I went on saturday and had a really great time - I mooched around the main hall for a couple of hours and got some great trout stuff from Cotes and found exactly the grizzly saddles I wanted for mackerel flies at $3 a pop.
I also spent some time with the Hardy & Greys boys and cast the Platinum XD 9' 9# which was a sweet rod for $299. I missed the end of the casting pool by about 10ft...
I chatted to Scott and admired the Manson beard, and hung out a little with some of the tyers - I didn't get a chance to chat to Pete Gray though, he was mid war story
I also got some info about float trips on the Deerfield and cabins on the upper conneticut for the summer - two trips which are realistically cheap.
After that I watched two excellent presentations by Dick Brown on bonefishing and Ed Engle on difficult trout, and got both to answer some of my questions.
All in all, much better than previous years and well worth the $15 entry I thought.