Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2017

This weekend, February 24-26, 2017, was the Fly Fishing Show at Pleasanton, CA. Friday the hall was almost instantly filled with enthusiastic fly fishers, testing rods, attending programs and demonstrations, chatting with fly tyers, discussing travel opportunities and a huge variety of fly fishing products, and even sampling aged, flavored balsamic vinegars (I flipped out over the elderberry). Saturday was elbow to elbow in the aisles, and the vendors and other exhibitors were busy, busy, busy. Sunday was another great day at the show, with a crowd equal to that of Friday.

My friend, Dave Blackburn, played banjo over the lunch hour each day, and for an hour before the Friday night Fly Fishing Film Festival.

My casting demos were thickly attended, and everyone had a great time running though the pantomimes of casting. The fly tying demos were fun because the Show founder, Chuck Furimsky (who is a very fine fly tyer) came in and cut some twister tails from his BigSkin material, and I used them to tie TwisterTail Down and Dirty minnows and sculpins. And my Power Point Programs on Fishing the Big Fish Flies, Really Matching the Hatch, and Fishing the Film drew plenty of great comments. Thanks everyone.

The crowd each day filled the aisles. The roar of the crowd was nearly overwhelming.

 

Bruce Taylor’s beautifully carved and painted trout are always a hit at the Shows.

 

One of the “exercises” we do at the casting demos is looking at the angle that the “opposable digit,” (thumb) makes with the bones of the forearm and the angle that the pointer finger makes, as I discuss the Three Point Grip. So, these are the “Pleasanton Palm Readers.”

 

“Palmers” on the other side of the pond.

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