It’s fly-fishing show time for Northwest anglersThe Fly Fishing Show features every form of the sport – fresh to saltwater, river to farm pond
Despite a chill in the air and the lingering effects of a Pacific Northwest winter, local fly-fishers kick off the 2013 season at the Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 16-17 in the Lynnwood Convention Center.
The 2013 edition of the Pacific Northwest Fly Fishing Show will feature a sneak preview of never-before-seen new products from the worldwide fly-fishing industry. The show will be open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun.
Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for both days.
Parking at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street S.W., Lynnwood, is free both show days.
According to show producer Chuck Furimsky, “A record number of exhibitors including tackle manufacturers, retail stores, authors, artists and representatives from angling destinations around the world will converge on the city with a sure cure for late-winter blues with continuous fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations, classes and seminars.”
The Fly Fishing Show features every form of the sport – fresh to saltwater, river to farm pond. Fly-fishing lodges and destination water presentations include the Oregon’s Steelhead Seasons, Montana’s Kootenai River, Fly Fishing for Albies in North Carolina’s Cape Lookout Region, Fly Fishing Regions in the Brazilian Amazon, The Best of Bristol Bay Alaska, Puget Sound Day Trips, Washington Trout and Steelhead and Fly Fishing Throughout the Yucatan.
Ten vacation/travel door prizes and a bronze trout sculpture will be awarded; each trip is for two anglers and includes:
• Intricate Bay Lodge, Alaska;
• East End Lodge, Grand Bahamas;
• Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada;
• Igloo Lake Lodge, Labrador, Canada;
• Natural Retreats Outfitters South Fork Lodge, Idaho
• Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana;
• Steamboat Springs, Colorado;
• Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge, northwestern Ontario, Canada;
• Angling Addiction, Kenai River, Alaska; and
• Avid Angler, Yakima River, Washington.
The bronze trout is from sculptor Mark Hopkins.
Fly-fishing and adventure film fans will have an opportunity to see the two-hour International Fly Fishing Film Festival, Sat. (2/17/13), at 6:30 p.m.
According to International Fly Fishing Film Festival producers, “the showing will consist of short and feature length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.”
Films making their debut include California Trout, Burl Productions; Angry Rain, Castaway Films; Shee Fish, Cross Current Productions; The Last Salmon Forest, Detonation Studios; Surf’s Up, Fly Max Films; Only the River Knows, Kokkaffe Media; SIFF12: Northeast, Peter Laurelli; A Deliberate Life, Silo4; and Competition, Vantage Point Media House.
Film Festival tickets are $15, $10 with advance purchase or $10 with admission to the Fly Fishing Show on Fri.
Destination Theatre programs continue virtually non-stop throughout the show and include Fishing Northwest Colorado, Billfish on the Fly, Flyfishing for Women in Alaska, Jungle Fly Fishing Adventures in Bolivia, Fly Fishing in Western Montana, Northwest Steelheading, Traditional Flies in a Modern Context and Winter Dry Fly Fishing.
“Some Destination Theatre shows will be repeated, others will be shown only once. Besides the theater shows, there will be about 40 tying and casting demonstrations and other fly-fishing shows per day,” said Furimsky.
A complete schedule of Destination Theatre shows, casting demonstrations, featured fly-tiers and seminars is available at http://www.flyfishingshow.com/
Hands-on Classes with the Experts are available for a registration of $80.
Classes and expert instructors are Fly Tying with Gary Borger, Identifying Western Hatches with Rick Hafele, Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle, Tying Flies for Puget Sound with Loren Elliot, Conquering Chironomids with Phillip Rowley and Bamboo Rod Making with C. T. Robertson.
The Classes with the Experts are available only with prior registration at the Fly Fishing Show.
Featured fly tiers during the two-day celebration of all things fly-fishing include Borger, Rowley, Hafele, Engle and Ben Furimsky.
There are two casting ponds for demonstrations. Casting instructors are George Cook, Simon Gawesworth and Borger.
How-to-do-it and where-to-go seminars are scheduled by Chris Santella, John Hazel, Doug Rose, Borger, Elliot, Engle and Rowley.
John Shaner of Hardy Reels will offer free evaluation, maintenance and a complimentary lube kit to everyone bringing any model or age Hardy to the show.