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Fly fishing show coming to Pleasanton

Bruce Ajari
Gone Fishin'

Fly fishermen should put the Fly Fishing Show West on their list of events to attend.

Held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Feb. 22-24, the Fly Fishing Show is just what the name implies ” a show dedicated to the sport of fly fishing.

The price of admission is $15 for one day, $24 for a two-day pass and $32 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are $2. The show hours are Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Just attending the show will give you a chance to win some terrific door prizes, including trips of a lifetime. Four fly fishing trips to Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize and Montana are all potential prizes that a lucky attendee may win.

You will also learn about local hot sports and worldwide dream destinations. Many of the industries most well-known names will be in attendance to pass along their expertise.

According to the Fly Fishing Show West’s Web site, there will be exhibitor booths with more fly fishing goodies than any one shop, catalog or Web site can match. These shows are a great way to find out just how that rod you have been considering will perform.

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At the show you can also shop for that special trip of a lifetime. Many anglers end up booking some great trips at some pretty good show prices.

The other thing that anglers of any level will appreciate are the programs. Local and worldwide experts will present programs on every aspect of fly fishing. You can learn as much from these sessions as you would on the water.

In addition, there will be both instruction on fly tying and casting demonstrations by some of the best the sport has to offer. For example, if you are interested in spey casting, you will not want to miss Simon Gawesworth’s demonstration. For conventional casting, Steve Rajeff, Tim Rajeff, Joe Humphreys and Cathy Beck are just a few of those demonstrating at the ponds.

A show such as this one that is specifically for fly fishermen will help any level of angler become better and give them a greater appreciation for the sport. With such a wealth of knowledge available to the angler, it is easy to see just why this has become one of the most popular events during the show season.

Get ready for fishing season by honing your skills at the Fly Fishing Show West. It is certainly one of the best shows on fly fishing that one can attend.

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