Show season has arrived for anglers
With the first day of winter upon us, many anglers have set aside their fishing equipment until spring. As January approaches, the annual outdoor show season is set to kick off.
Anglers can check out the newest gear and hone up on their fishing techniques by attending one of these winter shows. One of the oldest and perhaps the best known shows are the International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE) series. Two shows are planned for California, one in San Mateo and the other in Sacramento.
The largest show in San Mateo will be Jan. 10-13 at the San Mateo County Event Center. The Sacramento show, which has also grown a bit, will be the following week of Jan. 17-20 at the Cal Expo, California State Fairgrounds.
This show has been a fixture in California for 31 years and has presented anglers and outdoorsmen the opportunity to learn about America’s premier adventure-travel, fishing, shooting sports, boat and camping products and outdoor services.
Whether your interest is freshwater or saltwater fishing, fishing from a boat or the shore or surf, you will learn a great deal from these shows.
There are many exhibitors that show off the latest in tackle from the standard to the latest innovations in the industry. There are seminars put on by many industry experts for all the different forms of fishing ” bait, lure, trolling or fly fishing.
If you are interested in taking a trip, many representatives from great angling destinations can give you information on their areas and even book trips at these shows. While many cannot always afford some of these trips, it is always great to dream about such vacations.
Another great show, The Fly Fishing Show, dedicated solely to fly fishing, is scheduled for Feb. 22-24 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. If you are a fly fisherman or woman, this is the show for you.
Everything here is dedicated to the fly fisher. While much of this is available at the ISE shows, The Fly Fishing Show only features fly fishing. As a result, it attracts some of the top names in the fly fishing industry. The exhibitors here cater specifically to fly fishers, as do the many travel destination vendors.
I will provide a few more specifics about the ISE shows themselves at the beginning of the month and The Fly Fishing Show in February.
For now, be sure to mark your calendars with these dates so you can get through the winter doldrums and think of fishing in the spring locally or at one of those great travel destinations.
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.