The Fly Fishing Show at Lancaster PA opened today(3-5-16) with a strong crowd that only got stronger during the day. I offer a casting class in the morning, followed Nya stint in the Author’s Booth, a casting demo, and a Power Point program on The Angler as Predator. Great day. Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphries also gave casting demos. All were very well attended.
Another lovely day in California. The day started with a Bible study at 8am and progressed swiftly into a fly casting class, followed almost immediately by a PowerPoint Presentation on Nymphing, then a casting demo, and a book signing session. I had a break over the lunch hour and could spend some time listening to my friend Dave Blackburn play banjo for the crowd. During that time, a father and little girl came and sat at a nearby table. Everyone was taken by her precious smile and precocious, outgoing nature. When Dave finished his gig, he went and sat with her and played a song just for her. What a delight for everyone—including Dave. Fly Fishing Shows are always a fun event.
The second day is always the busiest. A fly casting class from 8:30 to 11, and then a Power Point Program (Reading Waters), a casting demo, a fly tying demo, and a stint in the author’s booth. All fun, but also tiring. But, the Show must go on.
The casting demo is always fun because the crowd gets to interact and participate. And they do. One of the exercises is learning the Three Point Grip (see Grip in the Categories to the left). One of the steps in the process is pointing. No one ever points with the thumb, always with the index finger. It’s a fun exercise, and everyone laughs-especially when I ask to take their picture.
Tomorrow starts with a Bible study at 7:45, and then another casting class from 8:30 to 11 followed by a Power Point Program on Nymphing, a casting demo, and time at the author’s booth. By the way, the weather is wonderful. Warm and no real wind to speak of. Great for teaching casting.
The Show opened today (Friday 2/26/16) with the roar of the crowd. When the din of the crowd exceeds discussion at even a slightly elevated auditory level, then you know that it’s a good one. And roar they did. I did a casting demo, book signing, fly tying demo, and a Power Point presentation on “The Angler as Predator.”
Tomorrow will start much earlier with a casting class from 8:30 to 11am followed by the same events as today. The Power Point will be on Reading the Water. California can be very lovely this time of year, and so it is. Balmy days, and all the trees in flower. Very nice indeed.
Whew, We have been house hunting in the Vancouver, WA, area and not been successful to this point. But that’s another story. The Fly Fishing Show at Pleasanton is coming up fast, and it seems that the weather will cooperate and the show will go on. I’m excited about this year’s Show because it will be larger and better than ever. I have much to do each day, so come and say Hi at any of the events I’m involved in: http://flyfishingshow.com/pleasanton-ca/
On Friday, my first PowerPoint Presentation will be “The Angler as Predator.” Come and see what makes an average angler, and how to get that turned around and be more than average.
Then I offer casting classes in both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Always great fun to learn The Perfect Cast. There will also be fly tying demos, and casting demos. See ya there.
This year’s Show in Somerset missed the big snowfall by a week. I was not the only one glad for the “near miss.” Friday’s show opened with a bang; the crowd was very good. Plenty of people in attendance, plenty of “fishing speak” all over the place, and great attendance at all the talks. Saturday opened not with a bang, but with an explosion. The crowd roared in and stayed roaring all day long. As I signed books, I had to yell to get people’s names, and they had to yell back. The casting class I offered at 8:30 to 11 am was filled, and we all had a great time. Tomorrow’s is sold out, too. The talks went off without a hitch and with a robust crowd. The casting demo was jammed with attendees—all willing to run through the pointing, “six’shooter” exercises, and all the other pantomime moves. Fun, and then some. Fly tying was also great fun, and I demonstrated as many of the 42 hackling methods as possible in an hour. I used my new “Ikea Loop Spinner,” much to the amusement and delight of the crowd.
Tomorrow promises to be another great show day. I start with a Bible study at 7:30ish and then tear off to do the casting class at 8:30. Then on to book signing, another PowerPoint program and a casting Demo. I have been using the new Hardy Wraith, 905 for the casting demos. What a rod! Such a delight to cast—makes me look extra good, and that’s always a plus. Can’t wait to fish it as soon as I have a chance.
