2018 Ireland Angling Show

The 2018 Ireland Angling Show will be held February 17-18 at the National Show Centre near Dublin, Ireland. The event features an exhibition hall featuring top brands and new products as well as demonstrations from experts in the field. Visit the Ireland Angling Show website for further details.

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Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival Returns to Plano

The Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held March 10-11, 2018, at Plano Event Center in Plano, Texas. The festival offers are seminars taught by local, regional, and nationally known guides, authors, fly tyers, and speakers, as well as a focus on microbrewery beer.

Read more in the press release below.

Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival Returns to Plano

On March 10-11, 2018, the Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) will return to the Plano Event Center in Plano, a mere 20 miles north of Dallas and easily accessed off Route 75. Last year more than 80 vendors filled the Plano Center’s main exhibition hall, and attendees enjoyed numerous classes and demos in the Center’s multiple state-of-the-art classrooms. “We’ll be returning to the Plano Center as the location for this unique event,” says festival director Beau Beasley, “because of its easy access to a large population center. The facility allows us a great deal of flexibility. Our event is all about bringing new people into the sport, so having plenty of room for hands-on instruction is vital.”

Dave Klausmeyer, editor in chief of Fly Tyer, will be a special guest at this year’s TFF&BF kickoff event at Tupp’s Brewery on March 9th.

Unique to the Texas festival is a focus on microbrewery beer. With their paid admission, festival attendees 21 years and over receive tasting tickets to sample a variety of locally handcrafted brews. Breweries selected to participate in this year’s event include Four Corners Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Real Ale Brewing Co., Sweetwater Brewery, and Tupps. All of the participating breweries will have personnel on hand to explain what sets microbrewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer. The festival’s microbrew component has become so popular that a waiting list now exists for breweries that wish to participate.

“We weren’t sure what to expect, since nothing like this had ever been attempted before in Texas,” says Greg Leftwich, co-owner of Dallas-based Four Corners Brewing Co., of last year’s festival. “We thought the idea of combining fly fishing and Texas beer was a good one, but even we were surprised at how well the idea went over. At one point people were purchasing our product so fast, we had a hard time getting it cold enough before it sold. We were thrilled with the reception, and we are eager to return this year.”

David Leake, owner of Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. and an early supporter of the Texas festival, was confident that the fly/brew fusion would find traction among Texans–but even Leake admits to doubt: “Nothing is a sure thing in business, but sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and try something new to attract new customers and advance your brand. We were pleased with the outcome and are happy to be a strong supporter again this year.”

Whether they are interested in the local fishing scene or an exotic locale, anglers will find plenty of destinations to choose from at the festival. In addition to Tailwaters Fly Fishing, attendees will meet reps from Emu Outfitters, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, and Expedition Outfitters, all of whom took part in the inaugural event last year and are returning.

Free to attendees are seminars taught by local, regional, and nationally known guides, authors, fly tyers, and speakers, including Jason Randall, Pat Dorsey, Wanda Taylor, Ed Jaworowski, Nick Conklin, Kevin Stubbs, Nate Stevane, Kacee Bones, Mike Tayloe, Alvin Dedeaux, and many more. Vendors hail from such far-flung locales as Patagonia, Russia, Canada, and Alaska, and trout-specific destinations like Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Some of this year’s vendors include such well-known brands as TFO, Sage, Hardy, Patagonia, Orvis, Dagon Apparel Company, Hobie, NuCanoe, and Mariner Sails. There is also an on-the-water demo pond where attendees can try out kayaks.  Nonprofit organizations such as Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, CCA-Texas, Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation, Project Healing Waters, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Reel Recovery, Keoka Outdoors, and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will also participate.

