After an absence of several years, The Fly Fishing Show is returning to the Puget Sound region. But rather than Bellevue, the show will be held in Lynnwood.
The show, featuring a number of well-known speakers, fly-fishing and tying demonstrations and more than 55 exhibitors, will be Saturday and Feb. 17.
“We are returning to the Northwest because we have had more customer request for us to return than any other area in the country,” said Ben Furimsky, co-director of the show. “With the economy showing improvement and a new facility, we are able to return.”
There won’t be many changes to the show’s proven format, but there are some additions, Furimsky said. They include the International Fly Fishing Film Festival scheduled for Saturday evening. Prior to the movie, the Catch & Release band will play original fly-fishing music to kick off and celebrate the show’s return, he added.
“The show floor is sold out with a waiting list, and our speaking schedule is booked solid with more talks than are possible to take in during the weekend,” Furimsky said.
Among the people scheduled to appear:
Gary Borger: One of the foremost fly-fishing educators, Borger has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing, as well as produced 27 instructional videos.
Nate Brumley: He is the owner of Dry Fly Innovations, an online fishing company that specializes in dry flies, custom all-season boxes, fly-tying DVDs and videos. Brumley’s fly patterns have been created from the experience of fishing the Northwest for more than 45 years.
Ed Engle: His fly-fishing articles have appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. In the 1970s, his articles on short-line nymphing techniques were among the first to appear in national fly-fishing magazines.
Simon Gawesworth: This Brit learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing at age 8, being trained by his father, well-known fly-fishing instructor and author John Gawesworth. By the time Simon Gawesworth was 17, he had become a two-time British Junior casting champion. He has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two best-selling books on spey casting and presented five instructional videos and DVDs.
Rick Hafele: He has a master’s degree in aquatic entomology and a minor in fisheries biology, and has worked as a professional aquatic biologist for more than 30 years. He has written the entomology column for American Angler magazine for more than 25 years.
Both days will be filled with seminars in topics such as nymphing techniques, fly fishing the beaches of Puget Sound, fishing Oregon’s Deschutes and John Day rivers for summer steelhead, sinking-line tricks and techniques, and stream entomology.
There also will be classes, for a fee, on topics such as fly tying, identifying hatches, tying flies for Puget Sound, fishing with chironomids and bamboo rod making.
The show also includes programs on fly-fishing destinations such as Bristol Bay, Alaska; Oregon; northwest Colorado; western Montana; Brazil; Bolivia; and Washington.