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Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo 2015

Once again, the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo (March 20 -22, 2015), at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN was a great place to gain new skills, knowledge, and inside information on places to fish.  There were interesting seminars and clinics, casting instruction, fly tying, live bugs and aquatic creatures, as well as many booths with information and gear. We sponsored Jamie Jameson from the Duluth MN DNR who spoke on fishing North Shore Streams at our Wine and Cheese Event on Saturday March 21st from 12-1.  It was a great way to get ready for spring fishing, promote our club by volunteering at our booth, and meet other fly anglers.

Photos from Expo 2013

The Great Waters Expo, held on March 22-24, has always been a celebration of fly fishing, its environs and the people who share its fun and needed skill.

Tom Helgeson created the Expo several years ago and it remains “his” show and is dedicated to his memory and love of fly fishing. Tom, always a friend to the women in this group, set up many events through the years and was a wonderful mentor to us.

As usual, the group had a booth at the event and sponsored one of the seminars.

Scott Sorensen was the presenter at the seminar on Tenkara style fishing and the equipment used. Scott works at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais.  EMAIL:

Tenkara is an Asian way of fly fishing which is becoming popular in the West. We had many men at the seminar; of course, since we always serve wine and cheese at these Expo presentations,that also might have increased the attendance!

Over hundreds of years they have evolved from simple bamboo poles to the modern ultralight high-tech carbon fiber telescopic rods we use today. They are designed specifically for fly fishing small streams. Because the line is tied to the rod tip, the rods have no guides and no reel seats. U.S. anglers might think “cane pole” and U.K. anglers might think “whip.” Tenkara rods can cast an unweighted fly with a very light line and protect a very light tippet, something neither a cane pole or a whip could do. They weigh just a few ounces and collapse to a very compact length.

Everyone always has a great time at the Expo. It gives us a chance to showcase some of the things that we do and, hopefully, to sign up more members. It is also a great time for those of us working in the booth to plan some spring and summer outings.

We were so happy that a picture of Marlene Huston (Certified Casting Instructor and a member) and Kathy was the featured photo of the Expo site this year. Kathy Helgeson (not the Kathy in the photo) took this GREAT shot!
Susie, Linda, Mary Beth and Gini working at the booth.
The booth is set up and waiting for visitors.
Susie, Donna, and Carol. Donna is an honorary member from Illinois and was part of a panel presentation several years ago.
Margaret LeBien, a Club member, passed her casting instructor certification at the Expo. The entire group congratulates her on this achievement!
Margaret and John (Gini’s husband). Both of them received their new designation as Certified Casting Instructors. Congratulations to both of them!
The audience has a chance to check out the equipment.