Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter Fly Fishing Shows

One thing I like to do to try to interrupt the cabin fever that sets in during the winter tying months is attend The Fly Fishing Show.  This year there are two shows that will be held in my vicinity and I plan on attending both.  The first is being held in Somerset, NJ as it has been for as long as I've been attending.  This is the biggest show I've ever attended.  One could stay all three days and still not see and do everything that there is.  My plan of attack is to pick out the seminars that I want to attend, this year I'm going saltwater heavy for this show.  I'm excited to hear the guys from Shore Catch Guide Services talk about bait and their profiles and also fishing from beaches and jetties.  I'm also looking forward to seeing Bob Popovics tie up some patterns and I'm going to pick up his book Popfleyes as well.  When I'm not in seminars, I like to walk around the floor and check out new gear and featured tiers to see what is new and exciting in the world of fly fishing.  I usually have a few things I'm looking to purchase and this year is no different.  In addition to Popfleyes, I'm looking to pick up George Daniel's book on Dynamic Nymphing, Aaron Jasper's new DVD European Nymphing A Strategic Approach, and a few small tying items.  Once I get these items and have a chance to digest them, look for reviews in future posts.

The other show I will attend is in a new location in Lancaster, PA in February.  This show will be more focused on PA and trout, which will be nice since that is my main focus in fly fishing currently.  Joe Humphries will be at this show and despite what you think about him or his affiliations, he is a great fly fisherman and I savor every opportunity to listen to the man that I can.  I will give more details on this show as it approaches.

Anyone know of any other shows happening this winter?


  1. I'll be lucky if I make it to any of the shows. But on another note, I did get Popfleyes for christmas and it's awesome...don't know how somebody could come up with some of the patterns. Wishing it was spring already to hit the salt again.

  2. I'd heard nothing but good reviews for Popfleyes. We'll have to hit the salt this spring and see how the different patterns work for us.