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somerset flyfishing show…

What a great time me and my flyfishing/fly tying friend, Peter Koga had tying flies at the Somerset Flyfishing show this past weekend. I worked the show tying for Tuffleye and helping out in booth with owners, Ashley and her dad, Ned Lunt. Jason Taylor, Peter Koga, and the master, Bob Popovics all dropped in and tied flies at our booth during the three day event.

For me, originally from Brooklyn, it always feels like a high school reunion when I come back east to the Somerset show in particular. Having the opportunity to see so many talented east coast friends in one place, always blows me away. This show in my opinion is the best of the best. I am always humbled by so many great fly tiers there, too many to name and I always come away inspired, like a kid in a candy store. It’s a great place to shop for prime fly tying materials as well. Chuck and Ben Furimsky do a nice job organizing this event. I hear next year it will not be in Somerset, there will be a new location to be announced.

This year’s show was well attended with packed aisles, we even had a cameo appearance by Donald Jr. and his secret service as they strolled down each aisle chatting with all the vendors and fly fisherman. Highlights of the show for me was sitting with Bob Pop and just watching him tie and dinner with old friends Lily Renzetti, Ned Lunt, Ashley Armbruster, Peter Koga and hearing Bob Clouser tell us some of the most hilarious fishing stories, I haven’t laughed or cried that hard in a while.

If any of you have not tried the Tuffleye brand of products and have any questions, please forward them to me and I will do my best to help answer you. Tuffleye in my opinion is the best light cured acrylic on the market using non UV, visible blue light. Its a safe product that has been used in the dental profession for over sixty years. Bob Popovics turned me on to this when it first hit the market and I haven’t used drop of epoxy since. Visit the Wet-A-Hook technologies website here!

Check out this cool VIDEO by my friend Capt. Ray Stachelek

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Al Q and Howler Bros / Costa Sunglasses poster child, Oliver White.

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My man man and fly tying mentor, Bob Popovics.

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Long line, Mark Sedotti, Al Q and the greatest tournament caster of all time, Steve Rajeff at the G Loomis booth.

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Squid fly tied by Al Q with a Tuffleye/Popovics squid foil using flex, a soft flexible cured acrylic

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Bob Popovics and Ned Lunt of Tuffleye

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Old friend, John McMurray of One More Cast, popped by to say hello! John got fifty stitches in his lip from a surfing accident but it didn’t affect his smile. LOL

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These two young fellas just needed a hug. Nothing I can say that can reflect how much admiration I have for these two guys…

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Peter Laurelli, one of my favorite fly fishing film makers. Check out Peter in the new “Running the Coast ” video by Jamie Howard.

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Jonny King, one of the best fly tyers on the planet. Always good to check-in and hang with Jonny…

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Two of the finest people and fly tiers, Jason Taylor and David Nelson hanging at the Tuffleye booth.

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After dinner, group shot in the hotel lobby. Scott Stryker and Lily Renzetti far left. Scott is one hell of a fly tyer…

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Pat Cohen at his booth. Pat is one talented dude. It was fun hanging with him this year.

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Bob Popovics demonstrating a flex candy in th e Tuffleye booth.

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Bob Popovics tying the Beast! Worth the price of admission for sure!

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Ashley Armbruster, my buddy and the Queen of Tuffleye.

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salty & sweet pic of the day…

Popfleye Beach Van owned by Bob Popovics, circa early nineties. Photo by Al Q

Popfleye Beach Van owned by Bob Popovics, circa early nineties. Photo by Al Q

I took this photo on a fall morning in the early nineties. I remember this fall morning well, there wasn’t much happening on the beach that morning. Me and Bob took a nice drive up the beach at Island Beach State Park looking for birds. Bob had one of his newly designed Bigfly Fiber Fleyes in blue and white sitting on the dash, it had to be 15 or 16 inches long. It was to represent a big mullet. It looked like an astro pop on steroids. I asked him, “how the hell do you cast that thing”. He stopped the van, tied it onto a 10 weight rod and threw that thing a country mile, (about eighty feet) into the wind, it floated and dropped softly into foam. The flies bulk shed water beautifully, when he lifted off on the next cast and false casted it, before launching it again. We all know how great and legendary Bob is as a innovative saltwater fly tier, but this was a “holy shit” moment that opened my eyes to how skilled of a fly caster Bob really was. It also made me realize how fly fishing could compete in some instances with conventional gear and especially big plugs in the surf…

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