Who went to the ISE?

March 18, 2009

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Last week I attended the International Sportsmen s Expo at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy Utah and I wanted to give my review on the show. I went up to the show on Saturday afternoon and it was more busy than I thought it would be. When I arrived the parking was crazy but that was expected. After parking, which seemed like a mile away, I started my trek to the main doors. As I made my way into the main convention center I instantly noticed how many more vendors were their than I remember from years past. I am sure there were just as many as in years past but for some reason it did seem bigger. As I started to walk around I immediately was eying for the fly fishing section. Of course I love the outdoors in general; I love guns, camping and hunting but the main reason for going was to check out all the fly fishing stuff. I first spotted the casting area where they held the competitions.  They had all the vendors setup around the casting area which was nice but there really wasn’t that many vendors.   I soon realized that for fly fisherman this expo wasn’t too impressive but for big and small game hunters it was awesome.

Overall the expo was great I just wish there would have been more fly fishing stuff.

This weekend there is local fly tying and fly fishing expo going on Friday and Saturday at Karen Gail Miller Conference Center on the Salt Lake Community College campus located at 9750 South 300 West Sandy, UT.  Check out the Wasatch Expo website for info :  Below I have included some basic info.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s guest speaker/tyer will be Charlie Craven of Colorado. Charlie has been a commercial fly tyer for nearly thirty years, and in that time has tied flies for almost every species of gamefish in nearly every location in the world,

though he specializes in trout flies for the Rockies. He designs flies for Umpqua Feather Merchants, and some of his popular patterns include the Charlie Boy Hopper, Ragin’ Craven, Poison Tung, Jujubee Midge, Jujubaetis, Jumbo Juju and BC Hopper (collaboration with John Barr).

He was the fly tyer and phtographer for Barr Flies (Stackpole Books 2007). Craven is the president of Charlie’s Fly Box in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado and lives in Arvada, Colorado with his wife, Kris and three kids, Charlie, Julie and Jonathan.

This two-day Expo will feature fly tying demos from some of the best fly tiers in Utah, casting clinics, fly tying and fly fishing workshops, activities for kids, prize raffles, exhibitors, and more. Last year’s expo was a great success and we anticipate this year’s Expo to be bigger and better. Saturday evening we will conclude the Expo with a banquet and auction featuring Charlie Craven as our keynote speaker.

Expo activities on Friday will go from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. The banquet Saturday evening will start at 6:30 p.m.

The goals we have are threefold: 1) raise funds for future conservation projects for Utah’s streams, rivers, and lakes, 2) celebrate fly tying and fly fishing in the state of Utah, and 3) have some fun.

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5 Responses to “Who went to the ISE?”

  1. Bruce Says:

    Big Hoss, I work at ISE, noticed your post and want to thank you for coming out to the show and writing your post. As you know, the fly-fishing industry is in a bit of flux right now, and that has resulted in fewer fly fishing exhibitors than in other years. We did have one retailer, several drift and pontoon boat companies and many resorts catering to fly fishing as exhibitors. Manufacturers in general have reduced the number of shows they’re doing. We’d like to see more fly fishing exhibitors, and you can mention to them that you missed them at the show. They feel that there isn’t incremental business and the show, and choose to stay in their shop. When they hear consumer’s comment about their lack of involvement , it can help change that mindset. Manufacturers too. Visit the websites and let them know you’d like to see the goods. ISE has long been a supporter of fly fishing, and is sounds like you missed the Best of the West Distance Casting Compeition Championship on Sunday. There were 12 exceptional casters vying for the title, and spectators were able to watch Steve Rajeff throw a cast more than 125 feet. Compete results are at Best of the West Championship.
    I hope the show this weekend goes well for you. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    Thanks for visiting our site and your comment. That is good idea about letting vendors and manufactures know that i wish i could have seen them at the show. I wanted to see the casting competition because a guy i know was in the finals on Sunday. thanks again for the comment. and let me know if next year if you want a small ad spot for a month leading up to the show. we are getting a great following and next year it will be even larger.

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