Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Denver Fly Fishing Show, 2013

It has come and gone, but man was it fun! The 2013 FFS was great as usual and it was awesome to meet up with old friends and to meet some new friends.  Many of you stopped by to thank me and to tell me that they enjoyed this blog.  That really means a lot to me and energizes me with more ideas and more passion.  Bringing you great content is something I strive for.  Thank you to all the readers out there for supporting me over the years.  
It seems like the tiers this year were more than usual and that was great.  The usual Denver area guys were there cranking out some of the world's best fly patterns and some really innovative patterns.  I think this area has the greatest concentration of great tiers than anywhere else.  Let me know if you agree.  There were a few highlights to the show.  One has to be seeing Howard from Windknots and Tangled Lines Blog.  With what has come to be a yearly tradition, he stopped by to talk and show me his Fiberglass Manifesto shirt. This year as we were chatting, Mike Broward showed up repping the FM shirts.  How do these guys find each other?  
Keeping it real
MFC Tier, Casey Duncan
The powerful Shea Gunkel
I was also able to meet Josh Udesen, an artist and areally cool guy.  His art work graces the water bottles and fly boxes of Montana Fly Company.  Check out his work Here.  We were trying to work out a barter involving some orginal artwork and a fly box, but since he has more shows scheduled in the coming weeks, we will hold off.  The photo above has him thinking really good and hard about the deal.  


Dave Whitlock
Capt. Bill and Molly with Royal Gorge Anglers.  
Many of you may know who April Vokey is. If not, I ask you if you really are a fly fishing fool or not?  April is one of the hottest (literally) names on the scene these days.  She is a B.C. based Steelhead guide that is taking the world by storm.  While she is not your typically looking guide, she is the real deal and a hoot to be around too.  My buddy Jake Ruthvan from Fins On The Fly blog was lucky enough to spend some time with her and I even think she has a crush on him.  What a problem to have right?  April will be joining the Montana Fly CO. design team this year, so you will see her patterns coming out soon also.  


Another highlight of the show was getting to meet Phil Rowley, a long time fly tier from Canada.  Phil is one of the most recognized stillwater tiers. When the FFS first came to Denver in 2001, I made the trip up from New Mexico and Phil's book was the only thing I bought.  I used that book to learn patterns to fish on the lakes of Northeastern NM and when I met Phil, he mentioned that he loved this blog and followed it regularly.  That was such an awesome compliment.  We hit it off and he is just an awesome guy to be around.  I am sure we will be lifelong pals.  I had him sign that book and it feels like this show has come a complete circle.  I bought a book and followed this guy's instruction for tying and now he is watching me tie flies.  Wow!  Phil, I appreciate your friendship and thank you for all the inspiration and instruction over the years.  
With that, I will unload all my crap and tie some more flies.  What else would I do?










18 comments:

  1. Kind of funny how people are wearing shirts that say "Celebrity" this year. Glad to see April not wearing one. Not like she'd need it.

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    1. Kevin, the "Celebrity" shirts have been around for a while now and I have one, but don't wear it as it's kinda funny to be walking around with that on my shirt. It seemed like most people knew who April was and no, she didn't need it.

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  2. It would be so fun to go to several of these shows! I love mingling with other talented fly tishers snd tiers... I don't know if April was the highlight though... I would pick Howard. : )

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    1. Howard was a hoot. He always is. You would love it. It is so much fun to talk fishing and tying all day. I don't get tired of it.

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  3. It was great talking to you and the other tiers on Saturday. Thanks again for sharing some of your successes and secrets. I missed April, but I met Jake. He is truly a great kid. With the art and skill of fly fishing and tying in his hands, we have little to worry about for the future of fly fishing. It was a great show.

    Jerry

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    1. Jerry, it's always great to see you and talk to you. Jake is a great kid and I really like him. He is already "one of us".

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  4. Awesome-- sounds like a great time! I'm jealous you got Phil to sign your book

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    1. Brian, That was great to meet Phil and have him talk about me as if I were the one doing this for 20+ years and he learned from me. It's always a pleasant surprise when people are nicer than you could imagine. That is Phil.

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  5. Juan,
    Looks like a good time. I plan on putting this show in my list of shows to hit one year in the future. Probably try and turn that into an extended stay and do some fishing too. Been over 7 years since I last hit 11 mile canyon, shes calling me.

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    1. Rich, you should come out here for this show. It's so much fun. If you do and you need to fish after the show, you have a place to stay.

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  6. Thanks for the shout out Juan. I missed April but honestly it was more fun hanging with you. My wife won't let me hug April.

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    1. Yea, I hear you. That is why there are no pictures with her. It was fun being behind the lens. Jake and April were so much fun. There were plenty of funny shots that I took of them as we were all goofing around. I think Jake was in heaven as any teen boy would be with someone like April standing next to him!

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  7. Missed sharing a table and tying with you this year. Hopefully the work schedule will be more accommodating next year. Enjoyed the pic's and article on the show.
    John G

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  8. Sounds like a good time. I need to start making it out to the fly shows. I have an inborn aversion to self-promotion, but I also have an inborn aversion to Ramen. Hmmm...

    SS

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  9. Nice report Juan!
    Looks like a great show.

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