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Outdoors goes indoors with two big shows on tap

Check out the Washington Sportsmen’s Show and the Seattle Boat Show.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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It’s time to head indoors for plenty of outdoors fun.

Check out a big lineup of fishing, hunting and outdoor attractions at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show, which is Wednesday through Jan. 26 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.

Learn tips by attending a wide variety of free “how to” seminars on fishing, hunting, cooking, camping and professional outdoor guides.

Fishing pros discussing their “secrets” include Gary Loomis, Buzz Ramsey, Jim Teeny, Jeff Boyer, Jack and Brandon Glass, Tom Nelson, Scott Haugen, Loren Dunbar and Nick Barr.

The popularity of kayak fishing has increased in the Pacific Northwest, and there will be presentations by Brad Hole of Kayak Fishing Washington and Tod Switzer and Issac Miller, representing the Kayak Academy in Issaquah.

The indoor “Steelhead River” is the place to uncover tips about reading waterways.

For those targeting warm water fish species, head to the Warm Water Seminar Series and Demo Tank. The fully stocked, glass-walled tank presents a unique perspective on how bass, perch and other fish react to lures and techniques.

New is the Cowboy Fast Draw, where showgoers can test out their quick draw at a special range with Colt 45 style six-guns, vintage holsters and special wax bullets.

There will also be plenty of camp cooking demonstrations from Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen, and Dutch oven expert “Cee Dub” Welch.

Hunters can bring their prized heads, horns or horn/antler sheds to be measured and scored by representatives from Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young at the “Head & Horns” display.

A popular attraction is the Free Trout Pond, stocked with thousands of trout. It provides those 12-and-under a chance to catch-and-keep or release a fish.

Show hours are: Noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for juniors (6-16 years old) and free to children 5 and under. Two-day passes are $18. Parking is free at the fairgrounds. For more information or discount coupons, go to

The Seattle Boat Show sails into downtown this Friday through Feb. 2 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union featuring everything that floats from kayaks to mega-yachts.

Boating has grown in popularity around the Puget Sound region with new boat sales in the state increasing by 14 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle.

The show includes more than 200 free seminars on boating and other water-related activities, plus 60 on fishing and crabbing. These are valuable to gain knowledge on “how to catch fish” in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Gary Krein and Nick Kester of All-Star Charters in Everett, and Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle, bring their expertise on where to catch salmon in Puget Sound.

Those looking to book a summer trip to southeast Alaska should check out seminars by Kevin McNamee of IslandView Resort and Charters and Tom Ohaus, owner of Angling Unlimited, both based out of Sitka.

Tommy Donlin offers his expertise on the coastal albacore tuna fishery.

Others include Salmon University’s Tom Nelson; KIRO Radio’s Outdoor Line show host T.J. Nelson and Dungeness crab expert Clyde McBrayer.

Boating seminars include beginner topics on anchoring, boat launching, trailering, purchasing and detailing. Advanced subjects include sail trimming, night navigation, cold-water safety, ocean cruising and docking.

Experts for the Seattle Boat Show University will offer a program of 18 seminars. Three-hour programs are $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $139. All-day expert training sessions are $195.

Boat Show hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Show will end at 3 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Cost is $12 adults, five-day pass is $24; $5, youth ages 11-17; and kids under 10 are free. Monday to Thursdays after 5 p.m. are $8. Details: or 206-464-8780

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