What started as one man’s drunken idea on the way back from a fishing trip has become the Altamont of WNC fly tying events…minus the Hell’s Angels, although Steve does look tough in his leathers. The Tie-One-A-Thon is right around the corner and all signs are pointing to this event being at least as fun as an eighth grade dance, if eighth grade dances had beer. All the sponsors have really stepped up and donated enough gear, booze, and swine to make me consider making a midnight foray to a non-extradition country with a Santa size bag of loot. We will be having door prize giveaways every hour throughout the day and we don’t have any prize packages worth less than thirty bucks all the way up to Dr Slick tool sets worth at least a hundred. We also added some tiers to the list including Thomas Harvey from Carolina Fly and Heath Cartee from Curtis Wright Outfitters. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event and can be purchased at all Curtis Wright Outfitters locations. I also wanted to say thanks to our newest sponsor thefiberglassmanifesto.com. Cameron Mortenson donated a sweet t-shirt and some stickers to be given away and the rumor is with enough beer and fishing promises he might even show up to cover the event for his blog. See all the tiers, and our most up to date list of sponsors here. So until the next update I will leave you with a riddle. What has two thumbs and can’t wait for the Tie-One-On-A-Thon? That’s right…this guy.
Steve and I figured putting out a new magazine was leaving us a little too much free time on our hands (idle hands are the devil’s workshop and all that jazz), so to remedy the situation, we have decided to try our hands at philanthropy. We are proud to announce our first ever SCOF event, The Tie-One-On-A-Thon, benefiting Project Healing Waters. Have you ever been hit up to pledge for a walk-a-thon? Well, we thought this was a pretty inane way to raise money for something. Walking around in a circle for hours only gets you back to where you started, but tying flies for hours on end gets you a butt load of flies…a much better trade-off in our opinion. So we are inviting some of the region’s best fly tiers down to SCOF headquarters (i.e. Steve’s art studio) on February 27th, for a good old-fashioned winter tying session. The tiers will all collect pledges based on either how many flies they tie or for how many hours they tie. Since we are gonna have about 25-35 tiers at this thing we can’t exactly keep folks out, so instead, we are gonna charge to get in. The price of admission will reflect the tough economic times that fly fisherman face these days and will be a small pittance in exchange for a Sunday spent checking out some of the region’s best tiers and how they do (and yes, I am hip enough to say that).We are also gonna be selling Tie-One-On-A-Thon fly collections from all the tiers after the event with 100% of the proceeds from the event going towards healing veterans with fly fishing. Curtis Wright Outfitters has already signed on as a presenting sponsor for the event, which should give a certain whiff of legitimacy to the whole affair, and we have set up an information page on our website for the event (which can be reached off our homepage). So mark your calendars for February 27, 2011 and check the website and blog for updates on details, as we will be throwing them up as we get them. Oh yeah did I mention the local beer and roasted swine on tap? I always forget to mention that. Should be a good one.