I know it's been a few weeks, and I am about 6-8 flies behind from 2015. I fell back on my laurels and decided I had better put out something for my fellow streamer friends. I had a couple from last season that were definitive fish catchers, so I figured it would be worth starting off 2016 with one of the easier one's to tie.
If you're familiar with Greg Senyo's recent book Fusion Tying, then you might have seen my addition, the Bushmeat Streamer. The Bushmeat streamer is an entirely synthetic articulated streamer that can be tied relatively quickly. There are many options in regards to colors, but I have found that just about any shade of brown or olive works well, but feel free to experiment with colors.
As you will see in the video, I have used a couple of different materials in the recipe that are a shade different from the one detailed in Greg's book. Grab a cold one, sit back and watch this one and then warm up your vise for a night of tying.
The Denver Fly Fishing Show was everything that I could have asked for as a first time attendee. Everyone who stopped by my table was extremely friendly, and all the tiers made me feel like I was family. I was fortunate enough to sit next to Juan Ramirez, Carl Pennington, Shea Gunkel and Erik Thue, who are all very talented tiers, but even nicer people.
I will most definitely be putting this show on my list of places to attend again in the future, but I will most definitely make sure I have more flies, and a wider variety of them on hand as I came home with less than 2 dozen of the 15 dozen I brought with me. So far the feedback on the book has been very good, and many of you decided to swing by and either grab a copy, or pop in just to say how much you’ve enjoyed reading it thus far. You can now write reviews on it on the Amazon page, if you feel so compelled, a review for those of you who have read it would be much appreciated and you can do so HERE.
Although I met many people whom I was looking forward to meeting in person, many I have met before and was excited to catch up with, there was one very memorable visitor who caught me by surprise. John Gierach has been one of my favorite authors for the past ten years, I can honestly say that every book of his that I have read was one of those that I just couldn’t put down. John’s work is that kind of work that when you read it, you instantly can relate to, or you feel like you’re that person living the words he transcribes to paper as the funny stories that he tells are those that many fisherman can relate to. When I looked up on Friday Morning while tying at my booth and John was watching me spin a streamer, it was a rather humbling experience.
Over the course of the next fifteen minutes we were engaged in a conversation on Pike fishing and flies for these wonderful creatures. This by far was the highlight of my trip, and it was very cool to share stories with a person whom I have admired for the work that he has done. John is one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting, and if you haven’t checked out any of his books yet, I strongly recommend that you do.
Since my return home from Denver I have been very busy building stock for next weekends Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough Massachusetts. If you plan on stopping by to grab a book or some flies, I am just warning you, my supply of larger articulated streamers is very light, but I will by virtue of demand, will have quite a pile of single hook streamers in tow. I will update the post with a final count come Thursday night prior to my departure so stay tuned on that one.
In the meantime, I will be heading out to the Bears Den today to spin some bugs and sign books. The event kicks off at 1 PM and ends by 4 so you can be back home in time for the Patriots playoff game. I hope to see some of you there today, if not, next weekend a short shot up 495. Have a good weekend and go Patriots!
Well the show season is upon us, and this year I am kicking off my tour out in the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. This weekend I will be at the Denver Flyfishing show, a new venue for me, and hopefully one that I can attend on a semi-regular basis as we have family close by. I am going to be honest, I am really looking forward to being at this show for a variety of reasons, mostly selfish ones I admit. There is quite a group of fellow tiers and anglers whom I have become long distance friends with through social media who I will hopefully get to meet in person, as well as a whole pile of supporters of my craft as well. Everything that I have heard about the Denver venue has been pretty good and it sounds like it is similar in nature to our beast the Somerset New Jersey locale.
Aside from my usual tying table, I will be at the Authors booth everyday; Friday at 4:30, Saturday at 4:00, and Sunday at 3:30. I will also be doing a presentation in the destination theater In Room B on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM so stop on by and check it out. I as well as the Anglers Book Store will have books on hand and I will gladly sign a copy for those that are interested. For more information on the show, check it out here:
I will also have a little surprise of sorts at my tying table for all of you tying enthusiasts, something many of you will like and it isn’t just piles of my streamers either. I will be tying on the new forest green Regal Revolution, and will have some of the other colors of the vise jaws and tool caddies at my table as well. I will have several dozen streamers on hand for those looking, as well as some stickers and a few koozies so stop on by and say hello! Hope to see many of you there this weekend, safe travels and tight bugs.