Both Bonnie and I had a terrific show one week ago. We saw many old friends, some of whom we haven't seen in many years. Lots of folks are interested in our Workshops and one gentleman gave us a deposit for a workshop this Spring, Our new rods continue to attract a lot of attention. One person cast several of my rods and reported that I had the best casting 8' 4-wt.rod at the show !! Another person brought in a 7 1/2' Orvis Battenkill rod dating from 1958 and he consigned it to us. It was in excellent original condition and we sold it this past weekend. The photo below is of us with a very dear 'old' friend: David Footer, from Lewiston, Maine. David is a world renown artist and taxidermist (specializing in brook trout). Fred met David around 1996 and he even repaired some old bamboo rods David got from Herb Welch- his mentor in artistry and from whom he learned how to mount fish. Meeting both old and new friends is so important for us and we look forward to the next shows...
January 18-20th: The Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, Mass. Held at the Royal Plaza on Rt. 20, this event draws thousands of fly fishers. We'll have our new custom bamboo rods to view and cast. Friday, 10-6, Sat. 9-5:30, Sun. 9-4:30.
More info is at: flyfishingshow.com
February 23rd: New Hampshire Fly Fishing Show. Held at the Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn on 13500 South Willow Street in Manchester. This is a wonderful show with many quality vendors. Plan to attend the best show in New Hampshire.
NOTE: We have decided to not attend this show as we have a very busy schedule. Hopefully, we will be able to make it there next year. March 16th: Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo. Held in Bethel, Maine at the Field House on campus, this show is really fun and our rods can be cast inside this field house. More info is at: http://www.mollyockettu.org The proceeds from this show are used for worthwhile local T.U. projects, including handicap fishing access platforms...
March 17th: Fly Tying and Bamboo Rod Show at the Historic Longfellow Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass. This wonderful event is held in a cozy, friendly place and attracts quite a crowd. Youngsters are facinated by the display of live aquatic insects and can learn to tie flies to immitate those critters! We'll have our new rods there, as well as some vintage ones, and will do appraisals of your vintage tackle too. The show runs 10-4:00 and is free to all attendees. Any donations are used to purchase trout to stock in Josephine Pond for children to learn how to catch.
March 30th: Annual Eldredge Brother Fly Fishing Expo. This all-day event is held rain, shine, snow, etc. so dress warmly and come to Cape Neddick, Maine for a great day. We are outside, under the tent, and will have rods ready for you to cast. Our local T. U. chapter provides free breakfast and lunch, so plan to spend the day. It is always well attended and the fly shop is one of the best in New England.
April 20th: Discover Wild NH Day. This is our first year at this free event. It is located at the NH Fish and Game Headquarters on 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. The purpose is to raise funds for the Fish and Game department and to raise awareness of the awesome outdoor opportunities in the state. It runs from 10 AM - 3:00 PM and more information can be found at: Discover WILD NH Day
June 22-23rd: Harriman Ranch Bamboo Gathering in Last Chance, Idaho. We will be attending this important show for the first time this year. This event is held on the banks of the Henry's Fork river and promises to draw very serious bamboo fly fishers . We will have rods to cast and sell there. More information will be released by the Harriman State Park staff in May.
August 3- 6th: Annual League of N.H. Craftsmen Fair at Mount Sunapee, N.H. We will again have a booth to display our rods and Fred will be demonstrating casting bamboo rods at the pond. This juried show attracts many thousands of folks and features some of the best New Hampshire crafters. You won't be disappointed, so plan to spend the day!!
August 9-11th: Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show on the Waterfront in Rockland, Maine. This show is for anyone who loves boats, seacoast living, or just dreams about being on the seacoast. We love the water-oriented theme of this show and the town of Rockland has so many nice shops and seafood eateries...! More info is at: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 24th: Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on Congress Street, Portland, Maine. For this show, they close down Congress streetto car traffic so shoppers can casually stroll down the street for several blocks. It features some of the finest crafts people in Maine and is always a fun day. Plus Portland is one of the most highly rated "foodie" cities in the country. We'll have our bamboo rods on display so come on out and have an enjoyable day. Held 9-4:00, you can get more info at: www.Mainecrafts.org
An avid fly fisherman for over 50 years, and a craftsman of some of the finest split bamboo rods in the world for over 25 years. Working daily on the coast of Maine.