ST. PAUL FLY TIERS HISTORY

The St. Paul Fly Tiers and Fishermen’s Club was established over 60 years ago in order to promote fly tying and fly fishing at a time when there were almost no other fly fishing or tying resources in the upper Midwest. Today, the St. Paul Fly Tiers remains one of the oldest fly tying and fishing clubs in the Midwest and the United States.

Where it all Started

In March of 1951 Ben Egger gathered 25 students from adult fly tying classes he taught at Harding High School. They occasionally met at each others homes, and various neighborhood taverns to tie flies and swap stories. In April of 1952 the club was officially formed and incorporated by Egger and 7 members of his fly tying group and members of the St. Paul Fly and Baitcasting Club.

By the late 60s and early 70s they had over 100 members. They decided to meet each Thursday at Kuby’s on Rice Street in St. Paul until 1987 when they moved to Tin Cup’s.

The organization was founded prior to the commercial availability of the materials, equipment, and information necessary to fuel tying and fly fishing passions. Originally one of our purposes was to provide a source for furs, feathers and other materials almost impossible to find in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. As there were no sources of tying materials in the area, the club originally made materials available to its members through various means.

In a March 22, 1976 interview, Egger states, “St. Paul Fly Tiers club was first to blend various kinds of fur in a kitchen blender (which others started again in the 80s with electric coffee grinders-the editors), the discovery was publicized in a fly fishing magazine and as a result, someone invented a miniature blender to do the same.” This trend exploded into commercially available blended dubbings and was the impotence for today’s synthetic blends. Members of the club created many popular fly patterns and fly tying methods, and some of the original members became widely among the nation’s fly tying elite.

Some of our past members to consider:

Ben Egger

Harold Arnold

Ray Brundrett

Norm Lucas

Robert Mahler

Jerry Walerius

Tom Walker

Oscar Krevinghous

Mark Tibbets

Other Notable Members Past & Present:

Andy Miner

Andy Miner

ANDY MINER | Andy was one of our early members. He started the selective breeding of chickens to provide quality dry-fly hackle. Andy, a lawyer from St. Paul, had decided to raise chickens hatched from eggs he got from Harry Darbee. Those eventually became the Hebert Miner necks. Bucky Metz got his eggs from Miner and started Metz Hackle with them. Andy’s experimentation led directly to most of today’s genetic hackles (Whiting, Hoffman, Metz, Keogh etc.). Check out these two articles on Genetic Hackle and the fly fishing industry that credit Andy with his quality process for genetics in “Fly Rod & Reel” magazine and the 1985 issue of “Field and Stream.

 

 

Dave-Engerbretson

Dave Engerbretson

DAVE ENGERBRESTON | Dave was an active member while finishing his PhD degree and teaching at Macalester College. He went on to become a professor at Washington State University and the Western field editor for “Fly Fisherman Magazine.”

To most, Engerbretson was best known for his love of fly fishing for more than 35 years. Early on, he conducted his own fly fishing school at the K Bar L ranch in Montana. He was a commercial fly tier for the Orvis Company and a licensed fishing guide on such famous waters as the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.

In 2002, he was presented with the Charles E. Brooks Memorial Life Award by the Federation of Fly Fishers. In 1986, Engerbretson wrote  “Tight Lines, Bright Water,” an unusual blend of semi-autobiographical treatise and instructional text on all things related to the art and science of fly fishing. The book went on to become a staple of the genre.

Engerbretson was also a prolific magazine writer, lecturer, photographer, tackle designer, and consultant to many fly fishing manufacturers. He served as Western editor for Fly Fisherman magazine for many years.

Until his death in 2003, he was an editor-at-large to the magazine as well as a contributing editor to the Virtual Fly Shop, Cabela’s Guidebooks, and Lefty’s World. He was also the host of the popular PBS television series, Fly-tying; The Angler’s Art, seen nationwide. At the time of his death he was involved in writing a fly fishing textbook and conducting rod handle size research for the Winston Rod Company.

Here are a few links to some of his television shows:

Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 18             Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 201

Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 313           Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 210

Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 211           Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art  |  Episode 217

Dorothy Bergmann

Dorothy Bergmann Schramm

DOROTHY (BERGMANN) SCHRAMM |  Dorothy was secretary of the club before moving to Michigan where she established The Fly Girls of Michigan. A fly fishing club patterned after the St. Paul Fly Tiers.

Dorothy has won numerous awards from the Federation of Fly Fishers, and the Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Award. In 1998, the IFF presented Schramm with the Woman of the Year Award for her IFFF devotion and participation. The Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Award is presented to that person of outstanding achievement in any of several areas that are part of, or related to, the sport and science of fly fishing. Those areas include angling writing, original fly fishing theory, conservation and environmental protection, entomology, education in the sport of fly fishing and innovation in fly fishing techniques.

She has worked sports show for Fenwick and Scientific Anglers and has taught in the Sage and Orvis fly fishing schools throughout the Midwest. Schramm is the owner of Rodsmith, a custom rod building and angling-related arts business and is considered to be one of the premier rod builders in the Midwest. In 1996, she founded Flygirls of Michigan, a International Federation of Fly Fisher’s club. The Flygirls was born out of the growing interest in women’s fly fishing.

Bob Nasby

Bob Nasby

BOB NASBY |  Inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2015. Fly Casting instructor and guide, More info on Bob to come He is a frequent speaker at sports shows, fishing and conservation clubs as well as a guest on ESPN’s Fly Fish America.

He has also been featured on television and talk radio, plus numerous publications: Outdoor Life, Fly Fishing the North Country, various Boundary Waters publications and many more. He’s pioneered fly fishing on the Great Lakes, guided in the Florida Keys and teaches flycasting (including spey techniques) for all skill levels.

