Masters of fly tying in Brewer

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 10, 2010, at 7:20 p.m.

Whether you’re a veteran fly fisher, an angler who wants to learn more about the sport, or a rank amateur who thinks tying fishing flies could be fun, you’ll want to check out an upcoming event.

The Penobscot Fly Fishers will set up shop in the Brewer Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 21, for their annual Fly Tying Expo, and a wide variety of fly-tying exhibitors will be on hand. The event will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Don Corey of the Penobscot Fly Fishers said visitors likely will enjoy the low-key show, during which exhibitors share a wealth of tying expertise.

“This is to get a bunch of talented fly tiers under one roof so that people can come and see them tying, pull up a chair and talk to ’em, learn,” Corey said. “People can sell a few things while they’re there, but we ask that they be tying.”

Corey said 25 tiers have already committed to attend, and he hopes 30 will have signed up by Nov. 21.

“I think it’s important to spread the good word about these types of activities and see that there are people to help you get started,” Corey said. “It’s important to get this information out so that people can actually see how some of these things are done. Some of the flies are difficult, but it’s not that bad to get started, and you can be creating your own flies.”

The PFF will also host a tying class that will kick off in January, and their annual Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor expo will be held in February.

For those interested in tying flies, the Fly Tying Expo comes at a perfect time: Many anglers spend the cold winter months restocking their fly boxes in preparation for spring and summer outings. But because the expo focuses on just a small piece of the entire fishing spectrum, the result is a low-key affair during which attendees have plenty of time to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask.

“It’s a fairly narrow focus, so we’re not expecting hundreds of people. But if we get 75 to a hundred then we consider that a good turnout,” Corey said.

Among the tiers who will be on hand are Ed “Muzzy” Muzeroll, who crafts beautfiul Atlantic salmon flies, David Klausmeyer of Steuben, the editor of Fly Tyer magazine, and Alvin Theriault, creator of the classic Maine “maple syrup” fly.

In addition, a few young tiers will be on hand to prove that tying can be fun for people of all ages. Accomplished young tiers who will be showing their wares include Sam Kenney, Tait McKay and Jax McKay.

And if that’s not good enough to convince you to drop by, Corey has one more sales pitch.

“We’re going to have a stew for lunch that people can buy, and people donate pies, so in typical PFF fashion, there will be food available,” Corey said.

Spencer to sign book

Several months ago I told you about Randy Spencer’s book “Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons With a Master Maine Guide.” If you missed that column, let me sum it up in a few words: The book is good. Very good. And if you enjoy spending time in the woods of Maine, you ought to get your hands on a copy.

If you didn’t catch the first column, don’t fret: You can meet the author, chat with him, and have him sign a copy of his book during a December event at Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden.

Spencer will talk about the book and sign copies at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. You can find the center at 216 Fields Pond Road.

If you want to know more about the book — or want to order a copy for yourself — e-mail books@islandportpress.com or check out www.islandportpress.com.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, “Where Cool Waters Flow” will make a great gift. Or, you can simply buy one for yourself. Trust me: You’ll be glad you did.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/11/10/outdoors/masters-of-fly-tying-in-brewer/ printed on July 22, 2014