Well after two days on my feet at the show, I'd have to say it was a very good show. The enthusiasm was high and I met more of my reel-time cyber-freinds than ever. I worked with our own Bob Desplaines and new partner John Middleton in the <!--http--><a href="http://www.bluenorthern.com" target="_blank">Blue Northern</a><!--url--> booth.
One note: people asked a lot about stripers101.com... it was hosed by my last web host and is being reconstructed in this site. The <!--http--><a href="http://184.108.40.206/rhodyfest/rhodyjourn-main.htm" target="_blank">Rhody fest</a><!--url--> images are up, Boneclave and Outer Limits are next. *** Information about the NESWFF Fly Swap will be posted over the next few days - I will get inventory of arrivals from Bob Desplaines ***
Anyway, back to the shue...
Many acquaintances dating back to my Seattle days were rekindled. Brian Sommers, a pro staff guy formerly of Kaufmann's Streamborn in Seattle is now doing some wild world expeditions from Christmas Island to Alaska to the Amazon. We will be hearing more from him very soon. I also met a cyber friend of several years whom I had never met in person before. Jim McGrath is now head guide for Iliaska Lodge, clearly one of the finest destinations in the world. We will be hearing more about that soon as well.
I also had the repeated pleasure of meeting some of the finest artisans in the flyfishing industry, and am proud to annouce that we will feature their work on the Forum.
One of the most important things I did was that I became a member of the <!--http--><a href="http://www.amff.com" target="_blank">American Museum of Flyfishing</a><!--url-->. Although their website does not reveal their depth to non-member browsers, they do offer some idea of what they have in their rich historical archives and collections of classic items on the site. We talked about cross-linking our sites, which I truly hope happens. Their quarterly newsletter alone is worth the fee, but they provided a large poster of antique salmon flies and gear that personifies my view of the legacy of salmon fishing and will be the main decor in my office. They also included a flybox, some leather bookmarks, stickers, and all that - but the materials things couldn't compare to the images of Baden-Powell or even Bing Crosby flyfishing in classic American waters.
On a local note, Phil Castleman and Ray Capobianco of Castle Arms offered some great photos of field testing the new Heritage rods. I'll be scanning them in ASAP, you'll love them!
Redington's new reels were a smash hit, and the Sage XP got a three thumbs up
rating from those who cast it.
I've got some absolutely fantastic stuff to put together and can't wait to share it all with you... now I need to get started...