The weather was spectacular and the turnout great with celebrity tyers and anglers galore.
[dropcap]R[/dropcap]enzetti, Inc. hosted their 4th Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair on December 7, 2013 in Titusville, Florida. About 200 dedicated fly anglers, fly tyers and rod builders enjoyed hours of interaction and instruction with the industry’s headliners and ambassadors of the world of fly fishing. Among the “celebs” were Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics, Flip Pallot, Jon Cave, Capt. Scott Hamilton, Wendy Radwan, David Olsen, Dr. Aaron Adams, Pat Ehlers and many other local celebrities.
The fair started with the Pledge of Allegiance – followed by an operatic male voice signing the Star Spangled Banner. It was a remembrance of that historic day , “. . . a date which will live in infamy.”
Lily Renzetti co-owns the company with her husband Andy. She’s a dynamo of boundless energy – seemingly being everywhere all at once, and as friendly and cheerful in the morning as she was at the fair’s end. Lilly said: “This is our best fair yet.” We couldn’t agree more, Lily.
While the fly tying, rod building and tackle vendors were in the cavernous Renzetti plant, casting clinics were outdoors, along with boat displays by Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Custom Gheenoe, Maverick Boats and Dragonfly Boats.
Lefty, as usual, gathered a large crowd when he went through all the how to and how not to rules of fly casting.
Two organizations benefited from the proceeds, Casting for Recovery (CR), a weekend retreat program that teaches fly casting – a therapy for women recovering from breast cancer surgery, and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national non-profit group dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled service members and veterans.
Tours of the Renzetti facility and its tool-making equipment were also available.
Renzetti Inc. is the country’s leading manufacturer of fly tying vises and rod building equipment. The Renzetti’s have hosted the fair since moving their plant from Pennsylvania to Titusville, Florida in 1996.
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8800 Grissom Parkway
Titusville, FL 32780 USA