergus, Ontario, on the Grand
River. The exact location will be sent to you when you register
as I don't want a bunch of folk showing up to gawk and spectate
on the riverbank. The tune ups will take place rain or shine, unless
there shards of lightening cracking the sky, so be prepared for
inclement weather. In other words, bring a rain jacket, if you don't
have a rain jacket, bring a big plastic garbage bag and we can cut
out some arm holes and a hole for your head in it.
Tune up date for 2015
Saturday, May 9th.
First time slot: 9:00 a.m.
Last time slot: 5:00 p.m.
(First-come, first-served basis.)
Here is how to sign up
1. Pick an on-the-hour
2. Send me an e-mail with the info
3. I will confirm your registration.
4. Send in your $70 fee.
5. Show up at the right time in
the right place.
6. I'll tune you up and you will
see an instant improvement in your skills.
7. You wander off with 6 very productive
Some of the patterns were used by the Les Chiens d'Eau team to win
the silver medal at the 2006 Canadian Fly Fishing Championships
held on the Grand River.
I need tuned up:
E-mail Registration: Tune
Fine tune your tune up
When you register, please don't be shy on letting me know what you
would like to work on. As in, "Dear Ian. I would like the 9:00
a.m. time slot on Saturday, May 18th. I am addicted to dry fly
fishing, so I would like to learn more about fishing dry flies."
You could even go with something like, "Ian, my casting is
just brutal. I need help and only you can talk me down from the
ledge. Please fit me in at 5:00 p.m."
A perfect gift
Yes, a tune up makes a perfect gift. Giving someone a tune up as
a gift is a good idea. In fact, it's a great idea because it's the
gift that keeps giving. You'll be putting a smile on the face of
that special fly fisherman in your life, not just when they are
getting tuned up, but each time they hook a fish or they make a
flawless cast using the tips and pointers they picked up during
the tune up.
Don't worry, like all the folk who take instruction from me,
no one will ever know you did it. You will still be able to brag
about how you are self-taught, how you tied your first fly while
still in the womb and how you were raised by a school of wild brown
trout and carp.