“Our mission is to grow brand new anglers–especially women and children, folks who might not otherwise get involved,” says Beasley. “All of the vendors are inside the exhibit hall, and the grounds outside the Plano Event Center are ideally suited for our wide range of casting and other specialty classes.”  Thanks to support from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing Campaign, the festival has teamed up with the staff of Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. to provide free walkup fly casting instruction to anyone attending the event. The festival also offers Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn their Fly Fishing Merit Badge at no cost. “We are so committed to getting more children involved in the sport that we charge no admission fee for children 17 and under accompanied by a paying adult.” Attendees will also have the option of entering a free drawing for five days of fishing in Britch Columbia with Expedition Outfitters.

On Friday, March 9, the festival kicks off with a “Bass Bugs & Brews Night” featuring group fly tying sessions from 5:30-7:30 PM at Tupps Brewery in nearby McKinney. Special guest Dave Klausmeyer, editor in chief of Fly Tyer magazine, will welcome tyers and other attendees. After the fly tying, participants will view the latest IF4 film, and the first 150 participants will receive a complimentary copy of Fly Tyer. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Project Healing Waters, a national organization that helps veterans through fly fishing and fly tying.

Major sponsors of the Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival include Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), and Tailwaters Fly Fishing; other sponsors such as Gordy & Sons Outfitters and a host of national magazines will also be on hand.

The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is patterned after the popular Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, which enjoyed record-breaking attendance of more than 2,000 in January. For more information, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org or call 703-402-8338.

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Outdoor Retailer Opens For First Denver Show

The Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show has kicked off its first year in Denver, Colorado. The show runs Thursday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Read more in the press release below.

Outdoor Retailer Opens For First Denver Show

From Outdoor Retailer:

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, the largest U.S. tradeshow for the outdoor and winter sports industries, opens today in Denver for the first time in Outdoor Retailer’s history. More than 1,000 brands will be exhibiting the latest technology innovations, apparel and gear for staying warm, fashionable and connected to meet with the more than 11,000 registered retail buyers from 50 countries. The show runs Thursday, Jan. 25-Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Colorado Convention Center.

“This is the year of many firsts — the first show combined with the SIA Snow Show and the first Outdoor Retailer show in Denver,” said Marisa Nicholson, vice president and show director for Outdoor Retailer events. “We have worked incredibly hard to make this show a success: bringing together two communities; enabling decision makers to see the latest products and trends for next season in one place; offering a diverse and compelling line-up of seminars and speakers; and offering the opportunity to network with the more than 28,000 outdoor and snow industry colleagues joining us here in Denver. The first of three shows this year, Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show kicks off this year’s buying cycle laying the foundation for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in July and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in November.”

Outdoor Retailer is showcasing an entirely new format with exhibits spanning all three floors of the Colorado Convention Center. Highlights include next-generation skis and snowboards, rechargeable hand warmers, heated ski/snowboard boot bags, outerwear made from ocean plastic, sustainable and performance fabrics, insulation using technology from NASA, personal lead water filtration, and heated socks and gloves that provide heat for 12 hours, among others.

Of Outdoor Retailer’s offerings, the opportunity for education is what sets it apart from other shows. From the Industry and Intelligence day on Wednesday, Jan. 24, hosted by Snowsports Industries America to Outdoor University hosted by Outdoor Industry Association kicking off on Thursday, Jan. 25, to the on-show-floor offerings at The Camp, the RANGER Station and the Trend + Design Center, Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show attendees will have access to the latest statistics and participation numbers, as well as information on climate change, economic factors and consumer trends.

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show’s communities spaces bring focus to popular and emerging trends: the new Scandinavian Village features a bar and iconic Scandinavian brands, giving showgoers the opportunity to discover European brands here in the States; while Venture Out celebrates the modern outdoor experience. Luxe is an immersive experience in premium and luxury snow and outdoor apparel. Lastly, the Rental World provides attendees a close look at alpine, snowboarding and cross country rental gear.

