Home to the vast Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds, the American Midwest has earned a well-deserved reputation as a fly-fishing mecca for those willing to probe its diverse pockets of holding water with the long rod. An undisputed hot spot for world-class trout and salmon fishing in its Great Lakes Basin, the Midwest region has further improved its clout as a truly remarkable fly-fishing destination through the sport’s relatively new and rapidly-expanding enthusiasm for species like bass, pike, muskellunge and carp. The brave, new world of fly-fishing is, indeed, a warm water love-fest, and while numerous warm water species thrive in the Midwest, the smallmouth bass exists in great numbers and size, giving the almighty trout a run for its money in the battle for the title of fly-fishing’s favorite son.
Such an exceptional and diverse fly-fishing region deserves an equally exceptional fly-fishing show – a special and centrally-located place where fly-fishing enthusiasts, guides and industry representatives can gather to share fly-fishing techniques and information on the latest gear, destinations, fly patterns and more.
That show is the all-new Great American Fly-Fishing Expo, and that place is Indianapolis, Indiana – the Crossroads of America.
The Great American Fly-Fishing Expo will premier February 19-21, 2016 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during opening weekend of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show – the largest sport show in the nation.
Conceived and programmed for the serious fly angler, this three-day fly-fishing-only consumer show will attract and reel in fly-fishing lifestyle enthusiasts with a tempting and artfully tied pattern consisting of quality exhibitors, insightful seminars, and other unique show features. Crossover traffic with the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show will provide additional appeal and value, allowing consumers to set the hook on more great fishing deals and information, and exhibitors to reel in more potential new customers.
Exhibitors are the metaphorical hooks in any effective outdoor show recipe, and the Great American Fly Fishing Expo will have them in both numbers and diversity. From manufacturers and retailers of the latest fly-fishing rods, reels, boats, clothing, fly-tying tools and materials, and accessories, to a who’s who of fly-fishing guides, resorts, lodges and outfitters offering a full-range of angling adventures on the most productive rivers, lakes and streams here in the Midwest and around the world, exhibitors at the inaugural Great American Fly-Fishing Expo will offer up that sweet combination of gear and information that fly anglers crave.
Fly-fishing guides are the true ambassadors of the sport. An intimate knowledge of the waters they fish and ongoing firsthand experience with a full gamut of available gear allows them to cut through the sport’s significant learning curve and get their clients catching fish. Even the most experienced and capable fly anglers will rapidly espouse the merits of fishing with a good guide. Their experience and information is worth top dollar. Experienced and respected fly-fishing guides from around the Midwest will be on-hand at the Great American Fly-Fishing Expo, delivering riveting seminars and speaking one-on-one with attending fly anglers about the whens, wheres, and hows of catching steelhead, trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskie, carp and more in the Midwest’s most prolific fisheries. No guide fee required. Simply come with your ears and your questions.
While anglers, manufacturers, retailers, and guides are each essential parts of the fly-fishing industry, equally critical are the grassroots conservation organizations that have done so much to protect and expand habitat, educate, and improve our enjoyment of the sport of fly-fishing. Along with guides and shops, these organizations are tremendous resources for individuals and families looking to learn more about the sport of fly-fishing. Several such clubs and organizations will not only be exhibiting at the Great American Fly-Fishing Expo, but will also be involved in offering a variety of special features and attractions such as fly casting lessons and demonstrations at the fly casting pond, fly-tying lessons and demonstrations, and educational workshops on fish, habitat and other critical conservation topics.
Have kids? Be sure to bring them along to the Great American Fly Fishing Expo. They’ll be able to tie their own fly with the assistance of expert volunteers, then receive a special “fishing license” they can take to the trout pond and catch a fish on their very own fly.
Our own Midwest region is firmly on the map of global fly-fishing hot spots, offering hundreds of well known and lesser-known world-class fisheries. Now, the Midwest has the premier fly-fishing show to match. Whether you’re a passionate fly-fisherman, guide, club member, retailer, manufacturer, or represent any other aspect of the fly-fishing industry, make plans to cast a line into the fray at the inaugural Great American Fly Fishing Expo, February 19-21, 2016 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Interested fly-fishing industry exhibitors are invited to contact Kevin Renfro, Mitch Renfro or Pete Miller at 877-892-1723 or [email protected] for more information. Space is limited.
About Renfro Productions
The Renfro family has been helping outdoor families and enthusiasts to connect with outdoors industry professionals, the best gear, destinations, information, and improve the quality of their outdoor recreational experiences for over 60 years. Renfro Productions produces and organizes several highly popular and well-attended sports- and recreation-enthusiast consumer shows each year, including the largest sport show in the nation, the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show. Learn more at www.renfroproductions.com.
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