LAKE HARMONY â Promoter Ray Miller needed a unique approach to attract sportsmen to his show.
That is exactly what the veteran outdoors show promoter and outdoors video producer did when he brought the inaugural Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Expo to Split Rock Lodge at Lake Harmony the first weekend of March. This year the expo returns March 1-3, with the same specialized and topic-specific theme.
While specifically targeting fly anglers and upland bird hunters, there are exhibitors â from rod builders to dog breeders and trainers â to peak the interest of all outdoorsmen. In addition, there are free seminars each day, as well as private classes.
âWhatever anyone wants to know about the sports of fly fishing and wingshooting, weâve got it covered from the species we fish or hunt for, the equipment we use, tactics and techniques, fly fishing and wingshooting destinations and the stewardship we practice to keep our streams, rivers, lakes, fields, habitats and species pristine and healthy for generations to enjoy,â Miller said. âPerhaps the highlight of our three-day event is the Sportsmanâs Banquet Saturday evening with the theme âLive the Streamâ that celebrates legendary fly angler Joe Humphreys. He will be honored for his lifetime work as an ambassador for fly fishing and conservation and will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Youth Education for his legacy of youth education.â
Humphreys has traveled the world representing the United States in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents and celebrities, held a Pennsylvania record, hosted an ESPN show and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. His focus has always been on teaching, coaching and passing on the joys of fly fishing to anyone who wants to learn.
A 19-year instructor of the renowned Penn State angling program whose books have helped many students better their skills, those familiar with fly fishing will recognize âHumpâ on the street or on a Pennsylvania coldwater stream. Those unaware of who he is would think he is just an average âJoeâ enjoying a day on the water.
âJoe Humphreys is an icon, happily living his life in his local community, but his impact on fly fishermen all over the world is profound,â Miller said. âThereâs no way to know how many people Joe has inspired.â
A complete schedule of free seminars and registration information for private classes and the Saturday night banquet visit the website at www.flyfishingwing
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