Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Children:
under 5: free;
under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   9am – 6:00pm
Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 2 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

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Learning Center

Fly Fishing International is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the FFI Learning Center located at the FFI booth.  Basic fly casting- fly tying- knot tying will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show.

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center)
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Infinite Energy Center parking-site-map

FLYING

Hartsfield–Jackson, Atlanta International Airport

www.atlanta-airport.com

 

Accommodations:

Embassy Suites Atlanta Northeast – Sugarloaf

2029 Satellite Road
Duluth, GA 30097

For reservations  Central Reservations (1-800-EMBASSY) to book and request a reservation for the Fly Fishing Show rate.

Click this link for online reservations: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/A/ATLAEES-FLY-20180130/index.jhtml

 

Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center
6310 Sugarloaf Parkway

Duluth, GA 30097

The special show discount will be applied  booking on-line if you click this link HERE

You may also book a room and receive the special show discount when you call 1-888-269-9585 and reference group code “FFS.”

 

 

DULUTH  Shared Shuttle services
Local Shuttle Company    Shuttle Service Phone Number
Airport Perimeter Connection    404-761-0260
Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle & Limo    770-457-4794
Atlanta Gwinnett Airport Shuttle    770-638-0666
Atlanta Hotels Connection    404-312-2479
Daytime Transportation    770-939-2337
Greater Atlanta Shuttle, Inc.    678-85-17063
Shuttle Plus LLC dba ATL Airportshuttle.com    770-801-8000

Celebrities:

Kevin Arculeo: Kevin’s professional guiding experience spans more than 16 years along with personal fishing skills developed since his childhood. Kevin guides north of Atlanta on Lake Sidney Lanier for striped bass and spotted bass. He has also guided on the Chattahoochee River for trout and several trout streams in North Georgia. Before guiding, He worked both full- and part-time during a three-year period at The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, Ga. — the largest privately owned fly fishing shop east of the Mississippi River. As an accomplished fly caster and instructor, Kevin is often called upon to teach fly tying and casting for adults and children. He also conducts fly fishing presentations and seminars at trade shows and organizations. Several of his flies and instruction on how to tie them have been published — including a feature article in Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. Kevin is Professional Fly Designer for Rainy’s Flies and Supplies; his flies are available at local fly shops. Most recently, he became a guide member of the YAMAHA Marine National Fishing Team. He is currently on fishing guide programs with Hog Island Boatworks, Sage Fly Rods, RiO Fly Lines, Simms, TFO, Tibor Fly Reels, Patagonia, Smith Optics, Redington, Minn Kota, Humminbird, and Sea Hunt Boats. To see more information about Kevin, his guide service and flies go to www.kevinarculeofishing.com.

 

Dave Blackburn: Dave Blackburn grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.

 

Gary Borger: Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly-fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in fly designing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Since then he has produced 27 instructional videos and has been featured in various television programs, including his own production “The Tzar’s Trout.” Gary was a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, “My Madison,” he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been design consultant to a number of manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s fly casting instructor certification program, a member of many conservation organizations, and was a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has received many awards for conservation, including the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. Gary currently writes, lectures, produces videos, and teaches schools on all aspects of fly fishing and fly tying.

 

Mac Brown: Mac Brown started McLeod’s Highland Fly Fishing in 1987 as an independent guide and educator. I have offered instructional and school fly fishing programs since the inception of the company. This was the first full time guide service in the Western NC region. Mac was instrumental as well with helping get the first Delayed Harvest on the Upper Nantahala River in early 1993. About that same time period, he was Associate Professor at Western Carolina University teaching the Fly Fishing program at the collegiate level. Many of those former students from that era are directly responsible for bringing the competition scene back to this region. This area has been a hotbed for a very long time now in regards of producing some of the top anglers around the globe. Mac Brown is the author of “Casting Angles” which is a fly casting handbook for those on the journey of understanding the cast. The ACA, IFFF, and others have endorsed this text as a reference for instructors as well. Mac is a Master Casting Instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He was the first and only one in the state of North Carolina for a long time. He resides in Bryson City, NC. First full time permitted and insured guide for this region in 1988. Field and Stream Angler of the Year in 1999. His work has appeared in Fly Rod and Reel, Fly Fisherman, Angling Report, ESPN, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Fly Fishing America T.V., Fly Fishing the World, and many others. Mac has been a pro staff member of Ross Reels, Scientific Anglers, Richardson Chest Boxes, Sage, Simms, Titan Rod Vault, Regal Vise, Maxima, and many others since the early 90’s. He is a professional guide through his company McLeod’s Highland Fly Fishing, which specializes in casting instruction, schools, demos, lectures, destination trips and clinics. He is proud to claim Bryson City, NC his home since 1987. He has fished around the globe many times in pursuit of sport fish. The years of knowledge and skill Mac brings to the sport of fly fishing have helped thousands of beginners and advanced anglers alike become more proficient in the art of fly casting. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport is contagious for all levels.

