After sitting way to long again at -45 at my tying desk most of the day creating semi-crappy cold weather flies :-) Things like the scrap nymph! Blend up what was left of my Polar Flash multiple colors and trimming down a couple of old Hares Ear Mask and making modified Princes / fuzzy numphs my mind was wandering around during and between hockey games and dz NUMMMM-Ber 12 for the day I starting thinking of al those people who helped me with this bad idea of saving money.
After about 30 minutes I remember how blessed I have been concerning the great sport of fly fishing and those who had taught me first to fly fish and then to tie flies.
I can first blame my father all the way back to 2nd grade when he brought home a super nice Fenwick dual purpose fly rod it had an insert into a large rod and I was like wow! Of course I never got to touch it but Wow! Then when I was about 13 my brother started fly fishing for blue gills an bass nothing like a sibling on sibling battle to learn more. When I turned 17 my father made the fatal mistake of purchasing a bunch of used fly tying equipment and again I was just dumb enough to say heck I want to know more more more. So Thank you Joe and Pat for making me a poor man I hope all those free flies over the years for you and your friends at least cover a down payment for lifes lessons.
Skip to age 20 and I was in the Aire Force and living in Marquette and as dumb luck would have it I found my-self hanging out with the wrong crowd and they were just slow enough to have the door open and I got my foot in before it closed. I could not have had a better group of mentors for step II concerning my stupidity. Ken Bray, Art Abrahmson, Ronnie Powell, Billy D., Young John Peterson and John Peterson thanks for making me stop bumbing flies and teaching me the correct way! As one of my fishing partners use to say a fly for me is a fly for free!!! Well heck that did not last long with those guys. I can't thank you enough for the lessons in fishing, travel, sportsmanship and camping. Ken I told you I culd stitch you into your sleeeping bad and you would never know till the morning. Thank you for letting me be a moment in your life and I am glad I made you smile, laugh and tell the story to at least 10,000 people while hanging off that tree limb trying to get my Lady Beaverkill back then falling in the river! Thank you for introducing me to Fred and Bill Warra as well as Bill Nault and Mr. Vol.
Skip to age 29 - Mark Wilfore, John and Ken Smith Tyers of the round table and expensive Beer! What a joy to learn Hair Wing Traditional flies, catching Atlantac Salmon, and learning yes they do rise to a molted wet Hendrickson and yes you can be caught on TV because some darn Weather Idiot from the local TV Station with a Camera wanted to show the world how wonderful the Spring Day was when your suppose to be sick at home. Mark - unreal and thank you for one upping me with the HMS now known as the Orvis Stone Fly Bugger had a great time with the 7 wing cases and 7 sets of legs not to mention the 1/2 oz of lead Grrrr. Seriously What a joy and a learning curve on creation and presentation.
19 years later I have spent way to many hours not thanking enough people. I have met so many wonerful people and shared so much with so many. Last year I got to sit down with Jim Teeny what a great person and class act and again I learned something new so thank you Jim. Hope to see you this Spring at the show.
For all of you with this Forum thank you for sharing your art work we are blessed to have this avenue to share patterns and ideas!
Richard "Moose" Mousseau