FlyTying at Tradeshows

FlyTying at Tradeshows

t.z. | Thursday, 13 August 2015

Tying at shows is something I have done since several years. It is really a lot of fun and I am glad that am given the opportunity. It is funny how the time flies when one sits there and can talk „shop“ all day. Encouraging and inspiring.

You can maybe imagine how proud I am that my partner Konstanse is with me on these events since this year. She is quite a tier in her own rights and her open and warm attitude just adds to the experience.

I really enjoyed working in team. Two people knowing each others tying (and other way of communicating) so well as we do can really take care of the request. Might it be specific product questions or explaining the tying steps of the flies we do. Of course we add a little bit of fish tales to the mix.

Last weekend we tied at the Nordic hunting and fishing days in Elverum, Norway. This show is a versatile family event. The mostly Norwegian visitors come here for several reasons. One thing is buying and selling, but just as important is the exchange of information and talk to professionals and experienced anglers and hunters.

We were invited to participate at the fly tiers board. Even so most of the activities and stands and tents are located on the outdoor facilities of the Norwegian Forestry Museum, the fly tying board is located inside the museum. 

Kids do love this too. They really got engaged and added level of complexity to the tying. Having a group of genuinely interested 4 to 8 year olds literally crawling all over you, makes tying even a simple fly a challenge. Definitely an enjoyable moment to remember. 

Konstanse tying with Kids

RealCaddis tied by Konstanse Larsen on Partridge CZ #10

Snowshoe&Seal tied by Thomas Züllich on Partridge SLD2 #12

picture by Al Pyke

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises.

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