 

Nate Brumley:  Nate Brumley is the owner dryflyinnovations.com, and author of two new cutting-edge dry fly books: Addicted to the Rise and Winter on a Dry Fly. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies and he’s mastered the use of them in all seasons over all bodies of fresh water. Nate has never sunk a nymph or fished a streamer. His offering is 50 plus years’ experience fishing a dry fly exclusively. Brumley’s tying sessions introduce dynamic new fly patterns. His presentations are rich in dry fly technique that include video to connect the concepts. These demonstrations are some of the most sought-after events in the industry at present and his breadth of knowledge is truly phenomenal. It’s been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years of dry fly experience. Should you have the opportunity, attend one of his tying sessions, presentations, or classes…it will change the way you dry fly fish forever.

 

Bruce Chard:  Captain Bruce’s love and commitment to the sport of fly fishing is shown in his accomplishments within the fly fishing industry.  Since becoming addicted to fly fishing  in his teens, Bruce knew what his career was going to be right out of high school and didn’t waste any time after graduating by promptly starting his fly fishing guiding business in the Florida Keys.  Bruce has since been a full time Florida Keys fly fishing flats guide gaining over 25 years of experience and counting. Specializing in sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit Bruce has not only become one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in all the Florida Keys but also one of the top salt water fly casting instructors in the industry. Captain Bruce Chard:  Captain Bruce’s love and commitment to the sport of fly fishing is shown in his accomplishments within the fly fishing industry.  Since becoming addicted to fly fishing  in his teens, Bruce knew what his career was going to be right out of high school and didn’t waste any time after graduating by promptly starting his fly fishing guiding business in the Florida Keys.  Bruce has since been a full time Florida Keys fly fishing flats guide gaining over 25 years of experience and counting. Specializing in sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit Bruce has not only become one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in all the Florida Keys but also one of the top salt water fly casting instructors in the industry.
At a very young age of 23, Bruce worked hard to become a certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Fly Casting Instructor.  Chard then started what has become one of the most popular international salt water fly fishing schools in the industry.  Locations of Bruce’s schools include popular salt water fly fishing destinations within Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.  Other accomplishments
• IFFF Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor• Previous American Fly Fishing Trade Association Board Member – AFFTA• Featured Angler in the full length fly fishing film “RISE” by Confluence Films • Just filmed Fly Fishing for Tarpon w/son and guide BJ for “The Outfitters” that aired October 15th on the Sportsman Channel• Fly Fisherman Magazine Salt Water Contributor• Designed and created a full line of Bruce Chard Professional Series Airflo Tropical Punch Salt Water Fly Lines – winning best of show award at 2013 IFTD show • Has been featured on the cover of 18 different high profile fly fishing magazines• Top Pro Anglers, Advisory Staff or Ambassador Member for the following fly fishing companies – Airflo Fly Lines, Clutch Fly Rods, Hatch Reels, Simms, Costa Glasses, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, Sun Bum Lotion and Gamakatsu Hooks• Over 24 custom Chard fly patterns with Riverborn fly company• Currently has first fly fishing book contract with Stackpole publishing• Hosts popular fly fishing schools and adventure trips for bonefish, tarpon, permit, GT’s and sailfish throughout the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Christmas Island and Guatemala for the past 18 years • Has fly fished in over 10 different countries world wide• Bruce is a popular paid speaker and casting instructor at fly fishing shows, fly clubs, and fly shops nation wide Bruce resides in the Lower Florida Keys with his wife Sara and son BJ who is following in his dads footsteps as a fly fishing guide in the Florida Keys and around the world.
Contact infoBruce ChardPhone – 305-240-1335, captpermit@aol.com, WWW.BRUCECHARD.COM

 

Bob Clouser:  Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business.  His lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide.

Clouser has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards is his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler.

Bob has been featured in fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s and has authored two books.  “Clouser’s Flies” includes 16 of his world wide recognized patterns and “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams” was rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject.

Bob is the innovator of many fly patterns recognized and fished worldwide.   Among his flies is The Clouser Minnow, claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of(Clouser Fly Rods,and Fly Lines). He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. Chota Outdoor Gear, Renzetti Inc. Cortland Line Co. and Costa DelMar Sunglass Co.,Partridge Hooks and an affiliate with Hareline Dubbing.

Bob and his wife Joan operate  Clouserflyfishing.com website / mail order business at 101 Ulrich St. Middletown, Pa. 17057. Their products and additional information are available at www.clouserflyfishing.com


Henry Cowen:
Henry has been pursuing striped bass for nearly 40 years in both salt and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold worldwide through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His fly patterns as well as techniques to fly fish continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Angler Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. Henry continues to give seminars on light tackle & fly fishing in both fresh and salt waters as well as tying demos for The Fly Fishing Show and for fly shops and clubs around the country. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Ford Outfitters, The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, O’Neill Outside, Travis Johnson Outdoors & The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing) and continues as a weekly guest on the O’Neil Outside radio show. Henry helped produce and also appears on the video “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is on Pro Staff with Towee boats and is also a Simms Ambassador along with being on guide programs with Sage, RIO Products, TFO, Orvis, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota/Humminbird), Smith Optics. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com or contact him @ 678-513-1934

 

George Daniel: George began fly fishing at the age of 6 in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George’s family relocated to PA’s limestone region, which contained the state’s best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions.
He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team’s coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George’s real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach.
In that brief period, George had success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time traveling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education.
George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop and now owns and operates Livin On The Fly LLC- a guide/educational service company located near State College, PA. George remains involved with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team as well as writing and conducting fly fishing clinics/presentations across the country. He recently became a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. His first book, Dynamic Nymphing has become a best seller. Currently, George is working on a second book project titled “Strip-Set” which will be released September 2015. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea and their two children.

