Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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Mochaboy
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Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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I consider myself a connoisseur of many things, and when i find something I'm interested in, it's not uncommon to dedicate an obscene amount of time to developing an intimate knowledge of that subject matter. In other words, I consider myself a perpetual student.

Fact is, as much as I love fly fishing, fly *tying is a whole other world altogether, a world that, after attending, I realized I've explored maybe 3% of (truth be told, before I went to FF - I figured I had maybe 50% of it figured out).

My flies are passable, and what's more they catch fish, but when you're tying for presentation - good lord, the measure of skill, dexterity and aesthetics you gentlemen displayed was nothing short of awe inspiring.

Of course, I didn't know a living soul there, so who do I have dubious pleasure of sitting next to but not one but two of our local celebrities...John Bonasera and Ted Patlen. I had a whole raft of ties I wanted to try that day, but - how do you follow after those two?

So I dropped back to one thing that I DO know and do extremely well...I tell stories through my pictures. Who knows, maybe 30 years from now - some other new tyer might stumble on my work and marvel the same way I did reading through Mike Valla's book.

But enough of me - it was a real pleasure meeting all of you guys, and I'm sorry I didn't get around to speak to everyone - I was having a hard enough time soaking up what I could from the grand masters I was seated next to. I also got to tie next to Tim Didas (salute) who surprised me at how delicate a touch he had for such meaty marine fingers, wow talk about a class act and all around nice guy - Hope to fish with you in the future.

And to Eperous - thanks for the fish tales
Rick Miller - I remembered every word you shared about the 4 stages of a fisherman :)
JB - Thank for the constructive critiques and the warm welcome, hoping I can do my part to preserve our heritage in the coming years
Mike Valla - Most parents will read the cat and the hat to their kids, I'll be reading the signed copy of your book to mine
John Bonasera - I can see why you have the following you do, thanks for taking it easy on the new guy :)
and of course Sarah Palin's biggest fan - Joe Fusco ... appreciate all your insights bro...

Alright so on to the photos...
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Mochaboy
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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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Soon :) (from covered bridge in Livingston)
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Thanks again Mike
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Care of Tim Didas - The Jack Gartside's Salmon Sparrow
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One of Catskill John's creations (sorry didn't get the name)
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John Bonasera at work
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Brandt right?
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What's in Ted Patlen's box?
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The Gordon by Catskill John
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The Best of Fest Winners
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will post a few more photos later...
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Mochaboy
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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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I'm not sure if I got all the photos of the entries, but here's the few that I managed to capture with my macro setup. I'm hoping JB can put some names to the entries.

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And of course this handsome man...
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willowhead

Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

Post by willowhead »

Great pics Mochaboy.....thankx for sharing. ;)

zazzer
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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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Damn them is some sexy flies. looking Great everybody,

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the wolf88
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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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good job.. I was sitting next to CJ..... nice to meet ya :D

dennis
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Welcome Mochaboy great pictures.
Dennis

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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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All,

It was great to meet everyone at the table and to tie alongside you at Fly Fest. What a friendly and talented group, and getting together for such a great cause was just the ticket for curing the end of winter (hopefully!) blahs.

Ed-Thanks for your kind words. It was great to finally get to meet you in person.

Lito-Fantastic pics, and great company!

CJ-Thanks for the welcome!

Best,

Tim

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Re: Thanks and photos from Fly Fest '12

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Mochaboy wrote:I'm not sure if I got all the photos of the entries, but here's the few that I managed to capture with my macro setup. I'm hoping JB can put some names to the entries.
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'Peeking Caddis', right?
I've always been fascinated by "backwards" fly patterns...

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