Toronto sportsmen's show

CNC report from Toronto
Added On February 12, 2013

If you like to drink beer, watch football, and fish, this weekend' s Toronto Sportsmen' s Show (TSS) is a must-stop for you.

The show features more than 500 exhibitors who showcased the latest products in camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking at the Direct Energy Center.

LIFESTYLES takes you there.

It's only February, but Torontonians are already gearing up for the summer months.

This weekend in the Canadian city of Toronto, boaters, fishers, hunters, and outdoor sport lovers got to indulge in some new gear and talk all about their favorite sports at the 66th annual Toronto Sportsmen's Show.

The event spokesperson says they're there to give outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate their heritage.

"Even though we're Torontonians, we still love the outdoors, we still love to get out on the lakes and what have you. Being Canadian, this is the largest outdoor show in Canada, so Canadians love the outdoors, it's what it's all about, and the show really represents that."

They're showcasing the newest products, and also have a number of informative seminars and lots of interactive activities for show-goers.

"It's great to come down and catch a fish, and check out some beautiful boats and some fishing products and what have you. It really is just a time to get excited about the summer months considering it's February and it's cold, so it just kind of brightens your day."

One of the sports they're featuring at the event is called fly fishing. It might not be a familiar sport to the non fishers, which is why they have experts on hand doing live demonstrations and answering people's questions. 

One of the experts Rob Heal says the main difference between fly fishing and conventional fishing is the type of lure they use.

Instead of using a heavier lure, they use a very light one so that it makes minimal impact when it hits the water, the way an actual insect would.

He says fly fishing is a sport that requires a lot more skill and technicalities than conventional fishing.

SOUNDBITE: ROB HEAL, Fly Fishing Expert
"Fly fishing I think is a little more athletic, there's a little more to do than conventional fishing in terms of the cast. It's just a great past time. You get a great chance to above and beyond just the fishing, you get to learn about biology and why fish will key in on a certain insect at a certain time of day or a certain time of year. There's just a lot of science to it and it's just a very interesting way to fish."

Besides watching the demonstrations, show-goers can also get in on some of the action.

STANDUP: PHOEBE HO, CNC correspondent
"Here at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, people can not only gear up for their favorite summer sports, but anyone looking to take up a new sport can also talk to all the experts here. Now I just got a quick 101 on fly fishing so I'm going to give it a quick try now."

Visitors can learn how to cast on site, or even try their hand at archery, shooting air pistols and much more. One of the big differences at the show this year is their focus on women.

Patriquin says they've increased their programming to target the ladies. They have a seminar hosted by four huntresses, as well as a live demonstration by Bobbi Switzer, one of the first pro female chainsaw carvers in Ontario.

With the dangers and strength involved in the art, Switzer says not a lot of women get into chainsaw carving. She's hoping to change that and to send a message to women at the show.

"We can do anything when it comes to what a guy can do, a woman can do."

Switzer says she's there to empower women,  but also loves being in the spotlight.

"It's been phenomenal. It's great, everybody's so great here, the crowds are just amazed. You know, seeing a woman wield a chainsaw is amazing."

The show is all about getting Torontonians in touch with nature, which is why animals are a big part of the event.

Besides getting to watch dogs dash down a 40-foot ramp, leaping in midair and into the water to catch a toy, visitors can also see some magnificent birds up close.

With all there is to see and do, nearly 123,000 sports enthusiasts are expected to attend the show from February 7 to 10.