International Fly Tying Symposium. This event is touted as the "World's Largest Fly Tying Show". There are fly shops and manufacturers selling their products and over 100 fly tiers from around the world showing off their skills. This show has always been a place to stock up on needed supplies for my winter tying season. I already have a long list going of needed materials for the long winter months of fly tying.
In addition to the show itself there are classes available, some free, some will set you back $70.00 or so. I have taken a few of these classes over the years and have always walked away with a smile and a little more knowledge. This year I plan on sitting in on my friend Bob Jacklin's class. Bob has a fly shop by the same name in West Yellowstone. He is giving a class on West Yellowstone Patterns. This is an area I visit very often so I am looking forward to spending some time with Bob. For those that don't know Bob is a transplant form NJ and was actually one of the early members of my TU Chapter, Central Jersey Trout Unlimited.
One of the biggest draws to the show is their program venue. Many big names in the industry will be on hand to present on a variety of fly tying topics. Another good friend "Ozzie" Ozefovich will be presenting one of his fantastic underwater videos “Underwater World of Trout - See Flies from Perspective of the Trout, not the Angler”. I have actually had the honor of a cameo role in one of his videos.
So come on out to New Jersey and check it out. If you live in the state you have no excuse. If your heading out to the show drop me a line, I would love to meet up with some of you.
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