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Umpqua Signature Tying Class // Daryl Angler

Brandon Rodriguez / Feb 2, 2022

With those warmer days comes some of the best fly fishing of the year, especially when it comes to Carp. If you want to tie your own carp flies but are unsure where to start, look no further than our upcoming Umpqua Signature Tying Class with one of the best carp fly designers Daryl Angler.

Like our most recent Landon Mayer Fly Tying Class, Trouts Fly Fishing is proud to partner with Umpqua Feather Merchants for a signature tying class hosted by Daryl Angler. This event will be held here at The Trouts Denver location on March 17th, 2022! If you have ever been to one of our Signature Tying Classes, you know that these events are a perfect opportunity to sit down and learn from some of the best in the business when it comes to fly tying.

To reserve your spot, please call our shop at (303) 733-1434 or come swing by the Denver location, and we will happily get you squared away. Cost: $100/person. Materials and other fly tying items will be for sale in the shop if needed! This event will take place on March 17th, 2022, from 6 pm - 8 pm!

Make sure to see our cancelation policy below!

Meet Daryl Angler

A little about me...

I love everything about hunting carp on the fly. I love that my adrenaline races when a fish turns on my fly. I love the challenge, the hunt, the refusal, the missed takes, the frustration, the mental beatdowns, and most importantly...the golden spoils. I didn’t see this coming, to be a fully grown man, and find something to cause physical change is amazing.

I didn’t start tying fłies because I couldn’t find what I wanted, I started tying flies because of the control it offered. I spend time tying and testing flip times, sink rates, and how to reduce splash. I didn’t know what kind of carp bugs I had a preference for at first, but then settled in on a few confidence patterns. Backstabbers and Egan’s Headstands were paramount in my development of fly design. Both patterns were above all, versatile; Aside from the track record, I adored their versatility. My bugs will usually start on the versatility design path, with variants following for specific situations.

Daryl's Popular Carp Patterns

Detroit Mop City

Here is a mop pattern with some moxy! There is a lot happening here with a tapered and curved tail, a breathing thorax, and feathers and dubbing for the collar and wing; and they all seal the deal here. I wasn’t approaching this as anything other than a big, plump, irresistible aquatic grub/crane fly larva.

This comes in small and med lead eyes allowing some versatility from Stillwater to the river. Although the small lead eyes may seem a little heavy for some still water applications, don’t be fooled. A gentle pendulum cast with a drag and drop finish will yield results! Another quick river tip is to use the DMC as your point fly, a fly of your choice as your dropper, and tight lining the run. I will nymph deep runs with this rig when fish are holding deep and visibility is poor, referring back to euro nymphing techniques.

Hipster Dufus

Giddy-up! The Hipster Dufus was designed to be a versatile bug that you can dap, flip, drag it, drop it, or bomb it on fish. With barred wood duck feathers, and CDC, it’s a little buggy, a little flashy and has a ton of moxie. This is my baby, my first labor of time and love. When I started tying carp flies, and learning how to build a chassis for a carp fly I was still fishing for trout quite a bit. I had become smitten with a particular free-swimming caddis pattern that absolutely crushes on our Colorado tail waters…the Banksia Bug. I tinkered with various lift kits (thank you Jay) to balance it properly, as well as various abdomen sizes and materials. I know that when I was just starting with this pattern that I wanted it to be versatile so I could fish it from fishery to fishery, situation to situation. It’s the first pattern I tie on when fishing new water because it covers lots of bases. The shape of the fly, the barred wood duck, the seductive CDC feather, all of it sells. I am extremely proud of the work I’ve put in on the Dufus, and owe debt of gratitude to a carp crushing, mountain dwelling farmer.


When: March 17th, 2022

Time: 6 PM to 8 PM

Where: Trouts Denver - River Room

Cost: $100/person - materials specific to the patterns being tied provided by Daryl Angler. Other materials are available for purchase.


Fly Fishing Classes and Schools are held rain or shine, however, our professional fly fishing instructors will ultimately determine whether or not it is best to venture out into the great outdoors. In the event of dangerous weather, Trouts Fly Fishing alone reserves the right to cancel the trip/event/class. A customer may cancel a class or school more than 21 days prior to the scheduled event and receive a full refund. If a customer cancels a class or school less than 21 days, but greater than 7 days prior to the scheduled date, the customer shall be entitled to a return of 50% of the original deposit received, OR may apply the proceeds towards a future class or school. If a customer cancels a class or school less than 7 days, but greater than 2 days prior to the scheduled class or school, no deposit shall be returned and proceeds will be applied towards a future class or school. If the customer cancels within 48 hours of the scheduled class or school, all deposits will be kept by Trouts Fly Fishing.

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