GARDEN CITY, Idaho – The Western Fly Fishing Expo is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest and it’s back after being canceled a year ago due to the pandemic.
The exhibit features vendors, demonstrations, seminars, fly tying and a casting pond that will help anyone from the most seasoned angler to one just starting their fly fishing adventure.
This event is hosted by Boise Valley fly fishermen whose mission is to promote access to fishing, conservation and education.
“The love of fly fishing is there, but it’s also the love of teaching,” said Tom Old of Boise Valley Fly Fishers. “All of a sudden they say I do, I can do it, it’s no mystery, it’s just fly fishing.”
Vendors come from all over the country and we met Phil Hayes who made the trip from Iowa with his ultralight tube designed for hiking that breaks down nicely weighing three pounds six ounces.
“We have a product that is ideal for packaging in the high mountain lakes of Idaho,” said Hayes, whose company is called Wilderness Lite. “There is water that has never seen a fly before because it’s a spray of 30 or 40 feet from the shore, that allows you to go anywhere on this lake.”
This year’s exhibit doesn’t have as many vendors due to the pandemic and travel issues and it’s an event that takes COVID precautions seriously.
The exhibit kicked off Friday, but it will also be in full swing Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and costs $ 10 in cash and is free for children 13 and under.
“I think you’re going to really enjoy it, it’s a very family-friendly event and we welcome you here,” Old said.