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: Marlborough & Somerset Fly Shows

12-13-2009, 04:52 PM
The Marlborough Show, Jan 15,16 & 17 has some pretty high level fly types presenting - Ray Stachelek, Rich Murphy, Alan Caolo, Dick Brown, etc.

Somerset, Jan 22, 23 & 24 has not announced the celebrities attending, but its rumored that Lefty Kreh will be there. Bob Popovics is there every year and very approachable for fly/fishing questions.

Anyone going to either show? I plan to attend Somerset to breakup the winter doldrums. There is always a seminar or flytying technique that are takeaways from the show. And there are some bargains from the vendors at the show. Just get there early.

12-14-2009, 05:56 AM
I don't go to these shows because they're the same every year. The one that I attend that is much better is the Bear's Den Show which is in Feb. Scott puts on a great show. FishHawk

12-14-2009, 06:57 AM
Bear's den show is in the nieghborhood and Scott and crew do a great job.

It's been 4 or 5 years since I marked the Marlboro or defunct Wilmington shows on my calender. Got to be the same old same old. I would only go when basser talked me into it (damn, I miss that guy).

I may or may not go to Marlboro, it'll be a show day decision.

12-14-2009, 09:21 AM
I may go to Bears Den to pick up tying stuff. I am bored with the same group of so-called experts unless there is a presentation about something local.

12-14-2009, 12:31 PM
I'll probably be at Somerset on Friday.

12-14-2009, 03:42 PM
I am with Fishhawk, BigDave and FredA on this one. Same old stuff. The seminars maybe ok for beginners, but I don't need for someone to show me the Striper techniques (might be a good place to catch a nap)....or watching the same fly tyers tying the same stuff. I also have all the gear I will need for three lifetimes...Misc. Fish prints and lithos and em...Absent going to see old friends (which I may go to the Bears den for that)... There is really nothing new tying, perhaps a new material...but as we all know there are only so many ways to tye a fly...Besides, the real fun was when this Forum had our own booth...or should I say...meeting place

12-16-2009, 11:41 AM
I'll go to Bear's Den show if it's on again this year and if I'm not on duty that weekend. Haven't been to Marlboro in some time. Used to go to the Saltwater Edge show in Newport, but they stopped doing shows last year.

12-16-2009, 11:47 AM
Somerset, Jan 22, 23 & 24 has not announced the celebrities attending, but its rumored that Lefty Kreh will be there. Bob Popovics is there every year and very approachable for fly/fishing questions.

Lefty is supposed to be at the TFO booth but Bob Popovics has not been at this show for the last few years. Yes, you might run into him walking around the show but you won't see him tying his "fleyes" at this show.

12-16-2009, 05:17 PM
i pretty much agree that the bear's den show is far and away the best of the bunch. and in these tough times it's a good idea to support the local businesses that are there for us all year long and not just at "show time"

12-16-2009, 07:20 PM
I plan to do the Bear's Den. Marlborough will only be on if a bunch of the guys up here need a road trip excuse.

12-25-2009, 08:41 PM
It is really pathetic that northern New England can't support one decent flyfishing show. The Bear's Den sounds like a good choice from what is left, but boy is it a drive from central Maine. Now that I also have a house in Florida, I think I am going lo time my trips south to a good Florida show. I really would like to try some Beulah rods for stripers so my Miser rod can go south.

12-26-2009, 12:01 PM
Joe...FYI...I have a Beulah 10/ it a lot.......probably not an everyday striper rod but it has a lot of flexibility: easy to cast and casts my opinion, it is really a 10wt with a short 11wt butt section; .......great for punching out line in strong wind...great for sight casting, but would not want to blind cast all day with it....good boat rod....powerful enough for much larger fish.
Best line match seems to be an 11wt intermediate line and a 10wt fast sink....that's the set up I have and am very pleased with the performance.
Hope this was helpful to you.

12-26-2009, 01:39 PM
Thanks for the info Ron. I really hope Juro can have a bunch of Beulahs for demoing and trying sometime this summer. And I am trying to talk one of the local flyshops into carrying them too.

12-27-2009, 07:46 AM
I will probably go to marlboro - for some trout feathers.

Does anyone have confirmation that there is a Bearsden show this year ? - I don't see anything on his site or on the net when googling


12-27-2009, 08:44 AM
The Bear's Den site does indicates that the 12th annual show is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2010 at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. Thats the same place they held it last two years.

There are no details concerning the show yet. But I'm sure it will be good and I'm looking forward to attending (weather permitting).


