Tomorrow (today, as you read this), I’m headed to the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and seeing some new gear. The Pleasanton show is the only show in town, for the whole Bay Area. I once heard that San Francisco has more fly anglers per capita than any other major city in the US. I don’t know if that is true, but if it is, it seems odd that the only show catering to that particular group would be a bridge and tunnel away. So it is.
There used to the the International Sportmen’s Expo in San Mateo, but after years of decline they didn’t even do that show this year. I worked the ISE a couple years and I worked the Fly Fishing Show a couple of years, but this year I’m going just as a regular ole’ consumer.
I generally don’t buy much at these shows… I once bought an Elkhorn 3/4 weight and a T&T 5 wt. The T&T broke and when I sent it in for repair I learned it was a used rod and that they would repair it this time, but never again. Sadly, it is my favorite 5 wt… on the fast end of medium… good for my short line nymphing but still soft enough to throw some #20 tricos… ya know, back when I was actually fishing #20 tricos.
Really, I go to see the folks. This year, I also hope to talk to a few folks about doing interviews for the blog.
Should be a good time.