The evening began at St. Peter's Fly Shop. They always host a get together before the show, and it is always fun to talk to the guys at the shop in a social setting. I ran into Chris Schrantz, one of the nicest guys in the fly fishing business. He worked at St. Pete's back when I moved to Colorado, and I always remember the time he spent helping me figure out the local streams. Chris is now back in the Fort Collins area, and it was nice to catch up.
Grant Houx runs a fine fly shop, and it was nice talking with Tanner Irwin as well as several other folks I ran into. It was a great way to start out the evening.
F3T was held at the recently renovated Lincoln Center, which is a nice venue for this. The event was finally held in the largest auditorium, which was a nice change from the past, when the smaller theater was jam packed and overflowing. I sat next to some friends, and settled back to enjoy the
As always, you get a copy of Stonefly Magazine, which is a great magazine filled with articles and advertisements from the industry. As I opened the magazine I saw a full page ad from BDF friend TheFiberglassManifesto.com, which was great to see. You also get the latest edition F3T hat, and during intermission, several prizes are given out, including a Sage rod, Costa sunglasses, and other assorted swag.
If F3T comes to your town, I would highly recommend it!