n Saturday, April 7-8, 2017 I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo held in Sandy, UT. I took the chance to enjoy the many demonstration tyers, vendors and classes offered at this amazing expo.
The first time I visited the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo was in 2014 where I met the likes of Charlie Craven of Charlie’s Fly Box, Curtis Fry and Clark Pierce of Fly Fish Food , Collin Carlson of Finpusher and many others. It was a very enjoyable experience. I have gone to the Wasatch Fly Tying Expo every year since then. 2017 was a bit different…Jack Dennis was in charge.
Yes, the Jack Dennis from the fly tying DVDs that just about every passionate fly tyer has watched and probably owns. Jack did an excellent job organizing the event this year. There were many new vendors in combination with the ones we see regularly. The Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo actually started on the 6th of April with on the water classes with many respected fly fisherman. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend any of these “on the water” classes. The Expo for me started at 8:00 am on the 7th of April with Phil Rowley’s “Stillwater Tactics 101”.
|Mike Andreasen and Phil Rowley - Stillwater Kings|
I fish more lakes and reservoirs than rivers and streams so I wasn’t a newbie to Stillwater fishing by any means, but in my opinion one can always learn something from other fly fisherman and especially when the class/workshop is put on by a Stillwater master like Phil Rowley. The class was very informational and interesting. Phil discussed the many foods trout consume in lakes or reservoirs, the flies to imitate those foods, gear to target Stillwater trout and a few tactics to have the best chance to be successful while fishing Stillwater trout. I learned a bit in all of these aspects of Stillwater fishing and Phil did an excellent job putting on the class. Thank You, Phil Rowley!
|Wes Ashcraft - Courtesy Wes Ashcraft|
|Mike Evans Tying "Big and Nasties" - picture courtesy Mike Evans|
|Me tying flies - Picture taken by Wes Ashcraft|
Amongst the group that Mike drew around him as he shared his tying skills was Phil Rowley. As Mike tied flies, both Mike and Phil were bombarded with many questions about flies and techniques to tie and fish them. It was a very enlightening group conversation and one that I will remember. After purchasing Vol. 2 of Mike Andreason’s DVD series I left the expo for home, glad that I did not miss it.
I really enjoyed this expo, made some new friends and was very happy I was able to attend. I hope that Jack Dennis and his Wasatch Expo friends continue to make it a bigger, better show. Thank you Jack Dennis and your Wasatch Expo friends for the time you put into making this such a great show. I also want to give a big thank you to David Gibson for making the Expo a great experience for the tyers of the expo and for being the voice of the demonstration fly tyers.
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Note: The 2017 Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo Logo used at the top of the page was taken from the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fishing Expo site with permission from the host Jack Dennis.