 

Tim Flagler:  Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their speciality is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on MidCurrent and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

 

Daniel Galhardo:  Tenkara USA is a fully independent, US-based company. It was founded and is run by Daniel W. Galhardo. Daniel has spent years researching and learning everything he can about tenkara. Truly, tenkara has become his single most important subject in life, he needs no floatant, no weight and no reels, yet continues catching trout. In this time he’s developed a strong relationship with tenkara masters in Japan, particularly Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the most prominent tenkara angler in Japan. He relies on their knowledge and feedback to ensure all products are of very high quality. No one in the US has come to know as much about tenkara as he does. This knowledge and relationships show in the quality of the products offered by Tenkara USA, which have acquired renown worldwide and applause from his masters in Japan.

 

Kevin Howell:  Kevin was influenced by his father Don R. Howell a nationally recognized fly tier and Rod Builder, Kevin Also garnered knowledge from his Uncle Dwight G. Howell also a nationally acclaimed fly tier, and his Grandfather Don D. Howell. Kevin has been guiding the streams of Western North Carolina since the early eighties and knows most of the fish on a first name basis. While trout fishing has a special place in his heart, Kevin spends the majority of the year fishing and guiding for smallmouth bass. Kevin has also put his vast knowledge of the sport into developing our school curriculum, and was a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor.
Kevin is also a world renowned fly tier and is currently one of the Signature Fly Designers for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Kevin’s patterns have been featured in numerous magazines including Fly Fisher, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fish and Fly and Flyfisherman Magazines. In 2015 he was appointed by the NC Legislature as a founding member of the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Committee, which has the sole responsibility for getting kids more involved in outdoor activities. Kevin is also currently serving as a member of Sage, Redington and Rio dealer advisory council.
Kevin has been featured on Trout Unlimited Television, Fly Fishing America, The Three Day weekend on Home and Garden Television. Kevin was also a member of Team Davidson River Outfitters, which were semi-finalist in the 2003 Fly Fishing Masters Competition. In 2004, Kevin along with team mate Walker Parrott won the Southeast Qualifier for the Fly Fishing Masters, and placed 3rd over all at the National competition. In 2006 Kevin along with fishing partner Rick Hartman won the eastern Championship and was the Fly Fishing Master’s National Champions. Kevin was also the 2006 winner of the individual Mater’s championship. Kevin has also won the Rumble in the Rhododendron and The Harman’s Invitational tournaments. Kevin has also won several casting competitions including the 2006 Redbone Charity Casting event held at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Festival.

 

Steve Hudson:  Steve Hudson, a writer, teacher lifelong fly fisher, says he may have the best of all possible jobs – one that lets him share the excitement of the outdoors with others. An award-winning journalist and illustrator, he has written extensively on fly fishing, fly tying, hiking and travel. Steve is the author of more than 20 fly fishing and fly tying books, including the “101” series of introductory fly fishing guides. He is also the author of the GEORGIA DELAYED HARVEST TROUT GUIDE and FLY FISHING GEORGIA’S TOCCOA RIVER. Steve’s newest book, CHATTAHOOCHEE TROUT, has just been published. This 328-page guide is the definitive work on fishing for trout in the Chattahoochee River and covers all of the river’s trout water – the headwaters and the upper Hooch as well as the upper and lower tailwater. Steve enjoys teaching at workshops and seminars about flyfishing, fly tying hiking and the out-of-doors. He also enjoys music and plays bass guitar. He is the director of a handbell choir at church where he heads up a fly fishing-based fellowship program. Steve has three grown children and two grandkids. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife Ann. Steve can be reached at (770) 329-7642 or via email at info@chattahoocheemedia.com

 

Jimmy Jacobs: Jimmy has been fishing the trout waters of the southeastern states for almost 50 years. He was the editor of Georgia Sportsman magazines for a quarter century before retiring in 2014. He presently is the Georgia Editor for Don Kirk’s Southern Trout online magazine, and editor of Southern Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, also an online publication.
Jimmy is a fishing reporter for Fox Sports Outdoors on Fox Sports South television, covering Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
He also authored the guidebooks TROUT FISHING IN NORTH GEORGIA, TROUT STREAMS OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIA, TAILWATER TROUT IN THE SOUTH and FLY CASTING THE SOUTH ATLANTIC COAST.
Jimmy is a member of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association, and Southeastern Outdoor Press Associations. In 2015 he was inducted into the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association Hunting and Fishing Hall of Fame.

