2017 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo

I’m looking forward to the 2017 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, OR on March 10 & 11, 2017. It’s only 2 weeks away!

The main attraction for me is the 200 demonstration tyers that rotate every 2 ½ hours on Friday and Saturday.  There are 80 tyers tying at individual tables with chairs provided to sit and watch.  All of the fly genres are covered including nymphs, dry, steelhead, classic salmon, streamers, and realistic flies.  If you are not sure who to watch, the best thing to do is to walk around the tyer tables and find an open seat.  A lot can be learned by sitting down and watching a tyer demonstrate different techniques.  Tyers will have tips on material selection, tying technique, and sometimes fishing the patterns.  They are also able to answer questions during their demonstration.  It is one of the best ways to learn and improve tying skills. Continue reading

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Old Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Books

Have you ever wondered about the history of fly fishing? It’s an interesting topic to me, which explains why I’ve been reading old fly fishing and fly tying books lately. Why? First, they are a source for my Throw Back Thursday Flies. Secondly, I wonder how previous generations fished and what some of their streamside conversations were.

Favorite Flies and Their Histories | www.johnkreft.com

I always enjoyed reading the Pioneers & Legends stories in NW Fly Fishing Magazine. John Shewey, the magazine’s editor, writes some of these articles. It’s one of the reasons I purchased his books Classic Steelhead Flies and Spey Flies & Dee Flies, Their History & Construction to read more about our fly fishing history. Continue reading

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Next Cast Flyfishers Master Class

Last week I helped my wife lead what I’m calling the Next Cast Flyfishers master class outing at East Lake. Six flyfishers between ages 11 and 15 were invited to attend the outing, the first of it’s kind for our club. These kids have participated in numerous Next Cast activities, including multiple Fish Camps, river clean-ups, fly casting, and fly tying.

Our goal was to help these kids be self-sufficient in their fly fishing journey. They’ve learned to put their own rods together, tie knots, attach tippets and flies, and even use a few of their own hand-tied flies.

Here are our campers ready to fish!

Next Cast Flyfishers - Before | www.johnkreft.com

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Fish Camp

I’ve been helping my wife this week with Fish Camp, a 3-day fly fishing camp for 14 students, 10 – 14 years old. It’s part of our fly club’s Next Cast Flyfishers (our youth program) goal to get kids into fly fishing in Central Oregon.

Fish Camp Sign | www.johnkreft.com

We’re teaching them about casting, knot tying, aquatic bug basics, fly tying, gear & equipment, safety & regulations, and actual fishing, which included safe fish handling to release fish to fight another day. Continue reading

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Goodbye 2016 NW Expo

I think we had a great show last weekend and thought it appropriate to say “Goodbye 2016 NW Expo” in this week’s post.

Show Poster | www.johnkreft.com

This was my second year as Expo Chair and I’ll be handing over the leadership responsibilities to someone else for the 2017 Expo.

As I walked the venue on both days, I lost track of how many people stopped me to express their appreciation for such a well-run Expo. They mentioned the positive vibe in the room and the willingness of so many people to teach fly tying and fly casting.

Yes, they stopped to talk with me, but I’m only continuing the tradition of 27 previous NW Expo events. And I had help from the many volunteers on the Committee as well as those working set-up and the many stations during the Expo. Continue reading

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2016 NW Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo

I’m busy getting ready for the 2016 NW Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, Oregon on March 11 & 12. I continue my Chair duties again this year. The Expo is sponsored by the Oregon Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, where I am the Treasurer. Now you understand why I’ve been busy!

Tying Flies During 2015 Expo

John at Expo | www.johnkreft.comOne of the major outcomes of the Expo is to make money for the Oregon Council. The benefit auction on Saturday night is always a good time to bid on your favorite fly plate, fishing trip, and other items. Two plates to be auctioned off are the Show Plate and Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild Plate. Continue reading

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Cast to a Spot

Got a question for you. When you’re fly fishing your favorite river, do you cast to a spot, cast as far as you can, or just let your fly land on the water anywhere and hope a fish will swim by and eat it?

Water Window | www.johnkreft.com

I think you’ll have more success if you deliberately cast to a spot where you believe a fish is holding.

Here are a few tips to increase your fish-catching success. They work for me. Continue reading

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Fly Casting to Windows

Fly casting to windows? You probably think I’ve lost my mind. What am I talking about?

Have you ever really looked and studied the water when you are waiting for fish to rise? Notice how the currents change? Perhaps you’ll see some riffle or nervous water, then all of a sudden the section you are looking at is clear as a window pane. That’s what I’m talking about.

Water Window | www.johnkreft.com

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