My first show. It was great!
Actually, i was a bit jaded after saturday, and was thinking saturday night i would have gone home had i not had a hotel booked and paid for. Man, i'm glad i didnt go home though, as sunday turned out to be a great day. Not that saturday wasnt great too, but i was tired and not feeling too good.
I didnt tie many flies, and took even less pictures (zero), but i managed to get one from a guy another forum who posted it. I"m sure he wont mind i down loaded it.
Saturday i got there right at the opening time set and and began with a nice easy wet fly. I tied about three or four wet flies on saturday as well as a Marbury Holberton. Most of the wet flies i gave away to either kids or a guy who was collecting a box for TU fund raising.
Sunday, i tied all day again, but had a little more time to get walking around and talking to some folks. Started off with a Gray Wolf Grizzly Gray Ghost, tied it up to the wing and then went for a walk about. Met some Classic Salmon fly tyers, Stack Scoville, Greg Heffner, Paul Little from England, Paul Harkin from Scotland who were tying Tippet Grubs from Pryce-Tannatt, so I took the challenge and tied one up too. (Photo tomorrow of the flies when there is better light)
All in all i had a great time. I bought some Paul Rossman books on artistic tying, picked up some hooks and materials from John McLain and Gaelic Supreme and got some free wiggle shanks from Martin Bawden at Flymen Fishing Co. I attend the banquet on saturday evening too. It was fun, kinda the old guard of the years of the symposium, but nice to meet some folks, get dinner and get some freebies. They gave out materials packs from Waspi and Spirit River, and had raffles for Keough Half saddle (i won a grizzly) as well as Regal Vise, Custom rod from one of the vendors and a fly frame from Spirit river.
Hopefully i'm going to be tying at the Fly Fishing Shows in Somerset, NJ and Lancaster, Pa in the spring, and i've already got another one day event In December for the Pa Fly Fishing Forum Tying Jam.
I had some folks stop by and watch me tie wets, and I had a collector buy some of my streamer, including the Grizzly Gray Ghost i was tying when he stopped by. He told me that he has bought all the streamers i've had featured on Streamers365. Pretty good compliment to my tying I think and to have him stop by and buy more of them too was very humbling.!
Folks also really seemed to like the flies i'd designed myself, the Claret Raider
, Vintage Claret
, The TFM collection
I met Faruk Ekich, inventor of the Ekich Bobbin. He stopped by my table, and when i had some time i went by his too. That bobbin is amazing, if you're not familiar with it, check it out at ekichbobbin[dot]com. They're pricey, but i'm gonna get one, at least. From what i saw, they have constant tension and "do not" break your thread - even 18/0 i saw it in action.
I was sat with two great young tyers from PA and NJ, one 14 yo and the other 15 yo. They had lots of folks stop by their tables too and its good to see you guys getting the opportunity to tie at show like that.
Ok. Enough waffling. Ill post some photos tomorrow of the flies i tied, but for now, this is me in action marrying a wing for a Jennie Lind, with some guys from the PA Fly Fishing Forum watching on. Its not staged - thats actually how they watched me form the wing!