I attended the Denver Fly Fishing Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart. It was an awesome day and I got to meet some very cool people and check out some awesome new equipment. I spent almost four hours walking the aisles and looking at a few things that I was thinking about getting and chatting with many people who had some very interesting booths. It was not just talking to random people either, I was able to meet some of my fly fishing heroes.
Who you might ask? Well, first and foremost I got to meet Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA at the RIGS Fly Shop and Guide Service booth. Talking to the owner of the shop, Tim Patterson, I was very happy to see how excited he was about Tenkara and the opportunities that the Gunnison River and even the Uncomprahgre Rivers have to offer the Tenkara Fisherman. The staff at the booth were amazing and definitely got me even more excited about the fishing to come this summer.
So after talking to Tim for a few, the man who I was most looking forward to seeing came over from the casting pond and spoke with me!! The man who I had been looking forward to meeting in person and not just chatting with online Daniel Galhardo himself.
Daniel showed me the Ito and the new long line technique. And apparently I have some work to do when it comes to this. But, with a little patience and some quality time on the water I will get it down. It was hard to feel comfortable casting the Ito in the building because there was a bit of a limited space to work with for the overhead casting. After with Daniel for a few about the new 3rd generation furled line and a few other things
I moved on in the show and was able to get a photo opportunity with two more of my fly fishing heroes. John Gierach was at the author booth. How cool is that? I mean to meet the Trout Bum himself is a dream come true.
After getting a shot with the Trout Bum himself I was able to take the opportunity to talk with Mr. Charley Craven who was also at the Author’s Booth.
So once I had met my heroes of the professional fly fishing world I went and picked up my new fly tying bench and a few other purchases and items that I had gathered I was on my way out the door so I could start working on this post.
But let’s not forget the awesome Bronco game that was played last night.
Anyway, that was my day at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver.
I was also able to meet Steve Schwietzer as well. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo op with him. Sorry Steve maybe next time or next summer up in Rocky Mountain National Park.
I will be posting reviews of the items that I picked up at the show over the next few months so please keep your eyes peeled for some of those.
I am super excited that I had the opportunity to attend the show and I hope that I can do the same next year.