Go or stay home. Your choice.
The show is the largest Fly Fishing show in the country. I enjoy the seminars and I can pick thru The Bears Den fly fishing materials corner and watch johnny tie some awesome creations there as well. I like to play with the new rods and lines that are available. There are some great discounts on fly lines. Demonstrations at the casting pool and out behind the building by some of the best casters and anglers of our time. It is a once a year event for the price of a decent swimming plug. You want information on fishing Harker's Island, Brian Horsley will be giving a seminar on that very subject. You want to talk about Worm hatches in Rhode Island Capt. Ray will be their to answer your questions. NJ's own Jim Freda will walk you thru the season and the locations in NJ that are viable during the calendar year.
I'm buying the 2 day ticket for Friday and Saturday. I've been going to the show for well over a decade and in the early days when I lived near Albany NY, I'd do the Marlboro, MA show to talk turkey about fishing the Cape and having lunch with guys who I fish the Cape with while we map out our rendezvou's at Barnstable, Strong Island, Stage Harbor. Then do it again at Somerset, NJ the following week to hook up with my Long Island, Hudson River and New Jersey fishing.
The show signal's the winter is waning and spring is just 6 weeks away. So the ticket price went up 3 bucks. What's a pack of cigarettes cost today? It is called inflation. Things cost more and the show is paying higher fees for the room and all of the other rooms for seminars, Classes, etc.
If your new to Fly fishing and live with in driving distance I recommend you try it. If you want to see the very best fly tiers in the east at work, I recommend you come. If you want to be part of a spectacular event this will give you your monies worth. Better that the Circus, or a Yankee Baseball game. And cheaper that either of them.
And for the Cape Cod fly fishers I hid the name of a hot spot in the verbage. See if you can spot it.
and I'll pm you the directions.