Fly-fishers and those who “wanna be one” await the third annual Fly Fishing Show as it kicks off the 2020 angling season, Jan. 24-26 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.
With expanded exhibitor space, producers promise more manufacturers and retail store displays of the newest fly rods, reels, lines, boots, waders, clothing and flies plus guide services and lodges during the three day mid-winter run. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Parking is free.
In addition to resorts and exotic destinations, show visitors looking for fishing vacation destinations can view continuous seminars and trip presentations ranging from Atlantic Salmon on the Restigouche to albacore and big reds in North Carolina. The show will have about 15 seminars, demonstrations and Destination Theater presentations each hour.
Among the 50 how-to-do-it seminars are An Introduction to Trout Spey by Tim Flagler, Mastering the Short Game with Landon Mayer, Mountain Trout with Joe Humphreys, Really Matching the Hatch with Gary Borger, Streamer Tactics 2.0 with George Daniel, and Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing with Jeff Currier.
Casting demonstrations include those by Humphreys, Borger, Cathy Beck, Currier, Mac Brown, Simon Gawesworth and Landon Mayer. Featured fly tiers include Henry Cowen, Philip Rowley, Pat Dorsey, Tim Cammisa, Ed Engle, Flagler and Borger.
A continuous Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase will feature women-centered discussions, learning opportunities and discussions along with separate exhibitor venues with specialty booths catering to female anglers. There will be 35 classes with experts. Class registration is $85 except for an 8-hour advanced casting class with Borger and Brown on Jan. 23. Tuition is $625. More than $50,000 worth of door prizes including a week-long $11,000 value trip to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean will be awarded.
Scouts in uniform can earn credits toward a fly fishing merit badge. The regional premiere of the 2020 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is Fri. (1/24) at 6:30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Fly Fishing Show® admission is $18 for one day, $28 for two days and $38 for three days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under age 16 in uniform. Children 6-12 are $5. Active military with an ID are $10.
For a complete list of fly-fishing films, classes with experts, seminars, door prizes, demonstrations and the Scout Merit Badge program, visit flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/ or phone +1 (814) 443-3638.
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