BMFS: HOPS AND HOPPERS 11/07/2017

Drinking beer, tying flies, and telling lies.  Another fun night spent at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul Minnesota for Hops & Hoppers hosted by Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop.  I typically tie 1 fly at these gatherings, and spend the rest of my time hanging out and talking with the homies.
Hops & Hoppers
It’s always interesting to see what others are whipping up at the vise.  On this night there were quite a few trout buggers being tied, along with some big musky, bass, and salmon flies.
Bret at the end admiring the work of Sherlock.
Grant Meyer with his laser like focus.
I forgot this man’s name, but he’s only been tying a week.  He tied his first woolly bugger on this night, and it was nicer than any woolly bugger that has ever left my vise.
First woolly bugger lookin’ woolly buggery.
Micah Crider loves black hats and driftless trout.  He and his wife have a pretty sweet blog with some great photography and stories.  You should take a minute and check it out – The Driftless Flyer.
Michah Crider workin’ it.
Just because it’s an open fly tying night, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to tie flies.  I like to consider fly tying an art, and while Mr. Sherlock was skillfully creating steelhead flies with a hook and vise, Charlie Forbes was right next to him showcasing his skillz with paint and a brush.
Sherlock and Charlie doing thangs.
…and not long after the above photograph, Sherlock was showcasing the powers of super glue.
Sherlock.  Nuff said.
Sherlock.
Charlie does some amazing work, and I am a fan.  If you haven’t, you should really check out his Instagram page for more of his work.  It was a really great to see him meticulously paint his works at the open tie night.  I think he should do it more often.
Charlie Forbes creating something magnificent, per usual.
Before he goes to sleep each night, Bobby Nacho’s tosses back a few musky flies to keep his musky game strong.
Bobby Nacho’s

Looking forward to the next open tie night I am able to attend.  My goal is to tie more than 1 fly next time.  I’m shooting for 2….Baby steps.

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