IEFFC members did an outstanding job again this year at our club booth and tying theater at the Big Horn Show and everyone said they had a lot of fun.
Responses from the kids, and adults as well, were very positive. We had quite a few kids return to learn more about tying. Some have been returning for several years. There were even some kids who brought in flies to show us. They tied these after they left the show last year using the kits we gave them. They also brought us photos of the fish they caught using the flies. Kudos to our club members who have volunteered over the years at the show and inspired them. We gave out more tying kits this year and the winner of our special raffle kit was Chloe Nichols. We even won third place this year among non-profit organizations for our booth appearance (and smiling faces). Volunteers at the tying theater included Father David Kuttner, Gordon Olson, Leonard Gross, Mark Pinch, Jason Mulligan and Leon Buckles. Harry Calhoun, Neal Beechinor, Bruce Morgan, Ray Kranches, Stephen Aspinwall, Hugh Evans, Rick Ripley, Don Perry, Bill McElroy, Bob Johnson, Bill Papesh, Tom May, Larry Ray, Leon Buckles, Skip Cavanaugh, Frank Faha and Jim Athearn. The members demonstrated tying techniques and gave lessons to more future fly tyers and anglers. Special thanks to Rick Ripley, Skip Cavanaugh, Frank Faha and Bill Papesh for helping with booth set-up and take-down and particularly to Leon Buckles for helping with everything all during the show.