The CFFA Expo: Pull up a chair and set a spell

I only had four hours — Squirt hockey game in Avon at 3pm — but I made the most of it on Tyers’ Row at yesterday’s CFFA Expo. It really is the best little fly fishing show around (Somerset, eat your heart out). Thanks to the CFFA for hosting, thanks to everyone for stopping by, and my apologies to the gentleman who wanted to see me tie the Usual — you never came back, and I had to roll at 1pm. We’ll shoot for next time.

“I’m telling you, Mark, I’m going to catch a fish this big on this fly.” 



Next up: Flatwings, Soft Hackles and Bucktails for Striped Bass tying demo at The Compleat Angler, 541 Post Road, Darien, CT, Saturday, February 27. I think in years past it’s been 10am-2pm, so I’ll go with that. For more information/directions, visit


A belated birthday and the CFFA Show Saturday 2/6

Last week quietly celebrated its third birthday. The site has now grown to nearly 375 followers, and I can’t thank you enough for your readership and your support. Of course, when we reach our 400th follower, we’ll do a fly giveaway drawing. (If you’ve won in the past you know that a currentseams fly goody package doesn’t suck.)

Speaking of flies, I’ll be on Fly Tyers’ Row at the CFFA Show on Saturday, February 6, Maneely’s Banquet Facility, 65 Rye St., South Windsor, CT. I’ll be there from 9am – 1pm. This is one of the best local shows anywhere. For more information and directions, visit

If you are planning on attending, and there’s something specific you’d like to see me tie, please let me know now so I can pack the appropriate materials. I’ve already had one request for the Squirrel and Ginger wet, and we’ll make it so.

Always a popular pattern. Especially with trout.

Squirrel and Ginger cork


Thank you, CFFA

Many thanks to the Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association for hosting me last night. As always, it’s a treat to get out and connect with fellow anglers, share information, and see some familiar faces. Please mark Saturday, February 6, 2016 on your calendar. That’s the date for the CFFA Expo at Maneely’s in South Windsor. Since I was officially invited last night, I will once again be tying.

Pay no attention to that man in front of the curtain. Taken at last year’s Expo.

CFFA 2015

Next week’s gig: Thursday, December 17,  “The Little Things” at TU Croton Watershed Chapter, Orvis store in Ridge hill
Shopping Center in Yonkers, NY. 
For more information and directions, visit