Bruce Ajari: All anglers can benefit from Fly Fishing Show |

Bruce Ajari: All anglers can benefit from Fly Fishing Show

I started fly fishing when I was 10 years old on my own after watching an older gentleman fly casting one evening while camping with my family. My equipment was not fancy, and I used a level fly line since it was the least expensive line I could find.

Through trial and error, I eventually began to learn how to cast and not lose my limited fly selection. Soon I caught my first fish and I was instantly a fly fisherman. The trout was not large, but it was fooled with my limited skills.

So began my fly-fishing career. Looking back, I would have loved to have been able to go to shows such as the Fly Fishing Show that is about to make its annual stop in Pleasanton from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Show hours will be Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for one day and $25 for a two-day pass, or $35 for a three-day pass for adults. Children ages 6 to 12 will be admitted for $2, and children under 5 are free. Scouts under 16 and in uniform will be admitted free as well. Active military will be admitted for $10.

A show like the Fly Fishing Show has fly-fishing professionals from all over the world in attendance. This sport has celebrities just like any other sport, and this show has a number of them. Included in attendance will be A.K. Best, Gary Borger, Ed Engle, Nick Curcione, Ken Hanley and Jay Murakoshi, as well as a host of others.

These shows provide programs and seminars, fly-casting demonstrations and instruction, and a host of fly-tying activities. It is a great place to learn about the sport.

Today we have so many book on fly fishing, videos and DVDs, magazines and websites dedicated to the sport. These shows also provide the hands-on experience so a beginning or seasoned angler can learn even more about the sport.

The learning curve for a beginner need not be through trial and error as I did many years ago. You can attend one of these shows and learn so much to make you a better fly fisher. I heartily recommend attending one of these shows if you have never done so.

No matter what level of angler you are, it will make you a better one!

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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