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Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show opens Friday at fairgrounds
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PLEASANTON – Classes with the experts – some of the iconic names of American fly-fishing – are available for personal instruction at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show, Feb. 21-23.

Registration fee is $80 per class and includes admission to the show for that day. Enrollment must be made in advance, either by calling (814) 443-3638 or visiting, said show producer Chuck Furimsky.

Classes with experts:

Friday, Feb. 21, 2-4:30 p.m.

• Fly Casting with Prescott Smith


Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30-11 a.m.

• Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle

• Fly Casting with Gary Borger

• Tying Deer Hair Patterns with Jay Murakoshi

• Fly Casting with Hal Janssen


Sunday, Feb. 23, 8:30-11 a.m.

• Fly Casting with Gary Borger

• Fly Casting with Hal Janssen

• Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle

• Conquering Chironomids with Philip Rowley


Sunday, 2-4:30 p.m.

• Ann Dozier, Women Only Casting with Wendy Gunn

• Two-Handed and Spey Casting with Mary

PLEASANTON – A cornucopia of 100-plus exhibitor booths displaying the latest tackle, clothing and fly-fishing accessories will be joined by destinations from Alaska to Argentina greeting visitors when the annual Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show opens Feb. 21-23 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The premier California-wide show is at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Parking is available at the adjacent public lot.

Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 2014 International Fly Fishing Film Festival will debut Feb. 21.

Fly Fishing Show admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days. Film Festival admission is $15, $10 in advance or with paid admission to the show. Children ages 5 and under and Scouts ages 16 and under are free; military with ID are $10.

Casting demonstrations and instruction is scheduled by Hal Janssen, Gary Borger, Wendy Gunn, Craig Neilson, Simon Gawesworth and Prescott Smith; featured fly tiers include Dan Blanton, Ben Furimsky, Nate Brumley, Ed Engle, Borger and Janssen.

Destination Theater presentations include Stillwater Presentations, Fishing Utah, Extreme Tarpon an a Fly, Flyfishing North Carolina’s Cape Lookout, Washington Steelhead, Fly Fishing Patagonia, Fly Fishing the Best of the Caribbean, Spey Casting Techniques for Single Handed Rods, Fishing Lee’s Ferry and Christmas Island Adventures. 

Others are Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass, Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake, Wingless Wet Flies in a Modern Context, Winter Dry Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Bahamas, Fly Fishing Northwest Colorado, The Legendary Bighorn River, and Montana Fly Fishing Tour.

There are about 50 theater presentations, talks and demonstrations each day. 

Seminars are virtually non-stop and include Fly Fishing Success in the Eastern Sierra, Fly Fishing Pyramid Lake, Oregon’s Deschutes and John Day River Steelhead, Baja on the Fly, The Angler as Predator, California Delta on the Fly, San Luis Reservoir Stripers on the Fly, and Catching Difficult Trout. 

Show door prize trips are all for two anglers and include three days of Atlantic salmon fishing at the Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada, value $5,000; three days of dorado fishing at Pira Lodge, Corrientes Province, Argentina, value $3,500; three nights at East End Lodge, Grand Bahamas, value $2,930; a gift certificate from Stafford Creek Lodge, Andros Bahamas plus four original Crazy Charlie flies tied by Charlie Smith, value $1,600; three nights and two days guided fishing with Davidson River Outfitters, Brevard, North Carolina, value $1,500. 

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival will debut seven feature and short films including “Mending the Line,” a return visit to the World War II beaches of Normandy 70 years after the D-Day invasion by 91-year old Frank Moore, owner of the Steamboat Inn on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. 

Other Festival films are:

• “Swing North” – Mikey Wier, Yvon Chouinard and friends chase winter steelhead on California’s North Coast;

• “Landed” – April Vokey shares her passion for life, steelheading and the fight to conserve the beautiful resource that are the rivers of Northern British Columbia; 

• “Destination Spain” – The quiet sport of fly fishing goes head to head with Spain’s legendary Running of the Bulls;

• “Stream Fishing Addiction” – The sensation that you get when first exploring a river; 

• “Unbroken” – Wildlife, fishing and a way of life that has been carried on in Alaska for over 30 years; and 

• “Chasing Waters: In the Rings” – The 138-mile long Buffalo River in Arkansas.

John Shaner from Hardy will clean and lubricate any Hardy Reel, provide a history of the reel and give each visitor a free bottle of lubricant.

The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) will provide free continuous introductory fly casting instruction, knot-tying instruction and an opportunity to tie a first fly for anyone ages 8-80.