Colorado-based outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to know that January means show season once again in the Denver market. Yes, the International Sportsman's Expo and the Fly Fishing Show are slated for the weekend of Jan. 7. These are the shows where anglers and hunters alike can get ideas of where to go, how to be more successful and have some fun rubbing elbows with fellow outdoor folks.
Starting with a look at the Fly Fishing Show, whether you're a grizzled fly fishing veteran or a beginner looking for your first outfit or possible trip, this is the show for you. The Fly Fishing Show will feature a long list of seminars, exhibitors and programs. Pick a seminar or a program that interests you and just maybe you'll learn something new. I enjoyed last year's Yellowstone talk with Jeff Currier. He offered new insight to a couple waters I've never fished in the park and some great photography. Jeff is a just one of the many notable speakers at the show this year.
The Fly Fishing Show will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart from Jan. 6-8. Hours run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission runs $15 for one day, $25 for a two-day pass, $35 for a three day pass. Children under 5 are free and only $2 for kids under 12. Boy Scouts under 16 in uniform are free. Active military is $10.
The International Sportsmen's Expo also runs the same weekend, but the show gets rolling Thursday at noon in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Thursday hours are 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
What are you going to find at the 2012 ISE? You'll enjoy seminars, programs, competitions, demostrations and lots of hands-on activities for youngsters. Attractions include the Fly Fishing Theater, sponsored by Tourism Saskatchewan and hosted by Kirk Deeter, Adventure Theater sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Aquarium Demonstration Tank, sponsored by World Fishing Network, Freestone Aquatics and FishExplorer, Sporting-Dog Arena sponsored by Bearpoint Kennels, Ringneck Country and Tri-Tronics, and lastly, the Fly-Casting Pond. Each attraction will feature authors, outdoor industry talent and trainers sharing their knowledge and secrets.
The exhibitor list goes on and on. Whether you are in the market for a new gun, fishing rod or if you're looking for a getaway, there's something for everybody. Look for this writer spending time at the FishExplorer booth. Personally, I was introduced to Shane McClaflin of Sunrise Packstation at ISE abot 4 years ago. He took my wife and I on a Yellowstone backcountry fishing adventure...one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips...it was fantastic. Stop by his booth and learn more.
Lastly, admission to ISE runs $15 for adults. Kids under 15 are free and so is active military with military ID. Tickets can be purchsed online! Parking and a shuttle ride is free at Coors Field.