Edison’s fly fishing show this weekend is the biggest in the world
EDISON – With over $ 40,000 in national door prizes up for grabs, East Coast anglers have their eyes on the annual Fly Fishing Show, which runs Friday January 26 through Sunday January 2.8 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center. Parking is free.
The facility, located at 97 Sunfield Ave. in Edison, will host a three day fly fishing weekend with hourly seminars, casting demonstrations, fly tying, destination movies, a fly fishing showcase for women and new material on display.
The Fly Fishing ShowÂ® hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $ 18 for one day, $ 28 for two days and $ 38 for three days. Children under 5 are free, as are scouts under 16 in uniform. Children under 12 are $ 5. Active military personnel with ID cost $ 10.
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According to a press release, the 250 exhibitors spread over 340 stands make it the largest fly fishing fair in the world. Exhibitors include foreign and domestic fishing tackle makers, retailers, artists, writers, lodges, resorts, guide services, and conservation organizations – many of which offer sales incentives and âShow specialsâ.
National door prizes include trips to Pesca Maya, Ascension Bay, Mexico, $ 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; Icelandic 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; Watercraft Water Master, $ 1,695; trip with Big Horn Angler, MT, $ 1,650; seven nights at Weatherby’s Maine Sporting Lodge, $ 1,603; guided fishing Davidson River Outfitters, NC, $ 1,500; Fishheads San Juan River Lodge, New Mexico, $ 1,500; Siegler Big Game Reel, $ 1,500; and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures travel gift certificate, $ 1,500.
Local and regional door prizes will also be awarded.
Casting demonstrations are scheduled by Gary Borger, Landon Mayer, Jeff Currier, Bob Clouser, Cathy Beck and Simon Gawesworth.
Featured flight levels include Borger, Pat Dorsey, Enrico Puglisi, Clouser, Ed Engle, and Philip Rowley.
There are 24 courses with experts in fly tying and casting open for registration in advance. Course fees are $ 85 and include admission to the show for that day. Some of the classes are Fly Casting with Bob Clouser, Casting with Alice Owsley, Advanced Nymph Fishing Techniques with Jason Randall, Trout Hunting 101 with Landon Mayer, Selective Streamer Strategies with George Daniel, Women Only Casting with Sheila Hassan and Casting Strategies with Gary Borger.
Others are Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle, Euronymphing Workshop with Jason Randall, Fly Tying with Joe Cordiero, Spey Casting Basics with Rick Kustich, Progressive Nymphing with George Daniel, European Nymphing 101 with Phil Rowley, Dry Fly Academy with Nate Brumley, The Perfect Cast with Gary Borger, Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle and Fly Casting with Bob Clouser; Youth Fly Fishing with Josh Miller, Simplifying Steelhead Streamers with Greg Senyo, Advanced Stillwater Strategies with Phil Rowley, Women Only Casting with Cathy Beck, The Wet Fly Swing for Steelhead and Beyond with Rick Kustich and Winter on a Dry Fly with Nate Brumley.
Fly Fishers International (FFI) will host a free learning center with casting, fly tying, tying, rigging and choosing a fly.
The Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase is dedicated to women-centered discussions, presentations, learning opportunities and networking. A stand-alone exhibition area for women will include stands for women fishing with equipment, clothing and accessories.
Among the nearly 50 Destination Theater performances per day are programs on the Madison River, Freshwater Dorado in Argentina, Bonefishing in the Bahamas, Monster Brookies of Labrador, Southern Belize, Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike, Fly Fishing the Carolinas, Advanced Dry Fly Fishing, Baja (Mexico) Fly Fishing Roosterfish, wading license apartments, Henry’s Fork and surrounding waters, Baby Tarpon in Campeche, stalking trout in Yellowstone country and Southwest Pennsylvania Spring Creeks.
Seminars include Top Level Trout Fishing, Nymph Strategies, Giant Speckled Trout, Western Back Waters Fly Fishing, Carp Basics, Year Round Striped Bass Fly, the opportunistic fisherman, simple drying for sophisticated trout and what the trout sees.
In total, around twenty 60-minute seminars are scheduled each day in three theaters.
The East Coast premiere of the 2018 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is scheduled for January 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 in advance or $ 15 at the door. Film Festival presentations include “
- “Mako”, fly 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 strongholds
- “Focus”, oversized rainbow trout on a dry fly
- “Outside by the River”, Atlantic salmon in Canada
- “Seriously North”, the largest Arctic char in the world
- “Rio de Gigentes”, big bass of Amazonian peacock.
In addition, an author’s stand offers the possibility of registering books and âtalking about fly fishingâ with the best fishermen in the country.
John Shaner in the Hardy Cabin will clean and lubricate any Hardy reel and provide a brief history of the manufacture of each reel.
For course registration or a complete list of Destination Theater presentations, seminars, bleachers and casting demos, visit flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/; or dial 814-443-3638.