Fly Fishing Shows 2018


NO BACK 40 MINE on the Menominee River

Date: January 6, 2018

Location: Titletown Brewing Company, Green Bay, WI

Sponsor:  Tight Lines Fly Shop (Tim Landwehr & Charlie Piette)

Program:  Protect the Menominee River from the proposed Back 40 mine fundraising event.   Presentations by Wisconsin River Alliance, Coalition to Save the Menominee River, Mark Doremus video, and others.

Fundraising with live auction (guide trips, great gear, etc.)


Fly Fishing Show – Denver

Date: January 5, 6, 7, 2018

Location: Denver Mart, Denver, CO

Sponsor: The Fly Fishing Show

Program: Big show with lots well known fishing experts.  Seminars and demonstrations by Ed Engle, Charlie, Craven, A.K. Best, George Daniel, Daniel Galhardo, Steve Schweitzer, Jason Randall, Landon Mayer, Gary Borger, Pat Dorsey, Taylor Edrington, Tom Boyd Phil Rowley, Tom Larimer, etc.


Ice Breaker – 34th Annual

Date: January 13, 2018

Location:  American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI

Sponsor: Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

Speakers/Program:  Tucker and Jacquie Nelson from Nelson Spring Creek Ranch in Livingston.  Tim Landwehr will talk about smallmouth bass fishing.  Live aquatic insect identification by the Wisconsin DNR, lots of fly tying demos, and more.  


West Michigan Fly Show   ***** New Show****

Date: January 13 – 14, 2018

Location:  East Kentwood High School, Grand Rapids, MI

Sponsor: Great Lakes Council of Fly Fishers International

Speakers/Program: Presentations by Jon Ray on the Manistee River, Kevin Feenstra on the Muskegon River, Jeff Hubbard on the Pere Marquette, John Gouker on the Little Manistee, Bear Creek, Ron Barch on Michigan’s fly fishing opportunities, plus fly casting and fly tying demonstrations and vendors.


Cabin Fever Day – 16th Annual - Fox Valley Trout Unlimited

Date: January 14, 2018

Location:  The Grand Meridian, Appleton, WI

Sponsor: Fox Valley Trout Unlimited

Speakers/Program:  Fly fishing seminars by Midwest experts Israel Dunn, Bill Schultz and Damian Wilmot plus fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors and more.


2016 Northern Ohio Fly Tying Expo

Date: January 20, 2018

Location:   Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville, OH

Sponsor: North Coast Fly Fishers

Speakers/Program: George Daniels, Dennis Potter, Jeff Liskay and others. Fly fishing and fly tying seminars and demonstrations plus fly fishing vendors.


Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo

Date: January 25 – 28, 2018

Location: Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL

Sponsor: NMMA Sport Shows

Speakers/Program: Fishing show with extensive number of exhibitors/vendors/programs, limited fly fishing materials/programs.  DRIFT will be  giving fly tying demonstrations.


Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show - 12h Annual

Date: January 27, 2018

Location: Paroquet Springs Conference Center, Shepherdsville, KY

Sponsor: Derby City Fly Fishers.

Speakers/Program:   Casting and tying demonstrations, seminars, vendors, etc.


Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show

 Date:  February 3, 2018

Location:  Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH

Sponsor: Buckeye United Fly Fishers

Speakers/Program:  Ed Engle on fly tying, Ray Schmidt on TFO rods, Mike Schmidt is a commercial fly tyer, vendors, and others


Spring Opener – Badger Fly Fishers

Date:  February 10, 2018

Location:  American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI

Sponsor: Badger Fly Fishers

Speakers/Program:  Pat Ehlers will speak about largemouth bass and saltwater fishing.  Show will have vendors, fly tying demonstrations, raffles, etc.


Ford’s Boat, Sport & Travel Show

Date: February 16 – 25, 2018

Location: Indiana State Fair Grounds, Indianapolis, IN

Sponsor: Renfro Productions

Speakers/Program:  Fly fishing seminars and demonstrations by numerous fly fishing pros. Vendors include manufacturers, retailers of fly fishing equipment boats, clothing, fly tying materials, fly fishing guides, resorts, lodges and outfitters focused on Midwest fishing.


Celebration of Fly Tying – 10th Annual Show

Date: February 24, 2018

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 5830 Clyde Park, Wyoming, MI

Sponsor: Grand River Fly Tyers

Speakers/Program: TBA


Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association

Date: March 2 & 3, 2018

Location:  Isle Casino, Bettendorf, IA

Sponsor: Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association

Speakers/Program:   TBA


TroutFest ’18 Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

Date:  February 24, 2018

Location: Fin ‘N Feather, Winneconne, WI

Sponsor: Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

Speakers/Program:  CWTU’s TroutFest '18 includes mini-seminars, raffles, fly tying demos, artisans, youth fly tying instruction, guides, outfitters.


Madison Fishing Expo

Date:  February 23 – 25, 2018

Location:   Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

Sponsor: Wisconsin Fishing Expo

Speakers/Program:  See listing on website, 125,000 SF of fishing activity.   Outdoor/fishing show with limited fly fishing vendors/programs.


Bronzeback Blowout – Illinois Smallmouth Alliance

Location: American Legion Hall, Elmhurst, IL (suburban Chicago)

Date:  March 3, 2018

Sponsor: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance

Speakers/Program:  Chad Hoover on kayak fishing for bass, vendors, raffles, etc.


Canoecopia – Rutabaga Paddlesport Shop

Date: March 9 – 11, 2018

Location: Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

Sponsor:  Rutabaga Paddlesports, Madison, WI

Speakers/Program: Experience the best antidote for March's cabin fever! Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with over 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. Over 150 seminars, speakers and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can be inspired and learn everything you need to know to select, purchase and use the perfect gear for your style of paddling.


Midwest Fly Fishing Expo (the granddaddy of fly fishing shows)

Date: March 10 – 11, 2018

Location: Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren, MI

Sponsor: Michigan Fly Fishing Club

Speakers/Program:  TBA

Show has demonstrations and programs on fly tying, fly casting, fly fishing seminars and more in 61,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Website has information on the 2017 show to help pique your interest in this show.


Sowbug Roundup  –  20th Annual Show

Date: March 22 – 24, 2018

Location:  Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, AR

Sponsor: North Arkansas Fly Fishers

Speakers/Program: Demonstrations by 100+ expert tyers from across the country and Europe.  Plus fly casting demonstrations, vendors, etc.


Three Rivers Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Show

Date: February 10, 2018

Location: Classic Café, 4832 Hillegas, Road, Fort Wayne, IN

Sponsor: Three Rivers Fly Fishers Club

Speakers/Program: Terry  & Roxanne Wilson on bluegill fishing, Kyle Hammond on pike fishing, fly tying demos, vendors, etc.


18th Annual Sandy River Spey Clave 2018

Date: May 18 – 20, 2018

Location: Oxbow Regional Park on the Sandy River near Welches, Oregon

Sponsor: The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon

Speakers/Program:  TBA   This spey fishing show has numerous spey fishing gurus participating in this event.  Programs and schedules are being developed.  Website has information on prior shows.


Fly Fishers International Annual Fly Fishing Fair

Date: August 6 – 11, 2018

Location:  Boise Center, Boise, ID

Sponsor: Fly Fishers International

Speakers/Program: TBA