 

Jonathan Kiley: I am the owner of Fly Skinz LLC., and fly fishing has been part of my life since my childhood and has become my lifestyle. I have been fortunate with my current job to have had the opportunity to travel and work in different parts of the US as well as other countries. During my travels I have always brought either a rod or tying gear, and along the way it has helped me not only come up with new fly patterns but also materials. Places that I have lived and fished started in Pennsylvania where I grew up. I fished all types of waterways and numerous species such as trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and even carp. I’ve also lived in Spokane Washington where I did a little trout fishing, then moved to North Carolina, then Texas. Probably the top location was the next…the Indian Ocean on a remote island where I targeted Giant Trevally, Cuda, Wrasse, Tuna, and a multitude of powerful fish. From there I moved to Colorado Springs and spent a huge amount of time in the mountains targeting trout. While living there, I also travelled to Alaska for trout and salmon, then to Belize where I targeted bonefish, permit, tarpon, and caught a few jacks in the mix. Then I settled where I am now in South Georgia. I am close enough to the ocean and great warm species. I’ve caught redfish, jacks, snook, and several other species in the gulf. In the state of Georgia, the swamps offer a diverse pallet of opportunities. From largemouth, to crappie, bream, and my newest favorite, the bowfin. Along the way I have developed a passion for teaching others and find that the reward of helping others far outweighs anything else. There is nothing better than watching others become successful in something that they just learned. The training aspect to me as I learn intel from my angling experiences has helped me build an arsenal of skills to pass along which I have continuously added instructional tying videos to the Fly Skinz YouTube channel and recently started writing. My recent endeavors have included writing articles for Eastern Fly Fishing and working with other reputable companies in the development and evolution of our sport. I am looking forward to expanding into other shows as the years continue and meeting new people.

 

Peter Kutzer:  Peter Kutzer Joined Orvis in 2002 as a fly fishing instructor and Guide for the Manchester school. After graduating college with a focus in outdoor education and tutelage from Truel Myers the head fly fishing instructor for the Orvis Company, Peter began teaching for Orvis year round in 2006. Pete grew up on a small farm in Southern Vermont fishing farm ponds and rivers in his back yard. He now has worked in Orvis Fly Fishing and Wing Shooting schools from Vermont to the Florida Keys and all Over the Western United States. As well as an Instructor in the schools he is the Endorsed operations manager working with fly fishing guides as well as creating specialty schools across the country and the host of Orvis News,  Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor.

 

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at:  www.landonmayer.com,  Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and  @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram.

 

Allen McGee: Allen is an author, fly designer, photographer, and fly angler who’s been fly fishing for nearly twenty-five years. He specializes in both traditional and progressive soft-hackle flies and fishing methods. Allen is interested in innovative fly patterns and designs flies for the Solitude Fly Company. He is the author of Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs and the new book Fly-Fishing Soft-Hackles: Nymphs, Emergers, and Dry Flies, and his articles and photography have appeared in many popular fly-fishing magazines. Allen lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and fishes extensively on the trout streams of southern Appalachia, throughout the East Coast and also frequents the Rocky Mountain West on a regular basis. Allen can be found presenting and demonstration tying at many fly-fishing events and clubs throughout the year.

 

Lori-Ann Murphy: One of the best decisions I made was to become a fly fishing guide. I reached past my nursing career and took a giant step. With that step, Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures was launched in 1994. Introducing more women to the sport of fly fishing continues to be a mission for me and for the team that surrounds me. Our Reel Women family is now a network of special relationships all around the world. reelwomenflyfishing.com My time is spent between San Pedro, Belize and Willow Creek, Montana, USA – living a life of fly fishing. My guiding life has lead me to teach Belizean Tour Guides how to be world class fly fishing guides – catering to special needs of each of our angling guests. Not just, “There’s the fish!” My Belizean business, “Reel Belize,” emphasizes a unique and custom fly fishing vacation on Ambergris Caye. Fly casting is one of my favorite aspects to this special sport. I have been trained by the best, and I’m able to teach – quite simply, what is needed to get your fly to the fish. www.reelbelize.com When I’m in Montana – I train anglers about guiding on rivers, teach casting and host some really fun fly fishing trips! I look forward to meeting you at The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta!

 

Enrico Puglisi: Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him. But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a Sicilian hotel where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. After arriving in the United States in 1980, he continued to work as a chef. Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen’s help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. After hooking his first trout on a fly it instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish “eat” wisps of wool and feathers on a hook. Over the winter, Enrico taught himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on flyfishing. He also discovered the Orvis catalogue and fly tying. Learning to tie flies for trout was a watershed experience for Enrico since these tiny imitations were quite different from the crude artificials he had constructed from his mother’s chicken feathers on snelled hooks. Since that year, Enrico expanded his knowledge of fish and what makes them strike an artificial fly. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches. He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. But the rigors of fishing in saltwater and the toothy fish he pursued led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies. Those flies eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP Flies and EP Fibers. Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater flyfishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable. Enrico and his innovative style of flies were featured on The Reel Guys – an ESPN2 fly fishing show that aired in the spring of 2002. The show shows how effective Enrico’s flies are on East Coast striped bass. Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico’s creations and said, “Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank.” “Yes, I know,” said the father. “That’s why it catches fish!” That was a proud moment for Enrico because that’s what he wants to create for his customers — flies that catch fish!

 

Jason Randall:  Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success.
His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In April 2017, Jason’s forth book was released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing.
In 2017, Jason joined Luminaries Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Ed Jaworowski and many others on the TFO National Advisory Team. In 2017-18, Jason will appear and present at shows, clubs and events throughout the North America.

