Hit the Somerset show today. It was my first time and well worth it. Lots of good people that would spend the time and answer all of your questions. Learned a few new tricks watching the guys tie flies. Cant wait for spring
Yeah....."The Show" was alot better when there was more vendors for fly tying and other goodies. Seems like the big companies are buying up alot of space. Nothing wrong with that though.
I guess it's tough for the smaller shops (and those further away) to make a little dough.
The past couple of years the tyers were shoe horned in and were told the day of the show they would have to share time at a table. I think that turned quite a few people away.
The lancaster show should be interesting...in a good way. Not sure if they are going to bring it back to K.O.P. after the construction is done. Guess we'll have to wait and findout. Not sure if they are going to have another "exhibit" center after the Casino is up and running.
Did not get a chance to go this year. It has changed a lot over the years but, still a fun experience. I would of went this year, but just had too many other irons in the fire.
The smaller vendors have a tough time competing with the big on line companies, and just stay in business. With expenses just to be in the show pretty good it is difficult for them to drag a ton of merchandise there, sell it at sale prices and come home with some profit. Look how many shops, that many liked, bit the dust recently. Over all it is alway a fun day to be with so many like minded anglers. The tying and seminars are good. You meet a ton of interesting people. You just have to look at it as a fun entertaining day or two.
The Lancaster Show should be a winner. i believe there are more fly fishers per Sq. Mile in PA than any other state in the Union. Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh will be there.
The Somerset Show was great. Sage and Winston didn't show, but every spot was filled. I didn't see a shortage of flytiers. if you combined the two asile sides it would have made a full asile of nothing but tirers.
The Bears Den from Taunton, MA has a great display and their stuff is quality. Friday the crowd was good, saturday it was full.
I picked up some tying stuff and attended about 4 seminars. Jonny King and David Nelson tying side by side at the Bears Den put out some awesome flys. Jonny's articulate flies are almost life like. Beautiful work.
The turn out of vendors was decent considering our current economy. Some of the smaller shops have probably faded away due to the economy. This was my 14th year at Somerset. If I have time I migh make the trip from the Jersey Shore to Lancaster.