Status Report and Calendar of Events

This short post is an announcement of several things. First, this is post no. 400, since March of 2010 when I started this blog. I presently have 868 followers. (now up to 895 – 2-19-2015). A good many of them signed on in the last ten days when there was some drama aka “lively discussion” here. That has been cleaned up since then, and for good reason. To that, I will only say, sometimes good guys do win. 😉

Secondly, during this time, I had my highest ever number of visits, 894 on January 29th. And I received a lot of support, nearly 100% in fact, from people who commented, people who did not comment but e-mailed me, and / or voiced their support to me in person at the Somerset, New Jersey, Fly Fishing Show.

I have some events coming up. Here is my planned itinerary for the next few months:

Thursday March 12: Fly Tying Class at Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop in Fergus, Ontario, 6 – 9 PM.

Friday March 13: Fly Tying Class at First Cast Fly Shop In Guelph, Ontario, 6 – 9:30 PM.

Saturday March 14: 5-hour fly tying demo, with camera and large screen at The Niagara Region Flytyers Club in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. 11 – 4 PM. Some tickets are available to the general public, at $20.

I will not be at the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show; I was thinking about it, but the band got booked at a Mardi-Gras event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, so I’m staying in town to have fun.

Monday April 6: Federation of Flyfishers Club, fly tying demo and program on Soft-hackle Wet Flies. Big Flats, New York.

Saturday April 11: Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Annual Fly Tyers Rendezvous, at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Livingston Manor, New York. Here is the link to “Events” on their page:

http://catskillflytyersguild.org/events.html

Monday May 11: On-the-Fly, Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania. An all-day event.

https://donbastianwetflies.com/2013/05/12/on-the-fly-spruce-creek-pennsylvania/

There is another event in the planning stages that will be in Maine. I have been invited to participate in this. It will be the last weekend in June in the Rangeley Region. I am honored to be invited; that is all I can say about it for now. As soon as I receive information it will be posted here.

When I get details on the classes in Canada I will post them.

Life indeed moves on. I am excited about this 400th post. It is short, but continuing on, I shall try to make future posts worthwhile, as in entertaining, informative, helpful, and interesting. When my book, “Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892” on the 1800’s Orvis flies is accepted by a publisher – soon – you will all be the first to know. Thank you everyone for your support! Things have a way of happening as they are supposed to…

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Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild – 2013 Fly Tyer’s Rendezvous

The Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild is holding their Annual Fly Tyer’s Rendezvous on Saturday April 20th, in Roscoe, New York, at The Rockland House. The hours are from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. More than forty fly tiers will be tying and demonstrating. Here is a list of the participating tier’s:

Frank Audino – Ilion, NY; Howard Bartholomew – Middleburgh, NY; Don Bastian – Cogan Station, PA; Dave Brandt – Oneonta, NY; Bud Bynack – Bronxville, NY; Scott Cesari – Bangor, PA; John Collins – Stewartsville, NJ; Bruce Corwin – Spring Valley, NY; Ed Engelman – Afton, NY; Jim Froio – Syracuse, NY; Ralph Graves – Roscoe, NY; Matt Grobert – Tewksbury, NJ; Lee Hartman – Equinunk, PA; Mike Hogue – Freeville, NY; Elmer Hopper – Waldwick, NJ; Morris Kashuba – Olyphant, PA; John Kavanaugh – Rockaway, NJ; John Klemm – Bogota, NJ; Ron Kozlowski – Nicholson, PA; Allen Landheer – Stroudsburg, PA; Tim Mahoney – Franklin, NJ; Brian McKee – Hamilton Square, NJ; Ed Michaels – Ballston Spa, NY; Gary Morison – Baldwinsville, NY; Bill Newcomb – Hillsdale, NY; Safet Nikocevic – New York, NY; Bob Osburn – Goshen, NY; Henry Ramsey – Birdsboro, PA; Lloyd Richards – Sayre, PA; Charlie Rinehart – Elmira, NY; Dick Rhodes – Sayre, PA; Mike Romanowski – Swoyersville, PA; Hank Rope – Big Indian, NY; Bill Simpson – Newtown, CT; Mike Stewart – N. Granby, CT; Gary Sweet – McDonough, NY; Dan Thomas – Carbondale, PA; Joseph Watts – Salisbury Mills, NY; Lee Weil – Westbury, NY; Leslie Wrixon – Manchester, MA.

This is a great event. I am happy to be attending for the first time in six or seven years. The Rockland House has great food. This will be a fun time, trout season is open, and the tiers will be demonstrating and have their flies for sale. Hope to see you there!