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Pleasanton Show Kicks Off Fly Fishing Season
Fly Fishing
Ben Furimsky, president and CEO of the Fly Fishing Show, shows a dandy trout that fell for a small dry fly. Learn fly fishing from basics to advanced at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show, set at the Alameda County Fairgrounds later this month. Photo Contributed

Everything new in the game of fly fishing from the Pacific Ocean to Pyramid Lake will be on display when the three-day 2020 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show kicks off the season, Feb. 21 through 23 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave.

The show’s newest edition features more than 15 seminars, demonstrations or audio/visual presentations each hour together with wall-to-wall displays of the newest fly rods, reels, lines, boots, waders, clothing, water craft, artwork and flies during the mid-winter run.

In addition to tackle, lodges and exotic destinations, show visitors can view continuous fly-tying demonstrations, how-to-do-it seminars and presentations ranging from Mongolia to Cuba, Northern British Columbia to Lees Ferry, Arizona.

Seminars include Fly Fishing for Delta Bass, the Eastern Sierra on the Fly, an Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Still Waters and Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters.

Casting demonstrations are scheduled by Gary Borger, Brian O’Keefe, Jeff Currier and Wendy Gunn among others. Featured fly tiers include Ed Engle, Dan Blanton, Denny Rickards, Borger, Phil Rowley and Rob Anderson.

The Northern California premiere of the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Festival is Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Scouts in uniform can earn credits toward a fly fishing merit badge.

Fly Fishing Show admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under 16 in uniform. Children under 12 are $5. Active military with an ID are $10.

For a complete list of fly-fishing films, classes, seminars, door prizes, demonstrations and the Scout Merit Badge program, visit or call (814) 443-3638.