14th Annual Fly Fishing Expo Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop

Eldredge Bros Fly Shop. Photo courtesy NY Times.

Eldredge Bros Fly Shop. Photo courtesy NY Times.

14th Annual Fly Fishing Expo
March 25, 2017
 9:00am till 4:00pm

From Eldridge Brothers:

Hey Folks,
We cordially invite you all to our 14th Annual Fly Fishing Expo on March 25th, 2017, 9:00am till 4:00pm here at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop.  All of us here look forward to seeing you at this festive event rain or shine. We are really excited at how much the expo has grown over the years!
We’ve added a couple more incentives for you to attend our Expo.
Rio Leader and Tippet Deal
For anyone who purchases a Premium Rio Fly Line during our event you will receive your choice of either of the following:
Two pack of Powerflex Leaders
50 yard Powerflex Tippet Spool
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Free Fly Line
With a purchase of over $300.00 (Sale items not included) you will receive a free fly line of your choice. Spey lines not included. Limited to one line per person during the event.
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Maine Artist David B. Tibbetts
David will be here displaying his beautiful watercolors. His work captures many of the historic fisheries from our wonderful state. David will have a free raffle for one of his prints of a Brook Trout. http://www.dbtwatercolors.com/
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Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance
Come and meet some of the members from this alliance that have worked with tireless dedication to restore the Atlantic Salmon Runs to the Saco River.
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Malden Anglers
The folks from Malden Anglers have had a clubhouse on a private trout pond in Saugus for 70 years. These guys do a lot for Project Healing Waters and kids. They will be raffling off a free membership for one person $200.00 value.
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Bamboo Rod Builder
Fred Kretchman of F. D. Kretchman Rod Co. will be here demonstrating some of the intricacies involved in crafting bamboo fly rods. This includes splitting cane, preparing nodes and strips, tapering strips, gluing strips together, straightening sections, and mounting guides and other hardware. He will bring both raw materials and rod sections in various stages of completion as well as some equipment including the Morgan Hand Mill. In addition to demonstrating the bamboo rod building process he will have completed rods on display and some vintage rods, some of which will be for sale. I am excited to announce that we now have a cane cabinet in our store which is dedicated to display new bamboo fly rods built by Fred. As of this moment we have several of Fred’s exquisitely crafted cane rods in stock.
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Test Cast 100’S of Fly Rods!!
We’ll have a large casting area along side a huge tent under which will be a diverse display of fly rods manned by reps or pros from Winston, Scott, Echo, Redington, Hatch,  Fishpond, Simms, Rio, Hardy reels and more. They will have fly rods set up and ready to compare and test cast at your leisure. Look below for more details on casting your way into a raffle.
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Professional Fly Tying Demo
Joe Calcavecchia of Saltwater Custom Flies and Scott Fisher. Joe is an extraordinary production fly tier who ties thousands of flies each year. His patterns are innovative, time tested and a staple in many fly fishers fly boxes. Scott is one of those rare people who can find intricate detail in things many people would consider mundane. He has applied that ability to his inspection of all the fish foods he can get his hands on and adds those intricacies to make flies to imitate all types of fish food. He is very innovative in his fly designs and in his use of common materials.Both Joe and Scott’s attention to detail is evident in their flies and a testament to their skills. Joe and Scott will be tying in our shop during the entire day and will be willing to help you with any fly tying questions that you may have. Every fly that Joe and Scott tie during the Expo will be put into two Eldredge Bros. fly boxes and given away as a door prize.
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Cast to Win Prizes
From Scott, Redington, Winston and Echo.
If you test cast any fly rod, the representative from that rod company will give you a ticket to put in that company’s bucket. At the end of the day we will be drawing a winner from each company’s bucket for the following items.
SCOTT: Scott Flex Fly Rod (your choice of length and line weight) – $475.00value
REDINGTON: Hydrogen Rod (your choice of length and line weight) $349.95 value
WINSTON: Nexus Fly Rod (your choice of length and line weight) – $495.00 value
ECHO: Echo Base Fly Rod & Reel Outfit (your choice of line weight) – $179.99 value
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FISHPOND
Free Raffle: Try on any Fishpond pack or vest and enter a raffle to win a Summit Sling in Gravel from Fishpond – $99.95 value
HARDY
Free Raffle: A beautiful Hardy Marquis #6 – $369.00 value

