Been buried in business stuff since returning to Bend from a workshop I conducted in Redding, California, for the fine folks at Shasta-Trinity Fly Fishers. Special thanks to Walt and Sandy Cole for providing a home away from home. Also kudos to Jan Hale, Dick Recchia, Alan Jones, and John Gantner from STFF for their valued assistance.
Here’s some of my favorite comments from the participants:
• I wanted to give you kudos for your presentation last Saturday. Everyone that attended seemed to get something to bring home. Good information and interesting techniques made me think about design and concepts. Thanks for the refreshing session.
• Thanks Wes for the informative day, I enjoyed your presentation quite a bit. Your understanding of light, color, movement and materials will get my creative juices flowing. I’ve been tying flies since 1970 and at times become a bit jaded seeing a lot of old material resurface under someones new “idea”. Your ideas were really novel and I enjoyed tying your flies with your presentation format.
• As a novice at fly tying, I learned so very much and was exposed to aspects of flies and fly tying that I hadn’t given much thought to. In spite of being the least experienced person in your class, I was able to keep up (barely at times) and complete the patterns. This is, I think, a tribute to your skill at teaching – the ability to challenge and hold the attention of those who are experienced while allowing for time and coaching those who are just starting out.
If your club or organization would like a presentation, a workshop, or just an evening of fly tying, please contact me, and we’ll start the ball rolling! It’s not too early to think of the upcoming fall, winter and spring.