Atlantic Salmon Fly International/Renton, Wa

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  1. Mark Mercer

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    Hi folks, just wanted everyone to know about this event, I believe it's the first time on the west coast and shouldn't be missed if you have any interest in these flies. The tiers that will be tying are some of the best in the world, should be lots of exotic feathers to play with as well. Hope to see some of you there...
    Mark

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    I'm hoping to make at least one day.
     
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    Same weekend as the Sandy Spey Clave. Decisions, decisions.
     
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    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    The Sandy might be cheaper... that is to say, I think you would spend less there! Maybe... I haven't made it down there for a few years.. really need too..
     
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    Definitely going to the expo, that looks like a great opportunity.

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    Just to clear it up Mark, this is the first time a large number of international salmon fly tyers will come together in the world.
     
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    So practical question. Let's say I wanted to come away from this expo with a professionally tied fly. How much would I want to budget (let's say low end and high end)?

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    And I'm talking about one nice fly for display?

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    With the quality of tiers demonstrating at this show, you might want to budget $150 to 300 depending on the fly.
     
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    Would love to go, but be out of town in Boise that week.
     
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    You can go to Sandy Spey Clave next year. This event is likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet these exceptional tyers. The members of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild are not planning to host it again. If it happens 5-10 years down the road, it will likely be in another country.... Decision is easy if you ask me.
     
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    The silent auction has at least 50 professionally tied and professionally framed flies. I believe starting bid is around $75 for most flies and $250 for Harry Lemire's flies. There WILL be flies, lots of flies. They are posting a preview of some auction items on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASFIEXPO?ref=hl

    Low end - you could get a fly from a tyer, in the auction if you are lucky for $75. High-end: Harry Lemire's flies can bring in $600-1200 a piece. Glenn Wilson's fly plates (9-25 flies) typically sell for $5000+. Some of Harry's original prototype flies for the Thompson River are framed with an original painting from Diane Michelin - it will be a pricey piece.

    Silent Auction: In addition to flies there are 25 fly rods, some new and used, 15 reels, 10 spools, 25 fly lines, 20 fly boxes, books, guided trips, and a lot of other cool things. Sounds like there is something for everyone.

    If I were you, I would be in Renton to check it out in person. ASFI will be accepting cash & credit card payments - not checks.
     

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    Also, in addition to the incredibly talented tyers and impressive silent auction NWASFG has put together there will be a

    HOOK MAKING DEMO and FEATHER DYEING DEMO !

    Interested in trade secrets of hook making? This is your chance to learn from guys who spent the past decade tinkering and figuring it out. Byron Bjerke and Tak Shimizu will be there in person. You can check out all the participants under "Fly Tyers" on their webpage. It is quite an impressive list of names. One weekend will not be enough time to meet all these guys!

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    Thanks Megan for the info and for bumping this back up to the top. Really looking forward to this !!!

    Mark
     
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    If you can't tell Mark, I am too! Sorry for all the posts, I am not used to using the forums.
     
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    I got an email alert about this last week. Immediately, I downloaded schedule, directions and bought a ticket. I wouldn't want to miss this opportunity.



    I wouldn't necessarily expect to come home with a fly. Another approach you may want to consider is to take your time and identify a tier who's work resonates with your preferences and commission a fly. Pick a pattern, talk it over with him/her, agree on a price and schedule.

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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Megan

    You must be Steve's daughter. Correct?
    Wonderful guy.

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    Yes sir, that's correct :)
     
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    Had a nice day at the expo. Even tried my hand at hook-making. Learned a few fly tying tricks, but mainly learned that I'm way too impatient when it comes to fly tying, and my results show it.

    Saw lots of old friends and made a few new ones.

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