Be forewarned that I was not attending as a reporter and this will not be anything like a systematic and rational recapitulation of a most excellent event that transpired Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14, at the 2015 IFFF Expo, in Albany Oregon.
I was there both days and had a good time, reconnecting randomly with friends I haven’t seen in years. If you make it to the end of this post you will see a tiny slice of history dredged up as a consequence of my visit with an old friend. Long time friend. Ok, Old and longtime friend.
From a reporting standpoint, my behavior was reprehensible, because I just relaxed and wandered randomly, except for a ten minute period when I was on “assignment”. All I had to do, for sure, if nothing else, was to take pictures of three of the fly tyers who will be featured in Modern Steelhead Flies, a long anticipated and nearing fruition book by Rob Russell and me, due for release in fall 2015! Rob gave me the assignment and I took my best camera, but look at what I got!
I sent the photos to Rob and he was not entirely convinced that I had adequately imaged these fine fly tiers. I think he’s just being overly critical. Ha ha. I did get a few great photos and Modern Steelhead Flies will be KILLER, so look forward to it by year’s end!
Mission accomplished, I continued to variously wander and sit to chat with people.
In completely random fashion, here are some photos I snapped.
This was a wonderful two days. Friends Jack and John Harrell came over from Pacific City to see the event, I met new and old friends, people tied flies like crazy,vendors sold stuff, stories were told, and promises were issued to fish and tie and visit and so forth.
This Expo has been going on for something over a quarter century (27 yrs as noted in the brochure). Anyone who has attended knows what fun it is, and the Expo funds conservation minded projects and brings attention to worthy causes.
Lisa and I visited with our dear friends Frank and Jeanne Moore, and Frank, in full uniform from WW II era was swamped with friends and admirers.
Not many people know that the McKenzie Fly fishers “provided insertion and leadership to the FFF throughout the 50 year history of the FFF. ”
Ok. That is the random recap. Thanks for your patience.
Jay Nicholas, March 15 2015