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.
Want to be only an average angler? Come see how.
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.
Friday’s crowd was great, and they “stalked” the aisles, watching they fly tyers, flexing rods, cranking reels, and generally having a delightful time.
Today’s crowd was massive. It was shoulder to shoulder in the aisles, and the booths were crowded with eager anglers, talking up a storm. One hears of the roar of the crowd–today’s was roaring.
Mommy said not to point, but pointing is essential to easy and good casting.
The pointing exercise is to demonstrate one of the great features of the Three Point Grip–where you point is where you cast.
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.
Milk frothing tool from Ikea modified by bending tip
A small hook and it’s a spinning tool,deluxe
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.
The crowd was thick and excited to see all the booths and events the show offered.
The crowd at the casting demo was not only cooperative, but even laughed at my corny jokes.
Show me your “six shooters.” and danged if they didn’t.
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.
Saturday’s crowd was cooperative, running through the exercise like old champs.
Sunday’s crowd was not to be outdone, pantomime casting like old champs, too.
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.
A fun, cheerful crowd giving me the high sign–actually the pantomime Three Point Grip.
The Fly Fishing Shows are a great place to get half-day casting classes at an exceptionally good price. I offer them as space allows at the shows I attend. This year I will be at Denver, Somerset, Pleasanton, and Lancaster. The casting classes are always fun, and everyone comes away with some new understandings and casts, mends, and line handling tactics to apply to their fishing. Hope you can make one of the classes. Here’s where you can go to register for the soon upcoming classes at Denver:
Check out the classes at the other shows at http://flyfishingshow.com
Using a modified Forearm Cast while fishing close on the River Ager in Austria.
Usually one has to run offshore to find the Albies. But now, Jake Jordan has reported that the Albies in his area have come inshore looking for the bay anchovies that are running out of the streams in search of warmer ocean water. Albacore by the thousands busting bait as far as the eye can see. If anyone wants hot action, this is the time. See Jake’s link to the right.
Inshore means inshore.
Albies will fight you to a standstill and beyond.
It’s the tuna in them that gives them such power.
Some years are outstanding in the striper department, and this is one of them. The coastal area off NJ is stuffed with big bunker (baitfish) and the stripers are piling in the weight. Ben and Chuck Furimsky and friends are taking full advantage of all the season has to offer, latching into 40 inch plus fish every trip out. This is phenomenal—must be yesterday there. Anyway, they are heaving huge bunker imitation with great success. If you are a coastal angler, get thee to the water.
Chuck looking mighty happy, but this was only the start.
Later toward evening, another big one rolls in.
Number three, what a way to end the day.
Another day, and Ben nails a really big one.
And then there’s 56 pounds of striper taken by a friend of a friend of Ben;s. Now this is something else!
This year’s symposium was well attended and featured a number of very interesting and fun events—including a Polka on the accordion by Chuck Furimsky, founder and manager of the event. He’s actually quite good, but prefers fly fishing and fly tying to performing in a Polka Band. Perhaps the most unusual event, however, was the “One Eye” fly tying contest. Tyers had to wear an eye patch, thereby limiting their binocular vision, and giving them a very much different look at the fly they were tying. In addition the 10 participants had only 15 minutes to complete their flies. Christopher Krysciak, a 17-year old from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, received place first, followed closely by second place fly tyer Joseph R. Wedum, Des Moines, Iowa, and third place tyer Philip Allen of Maine.
Because the competition was so close, and the end results so creative, event co-sponsor Regal Engineering awarded all three new Regal vises. Bob Clouser, Steve Silvario, Bob Popovics, Hans van Klinken, and Harry Schoel judged the flies.
One Eye Winners.Right to left: Christopher Krysciak, Joseph R. Wedum and Philip Allen. -photo by Len Lichvar