I paid a visit to the Washington Sportsmen’s Show, and was surprised at the turnout during the middle of a Thursday afternoon.
There is still plenty of time to check out the show at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center that runs Saturday to Sunday.
The show offers a one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” more than 150 free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, the “Dock Dogs” competition, Warm water Demo Tank, Kid’s Free Trout Pond, “Head & Horns” and much more.
Showgoers can make plans for their next outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.
The indoor “Steelhead River” is the place to learn from guides and pro staff representatives about reading waters in hourly demonstrations.
For those going after warm water species, acclaimed fishing pros will share advice at the Warm Water Seminar Series and Demo Tank. The fully stocked, glass-walled tank presents a unique perspective on how warm water fish species react to lures and techniques.
Fly fishermen won’t be left out: the Fly Fishing Theater returns to the show, along with the popular Fly Casting Pond and Fly Tying Theater.
Some noted fishing experts are Buzz Ramsey and Bob Kratzer; Anton Jones and Del Stephens; Jack Mitchell, Red’s Fly Shop, Jim Higgins and Don Simonson; Ron Hobbs and Marc Marcantonio; and Scott Haugen and Pat Murphy.
Area hunters are also invited to bring heads, horns or horn/antler sheds to be measured and scored by Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young representatives at the “Head & Horns” display and competition.
Top scoring entries will vie for prizes and for possible inclusion in upcoming Northwest record books. This feature includes a major collection of top big game trophies.
Get outdoor cooking tips from the experts at the “Fred Meyer Cook Tent” who’ll provide tasty recipes for easy-to-prepare meals, including Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen and Dutch Oven guru Cee Dub Welch.
The Kid’s Free Trout Pond provides youngsters 12 and under with the opportunity to catch-and-keep or release a trout. Sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts, the pond is stocked with thousands of trout. All the gear is provided at no charge– including poles, bait and take-home bags.
Show hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 26); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (Jan. 27).
Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (6-16 years old) and free to children 5 and under. Two-day passes are $18. Parking is free at the fairgrounds.
For more information on discount coupons and specific seminar times, go to The Sports Show website.
(Photo by Seattle Times staff photographers Mark Harrison. Fishermen listen to guide Nick Barr as he instructs on catching techniques in the warm water fish tank filled with crappie bass and bluegill.)