I’m heading off to sweltering Las Vegas today to attend the ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) Show, where tackle and related manufacturers display their latest and greatest gear each year. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event, which used to be called the AFTMA (American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association) Show, a moniker that was considerably easier for me to remember, for some reason.

I try to attend the show every other year or so, in order to catch up with all the industry folks, renew my business contacts and (oh yeah) replenish my tackle boxes with line, hooks, leaders, lures…

I will be traveling sans laptop (my classic Mac isn’t geared for wireless Internet, anyway), so it is unlikely my blog will be updated ‘til Monday—that is, unless Jerry Gibbs and I collaborate while cruising the Las Vegas Convention Center aisles. After all, you never know what kind of trouble a couple of bearded outdoor writers can get into while in “sin city.”