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GRO Presents Don Bastian: Grand River Caddis Patterns

March 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Don has been a celebrated fly tier for 50 years and has one of the broadest ranges of patterns and styles in the trout world that you will ever see. Although he is well known for many, his Carrie Stevens and Ray Bergman classics may be his crowning achievement over the past 20 years but that only scratches the surface and it will be his knowledge of caddis flies that we will focus on.Don Bastian
It was 20 years ago this spring that Donnie helped put the Grand River tailwater on the map with his article in September of 1995, “Ontario’s Grand River” and we thought what better way to celebrate than to have him demonstrate some of his tried and true caddis patterns that have performed for him over the years.
Bring your vise and tie along with Don or just sit back and take notes as this is guaranteed to be an informative tutorial that will greatly improve your success on the Grand River.
This event is limited to 10 students and is available at a rate of $70.00 /person + Hst.
Some more on Don.
●Don has been tying flies for 50 years, starting at age 12 in 1964.
●Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Guide for 16 consecutive seasons and a commercial fly
tier for 12 years.
●Author of three fly tying DVD’s:
○Advanced Classic Wet Flies:2007
○Traditional Streamers and Bucktails:2007
○Tying Classic Wet Flies:2004
●Featured author of Ray Bergman biography in the book Forgotten Flies. Don has a
combined total of approximately 765 flies published in that book.
http://www.rareandunusual.com/troutwetflies.htm is a link to over 100 of Don’s flies.
●Don’s wet flies, drys, and streamers were regularly published in Art of Angling
Journal 2001-2003 by The Complete Sportsman.
●Published in Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, Hatches
Magazine, Fly Tyers of the World, Vol. IV; Fly Fusion, and
●The Ray Bergman Collection featuring wet flies tied by Don Bastian debuted in
September 2010 at Hatches Magazine Online.
●Don Bastian Wet Flies website: http://donbastianwetflies.com
●Don specializes in tying classic wet flies and streamers but he is equally
comfortable at the vise whether he is turning out dry flies, nymphs, steelhead and
bass flies, salmon flies, panfish patterns, and even a few saltwater flies.
●Fly tying instructor since 1984.
●Pro Staff Member of Regal Vise.
●Instructor and demonstrator at various shows, forums, and fly tying clinics since
●Amateur and professional photography since 1985.
●Don has two daughters – Kim and Lyneah, four grandsons and one granddaughter.
He lives in Pennsylvania. He is a widower following the 2007 death of his wife,
Lou Anne, after nearly thirty-four years of marriage.


March 12, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm