If you go: Flyfishing expo includes seminars, tiers, demos and more

The 13th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition is Friday evening and all day Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction.

The event is sponsored by Grand Valley Anglers, a chapter of Trout Unlimited and affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers.

Friday’s events include tours of Ross Reels and Scott Fly Rods in Montrose and Whiting Farms in Delta.

A fly tiers’ meet-and-greet social at 5:30 p.m. Friday kicks off the expo with most of the 50 or so tiers demonstrating their skills in a preview of Saturday’s main event.

On Saturday, doors open at 9 a.m. Activities include a full day of seminars, displays, casting demonstrations and lessons, special events for women and young anglers (16 and younger) and vendor shows.

Of course, Saturday focuses on the fly tiers, coming from Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Montana, showcasing their varied and impressive skills and sharing their secrets.

Saturday’s seminar schedule:

9 a.m. — Tom Whiting of Whiting Farms: “Fascinating Facts About Fly Tying Feathers.”

10 a.m. — Tyler Befus of Montrose: “Youth Introduction to Fly Fishing.”

11 a.m. — Tim Patterson and Matt McCannel of RIGS Fly Shop, Ridgway: “The Tankara Package.”

1 p.m. — Boomer Stout of Trout Creek Fly Shop, Dutch John, Utah: “A Fly Fishing Float Trip Down Utah’s Green River.”

2 p.m. — Steve Schweitzer, guide and photographer: “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park.”

5:30 p.m. — Banquet & Program featuring Mark Lance, photographer and author: “Landscapes of Trout.”

All expo events are free except the banquet, where tickets cost $25 per person and reservations are required.

Contact Steve McCall at 210-7941 for information.

Proceeds from the expo help finance the Grand Valley Anglers’ efforts providing youth and adult education, protecting cold water fisheries and sending one youth each June to a statewide conservation camp.

For information and a complete agenda, go to http://www.grand-valley-anglers.org.


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