Stumbling into the vast sea of "stuff" that is the Somerset, NJ Fly Fishing Show yesterday, one of the first things that immediately caught my eye was a stunning wall sculpture of a wet fly made of steel, looking aggressively medieval. Actually, I think my reaction was, "damn, that's crazy..." as I went in for a closer look.
Once in the booth, Matt (aka Functioning Fishaholic, who made the trip to NJ with me) & I were greeted by Val Kropiwnicki of VK Steelworks, who eagerly showed off this beautiful piece of art, in addition to many other smaller flies that were pretty much beyond anything I had seen before. I'm not exactly sure what you'd call them, perhaps fly tying with a touch of fantasy...but do I know you would not want to get stuck by the "Circus Circus" during an errant backcast!!!
|the Circus Circus.710.NP|
(would love to see Val's interpretation of a Sakasa Kebari)
Honestly, I could go on, but anything I write will not really give this work justice. It's so visual in nature, I'm going to stop with the adjectives now. Instead, please click HERE and then click on the "Play Slideshow" link in the middle of the page. Believe me, it's worth the few minutes it takes to view.
And if that piques your interest, please also check out the full VK Steelworks website.
In a show filled with amazing fly tiers, $3,000+ bamboo fly rods, and beautifully machined reels, Val's work really stood out from the rest as something distinctively unique. It was my honor to see these flies in person, and a great way to start the day at the Fly Fishing Show.