For the first time ever, the public is invited to two show events. The first is the Fashion Show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in partnership with Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. The night will kick off with the Fashion Show featuring DJ Matt Cassidy, followed by Brother Ali, JAUZ and Rick Ross. Discounted tickets are now available for 20% off using the “Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show” Promo button and entering the code ZOOLANDER at checkout. The second is the Night of Stoke: Saturday, Jan. 27, Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show will welcome Backcountry Film Festival’s “Night of Stoke” to the Bellco to celebrate public lands and the importance of continuing to address issues of climate change and conservation, among other environmental issues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from Night of Stoke benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance, preserving the human-powered recreation experience on public lands. Guests will be able to watch first-edition films and hear from professional athletes and filmmakers giving tips on how to turn passion into action as they discuss their advocacy projects including Conrad Anker, Stacy Bare, Caroline Gleich and Tommy Caldwell.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will open the show at 8:45 a.m. at a press conference with Marisa Nicholson, show director for Outdoor Retailer; Luis Benitez, director of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation; Nick Sargent, president of Snowsports Industries America; Amy Roberts, executive director the Outdoor Industry Association, and Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Established brands exhibiting at the show include adidas OutdoorBurtonFjallravenGoProGore-TexHeadK2KeenOakleyObermeyerPatagoniaRossignolSalomonSmartwoolSpyder Active SportsThe North FaceYeti, among many others.

For more information about Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, or any of the next five shows, contact Krista Dill, director of sales, at [email protected].

About Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer brings together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation through trade shows, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, product demo events, media events and web-based business solutions. The Outdoor Retailer trade shows are the premier outdoor industry events for North America, providing platforms for critical face-to-face business initiatives, line previews, innovations, launches, networking and retailer education. Visit outdoorretailer.com for more information.

Outdoor Retailer is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

Media Contact:
Charlotte Daher de Garcia, CGPR
[email protected]
(781) 639-4924, Ext. 115

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Fly Fishing USA Team Qualifier in North Carolina This Weekend

Anglers will complete for a places on the Fly Fishing Team USA at the upcoming Southeast regional tournament set to be held January 13-14, 2018. Qualifying anglers will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championship in Comano Terme, Trentino, Italy.

Read more in the press release below.

Regional fly-fishing tournament taking place in western North Carolina

Anglers to compete for spot on Fly Fishing Team USA

by Zac Sexton

Jan. 06, 2018

CHEROKEE, N.C. – Anglers from around the country will be fishing local waters to qualify for Fly-Fishing Team USA from Jan. 13th to the 14th. The Southeast regional tournament is the last regional event in which people will be able to prove their fish-catching skills are the best in the country. Volunteers from around the area will be helping to measure and score the fish caught, as well as make sure anglers are competing according to the rules. Those that qualify to travel with FFTUSA will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championship in Comano Terme, Trentino, Italy.

Ken Crane with Eagle River brown trout.

The World Championship is effectively the Olympics of fly-fishing, with competitors from about 30 different countries participating. Regional tournaments, help anglers improve their skills, to catch more and bigger fish in all waters. The public is welcome to attend the Southeast qualifier and watch tense fly-fishing action. Viewers can learn new skills and improve their angling abilities by paying close attention to the techniques used in each 3-hour session. Michael Bradley, the tournament organizer, FFTUSA member and Cherokee resident says the public is invited to attend all Team USA events. “Usually, if a competitor has a crowd, he or she will ask people watching to not walk ahead (upstream) of where they are fishing, so no potential fish are spooked,” says Bradley. “The best way to learn from the event is to volunteer as a judge.”

Six competitors will be chosen to represent FFTUSA after scores are added from previous regional qualifiers, like the one in Cherokee, as well as the U.S. National Championships which will take place on May 31st through June 2nd near Bend, Ore. this year. It takes a lot of patience, planning, and timely decision-making to place at the top. Anglers fish randomly-assigned beats on rivers, and they do not always get the best section. The best anglers, however make the most of their assigned beat and will always catch fish. “Team USA members need to be effective at finding fish on any water they are assigned,” says Bret Bishop, Team Captain. “They need to be able to vary their techniques for different water types and conditions on both lakes and rivers. To compete at the World Championships, competitors need to be versatile. I look forward to seeing how everyone does at this regional tournament.”

