Anglers anxiously awaiting the snow melt, ice out and the opening of fishing season , can learn the latest fishing techniques and visit with guides, sporting camps and a variety of angling exhibitors at the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo to be held Saturday, March 22 at the Bethel Inn Conference Center in Bethel Maine. This year all proceeds from an auction of items including guided trips, sporting camp vacations and fly fishing gear will go toward the construction of the Veterans Casting Platform at Songo Locks on Sebago Lake to benefit our wounded servicemen and women. The Expo runs from 9:00 am to 4 pm and is sponsored by The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Admission is $5 for adults and free for youth 15 and under.
Exhibitors include Maine and New Hampshire outfitters and guide services, sporting camps, wildlife artists and authors, The Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Casting for Recovery, equipment manufacturers and retailers. Attendees can learn the art of fly tying, rod building and wildlife photography. There will be seminars on getting started in fly fishing, and travel to destination fisheries. and fly tying contests in different age and ability categories. Sponsors and exhibiting vendors are giving away dozens of door prizes every hour.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour, a nationwide movie tour featuring segments from the best fishing films of the year will cap off the day. The two and a half hour movie, “North of Wild” will be shown at 7 pm at The Bethel Inn Conference Center. Tickets are $8 when purchased in advance at the Bethel Inn 207-824-3694 or $12 at the door. The film was produced by Carter Davidson of Gray Ghost Productions. Carter is a Bethel native who grew up fishing in the western Maine region and has hand crafted his own wooden drift boat.
Information on the event is available on line at www.westernmaineflyfishingexpo.com .
Logo courtesy Trout Unlimited