12-31-2009, 06:00 PM
I am definately going to Marlboro now - Ed Engle is doing a presentation on difficult trout, Dick Brown on Bonefish and Hardys are showing their reels and rods....

It will be saturday if anyone wants to meet up.


12-31-2009, 06:42 PM
The Vermont contingent will be coming down; probably Sat, but possibly Friday. Going to day-trip it.

01-01-2010, 02:23 PM
I've been offered the dubious opportunity to shed my pesky anonymous amateur status and bask in the Bear's Den tying spotlight... :eek:
'Looks like the 3-day marathon trifecta... :whoa:

Please don't "provoke" the slightly handicapped "unstable" new guy! :tsk_tsk:

01-01-2010, 07:05 PM's about time you get an opportunity to display your talents..I've always enjoyed your pics of the flies you tied that survived the 'tub test"....will now be great to observe you create.

PS: We don't have to call you "sir", do we? :wink:

01-01-2010, 08:28 PM

I think a subtle genuflection as we approach the tying bench with our hands held together under our chin may work for the first several hours but by the end of the day the trumpets may herald the "Kings" departure! It is looking more and more like I may have to schedule a trip.

Pete Readel

01-04-2010, 08:40 AM
The first annual Bear's Den fly tyer "dunking tank"...
A few bucks... A few tennis balls... A big fat bull's eye... kah PLUNK! :chuckle:

Underwater fly tying...
Be one with the fish...
BE the fish!
What a concept! :Eyecrazy:

01-04-2010, 11:04 AM
Pete, I have arthritic kness so kneeling in front of the master is out of the question for me. I hope that bowing from the waist and shouting "glory to Pete" will suffice :D of course, by February...bowing may be out as well.

01-05-2010, 06:02 AM
Pete all those days practicing instead of flying have paid off.:hihi: Professional flytyer status, pretty good for a flightless bird :smokin: FishHawk

01-05-2010, 12:50 PM
Guess we'd all better bring our UV-protective goggles (courtesy of Warren) to the Bear's Den case Pete gets a little "sloppy" with the direction he points that acrylic curing light....reminds me of a sign next to a piece of lab equipment I used to work with in the old days..."DANG*%! Please avoid looking directly at laser with REMAINING eye...":wink:

01-05-2010, 03:59 PM
Is genuflection mandatory?

01-17-2010, 02:18 PM
We went to the Marlborough show yesterday. The show is definitely getting smaller, but a good time none-the-less. Saw Guernseybass and PEC 54 at the Bear's Den booth. Pete Gray was tying up a storm there, and he gave me some good Tuff-Flye application lessons. Every time I went by, I noted that Pete had more people clustered around him than any other tyer there. I never saw him take a break; my back hurts thinking about it.

Cast an Xi3 9wt. For my casting I liked it quite a bit more than the Xi2s I have cast. I would describe it as feeling like an RPLX with a lighter swing weight.

01-17-2010, 07:42 PM
It was good to See Todd and Paul there, albeit briefly.

I went on saturday and had a really great time - I mooched around the main hall for a couple of hours and got some great trout stuff from Cotes and found exactly the grizzly saddles I wanted for mackerel flies at $3 a pop.

I also spent some time with the Hardy & Greys boys and cast the Platinum XD 9' 9# which was a sweet rod for $299. I missed the end of the casting pool by about 10ft...

I chatted to Scott and admired the Manson beard, and hung out a little with some of the tyers - I didn't get a chance to chat to Pete Gray though, he was mid war story both times I went past :chuckle:

I also got some info about float trips on the Deerfield and cabins on the upper conneticut for the summer - two trips which are realistically cheap.

After that I watched two excellent presentations by Dick Brown on bonefishing and Ed Engle on difficult trout, and got both to answer some of my questions. Ed gave me some good advice on choosing bamboo rods, and we chatted about Ireland, which is on his wish list. I told him we could swap ...:biggrin:

All in all, much better than previous years and well worth the $15 entry I thought.


01-18-2010, 12:05 PM
It was an honour to tie for Scott and pass on Tuffleye tips 'n technique...
'Had fun but a three day marathon took a toll on my butt...
Nice to see friends and spin some yarns!
Lookin' forward to the Bear's Den fandango on 20 Feb!

01-18-2010, 03:56 PM
Great Job, Pete....loved the table... and you shaved for the occasion:lildevl: ....bueatiful!

01-18-2010, 04:43 PM
nice shirt too Pete :wink: