I can remember, as a kid, marking the calendar for the winter outdoor shows. These events were the place to see your favorite anglers speak and get the first look at new boat models and lures. It was the perfect thing to do when it was too cold to do anything else.
For me the last decade worth of shows have not been the same. Call me a “humbug” or blame it on the internet, Facebook, online retailers, and the endless information available at our fingertips. Heck, you can watch a 360 video of new boat models and videos from the comfort of your home before they are even in production. Why in the heck would I want to pay for parking and be around a bunch of runny nose know-it-alls?
As much as we make ourselves anti-social with our social media, shows still have a place in the outdoor industry. The ability to see a box full of Silver Streak spinners and spoons that have not been leaked anywhere still makes me feel like a kid at Christmas.
The ability to walk through dozens of Clam ice shanties and see exactly which one is the right size. These are the things that can’t be done from a computer screen. And let’s not forget camaraderie. It is a great chance to see fishing friends that you rarely do, or maybe even talk a little trash about the upcoming season.
I know that while shows don’t hold as much importance to me as they did long ago, they still have a lot to offer someone that really loves the outdoors.
Capt. Ross Robertson