We’ve been going to the Denver Fly fishing trade show for many years now. It’s one of the highlights of the new year. On a side note it’s pretty much guaranteed to snow or be really freaking cold that day here in Denver. This year was no exception. But while it may have been cold outside the large crowds and good vibes inside kept the cold at bay.
2017 feels different.
There was something very different in the air at this show. Everyone I talked to seemed really excited about the coming year. There was a ton of new product on display and overall the manufacturers were pumped to get it in front of consumers. Booths seemed fuller, reps seemed more engaged, and the feeling of 2017 is going to be great seemed to be everywhere.
Rubbing elbows with leaders in the industry
After the holidays have beat us all down it’s nice to beat back the cold of winter by surrounding yourself with fly fishing. One of the things I love about these trade shows is the opportunity to meet the owners and big players in the industry. In almost all cases you can shake hands with a major player for a significant brand right here in Denver. I love that about the show. It takes the culture of a fly shop and extends it through to the manufacturer’s. How often do you get to share fishing stories with the people who designed the rod and reel you caught the fish of a lifetime on?
A full fly fishing trade show
As usual Saturday was packed. Big crowds and tough parking are the name of the game on Saturday. Luckily (for the out of towners) the Broncos didn’t make the playoffs this year. That meant big crowds on Sunday too.
Great Catching Up With Old Friends
We’ve been in the industry long enough to have developed some great friendships with several of the manufacturers in the business. It’s always great to share a beer with your clients and look ahead to 2017. If the Fly Fishing show is any sign of things to come this year is going to be different.