Denver Fly Fishing Show

On Saturday I attended the Denver Fly Fishing Show which, according to the sign out the front, is the largest show of its kind in the world! There was a huge range of merchandise and services on show, and it was a pretty energetic scene. The show covered all sorts of things, including:

  • Trips
  • Rods/Reels
  • Tackle (flies, leader, tippet, etc)
  • Waders and boots
  • Clothing
  • Cane/bamboo rods (really impressive pieces of art!)
  • Fly tying

There was also a decent presence of tenkara-related stuff (both merchandise and information sessions). I stopped in at 2 tenkara sessions, and saw a few different booths with tenkara gear (including, of course, Tenkara USA). I got the latest copy of Tenkara USA’s magazine (which is just as good as the first edition), and another book about tenkara just to see what it has. I guess I’m hooked.

While I was there, I also picked up a beautiful hand-carved fly-box and a kind-of-matching spool, which both turned out to be crafted by Dave Burchett (based in Boulder, CO). Really beautiful work, and a nice small fly box, perfect for tenkara. See below. All in all it was a fun day, and I saw a bunch of interesting stuff. Some of the trips that people were promoting sounded really amazing (llama-packing, multi-day fishing trip in the Colorado wilderness? AWESOME!). I might eventually hit up Kirk’s Flyshop and get out on one if I’m lucky. It was also great to see my local shop, Trouts Fly Fishing represented with a cool-looking booth (see below also).

Trouts Fly Fishing, Denver CO

Trouts┬áis my local fishing shop; it’s about a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute ride from home, so it’s super convenient. They have a bunch of flies, waders, bags, hats, accessories, rods/reels etc. The whole deal. They seem to be a pretty busy little place, and the guys there all seem to be polite and friendly. They also stock Tenkara USA rods, flies and lines (more on tenkara in another post).

I’ve already stopped in there a few times and picked up a bunch of flies, tippet, leader, foreceps and a retractor. They’ll probably become my go-to store for picking up whatever I need since they’re close, have a great range, and I like to keep it local.

Header image taken from Trouts’ website.