It’s official. The first Fly Tying Night was, imho, a resounding success!!
We had a total of 9 in attendance. I don’t think this is too shabby considering it’s just days before Christmas. Many thanks to Capt. Rich Santos our local guide expert for sharing one of his favorite North Florida flies and to John Waldron and Val Grandanin our commercial tiers.
This is going to be a regular thing in Jacksonville and I’m looking to build it into a full-fledged tying club. I already have some other guests in mind and I’ll try to firm things up more in the days to come. I think everyone agreed that Gander Mountain’s Lodge worked very well so for now I think we’re going to try to stay there. We also have some plans in store to make it a lot easier for a larger group to follow the pattern as it’s being demonstrated. Tonight we walked away with four new patterns under our belt!
Stay tuned as this thing firms up and takes shape. And thanks to everyone that made it out to this first event! Thanks again to Black Fly for loaning us some vises. Every one of them was put to use! Thanks to Gander Mountain for opening the Lodge to us and for several employees checking on us to make sure we had everything we needed.