Since the speed limit was posted at 75mph, in theory I watched a green mile marker whiz by every 1.25 minutes while headed southbound on I-25. I was headed to the Fly Fishing Show in Denver. Fresh coffee was in a cardboard cup in the center console of my vehicle, and the drive gave me time to think about the upcoming season.
The Denver Fly Fishing show is scheduled right after the holidays end. It is really the perfect time, since the twinkling of the Christmas lights have dimmed into the dark, cold days of January. The Show is the perfect way to start the new year of fly fishing. It is a great place to kick the tires on new gear, watch fly tying experts, and meet with other people that are passionate about this great sport we enjoy.
As the mile markers sped past, I thought of the great fishing trips of 2012. I was pretty fortunate, and had spent time in Montana, Gunnison, and explored new, but local waters. However, due to a busy work schedule, and the fire in the Poudre Canyon, I hadn’t fished as much as I had wanted to. My hope is that 2013 will bring even more opportunity to fish local waters, and to travel and explore other locations. If you are reading this, you know that fly fishing is an experience involving much more than just catching a fish.
The Show was heavily attended, and seemed to have even more displays and vendors than in the past. I don’t know if that is accurate, but it sure seemed right to me. I wore two items that represented friends in the industry, the latest edition TFM shirt sent to me by Morty Mortenson of thefiberglassmanifesto.com, and a hat with the Montana Troutaholic logo, given to me by Joel Thompson, the owner of that outfitter. Joel is a great guy, and one of the best guides in Montana. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a Montana guide. Check out his website at www.montanatroutaholics.com.
Morty Mortenson has built thefiberglassmanifesto.com into a media empire through hard work, dedication, and a passion for the sport. Wearing a TFM shirt at an event like this makes it clear how many people read his blog. Walking around, I was constantly approached by people who made positive remarks about the blog, and what he has done for the industry, especially in the area of fiberglass fly rods. Morty is a great friend, and is a tremendous ambassador for those who enjoy fiberglass fly rods.
While walking around, I ran into several people that I know, including Howard Levett, who was sporting a TFM shirt as well. There are a lot of great people associated with the industry, and it is always fun catching up with them. I had a chance to meet Juan Ramirez, a gifted fly tyer who publishes www.hopperjuan.blogspot.com.
The last part of the visit to the show was spent hanging out with my good friend Al, who publishes a new blog, www.noconympher.blogspot.com. If you have spent any time with him, you know what a great nymph fisherman he is. His blog does a great job of breaking down techniques that he employs to catch a ton of fish. Obviously, you won’t have as much fun as catching them with a big dry fly, but you will catch a lot of trout!
During the drive home, I noticed that the mile markers only went by every 1.08 minutes. I had a great time, and really didn’t want to leave.