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Don Kirk 01-28-2013 07:48 AM

Kentuckiana Fly Show report
 
Ice on the roads Friday was nearly gone by the time we got to Louisville. Brown Hotel still had enough cookies that we avoided buying supper and were able to focus on quality time in the Bourbon Room. I am not sure what Heaven will look like, but I hope that part of it resembles this cozy oasis.
The Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show was bigger than I expected it to be. About half of the crowd was foreigners (mostly from Illinois and Indiana), but they had a surprisingly good mastery of the English language. Some of them even bought books which lead me to believe that perhaps there may actually be some cultural commonality between the South and the North. Perhaps Lincoln was not altogether misguided.
I had an opportunity to spend some time with Randy Randliff. I like him. He agreed to do a series of articles on Tenkara fishing for Southern Trout. I think it will make for an interesting reading for those who already fans of sushi and Yamahas.
Anywho, made it home without any moving violation citations. The only problem was when they asked me to stop smoking my cigar in the children’s play area at McDonald’s in Bowling Green. I mistakenly thought we were outside, when in fact the darn place is encased. The managerette of the place was almost hysterical because one of the kids bumped into the hot end of my cigar when we were in that bin filled with plastic balls. All in all though, I think everyone there was a bit excitable.

Scott Spencer 01-28-2013 11:50 AM

Thanks for the report, Mr Kirk! We still need to have lunch one day.

JoeFred 01-28-2013 01:16 PM

Thanks, Don. Is the Park still a popular destination with the folks? – JF

Don Kirk 01-28-2013 05:23 PM

Joe-Absolutely
 
Joe,
I never cease to be amazed at the love so many people have for the Smokies and for fishing the waters there. I had about a half dozen people talk to me about your new maps. They marveled at the detail and thoroughness of them. For the folks in Kentucky and nearby the Smokies are still closer than Montana, Alaska and about anywhere else. There were a lot of guide services there from the Great Lakes. Apparently fishing the “flats” on the Great Lakes is regarded as great fun these days. Couple of carp guide there too from Indiana—hi ho a carpin’ we go.

Joe, next stop for us is show in Winston-Salem, then the Wine & Fly thingie in northern Va. A week or two after that is new Whine and Fly thingie at Bristol (they tell me in the middle of the race course), then the FFF thing over in Cullohowee, NC. Too busy to make the Sowbug Fester over in Arkansas (booked to talk to some group in Lynchburg who I hope are on a friendly basis with the distillery there). I suspect we will see each other soon—looking forward to seeing how we can help each other.

JoeFred 01-28-2013 09:39 PM

Thanks, Don! I am hoping to be at Bristol May 4. I found this link: Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Expo
– JF

Jack Hise 02-15-2013 12:40 PM

Don;
The Kentuckiana show was a good show. It was our 3rd year to have a booth. The B.U.F.F. show in Cinci the next weeked was a real class act also. An early morning snow storm held the crowd down a bit.
You will be speaking at the March 14th meeting of the Lynchburg Fly Fishing Club. The meeting will be held at "Ming's" Chineese resturant in Tullahoma, TN. Equi distance from Jack Daniel's and George Dickel!
I'll have just returned from the Fly Fishng Expo in Warren, MI (about 6=8 times bigger than Kentuckiana!)
Looking forward to meeting you and adding your book to my colection.

Jack Hise 03-06-2013 11:25 PM

Thamks for the reply! I thnk I will skip this meeting and pass the word along! We now have another "Know It All" coming to tell us how stupid we are. I was thinking of inviting you to spend a day fishing the Duck River but I thnk that would be below your percvied statis!

Don Kirk 03-07-2013 08:43 AM

Thanks for the endorsement
 
Jack,
My presentations are rarely talk about how I fish, but rather how the old timers did it. By and large, today's young fellows are considerably more skilled than we were 40 years ago. I do these presentations because they are fun and it gives me a chance to introduce people to Southern Trout. Sometimes I selll a book or two, but the books were written to promote the magazine, not like my first get rich scheme raising St. Bernard dogs.
As best I can tell, most people seem to have a good time regardless of who the know it all is. The Duck is going to be pretty dark and cold when I am talking so why not come down to toss tomatoes at me. I am a pretty good size target.

MadisonBoats 03-08-2013 07:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Don Kirk (Post 105222)
Jack,
My presentations are rarely talk about how I fish, but rather how the old timers did it. By and large, today's young fellows are considerably more skilled than we were 40 years ago. I do these presentations because they are fun and it gives me a chance to introduce people to Southern Trout. Sometimes I selll a book or two, but the books were written to promote the magazine, not like my first get rich scheme raising St. Bernard dogs.
As best I can tell, most people seem to have a good time regardless of who the know it all is. The Duck is going to be pretty dark and cold when I am talking so why not come down to toss tomatoes at me. I am a pretty good size target.

Don,
This aspect
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..but rather how the old timers did it.
captivated me more than I thought it would during your last presentation at CRTU. I could see myself in many of the people you spoke about...jumping from rock to rock and trying crazy patterns...It is excellent information and things that we should cherish and pass along. :smile:


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