Closing in on the outdoor show season |

Closing in on the outdoor show season

The 2008 outdoor show season will begin with the Northern California edition of the International Sportsmen’s Expositions in San Mateo and Sacramento. The San Mateo show will kick things off from Jan. 10-13 and the Sacramento show the following week, Jan. 17-20.

For fishing enthusiasts, these shows have a little something for every type of fishing. Whether you fish from a boat and troll, throw lures, fly fish or bait fish, the experts available at these shows can help you become a better angler.

For fly fishermen, well-known names such as Jack Dennis, Brian Okeefe, Dan Blanton and Denny Rickards are just a few of the notables that will be in attendance to share their knowledge. There are many others, including locals such as Jamie Lyle, Randy Johnson and Mikey Weir.

Expert anglers will share their knowledge at the show at the California Sportsmen Theater, the Ultimate Bass Aquarium Tank, the Fly Casting Pond and the Fly-Fishing and Tying Theater. Many different forms of fishing will be covered as well as many different species of fish in both fresh and saltwater.

The amazing list of exhibitors will include hundreds of vendors showing off fishing equipment of all sorts from reels to boats, adventure travel fishing destinations, fishing guides and lodges from around the world.

It is literally a candy store for fishermen!

Because many anglers do not fish during the winter months, an individual can let himself improve his skills and dream of the upcoming season. Shows are a great venue for the outdoors enthusiast and the ISE shows are among the best that are offered.

The San Mateo show is on its 31st year and has become an annual must-see. While the Sacramento show has not been in existence as long, it has grown steadily and is now nearly as large as the San Mateo show.

The San Mateo show will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center and the Sacramento show at the Cal Expo, California State Fairgrounds. Shows hours vary slightly at both locations.

On Thursday and Friday both locations open at noon, with San Mateo closing at 8 p.m. and Sacramento closing an hour later at 9. On Saturday both shows open at 10 a.m., with San Mateo closing at 7 p.m. and Sacramento at 8 p.m. On Sunday both shows open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Cost of admission is $12 for general admission with children 12 and younger free. Parking at both locations will cost $7 per car.

Check out all of the details on these shows online at The site has schedules of all of the events, and you may also purchase your tickets online.

If you are willing to take a road trip with some friends, the shows offer a fun alternative for those who are feeling housebound.

Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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