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In a landmark cooperative agreement, The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the Fly Fishing Show have joined forces in the promotion of the 2014 consumer shows.

Source: AFFTA


The agreement was reached between AFFTA president Ben Bulis and Fly Fishing Show director Chuck Furimsky.

The agreement stipulates, in part “… Any AFFTA member – retailer or manufacturer – that didn’t exhibit at the consumer shows in 2013 will receive a 10% discount on their 2014 booth fees. Other AFFTA-associated member benefits for 2014 are ‘in the works.’”

The duo noted that “marketing and promoting the consumer shows together to increase participation in the sport and support businesses in the fly-fishing industry makes good, practical sense.” There will be no further conflicts of dates and show venues, they agreed.

“This mutual agreement falls within AFFTA’s mission and goals, which include growing demand for fly-fishing products by attracting new participants to the sport and promoting better business practices and professional development opportunities for our members,” said Bulis.   

The partnership evolved during a series of meetings during the summer and early fall.

The 2014 Fly Fishing Show dates and locations include:

Denver, Colo. – January 3-5, Denver Merchandise Mart;

Marlborough, Mass. – January 17-19, Royal Plaza Trade Center;

Somerset, NJ – January 24-26, Garden State Exhibit Center;

Winston-Salem, NC – February 7-8, Benton Convention Center;

Lynnwood, Wash. – February 15-16, Lynnwood Convention Center;

Pleasanton, Calif. – February 21-23, Alameda County Fairgrounds; and

Lancaster, Penn. – March 1-2, Lancaster County Convention Center.

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Comments (3 posted):

wjc on 15/10/2013 16:24:31
All you guys that are near a show and attend, please go to the AFTMA booth and let those guys know single-handed fly fishermen are NOT 2nd class patrons. >WE WANT TOTAL HEAD WEIGHTS IN GRAINS< and wt/ft of running line. Just like the 2-handed guys have been getting for 50 years now. Thanks for your cooperation.
fredaevans on 15/10/2013 16:39:24
Jim, subject to correction here, but I thought all single hander lines had very tight weight tolerances. There appears to be some fiddling with that at the moment as I've seen references to '5.5' weight lines. That said, you make a valid point as its only the first 30 feet that get 'counted.' As you note line design for 2handers can get very inventive just by going to a thicker/thinner head material. Same weight (in grains) could easily change in just 10 foot of line. Minor edit. Took a bit of looking but DT single hander lines can change quickly. Gather as little as six feet can 'up one' the casting line weight.
wjc on 15/10/2013 19:49:22
Jim, subject to correction here, but I thought all single hander lines had very tight weight tolerances. They do, Fred, for the first 30 feet. But WF fishing lines in the 7,8,9 wt range can have head lengths of around 50 feet - some longer. The SA MED that I fish with on calm days has a head length of over 70 feet. Some of the SA steelhead lines have very long heads as well. The Cortland tropical Liquid Crystal, for instance, has a head length of 47' from 6wt through 9 wt (inclusive). The 8 wt head weighs 305 gns. Even the compact heads in that series are 42' from 10-12 wts inclusive. But the billfish heads are 30 feet. From actual measurements on vastly different configuration heads, I generally overhang half the head length (except for the MED :D). So that is 70 feet of line with the Crystal. This is the reason why the CCS database is only good as a reference (for the salt) if you have weighed the actual amount of line out the tip on a long cast. As I said in another post, I like rods (for the salt) that test out by CCS at 2 1/2 to 3 times higher in their ERN column than the line I plan to use on it. But again, that's just me. There is a discussion about under/over-lining that I just saw that goes hand in hand with this topic. For me, a rod "absoluely requires" underlining if, when going for a long cast within my casting range, the rod starts "mushing out" on the presentation. For the salt, I want a rod more powerful than me during my best cast- but not by much. That is why I bring the line I want to fish with me when test casting a new rod. In my opinion, people do it backwards. They go by rod "weight rating" and wind up using a line one or two sizes heavier. To me that makes little sense. Got to get to the Post Office before it closes. Cheers,
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