After several months of summer of steadily improving the effects of the coronavirus in the United States, the past two months have seen COVID-19 case numbers skyrocket across the country. This second wave of virus cases has created great uncertainty about the safety and practicality of large indoor events like the Fly Fishing Show, an annual winter pilgrimage for thousands of anglers. As a result of this evolving situation, the Fly Fishing Show has decided to postpone or cancel the dates for 2021 for some of its most popular travel destinations.
Fly Fishing Show President and CEO Ben Furminsky said the changes, which at this point affect only part of the show’s 2021 schedule, are the result of “seemingly endless negotiations with venues, hotels and state health officials.”
Fans of the annual show in Denver, Colorado will have something more to look forward to. The Denver show is postponed from early January to April 30th to May 2nd. Unfortunately, not all negotiations have borne fruit, resulting in a lack of viable options for some of the show’s most popular and high-traffic destinations – namely, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
“The [rescheduled] Denver dates were the best options we could coordinate among exhibitors, institutions, and government agencies. We hope for a safe and prosperous spring event in Denver. Unfortunately, [the Edison and Marlboro] Shows couldn’t be accommodated, “complained Furminsky.
Both the Edison, New Jersey and Marlborough, Massachusetts shows will be postponed to 2022. The dates of the Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta, Pleasanton and Lancaster remain unaffected for the time being.
“Changes in the Fly Fishing Show’s schedule due to the coronavirus have impacted the lives and businesses of hundreds of exhibitors including tour guides, international tackle manufacturers, specialist travel booking agencies, artists and retailers, as well as hundreds of personalities, seminar leaders, fly tiers and others Experts with scheduled presentations at every show … This pandemic has been a financial catastrophe for communities, show facilities and hotels that rely on thousands of people attending the Fly Fishing Show annually and we have worked very hard not to abandon them from our events depend, we are forced to make these changes with a heavy heart, “added Furminsky.