Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'm There-The Midwest Fly Fishing Expo 2011

This is to announce that Fontinalis Rising will be attending the above named show.  I'm very excited about this as I've never been to a major show dedicated to fly fishing.  I know this isn't fair- all you vendors had to get a table; all I had to do was get a T-shirt, some business cards and some decals made, and I'm going to wander around with my camera, a laptop and my "dumb" phone and bother people.  Oh, I also have a photo shoot to do- models, that kind of thing.  It's a crazy life.

Now I know that some of you are thinking "Mr. Fontinalis, how will you, a hick from the sticks make it and get around in all that hustle and bustle?- this is Detroit (Rock City)."  They'll eat a simple fly angler like you alive."
Been there done that!  Once you get it out of the way it's not so bad.  Ugly truth be told, I lived in the metro Detroit area for about four years off and on, including nearly two years within the city limits of the Motor City herself.  While I didn't care for living there- there's not much to do for an outdoorsman who loves quiet and solitude, my Detroit friends have always been the best.  I've never met a more loyal and supportive group of people in my life, and if anyone has been neglectful of a friendship it's been me.  So, a BIG shout-out to all of my Detroit friends.  While the rest of the vendors are checking into their hotel rooms, I'll be staying with friends at the risk of insulting other friends.  So thank you all for the invites and hospitality.  I'll see as many of you as I can, but seriously I have to get back down and do a real visit soon.  Sorry for the lapse.

What's the Agenda you ask?  Push my card into Kelly Galloup's hand and ask him to read my blog? No, I don't think so.  I'm going to wander around, take pictures, attend a seminar or two and take notes.  I will attempt to blog live with a brief post, or at least post to Facebook, but I'm still working out the technical details. (hey OBN- when do we get to gear test lap-tops?)  I will try to find products and people that I think you will find interesting.  I will look for a hidden story.  Then I'll do some brief posts about what I find- I doubt the story of an event of this magnitude can or should be told in one post.

So, if you're reading this and attending- look for me in the Official Prototype FR T-shirt.  Mention that you've read the blog and I'll give you an Official Prototype bumper sticker or decal.  Mention that you love the blog and I'll give you my shirt.  (Joking- really, it's not pretty underneath.  My workout video would have to be called "Abs of Silly Putty").

It's going to be a great adventure. I wish all the vendors who actually have something at stake in this event the best of success and I'll try to meet as many of you as possible.  See you there!

Don't forget that I'm running a give-away contest in the Outdoor Profile post- if you are a fly tyer, or know one, you need to enter this.  It's the single most beautiful AND useful item you could add to your bench.  Contest runs until Sunday March 20, so enter ASAP.


  1. Well, can't make it to the show, but I know you'll have a great time. Save me a decal!

  2. Mr Jason,
    Hope you had a great time at the show, don't know why you would'nt. Go and see Kevin at The HEX Shop booth. Tell him his sister is blogging you.Maybe your having a cold one with him right now! Tami

  3. @ Tami- I've been to the Hex shop and love it! I went to a tying thing that Tommy Lynch and Brad (?) put on and really enjoyed it. I didn't get the chance, as I was chasing down people to collaborate with on environmental issues stories. I'll definitely stop in every time I get down to GR!