Thursday, September 15, 2016

8th Annual North Umpqua Fly Fishing and Tying Festival

Sometimes these small local venues can be the best experiences of the year. This past Saturday in Glide, Oregon it happened.  The Oregon council has their big and exciting event every year in Albany, Oregon where everything seems larger than life and packed with more than seems possible but I always feel rushed because I might miss something.  In Glide I can relax, slow down and talk with virtually every tier in the room.  These are some good artistic and talented people.  Most of them are the same people you see in Albany.  In the mix I noted someone from Everett, Washington.  This drew my attention because here was someone who made an extra effort to come to a smaller show and it was a younger person.  We talked.

I found out that his name is Nicholas Riggs and he is 28 years old and had been tying since he was 13 years old.  He said he had been tying at the Albany show for the past 2 years.  I don't know how but I had just missed seeing him there.  He mainly ties northwest flies but said his favorite is Atlantic Salmon Flies.  Nicholas has a degree in "media arts and animation".  His e-mail is  You can find him on Instagram as "papercreekart", and his new website  Nick is a multi-talented young man who also shot the cover photo that will be appearing on the fall issue of Frank Amato's Fly Fishing & Tying Journal.  We will no doubt see more of Nick in the future. 

Nick at the vice in Glide, OR

Nick working on a Umpqua Special Variant

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