The Rats Nest

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow-mageddon 2015. Post Jersey Fly Fishing Show Tidbits.

As I sit and type this, all hell in the form of snow is raining down outside and everyone has lost their minds.  The weekend grocery shopping excursion was much more action packed too, so much so it was laughable on the drive home.  The level of discourteous behavior was off the scale as a result of the mass hysteria being created by the local meteorologists and their overzealous energy that rivaled Sister Mary Catherine Gallagher after one of her furniture smashing gymnastic moves.  It just so happens I drove down to Somerset this weekend a day early to circumvent any issues with a small nor'easter coming up the coast.  As luck would have it I escaped unscathed, and for the first time in a few years I came home early rather than committing to an entire weekend of tying.  I opted for the cameo appearance at the Regal Booth for Saturday as it was all I could swing, and did some visiting on Friday, my personal life just couldn't allow me the luxury of a full weekend away.
Some Recent Goat Roadeo's Drying Before Hitting The Mail

I was a little eager this year to get down to Jersey despite my short but rather painful 6 hour plus round trip on some of the scariest roads this side of the country has to offer.  I had several things on my agenda for the short trip; meet with my book editor, grab Sharon Wright's new book, get another Mug from Jeff Currier and personalized Bugger Beast too ($$$), share a beer with all my fellow tying buddies, and last but not least, meet with Ben Scribner and Brandon Collett over at Flycraft.

Ben and Brandon reached out a short while back inquiring if I was going to the show this year as they were well aware of my interest in their craft.  Seeing this thing in person was of top priority, and I quickly made my way directly to their booth upon arrival.  Well, after the 15 minute hike that is from my truck that was practically parked in the next county.   The show was buzzing on Friday to say the least. 

To say that this craft was everything I had envisioned is an understatement.  "Bitchin" is the first word that comes to mind when you see this rig, it's a pure strike of genius in my opinion.  Being a drift boat owner for over a decade, I have always been in search of that perfect smaller craft for me and a buddy that could get into just about anywhere.  You see, up here in the northeast we have a surplus of smaller water and/or rugged places that one just can't get a drift boat into.  I have come very close to purchasing a full sized raft several times, but in the end I knew that it just wouldn't be the solution.

The ideal craft I have been looking for needed to be portable, light enough to handle by myself and not require a trailer.  I have played around with smaller pontoons and kayaks and I have hated both for a plethora of reasons.  I can safely say that my first impressions of the Flycraft  were simple, this is the craft I have been waiting for.  Friday further confirmed my suspicions.  Lets just say it's a done deal.  Aside from that, I forged a very good friendship with Ben and Brandon and will have some other great announcements in the months that follow, but that's for another day. 

For show stuff, the folks at Regal did it again, they have now after loads of pestering by the tying community including myself, introduced the stainless steel jaw for the Regal Revolution.  I actually tinkered with one on Saturday and it is everything we've asked for.  Super smooth and holds hooks solidly, I am very certain that I will add one to the arsenal of jaws very shortly.  Another smaller new addition which is actually a god send in my opinion, is the new Regal Tool Bar.  The tool bar affixes to the stem of your vise and will hold several of your most utilized tools.   Now you can keep all of those important tools right next to your vise at all times, and in an easy format to quickly use them and put them back.  I highly recommend this little gadget, it will greatly speed up your tying and also prevent you from losing those important tools in the piles of refuse that we all generate on our tying desks.

On another note, I got definitive word that my book is slated to be on the shelves for January 1, 2016 for all of you out there who've been inquiring.  We are on the doorstep of the full on editing phase, I should have a concrete book title in the weeks to come, so stay tuned for that announcement as well.  My lack of appearances this winter will be the complete opposite next year as I will be all over promoting this book.

As you can see,  things are rolling in the right direction thus far in 2015.  That being said, I gotta get back to putting together my materials for this weekends tying class, but most importantly,  securing my fortress as the snow crazies are running around en mass in my neighborhood.  I could understand their frenzy  if something of significance was actually going to happen.  It's only snow people, get a grip.......

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