 

Chris Scalley: Chris grew up fishing and hunting the Chattahoochee River. He began River Through Atlanta Guide Service in 1994 and has been an ORVIS endorsed guide service since 2003. Chris was nominated as runner up for the 2007 Field and Stream Hero of Conservation Award for his 14 year data set that contains the quarterly on-stream samples of aquatic invertebrates taken, sorted and stored during that time from 1998 through 2012. There have been three published studies on this research project funded by Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service. Two papers by the University of Georgia and one by the American Fisheries Society. Come hear Chris speak about this unique sport fishery that runs through Atlanta!

 

John Shaner:  I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.

 

Lincoln Westby:  “The Master of Permit”, Lincoln Westby, began studying the habits of the elusive saltwater flats species in Belize in 1985. Thirty years later, he is the foremost guide for chasing Permit, the “Holy Grail” of saltwater fish.
Ending his time serving in the British Army’s Worcestershire Infantry in 1967, he began cooking for Belize River Lodge. Lincoln had been a chef for a number of years, but his true passion was for fly fishing. With the intent to start his own Guide Outfitters, he worked for nearly every lodge in Southern Belize absorbing every bit of information he could. With help from many of his closest companions, he decided to start his own fly fishing destination in Belize. In 1997, Lincoln and his wife Ms. Pearline established Blue Horizon Lodge and the journey began.
Now 74 years old, Lincoln still takes enthused anglers out on a daily basis with the same energy he had in 1972 when he began his guiding career. Lincoln has figured out a unique method to the beautiful sport of saltwater fly fishing in Belize. He has studied the grand slam his whole life and now understands the behavior of bonefish, tarpon and especially permit. He knows the distinct techniques necessary for success in every body of water. He knows how to fool fish into being caught in every situation. If conditions require an abnormal fly, Lincoln will know after the first shot and adjust to ensure the fish will key in and take it willingly.
When you spend a day in the boat with Lincoln, chasing fish from dusk until dawn, you feel the presence of unwavering passion. His enthusiasm passes through you from the moment you step on the boat until the second he says the words, “you got ’em.”
No matter your experience, 30 years of fishing under your belt or a brand new advocate, you will learn an abundance about the flats, flies and of course the incredible fish that inhabit the waters of Southern Belize.

 

Dave Whitlock:  Thirty-eight years ago Dave pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Dave’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 4 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. Dave is also known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper. Dave has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for10 years. Dave’s experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. Editors note: Dave is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Don’t miss the chance to share some time with this great mentor of our sport!

 

Additional Celebrities:  TBA

Authors:

Gary Borger:
FLY GEAR
THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR
FISHING THE FILM
LONG FLIES
NATURALS
NYMPHING
READING WATERS

Nate Brumley
WINTER ON A DRY FLY (new release)
ADDICTED TO THE RISE

Nick Carter
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO North Carolina & GEORGIA (New Release)

Bob Clouser
CLOUSER’S FLIES: TYING AND FISHING THE FLY PATTERNS OF BOB CLOUSER
FLY FISHING FOR SMALLMOUTH: IN RIVERS AND STREAMS
DVDs: THE COMPLEAT CLOUSER MINNOW, FLY TYING TECHNIQUES OF BOB CLOUSER & LEFTY KREH: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE VISE, TYING FLIES THAT CATCH FISH WITH LEFTY KREH & BOB CLOUSER,

Jeff Currier
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING

George Daniel:
DYNAMIC NYMPHING
STRIP-SET: FLY-FISHING TECHNIQUES, TACTICS, AND PATTERNS FOR STREAMERS

Duncan Dobie
ARTHUR WOODY AND THE LEGEND OF THE BAREFOOT RANGER (new release – fly fishing)
WHITETAIL LEGENDS: STORIES AND PHOTOS OF THE 40 GREATEST BUCKS OF ALL TIME
TROPHY WHITETAILS WITH PAT AND NICOLE REEVE: TIPS AND TACTICS FROM THE DRIVEN TEAM
DAWN OF AMERICAN DEER HUNTING: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY OF WHITETAIL HUNTING HISTORY

Daniel Galhardo
TENKARA, THE BOOK (new release)

Simon Gawesworth
SPEY CASTING
SINGLE-HANDED SPEY CASTING

Steve Hudson
CHATTAHOOCHEE TROUT (New release)
101 Series on Fly Fishing
GEORGIA DELAYED HARVEST TROUT GUIDE
FLY FISHING GEORGIA’S TOCCOA RIVER

Landon Mayer
COLORADO’S BEST FLY FISHING: FLIES, ACCESS, AND GUIDES’ ADVICE FOR THE STATE’S PREMIER RIVERS
HOW TO CATCH THE BIGGEST TROUT OF YOUR LIFE
SIGHT FISHING FOR TROUT
101 TROUT TIPS: A GUIDE’S SECRETS, TACTICS, AND TECHNIQUES

Jim Mize
A CREEK TRICKLES THROUGH IT
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCOUNT TENT

