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The Early Show 11/8/15 10-5 Mayslake

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The Early Show
Sunday, November 8, 2015 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Presented by ISA & DRiFT
Mayslake Peabody Estate

Come to the 5th Early Show, Chicagoland's only all-fly fishing and tying show! Sit with the area’s best fly tyers as they demonstrate a wide variety of fly patterns. Admission is $10.00 for adults, kids 12 and under are FREE.
Show Features
  • 25+ regional fly tyers – sit and watch them create a fly for the waters they fish
  • Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors provide free casting lessons
  • Spey casting demonstrations and help matching the line to rod
  • Regional fishing guides on hand to share tips and book trips
  • Guest speaker presentations all day long
  • Vendors include area shops, reps, pro tyers and guides – all with great deals
  • Six club booths ready to answer questions about their activities
  • DuPage Forest Preserve District booth to promote outdoor and youth programs
  • Raffle of donated flies and gear drawn at end of the sho.
  • Free youth fly tying with all the materials and tools provided
11:00 Kyle Zempel, "Keep 'em Wet Initiative" photographing fish safely
11:45 Bob Long Jr., Smallmouth Bass in Rivers & Streams
12:30 P.J. Smith, Driftless Trout & Float Trips for Bass & Musky
1:15 Abe Downs, Northern Wisconsin Rivers Musky & Bass
2:00 Austin Aducci, Kankakee River Bass, Pere Marquette Steelhead, Beaver Island Carp
3 00 Tim Adkins, Intro to Saltwater on the Fly
3:45 Ed Buric, Sylvannia Wilderness Primer
4:30 Raffle Draw
  • Spey casting presentation by Doug Taylor, Sage pro staff at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • DRiFT FFF certified casting instruction 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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Donation to Early Show raffle by vendor John Maio, Xcalibur Rods


6-hour Rod Building Class ($150 value)


Learn to build your own custom fishing rods or repair broken ones. Save money and enjoy hands-on fun building! For example, a 6'-6" light spinning rod or 6'-6" medium-light casting rod, or several models of musky rods rated for extra-heavy action. We also offer fly rod classes ... or, customize a class especially for you.


In each class you will learn about most of the rod building blanks available on the world market and decide on the optimal blank(s) for the type(s) of fishing you do. You will also find the spine on the rod blank, fit the handle, reel seat and fore grip to the rod blank and epoxy them on. You will then properly space the guides on the rod blank and hand wrap each with thread.


Blank and components are NOT included. You may bring your own blank or inquire with the instructor. For example, with this free class you can build a Sage One 9' 6wt, 4pc with top-end components for $550!


Imagine, your own customized Sage One for $235 less than retail!


John Miao

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Badger Tenkara

Matt Sment

Bob Long Jr.

River Fishing Instruction

Corens Rod & Reel

Eric Heckman

Driftless Angler

Matt Wagner


Dupage Fly Fishing Co.

Jeremy Spaccapaniccia

Flies by Rich

Rich McElligott

Great Lakes Fly Fishing

Glen Blackwood

Hawkeye Fly Tyer

Mike Jacobs

Historical Fish Displays

Dan Basore

NuCast & Shu Fly

Norm Hartmann


Zeph Micheals


Rocktown Adventures

Kevin Versino

Streamside Furled Leaders

Mike Moline

Tightlines Fly Fishing Co.

Tim Landweir

Whitetail Fly Tieing

Nancy Richardson


Grab Your Fly Charters

Austin Adduci

Blackwater Fly Fishing

Abe Downs

Camp Smallmouth

Jonn Graham

Black Earth Angling


Xcalibur Rods

John Maio

Bamboo rod building demo

Jeff Fox, Brian Smith, Dennis Higham, Ron Barch


Angling Adventures & Custom Rods

Paul Center


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Guest rich mc

ill be plugging it on the outdoor notebook radio this saturday for 15 mins . awesome line up john!

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Bowman has had the information for some time now. I spoke with him personally about it a few days ago and he will be attending the Early Show.

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One week from today. Contact anyone who might be interested if you can. Thanks, Rich for a full hour interview with Bob Marcullius on Outdoor Notebook radio. Available as a download i think. Anyone have the link?

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Guest rich mc

only 3more nights to tie before the show. good thing is i picked up 2 new colors of satin fabric. rich nc

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Looks like a good one. Sorry I missed it.

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Looks like a success and yes, thanks to our many volunteers and especially John for heading this up!

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Guest rich mc

the improved more with out of state vendors wanting in. it was a wonderful show thanks to john and his team . rich

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