The Fly Fishing Show - Somerset 2013 RecapPublished by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/28/2013 (2343 reads)
I am always a big fan of the The Fly Fishing Shows that Chuck Furimsky has put together over the past 21 years. For me it is a great chance to meet up with friends, see new gear, watch some of the seminars and shake off a little of that cabin fever that sets in this time of year. This years show delivered on all fronts.
As usual I started off on Friday rolling thru the exhibit area before the bigger crowds showed up. I like to do some quick scouting and plan out where I want spend some time later on Friday and into Saturday. Always glad to meet up with my long time friend Keith Torok as I get started. He also always comes prepared with a really good game plan for the seminars that I like to follow!
We then quickly jumped off and caught Ozzie Ozefovich's The Underwater World of Trout presentation. This was really educational and if you have not had a chance to hear Ozzie before take the time to catch up on one of his DVD's. Ozzie demonstrated through the use of cameras and special lenses placed into streams just what trout see underwater. A lot of on supporting observations and research, but one of the biggest tips from his presentation is don't wear anything lightly colored including kaki shirts and hats. Fly fishing anglers need to dress more to the surrounding meaning wear greens, browns and camouflage yourself. I look forward to following on this topic for a whole separate post.
We then caught up with my friend George Daniel for his seminar - 2013 Trout Lessons. George always provides an engaging presentation and a shared a lot of great new tips from his travels over the year. What makes George's presentations so good is that he is a not only a masterful angler, but still is an acknowledged student and takes delight in sharing new ideas. Fun hearing him speak about some of his recent exploits on the White River. Small overtures during his presentation about the sorted crew he was hanging with. Later found out he was traveling with likes from The Feathered Hook for the week. That will certainly make you want to grow a beard and find new colorful language. George is looking forward to working on his next book project on that will take on streamer fishing.
I made may way over to the professional fly tiers including Dave "Wetfly01" Allbaugh, Mike "firandfeather" Heck, Gaeron "Gaeronf" Friedrichs, Mike Schmidt and Anthony Giaquinto (Thanks for the fly Anthony) who were there for the weekend along with dozens of other tiers.
Plenty of members from the site there over the weekend including: Aducker, Lestrout, Pcray1234, Gaeronf, Old Lefty, Sbecker, Vcregular, Wetfly01 and host of people I missed like dubthethorax. I had a good conversation with Justin Pittman, President of Cumberland Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, in regards to upcoming educational programs and 2013 State Fly Tying Championship, which has been impacted by the cancelled Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show.
Always pleased to see and spend some time with Justin and Evan at the Allen Fly Fishing booth. They were very busy and glad to hear about many Paflyfish members stopping by say hi and even better purchasing reels while I was even standing there. In the booth I got a chance to meet photographer, Rob Yaskovic and tattoo artist, Eric Hornung who both focus their own artistry with fly fishing. Glad that Justin made some room for those guys over the weekend in the booth.
The show was very well attended by vistors and vendors in the exhibit hall. There were many new booths from companies like Orvis and Cortland. Cortland brought in a one room cabin and caught my eye. Other traditional vendors like Rio recently updated some of the Trout LT series and the Rio fly lines over the past year. The newer Rio Gold line provides a better front biased weight to load rods at close range and improved casting control. Also caught up with Tom "Afish" Ciannilli, manager at the Plymouth Meeting Orvis Store. I liked the newer Safe Passage and Gale Force Packs as they provided a lot more size options and darker camouflage coloring on the water.
Great show and looking forward to following up with some specific blog posts covering some of the issues and ideas at the show. Next is the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show in March.
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