Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thanks! GFP 2012 Was Great!

I'd like to thank everyone who joined us for the Guys, Flies & Pies event yesterday. We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time. I'd also like to thank our sponsors for all the great products and gear they provided. It's always great to have awesome prizes for everyone.

Every year there seems to be a few guys that stick around to the very end...and help clean up. I appreciate this every year. Yesterday I turned around and it was almost all done. Thanks guys for making the clean up go real easy last night.

For all of you that won something, feel free to post photos of the gear in action on our Facebook page at or email me at mike[at] and I can add it. And as always, when possible, let our sponsors know you saw their stuff at Guys, Flies & Pies. Anyone with photos from last night, feel free to send those my way too.

Here's a few photos from last night, I'll go through the rest and post more another day.

Doug winning the JP Ross rod setup, with Landmark tube

Craig doing a demo

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Look For These Signs

If you are coming out to the event today, look for these signs on the NORTH side of Latta Road.

The access road says it's a private drive, but you are authorized to be there!

See you in a few hours.

The house in the back of the next photo is NOT the building you are looking for...go down the driveway.

Here's the building!

Click here for directions

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This Saturday!!!

Just to remind everyone, the big event is THIS Saturday...February 18th 2012!

I've been getting some great gear in the mail lately that will be part of the door prizes and raffles this year. Everyone gets a chance at the door prizes just for showing up, and you can choose to get in on the raffles if you'd like.

Just today I got a rod tube from Landmark Components and a sweet 6 foot 2 weight rod from Midwest Custom Fly Rods in the mail. These are very nice products from these companies who have been very generous to support our event for many years!

Custom built 2 weight
So, don't forget to pack your vise and materials and join us for the areas largest fly tying party! I pre-ordered the sheet pizzas yesterday so please come and help me eat them!

One last thing, the last day to pay in advance for a discount is Friday. See the website for details.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

13 Day Notice, and Angler's Workshop Report

Consider this your 13 day notice about the big Guys, Flies & Pies fly tying party coming up in less than two weeks, on Saturday February 18th 2012. It will be yet another great year!

Yesterday I attended Angler's Workshop as a sponsor. Craig from Fly Fishing Chronicles puts together this event ever other year, and even though it was only the second year, he did a great job once again. It's event devoted to all aspects of fly fishing. There is a full schedule of seminars which included such topics as fly tying, knots, destination fishing, and women in the sport. There were plenty of raffles to get in on, which had some really great prizes donated by many of the sponsors that were on hand, and some that weren't able to attend. At the end of the day I got a chance to run a casting competition...that was a first for me. Even though the doors only officially opened at 8:45am for the public to come in, I was having a great time by 8:56am.

As a sponsor I got some table space and was able to show off some poppers I'm working on, sell a few, and tell a lot of people about the Guys, Flies & Pies party coming up in 2 weeks. I really enjoy this kind of stuff...tying flies, talking fishing, and meeting great people.

Tying a popper
Craig was very kind and hand some pretty sweet "thank you cards" made up for the sponsors. This bad boy is going up in my fly tying room so I can enjoy it and have it as a reminder to the wonderful time I had yesterday at Angler's Workshop.

Some weird guy with a sweet plaque
It was also great to run into lots of old friends and a few of the GFP sponsors. JP from JP Ross Fly Rods was there and had a great new fly rod holder for his table (I should have gotten a picture). Carl from Mad River Dubbing Company was also there with 12 feet of fly tying materials. Both JP and Carl gave me their donations to the event coming up. JP donated a very sweet 5 weight fly rod and reel that someone is just going to love to fish with this spring. Carl again generously donated lots of fly tying materials which many of you will get to go home with.

Keep in mind, it's because of our sponsors that our event is able to be so awesome, so when you're looking to buy, have a look at them and let them know that GFP sent you.

I'm looking forward to Angler's Workshop 2014...2 years will go by fast, but maybe not fast enough.

See you all in 13 days for Guys, Flies & Pies!