The 29th annual Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo will be held March 10th and 11th at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. There are many activities for anyone interested in fly fishing or fly tying.
There are 200 demonstration fly tyers that are scheduled in three daily shifts over Friday and Saturday. There are a wide range of tyers tying everything from dry flies, nymphs, steelhead, classic salmon flies, and even ultra-realistic flies. It is a great way to learn new techniques and improve your tying. There are also fly tying classes where you can follow along with an instructor learning to tie flies.
If you want to improve your fly casting check out the classes that are available. The casting classes including 1:1 Casting Doctor classes where you get personal attention to answer your casting questions. Throughout the day there are casting demonstrations at the indoor casting pool.
There are 50 exhibitors where you can find a new fly rod or new and interesting materials. Some vendors offer Expo specials. You can also try out the fly rod at the indoor casting pool to test out a rod.
For the younger fly fishers, there is a youth program that includes: fly tying, casting, knot tying, boat safety, fish anatomy, and more. It is a great way to get kids interested in fly fishing. Check out the website (http://nwexpo.com) when it gets closer to the Expo for a coupon that will get one free adult admission if you bring a child.
The Expo is sponsored by the Oregon Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. It is the main fund raiser for the Oregon Council and is used for conservation and education activities. Funds also allow for two scholarships for Oregon State University students pursuing fishing related degrees.
For more information, please visits http://nwexpo.com
My thanks to friend and fly tyer extraordinaire Garren Wood for providing the material for this blog post. Hope to see many of you at the Expo this year. I’ll be there both days, roaming around and visiting (if not tying).
Jay Nicholas – winter season 2017