The Fly Fishing Shows are always some of our favorite weekends of the year. They offer a chance to get hands-on with new products around the industry, and to meet fellow anglers from around the country. But sadly it seems that all but one have been postponed to 2022 or to later this year.
The updated Fly Fishing Show schedule:
- Marlborough, Mass. – Postponed until 2022
- Edison, NJ – Postponed until 2022
- Atlanta, GA – Postponed until 2022
- Pleasanton, Calif. – Postponed until 2022
- Lancaster, Penn. – Postponed until 2022
- Denver, Colo. – Rescheduled for April 30-May 1-2
January 29, 2021 Update From the Fly Fishing Show:
“Alameda County Fairgrounds – site of the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show – has been designated a COVID-19 vaccine distribution center, ending any hope for 2021 while restrictive government attendance mandates forced the cancellation of the Lancaster, Penn. show.
In addition to becoming a vaccine distribution center, emergency medical services will take over all of the Alameda County Fairgrounds’ primary buildings and the main paved parking lot with an end date of July 4, it was announced. This ends any hope for a possible spring event, but it’s better than an empty facility.
In Pennsylvania, regulations will only permit 463 attendees to the Lancaster Convention Center. The Lancaster Fly Fishing Show attracts far more than that together with exhibitors, show staff, and presenters. We had no choice but to cancel for 2021 and look toward 2022.
The Denver Fly Fishing Show is still on track for April 30-May 2. We will continue to monitor the situations while remaining hopeful we can make a positive turn.”
From the Fly Fishing Show:
Five of the six scheduled 2021 Fly Fishing Shows have either been postponed or canceled, with the event in Lancaster, Penn., still on track for their original date, announced Ben Furimsky, president and CEO of the annual events.
“Reluctantly, and with a heavy heart, we were forced to cancel, postpone or reschedule everything due to the impact and continuing threat of COVID-19,” he said. Furimsky offered a bit of hope for an alternative later date at Pleasanton in the San Francisco Bay area – perhaps mid-April – if state and county health authorities allow larger gatherings.
Furimsky cited government and facility-imposed restrictions on classroom-style seating for seminars, Destination and Adventure Theater presentations, exhibitor booths, foodservice and demonstration areas, governmental mandates and attendance restrictions together with the continued inability or reluctance of many out-of-state and overseas exhibitors to travel as the reasons for the cancellations.
“Changes in the Fly Fishing Show schedule due to the coronavirus have impacted the lives and businesses of hundreds of exhibitors including guide services, manufacturers, specialized travel booking agencies, artists and retailers plus hundreds of personalities, seminar leaders, fly tiers and other experts with scheduled presentations at each show. The Fly Fishing Shows are some one of the most highly anticipated gatherings annually; they are when our community can see what’s new, test products, make purchases, book travel, renew friendships and reignite the fire that drives us all to carry on the traditions of fly fishing,” lamented Furimsky.
Continuing, “This pandemic has been a financial disaster for communities, show facilities and hotels that rely on the thousands of Fly Fishing Show visitors annually. We have worked extremely hard in an effort to not give up on those who depend on our events. Without a doubt, an essential consideration for attending meetings and tradeshows is having a sense of safety and security. We will continue to work with officials on best practices in order to have a safe and successful event for all,” he concluded.
Dates for the 2022 Fly Fishing Shows will be announced when confirmed.