|Michael Simmons conducting a fly tying demo.|
If you live anywhere near WNY or within an hour or two, may I suggest an event that you may
want need to attend on February 16th.
It is of course the annual Guys, Flies and Pies event!
I cannot say enough good things about this event. You will have the opportunity to share a table with some fantastic tiers from all over WNY, and beyond. You will also have an opportunity to win prizes donated by some of the best in the industry, and the cherry on the top (at least for me) is the mass consumption of some great pizza! I mean…come on….who really expects to go to an event called guys flies and pies and not take part in eating…right?
|Jordan Ross of JP Ross Fly Rods shows of|
some of his finely crafted rods at last years event.
Both Michael Simmons and his wife Crystal do an amazing job. Together they work hard to make sure that everyone is taken care of, and in the end, have an opportunity to fellowship with lots of other folks who enjoy the sport of fly fishing. It is what the sport should be about!
|Matt Smythe - AKA the Fishing Poet - takes the|
time to show his son how to tie a fly.
And because they have done such a wonderful job over the years, the event has grown to a point in which they have had to find a different venue. This year event will be held from 3-8pm at the Roger Robach Community Center (Bathhouse) at Ontario Beach Park at 180 Beach Avenue, Rochester, NY 14612.
In years past I have gone by myself and with my oldest son. But I think I can say that this year I will try and bring my daughter. She is probably the best tier out of all my kids, and has the patience to learn all kinds of new things and put them into practice. This truly is a family event that you could bring anyone to and feel right at home. And that is why I make sure to mark it on my calendar every year!
Besides….you never know…you might meet your next fishing buddy.
So mark it on your calendar – February 16th! – Guys, Flies and Pies. Let’s all make this year’s event one to remember, and continue to grow the sport of fly fishing.
I’ll see you there.