Stay in town or hit the road for outdoors exhibitions

CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2014 

Choosing a direction could be tough for outdoors enthusiasts this weekend.

To the west, fly-fishers will gather at The Fly Fishing Show in Winston-Salem. To the east, carvers, artists, callers and their fans will gather for the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington. And in downtown Raleigh, people who enjoy being on the water will find plenty to see at the Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show.

Fly-fishing fun: Members of the Triangle Fly Fishers will have an easy decision. They’ll head to the Benton Convention Center for the fly-fishing show.

“It’s truly one of the only events that we have in the state where all the people who have an interest in fly-fishing can get together,” says Kevin Frank of Cary, a member of the Triangle Fly Fishers, a group that also is a Trout Unlimited chapter and a Federation of Fly Fishers affiliate.

North Carolina’s fly-fishing opportunities range well beyond mountain trout, including carp in the Piedmont and many saltwater species.

“You can fly-fish for anything,” Frank said.

The show runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9-5 Saturday. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for both.

Tying and casting classes with some of the sport’s big names, including Bob Clouser, cost $80 and include admission. Call 814-443-3638, or go to

Catch up with the Triangle Fly Fishers at

Wildlife arts: The East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and N.C. Decoy Carving Championships brings artists, carvers, competitors, vendors and exhibitors to downtown Washington Saturday and Sunday.

The N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp art winner will be revealed at Friday’s preview, and the popular auction is Saturday night. Sunday’s activities include duck, goose and swan calling contests.

Call 800-999-3857, ext. 2, or visit Find a schedule at A weekend pass costs $12. Some events, such as the preview and auction have additional fees.

Boats and more: The Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show starts the activities with a Thursday opening downtown. More than 20 dealers will exhibit boats from dozens of manufacturers.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 11-8 Friday, 10-8 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. Admission is $9 adults and $4 ages 3-12. Go to

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