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NW Fly Tying Expo – Albany Show

Posted by nwflytyer on March 20, 2012

The annual Expo has come and gone, and it was another well-attended, successful show.  It’s always a great gathering of tyers, vendors, instructors, fans, rod-builders, and anglers of all ages.  Thought I would share a few pictures from the two days.

Paul Rossman is in the foreground, Ronn Lucas, Sr. is on Paul’s left.  I believe Garren Wood, with his phenomenal woven stonefly nymphs is seated on down from Ronn.

Paul Rossman

Mr. Paul Rossman, all the way from Connecticut.  He has a two volume set of books titled “Creative Salmon Fly Art” now available.  The photography is simply stunning!

Andrew Marshall

Here is my old friend, Andrew Marshall, tying his authentic 17th century patterns- in hand – complete with braided horsehair snoods.  His work was recently featured in Fly Tyer magazine, and he is working on a book.   Note the dichotomy of using a laptop (to his left)…

Harry Lemire

The Northwest steelhead legend Harry Lemire prepares to tie his salmon flies, all in hand.

David Barlow

One of my favorite tyers (and instructors) of all time working on a White Wing Akroyd.  David Barlow is one of the show’s finest Atlantic Salmon tyers.  A flat-out pleasure to watch.

Dave McNeese

Dave McNeese was on hand to demonstrate.  His steelhead flies are of legendary status.  He has a nice new line of hooks out now, with a graceful bend, slightly up turned eye, and a black nickel finish.  Very nice!

Rich Youngers

Creekside Flyfishing Shop owner and local guide Rich Youngers was tying the Mahoney – a Dec Hogan steelhead Spey.

Mike Keithley

Mike Keithley is hard at work dressing a hairwing Dunkeld

Mike Radencich

I had the pleasure of taking a two-day salmon fly tying class from Mike Radencich in the days prior to the Expo.  Mike has authored three books on the subject of salmon flies, with a fourth slated for later this year.  A superb tyer and teacher, it was great to have him demonstrate his skills at the Expo.  His table was well attended!

Spey Plate 2012

Here is a shot of the Spey Plate I assembled for the banquet auction (despite the distortion in the photo, the frame and nameplate were square!).  The pattern is the Pitcroy Fancy.  It was my first year of organizing the plate, and I certainly appreciate all the tyers who participated.  Here is a list of those who contributed:  Larry Nicholas,  John Olschewsky, Jim Ferguson, Dr. David C. Burns, Mike Boyer, Glenn Wilson, Dareld Thompson, Byron Bjerke, Rich Youngers, Dave McNeese, Vern Jeremica, Ronn Lucas, Sr., Jon Harrang, Rockwell Hammond, Jr., Aaron Ostoj, Michael D. Radencich, Monte Smith, Royce Stearns, Andrew Marshall, Jeffrey A. Smith, Jim Fisher, Mike Keithley, Bill Lovelace, Clark Lucas, and Jerry Criss.

Kat Rollin

Kat Rollin made the trip west from New York with Paul Rossman.  She is another of the talented tyers who is seeking to connect with the past by tying without a vise.  She ties a beautiful salmon fly, a la Harry Lemire, completely in hand.  As the picture below shows, she is also quite the artist.  Talented!

Kat's artwork on her envelopes of materials

Salesman's Fly Book - c. 1910

This was a real treat; one of the tyer’s had borrowed this book from a neighbor to show.  Supposedly it is a salesman’s tri-fold fly display from Hardy’s circa 1910.  The flies were in great condition, and it was fun to see patterns famous and otherwise as they were offered commercially.


6 Responses to “NW Fly Tying Expo – Albany Show”

  1. Thanks for sharing the pics Monte! I’ll have to make plans to catch the one year soon.

  2. nwflytyer said

    Would love to see you there some time, Darren! Maybe do a little streamer demo? *hint, hint*

  3. Byron Bjerke said

    I might add a few words about the FANTASTIC fly plate you put together. You did us all proud. Excellent job my friend.

  4. nwflytyer said

    Thank you, Byron!

  5. Peggy Brenner said

    Thanks for sharing, looks like a great event to travel and demonstrate streamers or a salmon fly or two! The fly plate is excellent and nice to see the different interpretations of the same pattern.

  6. nwflytyer said

    Thank you, Peggy! You would be more than welcome to participate should you ever make the trip.

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