From manufacturers and retailers of the latest fly-fishing rods, reels, boats, clothing, fly-tying tools and materials, and accessories, to a who’s who of fly-fishing guides, resorts, lodges and outfitters offering a full-range of angling adventures on the most productive rivers, lakes and streams here in the Midwest and around the world, exhibitors at the inaugural Great American Fly-Fishing Expo will offer up that sweet combination of gear and information that fly anglers crave.
Whether you’re a serious fly angler or just getting started, the Great American Fly Fishing Expo at the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show is your Shangri-La. Held in the newly renovated Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, this three-day fly-fishing-only consumer show is a special and centrally-located place where fly-fishing enthusiasts, guides and industry representatives can gather to share fly-fishing techniques and information on the latest gear, destinations, fly patterns and more.
While most men approaching 50 years are experiencing “Midlife Crisis,” Jeff seems to have died and gone to heaven. In 2009 Jeff quit his day job of nearly 25 years running a fly shop amidst the most difficult financial times America has experienced since the Great Depression. Why? It was to follow his dreams. Jeff wanted to focus on his art, travel the country to teach and entertain about fly fishing, do more writing and best of all not have to ask permission every time he had an opportunity to go on a fishing trip.
His friends and family told him he was crazy, but his wife Granny supported the move. Well, let’s just say Jeff hasn’t learned the discipline of self employment yet. He works just enough to afford the bills and more importantly, the plane tickets he needs to fish the world. Put your seatbelt on and travel with Jeff to the remote corners of the globe for the most amazing fish species ever pursued with a fly!