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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Washington Sportsmen’s Show begins Wednesday in Puyallup

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The Washington Sportsmen’s Show is Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.

Fishing pros discussing their secrets, tactics and techniques include Gary Loomis; Buzz Ramsey; Jim Teeny; Jack and Brandon Glass; Tom Nelson; Scott Haugen; Loren Dunbar; and Nick Barr.

Kayak fishing has become a popular way to catch fish in the Pacific Northwest and there will be presentations by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington; and Tod Switzer and Issac Miller, representing the Kayak Academy in Issaquah.

The indoor “Steelhead River” is the place to learn from guides and pro staff representatives about reading waters in hourly demonstrations.

For those targeting warm water fish species, head to the Warm Water Seminar Series and Demo Tank. The fully stocked, glass-walled tank presents a unique perspective on how bass, perch and other fish react to lures and techniques.

New at the show is the Cowboy Fast Draw where showgoers can test out their quick draw at a special range with Colt 45 style six-guns, vintage holsters and special wax bullets.

There will also be plenty of camp cooking demonstrations from Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen, and Dutch oven expert “Cee Dub” Welch.

Hunters can bring their prized heads, horns or horn/antler sheds to be measured and scored by representatives from Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young at the “Head & Horns” display.

Attendees can make plans for their next outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters to make your next fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a success.

A popular attraction is the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, which is stocked with thousands of trout and provides those 12-and-under a chance to catch-and-keep or release a fish.

Show hours are: Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

Cost 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 www.thesportshows.com.

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