Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop 11th Annual Fly Fishing Expo
SATURDAY, MARCH 29th 2014 ~ 9:00am TO 4:00pm
Our Annual Fly Fishing Expo is a celebration of the sport of fly fishing. This event attracts fly fishermen from all over New England who come to share in the camaraderie and festive atmosphere. Every year this event gets bigger and everyone comes away from it ready for the beginning of a new fishing season.
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 Sage, Winston, Scott, Hardy, Hatch, Fishpond, Simms, Rio, Tibor, Greys, Echo, 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.
Spey Casting Demo
Expert two-handed caster Topher Browne will be here to show interested attendees some of the techniques for overhead casting with a two-hander that will be helpful for those who want to chase stripers or anything else with the extra long rod.
Topher's spey casting demonstration will be held at the main casting area.
Start time: 12:00 noon.
Ryan McDonald, Founder and Chief Designer of Finn Utility will be here displaying his beautiful fishing accessories. Ryan is dedicated to respecting the tradition of fly-fishing, using high quality materials and hand-making his products in the USA.
Professional Fly Tying Demo
Rick Estes of Owls Roost Outfitters & Matt Rogosienski of Fontinalis Fly Company
Both Rick and Matt are extraordinary production fly tiers who tie thousands of flies a year. Their attention to detail is evident in their flies and a testament to their skills. Rick and Matt 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 Rick and Matt 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 Sage, Winston, Scott, Hardy/Greys, 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.
HARDY: Hardy Lightweight Reel (your choice of any Lightweight model) - $299.00 value
SCOTT: Scott A4 Fly Rod (your choice of length and line weight) - $395.00 value
SAGE: Sage Response Fly Rod (your choice of length and line weight) - $395.00 value
WINSTON: Winston GVX Fly Rod (your choice of length and line weight) - $565.00 value
ECHO: Echo Solo Fly Rod & Reel Outfit (your choice of line weight) - $179.99 value
Dyna King Kingfisher Vise (your choice of pedestal or c-clamp) - $165.00 value
1 of 2 $50.00 gift certificates for Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop
All of the flies tied by Rick Estes during the Expo in an Eldredge Bros Fly Box
All of flies tied by Matt Rogosienski 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
Bradford Camps is giving away free lodging for two people. Free lodging is for two days and two nights with meals included.
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.
Bradford Camps http://www.bradfordcamps.com/
Grants Kennebago Camps http://www.grantscamps.com/
Tim Pond Camps http://www.timpond.com/
Free Antique Tackle Appraisals
Sante Giuliani and Danny LeRoux will be here doing Free appraisals on old fishing gear. Sante is one 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.
Water Master Boats
Purchase a Water Master Boat and receive a 10% discount. This offer is valid only for the day of the expo.
Email orders for Water Master Boats the day of the expo will also receive this discount.
Flies For Kids Raffle
The day of the our Expo will be the last chance to buy a raffle ticket to win two 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 flys. The value of these fly boxes is approaching $800.00! Tickets are $10.00 per chance and the lucky winner takes all! The drawing will be held after the closing of the Expo.
Free Fly Line
All purchases totaling over $300.00 receives a free fly line of your choice.
This deal is also available to any email and phone orders placed between March 29th and April 1st.
(Spey lines & Versi tips not included)
Great Bay Trout Unlimited & Piscataqua Great Bay Water Keeper 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 29th, 2014 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.
More info to come...