I have been so busy lately I haven’t had much time to fish, and the two times I been out this year I got skunked with the fly rod and with the ice rod. Here’s how the last week went. I get home from Nebraska on Tuesday at about 8pm, 5 mins after I walk in the door the phone rings its one of the TU guys (trout unlimited) “Hey Rick can you work the booth at the ISE for us on Thursday”… I’m like sure no problem. There is also a fishing panel on Friday with the Fish Explorer guys that I want to go watch so I figure I’ll be up there atleast those two days, I tell the wife and she goes lets all go up there and we can go on saturday… So in a matter of mins I’ve scheduled myself to the ISE for 3 days. Working nights I got off work at 7am, came home took the kid to school then it was back home to and off to take the wife to work, after chillin at her work for 20 mins I was off to Denver with a Rock Star in my hand. (those make many of my fishing adventures possible)
Day 1 – I arrive up in Denver at around 9:15 first stop is Yale’s light rail park n ride for 4$ round trip it beats driving through Denver traffic and the 5$ parking fee at the Convention Center. Holy Cow Yale’s park n ride is full, well lets go to Colorado’s yikes that one is full too, on to University’s finally a spot, on the top floor of the 5 story parking garage. I hit the light rail to the Convention Center. The show opens at noon I am there a little before 10 to help set up and that kind of stuff but my ticket is at the registration booth. There are two older gentlemen in line infront of me getting their badges when all of the sudden the box of badge covers flies from the counter and almost hits me. Of course the two guys are pointing fingers at each other, they were Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser. After BSing with them for a little bit and listening to them give each other a hard time and the ticket girls I was off to the Colorado TU booth.
When I got there no one was around so I walked over to the FishExplorer.com booth and BS’d with Matt Snider and folded some t-shirts for him helping him get ready for opening. Then it was back to the CTU booth, where I spent the day roping people into our booth to support TU with an awesome 6wt Winston Boron BII MX rod matched with a Galvan reel which we were raffling off. The day went by fast talking with the guys working the booth with me and everyone else that stopped by to talk trout fishing and fly fishing with us. It was one of the more enjoyable booths I’ve worked at ISE, however being a newer member to TU I couldnt answer some of the harder questions about projects we were doing. I didnt walk around to much as I knew I would with the family, so I stayed at the booth most the day but did venture to visit the Bing girls who were sellinga pretty sweet tasting energy drink I liked alot, you can get them at King Soopers try it. One of the calendar girls from Girls Gone Fly Fishing wlaked by and I sold her a raffle ticket by throwing in a picture with me…
Truthfully the only reason she bought one was because I asked her to and she use to work for Galvan Reels so I asked her some questions about them. Around 8pm I took off headed back the the train and to the Jeep and home to grab some food and go to work all hopped up on Rock Star and Bing.
Day 2- Got off work at 7am, man that was a loooong night… hit the hay tell around 2pm finished packing cloths for the night and went to get Cody from school and then Shana. Off to Denver again this time staying at a hotel for the night up there… I made it back to the show aroun 5pm the FishExplorer.com panel I wanted to watch was at 5:30pm so I hit up their booth to visit. Matt asks me if I’d help them out by passing out hats to people who ask questions. Since I really enjoy the site and it was no big deal I was more then willing to help. The panel was great with a ton of pros from the site and all their field editors. One of the best panels I seen at the ISE or Fly Fishing Expo, I recommend checking it out next year. After hanging out with the a little after the panel I went over to the fly tying theater and watched Bob Clouser tie some flies and tell some pretty good stories, then it was about time to leave. I did not get any pictures this day but I know Matt will post some up so I’ll link those for those interested later.
Day 3- After a restless night in bed, big fight outside our hotel at 2am and some very inconsiderate people honking their horns to the people inside and yelling hurry up everyone was pretty restless when I got them up at 8am. We at the contental breakfast at the hotel and was off to the show (on the light rail again). I brought the 2-way radio because I figured the kids would want to go do the DOW stuff and ride the Falcon bikes while I BS’d with everyone I knew. We get there pretty early and I place the kids in line while me and Shana look at the TU photo gallery in the lobby, I dream of getting shots like these guys. While waiting in line Terry (FFG) and his Wife Jewel (FFGG), who were also working the FishExplorer booth stopped on their way in and talked with us tell they opened the doors, I’ve fished with these 2 and they are great people and amazing fisherman if you ever get a chance hit the water with them. They rushed off to their booth and we went in… the boys immediately grabbed a walkie and were off. It was now 10am and we decided to start on the right side and work our way to the left. By going this way we basically hit the FishExplorer booth first and said hi again to Terry and Jewel, then all the other FX guys Matt, David, Troy, Dan, and Chad after a few minutes there we were off again. Next stop, Shana spotting the sugar gliders… like a little kid in a candy store every year she gets all gitty about these flying rats.
So finally I pull her away from the sugar gliders and right into the puppies.
We walked around tell we found a booth that Shana had a hard time pulling me away from. The Girls Fly Fishing Calendar booth. I figured with my ColoradoMountainFishing.com shirt on I couldnt pass up the “advertisement shot”.
We then find some members of my site and SPJ and BS’d with them some, we actually ran into those guys alot, like they were stalking us, lol. Stopped by the Tightline Outfitters booth and BS’d with Nate and Stephanie Zelinsky also members of FishExplorer.com, really friendly people highly recommend them as guides both excellent fisherman. Stopped by St. Croix booth and talked with one of the other FX field editors Troy Coburn. Then at one of the booths we were going by they were having a drawing so we put our names in and Cody had came by earlier and put his name in as well… they drew Cody’s name but he wasnt there to claim his prize and Shana goes thats my son and we couldnt get him on the walkie so they let her take the prize then they drew her name out on the next prize, it was pretty funny.
We kept going and talked to a bunch of more people including Pat Dorsey and Barry Renolds about fly fishing and fly tying a few others but the names escape me. (I just started tying this month) Also talked with Brian O’Keefe aout his photography I forget what booth he was working 3M or something and when I said something about his photography he got all excited, said you must be pretty well in the industry if you recognize a photographer… I was like no I just hope some day to take amazing photos like you and some of the other guys out there.
We then ran into the boys at the DOW archery shooting.
We headed over to the Discover Fly Fishing area after that and the kids had a ball, they started out fly casting… Skylar has been once fly fishing with me and I tried to teach him a little bit but Im not the greatest teacher. So having some pros show him was perfect. Cody who I’ve taken alot was tearing it up, I was standing outside the casting area and one of the casting instructors for adults was watching and said I really like that kids cast, I was all proud.
They then sat down at the fly tying table,
Since there was no extra seating there we headed back over to the demo tank to sit and watch a seminar… it just happened to be Chad LaChance, the Fishful Thinker (TV show on Altitude and Guide Service) also a field editor on FishExplorer, great guy watched his seminar and let our feet take a break… it was unfortunately the only seminar I watched this weekend.
It was now time to go, so we swung by the Fish Explorer booth said bye to everyone and headed back the the Discover Fly Fishing area to find the boys still tying flies. (both are addicted)
All in all I thought it was a great show.