“Nas” is fussy about what rod is in his hand, not about what he is fishing. He has been known to go after tarpon, bonefish, shark, barracuda, steelhead, Great Lakes brown trout, lake trout, Great Lakes carp, smallmouth bass, musky and anything else that will eat a fly.

A fly fishing guide for both fresh and saltwater, his favorite waters are equally varied: Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes and their tributaries, boundary waters of Minnesota, St. Croix River.

Did You Know?

• St. Paul Fly Tiers has been around since 1952

• We have over 100 active members

• We tie for and promote all types of fishing

•  We support conservation

Upcoming Events

Aug
17
Thu
2017
7:00 pm SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar | Maplewood | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Continue 1, 2, 3rd Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm at Gulden’s in Maplewood. This summer on the last Thursday for each month (June 29, July 27[...]
Aug
19
Sat
2017
all-day Musky / Smallie Outing | Locati... @ Musky Outing
Musky / Smallie Outing | Locati... @ Musky Outing
Aug 19 – Aug 20 all-day
Musky / Smallie Outing  | Location TBD  | Date TBD August @ Musky Outing | Neillsville | Wisconsin | United States
This is a 2-day outing taking place in northern Wisconsin. More details and exact location TBD, You must have your own transportation, small mouth bass and musky flies, and an 8wt to 10wt rod. Carpooling[...]
Aug
24
Thu
2017
7:00 pm SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar | Maplewood | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Continue 1, 2, 3rd Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm at Gulden’s in Maplewood. This summer on the last Thursday for each month (June 29, July 27[...]
Aug
31
Thu
2017
7:00 pm @ Brunson's Pub
@ Brunson's Pub
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 @ Brunson's Pub | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm We will be trying a new venue the last Thursday of the Month in June, July and August at Brunson’s Pub[...]
Sep
7
Thu
2017
7:00 pm SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar | Maplewood | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Continue 1, 2, 3rd Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm at Gulden’s in Maplewood. This summer on the last Thursday for each month (June 29, July 27[...]
Sep
14
Thu
2017
7:00 pm SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar | Maplewood | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Continue 1, 2, 3rd Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm at Gulden’s in Maplewood. This summer on the last Thursday for each month (June 29, July 27[...]
Sep
16
Sat
2017
all-day Trout Weekend | SE Minnesota |... @ St. Paul Fly Tiers Trout Outing
Trout Weekend | SE Minnesota |... @ St. Paul Fly Tiers Trout Outing
Sep 16 – Sep 17 all-day
Trout Weekend  | SE Minnesota  | TBD @ St. Paul Fly Tiers Trout Outing | Minnesota | United States
Lunch free to members on Saturday. Time and location TBD Lunch at 2:00 free to all members. Some members will camp out over 2 days.
Sep
21
Thu
2017
7:00 pm SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPFT Club Meeting @ Gulden's Bar | Maplewood | Minnesota | United States
Last Thursdays,Summer Meetings from 7pm-9pm at Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul Continue 1, 2, 3rd Thursdays, from 7pm-9pm at Gulden’s in Maplewood. This summer on the last Thursday for each month (June 29, July 27[...]
St. Paul Fly Tiers Historical Photos

 

Past Club Officers:

Year President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Board
1952-? Ben Egger
1976 Ronald E. Fisher Bill Spiess Steve E. Bryan Herbert W. Becker Vern Alberts, Doug McClellan, LeRoy H. Grant
1982 Jim Kroll Tom Koppel Greg Bussaker Bob Anderson John A. Imgrund, Frank Knapp, Dick Schwartz
1992 Leroy H. Grant Roger Bile Dennis Hook Tom Muellner Jr. Harvin Giesen, Jay Franklin, E. John Anderson
2001 Curt Nordrum
2003 Mark Tibbets Bob Feiker
2004 Mark Tibbets Bob Feiker
2005 Jack Conrad Steve Yasgur Stan Sturjen Bob Anderson Bob Feiker
2006 Jack Conrad Steve Yasgur Bob Feiker Tom Muellner Josh Alters
2007 Steve Yasgur Bob Feiker Jackie Jankowski Bob Anderson Josh Alters, Chris Sprau, Mark Tibbets
2008 Steve Yasgur Bob Feiker Andrew Fiskness Tom Muellner Josh Alters, Chris Sprau, Mark Tibbets
2009 Bob Feiker Sid Thomson Andrew Fiskness Tom Muellner Steve Yasgur, Chris Sprau, Mark Tibbets
2010 Andrew Fiskness Sid Thomson Ben Renburg Chris Sprau Steve Yasgur, Bob Feiker, Mark Tibbets
2011 Andrew Fiskness Chris Sprau Ed Sandin Sid Thomson Steve Yasgur, Bob Feiker, Ben Renburg
2012 Andrew Fiskness Sid Thomson Steve Yasgur Bob Anderson Chris Sprau, Bob Feiker, Ben Renburg
2013 Andrew Fiskness Bob Feiker Ed Saindon/
Eric Phillipplip
Bob Anderson Chris Sprau, Sid Thomson, Ben Renburg
2014 Andrew Fiskness Bob Feiker Joel Ebbers Ed Saindon/
Bob Anderson
Chris Sprau, Sid Thomson, Steve Kaukula
2015 Andrew Fiskness Bob Feiker Joel Ebbers Bob Anderson Ben Renberg, Steve Yasgur, Steve Kaukula
2016 Andrew Fiskness Bob Feiker Joel Ebbers Bob Anderson Ben Renberg, Tom Muellner, Steve Kaukula

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