Fly fishing gear from rods and reels to boots, boats, clothing, accessories, and worldwide vacation lodges to enjoy it all are featured at the Marlborough Fly Fishing Show, Jan. 20-23 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.
The show facility is at 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough; the adjacent Best Western Royal Plaza is the show hotel with discounted accommodations. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Parking is free. Fly Fishing Show® 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 age 16 in uniform. Children 6-12 are $5. Active military with an ID are $10.
Manufacturers, retailers and individual craftsmen will fill the exhibit hall booths with all that’s new for 2023. Concurrently, classes, seminars, and demonstrations will go on continuously during the three day potpourri of the sport. There will be 22 Classes with the Experts including those with Gary Borger, Jason Randall, Joe Cordiero, Alan Caolo, Phil Rowley, Ed Engle, Landon Mayer, Steve Culton, and Women Only sessions with Sheila Hassan along with nine free daily seminars including Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons with Randall, Trout Tips with Mayer, Fly Fishing Warm Water with Jeff Currier, Terrestrial Tactics with Ed Lombardo, How to Find Trout in Lakes with Rowley, Fishing the Film with Dr. Borger, Fly Fishing Maine with Bob Mallard, and an Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing with Currier. Classes with Experts registration is $90 and includes admission to the show for that day.
Destination Theater presentations include the Upper Connecticut River, Labrador’s Monster Brookies, Fly Fishing on Martha’s Vineyard, Fishing for Tailing Permit, Cape Breton Island, the Kootenai and Yaak rivers, Florida Spring Tarpon, Smallmouth Bass in New Hampshire, the Out Islands of the Bahamas, Wade Fishing for Summer Smallmouth, and Fly Fishing in Iceland. Fly-casting demonstrations are slated daily by Nick Conklin, Currier, Lombardo, Hassan, Borger, Mayer and Tenkara with Luong Tam.
More than $30,000 worth of national door prizes will be awarded including a week’s guided fishing for two anglers at Tarpon Caye Lodge, Belize, valued at $8,400; SET’s Spring Creek Lodge in Northern Patagonia for one, $5,450; a $5,000 credit on any Fish Partner Iceland trip listed on their website; five night, four days fishing package at Swains Cay Lodge, Bahamas Out Islands valued at $4,685; and two night, two days of fishing at the Big Land Lodge, Labrador, Canada, valued at approximately $4,000. A complete list of door prizes is on The Fly Fishing Show website.
The north-east premiere of the 2023 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Among the 10 films to be screened are: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Damsel, with oversized tiger trout, a prolific damsel fly hatch, and an obscure mountain lake; Of the Sea, Of the Sea, brothers explore the elusive Banco Chinchorro off the coast of Xcalak; Jacks, giant trevally attacking from deep ocean water; Father Nature, a guided trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park; A Slam that Saves, four species of bass found only in the Appalachians; and Dollar Dog, Atlantic salmon in Cape Breton’s Margaree River. Others include The Focus, a story of three anglers who revisit a remote mountain stream; Chesapeake – A Love Letter to a Watershed, the landscapes and environments of a special place; and Gold Fever, undiscovered water in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
For all films, classes, seminars, door prizes, and demonstrations visit www.flyfishingshow.com/marlborough-ma/ or phone +1 (814) 443-3638.
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