My first stop was the “Indiana on the Fly” show held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. I worked my way through the crowd and checked out the booths. I looked at some nice Korkers and some kayaks at Wildcat Creek Outfitters‘ stand. Then I stopped at Steelhead Alley Outfitters booth and talked with Patrick Robinson and Greg Senyo. Yes, Greg Senyo is the name behind Senyo’s Laser Dub among other Senyo products by Hareline Dubbin. Both were nice guys and easy to talk with. Greg had his Senyo’s Artificial Intelligence fly on display. He mentioned it was an all around great pattern to use. Greg has a step-by-step over at the Steelhead Alley Fly Tying blog showing how to tie this bad boy. While you’re there check out Patrick Robinson’s Munchable Minnow.
From there I sat down to watch James Halik tie some nice bluegill flies. I was happy to see that, since this is “The Year Of The Bluegill“, oh yeah! James had tied one up for a little kid right when I was walking up and that kid was so happy. Cool to see!
Next I chatted with another tyer, Dan Bloodgood. The fly he was tying was using jungle cock wings. It was nice to see something other than the eyes of jungle cock being used.
James Durbin had the orange bucktail out and was tying one of his many Big Pike Flies.
I had to get going because I wanted to head over to Flymasters and hang out with my Hoosier brethren, Dave Hosler of Pilecast.net and Justin Keene of Stream2Stream.net. They were tying flies at the Cabin Fever Festival inside the Flymasters Fly Shop. I walked in and was greeted by Gracie, one of the shop dogs. Then I went back to the tying room and sat down with Dave, Justin, Rex Phillips, and Jr. Burke. Fun guys to hang out with. Dave had the new Misfit Holo-heads on display. If you haven’t seen these, head over to Pilecast.net and check’em out. They are polyurethane heads with holographic designs. They are awesome! Dave will be selling them over at Pilecast.net in the near future. Dave had some of his Punk Rock Smurfs lying out and Justin had several well known patterns, with Mike Schmidt patterns being more prominent on the table. Justin did a nice job tying them and I love Mike Schmidt patterns! We basically talked about flies, fish, and fun.
By that time, I was starving and headed back home. So with the time I had, it was a very enjoyable day hanging out with my kind of people!