We made sure that the event does not conflict with the Sandy River Spey Clave so those of you who were unable to attend in 2014 can hopefully see the event this year! Unlike other shows, this is NOT an annual event. Participants are flying in from around the world so it is just not feasible to put this show on again in the PNW.
If you are at all interested in salmon flies, the auction which features a lot of fly-fishing gear too, or meeting these fly-tyers who are also fly-fishermen from nearly every continent, you should consider coming & networking. It is the people who made the event so special and it's all about camaraderie and sharing knowledge, experience and friendship. If you like the idea of picking up some new tying tricks, improving your tying, or getting into salmon flies this is an event you can't afford to miss.
ASFI is an International exhibition celebrating the art and passion of the Atlantic Salmon Fly. Over 70 world-class tyers representing 17+ countries are coming to Renton, WA for three days to share their experience, passion, artistry, creativity, and fly-tying tips & techniques with the public. This event presents a rare & unparalleled opportunity for the beginner to expert fly-tyer to meet the individuals featured in books and learn about this classic art-form from some of the most renowned tyers alive today. It is truly a unique, one-time opportunity you do not want to miss! Nobody would tie these flies were it not for zealous salmon fly tyers sharing their knowledge face-to-face over the eras. The robust tradition grows as we continue to make new friends and share our passion with fellow enthusiasts. While the Internet, forums and social media make sharing knowledge easy, there is no substitute for tangible camaraderie and learning in person. Exhibitors will be a fantastic source for fly-tying tools, feathers, materials, tinsel, and fly-fishing gear! A silent and live auction feature one-of-a-kind items rarely found on the open market. You can find out more about tyers, exhibitors, sponsors, presentations, demonstrations, and the silent & live auction on our website. All profits from the event benefit Olympic Peninsula Fishing Innovations, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Sequim, WA that designs adaptive devices to allow those with physical limitations to fish again. A special thank you to Wasatch Custom Angling for sponsoring this event again!
In addition to tying, there are HOOK making and feather DYEING demos and a silent auction to boot! In 2014 we had items for the serious collector and average joe - Harry Lemire's one-of-a-kind Saracione reel, Hardy reels, fly rods from Burkheimer, Meiser, Sage, Echo & Orvis, lots of lines and gear, a wide variety of fly boxes, and beautifully tied and framed salmon flies. There was also gear from sponsors - Filson, Sage, Simms, Creekside Angling, Orvis, Eddie Bauer, Dry Fly Distilling, ExOfficio, Avid Angler..... I will do my best to announce the 2016 auction items as soon as I can but I can promise, there will be something for everyone!
All proceeds go to Olympic Peninsula Fishing Innovations, a local nonprofit whose products help those who are unable to use traditional equipment fly-fish and tie flies again. The event is held in honor of Ted Niemeyer, a fly-tying and fly-fishing aficionado. I believe his depth and breath of knowledge of fly-tying is unparalleled.