Monday, February 20, 2012

PA Fly Fishing Show and Fishing

Spent the last two days in Lancaster, PA, at the Fly Fishing Show, and had a great time tying flies, doing my PPT presentation each day, and I even signed a few books.  The show was very busy Saturday, and so-so on Sunday.  The venue was new this year, and very nice, and I would think if they keep it here each year it will grow.  I had no idea what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised that my presentations were very well attended both days.  I tied a hell of a lot of flies, as did the rest of the tyers, and gave most of them away to the folks watching and asking questions.  We, the usual tying suspects at the shows, also found a new and improved use for my Dell laptop carrying case.......a beer cooler.  It holds a dozen bottles of beer and keeps them cold so you can enjoy them with your friends at the end of a long day at the Fly Fishing Show.

Sharing the tying table with me was Shawn Davis, of Davis Fly Designs.  He ties/creates flies like no one I've ever seen using hand crafted 18 carat gold hooks, feathers and even pearls.  Here is one of my favorites.

My good friend Micah, from Knee Deep Fly Fishing was there doing a show for the first time.  He was tying flies and promoting his guide business, and generally driving us nuts.....not really.  If you are in the D.C. area and want to fish, call Micah, he knows his stuff and serves it up with a good dose of laughs.

Today I was in Bethlehem, PA, in the morning, and took advantage of being in the Lehigh Valley by fishing the Little Lehigh Creek this afternoon.  The air was cool, and felt colder thanks to the wind, but the sun was bright and the trout active.  I took a bunch of fish, all of them on a size 20 Matt's Gnat tied to a long tippet of 6X.  Most of them were rainbows, with a few browns mixed in.  All of them were brightly colored, strong, and happy to swim away after a hands-free release.....I just reached down and grabbed my fly, backed it out, and they swam away unharmed.

Here's the the fly that took every fish I caught today.

Sharpen those hooks.      


micah said...

I've never had so much fun while being sick. Thanks for keeping me in trouble all weekend.

Matt Grobert said...

Anytime, Micah, you fit right in with the rest of us Neanderthals.