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A previous Fly Fish New Hampshire Show. Courtesy photo.




Fly Fish New Hampshire Show

Where: Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester
When: Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission costs $7, free for kids age 12 and under accompanied by an adult 
Visit: merrimacktu.org, or find Fly Fish New Hampshire Show on Facebook 




Ready to fly
NH’s fly fishing expo returns

02/25/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Though most bodies of water are still covered in ice, fly fishing enthusiasts can get an early jump on their spring fishing preparations at the Fly Fish New Hampshire Show, hosted by the Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester. 

The event attracts more than 1,000 attendees from across New England for a day of fly fishing exhibitors and vendors, seminars and demonstrations. Now in its 14th year, Fly Fish NH is the only annual expo in the state that is dedicated exclusively to fly fishing.
“Once April comes around, fly fishing season starts,” said Ron Sowa, show coordinator and MRVTU president. “So, we do this in the wintertime to put out information and give attendees a chance to see the dealers’ new products for the year and ask fly fishing guides about their favorite fishing areas or the best type of equipment to use.” 
The expo will have 36 exhibitor and vendor booths where visitors can learn about fly fishing organizations and clubs, classes and workshops, trips and experiences, guide services, custom equipment manufacturers and more. Local retailers will be there with a wide selection of products for sale, including the essentials like fly rods, reels, lines and fly lures, as well as accessories like knives, fly-tying tools, luggage and clothing. 
Throughout the day, there will be 45-minute educational seminars on a variety of topics such as fishing for salmon and steelhead; the hatch and body language of trout for choosing the right patterns; fishing in the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire, Salmon River in New York or the trout waters of Maine; and a fly fishing guide’s innovative approach to guiding on the region’s waters out of a drift raft. 
Visitors can also learn hands-on skills like how to tie a fly and how to fly cast, which will be demonstrated all day. 
Fly Fish NH is one of MRVTU’s primary fundraising events. Proceeds are used for projects that help protect and improve cold water fishing resources in New Hampshire. They also fund MRVTU’s Kids’ Trout Camp, a five-day camp held in Pittsburg where kids ages 12 to 17 learn the art and science of fly fishing and environmental stewardship. 
“Fly fishing is a growing industry and hobby,” Sowa said. “The show is great and full of information for anyone who is thinking of fly fishing, but the biggest thing is that all the money we make from the show is put back into the community, to restore the trout streams, and for kids who want to learn and find out more about fly fishing.”  





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