'Beers and Bugs': Monthly Forks Fly Tyers gatherings bring fly tying and fishing enthusiasts together at local microbrewery

Grand Forks Herald

Make no mistake about the weather on this Thursday evening in early February.

It's cold, as in 10 below zero cold. Way too cold if you're into fly fishing, as...

Kevin Jeffrey (left) and Steve Ficocello of Grand Forks tie flies Thursday, Feb. 1 during the monthly gathering of the Forks Fly Tyers. The group gathers the first Thursday of every month to tie flies and talk fishing at Half Brothers Brewing Company. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Mike Hartman of East Grand Forks ties up a fly Thursday night, Feb. 1, during the Forks Fly Tyers' monthly "Beers and Bugs" gathering at Half Brothers Brewing Company in Grand Forks. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Adam Stusynski shows off a hair jig he tied Thursday, Feb. 1 during the Forks Fly Tyers' monthly "Beers and Bugs" gathering at Half Brothers Brewing Company in Grand Forks. Formed in August 2017, the Fly Tyers group meets the first Thursday of every month to tie flies and talk fishing. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Longtime fly fishing enthusiast Kevin Jeffrey of Grand Forks shows off a large fly he tied. Jeffrey is one of the regulars who gathers the first Thursday of every month at Half Brothers Brewing Company to tie flies with the Forks Fly Tyers. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Some of the essentials for an evening of tying flies with the Forks Fly Tyers during their monthly "Beers and Bugs" sessions: a fly tying vice, tying adhesive, hooks, beads, feathers, thread and -- optional -- a tasty brew. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)

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