SOMERSET, NJ – Despite a chill in the air and snow for ground cover, Greater New York-New Jersey-area fly-fishers kick off the 2013 season at Somerset’s annual Fly Fishing Show, Jan. 25-27 in the Garden State Exhibit Center.
The newest edition of the Somerset Fly Fishing Show will feature a sneak preview of never-before-seen new products from the worldwide fly-fishing industry. The show will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Admission is $18 for one day, $28 for two days and $38 for the entire event.
Parking at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, is free all three show days.
According to show producer Chuck Furimsky, “A record number of exhibitors including tackle manufacturers, retail stores, authors, artists and representatives from angling destinations around the world will converge on Somerset with a sure cure for mid-winter blues with continuous fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations, classes and seminars.”
The Fly Fishing Show features every form of the sport – fresh to saltwater, river to farm pond. Fly-fishing lodges and destination waters include World Class Alaska Fishing Trips, New Mexico’s San Juan River, the Upper Delaware, Smallmouth Bass in Southeast Pennsylvania, Harper’s Ferry, Bristol Bay, and the Rangeley Lakes of Upper Maine with seminars, Destination and Adventure Theater presentations.
Ten vacation/travel door prizes and a bronze trout sculpture will be awarded; each trip is for two anglers and includes:
· Intricate Bay Lodge, Alaska;
· East End Lodge, Grand Bahamas;
· Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada;
· Igloo Lake Lodge, Labrador, Canada;
· Natural Retreats Outfitters South Fork Lodge, Idaho
· Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana;
· Steamboat Springs, Colorado;
· Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge, northwestern Ontario, Canada;
· Angling Addiction, Kenai River, Alaska; and
· Avid Angler, Yakima River, Washington.
. The bronze trout is from sculptor Mark Hopkins.
Fly-fishing and adventure film fans will have an opportunity to see the two hour International Fly Fishing Film Festival, Fri. (1/25/13), at 6:30 p.m.
According to International Fly Fishing Film Festival producers, “the showing will consist of short and feature length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.”
Films making their debut include California Trout, Burl Productions; Angry Rain, Castaway Films; Shee Fish, Cross Current Productions; The Last Salmon Forest, Detonation Studios; Surf’s Up, Fly Max Films; Only the River Knows, Kokkaffe Media; SIFF12: Northeast, Peter Laurelli; A Deliberate Life, Silo4; and Competition, Vantage Point Media House.
Film Festival tickets are $15, $10 with advance purchase or $10 with admission to the Fly Fishing Show on Fri.
Adventure and Destination Theater programs also include Fly Fishing Utah, Fishing in Ontario, Canada; Montana’s Kootenai River, Southeast Alaska Steelhead, Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park, Nymphing Tailwaters, Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit, An Overview of Argentina and Chile, Mexico’s Tarpon Coast and Fly Fishing Belize – North to South.
“Some Adventure Theater and Destination Theatre shows will be repeated, others will be shown only once. Besides the theater shows, there will be about 50 tying and casting demonstrations and other fly-fishing shows per day,” said Furimsky. A complete schedule of Adventure and Destination Theatre shows, Film Festival presentations, casting demonstrations, featured fly-tiers and seminars is available at http://www.flyfishingshow.com/
Hands-on Classes with the Experts are available for a registration of $80. Classes and expert instructors include Fly Casting with Bob Clouser, Spey Casting with Michael Mauri, Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle, Fly Tying with Vince Wilcox, Favorite Pennsylvania Patters with Eric Stroup, Exercise and Technique Enhancement with kinesiologists Wanda Taylor and
Tracey Stroup, Fly Tying with Joe Cordeiro, and Fly Tying Saltwater Patterns with Enrico Puglisi. There is also a Women Only Casting Seminar with Cathy Beck.
The Classes with the Experts are available only with prior registration at the Fly Fishing Show.
There are two casting ponds for demonstrations. Casting instructors include Lefty Kreh, Michael Mauri, Nick Curcione, Cathy Beck, Bob Jacklin, Joe Humphries, Steve Rajeff, Andy Mill and Daniel Galhardo.
Featured fly tiers include Dave Klausmeyer, Henry Cowen, Barry Beck, Ben Furimsky, Fishy Fullum, Bob Popovic, Ed Engle and Bob Clouser.
How-to-do-it and where-to-go seminars are scheduled by Barry Beck, George Daniel, John Miller, Tom Gilmore, Brian Horsley, Jeff Currier, Ozzie Ozefevich, John Shaner, Ben Turpin and Jim Freda.
Volunteers from the Federation of Fly Fishers – FFF – will teach the basics of fly-fishing, fly-tying and other aspects of the sport to children and adults of any age.
John Shaner of Hardy Reels will offer free evaluation, maintenance and a complimentary lube kit to everyone bringing a Hardy to the show.