Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival Recap
This past Friday and Saturday kicked off our annual Spring Fly Fishing Festival. Our Spring Fest is two days jam packed full of all things fly fishing. From gear demos, clinics, doorbuster deals, free stuff, giveaways, free food, and lots of fly fishing hang outs. Reps from Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Scott, Ross, Umpqua, Abel, Costa, Smith, Fishpond, and Lamson were on hand to present gear and answer anyone’s questions.
First out of the gate was our Simms rep Chad Harkins who presented the technical and practical aspects of layering while on the water with Simms layering and outerwear. Simms makes bombproof jackets and waders and it was good to hear how the rest of their technical gear can work together to keep you comfortable in the cold and wet or dry and hot climates. Got Polytetrafluoroethylene?
Newcomer to our event was Dave Allen of Patagonia. Dave discussed Patagonia boots, bags, and packs to a full house and many were presented with the very real benefits that Patagonia Foot Tractors bring you on the river. As always, Scott Rep Frank Smethurst gave a great and insightful presentation on creative fly rigs that catch fish. Many of us also enjoyed heading to the park for Sage rep Erik Johnson’s presentation on saltwater fly casting and then the 2 hours of rod demos from Sage and Scott rods. Everyone had their favorites…but I have to mention that the Sage Salt 6wt, Sage Accel 4wt, and the new yet-to-be-announced Scott saltwater 8wt were added to my “want list” after the day was done.
Throughout the two days we gave away a lot of goodies to many lucky winners. This year’s giveaways were quite possibly the best we have had yet and included:
Caps, t-shirts, leaders, tippet spools, Exofficio bandannas and t-shirts, a Sage 4250 reel, Smith Chromapop Frontman polarized sunglasses, a full jar of Umpqua flies, Simms Headwaters Chest Pack, Simms Headwaters Full Day pack, Patagonia Sling Pack, Rio Perception Fly Line, Rio In Touch Gold fly line, Umpqua Rock Creek Chest Pack, Umpqua Ledges 500 waist pack, a pair of Abel Hybrid Hemostats, Scott Radian 5wt Fly Rod, and a full day Rio Grande float trip this summer.
We had a great turnout this year. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you this summer in the shop or on the water. Here are a few photos of the events throughout the weekend.