Fly tiers from Italy, Spain, Russia, Scotland, the U.S. and virtually every other country where fish live, will demonstrate their artistic skills at the 22nd annual Fly Tying Symposium, Nov. 17-18 at the Garden State Exhibit Center.
Admission is $15 on Sat., $12 on Sun. and $20 for both days. Symposium hours are 9-5 on Sat.; 9-4:30 on Sun. Parking is free at the adjacent Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater.
“There will be more than 100 of the world’s best and most creative fly tiers plus exhibitors demonstrating and selling every material, hook, book, vise and video known to mankind. Shops will be on hand with everything and anything related to fly-tying,” said show producer Chuck Furimsky.
Hackle growers scheduled to be at the Symposium include Metz, Collins and Keough.
Additionally – in keeping with the theme of individual hand-crafted fly-fishing products – for the first time there will be a full exhibit of bamboo rods. Indoor casting ponds will allow visitors to try out their dream tools.
Hands-on classes by some of the sport’s premier fly tiers will highlight the annual Symposium. All tying classes require a minimum of intermediate fly-tying skill levels for registration:
Eric Stroup (Pennsylvania) – “Favorite Pennsylvania Patterns”
Charlie Craven (Colorado) – “Techniques for Better Flies”
Enrico Puglisi (Italy) – “Saltwater Patterns”
Marc Petitjean (Switzerland) – “CDC Magic”
Bob Clouser (Pennsylvania) – “Clouser Minnow and More”
Charlie Craven – “Techniques for Better Flies”
Fly-tying class enrollment is $75 per session.
Besides the tying classes, on Sat., Gary Borger will teach casting presentation improvement. Casting class registration is $80.
All classes will be held at Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater.
For Symposium information, call (814) 443-3638; e-mail [email protected]; or view updates at www.internationalflytyingsymposium.com