I miss Charlie Collins and his rooster and hen hackles. I would think it's been at least five years since he had a booth in Marlborough. I loved the fact that he sold the neck and saddle together as one package. And both for a price that would have been reasonable for the neck alone. Because I ended up with more hackles than I needed, I would split them down the middle with a razor blade and sell half the neck and saddle to Internet friends who did not have easy access to Charlie's hackles. I bought my first (and only) cree rooster set from Charlie. It's pretty used up at this point.
Charlie lives in New York and the last time I checked he still sells feathers by phone or mail order (A google search provided the following: Collins Hackle Farm, 436 Kinner Hill Road, Pine City, NY 14871 Phone 607-734-1765.) But as far as the Marlborough show, I've been told that he just didn't make enough money to justify the expense and time committment. It seemed to me that he sold a lot of feathers at the show, but I have no idea what it costs to have table. (Someone else told me he does go to the Somerset, NJ show, from time to time; but I don't see him on the 2012 listing of vendors at the upcoming Somerset show.)
In recent years, what I like best is talking to old friends and meeting a few new ones. I seem to spend most of my time around the fly tying tables. This year, most of my talking time was with Bob Mead, Dave Brandt, Dave Benoit and Don Bastian. I met for the first time tyer Sharon Wright from Maine. Dave Whitlock was there with his wife, Emily, selling his gorgeous artwork, and I met both of them for the first time. What an artist he is! I loved his drawing called "Six Gentlemen", a photo of which I have included in my flyfishing show photo gallery. It is six beautifully colored sunfish, one each of six varieties.
I posted 45 images from the show here:
Below are just a few pictures, of the people I mentioned in my post.
|My fishing friend Paul DiNolo talking with Dave Whitlock|