Dutch Fly Fair 1996 - part 2

The following report was sent to the flyfishing mailing lists - FlyFish@ and Euro-Flyfish@ - after my return from a most enjoyable Fly Fair in Holland May 1996.

By Martin Joergensen

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Jeff 'Bear' Andrews
Jeff 'Bear' Andrews in the tying area (In color)

A few names: (in alphabetical order by last name):

Jeff 'Bear' Andrews: Jeff should be well known to many US tyers. He's the guy that does the 'charity' 24 hour marathon tying at the FFF conclave in Montana. Jeff 'Bear' tied nymphs at the show. He's a pro and cranks them out at a very acceptable speed (read: fast). He used some prefabricated eyes that look real good. Jeff also told me that there will be a 'Blind folded wooly bugger' arrangement at the Conclave this August. Be there and try it! I will.

John Bowden: John tied some very delicate quill bodied flies, and used a lot of time to teach people his technique of preparing the quills: remove the flue from the barbs of peacock herl with ladies hair remover and store the quills in 75% water and 25% hair conditioner. That will give you some very nice and soft quills.

Danes sp.: a lot of them - all (except myself) tying classic salmon flies: Tommy Ohlinson, Henrik Strandgaard, Kim Rasmussen and more. Kim ties in silence - full dressed salmon flies as fast as I tie woolly buggers (almost). A real pro. Henrik is far more talkative, but also meticulous and ties one - maybe two - flies per 4 hour session on his beautiful home made hooks.

Nathan Drohm: Nathan did the most impressive stone fly imitations. He created a hectic buzz the last day of tying by showing a framed stone fly nymph emerging from its shuck. This really had the audience thinking, because Nathan's flies are so immensely realistic, and the shuck was amazing. Nathan later told the truth: 'It's a joke', he said. 'The fly is mine the shuck is real'. Still it was beautiful as were Nathan's framed mayflies.

Kieran Frye: Kieran tied some very fishy stream flies. And for a good reason: he was going on to Austria to fish for his first grayling ever. He did some very fine CDC emergers and some Caddis pupae using an 'instant body' material, that I never saw before: stainless cotton covered wire. Neat! He also used the dubbing material Scintilla extensively. It looks very good and is very easy to apply to the thread. I managed to get samples of both.

Chuck Furimsky: Chuck tied salt water flies. He had some special materials of which his 'Bug Skin' was most noteworthy. Bug Skin is very thin leather in different colors and even coated with silver. Used for prawns, crabs and streamers (in combination with Jack Gartside's braided tubing) it makes some very good imitations.

Mike Martinek: Mike has had some well deserved attention lately. He has tied flies for a very long time, but his focus on Carrie Stevens' patterns and the Rangerly Style of tying has brought him into the limelight. He had some beautiful framed streamers and a small booklet on the subject. Ben Benoit of FF@ fame mentioned him recently.

Jan Bergvoets
Jan Bergvoets tying at Fly Fair (In color).
Marvin Nolte: I have mentioned Marvin before, and will again. Marvin Nolte, pro tyer, creator of the Grainger collection - 350 framed classical salmon flies. He didn't tie salmon flies though, but fishing flies, and had a hard time letting go of the tying tables. He's a good entertainer, a good instructor and well worth watching.

Glen Peckel: Glen was a new name to me, but a very pleasant new aquaintance. He had the most beautiful collection of classical American streamers winged with whole feathers, but tied the Rusty Rat every time I saw him. See him at the bench in my Tyers Gallery.

Hans Weilenmann: Hans probably had a couple of busy days like myself. He speaks the native language and must have talked a lot. On the second day he tied #28 Pheasant Tail nymphs and had a few on the onlookers confused by obviously having no hook in his vise.

These were the ones I particularly noticed. Other names were: Peter O'Reilly (Author of 'Trout and Salmon Flies of Ireland'), Hans van Klinken (NL), Chuck Echer (US, Buzeck award winner and Santa look-alike), Ed Thomas (US), Bas Verschoor (NL), Tom Jindra (US) and many many more. Too much to see and too little time.

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