Door Prizes

Dyna King Kingfisher Vise (your choice of pedestal or c-clamp) –  $175.00 value
1 of 2 $50.00 gift certificates for Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop

All of the flies tied by Joe Calcavecchia during the Expo in an Eldredge Bros Fly Box

All of flies tied by Scott Fisher during the Expo in an Eldredge Bros Fly Box
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Raffle
A Four Hour Guided Fishing Trip w / Capt. Mark Drummond for 2017 –  $350.00 value
Tickets: $5.00 each or $20.00 for 5 tickets
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Maine Sporting Camps
We will have Maine Sporting Camps here. These camps offer some of the best fishing opportunities that can be found in Maine. Trout live in beautiful places and that’s where these camps are located. Each camp is offering a free raffle for a weekend at their beautiful Camps.
SPECIAL OFFER
For any person who books a trip with any of the sporting camps at our Expo and pays their deposit the day of our Expo, Eldredge Bros Fly Shop will pay $100.00 towards your stay.
Bradford Camps  Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, with Meals $800.00 value http://www.bradfordcamps.com/
Red River Camps  Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, with Meals $560.00 value   http://www.redrivercamps.com/
Grants Kennebago Camps Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, with Meals $780.00 value  http://www.grantscamps.com/
Tim Pond Camps – Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, with Meals $880.00 value. http://www.timpond.com/ 
Weatherbys – Free Lodging for Two People Two Days, Two Nights, with Meals $916.00 value  http://www.weatherbys.com/
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Free Antique Tackle Appraisals
Sante Giuliani, Danny LeRoux, Jeff Knapp and vintage tackle author, Catskill Fly Fishing Museum Lifetime Achievement award A. J. Campbell will be here doing free Antique Tackle Appraisals. Sante, Jeff and A. J.are some of the country’s leading authorities on antique bamboo fly rods and Danny is an authority on old plugs, lures, reels, tackle boxes and anything that ever went into them. If you’ve got an old cane rod or just anything fishing related that’s old, bring it by. You might be sitting on a gold mine or you may have something with a very interesting history.
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Flies For Kids Raffle
The day of the our Expo may be the last chance to buy a raffle ticket to win Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxes stuffed full of flies tied for many species of fish and donated by generous tiers from all over. The proceeds raised in this raffle will go towards purchasing fly tying kits from Wapsi to hand out to kids who show an interest in learning to tie flies. Tickets are $10.00 per chance and the lucky winner takes all!
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Free Food
Great Bay Trout Unlimited & Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum will be the chefs on hand. They will have the grills fired up and be serving free hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, soda, and coffee all day long to anyone with an appetite. We will also have free culinary delights cooked in the Green Egg. There will be free breakfast sandwiches & doughnuts for those who get here early. All food is provided by Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop.

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This is a “RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW OR HAIL OR WICKED NASTY NOREASTER” event. As we’ve seen from previous events there is no weather that can stop a hardy New Englander from following their passion and we will not let it stop us from holding this event. Don’t forget to bring your foul weather gear so you can still cast rods comfortably if it’s sleeting sideways. March 25th, 2017 from 9:00am till 4:00pm here at the Fly Shop. Address is below or you can e-mail or call the shop for directions.
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  1. Thank you so much for another great expo. I spent some quality time with Fred Ketchman and really learned some things to improve my rod building skills. He is truly a master at the craft of rod building. I really appreciate you putting this event together! Thanks

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