Working on the Nursery

This weekend Jen and I worked on the nursery after receiving a bunch of gifts from the baby shower on Thursday.

Here is what the room looked like Friday afternoon:
Nursery Mess 1

Nursery Mess 2

Then after Jen did a bunch of organizing, and I did some moving and cleaning and putting together of things it looked like this:
Nursery Organized 1

2008 Michigan Fly Fishing Expo

Well, this is basically the start to the next fishing season. Every year in March, the Michigan Fly Fishing Club puts on the Fly Fishing Expo. This is only my second time going, but I had a lot of fun.

MFFC Expo Show Floor

I got there as they were opening in hopes to get into some of the hackle and pick out the good stuff. My plan was to see Jerry Regan at 8:30 when he presented some Au Sable River flies. I stopped at a couple of the feather booths, but a bunch of people had the same idea I did and they were flooded with people digging through the bins. So, I decided to visit the one booth I regretted not visiting last year – Shelbyville Rods.

Last year, I stopped at the Shelbyville Rod Company booth, and they had a couple rods at a great discount, but I passed them up.  This year, I figured if I had first choice at what they brought to the show that I might be able to get a nice rod for a good price. My 6′ 3wt rod I got from Bass Pro looks like it cracked this past summer. I was looking for something to replace it. There were two rods I liked, and the best thing is you can go right over to the casting pool and try them out. I ended up buying a cutom-made fiberglass 3/4wt that a customer ordered, but didn’t buy. I really liked the slow action it gave, and I could cast real easy. So, that will definitely be getting some use this year.

I bought the rod, and headed over to Jerry Regan’s fly tying demonstration, and he was tying a streamer-like pattern called the Buzzsaw. The fly is a tandem hook fly that actually uses skunk hair, and resembles a Madsen Barber pole. Here is a good article on Jerry.

Immediately after Jerry Regan was Charles Meck. I was hoping to meet Charles Meck and to have him sign my small streams book, but after a long morning, and with bad weather I decided to leave about an hour before his book signing session was starting. I did get to watch him tie up what he called “1-Minute” flies. The two patterns I thought looked the most effective were the Universal Emerger and Zebra Midge. Here is a picture of him at the vise:
Charles Meck

After watching the fly tying demonstrations, I walked aroud the show floor some more and ended up subscribing to Michigan Streamside Journal. I also met Will Mullis from Hatches magazine and subscribed to their fly tying magazine as well.

Next, I headed over to what I thought was going to be a session on how to build a graphite rod, but was actually a REALLY good explanation of modern fly rods given by Mike McFarland of McFarland Rods. I have a feeling I’ll be buying a rod from him someday. He really knows his stuff when it comes to building rods, and he has some very down-to-earth theories about what makes rods better.

After Mike, was Jerry Kustich from Sweetgrass Rods. If you don’t know who the Boo Boys are, then you should read up about them. They are a part of Fly Fishing history, and their bamboo rods are legendary. He gave a presentation on “The Bamboo Way of Life,” which showed how they got to where they are today.

Jerry Kustich

After the presentation, I made a couple more rounds around the show floor, specifically looking jungle cock nails and some chenille, and there just didn’t seem to be a lot of material places around, except for hackle. Overall, still a really good show, and a really good way to frustrate you that the fishing season has not yet arrived.