More than 100 fly tiers, demonstrators, instructors and celebrities – from Curtis Fry and Clark “Cheech” Pierce of Fly Fish Food to Tom Rosenbauer, Bob Clouser and Pat Dorsey – will be demonstrating their best fish-catching creations at the 32nd Annual International Fly Tying Symposium, Nov. 11-12.
The premier fly tying event returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, N. J. Parking is free.
The facility is some 51 miles from New York’s Kennedy, 57 miles from LaGuardia and 28 from Newark Liberty International airports.
Reservations for reduced Symposium room rates are available at the host hotel.
It will be the largest and most complete symposium in the event’s history with tiers from across the United States, Canada and around the globe demonstrating what it takes to turn fur and feathers – and sometimes rubber and plastic – into artificial fishing flies, according to event director Chuck Furimsky.
All symposium registration forms, programs, special classes, attending celebrities, fly tiers, and demonstration times are posted on the International Fly Tying Symposium website.
Tiers scheduled for demonstrations, seminars or hands-on instructions include Rosenbauer, Orvis executive and author; Clouser, creator of the Clouser Minnow; and Tim Cammisa, fly tying blog host.
Other celebrity tiers slated to demonstrate techniques, methods, and patterns include Tim Flagler, Steve Culton, Alan Rupp, Harry Schoel, and Mark Burns.
International tier Theo Bakelaar, the Netherlands, who introduced the now ubiquitous bead to fly tying some 30 years ago, will both demonstrate and teach his techniques and methods at the event.
Displays and items for sale include hundreds of fly tying books and videos available at the Angling Book Store booth along with many of the authors to sign them. “Manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and local shops will be on hand to display, demonstrate, and sell all that’s new,” said Furimsky.
Admission to the 2023 Symposium is $18 Sat., $15 Sun. or $28 for a two day pass. Children under age 16 are free. Admission is by cash only at the box office. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sun.
Admission to all displays, seminars, and demonstrations are included. Individual special classes are priced separately.