: We're invited to the MSBA show
01-29-2002, 10:26 PM
At the Marlboro show I had the pleasure to meet and chat with the MSBA President Patrick Paquette. After watching us in action and learning a little bit about who we are he invited us to accept a booth at the Mass. Striped Bass Association Annual Sportfishing Expo.
Below are the details and I'm asking if there is interest out there to make a quality go of it.
Where: Plymouth, Cordage Park
When: March 23rd and 24th, 9:30 - 6 and 9 - 5 respectively
Cost: The booth is free for organizations like ours. It will be 8X10 and if our booth doesn't fit they will make accomodations. Complimentary coffee and donuts for vendors as well as hot and cold lunches. Prices to the public are $7 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.
Tony Stetsko is the featured speaker. The seminars don't appear to have much if any flyfishing content but the schedule for presenters is not complete yet.
01-30-2002, 07:59 AM
I attended last year w/ my dad. Save for Old Salt Outfitters, there was little flyfishing content, but it was a fun show nonetheless. Dad picked up some sluggo bodies & we did some browsing.
If I'm home that weekend, I'd be glad to pitch in some time at the booth as I'm only a few miles from Cordage Park.
01-30-2002, 08:36 AM
Gregg... that's interesting.. seems like a perfect place to be a proponent of flyfishing and tying . But it is a committment so we would need some definite volunteers.
01-30-2002, 08:52 AM
...By that time I'll be a card carrying, fully sanctioned, officially recognized ORF (Old Retired Fart) and could probably squeeeeze "booth duty" into my "busy" schedule....
...Will they be serving fresh dead bait?!
Looks good for me unless I am out west on my annual pilgrimage to chromer heaven then. I gave a presentation at MSBA last year and the flyfishing topic was very well received. MSBA is a very well established organization and a great bunch of guys, it will be a blast to help out MSBA and represent the flyfishing aspect of striper fishing at this event.
Looking forward to it!
01-30-2002, 09:28 AM
If there's enough interest I would love to come up and participate on one of the days.
It sounds like they could do with some Fly Fishing content so we would be pioneering but, heck, when did that ever stop this forum!:smokin:
01-30-2002, 10:25 AM
My dad has gone to that the past few years. He said that it is different from the Fly Fishing shows; a lot more Deals on tackle, kind of like a flea market. He said it is more geared toward conventional fishing, but there was some SWFF.
01-30-2002, 11:17 AM
This sounds like a nice opportunity and I would be willing to help out at a booth.
Adrian- Perhaps the Connecticut connection could travel together? Just a thought and an excuse to spend time on the road swapping fish stories. ;)
I think introductory casting (if there's room) and tying lessons are in order, as well as the requisite fish stories and friendship building spirit that makes us what we are.
Can anyone provide details on the park? room to cast?
01-30-2002, 11:45 AM
I know I'm overdue for some volunteer time for the Forum, unfortunatly I'll be in Turks & Caicous during this event.
Sorry, don't mean to RUB it in !:devil: :razz:
If you're headed to Provo....and Gilley's is still open....don't miss the conch fritters!
Green with envy!!
01-30-2002, 03:21 PM
Mark - thats a great idea! I would be happy to pick up en-route and it would be great to have company en-route.
Brian - no angst here since I'm off the the Bahamas two weeks later:D
01-30-2002, 10:26 PM
Brian and Adrian... Oh No ...no problem.... thanks for telling me...Will you guys remind me some more:devil: (Lucky ... I have got to plan better)
You know I'll do whatever you need to help out. I do have to tread cautiously as my wife is concerned about my promise to complete a few projects around the homestead.
She thinks giving me 6 months freedom to fly fish as much as I want as being generous!! :hehe:
We need to plan on getting our hands on the booth as Juro may be warming up for our Spring season in the Pacific Northwest.
01-31-2002, 03:09 PM
Just because I walk down the hallway making two-handed double spey, snap tee, spiral roll, and other mock-Spey motions doesn't mean anything about my frame of mind lately! :D
02-01-2002, 05:27 PM
OK, so here's what we've got for volunteers.
Hawkeye - Gregg at least one day
Penguin - Pete if his ORF schedule permits :hehe:
Tod D - if home that weekend
Juro - if not out west
Adrian and Dble Haul - Mark, representing Connecticut for one day
Roop - household projects permitting;)
If we can firm these up then I'm thinkin we could do a good job at the show.
My thoughts for presentation are:
Flyers with our info
4 to 6 "classes" a day alternating between a participatory fly tying demonstration, a talk on the basics of flyfishing (tools of the trade, casting physics, types of "flies"), and a participatory casting demonstration if we can find room for it. I would feel comfortable doing the "basics" talk but I should steer clear of the other two as I have too many bad habits in those areas.
02-01-2002, 06:18 PM
Hate to volunteer without being able to make a firm commitment, but I see a lot of tentatives on the list - so I'll commit to one of the days, just don't know which one right now.
02-03-2002, 03:56 PM
Welll with Adrian, Mark and myself that makes 4 firm and 5 if Pete was being sarcastic. I'll start an e-mail discussion with you guys to toss around ideas/scheduling etc. Let's set a deadline of this Friday to make a final decision about doing the show and send in the paperwork.
Thanks for taking the lead on this, as it stands today I'll be here then and am totally psyched! I will make sure I give at least one month of notice either way. I should know by Friday what my plans are for the native steelhead mecca clave.
It should be a great time! The facility looks awesome, never been there before but it sure sounds impressive. I hope there is a long tall empty hallway somewhere we can use! :D
Of course we could just go outside to give casting intros, that was the only way to do it at the flyshop.
02-04-2002, 08:39 AM
Gregg... you can count me in to help in any way for one of the days... you choose.
02-04-2002, 08:50 AM
Based on current schedules it looks like Mark and I will be there for the Sunday session.
I should be able to spare a few hours on one of the days. Let me know what I can help out with.
02-05-2002, 10:22 PM
Looks to me like we are a go!
I'll send in the paperwork this week and I just sent an e-mail to those who expressed an interest in making this happen.
You're a great asset to the team. I'm sure we all feel the same way about all the things you've done for the community since we started out on this journey a couple years back... THANKS GREGG!!!
02-05-2002, 11:10 PM
I just noticed that we need a new "smily". The really red blushing face. Thanks Juro. It's my pleasure but I don't think I'll ever come close to giving back what I've taken.
Gregg - pending schedule and so far nothing unforeseen, I would like an email as well - thanks.
02-06-2002, 09:25 AM
...I'll be there Sunday for sure but Saturday looks doubtful...
02-06-2002, 03:16 PM
Thanks Pete and done Dave.