Allen McGee
FLY FISHING SOFT HACKLES: NYMPHS, EMERGERS AND DRY FLIES (new release)
TYING & FISHING SOFT-HACKLED NYMPHS

Jason Randall:
NYMPH MASTERS: FLY FISHING SECRETS FROM EXPERT ANGLERS (new release)
TROUT SENSE
FEEDING TIME
MOVING WATER

Duane Redford
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: RECOGNIZING THE OBVIOUS- EXPLOITING THE OBSCURE IN FLY FISHING (New Release)
THE FLY FISHERS PLAYBOOK

Dave Whitlock
TROUT AND THEIR FOOD: A COMPACT GUIDE FOR FLY FISHERS
DAVE WHITLOCK’S GUIDE TO AQUATIC TROUT FOODS, 2ND EDITION

Additional Author’s TBA

 

 

Fly Tiers:

 

Kevin Arculeo: Kevin’s professional guiding experience spans more than 16 years along with personal fishing skills developed since his childhood. Kevin guides north of Atlanta on Lake Sidney Lanier for striped bass and spotted bass. He has also guided on the Chattahoochee River for trout and several trout streams in North Georgia. Before guiding, He worked both full- and part-time during a three-year period at The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, Ga. — the largest privately owned fly fishing shop east of the Mississippi River. As an accomplished fly caster and instructor, Kevin is often called upon to teach fly tying and casting for adults and children. He also conducts fly fishing presentations and seminars at trade shows and organizations. Several of his flies and instruction on how to tie them have been published — including a feature article in Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. Kevin is Professional Fly Designer for Rainy’s Flies and Supplies; his flies are available at local fly shops. Most recently, he became a guide member of the YAMAHA Marine National Fishing Team. He is currently on fishing guide programs with Hog Island Boatworks, Sage Fly Rods, RiO Fly Lines, Simms, TFO, Tibor Fly Reels, Patagonia, Smith Optics, Redington, Minn Kota, Humminbird, and Sea Hunt Boats. To see more information about Kevin, his guide service and flies go to www.kevinarculeofishing.com.

 

Max Birnkammer: I started tying flies fifteen years ago. I tie mostly warm water flies which I use to catch bluegill, largemouth, spotted and shoal bass in the rivers and lakes close to my home in Smyrna, Georgia. I have tied at numerous fly fishing shows and have done seminars at local fly shops. My favorite bass flies are my hand painted poppers and streamers. I build my own fly rods and can often be seen fishing from one of my vintage wooden boats. Every summer I travel to Maine to fly fish for northern smallmouth bass which I believe to be the ultimate trophy in warm water fly fishing. I published my first tying article “Bass Bug Paint Shop” in the 2007 spring issue of Fly Tyer magazine. I was invited to tie flies at the 2010, 2011 & 2012 International Fly Tying Symposium. I continue to experiment with new materials which I like to share with my fellow fly tiers.

 

Peggy Brenner:  Peggy resides in NH, one hour from some of the best saltwater and freshwater fly fishing in New England. She has been tying for two decades + now; my specialty is flies that fish well in New England and on down to the Florida Keys. Starting with the basic trout and saltwater flies, progressed to Classic Maine Streamers and now Classic Salmon flies with a one year apprenticeship through the NH Council for the Arts; Traditional Arts Program. Newly retired, I have my second apprentice through the same program for a year(2017) to pass on the skills. She ties for a select group of customers, as well as giving instruction with a focus on Ladies and children’s classes, presentations, and demonstrations around the country for shops and clubs. Peggy was a feature fly tyer as part of the; “A Graceful Rise” exhibit featuring women of the past, present, and future influential to the world of fly fishing at the American Fly Fishing Museum. Peggy is a Board member Fly Tying Group and Fly Tying Chair of the IFFF Faire, past President of International Women’s Fly Fishers, Advisor to United Fly Tyers,. Peggy is also a member of several pro-staff teams including Whiting Farms, Partridge of Redditch, Regal and several others. Mostly I enjoy fly fishing and sharing the sport with others.

 

Brad Buzzi:  Brad Buzzi has been tying flies commercially since 2004 and is the owner of BuzFly and the current President of The Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders. He specializes in saltwater flies for the Northeast and East Central Coast of Florida targeting primarily Stripped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish/Sea Trout, Albacore, Snook, Redfish, Cobia and Jack Crevalle to name a few. He grew up fishing the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Island Beach State park cutting his teeth on Snappers and Fluke when he was a very young boy leaning how to fish. As he grew older, he started to fish for Stripped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish and Albacore. In the mid 80’s his fishing expanded to fishing the East Coast of Florida, especially around Melbourne and Stuart. It was during this time he discovered Snook and never looked back. This year Brad will be Air Brushing and tying Popper along with tying flies with Light Cured Acrylics and Articulated Flies. Come check out his world class Bucktails that he processes and dies.

