Larry invited me to fish with him when I posted that I would be in SLC. We did 
not get to fish but we became instant friends. Larry drove me to where I wanted 
to go to look at a lathe and got me back to the show. I also met Tom Davenport, 
Tom was my chauffeur to and from the airport. Also took the time to show me the 
area. Offered to take me fishing but we did not get the time to do it. Met Mike 
Bliss too at the show.
I also met the sweetheart Joyce, she is one real lady.
I did the show there for three years and we all became close friends.
Thanks to all of you for sharing your friendship with me.
Larry, that first year was 1998.
Tony

--- On Sun, 1/2/11, Larry Johnson <johns...@uvu.edu> wrote:

From: Larry Johnson <johns...@uvu.edu>
Subject: Re: [VFB] VFB Alive and Well
To: vfb-mail@googlegroups.com
Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 6:51 PM

I agree with Jimmy:  Long live the VFB !!  I "stumbled" onto the VFB by 
accident quite a few years ago.  I arranged to meet Tony in Salt Lake City, 
when he was at the Outdoor Show as a tier for Gudebrod.  Tony:  What year was 
that?  I have been to the Sowbug three times.  Last year I tried to take 
pictures of as many VFB members as I could find.  I feel that I have become a 
better tier because of the VFB and by participating in swaps.  As many as I 
could, at first.  When I saw the quality of work out there it "inspired" me to 
tie better, especially dry flies, which is my first choice to fish with.  I 
hope to come back to the Sowbug again.  I hope to fish with DonO some time.  I 
have fished with Tom Davenport several times.  I have met with and tied with 
Joyce Wesphal.  What a great tier and teacher she is. Another former VFB list 
member Karl Barton and his wife, Marcia< had Allan and Martha Fish come to 
Utah, and went to dinner with them.
 I have informed the University that I will formally terminate my employment 
there in June of this coming summer, after which I hope to travel to see more 
of the great state of Utah, and fish more of it.  If I wear my Honda 4-wheeler 
out, I will probably buy another.  I cannot imagine a greater collection of 
terrific people with so much in common as the VFB.  There is a fly 
tying/fishing group here in Utah called "Utah on the Fly",  but I find them 
quite unresponsive and uncaring about their prospective members.
Long Live the VFB !!!!!

Larry Johnson
Springville, Utah     

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