Fly Fishing Show to attract thousands to Marlborough this weekend
MARLBOROUGH – Thousands of local anglers will be lured to fly-tying seminars, casting demonstrations and aisles full of the newest rods during this weekend’s annual Fly Fishing Show.
The annual showcase at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center is the kickoff to angling season for many expert and novice fishermen, said Bennett Mintz, public relations manager for the show.
“They’re all there because they’re really into fly fishing,” said Mintz. “They’re really crazy fly fishermen. We’ve had enormous, enormous growth in people attending.”
The show will feature more than 150 exhibitor booths showcasing the latest in foreign and domestic tackle and rod equipment, clothing, accessories and fly fishing resorts and lodges, said Mintz.
“There’s something new every year,” Mintz said of the fly fishing industry. “That’s why people go to the show. Every year there’s a new wrinkle.”
Show visitors can improve their casting skills by attending demonstrations by expert fishermen Gary Borger, Jeff Currier, Bob Clouser and Sheila Hassen, said Mintz. Some of the nation’s best fly-tiers, including Ed Engle, Alan Caolo, Joe Cordeiro and Bob Popovics will share their skills during exhibitions throughout the weekend. Fly-tying is the art of making artificial flies.
Hourly presentations on up-and-coming fly fishing destinations, including the Bristol Bay area of Alaska and the Florida Keys, will be held, according to Mintz.
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival will premiere Friday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the festival cost $15.
More than $60,000 in door prizes, including trips to popular fly fishing destinations in Bolivia, Mexico, Alaska and Canada will be up for grabs.
Show officials anticipate thousands will attend.
“It’s packed with people,” said Mintz.
The annual showcase is a way for many fisherman to avoid the cabin fever of New England winters and get excited for the upcoming fishing season.
“Nothing will get you more excited for your next fishing adventure than the energy of the Fly Fishing Show,” Director Ben Furimsky wrote on the show’s website.
The show will be held Friday through Sunday. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for all three days. There is no admission for children under 5 and Boy and Girl Scouts dressed in uniform.
For a full schedule of seminars, demonstrations and films visit www.flyfishingshow.com/marlboroughma or call 814-443-3638.
Jeff Malachowski can be reached at 508-490-7466 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JmalachowskiMW.