MOVING FORWARD FOR FUN AND FUDGE
There are a ton of things that I appreciate in December besides the ongoing winter binge-fishing for blackmouth salmon, lakes full of hold-over and freshly stocked trout, Dungeness crabbing, razor clamming, duck hunting, crackling fireplaces with hung stockings, and dogs sleeping on my feet.
There is the roasted turkey, honey-ham, starches and greens, pies, fudge, special beverages, indoor evergreens and swags lit up for the season with gifting, seasonal music, comradeship and even bell-ringers. Then more fudge. Some football too. (Note to Brother Dick, yes, there is still football being played in the lower 48…hockey doesn’t count until about Valentine’s Day, eh?)
Around here at TRN, Christmas puts added “excitement” into the mix as it falls smack-dab into the middle of our 10-day deadline schedule for the January issue, typically the largest issue of the year in page count and press runs. Why? Because the “show” season starts in January and runs through to the beginning of spring. Now THAT is real excitement!
Our friends at O’Loughlin Trade Shows are certainly getting pumped up for their three extravaganzas. In January they host the Washington Sportsmen’s Show (January 24-28, Washington State Fair Events Center), and then it’s the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show (February 7-11, Portland Expo Center), followed by their Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show (March 1-4, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center). We will have a booth in Puyallup and be widely distributed in Portland and Bend.
This is where the great outdoors comes indoors! The Sportsmen’s Shows feature over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars: the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more.
It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, guides and outfitters, resorts and lodges from western US, Canada and internationally, boats, RVs, 4x4’s, wildlife art, pack equipment, hunting dogs, 3D archery, horse and mule packing and casting pools.
I expect some new excitement at these shows with added exhibitors, new and re-modeled booths and other things that the O’Loughlin’s may have up their sleeves. Go to www.otshows.com for more information.
And then, on top of that we have the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, which just happens to be the West Coast’s Largest Boat Show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, from stand-up paddleboards to super yachts and everything in between! Plus, check out more than three acres of accessories, over 225 free boating and fishing seminars and the latest gear indoors at CenturyLink Field, plus afloat on South Lake Union and at Bell Harbor Marina. (If space allows we will list the fishing seminars in our January issue.) Expect to find copies of TRN floating around at this show also.
I understand the Puget Sound Anglers will be holding their second annual sportsman’s show at the fairgrounds in Monroe, WA this spring. Currently I have not received any updated information but I understand there will be more exhibitors and a larger venue as the years progress. Good for them and, like with the other shows, I support them 100%! Watch here for more details.
So, what do I not appreciate about this month? The weather, the traffic, the endless TV ads that clone themselves repeatedly. (And some of them are simply intellectually insulting too!) Oh well, I guess we need to take the bad with the good.
THANKS TO U of W
In case you are a reader of this from back page to front page, take (another) look at the cover.
Again this year TRN was required reading at the University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. We have published the student’s perspective (What WE Must Do to Save OUR Salmon Heritage in Puget Sound) and I hope you’ll find it as interesting as I do. Their yearly editorial/opinion is widely read and respected among all the user groups, be them of commercial interest, heritage or recreational users.
We are proud to be a part of this process and have accepted the invitation to participate again in 2018.