Fly-fishing show packed with exhibits, demos, classes

Staff reportFebruary 9, 2014 

Denny Rickards


Lynnwood The Fly Fishing Show returns to the Puget Sound region for the second year, with the Lynnwood show opening Saturday.

The show, one of seven produced nationally, returned last year several years after the Bellevue version of the show was dropped from the schedule.

“Last year was our long-awaited return to the Pacific Northwest, and we had a packed house,” said show director Ben Furimsky. “We are returning this year with new presentations and more exhibitors.”

The event is filled with demonstrations, seminars, gear manufacturers, vendors and a chance to spend a morning fishing with one of the show experts.

“The celebrity speakers will help people with their casting, fly tying and all aspects of the sport,” Furimsky said. “The lectures and demos will educate and inspire all fly fishers, from beginners to experts.”

Among the more than a dozen experts scheduled to appear are longtime fly-fishing educator Gary Borger; Nate Brumley, owner of Dry Fly Innovations; George Cook, a manufactures representative for companies including Sage, RIO, Redington and Smith; writer Ed Engle; Ceclia Pudge Kleinkauf, owner of Women’s Flyfishing; and still-water expert Denny Rickards.

Among the topics covered in the seminars will be fishing Oregon’s Deschutes River, nymphing strategies, using deep sinking lines on still waters, catching trophy trout and chironomid techniques.

There also will be fly-tying and casting classes, requiring a separate $80 fee that includes show admission.

This year’s show also will include the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. The festival will take place Saturday only, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the film festival are $15 at the door, $10 in advance or with a paid show admission for that day.

Appearing before the film festival will be the Portland-based band Catch & Release. The fly-fishing inspired group plays a host of original river music, as well as folk rock favorites from the Grateful Dead, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.

The list of exhibitors includes fly shops and businesses from Gig Harbor and Bainbrige Island to Alaska and Iceland.

If you go

When: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16

Where: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Admission: Adults, $15 for one day, $25 for two-day pass; active military, $10; children ages 6-11, $2; children younger than 5 and Scouts under 16 in uniform, free. You can pay with cash only at the gate, but tickets are available online.

Information: 425-778-7155, 888-778-7155,

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