MidWest's Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo Starts Friday

The annual show run by Tom Helgeson of Midwest Fly Fishing magazine runs from the 8th through the 10th at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center located just north of Gold Road (Route 59) and east of Meacham Road in Schaumburg, Illinois (that’s just west of Chicago’s O’Hare airport). Steve Sarley writes about it in teh Northwest Herald. “The show floor of the expo will feature a number of ‘learning stations’ where guests can learn about many different facets of fly-fishing from experts. Free fly-casting lessons run non-stop from Friday’s opening to Sunday’s close. Beginners are encouraged to get instruction.” Check out the show’s Web site for more info.

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  • It was a really good show. And the turnout was pretty good, considering the near record cold temps. I was impressed by the number of attendees from “out of town”. I was there all day both Saturday and Sunday.
    One comment I fed back to Lew was that the directions to the hotel were dismal or missing altogether from their e-mail announcements. The hotel was north of Golf Rd (not Gold Rd) which is State Rte 58. Rte 59 is several miles West and runs North and South. And folks who tried to get there via the expressways learned that there is no exit at Meecham Rd. The main East-West route North of the hotel was Algonquin Rd (State Rte 62).
    I offered to help them with better directions next year. I’ve lived in the western suburbs nearly all my life. And having worked in a gas station back in the 1970s (when self-service was a new idea) I have been asked for directions more than a few times.
    Ken S.