The Fly Fishing Show – America’s annual traveling homage to fish, fly rods, and a passion for the game – returns to successful locations for 2011, unveils a new show and moves to a different venue in the Carolinas.
Denver begins the 2011 season when the Fly Fishing Show makes its 11th visit to Colorado at Denver’s Merchandise Mart, January 7, 8 and 9. The traditional Denver opening will be followed by –
• Marlborough, Mass., Royal Plaza Trade Center; January 14, 15 and 16.
• Somerset, NJ, the largest 100% fly fishing show in the world with over 200 exhibitors, nearly 100 demonstration fly tiers, and more than 100 seminars in three days, January 21, 22, and 23.
• In North Carolina, the show has relocated from Charlotte to the Raleigh Fairgrounds, January 29 and 30.
“The new location has a huge number of fly-fishers, free parking, a modern facility and reasonable lodging, which all makes this more exciting,” said Chuck Furimsky, show owner. The college atmosphere of the Durham/Raleigh area and the highly rated Raleigh airport gives this destination great opportunity for the show to attract a huge crowd.
The show then returns to Pasadena, at the Pasadena Convention Center February 19 and 20; and in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds February 25, 26 and 27, covering the California fly-fishing hubs in the highly populated northern and southern parts of the state. The Pleasanton event is now the only show in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A final show, new for 2011, is the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Show at the Valley Forge Convention Center, near Philadelphia, March 5 and 6. “This new show has generated enormous excitement for the huge numbers of fly-fishers in the eastern Pennsylvania-western New Jersey area,” said Furimsky.
In addition to a balance of exhibitors including fly-fishing dealers, lodges, artists and rod makers, a number of fly-fishing’s largest manufacturers will return with impressive exhibits of new-for-2011 products. “The recent economic downturn caused a few manufacturers to go on hiatus exhibiting at shows, but they’re back . . . bigger and better than ever,” stated Furimsky.
Expanding and continuing in 2011 is a successful Fly Fishing Show teaching partnership with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Their volunteer staff will again teach casting, fly tying, and fly-fishing techniques, free. The success of this special show area has brought numerous beginners to the sport and energized those who have been moderate fly-fishers.
For all show information, exhibitor applications and contracts, seminar titles, celebrity speakers and tiers, see their website at www.flyfishingshow.com or call 814-443-3638.