Posts Tagged ‘NW Fly Tying Expo

10
Feb
13

Fly Fishing & Tying: The Coming Season

Most fly fishers don’t brave the Winters and fish waters open year round. With that in mind, the season openers are but a few months away in many parts of the country.

It’s time to start organizing that gear you stashed away last Fall. Check out the rod, reel and line. Organize those fly boxes and if you tie, start charting what you need to tie up in advance of the opener and what hatches will progress through the year.

NW FLy ExpoIt is possible that your region will have various ‘sportsman’ shows or fly tying expo’s and club sponsored how to expo’s. Check on line for your region or ask at fly shops etc. for any possibly close shows/expos you could attend. These shows always add some anticipation to the season and some motivation to get busy.

mw fly_fishing_expoIf you tie flies or have been considering it, these shows are a great way to learn various styles of tying and also to often figure out how to do that certain technique by watching someone more adept at it than you. Fly tying materials, tools, gear and techniques await you at these shows.

13
Mar
11

Fly Tying Expo’s (Some Thoughts For the Beginner)

First and foremost, I appreciate every tying expo I have been to. I spent a few years driving my son, Tony, to them when he was the obligatory youth tier (albeit a darn good tier). So, I appreciate the mental~practical preparation involved.

As a beginning fly tier, I encourage you to attend these shows and most importantly do not be shy. I normally walk in and walk the circuit making a quick assessment of types of flies being tied. Now some would say not to eliminate any style of tie. Your choice. I look for the type of flies I will most often fish and want to learn more about. So, I look for trout flies and steelhead tube flies. You may look for bass flies and Atlantic Salmon artists, or Realistic Fly Designers (my designations).

As I said, do not be shy. You are there to learn. They are there to teach, clarify and inspire. If a chair is open sit down or get close. They aren’t selling anything so don’t walk on by. Take notes. Take their cards for later study or commercial contacts. If a tier is busy gabbing with friends or telling stories and not tying move on. Keep looking for the type of flies you are most interested in.

Ask ‘how to’ questions: ‘can you do that whip finisher move a bit slower?’ ‘what kind of feather is that?’ Some tiers are tying to knowledgeable tiers and may whiz by stages, so feel free to ask questions. It is a very open venue….or should be. The NW Fly Tying Expo in Albany, Oregon, I just went to, was a perfect match for most of my interests. Maybe a bass fly fisher would say different, I don’t know.

Another thing I noticed, and liked, the tiers run the gamut of human nature: the tiers were in various ways precise, scattered, anal, disorganized, gregarious, shy, gruff…the full range. They tied great flies and with all the varieties of styles, personalities and patterns. I think you will enjoy these shows and as I did take away tips and techniques I had forgotten or never seen before. Thanks to those that organize these shows and the tiers (and, vendors).

“You take 186 tyers, plus 160 volunteers,” Sherry Steele said. “And to have that many people step up to the plate, that’s really great. It’s huge.”    Statesman Journal

14
Mar
09

NW Fly fishing & fly tyer expo (a success in my book)

Robin Healy~StoneFlyMaidens for Casting for Recovery

Robin Healy~StoneFlyMaidens for Casting for Recovery

Well, I think it was a success because the show satisfied my needs and I met interesting people…talked briefly to Brian & Judith O’Keefe, Matt McCrary, Jack Hagan, Robin Healy , Dean Crouser, Don Nelson, and watched numerous tyers.  Bought some unique materials from Angling Specialties (Steven Korbay) and bought some beautiful watercolors from Dean Crouser. I also made the acquaintance of youth tyer, Danielle Lowry and her grandfather, Greg Lowry. Greg and Danielle gave me first hand instruction on using the Polish Weave technique (more to follow). The hot dog with lots of mustard and relish didn’t fail to give me heartburn. The beauty of a fly fishing/tying expo such as the Albany show is it presents visible generalizations that show the direction of the sport…the over all average age, minus any accumulation of data by me, was overwhelmingly 65+ years, in tyers and patrons. There was a respectable number of women in attendance, who seemed interested in the tying. Then some of the shops and vendors had the same “geez, I moved all this stuff here and no one is buying anything”. Tip: whining is not a magnet for business, especially if people can hear you bitchin’. Overall, I thought the show was pretty entertaining. The true barometers of booth sales, raffle and auction $$’s and actual number of attendees may indicate otherwise, but by me the show was just fine.    

 

28
Feb
09

NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing EXpo (Albany, Oregon…..March 13/14, 2009)

http://www.nwflytyerexpo.com/

http://www.nwflytyerexpo.com/PDF/tyer_schedule_2009.pdf

imgp0495aSomething for everyone at the Tying Expo. Check the link for the tying schedule and note there are people also tying on Friday, during the day. This expo is user friendly. Sit down and watch. Take notes and ask questions. You will always learn something, regardless of your skill sets. 

The site has the directions in the lower right hand corner




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