Sowbug Roundup 2016

The Sowbug Roundup  2016 was a great success.  It is held each year in the spring in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  The programs are put on by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers and is held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.  This year there were about 135 fly tiers demonstrating fly tying over a 3 day period. It was an opportunity to see old friends and to make new ones.

Sowbug Roundup

Sowbug Roundup

All he usual tiers were there.  Mike George was demonstrating tying of deer hair flies.  On Saturday morning, I watched him tie one fly, a deer hair frog.  It took him almost 3 hours to tie it.  Of course, he was talking and taking his time to explain what he was doing which took it longer.  Here is a picture of Mike tying.

Mike tying his deer hair fly

Mike tying his deer hair fly

Mike doesn’t actually spin hair, he stacks it.  He can get a lot of hair on a hook.  Before trimming, the fly looks a mess.  But after trimming  the fly takes shape and looks like the work of art it its.

Before Trimming

Before Trimming

After Trimming

After Trimming

Here is my friend, Boot Pierce, tying.  Maybe this in the year we can go fishing together.

Boots Pierce

Boots Pierce

Tony Spezio was tying as usual  Tony was instrumental in organizing the original Sowbug Round Up.

Tony Spezio

Tony Spezio

There are over 700 pictures posted on the Sowbug Roundup Facebook page.

I also got to use my Tiny Travel Trailer for the first time.  It towed very well.  I found out I needed to do a few things to make it work better.  I need a small step to get into the trailer.  Without the step it is easy to hit your head on the door frame as you get into the trailer.  I also need a way to secure the cabinet doors while traveling.  A few things fell out.  But over all, I was very pleased.  Here is a picture of the trailer at Dam Site Park.

Tiny Travel Trailer

Tiny Travel Trailer