Sean Crocker rushes to find fish.

The Raven Fork will be the river venue with two different locations, one in a section regulated as trophy water and another on water regulated by general fishing rules. The Happy Holiday Campground will host the lake fishing sessions on their private pond stocked with rainbow trout. “The water is crystal clear and requires very technical drifts to target wild rainbows, and browns and stocked rainbows and brookies,” says Bradley. “The trophy section has mostly nice pools in it while the general water has more pockets and fewer pools.”

The technical water may make fishing tricky but it is not the only aspect of competing for a spot on the team that can be stressful. “It is difficult to be competing at a high level in a consistent fashion,” says Ken Crane Team USA and leadership committee member. “You personally might be having a bad day, but every fish you catch matters. So, grinding it out for the benefit of the team is the most important. It’s an intense three hours of fishing. Mentally it can be draining on bad days, and euphoric on good days.”

Many anglers hope to find euphoria while plying the waters near Cherokee this upcoming Sat. Those that manage to tie on the best flies, and present them tantalizingly to fish’s mouths will surely score well and make the team. More information on FFTUSA can be found online at flyfishingteamusa.com, Facebook or Instagram.

For further information, contact Bret Bishop after 4 p.m. MST, weekdays by phone: (208) 867-8038, or email anytime: [email protected]

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Flymen Fishing Co. Announces Fly Tying Contest

Flymen Fishing Company, in partnership with Orvis, Taylor Fly Fishing, Ahrex Hooks, and Renzetti, has announced an online fly tying contest. The Flymen team will vote to choose 1 weekly winner for 6 weeks.

Read more in the press release below.

Flymen Fishing Co. Announces Fly Tying Contest in Partnership With Orvis, Taylor Fly Fishing, Ahrex Hooks, and Renzetti

Flymen Fishing Company is calling all fly tyers to enter their online fly tying contest.

You can enter by tying a fly that integrates a shank from the Flymen Articulated Shank family, taking a photo of it, then posting the photo on Instagram, tagging @flymenfishingco, @orvisflyfishing, @taylorflyfishing, @renzettiinc, and @ahrexhooks in your post, and hashtagging #DestinationArticulationFlyTyingContest.

The Flymen team will vote to choose 1 weekly winner for 6 weeks. Winners will be announced on the Friday of each week (check the official contest page for details). Each weekly winner will be sent a prize pack with Flymen product and swag from all four companies involved.

“The criteria for winning can be anything from realism to creativity, so we want fly tyers to go crazy with their designs,” said Martin Bawden, founder and head product designer of Flymen Fishing Company. “We love seeing innovative ideas from nymphs to streamers to foam flies.”

At the end of the 6 weeks, Flymen will re-post the 6 winning flies on a webpage for a voting period. After the voting period, the grand prizes will be given to the fly tyers who tied the flies with the most votes.

The grand prizes:

1st place – Taylor Fly Fishing Revolution Fly Reel ($359 Retail Value — Size of Winner’s Choice).

2nd place – Ahrex Hooks Super Pack ($300 Retail Value — Winner’s Choice of Ahrex Products).

3rd place – Renzetti Traveler 2000 Vise + $100 Worth of Renzetti Fly Tying Materials ($270 total retail value).

If you take part in voting in the final round to decide the winner you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win an Orvis Helios3 Fly Rod. Not a bad deal!

About Flymen Fishing Company:
Flymen Fishing Company designs, produces, and sells innovative fly tying materials that combine ease of tying with top-notch performance on the water, as well as ranges of flies based on the materials.

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2018 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival 

The 18th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held January 13-14, 2018, at the Meadow Event Park. Along with great wine and food, the event will feature prominent speakers, film screening, interviews, and demonstrations from some of the best anglers in the industry.

