The Fly Fishing Shows 2023

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Winter can be a long and less inspiring time for many anglers. The colder weather has a pretty low ROF (return on fun). Some focus their time tying flies or bantering on the forums. The Fly Fishing Shows can be a bright spot for many looking to get into the fly fishing mindset with some fellow anglers. They are highly regarded as an opportunity to check new gear, but the shows hold so much more!

It is a great event if you are looking for trips, rods, reels, flies, waders, tying materials, or any fly fishing gear. More importantly, in today's online world, it is the best way to get face-to-face with manufacturers, vendors, and industry experts.

Each of the shows is a multi-day event that includes a very large exhibit floor, fly tiers, retail shops, and plenty of educational programs. The outstanding classes are led by some of the best pros in the business. Many of your favorite celebrity authors are found teaching techniques and sharing some great ideas on how to improve your fly fishing. Some of my favorite classes are programs about fly fishing locations near and far.

For me, The Fly Fishing Shows are a great chance to catch up with some friends I don't often see. There is always plenty of members from Paflyfish wandering the exhibit floors or in the booths.
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The Edison, NJ show is one of the biggest of the shows and the Lancaster event is clearly located close to home. I like going to both!

The local Fly Fishing Show Schedule
Edison, NJ: January 27-29
Lancaster, PA: March 4 & 5

You can find out more about times, entrance fees, and detailed locations here at the Fly Fishing website. For some more conversations follow along here on the Paflyfish forums.
 
Kyle
im there every year. normally go on Saturday. its a nice event with a lot to look at. i look forward to it each year. and its only a 45 min drive for me.
 
C
I would like to attend the Edison show because I understand that it is much larger with more to offer than the local Lancaster show where I live. I really don't need to buy anything since I have more than enough.

I like to attend these shows to improve my fly casting and nymph fishing, and learning more about getting better in general at fly fishing.

On a side note: I lived in Bucks County, PA but worked across the Delaware River in Mercer County, NJ. A real argument starter was to ask which state had the worst drivers. PA thinks that NJ has the worst drivers and vice versa.

Way back in 1980, I was in on a rental house one summer in Ocean City, NJ. This was a two bedroom house. There were three of us that had jobs during the week. My brother, myself, and another guy from Media, PA. The eight others in on this rental were my brother's fraternity brothers from Ursinus College. I was the only roommate who wasn't in Zeta Chi at UC.

This place was Animal House. Most of the roommates were from NJ. I could really get them all riled up if I started complaining about NJ about anything like traffic circles or tolls, etc.

"Jersey's Great! Where you at right now!" I heard that a lot.
 
JimNovo
Way back in 1980, I was in on a rental house one summer in Ocean City, NJ. This was a two bedroom house. There were three of us that had jobs during the week. My brother, myself, and another guy from Media, PA. The eight others in on this rental were my brother's fraternity brothers from Ursinus College. I was the only roommate who wasn't in Zeta Chi at UC.

Ursinus Zeta Chi’s from NJ…that’s a double whammy.

Beware of those Bears!!!
 
DaveKile
Some of the sights from Friday's Fly Fishing Show. A pretty good crowd for a Friday. I was only there for a few hours. But had a nice time running into folks from Paflyfish and vendors I have not seen in a few years. A good day.

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C
Thanks for the post. I might have to plan in advance next year and reserve a room. I was at Precision Fly & Tackle in Lancaster today and asked them if they had a booth in Edison. They do. Tom Herr was working the store and he said that 10 Lancaster shows could fit into all of the space in Edison.
 
R
Some of the sights from Friday's Fly Fishing Show. A pretty good crowd for a Friday. I was only there for a few hours. But had a nice time running into folks from Paflyfish and vendors I have not seen in a few years. A good day.

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Thanks for the pics. I was curious about what goes on at those events. Maybe I will attend the Lancaster Show. I have tentative plans March 4th to attend 2023 Mountain Fest in Ridgway but who knows...
 
DaveKile
Thanks for the post. I might have to plan in advance next year and reserve a room. I was at Precision Fly & Tackle in Lancaster today and asked them if they had a booth in Edison. They do. Tom Herr was working the store and he said that 10 Lancaster shows could fit into all of the space in Edison.
Lancaster is a smaller show, but I would say it's more 1/2 or 1/3 in size to Edison.
 
F
Went to the show. It was fun. I cast two Taylor rods, seen some people I knew and bought a SA fly line for 20 off. Quite a few well known vendors did not attend. Sage, Hatch, Nautilus, Rio. Not really too crowded.
 
L
Yo Dave - great seeing you at Rick Nyles' Sky Blue booth. Your summary captured the rationale(s) for going to these fine shows. Over the years I've taken them in all over the country - maybe a dozen different venues. I'm an unrepentant gear geek, so the attraction is real. But the seminars are many, and I ought to just get a hotel in the future and take the two or three days to absorb everything. I love the new Edison and Lancaster shows because of the two casting ponds, so I can check out new and old sticks. I got a chance to check out the Taylors I'd only heard about before, and there were enough cane guys to keep me busy. I ended up with only a Leon Hanson 3wt. I noticed that there were plenty of outfitters (come on, Lehigh River and Iceland!) but not boats or hooks. Lunch was super, with off-menu Italian sausage and pastrami (I gained 3 pounds).
 
zenherper
I go to the Lancaster show every year. There seemed to be less vendors the last couple years. Hopefully they bounce back this year. I’ll be there on Saturday, March 4th. My buddies and I usually make a day of it, and eat lunch at a local establishment. I really enjoy the seminars. Always a good time.
 
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