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Blaine Hard Water Expo

  • vinella
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    Posts: 187
    #2160296

    Thinking about making the drive over to Blaine tomorrow. Anyone been to this one? Worth going? Have only been to the St Paul Ice Show before – hoping it’s a less crowded event?

    AK Guy
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    Posts: 370
    #2160316

    With any sport show, if you want to avoid the crowds, do not go from 11-3 on a Saturday.

    Nodakk
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    Posts: 180
    #2160457

    I went last year. Going directly to Thorne Bros store and asking for the show deal was a better use of time

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 6584
    #2160484

    It is a smaller show with most of the main companies there. You can walk through it in about 30 minutes if you want to. I went yesterday just to see some friends and the deals I saw were 10-15%.

    It’s good enough to get the ice fishing blood pumping though. If it were me I’d just go to the St Paul show.

    vinella
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    Posts: 187
    #2160485

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Decided to skip this one, especially once I checked the vendor list and saw no Reed’s or Marine General.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 3810
    #2160514

    I’m not a big ice fishing show guy, but the St. Paul one falls on one of the best early ice weekends of the year. 0% chance I’m giving up some of the best fishing to go wiggle through crowds of people.

    I’d try the smaller shows if they’re earlier.

    muskie-tim
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    Rush City MN
    Posts: 782
    #2160541

    Went to Hard Water Expo on Friday since we have plans with family the weekend of the St Paul show.
    Hard Water Expo was okay. Most discounts were around 10% – 15% off. Thorne did have the non Pro model of of the Clam Pinhead minnow for $3 apiece. Picked up a bunch of them in various sizes and colors. Wasn’t looking for any big ticket items so not sure how the prices on electronics, ice shacks etc. were. Another nice thing seniors got in for $5.

    Sylvanboat
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    Posts: 752
    #2160665

    There is a video of the show on YT. Some interesting products.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 6584
    #2160683

    The St Paul show is superior in every way and the crowds have not been what they normally are since Covid. You’re not shoulder to shoulder with people in there. It’s not as bad as people love to complain about on here.

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
    Posts: 2070
    #2160693

    I went looking to see the deals on Livescope. Did not pull the trigger $2200.00 just doesnt feel like a deal for the package. Ended up with another rod I did not need (perch sweethart) and a handfull of JR’s spoons. It is a neutered version of the St. Paul show but it is much less busy also.

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 9169
    #2160707

    I went looking to see the deals on Livescope. Did not pull the trigger $2200.00 just doesnt feel like a deal for the package. Ended up with another rod I did not need (perch sweethart) and a handfull of JR’s spoons. It is a neutered version of the St. Paul show but it is much less busy also.

    Perch sweet heart is my favorite rod of all time. Thorne bros is top notch

    bigcrappie
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    Blaine
    Posts: 2938
    #2160712

    Nothing really new this year except maybe the Ion Alpha. There was a new kid in town with a foam Core wall drop down Ice house in the parking lot from a place in St Cloud that was cool.

    John Rasmussen
    Participant
    Blaine
    Posts: 2070
    #2160718

    Perch sweet heart is my favorite rod of all time. Thorne bros is top notch

    Yeah so I have heard from many. Been wanting one for a while, suprised they had one, most of the shows they sell out first day it seems. I can already tell I am going to like this rod.

    mahtofire14
    Participant
    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 6584
    #2160848

    Personally I think the days of 20-25% show deals are over. It will be around 10% from now on for the bigger retailers.

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