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Any reviews of the Int'l Fly Tying Symposium ?
Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:11 PM
Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:22 PM
I went and was well pleased. Robert Smith's talk on Yorkshire spiders was more than worth the price of the trip, although I'm sure Charlie Craven appealed to a wider audience. I wish had gone both days.
The biggest disappoint was that Charlie Collins wasn't there (at least on Saturday) even though he was scheduled to be and had a booth set up. I was looking forward to buying some hen sets. Otherwise, there was a good assortment of vendors, with seeming more of them with soft hackle materials than in the past. (For example, I was surprised at the number of vendors offering English red grouse skins.) And to follow on to different thread about the price of partridge, there were some $20 skins available (not that I needed any at the moment.)
The non-featured tyers represented a good cross section of the craft.
I spent some money on books and feathers, and could have spent a lot more.
Even though it's a lot closer than Somerset, I'm not particularly fond of the location, being downtown with scarce parking. (My only other real gripe about the show.)
Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:06 PM
As there where plenty of great people at this event, being able to meet and chat with Tim from Trout and Feather was a pleasure. The highlight of the event for me was at the banquet when they announced the winners of the PHW Tying Compition. As they started with the runner up in fifth place my anticipation grew as I pondered where the Vets from my Local Chapter would place. I was hoping they would place first and second but the thought was a long shot. I was pleasantly surprised after the named the third place finisher leaving the Vets from the Indy Chapter to take 1st and 2nd. Congratulations to Joe Jackson who took 2nd and Son Tao who took 1st, both of whom, have been tying for less than 2 years and have come a long way.
Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:22 PM
I would surely stop in to see. Glad u guys enjoyed the show.