One of the best ways to overcome cabin fever during the long winter months is to attend a fly-fishing consumer show . . . or perhaps several of them. As usual, show season kicks off in Denver, with the Fly Fishing Show and the International Sportsman’s Exhibition on consecutive weekends, and then there’s a wide variety of events from Washington to Massachusetts, and from Texas to St. Paul.

So find the show nearest you (or the big one you’re willing to travel to) and mark your calendar. Spending two or three days checking out new products, fondling tying materials, or watching one of your heroes on the casting pond is a great way to beat the winter blues. These shows are also great places to check out the new Orvis stuff!

Orvis will have the full booth at the Fly Fishing Show events in Denver, Pleasanton (CA), Edison (NJ), and Atlanta.

January

4-6  The Fly-Fishing Show—Denver, CO

10-13  International Sportsmen’s Exhibition—Denver, CO

11-12  Western Idaho Fly-Fishing Expo—Boise, ID

12-13  Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival—Doswell, VA

12-13  West Michigan Fly Show—Grand Rapids, MI

17-20  International Sportsmen’s Exhibition—Sacramento, CA

18-20  The Fly-Fishing Show—Marlborough, MA

19-20  Heartland Fly Fishing Festival—Lebanon, IN

19  Cabin Fever Day—Appleton, WI

25-27  The Fly-Fishing Show—Edison, NJ

26  Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show—Shepherdsville, KY

February

1-2  The Fly-Fishing Show—Atlanta, GA

 Great Lakes Fly Fishing Show—Grand Rapids, MI

Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show—Loveland, OH

Fort Wayne Fly Show—Fort Wayne, IN

15-17  44th Annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association Meeting & Show—Williamsburg, IA

15-24  The Great American Fly Fishing Expo, now merged into the
Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show—Indianapolis, IN

16  Bear’s Den Fly Fishing Show—Taunton, MA

16-17  The Fly-Fishing Show—Lynwood, WA

22-24  Troutfest Texas—New Braunfels, TX

22-24  The Fly-Fishing Show—Pleasanton, CA

23  16th Annual Fly Fish New Hampshire Show—Manchester, NH

23-24  Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest —Linthicum Heights, MD

March

1-3  The Fly Fishing & Wingshooting Expo —Lake Harmony, PA

9  Cheyenne Fly Fishing Expo—Cheyenne, WY

9-10  The Fly-Fishing Show—Lancaster, PA

9-10  Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo—Albany, OR

9-10  Midwest Fly Fishing Expo—Warren, MI

14-17  International Sportsmen’s Exhibition—Salt Lake City, UT

14-17  North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo—Lewiston, ID

15-17  Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo—St. Paul, MN

16  Maryland Fly Fishing Show—Towson, MD

16  Long Island Fly Fishing Expo—Hauppauge, NY

16  Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo and Film Tour—Bethel, ME

21-24  International Sportsmen’s Exhibition—Scottsdale, AZ

23-24  Texas Fly Fishing & Beer Festival—Plano, TX

April

11-13  Wasatch Intermountain Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo—Sandy, UT

19-20  East Idaho Fly Tying Expo—Idaho Falls, ID

June

2s  Spey Nation—Pineville, NY

July

23-27  FFI 2019 Fly Fishing Expo—Bozeman, MT

26-27  Branson Fly Fishing Expo—Branson, MO

Editor’s Note: If I’ve left out any shows, please include the details in the comments below, and I’ll add them to the post. Thanks!


Consumer shows are great places to learn about fly fishing.
Photo by Hutch Hutchinson



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