Marlborough Fly Fishing Show a Welcome Relief to Northeast Anglers

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Anglers throughout the Northeast will return to a near- normal when the doors to the annual Marlborough Fly Fishing Show swing open April 22 after a year-long absence.

The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, will host the three day weekend-long bouillabaisse of all-things-fly-fishing – for beginner to seasoned veteran – with seminars, casting demonstrations, fly-tying, destination films, the 2022 Fly Fishing Film Festival, and the newest tackle and clothing.

All the new-for-2022 rods, reels, accessories, clothing and gadgets that make both fresh and saltwater fly-fishing the gear-intensive sport it is will be on display.

Fly Fishing Show® hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat.; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun.  Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days.  Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under age 16 in uniform.  Children 6-12 are $5.  Active military with an ID are $10.  Parking at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center is free.

Some $30,000 in Fly Fishing Show door prizes are up for grabs highlighted by a $9,000 value trip to the Blue Horizon Lodge, Belize; a $6,890 vacation to the Belize River Lodge, Belize; a $5,900 Atlantic salmon experience for two guests at the Restigouche River Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada; a $5,070 visit to Grand Slam Lodge in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offered by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures; and a $5,200 Atlantic salmon experience with Fish Partner in Iceland.

Other door prizes include trout fishing in Chile, Christmas Island bonefish, New Mexico’s Soaring Eagle Lodge, a Water Master inflatable boat, Davidson River Outfitters, Kismet Outfitters, and Wet Net Outfitters in southwest Montana.

There will be 16 classes with experts including those with Gary Borger, Jason Randall, Alan Caolo, Phil Rowley, Joe Cordiero, Ed Engle, Landon Mayer, Steve Culton, Sheila Hassan, and a couple’s class with Jim and Janine Young.   Classes with the Experts are $85 and include admission to the show for that day.

The northeast premiere of the 2022 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is scheduled for April 22 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Among the films to be screened are:

  • Caddis Magic. A film of hope that insects will hatch and trout will rise to them;
  • Farquhar, by Fly Fishing Nation. For the first time in over a year, community of anglers visits Farquhar Atoll, one of the most remote Outer Islands of the Seychelles,  in the middle of the Indian Ocean;
  • Out West. Smallmouth bass on flyrod poppers cast by Brian O’Keefe;
  • Casting Maya. Ascension Bay in Mexico’s Yucatan in search of bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon;
  • A Season in the South. Remote rivers in the different regions of New Zealand’s South Island;
  • Flat Out. 2021 Stimmies Anglers Choice Winner exploring Australia’s Pacific and Indian Ocean saltwater flats; and
  • Into Blue. A trip up to the salt of Far North Queensland, Australia, wading and wandering the flats.

Other films include A Fly-fishing Refugee, the story of a Polish dissident in the early 1980s yearning for wild rivers; and Home Waters, a look at the trophy trout of British Columbia, Canada.

Nine free seminars are slated daily including Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons, Learning How to Fish Simple Patterns for Tough Trout, Fly Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region, Fly Fishing Tidal Rivers of New England, Tactics for Difficult and Pressured Fish, The Angler as Predator, New England’s Rare Blueback and Sunapee Trout, Ten Stillwater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, and Modern Wet Fly Strategies.

There are 21 Destination Theater presentations each day featuring Fly Fishing in Iceland,  Fly Fishing in Yellowstone National Park, Fly Fishing as a Couple, Fishing the Upper Connecticut River, Fly Fishing Treasures: Antique and Collectible Fly Tackle and Treasures in Your Attic or on EBay, and Monster Brook Trout of Quebec and Labrador. The Fly Fishing Show® will have about a dozen film, video and live presentations per hour.

Four hour-long fly-casting demonstrations are slated daily with presentations by Dr. Borger, Mayer, Hassan, Brian O’Keefe, and Ed Lombardo.

Featured fly tiers include Borger, Caolo, Cordiero, Culton, Scott Biron, Mayer, Engle, and Rowley

Fly Fishers International (FFI) will host a free learning center with casting, fly-tying, knot tying, rigging and choosing a fly.

The Author’s Booth offers the opportunity to have books inscribed and “talk fly-fishing” with award-winning, best-selling writers.

For class availability and registration or a complete list of door prizes, Destination Theater, seminars, fly tiers, and casting demonstrations, visit or phone (814) 443-3638.

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