On The Fly Show #7: Open House at Angler’s Den

This was our second on-location shoot at Angler’s Den in Pawling, NY. Each year it just gets better.

It was another great day and a well-attended event, with much milder weather. This year we spent some time watching great fly tiers at work, including Frank DeGrazio, Nicole Seymour and “Steelhead” Steve Yewchuck. We also learned about Art Palmer’s new book, and spent some time discussing bamboo rodmaking.

Always a fun shoot.

Enjoy!

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