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NW Fly Fishing Expo, March 9 & 10, 2012
Linn County Expo Center, Albany, Oregon
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The NW Fly Fishing Expo is heralded as the best Fly Fishing Show in the Northwest. There is something for new and experienced anglers.

At any one point in time you can view up to 66 tyers – showcasing their craft. Every hour there is a casting demonstration by FFF certified casting instructor. Interested in taking a class, there is over 80 classes to choose from. You also have the opportunity to view what’s new from the fly industry with over 40 vendors. And yes, many of the vendors have show discounts.

If you are a certified casting instructor, Mac Brown will lead the continuing Education Event on Sunday March 11th. Contact Dwight Klemin ([email protected]) for more information.

Web Links –
Home Page – www.nwexp.com
Classes http://www.nwexpo.com/friday_classes.php
Tyers- http://www.nwexpo.com/tyers.php
Vendors http://www.nwexpo.com/vendors.php

This is a must attend event. There will be banks of 60+ tyers working simultaneously, with plenty of up-close seating and viewing space. The first time I walked into the hall a couple of years ago, I was stunned to see five dozen thread-benders working, exchanging information and teaching, non-stop in two hour (I think) sessions. Then another five dozen replaced those, and on.
 

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For over 20 years the NW Expo has been a fly tyer event. Five years ago a new vision was conceived to have an Expo for the total fly fisher. Since then the NW Fly Fishing Expo has evolved into a two day event with a full educational curriculum of over 90 classes and draws over 2,000 attendees. The NW Expo has been heralded as the “largest fly tying event west of the Mississippi". The education class curriculum offering is the largest fly fishing education offering on the west coast. Vendors are starting to call it their show of choice. And with all its success the NW Expo is still an event planned and delivered by volunteers from the fly fishing clubs in Oregon.

Surrounding the tyers are over 50 vendors in booths. These vendors of the fly fishing industry represent fly fishing products from fly tying materials to boats. Each vendor features items for the fly angler from beginner to expert. An area of special interest is the Entrepreneur booths were small start up fly fishing oriented companies are able to introduce their innovative new products or businesses.

In addition to the fly tying venue, casting is a welcomed feature event at the Expo. The Expo features a 70 foot casting pond on the main floor where certified casting instructors give demonstrations each hour. Spey casters have an outdoor Spey casting pond to practice and receive instruction. In addition to the casting pond there is an acre of space indoors for individual and group casting instruction.

The Expo also features an hourly raffle where attendees are able to win prizes donated by attending vendors and companies throughout the fly fishing industry.

The Expo finishes with a banquet on Saturday evening with the highlight for the dinner, an oral auction. Auctions of the past have featured guided trips, lodge trips, rods, reels, artwork, sculptures, and just about anything associated to fly fishing.

Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets in advance as the dinner consistently sells out before the Expo has ended. All proceeds are dedicated to education and conservation efforts in Oregon. Learn more about the Expo and sign up for classes or purchase banquet tickets at: www.nwexpo.com.
 

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Great Post Bob, great post.

If you've not been to this type of event, it's a real eye-opener ... to put it mildly. Only thing that 'bugs me' (bad pun intended) is watching a guy/gal tie a size 22 while holding the hook in his fingers.

Ug, I can't even thread one that small on a leader.:(

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Great show!

The show was beyond its advertising, more than 190 tiers, and I think I saw there were 58 vendors. Many classes of various types, and new this year was coaching on casting by accredited instructors (I think, all day). For a $30donation you got 30 minutes of coaching! The crowd was also larger than I have seen in the past. Five of my students from the Beginning Fly Tying class attended, and were enthralled with the experience. I think it was the best expo I have experienced.
 
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