2017 Arizona Boat Show and International Sportsmen's Expo

  • By: Gary Sampson
  • Meet Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge At The International Sportsmen’s Expo in Scottsdale

    The Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge team will be at the Arizona Boat Show and International Sportsmen’s Exposition International in Scottsdale AZ from March 23-26, 2017. Come and meet the lodge owner and learn about Alaska and Kodiak Island fishing.

    The International Sportsmen’s Exposition Second Year At Westorld

    Last year the shown moved to WestWorld of Scottsdale and more than doubled in size.  For 2017 there are even more boats, RVs and exhibitors for nearly every outdoor activity.  There are new entertainment and demonstrations for 2017 including:

    • Watersports Pond with wakeboarding, kayak and SUP demos;
    • High Impact Archery Range, cash contest, and Western Finals;
    • Fly casting pond hosted by Arizona Fly Casters and Desert Fly Casters;
    • Aquarium demonstration tank sponsored by Arizona Boating and Watersports;
    • Youth Fair presented by Bass Pro Shop;
    • Fly tying demonstrations hosted by Desert Fly Casters;
    • Presentations by hunting and fishing experts throughout each day

    Meet Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge Owner

    Gary Sampson, the Lodge owner and operator, grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated from Boston College.   Gary was a member of the 1984 US Olympic Hockey team and played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals.  He and his wife Jeanne, our chef, met at a fishing lodge in 1999 and she is an Alaska native.  They have been operating fishing lodges for over 20 years.  Gary has been an exhibitor at ISE for several years.

    Come Visit Us At The Arizona Boat Show And Sportsmen’s Expo

    This is a perfect opportunity to talk with the fishing experts about fishing for record king salmon and halibut on Kodiak Island. Come visit us at the 18th annual International Sportsmen’s Exposition at WestWorld of Scottsdale at Booth 1218.   

    Other Information

    Visit the International Sportsmen’s Exhibition Show web site for more information

    The Arizona Fly Casters Club is holding fly casting seminars at the Expo.  Visit their web site for information about the Club.

    • Mar 06, 2017


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