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Another International Sportsmenís Exposition is in the books and was once again a success. Here is a recap of the show from my point of view along with an encouragement to attend this show in the future if youíve never gone in the past.
First of all I want to point out the cost of the show. Tickets are typically $16 but there are coupons every year to get up to $4 off the price of admission. There are also plenty of opportunities to win free tickets to the show. I was able to get free admission last year through a Fishful Thinker Facebook giveaway, and this year was once again able to gain free admission through a giveaway from Terry Wickstromís radio show on 104.3 The Fan which airs every Saturday morning from 9-11. Parking is then $5 if you park in the Coors Field lot and take a shuttle to the show so that has been the only cost Iíve had to pay to gain entry to the show these last 2 years.
Now that thatís out of the way, letís talk about the show. Each day has a little different of a schedule as far as seminars and activities go so itís a good idea to take a look at the schedule to see which day would profit you most or best fit within your schedule. This year, I attended the show on Friday and sat in on seminars given by Ronny Castiglioni, Nate Zelinsky, Will Dykstra, Sam Heckman, and also attended an expert panel including Nate, Chad LaChance, Brad Petersen, and Dan Swanson. I was also able to speak with some of these anglers one on one along with other great sticks like Eric Allee and the guys from BioBait. You guys, thatís a ton of knowledge under one roof! I actually bring a notebook with me to this event to write down questions I have for these anglers as well as any new information that I learn from them.
There are also a ton of vendors at the show. For me, the vendors are secondary as I really only attend the show for the knowledge it provides. However, vendors offer sales on their products and I did pick up a few things this year. I am mostly excited about trying out BioBait for the first time and will report back to you all once I put it to the test. You can also book guided trips, and they are often at a discount. So if you are planning on going on a trip, this is a good way to save some money and more than cover the cost of admission.
So that was my experience from this yearís ISE. I have heard plenty of times that the show isnít for everyone, but itís an event I enjoy attending every year and would encourage you to attend if you are on the fence about the show. If you were at the show this year, what was your favorite part about it?
RonnyCast, CO 1/16/2018 10:08:52 AM
Thanks again for coming out. This years ISE was a lot of fun. Some familiar faces and a whole lot of new ones makes for a great weekend. I'm already thinking about next years demos.
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 1/16/2018 11:10:02 AM
No problem. And thanks for taking the time to chat and share your knowledge!
team FMFO , CO 1/16/2018 12:18:16 PM
If I didn't have to take off work , drive down the mountain from Estes to the city and deal with traffic, parking and ALOT of people I would love to check it out but it just isn't worth all that to me .
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 1/16/2018 1:39:21 PM
I can respect that FMFO. A lot of times I go fishing to get away from all that noise! And honestly sometimes it is a bit much walking through the vendors having every other person try to sell you something you have no interest in. Like I've said before, I go for the knowledge I gain and it's also a good way to build relationships with other anglers which is worth it for me.
Coyute, CO 1/17/2018 9:38:24 AM
The best part of the show was talking fishing and hunting with cool folks. That's why I used to go. However, paying $15 in admission, parking, gas, etc., to walk through a room of Ron Popeil wannabe junk vendors and hunting guides in vulture outfits from Saskatoon is why I no longer bother. :)
not too old to fish, CO 1/17/2018 10:34:32 AM
Had a great time with the grandsons, fishing,bow and arrow shooting and they each got a fly casting lesson, not a bad deal for free for them. I got to BS with a couple of experts and found some good deals on flies and lures.
pikeNcolorado, CO 1/19/2018 5:50:19 AM
The knowledge that can be taken from the seminars is priceless. I was not able to make it this year due to work and being out of the state. But will continue to go even with the vultures, I mean vendors harassing me at every turn.
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 1/19/2018 10:45:51 AM
Agreed. I'll put up with the crowds if it means learning a few things to help develop as an angler.