Read more in the press release below.

2018 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival 

Fly anglers from across the country will celebrate the 18th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on January 13-14, 2018. Held at Meadow Event Park just 15 miles north of Richmond on the site of the state fairgrounds, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is the first event of its kind to combine fly fishing and wine tasting. Fly fishing manufacturers, lodges, guides, tourism agencies, wineries, and specialty food companies are among the more than 100 vendors who hail from all over the country. This year’s festival sponsors include the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Temple Fork Outfitters, Green Top, Steam Bell Beer Works, Harman’s North Fork Cottages, Eastern Fly Fishing, Virginia Sportsman, Ruthless Outdoor Adventures, Flymen Fishing Company, American Angler, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Tyer, Alaska Magazine, Mid Valley Press, and Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Jason Randall will be a featured speaker at the event.

The 2018 festival will feature several of the industry’s most prominent anglers and authors. Noted speakers and fly tyers include Jason Randall, Simon Gawesworth, Ed Jaworowski, Wanda Taylor, Landon Mayer, Walt Cary, Chuck Kraft, Brad Buzzi, and Harold Eckert. Well known regional guides and speakers like Matt Miles, Steve Dally, Al Alborn, and Colby Trow will also be on hand.

The highlight of the weekend is Saturday evening’s Festival After-Party, sponsored by Virginia microbrewery Steam Bell Beer Works and Flymen Fishing Company. Tom Cooper, one of the owners of Steam Bell Beer Works, is a longtime fly angler who loves the festival concept. “Fly anglers are some of the most passionate folks you’ll ever meet,” says Cooper. “When you combine people who are passionate about the outdoors and introduce them to our product, it’s a real winning combination.”  The Festival After-Party will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer from Steam Bell Beer Works.

At this year’s Festival After-Party, Flymen Fishing Company will debut their short film “Back Bay,” which recounts the loss of this great Virginia fishery and its stunning comeback. Special interviews with Lefty Kreh, Walt Cary, and noted Virginia anglers tell this compelling story, which all Virginia fly anglers should know. Tickets to the Festival After-Party are $25 apiece and are expected to sell out well in advance of the festival. The Virginia Fly Angler of the Year will also be awarded before the end of the evening.

Don’t miss the festival’s kayak demo pond. Kayak expert, author, and Hobie pro-staffer Cory Routh of Ruthless Outdoor Adventures will offer tips and tactics for kayak enthusiasts. Jackson Kayak pro-staffer Herschel Finch will demonstrate proper kayak rigging and safety techniques.

A variety of brand new free and paid specialty classes will be offered this year. Micro-Brews 101, taught by Steam Bell Beer Works owner Tom Cooper, is sure to be a hit. Shannon Horton of Horton Vineyards will impart essential wine knowledge to attendees in the new Wine and Food Pairing 101 class. Both of these classes are included in the general admission fee and are open to all attendees. Also new this year is a Streamer Tactics class taught by author George Daniel and an Advanced Nymph Fishing Tactics class taught by well-known angler and author Jason Randall. All paid specially classes are first come, first served and include general admission to the festival for the day of the class.

Returning this year are Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Children 12 to 16 years old will learn the basics of fly fishing and fly casting with Paul Kearney of Trout Unlimited’s Tri-State Conservation Camp. All 3FC classes and materials will be provided at no cost to festival attendees.

Attention, Boy Scouts: You can earn your Fly Fishing Merit Badge at the festival through a program taught in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. This special class is free of charge to every uniformed Boy Scout. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Previous festivals have been popular with families throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including some from as far away as Rhode Island and Georgia. “Our festival brings fly fishing to everyone,” says event director Beau Beasley. “When you tell folks that you can demystify fly fishing for the entire family and offer them a wine-tasting experience to boot–well, frankly, it’s a pretty easy sell.” Recently Beasley sat down for a podcast interview with Rob Snowhite of Fly Fishing Consultants. To hear the interview and learn more about the Virginia Fly & Wine Festival and the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, click here.

