|Northern California’s fresh- and saltwater recreational anglers will shrug off winter’s cabin fever to focus hearts and minds on dream vacations along with all the new tools that make the sport what it is at the annual Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 23-25 in the Alameda County Fairgrounds. |
The fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., will play host to the three-day weekend potpourri of all-things-fly-fishing with hourly seminars, casting demonstrations, fly-tying, destination films, a Fly Fishing Film Festival and the newest tackle and clothing in a sold-out exhibition hall.
Fly Fishing Show® hours are 10 am-6 pm, Fri.; 9 am-5:30 pm, Sat.; and 9 am-4:30 pm Sun. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under 16 in uniform. Children under 12 are $5. Military with ID are $10.
Exhibitor booths include both foreign and domestic tackle manufacturers, retailers, lodges, resorts, guide services and conservation organizations – many offering discounted sales incentives and “show specials.”
Among the more than $40,000 in national show door prizes are trips to Pesca Maya, Ascension Bay, Mex., $5,692; Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada;, $5,350; Grand Slam Lodge, Argentina, $3,750; Nervous Waters at Pira Lodge, Argentina, $3,400; Nervous Waters at Chime Lodge Argentina, $3,000; Andros Island Bonefish Club, Bahamas, $2,900; Iceland fishing guide trip, $2,200; Soaring Eagle Lodge, San Juan River, New Mexico, $1,980; and Trout Hunter, Henry’s Fork at Last Chance, Idaho, $1,900.
Others include an original oil painting by Ryan Keene of KRArt, $1,800; Water Master personal watercraft, $1,695; trip with Big Horn Angler, Montana, $1,650; seven nights at Weatherby’s Maine Sporting Lodge, $1,603; guided fishing Davidson River Outfitters, North Carolina, $1,500; Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, New Mexico, $1,500; Siegler Big Game Reel, $1,500; and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures trip gift certificate, $1,500.
Local and regional door prizes will also be awarded.
Fly casting demonstrations are scheduled by Gary Borger, Simon Gawesworth, Jeff Currier, Wendy Gunn, Landon Mayer, Mary Ann Dozer and Philip Rowley.
Featured fly tiers include Dan Blanton, Borger, Mayer, Enrico Puglisi, Nate Brumley, Rob Anderson, Ed Engle and Rowley.
Fifteen classes with fly-tying and casting experts are open for advance registration. Class fees are $85 and include admission to the Fly Fishing Show for that day. Classes are Intro to Fly Casting with Mary Ann Dozer, Trout Hunting 101 with Landon Mayer, Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle, The Perfect Cast with Gary Borger, Basics of Spey Casting with Floyd Dean, Advanced Stillwater Strategies with Phil Rowley;
Winter on a Dry Fly with Nate Brumley, Casting Strategies with Borger, Situational Casting with Dean, Dry Fly Academy with Brumley, For Women Only with Wendy Gunn, and Euro Nymphing 101 with Rowley.
Fly Fishers International (FFI) will host a free learning center with casting, fly-tying, knot tying, rigging and choosing a fly.
Among the 100+ Destination Theater presentations are programs are The Madison River – When and Where to Fish, Best of Baja – East Cape to Mag Bay, Pyramid Lake, Fly Fishing in Patagonia, The Minipi: Where Giants Swim, Eastern Sierra on the Fly, Fly Fishing Seasons at Crowley Lake, Montana’s Kootenai Country and Christmas Island Bonefish.
Seminars include Fly Fishing for Delta Bass, Nymphing from Top to Bottom, Tactics for Tough Days, San Luis Reservoir on the Fly, Fly Fishing Tailwaters and Trout Tactics. There are eight 60-minute seminars scheduled each day.
The Northern California premiere of the 2018 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Film Festival presentations include –
• Mako, sharks off San Diego;
• Fishing Beyond the River, in search of the elusive blue mahseer in Thailand;
• The Merging of All Things, bull trout in one of their last bastions;
• Focus, oversize rainbow trout on a dry fly;
• Outside by the River; Atlantic salmon in Canada;
• Seriously North, the largest Arctic char in the world; and
• Rio de Gigentes, large Amazon peacock bass.
An Author’s Booth offers the opportunity to have books inscribed and “talk fly-fishing.”
For class registration or a complete list of Destination Theater presentations, seminars, door prizes, fly tiers and casting demonstrations, visit flyfishingshow.com/pleasanton-ca/ or phone (814) 443-3638.