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Somerset, NJ Fly Fishing Show

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Somerset, NJ
Garden State Convention Center
January 25, 26, 27 2013

Show Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 8:30 - 6:00; Sun 9 - 4:30

Admission: Adult: $18 for one day,
$28 for two-day pass,
$38 for three-day pass;
Children under 5 free, under 12: $2
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Active Military: $10


See ya there!
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Any discount for SOL members ?

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Actually, there's a $2 premium for cheapskates. wink.gif
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I'm as Cheap as it comes w/  70 mile ride one way tolls and a return and then they what you to drop some coin , Yes I need a discount  

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Never been to one of these. Always wondered if it'd be worth the drive up.....
post #6 of 40
great show plenty to look and plenty of good folks to talk to.

we have had a booth for 17 years there even if i did not have a booth i would be there. We get our materials for the year there.
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Originally Posted by Hook I View Post

I'm as Cheap as it comes w/  70 mile ride one way tolls and a return and then they what you to drop some coin , Yes I need a discount  

Hook I: Regarding the Somerset, NJ show, I'm agreeing with you for sure. $18 pp/x two of us =$36 just to get in the door plus the bridge tolls to get to NJ from LI and back? No way we'd be saving a penny if we're looking to buy fly tying materials. Years ago, I'd buy $85-90 worth of new stuff and come home with materials I couldn't wait to tie with after viewing the fly tyers at their booths. A couple of them I wished I hadn't even bought. Nowadays, for 2, this show is just costing too much to attend unless you live in NJ. . Fly shops online as well as at home are selling the same products at the same cost so why bother?

I enjoyed watching the tiers (tyers?) tying and maybe seeing new flyfishing items/trips, etc. but after 10 years attending the show at Somerset, and never interested in taking one of the guide trips promoted in the theater, we just don't go anymore, mostly because of the cost of driving there + entrance fees vs. what we buy and what we actually need? When traveling to flyfishing spots, we already have our favorite guides.

Good show for new flyfishers but, although I'm sure it will be contested here, most of us veteran flyfishermen/flytyers, feel we're spending too much money just going to the show and on materials we could buy at our local flyshops. And we need to be loyal to our flyshops which are fading fast. After all is said and done viewing all the new techniques/materials shown at the show, we all know deceivers/clousers and their "variations" produce the best.

So, just from my personal viewpoint, HookI, I definitely agree with your post.
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If I had to travel a long distance I wouldn't go either, they just bumped up the tolls on the NY/NJ bridges today AGAIN. When The Show first opened it was lightly attended and a fair price but now it's way out there for anyone coming from afar. Lucky for me it's about 30 minutes and I go with friends. My opinion, any only my opinion, it's a rip off. Charge 10 bucks, 8 for seniors, free to kids and a person in uniform, I know people without a house that would love to go but money is tight so I'm looking to take anyone around me on my dime that can't swing it.
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Originally Posted by Tully Mars View Post

Never been to one of these. Always wondered if it'd be worth the drive up.....

 

Try and hook up with a buddy to split expenses. Grab a room for a night and attend for two days. Its a worthwhile event that you will thoroughly enjoy. It never gets old for me. I have friends that come in from Atlanta and Florida each year. Bet you'll come back.

post #10 of 40
Thread Starter 
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. wink.gif and I'll pm you the directions.
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there is a seperate show (same organizer) for tiers...i believe it just passed.

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RJ been to a couple of  "Surf Fishing" shows  @ the Garden State Con. Ctr. so this will be the 1st time for me ( Fly ) . Jim Freda is excellent guide and speaker. Have his book and read his works , also did a guide w/ Shore Catch. (  Shell E Caris ) .   The way you express yourself on the site .....have you ever writen on the subject of fishing the surf ? if you have I would buy it !   P.S. I have an idea of your Hot Spot .lol thanks

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Originally Posted by RJ View Post

Demonstrations at the casting pool and out behind the building by some of the best casters and anglers of our time.

And for the Cape Cod fly fishers I hid the name of a hot spot in the verbage. See if you can spot it. wink.gif and I'll pm you the directions.

RJ,

Looked thru your verbage, got me stumped. The only reference possible I see is "Casting Pool."
That might be what some people call the small parking area up steam at Scorton Creek near the highway. I believe it's 6A.

Yeah! ..... The cost of admission increased three dollars. You hate to see that, but the parking is free. There use to be some great deals and sales during the show of advertized items on tackle and materials. Don't see that as much anymore. most sales are pure retail price. But if you ask and it can't hurt, maybe some vendors are willing to bend on price expecially near the end of the show on Sunday. Even if you don't buy a thing, plenty of interesting and educational activiites going on like six seminars at the same time going all day long. That can break up the winter. Also, you are never going to get more talented and fish educated fly fishman together from all over America and the world than this event.
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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.

Maybe I'll take a stroll down that lane come spring.
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Originally Posted by Hook I View Post

Any discount for SOL members ?

On saturday, for $18 you can see Lefty Kreh and Andy Mill give casting lessons - while Bob popvics gives tying lessions - that's not worth $18, that's worth $180!! Not to mention all the other Pros there. Not to mention the general fun of being fully immersed in fly fishing stuff in the dead of winter, discounts on gear, etc... Flyfisherman are a funny bunch...
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