Bob Elliott, Chair at Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, shares his fly fishing journey from learning on his own to becoming a lead instructor and having a significant role in the fly fishing community. Our chat takes us through the highly awaited fly fishing expo this 2024, a standout event blending tradition and new ideas. Bob talks about what to expect and why we should be excited about it. We’ll reminisce about our earliest fly fishing memories and shine a spotlight on the Lin Betten Family Fly Fishers Club, which helps turn eager beginners into skilled anglers through community college courses.

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Tune in as we explore the mix of competition and friendship fostered by local fly shops and the community, with events like the creative Bugs and Bamboo. We’ll also discuss the significant impact of COVID-19 on these gatherings and the excitement surrounding the rise of Tenkara fishing. Sharing personal stories, including our initial doubts turned enjoyment of Tenkara fishing, we’ll paint a vivid picture of the diverse fishing culture thriving in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wrapping up, we’ll give you an inside look at the upcoming fly fishing show, featuring 200 fly tiers and a variety of workshops catering to different interests like Euro nymphing and local fishing expertise. We’ll highlight the family-friendly vibe, free entry, and kid-friendly activities, stressing the importance of passing on the love of fishing to the next generation. By spotlighting the contributions of key figures in the Oregon Council and introducing new attractions, we’ll extend an invitation to an event sure to enhance the experience for all who join us.

Episode Chapters – Fly Fishing Expo

(0:00:05) – Fly Fishing Clubs and Northwest Expo
Northwest Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo, first memories of fly fishing, self-taught, lead instructor, Lin Betten Family Fly Fishers club, collaboration with certified instructors.

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(0:14:22) – Bugs and Bamboo
Local fly shops collaborate with community, COVID impact on event attendance, Tenkara fishing

(0:28:52) – Northwest Fly Show and Workshops
Exciting fly fishing show with 200 fly tyers, workshops, family-friendly activities, and a social atmosphere with local shops and craft breweries.

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(0:43:39) – Event Details and Reasons to Attend
Team dynamics, ideal traits, contributions of members, innovative attractions, financial challenges, fundraising, and grants for fly fishing events.

(0:54:50) – Fly Fishing Event and Sponsorship Opportunities
New sponsors, community engagement, National FFI Board, unique PNW fly fishing culture, event website for more information.

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Conclusion – Fly Fishing Expo

As we wrap up our journey through the world of fly fishing, it’s clear that this community is more than just a collection of anglers—it’s a family bound by a shared love for the sport. The Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, especially in 2024, emerges as a shining beacon of this camaraderie and passion. We’ve seen how local shops, fly tyers, and anglers come together, even amidst challenges like COVID-19, to keep the spirit alive. And now, as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming fly fishing show, it’s not just about the workshops or the impressive displays—it’s about the connections we’ll make, the stories we’ll share, and the memories we’ll create together. So, to all fellow anglers and fly tyers, I extend a heartfelt invitation to join us at the expo. Let’s cast our lines and reel in the joy of fly fishing, united in our love for this timeless sport.