Trade show battle is officially “ON” ASA announces plans to amp up fly-fishing presence at ICAST


Having already garnered considerable support from some key manufacturers in the fly-fishing arena, The American Sportfishing Association is considerably beefing up the fly-fishing focus of the ICAST trade show, already the world’s largest, to take place in the summer of 2023.

We’ll have more to say soon.

Here’s the release:

ICAST 2023 Enhances and Expands Fly Fishing with New Features

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce its plan to significantly enhance the fly fishing sector at ICAST 2023. As the overall recreational fishing industry continues to evolve domestically and internationally, now is the perfect opportunity for companies related to fly fishing to expand their reach in the general market. ICAST is the venue to help them do just that.

At ASA, our goal is to represent the entire recreational fishing community and fly fishing plays a key role in reaching a specific audience of anglers. Most issues related to access, clean water and abundant fisheries overlap both conventional and fly fishing with ASA providing a powerful voice that is heard and respected by the administration, on Capitol Hill and around the country.

Introducing fly fishing as a main category at ICAST 2023, specifically in the New Product Showcase, is yet another benefit ASA is providing to support the enhancement and expansion of the sale of all types of recreational fishing products.

The New Product Showcase will now include an expanded fly fishing presence with the following subcategories:

  • Fly Fishing Rods
  • Fly Fishing Reels
  • Fly Fishing Waders & Wading Boots
  • Fly Fishing Lines, Leaders, Tippet & Line Accessories
  • Fly Fishing Packs, Bags & Luggage
  • Fly Fishing Technical Apparel & Accessories (Other or Miscellaneous)

The winner of these fly fishing categories will be announced during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception along with the standard suite of New Product Showcase category winners. Current showcase definitions and rules will apply.

ICAST Fly Fishing is located on prime exhibit space on the main 20’ aisle reserved for fly fishing specific exhibitors. In addition, the traditional ICASTing Pond will be side-by-side with the FLYCASTing Pond and adjacent to the New Product Showcase.

Also new for 2023 will be the addition of both Non-motorized and Motorized Boating Accessories to the showcase category list and an expansion of the technical apparel categories to include women and men providing more choices for these well populated fields.

As a trade association, ASA offers a suite of benefits for its members that will help any fishing business be more successful and prepared to handle the turbulent years ahead. Our intelligent and connected Government Affairs team has a direct impact on fishing access and conservation issues. No other organization has had as great an impact on recreational fishing than the American Sportfishing Association.

For more information, send your inquiries to [email protected].


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