For more information about the 2018 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.

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“Spirit of Giving” from Loon Outdoors

In the spirit of the generosity of the season, Loon Outdoors is hosting a “Spirit of Giving” gear giveaway from brands such as Sage, Redington, Patagonia, Costa, Loon, Yeti, and RIO. The online giveaway will run from December 1st through December 8th. Winners will be chosen on the 9th. Enter here for your chance to win.

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Outdoor Retailer Announces Show Dates for 2019-2022

Outdoor Retailer has announced dates for its trade shows for 2019-2022. The five-year calendar “reaffirms Outdoor Retailer’s commitment to Denver, CO and the Colorado Convention Center, which will host all of Outdoor Retailer’s tradeshows.”

Read more in the press release below.

Outdoor Retailer Announces Show Dates for 2019-2022

Outdoor Retailer set dates for its 2019-2022 trade shows. Starting in November 2018, Outdoor Retailer moves to the beginning of the seasonal buying cycles, positioning the national show as the launch event and epicenter for innovation and ideas for the outdoor industry.

“By re-establishing Outdoor Retailer as a launch event,” explains Marisa Nicholson, VP and show director for all Outdoor Retailer events, “the shows are able to influence ‘how’ retailers buy, rather than ‘when’ they buy. Retailers will have the opportunity to see the entire range of products available and gather intel about trends and industry initiatives. The deadlines stay the same, but the retailers will have more information. They see what’s possible, they analyze their sell through so that when they sit down at regional shows with their reps, they can maximize their open-to-buy dollars and minimize order changes. Brands benefit from early retailer feedback to guide forecasting and production. And the industry benefits from everyone coming together.”

The five-year calendar begins with the previously announced 2018 dates and extends through 2022, reaffirming Outdoor Retailer’s commitment to Denver, CO and the Colorado Convention Center, which will host all of Outdoor Retailer’s tradeshows:

2018

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show: January 25-28
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: July 23-26
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: November 8-11

2019

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show: January 8-11
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: June 17-20
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: November 5-8

2020

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show: January 7-10
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: June 22-25
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: November 9-12

2021

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show: January 11-14
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: June 14-17
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: November 15-18

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Fly Fishing Show Gears Up for 2018

The schedule for the 2018 Fly Fishing Show will feature seven shows and will feature the top talent in the country presenting on a range of topics. “It’s the greatest fly-fishing event in the country,” says show president and CEO Ben Furimsky, “impacting the most people, and bringing out the greatest array of personalities, authors and experts.”

Read more in the press release below.

Fly Fishing Show Gears Up for 2018

SOMERSET, Penn. – With Year 2018 looming on the horizon, the Fly Fishing Show® staff is determining guest speakers, show personalities, casting and fly-tying demonstrators, and all that goes into the national event.

The New Year will offer seven shows, each two or three days in length, from Denver to Atlanta to Seattle and back to Pennsylvania.  Said Fly Fishing Show president and CEO, “It’s the greatest fly-fishing event in the country, impacting the most people, and bringing out the greatest array of personalities, authors and experts.”

He continued, “… Scheduling personalities is a bit of a juggling act in that some people are national figures, Gary Borger or Lefty Kreh, for example, while others have greater regional appeal such as steelhead anglers in the Seattle area, Chattahoochee River guides in Georgia or Sierra trout experts in Northern California.”

