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Top 9 Reasons to Come to the 2012 International Sportsmen’s Expo

December 17, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

The Denver Angling Community is cursed blessed every January when The Fly Fishing Show and The International Sportmen's Expo (ISE) converge on Denver, all in the same weekend.  We're not going to waste time pretending that this is an ideal situation, nor are we going to delve into our personal feelings about two competing consumer fly fishing shows.  Instead, we're going to offer a simple list of why you, as a consumer, should plan on spending a day (or two) at this year's 2012 International Sportsmen's Expo.


1.  Trou'ts Fly Fishing will be there, Booth R747.  We'll be offering amazing daily show specials on a variety of fly fishing goods, but you have to be in attendance.  In addition, we're going to refund the $15 entry fee for anybody who purchases $100 or more at our booth!

2.  The ISE show offers better savings to those who attend.  You can also click here to receive a $2 OFF coupon for all Denver show dates.

The International Sportsmen's Expo:  $15/adult, FREE/children under 15, FREE/active military

* Total number of Exhibitors:  398

The Fly Fishing Show:  $15/adult, FREE/children under 5, $2/children under 12, FREE/active military, FREE/scouts in uniform

* Total number of Exhibitors:  88

3.  More show days and longer show hours at ISE (click here to view The Fly Fishing Show's hours)

Thursday, 1/5/12:  12pm - 9pm

Wednesday, 1/6/12:  12pm - 9pm

Saturday, 1/7/12:  9am - 8pm

Sunday, 1/8/12:  10am - 5pm

4.  Unique and one of a kind presentations at ISE in the Fly Fishing Theater, the Aquarium Demonstration Tank and on the main Casting Pond.  A variety of fly fishing personalities will also be on hand including: Pat Dorsey, Landon Mayer, Greg Thomas, Kelly Galloup, Kirk Deeter, Kerry Caraghar, Greg Felt, and April Vokey just to name a few.

5.  Trout's Fly Fishing will be raffling off a Sage ONE 590-4 Fly Rod during the show, will all proceeds going to the Children's Hospital.  This is a great way to get in the running to win the best fly rod of 2012, as well as help kids in need.  Tickets will be sold during the show (1/5 - 1/8), with the winner being announced at 4pm on the 8th.

6.  Come test your casting skills at the 2012 Best of the West Accuracy Flycasting Tournament.  Open to the public, this event is a great way to see how your skills with a fly rod match up to the best anglers in the industry.



7.  If you’re a bird hunter, the show’s Sporting-Dog Arena presents hourly seminars by training experts, including two local vets.

8.  If you’re passionate about the outdoors and want to pass on the tradition, bring your family to the huge Youth Fair, hosted by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. In addition to archery, shooting safety, catch-and-release fishing and live raptors, this year’s Youth Fair includes a huge Nature Trail, created by “Stay the Trail” and “Wildlife Experience Museum.”  Youth under 16 enter the show for free, and all gear and expert instruction in the Youth Fair is free.

9.  2012 DockDogs Water-Jumping Contest.  We're dog lovers and think this is actually pretty cool.  Come see the Trout's Shop Dogs (a.k.a Winston and Houser) dominate this years contest (by dominate we mean fail, and by fail we mean have fun)


#1. Posted by Trouts Staff on December 27, 2011

We at the Fly Fishing Show do not believe there are two competing fly fishing shows in the Denver area.  One is a sportsmans show and the other a fly fishing show.  We feel there is a need for both shows and wish 100% success to the ISE show and those exhibiting.  The Fly Fishing Show is on the same dates it has had since it’s start in Denver and ISE had recently moved its dates to the same weekend.  That said, if you choose to make your reasons for attending ISE more of a comparison, I would like you to have your facts correct.

The Fly Fishing Show will have over 140 exhibitors covering more than 200 booth spaces.  In review of the ISE listing of exhibitors, there are less than 45 fly fishing exhibitors of which several will be at both shows and this includes an large percentage of fishing lodges.  Every booth at the Fly Fishing Show is in the fly fishing business.

The Fly Fishing Show has Adventure Theater, Destination Theater, the Catch Room, and the Release Room as well as the Author’s Booth and Featured Fly Tier delivering over 175 fly fishing presentations plus over 40 demonstration fly tiers at any given time.  Celebrities such as AK Best, Gary Borger, Charlie Craven, Jeff Currier, George Daniel, Bill Edrington, Ed Engle, John Gierach, Rick Hafele, Dave Hughes, Steve Rajeff, Steve Schweitzer, Jim Schollmeyer, Rick Takahashi, Dave Whitlock, and many more will be speaking.

At the Fly Fishing Show, there are chances to win over $30,000.00 in fly fishing door prizes.

Feel free to ask us about any information related to the Fly Fishing Show.  We hope the sportsman’s show is a success for you.

Ben Furimsky
Fly Fishing Show

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