Published Sep 1. 1998 - 18 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 26. 2016

FFF Conclave 1998

"World's best coming to Idaho Falls" ... "1998 International Fly Fishing Show ... More than 100 seminars set" screamed the headlines of local Idaho newspapers. TV Channels 3 and 8 with day-today coverages of the event.

Friends
Bas Verschoor
"World's best coming to Idaho Falls" ... "1998 International Fly Fishing Show ... More than 100 seminars set" screamed the headlines of local Idaho newspapers. TV Channels 3 and 8 with day-today coverages of the event.
For 6 days in August, Idaho Falls was the center of the fly fishing universe. Tiers, casters and anglers from all over the world came together in that friendly Western town to celebrate fly fishing as a part of the Federation of Fly Fishers International Fly Fishing Show and Conclave, the most comprehensive and most international event dedicated solely to the sport we all love so much. Along with 60 workshops, 36 programs, 70-plus commercial exhibitors and 130 flytiers from all 4 corners of the globe, from Anchorage, AK to Irkoetsk, Siberia, the Federation was offering three unique events. The Atlantic Salmon Fly Symposium, the Bamboo Rod Symposium and the Conservation Workshop.
Hands-on demonstrations, slide shows, debates and technical seminars ... everything a fly fisher would want to see was on display. "The best of the best is going to be here," said Gary Grant, co-chair of the show. "The Arnold Palmers of the fly fishing world had all come to Idaho Falls". The range of topics and quality of speakers was phenomenal. A short list of topics covered during the six-day show included:

  • How to build bamboo rods
  • How to cast with a flyrod
  • Basic entomology
  • Spey casting
  • Tying classic Atlantic salmon flies
  • Building saltwater leaders
  • Learning to double haul
  • Streamside cooking
  • Tying extended body flies
  • How to row a drift boat
  • Nymphing tactics
  • And those were just a few. One of the better shows the Federation has ever put on.

Jeff 'Bear' Andrews
Bas Verschoor
Each year, FFF gives out the Buz Buszek Award to a fly tier that has made contributions to the art.
Past winners at this year's show included Wayne Luallen, Marvin Nolte, Judy Lehmberg, Ned Long, Stan Walters, Chuck Echer, Royce Dam, Billy Munn, Darwin Atkin, Dick Nelson and Andre Puyans.


Wayne Luallan
Judy Lehmberg
Chuck Echer
Dick Nelson
Bas Verschoor
One of the most interesting items for sale at the Fundraising Auction, (which totalled some 23,000 dollars), was another one of Darwin Atkin's International Fly Plates, designed by Steve Jensen. The featured fly was a Jock Scott salmon fly tied by Judy Lehmberg, '97 Buszek Award recipient. Along with the featured fly were creations by Royce Dam, Kent Bulfinch, Stan Walters, Wayne Luallen, Andre Puyans, Giuseppe Re, Yann Bouglouan, Bas Verschoor, Reg Denny, Vic Bergman and Garth Coghill, with original artwork by David Ruimveld of Vicksburg, MI. The plate fetched $ 1,850.
Again... one of the best shows ever put on in the history of the Federation.
What more is there to say about my fabulous sojourn in the Rockies? Filled with:

Charles Jardine
Vladimir Markov
Jan van Straaten
Robert Spaight
Don "Miceman' Ordes
Henrik 'Hookmaker' Strandgaard
You know who
Glenn Peckel
Gary Grant
Bas Verschoor
Some good fish
In the net
That big one
Many dear friends
Friends
At the water
Bas Verschoor
Good company
Good food
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A blonde
Bas Verschoor

Another incredible FFF Conclave and Show had come to and end all too quickly.
Bas A. Verschoor
(credit to: Rob Thornberry - IH&F and to Gary Grant - FFF Secretary)

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