If you’re looking for something “fishy” to do in January…something that’s all about the best fishing (and hunting) experiences, minus subfreezing outdoor temperature…something you can enjoy with the whole family and thousands of other kindred outdoor spirits…you might consider popping into one of the many outdoor expos or boat shows happening throughout the country.


For those of you who live in or around Denver, Tim and I will both be at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) , happening in the Mile High City’s Convention Center January 6-9. We’d like to meet you in person so much, in fact, that we’ll leave 10 pairs of tickets (tickets are $15 each) to the first 10 comments on this post from people who say they’ll be there. (In other words, we’re giving away $300 worth of tickets, and all you have to do is ask…)

Now, for those of you who have never seen and experienced ISE before, it’s pretty hard to describe. From dogs flying off docks, to custom artwork, to gear, to dozens of lodges from exotic locales in the four corners of the world, there’s literally something for everyone. It’s a great place to play around with new fishing rods, or maybe get a deal on that piece of equipment Santa forgot to bring you.

As for me, I’ll be pretty easy to find, as I will be the host of the “Fly Fishing Theater,” introducing speakers (I’ll also be on a panel on fly fishing travel, and doing two talks on simple fly fishing tips from my latest book.) Tim will be there promoting “The Greenbacks,” a new Trout Unlimited group (and taking one-on-one cage-match challenges at the fly fishing accuracy casting pond).

If you go to ISE, be sure to take advantage of some of the great informational seminars and presentations. For example, If you’ve ever thought about fly fishing (or if you have a friend, child, or spouse who wants to get into fly angling) but weren’t sure where to begin, the “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” seminar will give you the basics, and it’s totally free. A huge youth fair, presented by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, will get kids into a variety of other hands-on experiences.

Kids under 15 are free, as are active military personnel with an ID card.

If you can’t catch us in Denver, you can also catch ISE in Sacramento, California, January 20-23, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, and Salt Lake City, Utah, March 17-20.