Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2014

This year’s Pleasanton Show was busy, and then some. The weather cooperated, filling each of the daylight hours with warm sunshine, and a flat wind.

Thus, the casting demos that I did on the outside pond were perfect. The crowd not only knew the answer the question, “What is the perfect cast?” (the one that catches a fish), but even laughed at all my corny jokes. What more can a casting demonstrator ask for?

I offered casting classes both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the students all progressed very quickly and very well. They cast their way through Wrist Casting, Forearm Assisted Wrist Casting, and Whole Arm Casting.

I also offered the PowerPoint program The Angler as Predator each of the three days and gave a tying demo on Friday and Saturday. Then there were book signing sessions, and just talking with friends and those attending the Show.

The Fly Fishing Shows offer one more show at Lancaster, PA, next weekend—March 1, 2. If you’re anywhere in the area, get thee to the Show—you won’t regret it.


The crowd was heavy every day, looking into every booth with great interest.


The casting class on Saturday, making like the American Gothic. A great crew that learned quickly. Sunday’s crew did equally as well.


My friend, Dave Blackburn, is a professional bluegrass banjo picker as well as a fishing guide and lodge owner in Libby ,Montana. He provided great entertainment each noon hour.


Fat tires are finding their way into fly fishing, giving anglers an opportunity to get into more places in pursuit of the finny denizens of the deep.


The show featured both an indoor and an outdoor casting pond, allowing more demonstrations and times to test rods.


The outdoor pool offered wonderful casting conditions this year. The crowd was great, too, pointing upon request to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Three Point Grip.


Both sides of the outdoor pool were lined with those attending the casting demo–and pointing, too.

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