Denver’s 18th Annual Fly Fishing Show Set for January 4-6 

Tons of fly fishing and outdoor gear is for sale at the Denver Fly Fishing Show January 4-6, 2019.  Photo by Fly Fishing Show.

Tons of fly fishing and outdoor gear is for sale at the Denver Fly Fishing Show January 4-6, 2019. Photo by Fly Fishing Show.

Year’s Biggest Fly-Fishing Event Features Rods, Reels, Flies and Education

By Lisa McIntyre

Whether you are an expert fly fisher or considering learning the arts of casting, catching and releasing, the three-day Denver Fly Fishing Show offers everything you need to set out on your next outdoor adventure.

“Fed with snow high atop the Continental Divide, Colorado’s rivers develop into some of the country’s best trout streams,” outfitter Orvis reports.

The venue has expanded this year to include more speakers and a broader selection of high-tech gear and outdoor clothing.  Each aisle includes a variety of offerings from handmade bamboo rods to previously used reels that are available to purchase. 

“You can’t see it all in one day, so plan on the weekend,” said the show’s director, Ben Furimsky. “Bring your friends and family for some fun at the biggest consumer fly-fishing event to take place west of the Delaware River.”

Book a guided fishing experience that is offered through local outfitters, or show your love of the sport and get a trout tattoo, on site.

Entomology experts will teach attendees the important details of insects found on the water. And, learn to tie flies that are appropriate for every fishing situation, like the Caddis hatch each May on the Arkansas River. A variety of casting classes and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the three-day show.

Women can take a casting class from Wendy Gunn, a professional guide and award-winning fly fisher.  Photo courtesy of Wendy Gunn.

Women can take a casting class from Wendy Gunn, a professional guide and award-winning fly fisher. Photo courtesy of Wendy Gunn.

This year’s event also features the Women’s Showcase: discussions and presentations targeted to the female fly fisher, a relatively new segment in the sport of fly fishing. Like-minded women will have the opportunity to meet one another and discuss the nuances of the once male-dominated sport. 

“Fly fishing is a very old sport and the core is still very much the same, but equipment and techniques are constantly changing,” Furimsky shared with Thirst Colorado. “One thing that has changed dramatically, especially in the Denver market, is that the average age of those interested in the sport has dropped significantly. It’s wonderful to see younger people involved in a healthy outdoor activity. We have also seen a huge jump in participation from female anglers.  Fly fishing holds no boundaries!”

Once you’ve found or upgraded your fly-fishing gear, there are just a few steps left: remember to get your license, then scout a few spots where you’d like to get your line wet. Colorado State Parks will provide information on fishing spots to explore. Cheers and tight lines!

What you need to know before you go: Check out the Denver Fly Fishing Show.

  • Where: Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, CO 80216-8470

  • When: Friday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Tickets: Buy advanced tickets online HERE. Cash sales only at gate.

  • One Day Pass: $15

  • Two Day Pass: $25

  • Three Day Pass: $35

  • Military with Photo ID: $10

  • Children 6-12: $5

  • Children 5 and under: Free

  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform, 16 and under: Free

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