Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop 15th Annual Fly Fishing Expo
SATURDAY, MARCH 31st, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
We cordially invite you all to our 15th Annual Fly Fishing Expo on March 31, 2018, 9:00am till 4:00pm here at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop. All of us here look forward to seeing you at this festive event rain or shine. We are really excited at how much the expo has grown over the years!
Maine Artist David B. Tibbetts
David will be here displaying his beautiful watercolors. His work captures many of the historic fisheries from our wonderful state. David will have a free raffle for one of his prints that has 4 images on it. Upper Dam, Pool below Upper Dam, Middle Dam and Lower Dam. http://www.dbtwatercolors.com/DBTWatercolors/Home.html
Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance
Come and meet some of the members from this alliance that have worked with tireless dedication to restore the Atlantic Salmon Runs to the Saco River.
Bamboo Rod Builder
Fred Kretchman of F. D. Kretchman Rod Co. will be here demonstrating some of the intricacies involved in crafting bamboo fly rods. This includes splitting cane, preparing nodes and strips, tapering strips, gluing strips together, straightening sections, and mounting guides and other hardware. He will bring both raw materials and rod sections in various stages of completion as well as some equipment including the Morgan Hand Mill. In addition to demonstrating the bamboo rod building process he will have completed rods on display and some vintage rods, some of which will be for sale. I am excited to announce that we now have a cane cabinet in our store which is dedicated to display new bamboo fly rods built by Fred. As of this moment we have several of Fred's exquisitely crafted cane rods in stock.
Test Cast 100'S of Fly Rods!!
We'll have a large casting area along side a huge tent under which will be a diverse display of fly rods manned by reps or pros from Winston, Scott, Echo, Redington, Hatch, Fishpond, Simms, Rio, Hardy reels and more. They will have fly rods set up and ready to compare and test cast at your leisure. Look below for more details on casting your way into a raffle.
Professional Fly Tying Demo
Joe Calcavecchia of Saltwater Custom Flies and Scott Fisher. Joe is an extraordinary production fly tier who tie thousands of flies each year. Scott is a very talented artist who brings those skills to his fly tying. For many years now he has been creating a series of bait matching flies for both fresh and saltwater that fish can't resist. Both of these tiers attention to detail is evident in their flies and a testament to their skills. Joe and Scott will be tying in our shop during the entire day and will be willing to help you with any fly tying questions that you may have. Every fly that Joe and Scott tie during the Expo will be put into two Eldredge Bros. fly boxes and given away as a door prize.
Register to Win Prizes
From Scott, Redington, Winston and Echo.
If you test cast any fly rod, the representative from that rod company will give you a ticket to put in that company's bucket. At the end of the day we will be drawing a winner from each company's bucket for the following items.
SCOTT: To be announced
REDINGTON: To be announced
WINSTON: To be announced
ECHO: To be announced
FISHPOND: To be announced
Dyna King Kingfisher Vise (your choice of pedestal or c-clamp) - $175.00 value
1 of 2 $50.00 gift certificates for Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop
All of the flies tied by Joe Calcavecchia during the Expo in an Eldredge Bros Fly Box
All of flies tied by Scott Fisher during the Expo in an Eldredge Bros Fly Box
A Four Hour Guided Fishing Trip w / Capt. Mark Drummond - $350.00 value
Tickets: $5.00 each or $20.00 for 5 tickets
Maine Sporting Camps
We will have Maine Sporting Camps here. These camps offer some of the best fishing opportunities that can be found in Maine. Trout live in beautiful places and that's where these camps are located. Each camp is offering a free raffle for a weekend at their beautiful Camps.
For any of you who book a trip with any of the sporting camps at our Expo and pays their deposit the day of our Expo, Eldredge Bros Fly Shop will donate $100.00 towards your stay.
Bradford Camps Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, With Meals $740.00 value http://www.bradfordcamps.com/
Red River Camps Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, With Meals $520.00 value http://www.redrivercamps.com/
Grants Kennebago Camps Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, With Meals $700.00 value http://www.grantscamps.com/
Tim Pond Camps - Free spot for One Person in Tim ponds Fly Fishing School. 3 Days, Food, Lodging, Instruction and use of boat and motor. July 8, 9, 10, 2016 $525.00 value. http://www.timpond.com/
Free Antique Tackle Appraisals
Sante Giuliani, Danny LeRoux, Jeff Knapp and vintage tackle author, Catskill Fly Fishing Museum Lifetime Achievement award A. J. Campbell will be here doing free Antique Tackle Appraisals. Sante, Jeff and A. J.are some of the country's leading authorities on antique bamboo fly rods and Danny is an authority on old plugs, lures, reels, tackle boxes and anything that ever went into them. If you've got an old cane rod or just anything fishing related that's old, bring it by. You might be sitting on a gold mine or you may have something with a very interesting history.
Flies For Kids Raffle
The day of the our Expo may be the last chance to buy a raffle ticket to win Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxes stuffed full of flies tied for many species of fish and donated by generous tyers from all over. The proceeds raised in this raffle will go towards purchasing fly tying kits to hand out to kids who show an interest in learning to tie flies. Tickets are $10.00 per chance and the lucky winner takes all!
Great Bay Trout Unlimited & Great Bay-Piscataqua WATERKEEPER Jeff Barnum will be the chefs on hand. They will have the grills fired up and be serving free hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, soda, and coffee all day long to anyone with an appetite. We will also have free culinary delights cooked in the Green Egg. There will be free breakfast sandwiches & doughnuts for those who get here early.
This is a "RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW OR HAIL OR WICKED NASTY NOREASTER" event. As we've seen from previous events there is no weather that can stop a hardy New Englander from following their passion and we will not let it stop us from holding this event. Don't forget to bring your foul weather gear so you can still cast rods comfortably if it's sleeting sideways. March 26th, 2016 from 9:00am till 4:00pm here at the Fly Shop. Address is below or you can e-mail or call the shop for directions.
We've got more coming so stay tuned for more updates about the Expo!