Guest post – written by Jen Kugler from Fly Fishilicious
Were you here in Denver at the Fly Fishing Show (FFS), the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) or the International Sportsman’s Exposition (ISE) this last weekend? If you were, chances are you at least saw me. Did you see or meet me?! I was back and forth between the shows this weekend and had a lot of fun. I am still recovering. It. Tired. Me. Out!
So, you ask – what did I think? Well, I’ll give it to you straight.
The Fly Fishing Show
~ I was helping out at the Sportman’s Alliance for Alaska
– Save Bristol Bay
booth. Small venue. Exclusively about fly fishing. It was a little cramped feeling and perhaps even a little dark in the building. I wasn’t there on Saturday (busier day I hear) – but I was there on Friday and Sunday and the little corner I was in was pretty S L O W (which isn’t always a horrible thing) The highlights (for me of course):
– Spotting the EZ-Fold Net
– My Dad had one of these years ago and recently couldn’t find it and I know my Mom mentioned looking for another one and not finding it anywhere – in stores or online. Low and behold, there it was. BAM. Dad has a new one! :)- Running by the author’s booth only to have a ‘Fish RMNP’ sticker catch my eye. Did a double take. Turned around and none other than Steven B. Schweitzer was at the booth signing books. Ummm…wow, his book, A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park
was my bible this summer and I’ve mentioned it in several posts on my blog. Pretty cool to meet the guy and get a sticker and a pin, which I will proudly sport! Sad I didn’t have my book with me, and he attempted to sign a sticker for me, but even though I kept it out overnight for the pen to dry – alas it didn’t, and it smeared
We shall meet again someday my friend. Maybe in RMNP!
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival
~ This was the one I was most excited about beforehand. I love watching all the ‘fish porn’ flicks online ~ especially now that I’ve got the angler’s Winter cabin fever in full force. But…unfortunately it left a little to be desired. It lacked some organization, and technical difficulties interrupted the experience mid-show. I hear they ended up leaving out 3 of the films that were supposed to be featured (including my friend – The Humble Fisherman
). They featured some great films. I loved the segments from Castaway Films
(well done guys) – and one segment in particular from The Costa Rica Challenge
had me laughing pretty good, thanks to Marc Crapo
~ but there were also a couple of films in there that left me a bit cross eyed. Just being honest with ya! I actually felt bad for the people running the show. I understand things happen and that sucks, and hopefully they can pull it together to make the other stops on the tour go smoothly. For future reference, maybe they could consider turning the sound down a smidge and cutting about 30-45mins off the total running time. It was just a tad too long for comfort. All in all I had a good time. I was able to meet up with some friends and have a great dinner afterwards. Happy Jen.
The International Sportsman’s Expo ~ Again, I was helping out at the Sportman’s Alliance for Alaska – Save Bristol Bay booth and I also did a little stint at the Project Healing Waters booth. Big show. Not just about fly fishing. They did a pretty good job keeping the venue ‘sorted’ into themes. Nicely laid out – lots to explore. Most of the fly fishing stuff was centered in the middle of the show around the casting ponds, which made it perfect for networking and perusing around. Great deals to be had. Fun stuff going on all around. Casting – Dogs – Bugs – Fish Tank – Etc. I had a wonderful time talking to people and making some great contacts. Saturday was busy busy busy and I was able to help educate people about Bristol Bay and get a lot of thank you letters signed for our Senators. If you didn’t see me at the Bristol Bay booth, chances are I was loitering on the comfy chairs over at the Orvis booth and chatting up my friend Spencer from Falcon’s Ledge. What a great guy – glad he was in town and we were able to meet up and hang out a bit. Casting with Simon Gawesworth was also a highlight – if you missed it, I learned to double haul.Meeting people! Shout-outs go to the guys at FishExplorer.com, Fish Pimp, Fishful Thinker, RIO, Redington, Fish the Baja, Hatch Outdoors, Free Fly Apparel, Falcon’s Ledge and of course my guys from Hook Flyfishing and also Colorado Skies!Hope to see you all again very soon!