There is so much to see and do on the show floor that it is sometimes easy to forget the great educational displays that are put on. These displays are lugged across the country, in some cases, and require a tremendous amount of time and effort (and money) to put together--all at no benefit to their owners except the feeling that they have contributed to our greater knowledge. My hat is off to all exhibitors, one and all, for their contributions. Some of the displays were...well, mind-blowing.
There were too many great displays to give them all justice, so I'll just concentrate on showing two of them in detail. One of the most amazing displays at nationals was Bob Guist's incredible collection of Phantom, McGinty, and Devon minnows. Bob's comprehensive collection is surreal it is so big; it coincided with the publication of his new book, The American Devon & McGinty, available by clicking here.
A second really amazing display was Gord Luckow's incredible Minnesota spearing decoy collection. Gordie gave me a personal tour, and I was astounded at the depth of his collection. It was really fun to learn more about spearing decoys, which is a subject of which I have very little knowledge.
There were numerous other great displays, a few photos of which will follow here.
My thanks one and all to everyone who took the time to display their collections! We are all richer for it.
Part III: My National Finds and Final Thoughts.
-- Dr. Todd