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.

The Expo wouldn’t happen without the many vendors, many of which return year after year. Click HERE to see a complete list of those attending the Expo.

I believe the most interesting new vendor was Tinsel Trading Co from New York who were selling 100+ year-old tinsel…truly vintage.

Tinsel Trading Co | www.johnkreft.com

It may be hard to believe, but this spool of silver tinsel was selling for $400! I marveled at all the old tinsel, but didn’t end up purchasing any. I need to continue working on my quest to tie Atlantic Salmon flies that would benefit from some vintage tinsel.

My friends Al and Gretchen Beatty manned their BT’s Fly Fishing booth and relayed to me that several of my readers stopped at their booth to purchase the LaFontaine’s Legacy book mentioned in last week’s Throw Back Thursday Flies post. Al was the guest author and presented the Lady Heather Double Wing.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I thought I’d provide a brief story through a few pictures I took during the event.

On Wednesday night, the building is empty as we arrive.

Day 1 | www.johnkreft.com

Then through a little volunteer magic, it comes into shape on Thursday morning. Here are the tyer tables ready to see some action.

Tyer Tables Ready | www.johnkreft.com

And the casting pond filling with water. The pond is where casting demonstrations are held as well as an opportunity to “test drive” a new rod from one of the Expo vendors. Amazing to think the visqueen holds only a couple inches of water…that’s all we need.

Filling Casting Pond | www.johnkreft.com

Here is the casting pond in action.

Casting Pond | www.johnkreft.com

The 72 table tyer venue is a wonderful way to watch our 200+ very talented fly tyers in action. It sure fills up quickly on Friday morning. Anyone is able to sit down across from a tyer and watch the magic happen. 

Tyer Tables - After | www.johnkreft.com

You might learn new techniques or a new fly imitation to try the next time on your favorite river or lake.

Tyer Tables - Saturday | www.johnkreft.com

I was able to find time each day to tie a few of my McPhails Golden Stonefly Nymph Variant. I really like this fly and it has caught a few fish for me. I returned home with only 2 flies as I gave the rest away to those kind enough to stop and watch me tie.

McPhails Golden Stonefly Nymph Variant

McPhail's Golden Stone Nymph - Variant | www.johnkreft.com

Here I am at the vise.

John Kreft at the Tying Vise | www.johnkreft.com

I purchased a few feathers from Dale at Southern Oregon Fly Tying materials for my own Central Oregon Flyfishers Winter Fly Tying classes.

Feathers | www.johnkreft.com

And a Jungle Cock neck for me.

Jungle Cock Neck | www.johnkreft.com

In fact, I need to finish this blog post and pluck a few more feathers for the Clarks Lady Stone my friend Sherry is planning to teach tonight.


Clarks Lady Stone | www.johnkreft.com

Lastly, I was presented with two awards…the Oregon Council IFFF 2016 Federator of the Year and a President’s Pin from Phil Greenlee, President of the IFFF.

Photo by Garren Wood
John Kreft 2016 Federator of the Year | www.johnkreft.com

IFFF President’s Pin

Presidents Pin | www.johnkreft.com

I hope you were able to attend the Expo. If not, there’s always next year.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Hi John:

    Little late, but I will make it short and sweet. Great Show. Great Leadership. The Oregon Council has the best show. See you next year.

  2. John.. Thank you for a job well done and your great leadership for the Expo team.
    This post is the best, the pictures help tell the story. Congratulations on your awards, well deserved my friend.

  3. John… thanks for all the work you do to make the EXPO the success that it is. I really enjoyed the tiers with whom I visited and wish there was more time to see more in action. I also want to give a shout out to John Macdiarmid who taught the double haul class I took. That was money well spent and John was an excellent instructor. It is really a bonus to have such quality instructors in our area who are willing to share their knowledge at these events.

    Good job by everyone involved. I’ll be back next year.

  4. Upon draining the casting pond, we found another 2 inches of water in between the layers. [plastic quality control failed at that manufacturer]

    John, It was a great show!!

    looking forward to tying in next year’s.

    1. Whoops!!! Luckily the water stayed where is was supposed to. Thanks for your help…couldn’t do it without people like you.


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