Why You Should Go to ICAST

By Mike Hodge

Vaughn tries out a fly rod at ICAST.
Vaughn tries out a fly rod at ICAST.

The pages of the calendar have turned. June has bled into July, which means it’s almost time for ICAST.
The world’s biggest fishing trade show is set for July 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Representatives of the Blackfly Outfitter and Lodge will be there along with scads of outdoors companies, CEOs, reps, celebrities, writers and guides. It’s a once-a-year who’s who gathering of the fishing industry.
Why ICAST? Because it’s THE place to network and check out all of the new gear —- before it debuts at your local fly shop —- new rods, reels, lines and assorted apparel. You name it, it will be on display. Among the companies you can expect to see: Patagonia, Simms, Costa, Nautilus, Tibor, Hatch, Sage, G. Loomis, Thomas & Thomas and TFO among others. It’s akin to Christmas in the middle of the summer.
Orlando is a mere two-hour drive from Jacksonville. If you can go, don’t miss it. If you can’t go, the Blackfly Blog will keep you up to date on the must-have gear. Stay tuned. For more on ICAST: http://www.icastfishing.org/