This weekend I am at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ. But before the show, I am taking a day to be with the Mainline Fly Tiers, near Philadelphia, PA. We will have an afternoon fly tying workshop from 2-4 and then an evening program at 7.
My friend, Jay Kapolka, picked me up at the airport. We had dinner together and then he dropped me at my hotel. On the way, he told me he had a present for me. I was a small electric whip to froth milk, but it was modified my bending the end of the whipping wire into a small hoop. He told me that Hans Van Klinken had shown it to him and that he got it at Ikea. Then I remembered that Hans had shown it to me at the EWF show in Munich, Germany, last spring. Being a show, it was all I could do to acknowledge that it was a great tool, and race wildly onward. I wanted to talk to Hans about it, but never got the chance. What a serendipitous way to finally get a chance to not only see it up close, but to actually have one and use it.
Its use? Well, the thin metal wire spins at incredible speed, and with a small hook at the end, it makes the perfect spinning tool. More than perfect—it twists the loop so fast that it’s stunning. Wow, thanks, Jay. And I know where the Ikea store is near us in Portland, OR.
Last weekend (Jan. 16, 17) was the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Expo in Calgary. The weather was classic winter Calgary, cold and blustery. The day I left, a Chinook Wind was headed in to warm things a bit. The show however, was warm and toasty and busy. Plenty of things to see and do. I gave a couple of casting demos using the Hardy Wraith rods (thy cast wonderfully), a couple of power point presentations, and offered three workshops. Plenty to keep me moving right along with no dull moments. The crowd was most receptive, and a fun time was had by all.
I had a chance to visit with old friends, eat some great Chinese food, and, of course, interact with the crowd and people at the workshops and presentations.
Whew, those two days blasted by. Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:00, I taught a casting class and then tore off to have a stint at the Author’s Booth, give a casting Demo, and a Power Point presentation on Fishing the Big Fish Flies. I used the new Hardy Zephrus rod, 9 foot 6 weight to do the casting demo. A very sweet rod that lays out line straight and easy. It made the demo a snap. The crowd was cooperative and ran through the exercise like champs.
Sunday started with a Bible Study at 7:45 and then off to another casting class at 8:30. Again, a stint in the Author’s Booth, a Power Point presentation on Reading Waters, and a casting demo. I used the Hardy Wraith 9 foot 5 weight. Do I like this rod! I’ll be fishing with one this coming season.
The day ended with a dinner out with old friends, some good food and good laughs.
Off to Calgary Alberta next week for the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition.
The Show Season has started. Day One was a bit of getting back in the saddle, but that was over quickly. My first event of the day was a Casting Demo. I used the new Hardy Wraith, 9 foot, 5-weight with a fluorescent orange, long head, 6wt line made for me by Rio. It casts like a dream. The rod lays the line out as straight as an arrow with great ease, and made my demo ever so much easier. It’s always easy when the casts come automatically and with such ease. The crowd had a great time, and we shared plenty of laughs.
Then came a power point program on Nymph Fishing from Top to Bottom. The crowd was large and we had a great discussion on techniques from The Greased Leader Tactic, to The Wink Underwater, to casting to sighted fish, to bottom bouncing. Fun stories of Polish Nymphing and its morphing into Czech Nymphing, French Nymphing, Spanish Nymphing linked to bottom bouncing with a long tippet and split shot.
After some time in the Author’s Booth to sign books, I gave a tying demo on 42 Hackling Techniques. Of course in the hour that we had, we could only get through a few, but they were ones that most people did not know. We spun soft hackles for tiny flies from big feathers, tied a Hedge Hog using a brush-wound palmered hackle of brown and grizzly, spun Down and Dirty Minniows, Tied a Down and Dirty Mouse, spun elk hair hackle for a skater and a Down and Dirty Stonefly, and more. An hour sure goes quickly.
Tomorrow starts with a casting class from 8:30 to 11 and then back into the fray.