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Old 06-17-2009, 05:03 PM
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Question Any Interest?: Townsend Fly Tiers (informal) Club

The other day when talking to Bill Hey at LRO he let me in on an idea that he had. He was interested in putting together an informal group that would meet once a month or so (primarily in the Fall/Winter - but could work year round potentially, as well). The group would be a fly tiers get-together where we would each bring our own supplies and tie flies together. The thought would be that we could swap techniques, patterns, materials and stories. It would be open to everyone including folks just getting started. We wouldn't have strict membership, anyone could come whenever they could make it, even if they were in from out of town (or out of state).

A few additional ideas would be that we could each take turns demonstrating how to tie our "secret" patterns, have fly swaps, or even have friendly competitions like blindfolded-woolly-bugger-tying and ugliest-fly-to-catch-a-fish (among others). I ran the idea by Byron and he is willing to let us use the training room at LRO, if we are interested (if we could do it during business hrs - otherwise we might have to make other arrangements on a location).

Let me know on this thread if:
  1. you would be interested in being part of such a group, and if so,
  2. how often you would like to meet (once a month, etc),
  3. if you think it should be just a seasonal thing (Oct-Mar), or year round
  4. what would be your preference for meeting time (ie Saturday or Sunday Mornings or afternoons, or other times), and
  5. any additional ideas to get the most out of the meetings/get-togethers
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:36 PM
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Sounds interesting, Just need some ideas on how to justify a 4 1/2 hour one way trip. (:>)
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:11 PM
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Hey Pete,
Great idea, I would be very interested. I think once a month or even twice a month would be great. I think it would be better from oct to march because I am sure many people want to fish in the evening during the spring and summer when there is more daylight. Personally Saturday mornings would work best for me, but I think I could fit something like anytime into my schedule.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:29 AM
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Default Good idea

I was wondering when something like this would pop-up. My wife does a similar thing with a knitting group. They meet weekly on a Thursday night at a local knitting shop and sit around and gossip for a couple hours.

I would be interested. If it was held every other week, I think it would remain fresh in peoples minds and wouldn't be forgotten. A weeknight would be preferred, I have too many other interests to make a weekend feasible. It would be nice if Paula would let us have it right in the shop while they are open, but I'm not sure when they close. They'd probably get business from everyone one of us each time we met. If not, it would be nice to have it at a local business to support them. If we had it at Deadbeat Pete's, we could drink beer while tying (just like home)
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:50 AM
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Default don't rule out Maryville

You may also want to consider having it in Maryville. More options on places to meet and most people have to drive through here to get to Townsend.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:37 AM
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I am very interested in this idea. For me the best time would be fall/winter. My weekends are always pretty full but I adapt pretty well.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:13 PM
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You may also want to consider having it in Maryville. More options on places to meet and most people have to drive through here to get to Townsend.
At this point, you're absolutely right. I haven't ruled anything out, just trying to gather some opinions. Having it at LRO made sense because of the training room with vises already set up. We might be able to get someplace in Maryville, fairly easy, as well (especially if we do it during the week [and I like the beer idea...])
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Absolutely interestesd...

- monthly would be the best situation for me as driving that would be a bit much for every other week
- also, like the idea of it being a winter event to fill the gap
- Saturdays would work best, but an early Sunday would also be doable

thanks for the thinking of this and bringing it forward, hopefully you can move it forward...

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I am interested as well, and Saturdays would work better for me.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:13 AM
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i like the idea me and my dad would come if it happens
here is my idea:
we could tie flies in the mourning go fish with other peoples flies for 4-5 hours come back and give out prizes for most caught fish and biggest fish of course the winner would have to show pictures.just an idea
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