The series of consumer Fly Fishing Shows across the United States are establishing an industry focus as more people from the trade take advantage of the events as meeting places to do business.
That’s the view of Fly Fishing Shows Managing Director, Ben Furimsky. He was talking to Angling International (magazine and website) following last weekend’s record breaking event in Edison, New Jersey, which hosted the former Somerset show for the very first time. The three-day fair attracted 13,500 visitors, making it the biggest attendance for a consumer event of its kind in the U.S.
“We are seeing more and more members of the trade attending across all our shows. It is more apparent in New Jersey, but there is a definite trend emerging. The shows are becoming networking opportunities for people within the trade, including manufacturers and dealers. “Some companies are taking booths with an eye on doing business within the trade as well as dealing with the consumers who come to the show. They have more to lose by not being at the show than they have to gain.”
Furimsky added that alongside Edison, the preceding fly shows of 2018 – in Denver, Colorado, and Marlborough, Massachusetts – had exceeded expectations. “We are on a roll,” he said. “It was our best ever Denver event with a record number of visitors and exhibitors and the first two days in Marlborough were very busy. The last one was hit by the New England Patriots game. The team has a very strong fanbase in the region so that was to be expected and was beyond our control.”
The next show would takes place in Atlanta, Georgia (February 2 and 3), and Furimsky expected ‘significant’ growth in the number of attendees in what will be its second year. Other remaining shows on the calendar are in Lynnwood, WA (February 17 and 18), Pleasanton, CA (February 23 – 25) and Lancaster (March 3 and 4).