On the first Monday of April, Eric and I headed to the Galway Bay bar for beer and tying with Dave Kuntzelman and the regular gang. There was a good crowd there again this time and I tied an experimental flat wing streamer to imitate a perch. I’ll be trying it out shortly on some waters in Southern Wisconsin.
Caught up with Adam Marton who was tying for a trip, as part of bringing attention to his project about Tarpon tagging, to Cuba. Yep, Cuba. He was going with Stu Apte, who shows no signs of slowing down even though he’s over 80. I wonder what guys like him and Lefty Kreh eat and drink. They never seem to get any older or slower. I’m beginning to believe that fly fishing may be an elixir for long life, that the fountain of youth is really waders, water and fly casting.
Soon it’ll be warm and sunny longer and there will be tales of fish caught, lost and held in hand.
If you’re in the city on May 11th, bring your tying gear, a pattern to tie, money for beer and a tip. You might want to bring a light for your vise, it’s kind of dark and if you drop something…it’s really dark.
But it’s fun to see what others are tying and you can swap flies with the other tiers and it’s nice to have someone else’s idea to look at.
The beer is really good too!
Also, hit the blog: http://chi-tie.blogspot.com/ to check for upcoming dates and if you’re a t-shirt junkie, and who isn’t? Order a shirt. They’re cool and people will know that you’re a fly tier by your outfit, all you’ll need to add are fuzzy bits of marabou, thread, maybe some Bucktail trimmings and you’ll be set to cast your favorite pattern into the unknown and wait to see if the fish will eat it.
Stuart Van Dorn