 

 

 

Henry Cowen:  Henry has been pursuing striped bass for over 30 years in both salt water and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier (north of Atlanta) , Lake Allatoona (NW of Atl) and the Chattahoochee River in Atl. He guides for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. He fishes both fresh & salt water game fish approximately 200 days a year. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold nationally through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His patterns appear and are available in the Orvis catalogue as well as Cabela’s, LL Bean, Bass Pro Shops and all fly shops across the United States that carry Umpqua flies. His fly patterns as well as articles on how to tie them continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Angler magazine, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing & Southern Culture on the Fly Ezine.. Articles on fly fishing techniques and tactics appeared regularly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters & Salt Water Fly Fishing Magazines as his name appeared on their masthead as a contributing writer for them. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of American Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. He is an FFF certified casting instructor. Henry continues to give seminars on salt water fly fishing as well fresh water light tackle and fly fishing for striped bass, hybrids and carp. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, The Nuts & Bolts of Fishing, Travis Johnson Outdoors & O’Neill Outside) as well as some regional outdoor television shows (Georgia Outdoors and Growing Up Outdoors). He was featured as the fishing personality on the video entitled “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is currently on pro staff w/Humminbird Electronics & on guide programs for Ranger Boats, Yamaha Marine, G3 Boats, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota trolling motors), Sage, TFO, Simms, Tibor, Renzetti, RIO Fly Lines and Orvis. You can visit his web site at www.henrycowenflyfishing.com

 

Kent Edmonds:  After growing up fishing north Georgia’s Chattooga River for trout, Kent Edmonds moved south and has been fishing the Flint River for over 30 years. He began guiding in the mid-90’s and in 2000 he became a full-time fishing guide specializing in shoal bass and river stripers on the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers. Kent is a Federation of Fly Fishers-certified instructor and was
selected as the southeastern FFF Man of the Year in 2007 and 2013 Fly Casting Instructor of the Year. Articles written by him and about him, his flies and his fisheries have appeared in numerous regional and national magazines. Kent is a fly designer for Rainy’s Flies and Solitude Flies – his patterns, including the Stealth Bomber, are available worldwide. His guide service, FlyFish GA, is located an hour southwest of Atlanta (flyfishga.com, 706-881-3249).

 

Tim Flagler:  Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their speciality is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on MidCurrent and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

 

Adam Harman:  I live in Winston-Salem, NC with my wife Erin and our two children Jonah and Olivia. Picked up fly fishing from my Dad when I was kid but didn’t really fall in love with it until about 2005. I began tying a few years later, which would later develop into a passion. I had been tying off and on for myself for several years until I decided to start selling commercially. This past February, Blue Ridge Custom Flies was launched. After working all day and spending time with my family, I spend a lot of my evenings tying for other fly-fisherman all over the country or experimenting with new materials and patterns. I really enjoy tying trout flies, particularly nymphs and I’m always looking for ways to implement realism into my work. When I‘m not tying, I enjoy being with my family or fly-fishing in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. You can see my work on Instagram @blueridgecustomflies.

 

Anthony Hipps: Dr. Slick Company Pro Consultant, Anthony Hipps, is a professional speaker, fly tier/designer and fly tying instructor. He has been nationally recognized for his spun deer- hair bass flies, smallmouth bass nymphs (the Hellcraw), saltwater streamers and especially his unique soft-bodied foam poppers, divers and sliders (published in Fly Tyer Magazine). Fly Tyer Magazine has published five articles authored by Anthony’s on his unique flies. Anthony is proud to be a contributing author to Bob Clouser’s outstanding book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams”. In 2004 he was a featured fly tier on the Outdoor Life Network’s (now Versus Network) Fly Fish TV Magazine television program. Anthony served as the Federation of Fly Fishers-Southeastern Council (FFF-SEC) President from 2009-2012. In the past he has served the FFF-SEC on the board of directors, as show fly tying chairman, program show director and festival show chairman. He has taught fly tying seminars, given audio/visual presentations and demonstrated fly tying at the FFF-SEC fly fishing festivals, Troutfest, Fly Tiers Weekend and many other fly fishing shows. Anthony’s home fly fishing club is the Nat Greene Fly Fishers (NGFF is a TU/FFF affiliate) in Greensboro, NC.

 

Jonathan Kiley: I am the owner of Fly Skinz LLC., and fly fishing has been part of my life since my childhood and has become my lifestyle. I have been fortunate with my current job to have had the opportunity to travel and work in different parts of the US as well as other countries. During my travels I have always brought either a rod or tying gear, and along the way it has helped me not only come up with new fly patterns but also materials. Places that I have lived and fished started in Pennsylvania where I grew up. I fished all types of waterways and numerous species such as trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and even carp. I’ve also lived in Spokane Washington where I did a little trout fishing, then moved to North Carolina, then Texas. Probably the top location was the next…the Indian Ocean on a remote island where I targeted Giant Trevally, Cuda, Wrasse, Tuna, and a multitude of powerful fish. From there I moved to Colorado Springs and spent a huge amount of time in the mountains targeting trout. While living there, I also travelled to Alaska for trout and salmon, then to Belize where I targeted bonefish, permit, tarpon, and caught a few jacks in the mix. Then I settled where I am now in South Georgia. I am close enough to the ocean and great warm species. I’ve caught redfish, jacks, snook, and several other species in the gulf. In the state of Georgia, the swamps offer a diverse pallet of opportunities. From largemouth, to crappie, bream, and my newest favorite, the bowfin. Along the way I have developed a passion for teaching others and find that the reward of helping others far outweighs anything else. There is nothing better than watching others become successful in something that they just learned. The training aspect to me as I learn intel from my angling experiences has helped me build an arsenal of skills to pass along which I have continuously added instructional tying videos to the Fly Skinz YouTube channel and recently started writing. My recent endeavors have included writing articles for Eastern Fly Fishing and working with other reputable companies in the development and evolution of our sport. I am looking forward to expanding into other shows as the years continue and meeting new people.