A partial list of 2018 Fly Fishing Show presentations include:

  • Denver, January 5, 6 and 7:  George Daniel, Wendy Gunn, Simon Gawesworth, Taylor Edrington,  Pat Dorsey and Landon Mayer;
  • Marlborough, Mass., January 19, 20 and 21: Bob Clouser, Ed Engle, John Shaner and Jeff Currier;
  • Edison, NJ (formerly Somerset), January 26, 27 and 28: Edison, NJ (formerly Somerset), January 26, 27 and 28:  Daniel, Clouser, Tim Flagler, Jason Randall and Tom Gilmore;
  • Atlanta, February 2 and 3: Bruce Chard, Henry Cowan, Wendell ‘Ozzie’ Ozefovch, Blackburn and Daniel Galhardo;
  • Lynnwood, Wash. (Seattle),  February 17 and 18: Skip Morris, Brian Chan, Denny Rickards and Phil Rowley;
  • Pleasanton, Calif., February 23, 24 and 25: Tom Boyd, Ernie Gulley, Gunn, Currier, Shaner and Gawesworth;
  • Lancaster, Penn., March 3 and 4: Clouser, Daniel, Joe Humphreys, Engle, Shaner and Tom Baltz.
  • Gary Borger is slated for both demonstrations and class instruction at all 2018 events.

For additional casting and fly-tying personalities, authors, door prizes and schedules, visit www.flyfishingshow.com/

Contact:

The Fly Fishing Show
531 North Center Ave.
Suite 102
Somerset, PA 15501

Ben Furimsky
(814) 443-3638
[email protected]

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27th International Fly Tying Symposium Moves to New Home in Lancaster, Penn.

For its 27th year, The International Fly Tying Symposium will move to a new location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 2017 event will be held November 11-12.

Read more in the press release below.

27th International Fly Tying Symposium Moves to New Home in Lancaster, Penn.

SOMERSET, Penn. – The art tying of artificial flies to attract fish might well be the world’s second oldest sport. That centuries-old heritage and tradition will be celebrated at the 27th annual International Fly Tying Symposium in Lancaster, Penn., Nov. 11-12.

While fly-tying tools and materials have evolved over the eons, the basic principles of the art of turning fur and feathers into artificial fish-catching insects can be traced to the Macedonians in about the year 200 A.D.

The 2018 Symposium is scheduled for the ballroom of the Lancaster Marriott Hotel, 25 So. Queen St., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sat.; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sun. “The longtime prior Symposium venue in New Jersey was closed, necessitating the move,” said director Chuck Furimsky.

Symposium admission is $15 on Sat., $12 on Sun. or $22 for a weekend pass. Children under age 16 are free.

“Lancaster is a beautiful, historic, family-friendly city and the Marriott ballroom facilities and amenities – including lighting, audio-visual equipment and food service – is modern and first rate,” Furimsky added.

In addition to some 100 tiers from the United States demonstrating their techniques and skills, there will be representation from the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Free seminars will be offered hourly from 10 a.m. to late afternoon both Sat. and Sun. covering topics that include Live Insect Identification, Designing Flies that Trigger Strikes, Dry Flies and Matching The Hatch, Development of the Wet Fly, Finding Success with Emergers and Late Fall Fly Fishing.

Featured fly tiers include Bob Clouser, “My Latest New Patterns;” Tim Flagler, “Flies That Catch Fish and Are Easy to Tie;” Charlie Craven, “My Favorite Patterns;” Blane Chocklet, “Trigger Flies and Game Changers;” Daniel Galhardo, “Tying and Fishing Tankara Flies;” and Robert Smith, “Soft Hackle Techniques.”

Writers scheduled to sign books at an author’s booth include Clouser, Fishy Fullum, Matt Grobert, Craven, Len Lichvar, Hen Ramsey, Rich Strolis and Charlie Green.

There will be limited participation fee classes both Sat. and Sun., 8:30 to 11 a.m. Class registration is $80. Classes are scheduled to be taught by Jerome Coviello, hair spinning and stacking, intermediate; Craven, new patterns, intermediate; Chocklett, new tying techniques, intermediate; Matthew Green, identify and imitate insects, all levels; and Tim Cammisa, tying flies that have won international competitions, intermediate.

The Symposium will feature a Sat. night Fly Tier’s Banquet.

For ticket information, class registration and the banquet, phone (814) 443-3638. Credit cards accepted.

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