By Kirk Deeter
For those of you who live in the greater Denver area, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend that’s fishy, but not cold, consider swinging by the International Sportsmen’s Exposition at the Colorado Convention Center. As has been the case for the past few years, I will be hosting the Fly Fishing Theater. Only this time, I am just back (late last night) from a wild adventure to Argentina, and I will have stories to share at the show before you start reading them here.
The fly fishing theater has a stellar lineup of events. What I like most about these presentations is that they are entertaining to be sure, but they’re informative. If you take in one or more of these events, you will definitely be a better angler. For example, we’re kicking things off today with regular Fly Talk guest Robert “The Bug Guy” Younghanz. He’s bringing the bugs, and will surely answer the tricky questions on hatch matching. You’ll also get a chance to learn about Czech nymphing from Steve Parrott and carping on the fly from Barry Reynolds. Pat Dorsey will do his talk on the South Platte River, Tom Bie of the Drake will talk about the Yucatan, and my good buddy Conway Bowman is in town to talk about fly fishing on the “Ragged Edge.” On Saturday, an event you’ll definitely want to check out is a roundtable discussion at 1:30 with me, Tom, Conway, and Greg Thomas of Fly Rod & Reel all together. We’re going to give you the behind the scenes skinny on what’s hot and what’s not in fly fishing right now. I will also be making a presentation on stillwater fishing tactics at 5:30 Saturday evening.
There’s also a casting pond, plenty of hunting and conventional tackle information, and a number of fly shops will be there with screaming deals on product.
Hope to see you there! I usually have a bunch of Fly Talkers introduce themselves at the show, and it’s nice to put the faces with the screen names. Show hours are noon until 9 Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults; children under 16 and active military get in free. For more information check out Sportsexpos.com.