Friday, January 24, 2014

Fly Fishing & Outdoor Shows 2014

Fishing Show Calendar for 2013 - 2014
This is a listing of fly fishing and outdoor shows that are available through October 2014.
Most of the shows in the list offer fly fishing related presentations, demonstrations and exhibits by local, regional and nationally known personalities. Manufacturers and retailers of fly fishing products and services generally attend these shows to exhibit and sell their products and services. There are lots of opportunities at these shows to learn about fly fishing and outdoor related activities. Be sure to visit some of these shows this season and don’t forget to support their important fundraising efforts.
Check show websites to confirm dates, locations, programs, speakers, etc., before you plan your trip.

Thanks to NIFTY Member Dick D. for putting this together. 

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo
January 23-26, 2014
Location: Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL
Fishing show with lots of exhibitors/vendors/programs, limited fly fishing materials/programs.

Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition
January 24 – 26, 2014
Location: Spruce Meadows Equiplex, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Speakers: Jim McClennan, Al Ritt, Derek Bird, April Vokey, Rick Hafele, Jeff Wagner and others speaking about fly fishing. This is a really big show with lots of speakers, vendors, fly tying demonstrations and more than 100 exhibitors.

Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show 9th Annual
January 25, 2014
Location: Fern Valley Inn and Conference Center, Louisville, KY
Sponsor is the Derby City Fly Fishers.
Featured speaker is Davy Wotton. Davy Wotton's interest in fly fishing started in the 1950's when he watched his first trout caught by a fly fisherman. His professional career began in the early 1960s as a professional fly tier. Davy has developed and manufactured both fly tying and fly fishing products. Davy is a professional guide on the White River in Arkansas and one of the top experts on this river.
The one day event is focused strictly on fly fishing and the tools that allow us to pursue the sport. The show will introduce fly fishing to a beginner audience as well as offer expert instruction and information to the advanced fly fisher. The show includes over 40 exhibits. Casting demonstrations and seminars will be presented throughout the day. A number of folks will be also be demonstrating the craft of fly tying and they have the “kids corner” where children of all ages are welcome to tie a fly.

Spring Opener – Badger Fly Fishers
February 8, 2014
Location: Radisson Hotel (West), Madison, WI
Featured speaker is Davy Wotton. Davy Wotton's interest in fly fishing started in the 1950's when he watched his first trout caught by a fly fisherman. His professional career began in the early 1960s as a professional fly tier. Davy has developed and manufactured both fly tying and fly fishing products. Davy is a professional guide on the White River in Arkansas and one of the top experts on this river.

The 8th Great Lakes Fly Tiers Symposium
February, 2014
Location: Summit on the Park Conference Center, Canton, MI
Dozens of well known and creative fly tyers demonstrating their tying skills.

TroutFest ‘14 – Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited
February 22, 2014
Location: Fin ‘N Feather, Winneconne, WI
Speakers: CWTU’s TroutFest '14 includes 10 mini-seminars, raffles, fly tying demos, artisans, water monitoring and stream work day volunteers, youth fly tying instruction, guides,outfitters.

Madison Fishing Expo
February 21 -23, 2014
Location: Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Big outdoors/fishing show with some fly fishing vendors/programs.

Celebration of Fly Tying – Hosted by the Grand River Fly Tiers
February, 2014
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 5830 Clyde Park, Wyoming, MI
Speakers: In the past fly tiers have included: Dennis Potter, Chris Soule, Ray Schmidt, Kevin Feenstra, and other great fly tiers.

Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association
Date TBA
Location: TBA
Speakers: TBA

Bronzeback Blowout – Illinois Smallmouth Alliance
Location: American Legion Hall, Elmhurst, IL (suburban Chicago)
March 1, 2014
Speaker: To be announced

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show 2012
March 5 - 9, 2014
Location: Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, WI
Huge outdoors/fishing/hunting show. Limited fly fishing programs.

Canoecopia – Rutabaga Paddlesport Shop
March 7 - 9, 2014
Location: Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports, Madison, WI
Experience the best antidote for March's cabin fever! Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with over 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. Over 150 seminars, speakers and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can be inspired and learn everything you need to know to select, purchase and use the perfect gear for your style of paddling. Want to paddle local ponds? Considering an expedition? Want to fish from a kayak? Join over 20,000 paddling enthusiasts from beginners to experts to experience Canoecopia! Save the
dates and plan to join paddlers from around the world at Canoecopia 2014.

2013 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo (the granddaddy of fly fishing shows)
March 8 & 9, 2014
Location: Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren, MI
Sponsored by the Michigan Fly Fishing Club
Speakers to be announced …… show has demonstrations and programs on fly tying, fly casting, seminars and more in 61,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Website has information on the 2013 show to help pique your interest in this show.

Sowbug Roundup – Arkansas 17th Annual Show
March 20, 21, 22, 2014
Hours 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each day
Location: Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, AR
Speakers: Demonstrations by 100+ expert tyers from across the country and Europe. Plus fly fishing demonstrations, vendors, etc.

Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo – Minneapolis
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Speakers: TBA

Sandy River Spey Clave 2014 (14th Annual Clave)
May 16, 17, 18, 2014
Location: Sandy River, Welches, Oregon
Sponsored by: The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, Oregon
This spey fishing show has numerous spey fishing gurus participating in this event. Programs and schedules are being developed. Website has information on prior shows.

Coon Creek Troutfest
Date: TBA
Location: Coon Valley, WI
Sponsored by TU, Driftless Angler, and many more
Activities: Fly tying demos, vendors, kids events, cookout, car show, canoe & kayak demos, etc.

Fly Fishing and Casting Event on the St Joe.
Single to Switch to Spey, All in a Day
Saturday, August 2, 2014: 09:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Location: Shamrock Park, Berrien Springs, Michigan
Hosted by Doug Taylor and associates
If you like to fly fish and always wanted to know more about Single, Switch or Spey Casting, this is the show for you.

2014 - Great Lakes Spey Fest
September 27, 2014
Location: Henning Park in Newaygo, MI
The Great Lakes Spey Shop, Rockford, MI has hosted this event for several years. The show features “Everything Spey” that you could want. The 2013 show featured presentations and demonstrations by:
Rick Whorwood, a FFF certified Two Handed Casting Instructor from Ontario, Canada. Kevin Feenstra is a Muskegon River fishing guide, fly designer and tyer, DVD video star. Pete Humphreys a FFF Certified Two Hand Casting Instructor. His program was about casting two handed rod set ups for Skagit, Scandi, and traditional lines. Gary Kalinka is the West Michigan “Godfather of the Long belly Line”. He demonstrated competition casting techniques (that means really, really long and perfect casts).
Rick Kustich, the author of “Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead”, and “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead” discussed steelhead fishing in Great Lakes tributaries.

Grand River Spey Clave
October 4 – 5, 2014
Location: Brant Conservation Area, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Presenters include Dec Hogan (Utah), Michael Mauri (Pennsylvania), Walt Geryk (New York), Travis Johnson (Oregon), Courtney Ogilvie (British Columbia) and Adrienne Comeau (Alberta).
Vendors include Amundson, Simms, Echo, Airflo, Rio, Snowbee, G.Loomis, Sage, Redington, Loop Canada, Beulah, McKenzie DTX, Scientific Anglers, Lamson, Hardy, Greys & Islander.
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