Once again the weather has wiped out any serious fishing activity, but with daylight savings in effect and spring officially kicking in on Monday, there should be some good fishing opportunities shaping up in the weeks ahead. Freshwater fans can take solace in the knowledge that DEC trout stocking will begin before the month is out, and there is always the Connetquot, which has cured many cases of cabin fever already this winter. And there are still a couple of shows definitely worth checking out this weekend. The 2017 Long Island Fly Fishing Expo is slated for this Saturday, March 18th at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $10. Children under 18 are free. The expo will feature dealers, manufacturers and fly tiers from all over the Northeast. Go to www.longislandflyfishingexpo.org for more details.
This Friday, March 17 and running through Sunday, March 19, the Saltwater Fishing Expo will be settled into the Garden State exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey. If you consider yourself a saltwater angler, this show is for you, and it’s definitely worth a drive across the border. Many of the major tackle manufacturers will be on hand to answer all your questions and local tackle retailers will be available to help you gear up for the season. Meet face to face with guides and charters, compare and buy saltwater fishing boats and kayaks, and learn the latest techniques at ongoing seminars. Whether your saltwater fishing passion is surf casting, inshore or offshore, all are well represented. For hours, ticket info and directions, go to www.sportshows.com/somerset.