Yesterday, my wife and I attended the NW Fly Tying Expo in Albany, Oregon. Having attended this in past years, I have always gained inspiration and knowledge that improved my fly tying and helped kickstart my tying into Spring and Summer. We enjoyed visiting with friends from local fly shops and I really enjoyed loading up at Fly Tying Specialties (excellent resource for Czech Nymph/Caddis Pupa patterns) this year (they missed the show last year).
I know such expos are not held everywhere, but if you can get to one where a hundred plus tiers are present there is much to be learned. Techniques, materials, patterns are usually present that fits your interests. Often worth the long drive to gain that inspiration and renew acquaintances. How to’s, networking, learning are available at many levels. Whip finisher video.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be
satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”