SEASIDE - Flies will be buzzing at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 First Ave., this weekend.

Fly Fishing the Northwest is a three-day show that will feature the best in fly fishing techniques, equipment, rods, reels, and yes, hand-tied flies.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults is $7 per day or $18 for three days. Admission for students ages 12-17 is $4 per day or $10 for three days. Children ages 11 and younger are free if they are accompanied by an adult.

Money from the show will be used for education, conservation and scholarship programs. Organizers are planning for about 5,000 to visit the show.

The show will feature more than 100 of the Northwest's top fly tiers. There will be a bamboo rod symposium, fly tying demonstrations and clinics presented by certified fly casters. Antique fly fishing and angling equipment will be on display. And today's top fly fishing equipment and fly tying materials will be available for purchase.

The show is presented by the Federation of Fly Fishers-Oregon Council and Astoria's Rainland Fly Casters, an active member of the FFF.

"This is a great event for families because education is one of the federation's focuses," said Event Chairman Don Abing. He is a founding member of the Astoria group.

"Fly fishing is a great sport for families who are looking for something that the entire family can be involved in, without it being too expensive" he said. "And it's something that doesn't impact the environment so much, because catch and release fishing teaches the idea of using our resources over and over."

Abing, 53, also said he hopes the show will capture the interest of young people because as older enthusiasts pass away, new ones will be needed to continue the sport. He has been fly fishing since he was 19 years old. He likens the sport to a multi-faceted diamond.

"Every time you look at the sport, like a diamond, you will learn something new," he said. "Fly fishing will always be fresh and interesting and it will shine at you on different levels"

The Astoria group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the American Legion's basement, 1132 Exchange St. The group also sponsors the North Coast Jr. Fly Casters, a 4-H fly fishing club. Call Abing at (503) 325-5684 or e-mail dya21rainlander@hotmail.com for more information.

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