Ajari: 2010 Sportsmen’s show season has begun
It’s January, and with the New Year it is time for the Annual Sportsmen’s shows to begin. The first one of the season is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) series.
The second show of the season will occur Jan. 21-24 (Thursday through Sunday) at Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. Hours for the event are as follows: Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost for admission is $15 per adult and is free to youth and children 15 years and under. There is also a parking charge of $10 per car, so be sure and carpool with your friends.
This is the oldest and largest show of its kind, and it wraps up its annual West Coast swing on Sunday in San Mateo at the San Mateo County Event Center.
The show provides the hunting and fishing enthusiast with how-to seminars, tons of exhibitors with the latest in hunting and fishing equipment, and other exhibitors to take you off on that special hunting or fishing trip.
What I particularly like about the ISE is that they provide the fly-fishing angler with a show within a show. It has everything from fly casting at the fly-casting pond to fly tying at the fly-tying video theatre. It has fly-fishing luminaries from all over the country passing along their knowledge to those who would like to know more about techniques or destinations.
Some of the most notable are Jack Dennis, Brian O’Keefe and Denny Rickards. Jack Dennis is an author, expert fly tyer and outfitter from Jackson, Wyo.
Brian O’Keefe is a world-renown fishing photographer. Most recently he has begun the wildly popular online “Catch Magazine.” He is also a highly regarded fly fisher and has fished for just about every species available in both fresh and saltwater.
Denny Rickards is a stillwater specialist. He has written several books on fly-fishing lakes for trophy trout. He is a guide, author, fly tyer and does stillwater fly-fishing seminars.
If you get a chance to drop by the Sacramento ISE it should be worth your while. For more information on any of their shows or to purchase tickets online you can go to http://www.sportsexpos.com.
– Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.