|Rio's booth looked sharp featuring their new logos and branding
The Denver show ran from Friday January 4th through Sunday January 6th. This was my first time at this event and the interest in stillwater fly fishing was both impressive and overwhelming.
|One of Rich's Foam Patterns
When I wasn’t giving my Going Deep-Strategies for Sinking Lines presentation or providing a tying demonstration you could find me nestled at a table amongst the fly tyers. My neighbour was fellow stillwater addict Richard Pilatzke. Rich spent the weekend demonstrating a number of stillwater patterns including some of his unique foam adult damsel and dragon patterns. Rich does well with these patterns on his local lakes. For the most part I don’t get the opportunity to fish dry dragons or damsels and his stories piqued my interest. I hope to spend some time with Rich in the future and hopefully hook a few trout on some of his designs.
|A Bowl of Hopper Juans
I also was fortunate to meet Juan Ramirez, known to many through his Hopper Juan blog. Juan is a contract tyer with Montana Fly. He ties a number of innovative patterns and is particularly known for his foam hopper patterns including his namesake Hopper Juan and Hollywood Hopper. Juan has an excellent blog complete with a number of instructional tying videos. His blog is one of my favorites.
|Juan Ramirez's Hollywood Hopper
The Western Idaho Tying Expo ran from Friday January 10 through Saturday January 11th. Over the course of two days over 1600 people dropped by to watch a number of local tyers, watch casting demonstrations and instructional seminars. Good friends Pete Erickson, Jeff Currier and I provided a number of seminars and casting demonstrations. Expo hosts, the Boise Valley Fly Fishers, kept us busy over the course of the two day event.
|Jeff is a talented artist and fly fisher
|Reese,myself, Hank Patterson and Pete Erickson
While in Boise, I provided an evening tying demonstration to the ‘Pinocchio Group’, a dedicated collection of fly tyers and fishers. Pete Erickson provided ‘taxi’ services and we were treated to an enjoyable evening featuring great chili, home brew while I demonstrated some of my favorite stillwater patterns.
|Pinocchio Hard at Work
|This Year's Western Idaho Tying Expo Was a Busy Place