The International Fly Tying Symposium Somerset, NJ November 19+20, 2011. This is my third year tying at the Symposium. I have to say that I've been welcomed and treated well. I look forward to the event with the thought of meeting some new folks, learning something new, and sharing ideas. This has happened every year, so I guess the need to keep going back is there. The change for me this year was the opportunity to tie at the Flymen Fishing Company's booth instead of my own table. I really struggled with this invitation for one reason, I enjoy the one on one interaction of being a tier and having the freedom to tie what I want. The introduction of the Articulated Shank by the Flymen Fishing Company gave me the freedom to pretty much tie what I want, so I accepted the invitation. I am not a salesman, but I am a promoter of products I believe in. Enough said, an opportunity presented and I seized it. The Saturday portion of the event was very intense with masses of people coming through and made for a great day. By the end of the day I was spent and starting to question a lot of things. Saturday evening was fun socializing with a couple of fellow tiers and I was starting to feel more centered. Sunday started at 5am with my annual trip to Carlos Bakery and back in time to tie away the morning. Sunday morning is also the time to meet fellow tiers I had missed the day before and do a bit of shopping. I was able to connect with some fellow tiers from the newly resurrected Fly Tyer forum. I am not a big fan of the magazine, but the folks on the forum are really tight and I'm glad to be able to interact with them and meet a few face to face. Sunday turned out to be better than expected for me, and the generosity people showed was a bit overwhelming, but it left me a lot to ponder on the long drive home. Now for the pictures....Martin Bawden and I were talking about, it's hard to have a bad time at a tying show, so as I took a few pictures of people I said "look angry"....enjoy!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Well numbers don't mean a lot to me, but I do have a few lucky ones. Then there are milestone numbers 39 to 40 now there is something to get excited about. Not really! The fact that in life you reach a certain point when you have as a global-ball-buster that I work with reassured me, "you probably have more birthdays behind you than ahead of you". Well that's a great way to look at it. That to me means I need to fish a whole lot more. As the change from 39 to 40 was quickly approaching, I took the opportunity to fish with a few friends that I rarely get to do so with. In the course of a week I took three days to fish three different tributaries, on two different Great Lakes, with two different friends, and one solo outing. Now what do I have to show for it? I appreciate my friends more than ever, my car doesn't know whether or not I catch any fish, I spent way too much in gas money, cold Italian sausage with pepper and onions is becoming a way of life, and though I don't have a lot to show for it I wouldn't change a thing.
Now for the fly tying. On the eve of the big day I spent a few hours trying to fill fly tying orders. When I reached to point of exhaustion I took the time to tie one more fly for me. Inspired by an article in the UK's Fly Fishing and Fly Tying August 2011 issue about Dick's Blue Bottle fly and midnight was just around the corner I tyed number 39 a small winter steelhead fly. Looking toward the future if you will.
Number 40 and 39