Maine Sport Outfitters will offer fly tying classes starting in November. All classes take place at the business on Route1, with the fall session beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9. Classes run  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The following are the class levels:

Beginner — This is a true beginner class, with absolutely no experience necessary. It’s also a good refresher course for those who haven’t tied in a while. The instructor is Paul McGurren, who manages the Maine Sport fishing department. McGurren has more than 30 years of tying experience and started the Maine Sport Fly Tying School in 1990. Students must have a vise, a basic tool selection, and a textbook, all of which are available in the fly shop. This is an eight-week class and the cost is $60.

Intermediate — This class is for tyers who know the fundamentals and who feel comfortable with tying basic dries, wets, nymphs, and streamers. The instructor chooses patterns that teach more advanced techniques, to help tyers achieve the ‘next level.’ The theme of this fall’s session is: “Getting Down: Better Ways to Sink Your Flies.” Students are also welcome to make suggestions about other techniques they’d like to learn, and the instructor will try to incorporate these into his plan. The instructor is Jeff Space, who learned to tie at Maine Sport in 1991, and has been teaching tying classes there for the past five years. This is an eight-week class and the cost is $80.

Warm Water and Salt Water Flies — This is a new course for Maine Sport’s Fly Tying School. Dan Johnson is the instructor. Johnson has summered in the Midcoast for most of his life and now lives in Camden. He comes from Florida, where he maintained a commercial fly tying business for 20 years. Johnson estimates he has tied 13,000 dozen salt and warm water flies, and has taught numerous classes. The emphasis will be on warm water flies. This is a six-week class and the fee is $60.

Materials will be supplied for the flies tied during class time and students may purchase ‘homework’ materials after classes.

For more information, call McGurren at 236-7120.

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