First Fish ’09

After two days of Spring-like weather, and a couple weeks after most of the snow has melted, the weather man said it would be overcast and 50 degrees.  I figured it might just be time to get the rod and reel out.

I headed up to my lunch-time fishing hole and tied on a soft hackle emerger.  By the end of my lunch hour I had caught my first fish of 2009, as well as two more.  Three little blue gills decided they were hungry enough to take a fly.

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2009 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo

So, this weekend was the 209 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo hosted by the Michigan Fly Fishing Club (www.mffc.org). Both my daughter and my wife went with me to the show, and we had fun looking at all the different vendors and a few seminars. I didn’t really buy much this year, because I have pretty much everything I need now. I did pick up what looks to be a good book.

expo sign

When I arrived at the show, I was hoping to catch the demo from Jim Teeny regarding fishing with sinking tip lines, because I’ve never used one before. I am planning on fishing a few lakes this year, and may attempt to to use a sink tip line and wanted to see if there were any tips on fishing it. Here is a picture of Jim Teeny at the casting pond:
Jim Teeny

We walked around the expo a bit, and then we needed to find a spot to find my daughter. I steered us towards the fly tying area because Bob Jacklin (www.jacklinsflyshop.com) was beginning his seminar discussing several of his favorite ties.
Bob Jacklin

I think the highlight of the trip up to the expo was that I got to meet Ron Barch from Alder Creek Rods and Alder Creek Publishing (www.aldercreekrods.com and www.aldercreekpublishing.com). A friend of the family happens to be friends with Ron, and gave my father-in-law a copy of a book by Kathy Scott called “Headwaters Fall as Snow”. Ron said his favorite book was “Moose in the Water/Bamboo on the Bench”, so I bought a copy and Ron was nice enough to autograph the book, along with the book’s artist Michael Miling. He also had some really nice bamboo rods for sale. I would highly recommend checking out his websites above.
Alder Creek

After being there a couple of hours, I think my daughter had information overload and all of a sudden decided it was time to take a nap – right inside the Jeep papoose.
sleepy

Another Midwest Fly Fishing Show and another Trout season is just around the corner now…