Outdoor sports shows around corner
For anglers, the new year will signal the beginning of the annual outdoor sports shows. Two of the most notable are the International Sportsmens Exposition Show (ISE) and The Fly Fishing Show. These shows allow sportsmen and women interested in fishing to spend a day checking out the newest fishing gear, the latest techniques in fishing from the professional anglers, and plan trips to great locations by talking to various resorts.These outdoor shows have everything the angler and outdoorsman may want to see and are a great way to break up the winter months before the opening day of next season the last weekend in April.The ISEs have been around for a great many years. This year, their Northern California swing will begin with the San Mateo ISE that runs from January 11-14 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Notable fly fishing personalities Dave Whitlock and Lani Waller are two of the most well known.Whitlock is a legend in the sport. He is not only an accomplished fly fisherman, but an author, teacher, television personality and tremendous fly tier. I had the good fortune to meet him years ago in Roseville at a Granite Bay Fly Casters Dinner. He is one of the most engaging personalities that you will ever meet.Lani Waller is one of the most renowned steelhead fishermen in the world. He, too, is an author, video personality and a tremendous fly tier, as well.The Sacramento ISE is the second show of the season and runs from January 18-21 at Cal Expo. Notable fly fishing personalities will be Jack Dennis and Brian OKeefe.Jack Dennis is probably one of the best-know anglers in the West. His notoriety stems from when he was a young guide on the American Sportsman show that was hosted by the late Curt Gowdy. Dennis also has the same fly fishing accomplishments that the previous luminaries possessed.Brian OKeefe, like all of those previously mentioned, has similar credentials. However, he is also a well-known photo journalist. Many of his pictures grace the covers of fly fishing publications worldwide. His photographs are typically excellent and he is willing to share his secrets with his audience.The last two shows of the season are called the Fly Fishing Show. The first one is in Northern California and the other in Southern California. The Northern California show will take place in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from Feb. 23-25. This show was held in Marin County during its previous years.Unlike the ISEs, the Fly Fishing Show is exclusively geared to fly fishermen. Like the ISE, it has exhibitor booths that run the gamut from shops, art work, resorts, guides and manufacturers. The show also has many famous fly fishing personalities in attendance that put on seminars on many different topics and destinations.As we get closer to each show, I will try and get more information out to those of you who are interested in attending. Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.
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