Activites abound for upcoming outdoor expo

At the Black Canyon Hunt and Outdoor Expo last year, Trout Unlimited volunteers manned a section for kids, teaching them fly casting, fly tying, stream insects, and river dynamics. This year there will be more of the same as well as a fish tank from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Remember the story of the three bears? Do we even tell that story anymore?

Well anyway, recall that their porridge was either too hot or too cold or just right. Maybe we could relate to it better today if we changed it from porridge to coffee at the driveup.

Spring fishing in Colorado can be like that.

Say you are out for a day to test the fishing at a lake. Your buddy wants to put in with his float tube, but the water is too cold. So instead, he walks around to the other side of the lake to cast from the sunny side, but then he was getting a sunburn. You however, stand in the shade and hook a pink striped rainbow because your shiny lure turns out to be just right.

Outdoor activities in western Colorado can be like that — sometimes not so good, sometimes outstanding, but often just right. Fishing in March fits this definition since the weather varies greatly and your chosen water might not have broken out of winter like you had hoped.

But thankfully, fishing isn’t the only activity available if all is not just right. That not too hot, not too cold, just-right activity is March 17 and 18, when outdoor enthusiasts will gather for the Black Canyon Hunt and Outdoor Expo at the Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction.

This show has been ongoing for several years, having previously been presented in Montrose.

This is the first year for its appearance in Grand Junction, and the expectations are high.

“There will be a wide array of hunting and fishing vendors”, said Leslie Musselmann with Eventive Events, organizer of the show.

“Sponsors include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Cabelas” Leslie mentioned, and “vendors will have booths for archery, art, trophy lake fishing, clothing, as well as the public land agencies”.

Programs by hunting and fishing celebrities are scheduled throughout the day to tell about their favorite destinations or techniques in the program theater. For kids, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will bring its huge fish tank, and the Grand Valley Anglers of Trout Unlimited will be teaching fly tying. There will also be an archery shooting lane.

Ditholo Safaris is a sponsor that has donated two safari hunts. One has been donated to the local Wounded Warriors veterans organization to give to one of their members and the second will be auctioned off with the proceeds to pay travel expenses for the winning veteran.

Show hours are Friday from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for one day or $10 for a two day pass, with a family pass available for $20. More information is available online at

That’s not all, though. Another choice for fly fishers is the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Called the F3T by anglers, the film tour moves into Grand Junction and is in its 11th year of presenting short films from domestic and international destinations. Some are more about the fishing itself, some are more about a destination. Most are about both, but all are exciting and dramatic adventures.

F3T supports and promotes the educational and environmental aspects of the sport of fly fishing. A portion of the proceeds go directly to fishing and habitat-related conservation groups.

The local stop on the international tour is Saturday in downtown Grand Junction at the Avalon Theater. Presented by the Grand Valley Anglers of Trout Unlimited, the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at Western Anglers or $20 at the door.

Too hot, too cold, or just right? Fishing is always just right, even when it isn’t.

But some things are “more” just right. Get out and catch these shows and wash away the winter blues.


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