Don't miss the largest fly fishing show in New York State!

Come join us at the largest Fly fishing show in New York as part of the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo . February 16th - 19th, 2023.

Events include:

  • Fly-Day Friday Social February 17 with regional breweries and industry pros mixing with the fly angling community
  • Speaker Seminars provided by authors, guides, industry pros
  • Fly Fishing Manufacturers and Retailers with the latest gear for sale
  • Beginner Fly Fishing School offered by the Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Fly Tying Classes offered by some of the industry's best
  • Showcasing education/demonstration for women in fly fishing
  • Casting demonstrations including at the "Hawg Tough" full of bass!

The Western New York waterways provide anglers with world class diverse fly-fishing opportunities. From the tributaries of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, to the expansive Niagara River and numerous inland streams, lakes, and ponds, the region's resources are abundant. On any given day a fly angler can pursue steelhead and salmon, inland trout, bass, musky, carp, and various panfish. This region truly provides year-round fly fishing opportunities.

The Fly-fishing component of the Expo, has been developed by Fly Fishermen for Fly Fishermen. The Expo features many elements including classes on casting and fly tying, casting demos, seminars on tactics and techniques from some of the top Fly Fishing experts in the region. Join Pro's like Guide/Author Rick Kustich, Guides Scott Feltrinelli, and Lindsay Agness among many others. The show also features personal fly-tying classes along with a Fly Fishing School for beginners.

A unique offering is the Fly-Fishing Social planned for Friday February 17th featuring seminars, tying and casting demonstrations, fly-fishing vendors, movies, along with a cash Bar including craft beer. A great casual way for the Fly Fishing community to gather together on a February night with fellow anglers who enjoy their passion for Fly Fishing.

Fly Fishing Exhibitors

Gear up for the 2022 by grabbing the gear for fishing and fly tying from our Exhibitors at the show.

"Steelhead Stuff will be one of our Fly Fishing Exhibitors"
"See them for your Fly Yting needs"

Fly Fishing Social

Check out this unique offering for the Fly Fishing Community

Fly Fishing Education

"Teaching Fishing" is what this show was built around and what makes it unique from other events of this kind. The show facility - the Conference Center Niagara Falls - provides a unique blend of being able to offer a spacious Exhibitor Event Center for Fishing Exhibitors, as well as a multitude of seminar rooms all utilizing "State of the Art" technology. Utilizing these rooms plus the Hawg Trough will provide Fly Anglers of all levels of expertise the opportunity to learn from local and regional experts very knowledgeable in fly fishing across the region. Over 30 different Fly Fishing sessions are planned over the course of the 4 days of the Show.

Private Fly Tying Classes

Private Fly Tying Classes

The 2023 Greater Niagara Fishing Expo will offer Private Fly Tying Classes as part of the four day Fly Fishing exhibition. Fly Fishing Guides and Authors including Rick Kustich are well known expert Fly Tyers. The cost is $40 to attend and pre-registration is required. The two hour classes have limited seating so register early. The instructors are experts on everything from small delicate trout flies, to salmon and steelhead streamers and extra-large Musky flies. You'll learn the mechanics of tying a specific Fly pattern, including the "When", "Where", "How" and "Why" to catch fish with this Fly. These private fly tying sessions will significantly improve your tying and catching skills.

All materials are provided to tie each fly. Attendees need to bring their own vises, tools and battery powered lamps. This class is targeted for students with basic to advanced Fly-Tying skills (Not recommended for first time tiers). Tickets will not be available at the door.

**Picture Credit: Justin Ide

Private Fly Tying Class - Saturday February 18, 2023 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Taught by Rick Kustich
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Private Fly Tying Class - Friday February 17, 2023 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 pm
Taught by Steve Wascher
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Private Fly Tying Class - Saturday February 18, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Taught by Steve Yewchuck
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Fly Fishing Speakers

Beginner Fly Fishing School

The Greater Niagara Fishing Expo is partnering with the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International (LEC-FFI) ,who are aligned with the show's goal of "Teaching Fishing" to the Beginner angler, to help recruitment them into Fly Fishing.

The Beginner School will have a curriculum of a logical series of topics that will provide attendees with the basic knowledge they will need to be successful during the upcoming season. These topics will be taught at a beginner level, by multiple instructors who provide their subject matter expertise ,during the 4+ hour School.

These schools are for everyone, women, men and young adults 12 years and older. The number of attendees will be kept to a maximum of 30 to insure the best learning experience for all attendees.

The attendees will learn the basics from the "ground floor up" including:

1.The gear necessary including rods, reels, line, casting, knots, flies, etc.
2.The fish and their behaviors
3.The techniques to use starting out
4.The "where" locations and "when" timing to be successful
5.Personal safety and conservation of the resource

We feel that this dedicated School will provide a much more effective learning experience for those just starting out. Pre-registration thru the Show web site will be required. There is a nominal fee ($40) that will include a full 4-day pass and a voucher for use on food at the show, among other possible offerings including tackle for goodie bags, door prizes and dis- count vouchers all from our Exhibitors on the floor. For those just starting out, you will be well satisfied with the return on your $40 investment.

The School is scheduled for the morning of Saturday February 18th.

DEC Open House

The DEC will be putting on their unique "Open House" where their experts will be manning stations discussing and answering questions on many different aspects of the Fishery. Of particular interest to the Fly Fishing community, will be the stations focusing on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie Tributaries, Trout stocking, Inland Streams management and DEC Law Enforcement. This is a great environment to interact with the DEC Decision Makers directly on the waterways that you Fly Fish.

Steelhead Guru Roger Hinchcliff

Steelhead Guru Roger Hinchcliff

Fly Fishing anglers that enjoy chasing Steelhead in the Great Lakes Tribs will want to take in some of Roger's seminars. He is a featured speaker, a popular blogger, rod designer for Lamiglas and the successful author of many published magazine articles. Roger also has several instructional videos on his YouTube Channel, Steelhead Manifesto. Considered an authority on steelhead fishing, Roger loves to share his expertise with other anglers. He speaks to crowds of 60-400 people, at fishing clubs, retail events and consumer shows. He is also a pro staffer and industry consultant for many fishing companies

He does more seminars on salmon and steelhead fishing than any other angler in the country. He has had many requests over the years to come to do Steelhead Seminars in Western New York and we are happy to have him delivering Steelhead seminars throughout the 4 days of our show. He is a great Educator and his presentations promise to provide some great information for all skill levels for everyone to enjoy.