I had the best time today at the Denver Fly Fishing Show! I'm only half joking when I say that Windknots feels like the Western branch of Cameron Mortenson's Fiberglass Manifesto. Many people know that Cameron and I are good friends and fiberglass flyrodders. I wear my TFM shirts proudly whenever I'm in the company of other fly fisherman and today was no exception.
|Looking good Cam!|
On more than one occasion I've been called Cameron. It's good for a red face and a laugh and today was no exception. Of course, most could be forgiven because they haven't met Cam. This guy rockin' his TFM bluegill shirt should have known better. His name is Mike Broward and he is Cam's best friend. Not to worry Cam...I'm only joking, Mike finally got it right! Mike it was great seeing you today. I'll see you on the Poudre.
Seriously though, it was kind of nice to be recognized as me by one or two people. I spent most of my time there in the company of one of my best friends, Larry Snyder, better known as Flyfishingcrazy.com. As usual for me, I hit fly tiers row right off the bat. Sadly, I didn't get much further than that but saw some great tying and caught up with a few tiers that I admire.
|Hopper Juan...one of the really good guys.|
|That's a look of amazement...it's so real looking.|
Next up was Carl Pennington from cp's flyfishing and fly tying. Carl is one of my favorite Colorado tiers and as you can see, he enjoys a good laugh. I think he was harassing Juan.
|Beauty and the Beast? Eric and Tracey Stroup|
|Ken's Custom flies (smallest flies I've ever seen.|
|My buddy Erin Block and Grant Taylor|
|John thought he was going to get by without me bugging him...no way.|
|Nicest new guy I met at the show.|
I had the pleasure of meeting Randy Babas. Randy was at the show representing the Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado) Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Randy and I are new friends on Facebook and is another one of those guys you meet and instantly like...and he's a big dude. Randy I'll be up to Colorado Springs to fish with you the next time I'm in town.
Last, but certainly not least is the Energizer Bunny himself, Dave Whitlock. Dave and Emily just keep going and going and I'm glad. Dave's artwork has always amazed me. I should have taken some photos of his work...it's the closest I'll ever come to owning this man's art. Check out Dave's web site if you haven't...it's a feast for your eyes.
Well after about 5 hours of talking and visiting with new and old friends, it was time to call it a day. If you get a chance to visit a Fly Fishing Show near you, I highly recommend it. Later...