Fly tying with the master

Tim Liddiard of Naselle brushed up on his fly-tying skills with local master Chuck Cameron at a recent

NASELLE - "That's doin' alright. Come right up, straight up. Hold these hackles. Go over the top. Fold these over. And there you go. Good job!"

Chuck Cameron has been tying flies for fishing most of his life,

"It started out as just a hobby because I couldn't buy them when I was 12 years old," said Cameron of his beginnings in the art of fly-tying. "Mostly I learned through books I got at the library out of the school, and myself. Like I say, most of it was self taught."

On a recent Tuesday night at the Timberland library in Naselle, Cameron brought his years of experience to the public, in the first of a new monthly series at the library called "Tuesdays with Friends."

The new project-based workshops will take place on the first Tuesday of every month and will alternate between afternoon and evening time slots.

The idea was thought up by the "Friends of the Naselle," a non-profit support group for the library.

Michelle Zilli, community librarian at Naselle, is coordinator of the program.

"We've always done adult programs like this in the past, around six a year," said Zilli. "We knew we had a lot of local resources and thought, wouldn't it be great?"

Cameron, who is a long time resident of the Peninsula and owns and operates his own fly tackle shop in Seaview, had done a presentation for the Library in Naselle a year ago and was asked to be the first in the new series.

"[Last time] we had a couple who were kinda on the slow side but we came out pretty well. It's trial and error," says Cameron laughing, "We'll see what happens."

In this particular session, Cameron supplied his seven students at the library with all the necessary tools and supplies to make three different flies each.

The hooks were decorated with the likes of hackle (bits of pheasant feather), felt ribbing and hair from a cows tail. When tied all together you get bait with names like #8 Thor, #10 green-bodied carry special and #4 polar shrimp. All of which Cameron has successfully caught fish on local waters including steal head, salmon and cutthroat.

Even experienced fly - tiers like Tim Liddiard of Naselle - took in the event to brush up on his skills.

"I've probably tied 50 flies, mostly out of books," said Liddiard of his experience in fly- tying. However, he found that Cameron's assistance was a great help, "The years of knowledge is really nice to have."

Cameron's recent workshop was only open to a limited amount of people due to the shortage of the necessary equipment. However, he encourages anyone who would like to know more about tying flies, or fly fishing, to come by his shop on 36th St. in Seaview.

"I've taught a dozen people right here on this bench," says Cameron of his shop, "Whenever anybody wants to come, I'm here 90 percent of the time, seven days week. You come in at 7 o'clock, we'll tie a fly, whatever you want. The material is here, as well as the knowledge."

The next session of Tuesdays with Friends will be Oct. 1 at 2 p.m., where they will be making salal wreaths.

Future workshops at the Timberland library in Naselle will include, a stained glass presentation in November and Christmas centerpieces in the month of December. Class size is limited and it is necessary to sign up prior to the event. For more information please contact Michelle Zilli at (360) 484-3877.

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