Outdoors

Show offers angling tips

Experts giving various clinics

Anglers can catch a lesson on skills needed to be successful at Inland Northwest fisheries during the Annual Great Western Sportfishing Show Friday through next Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center.

Along with more than 100 exhibitors, three seminar rooms around the showroom floor will be busy with nonstop programs and demonstrations.

The show, produced for the second year in Spokane by Shuyler Productions of Selah, targets a wide range of fishing, including bass and walleye, salmon, trout and steelhead, and techniques ranging from trolling to fly casting.

Some programs are specific to Eastern Washington and North Idaho waters, while others feature fishing from the coast to Montana and Alaska.

The show also features a fly-tying theater and a large casting pool for demonstrations and contests.

Retailers will be selling fishing gear, factory reps will explain products, outdoor clubs and organizations will have booths along with taxidermists and fishing guides.

“If it doesn’t relate to fishing, then it can’t be a part of this show,” said Merle Shuyler, show organizer.

Stan Fagerstrom, a senior statesman of fishing, a Freshwater Hall of Famer known as the “Master Caster” will cast his magic with a rod and reel at casting pool programs set for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Other bait- and spin-casting activities also are scheduled along with daily demonstrations on fly-casting techniques.

Kids ages 6-12 can learn casting techniques in clinics and vie for prizes.

Spokane Fly Fishers will offer free fly-tying clinics and top anglers around the show, including TV fly tyers Leroy Hyatt and Carolyn Sells, will be demonstrating special pattern tying techniques.

Snake River Adventures will draw names of attendees for a Hells Canyon fishing trip.

Browse fishing boats and see a collection of antique fishing tackle and lures and get answers to antiques that might be in your old tackle box.



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