Learn the ropes at the Fly Fishing Show
The annual Fly Fishing Show will be held this year in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in the Young California Building from Feb. 23-25.This is a change in location from the previous shows, which were held in Marin County.The change in location should make the show much more accessible for anglers coming from the Lake Tahoe region. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are right off Highway 680 on the way to San Jose. It should be a very convenient location.Show hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for an adult is $14 for one day, $24 for a two-day pass and $32 for a three-day pass. Children younger than 12 get in for $2.A door prize that will be given away at this show will be a Nor-Vise & Automatic Bobbin Kit and an instructional DVD. It is a unique, precision-engineered tying system developed by a fly tier who was also a professional research engineer. An Orvis two-piece TLS Power Matrix 9-foot fly rod for 5-weight line will also be given away at every show.Additional drawings will include a number of trips to some terrific destinations. Drawings for these prizes will take place on March 15. One of the prizes is a six-night, five-day vacation at the world-renowned Belize River Lodge, where you can fish a jungle river for tarpon and a bonefish flat the same day. The trip is for two anglers.Some of the notable fly fishers attending the show will be Barry and Cathy Beck, A.K. Best, Andy Burk, Ed Engle, Ken Hanley, Joe Humphreys, Jake Jordan, Tom Larimer, Bill Lowe, Jay Murakoshi and John Sherman. In addition to these notable personalities, the show will feature more than 30 of the best fly tiers in the country demonstrating their specialties.Included in the show are a number of daily seminars, casting demonstrations and information on fly fishing destinations by experts from that region. Also available for an extra fee are hands-on sessions with the experts. An example would be Casting with Joe Humphreys. In this class you will learn the special casts that he has developed for successful fishing.Add a number of exhibitors to the show and you have an all-encompassing fly fishing show. It is an exceptional show for anyone who is a beginner right through the most seasoned angler. It is a great place to learn more about fly fishing than you ever thought possible.Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.