Shaun LaVancher

Shaun has been a member of TU since 2008, the same year he enrolled in his first tying class. He has been the TU chapter president since 2013.Under the teachings of long time tying instructor Dick Carroll, Shaun learned the basics and still considers himself a student of fly tying and fishing. He is a lifelong resident of the Canastota and Chittenango area and is employed as a mechanical engineer.

Fly Tying Apprentice Program

Learn to tie a variety of fly patterns to select the right fly rod, reel, line and tippet to cast the fly line to fish various types of waters (i.e. streams, rivers, etc.) to identify the types of insects fish feed on. Fly tying tools will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Our 2017 Apprentice Program will begin in January 14th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church hall on Genesee St. in Chittenango, N.Y. and will be held each Saturday from 12:00 - 3:00 PM (unless cancelled due to weather or schedule conflict) through the middle of March. Please check the schedule on the Events and Calendar page for up to date times and dates.

Experienced fly tying instructors are on hand each session to help you learn to tie a variety of patterns. This will allow you to get one on one instruction on the different flies that are common in our local waters. Come to one session or all sessions, it is up to you. The program is open to adults and youth aged 10 and up. There fee for all sessions is $75 if it is pre-paid at the first class. Individual sessions are $10 each. The fee for youth under 18 is only $15 for all 10 sessions or $5 per session until 3 sessions are paid for. We highly recommend prepaying for all sessions as the total cost is significantly less than paying for single sessions. Fly Tying kits can be borrowed for the duration of the course for a $50 deposit. We also have an agreement with the Troutfitter on Erie Blvd for those wanting to purchase a complete fly tying kit. Details will be provided during the class.

If you are between 10 yrs old and 110 yrs young and are interested, call/text Lee Polikoff at 382-4820,Shaun LaVancher at 436-9432 or send an email to to reserve your spot.

Lee Polikoff

Lee has been tying flies for the past 8 or so years. His flies have caught many fish throughout Central NY. His focus when teaching new students is to ensure that each student understands the basic techniques. 

To the left you can see one of the classic salmon flies that Lee has tied.

About Our Instructors

Trout Unlimited Madison County New York Chapter 680