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Pleasanton Fly Fishing show set Feb. 22-24 at Alameda Fairgrounds

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POSTED February 11, 2013 6:22 p.m.

PLEASANTON. – Despite chilly, windy and possibly wet conditions, Northern California fly-fishers will kick off the 2013 season with the annual Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 22-24 the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The newest edition of the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show will feature a sneak preview of never-before-seen new products from the worldwide fly-fishing industry.  The show will be open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for the entire event. 

According to show producer Chuck Furimsky, “A record number of exhibitors including tackle manufacturers, retail stores, authors, artists and representatives from angling destinations around the world will converge on Pleasanton with a sure cure for late-winter blues with continuous fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations, classes and seminars.”

Two Northern California angling icons – Hal Janssen and Dan Blanton – will be featured during the three day homage to the sport.

The Fly Fishing Show features every form of the sport – fresh to saltwater, river to farm pond.  Fly-fishing lodges and destination waters include Baja Fly Fishing Adventures,  Fly Fishing Tactics for the Eastern Sierra, San Luis Stripers on the Fly, Oregon’s Deschutes and John Day Rivers for Summer Steelhead, Fly Fishing the Northern California Surf, Fly Fishing the California Delta and Improving Your Fishing Photography with seminars and Destination Theater presentations.

Ten vacation/travel door prizes and a bronze trout sculpture will be awarded; each trip is for two anglers and includes: Intricate Bay Lodge, Alaska; East End Lodge, Grand Bahamas; Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada; Igloo Lake Lodge, Labrador, Canada; Natural Retreats Outfitters South Fork Lodge, Idaho; Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Slippery Winds Wilderness Lodge, northwestern Ontario, Canada; Angling Addiction, Kenai River, Alaska; and Avid Angler, Yakima River, Washington.

The bronze trout is from sculptor Mark Hopkins.

Destination Theater programs also include Fly Fishing Utah, Four Seasons of Steelhead and Salmon, Fishing Northwest Colorado, Winter Dry Fly Fishing, Legendary Rivers in the Shadow of Shasta, Understanding Alaska from Float Trips to Fly-Outs, Fly Fishing in the Brazilian Amazon, Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake, Tahoe-Truckee Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Baja’s East Cape Roosterfish and The Best of Bristol Bay.

“Some Destination Theatre shows will be repeated, others will be shown only once.  Besides the theater shows, there will be about 50 tying and casting demonstrations and other fly-fishing shows per day,” said Furimsky.  A complete schedule of shows, casting demonstrations, featured fly-tiers and seminars is available at

Hands-on Classes with the Experts are available for a registration of $80.  Classes and expert instructors include Casting with Prescott Smith, Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle, Tying Deer Hair Patterns with Jay Murakoshi, Fly Casting with Gary Borger, Fly Casting with Hal Janssen, Conquering Chironomids with Philip Rowley and Exercise Techniques for Pain-Free Casting, Walking and Wading with kinesiologists Wanda Taylor and Tracy Stroup. There is also a Women Only Casting Seminar with Taylor. 

The Classes with the Experts are available only with prior registration at the Fly Fishing Show. 

There are two casting ponds for demonstrations.  Casting instructors include Craig Neilson, Jeff Currier, Daniel Galhardo, Gary Borger, Janssen and Simon Gawesworth.

Featured fly tiers include Borger, Janssen, Blanton, Engle, Nate Brumley and Ben Furimsky.

How-to-do-it and where-to-go seminars are scheduled by Murakoshi, Ken Hanley, Joe Contaldi, John Hazel, John Sherman, Janssen, Blanton and Currier.

Volunteers from the Federation of Fly Fishers – FFF – will teach the basics of fly-fishing, fly-tying and other aspects of the sport to children and adults of any age.

John Shaner of Hardy Reels will offer free evaluation, maintenance and a complimentary lube kit to everyone bringing a Hardy to the show. 

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