Summer 2013

ICAST Show Draws Flies

Article by Steve Wright

Photo of anglers using the casting pond at ICAST
The casting pond at ICAST was a bit larger this year. (Steve Wright photo)

ICAST and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association shows joined forces this year in Las Vegas, terming it a “co-location,” and they’ll do it again next year in Orlando, Fla. AFFTA maintained a separate “new product showcase,” and fly fishing booths were located in one section of the Las Vegas Convention Center floor. But what was previously two trade shows at different dates and locations was blended seamlessly into one.

“It has been great for both of us,” said Mary Jane Williamson, communications director for the American Sportfishing Association, which hosts ICAST. “The energy level has been pretty high. A lot of folks have told us this is awesome.”

Internationally-known fly angler Carter Andrews attends both and said combining them was great.

“I love them both. I think it’s really nice for the fly guys to see the other side of the world, and at the same time introduce those anglers to the fly side of things. It makes perfect sense to me that we all join together. “The bottom line is: we all fish. That is what we do. So why separate them?”