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Spring Fishing Expo

At the L.L.Bean Hunting & Fishing Store · Freeport, ME

March 16-17, 2019

Join us at Freeport's favorite fishing spot for our biggest angling event of the year – a weekend packed with special savings, plus FREE events, clinics, speakers, giveaways and fun for every fisherman in the family.


Special Guests

These world-class anglers will be on hand all weekend to showcase products, demo techniques and more.


Striper fishing legend Alberto Knie will share his best tactics and techniques in two rare open seminars, with plenty of opportunity to interact and ask your angling questions. Alberto will also be exhibiting his line of fishing gear all weekend.

Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Art of Trophy Fishing

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Maximize Your Time on the Water with Proven Tactics


An expert angler whose custom flies can be counted on for landing trophy trout, fishing guide Richard Strolis will discuss streamer tactics and demonstrate his inventive fly-tying techniques. Richard will also be holding fly-tying demonstrations and signing copies of his book, Catching Shadows, throughout the event.

Saturday, 11 a.m.

Streamer Tactics for Trophy Trout

Sunday, 11 a.m.

Tying Flies for the Toughest Fish, and Strategies for Fishing Them

New England's Rare Arctic Charr

presented by Emily Bastian and Bob Mallard of the Native Fish Coalition

An informational presentation covering the history, biology, status, threats, conservation and fishing of Maine's elusive Arctic charr, the rarest inland salmonoid east of the Rocky Mountains and a true "bucket list" fish.

Saturday Only, 3 p.m.

FREE Clinics, Demos and Seminars


10 a.m. Choosing the Right Waders

11 a.m. Essential Knots for Fishing

1 p.m. Live Catch and Release Demonstration

2 p.m. Fish Tank Talk

3 p.m. How to Rig Fly Lines to Leader and Backing

FREE Hands-On Activities for the Whole Family

SATURDAY & SUNDAY · 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fly-Casting Lessons for Kids and Adults

Learn the basics of casting from our Outdoor Discovery Program instructors. Weather permitting.

Kids' Fly-Tying Lessons

Kids will create their own custom flies with tips and instruction from the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Fly-Rod Testing

Test cast our large selection of fly rods to find the right one before you make a purchase. Weather permitting.

Maine Fish Species Identification

Discover how to identify the fish in our own waters with John Boland, retired Fisheries Manager from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine 5-Weight Casting Competition

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Test your skills against the best of the best and win great prizes! Weather permitting.

Contests and Giveaways

ENTER TO WIN: Androscoggin River Fishing Trip for Two

Our grand prize will send you on a drift boat trip to one of Maine's premier bass fisheries, where you'll join our expert guides for a day of action-packed fishing, a $475 value. Must be 18 or older to enter.Official contest rules.

ENTER TO WIN: One of 10 Outdoor Discovery Programs Gift Certificates

10 lucky winners will receive their choice of one free Discovery Course for themselves and a guest, a $50 value. Must be 18 or over to enter. Official contest rules.

Hourly Raffles · 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You could take home a Boat and Tote filled with fishing gear and goodies, including a $50 L.L.Bean gift card. Must be present to win.

FREE Gift with Purchase

Make any purchase at the L.L.Bean Hunting & Fishing Store during the event and choose from a free box of six flies or a fishing lure. While supplies last.


Representatives from the top fishing brands will be here to answer your questions and provide tips and techniques to get you out on the water and ready to fish!

Hatch Outdoors · Hogy Lures · Montana Fly Company · Scientific Anglers · Shimano · St. Croix Rods · Tactical Anglers · Waterworks-Lamson · Xtratuf Footwear · Z-Man · And many more!

A Huge Thanks to Our Non-Profit Partners

Atlantic Salmon Federation · Maine Trout Unlimited · Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited · Native Fish Coalition

New Cutting-Edge Gear for 2019

Check out our latest fishing gear, designed by anglers as passionate about the sport as you are.