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Dutch Fly Fair 1996 - part 3
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
A couple of highlights:
The auction - the first evening of the Fair there is an auction. This auction is quite spectacular. The items for sale is a happy mess of surprises, junk and high class goods. Some had a great time bidding for the helmet with rear view mirrors that helps you keep and eye on the back cast, stream side horn (one honk: 'I got one!', two honks: 'It's a big one!' and so on to five honks: 'There're no goddam' fish on this stream. Let's go to the club house for a beer!' or something along those lines). The surprises were hilarious. The 'real' stuff was really good: clothing, rods, reels and most of all some very nice mounted and framed flies from well known tyers. And prices were absolutely acceptable.
The beer fly - On the Hotel Postillon where most of the tyers stayed, there were some very happy evenings - none without a vise on the table. One evening Henrik Strandgaard tied The Beer Fly. This is an amazingly living emerger. Once tied you drop it into a (large) glass of beer and it will happily emerge to the surface and go back down to the bottom. The fly was born in Norway (sic!) and Steven Fernandez' hand is quit obvious somewhere in its genesis. I will try to get the secret pattern from Henrik and post it here.
I met a lot of friends on Fly Fair and made almost as many new ones. Present from the on line societies were to my knowledge: Hans Weilenmann, Tom Hattink, Sven Ostermann, Frans van Beek and Jan Bergervoet.
I managed to keep my credit card low all days, and didn't wind up with much else than Kieran's samples, some Partridge hooks and SLF, some 12/0 Bennechi thread (amazing stuff!) and a few loose items.
Two years to next Fly Fair - start saving.
Martin Joergensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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