Simple Pleasures

When the Fly Fishing Show crew goes to Western Maryland to fish, it’s always a full day. Leaving from Towson, we usually stop in Frederick and say hi to Murray and the folks at Hunting Creek Outfitters and buy a few recommended flies.  After we fish one of our favorite creeks, we always stop for a late lunch or early dinner at one of the town’s unique, cozy, family owned restaurants—it brings so many memories back from growing up when these establishments peppered all our communities. Thurmont’s Kountry Kitchen fit the bill this trip with soup (like my mom use to make), overstuffed sandwiches and sweet tea…

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Congrats to one of our vendors for being picked in a featured article about millennials making a difference.

Mason, 16, and Palmer, 15, Kasprowicz
Founders of Flies by Two Brothers, Va.

Flies equal money for college times two (F = MC*2). That’s the equation Mason and Palmer Kasprowicz came up with to explain their business, Flies by Two Brothers. They started tying fishing flies and selling them in 2014, saving their profits for college tuition.

In the last four years, the brothers have sold almost 4,000 of their homemade flies through trade shows and their online store.

Mason Kasprowicz said the business is about more than the money. The boys also learned “How to write good emails, how to talk to people, make eye contact, website building, knowing how to make taxes, all important life skills that come with operating a business.”

In their spare time, the brothers are president and vice president of their high school’s fishing club and are youth representatives for the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Make sure you stop by their booth and buy a few flies at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show….

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Bob and his wife, Trish, have owned a camp in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine for more than thirty years. This is a region of the country rich in sporting tradition and known for its native brook trout and wild landlocked salmon.

Signed copies of his latest book, THE RIVER KING – A FLY-FISHING NOVEL will be available for sale.The tenth-anniversary edition of SHADOWS IN THE STREAM, a book of essays about fly fishing, is often used by anglers as a guide to fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region will also be available.

Bob is the author of the Rangeley Lakes series of novels that include North of Easie, which won second place in the 2010 Outdoor Writer’s Best Book Contest. Romano’s essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Christmas in the Wild, Fresh Fiction for Fresh Water Fishing, and Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing.

Bob is the author of the Rangeley Lakes series of novels that include North of Easie, which won second place in the 2010 Outdoor Writer’s Best Book Contest. Romano’s essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Christmas in the Wild, Fresh Fiction for Fresh Water Fishing, and Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing.

Bob’s seminar at the show will cover when and where to fish, what flies to cast and techniques to use. The program will include 100 photos of the lakes, rivers and streams that remain as wild as they were when Carrie Stevens tied her Gray Ghost streamer and Louise Dickinson Rich lived along the carry road beside the Rapid River.

More information about Bob can be found at his website:www.forgottentrout.com

Attend Bob’s FREE presentation on fly fishing some of Maine’s rivers and streams at the Maryland Fly Fishing and Collectible Tackle Show!

Message from Fred Grafeld, Vintage Tackle

A HUGE tip of the old Stetson to Wayne and Ralph on a job well done.  The show exceeded all expectations.  I heard nothing but positive comments from the floor on both sides of the aisle.  Attendees remarked that the lack of a credible show in the DC/Baltimore area has been addressed, and all were hoping to see it continue.  Vendors were unanimously positive.  Guys, you did well!

I realize I may be seen as biased, but this was a show in a style I haven’t experienced in maybe 25 years.  It was fun first, the commercial aspect was terrific, but secondary to the overall experience.

Wayne’s tribute to Lefty was just right.  Not overdone, not like something done from obligation, just right.

My final comment:  MORE!!

Fred Grafeld

Vintage Tackle

Thanks for the kind words Fred, already started to prepare for next year’s Show!