FREEPORT, Maine — Some of the biggest names in the history of fishing will be at L.L. Bean on March 21-22 for L.L. Bean’s annual Spring Fishing Expo. These “Legends of Fishing” will be available at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days to visit with customers, share stories, sign autographs, books and more.
“We are thrilled to have talent of this caliber in one place at one time,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice president and general manager of retail. “And we’re excited to be giving our customers, especially the little ones, the opportunity to talk face-to-face with some of the biggest names the fishing world has ever seen.”
Featured celebrity fly tiers include David Klausmeyer, Bob Popovics, Mike Martinek and Ted Rogowski. Other weekend highlights include free fly-casting lessons, kids’ activities, and a variety of demonstrations, clinics and seminars, including presentations by Harry Vanderweide as well as several L.L.Bean experts.
During the weekend, 5 percent of all fishing gear and apparel sales will go to the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife “Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs” program.
Commissioner Patrick McGowan of the Department of Conservation will make a special announcement during the event at noon, March 21 in the flagship store’s camping atrium regarding the new Department of Conservation online search capability for all boat landings in Maine.
Biologists from the DIF&W will also be conducting a special panel discussion on all things related to fishing in Maine.
Special promotions during the weekend include 20 percent off all rods, reels, outfits and waders. All event activities are free. For more information, visit www.llbean.com/events, or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.
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