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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup this weekend

b1sportshowpic28The Washington Sportsmen’s Show – the largest adventure exhibit in the state – is this weekend at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.

Fishing pros discussing their secrets, tactics and techniques include Buzz Ramsey on steelhead methods that work; Del Stephens on catching albacore tuna; fly anglers Jim Teeny, Don Simonson and David Paul Williams; Terry Rudnick on how to catch halibut; Lance Merz on kokanee fishing; and Keith Jensen on central Washington walleye, bass and trout tactics.

Kayak fishing is now a popular way to catch fish in the Pacific Northwest, and Richard Wark will host a presentation on kayak selection, rigging, gear and safety.

Outdoor author Scott Haugen – who spends more than 200 days annually on the water or in the field – will have seminars on trophy black-tail hunting and winter steelhead fishing options.

The indoor “Steelhead River” and “Fly Casting Pond” will be the places to learn from guides and pro staff representatives about reading waters in hourly demonstrations.

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.

Hunters can also get valuable tips from experts like Nate Brence who will discuss effective backcountry gear and techniques; Glen Berry on hunting elk in the early season; R.J. Marquart on bird dog hunting scents; and Sam Kolb on strategies for getting kids successfully into hunting.

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

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

Show hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-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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