 

Bill Kirk:  Bill started out fly fishing in rural Missouri in farm pond and lakes for Bluegill and Bass in 1981, after moving to Colorado his interest turned to trout fishing and the in 1994 he discovered the wonderful world of Fly tying. Bill is an engineer for Hewlett Packard and when he is not on the water fishing he can be found teaching classes (Fly Tying and Introduction to Fly Fishing), guiding and doing tying demos for The Peak Fly Shop in Colorado Springs, Co. Bill also volunteers with the Colorado Springs chapter of Project Healing Waters and along with Jonathan Kiley was a main driver of revamping the tying program for the Colorado Springs chapter.

 

Tradd Little:  Tradd began tying flies in 2013 at the age of eleven when he received a Wapsi fly tying starter kit as a gift. He is self-taught and learned by studying fly tying books and watching fly tying videos. He can tie any traditional pattern and has also created numerous patterns of his own. Tradd ties everything from fully dressed salmon flies and large streamers down to tiny trout flies on hook sizes in the 20s. He loves all things related to bugs, feathers, fur, and fishing. Tradd is on the Pro Teams for Partridge of Redditch, Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers, and Flymen Fishing Company. He has been a featured fly tyer, demonstrator, or instructor at many fly fishing shows, retail stores, and clubs including the International Fly Tying Symposium, the Fly Fishing Show, the Sowbug Roundup, the IFFF Southern and Southeastern Council Fly Fishing Fairs, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, Fly Tyers Weekend, Little River Outfitters, Cabelas, Orvis, and Trout Unlimited. He has also taught entomology and fly tying lessons at a local Children’s Museum and elementary school. You can see pictures of a sampling of Tradd’s flies, pattern recipes, and video tutorials at www.traddsflies.com

 

Rick Lubrant:  Fly Tyer/FlyFisherman – About once a week you can find Rick out on the Chattahoochee River fishing a new pattern while looking for new holes, riffles and shoals.  “The Chattahoochee River is one of the top 10 rivers in the United States” says Rick and he claims he knows every rock in the river from Buford Dam to downtown Atlanta.

A commercial photographer by trade, he spends his spare time tying flies professionally for the Orvis Company.  He invented the world renown “ Fly Formerly Known as Prince (AKA Prince)” which is Orvis’s top selling fly.

Also he came up with Orvis’s “The Le Bug”, “Crystal Soft Hackle”, “Yum Yum Emerger”, and “Tri-Tail Flashback”.

Rick was a featured writer in this Autumn 2018  Fly Tyer magazine, page 68-71 on a story about his “Fly Formerly Known as Prince”.

 

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at:  www.landonmayer.com,  Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and  @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram.

 

Allen McGee: Allen is an author, fly designer, photographer, and fly angler who’s been fly fishing for nearly twenty-five years. He specializes in both traditional and progressive soft-hackle flies and fishing methods. Allen is interested in innovative fly patterns and designs flies for the Solitude Fly Company. He is the author of Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs and the new book Fly-Fishing Soft-Hackles: Nymphs, Emergers, and Dry Flies, and his articles and photography have appeared in many popular fly-fishing magazines. Allen lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and fishes extensively on the trout streams of southern Appalachia, throughout the East Coast and also frequents the Rocky Mountain West on a regular basis. Allen can be found presenting and demonstration tying at many fly-fishing events and clubs throughout the year.

 

Capt. Edward Michaels: Since retiring as a Thoroughbred racehorse owner, breeder, and trainer from Saratoga , NY, Captain Edward Michaels has devoted his life to fly fishing, He is also a former Orvis regional business manager and fly casting instructor, Key West flats guide, and commercial tyer. Since learning to tye flies from among others: Ed Koch in Boiling Springs, PA in the early ’70’s, and Tim Borski of the Keys in the 80’s, Capt. Edward has cranked out many original bugs targeting trout, bass and panfish. He now specializes in saltwater patterns, replicating the food of his favorite species: redfish, permit, bonefish, tarpon, and striped bass.
His current focus is cephalopods and portunids (squids and crabs), exploring techniques that are now possible by using Solarez UV epoxies, and preferring furs and feathers to synthetic fibers.
Since permanently retiring to Apalachicola, FL, he has been tossing his critters primarily at redfish and tarpon, but he continues to take forays into other regions with enticing clear waters for his other preferred targets.

 

Daniel Moss:  Though fishing for most of my life it wasn’t till later in my early adult life that I picked up a fly rod and started fly fishing. Not looking back, every time I am on the water it’s with a fly rod and a fly that I designed and tied myself. I started tying flies a few years after picking up the fly rod, being that I wanted flies that were not found in stores. I now spend the time I’m not fishing, designing and tying new flies to better my chances on the water. I love chasing all fish especially largemouth bass in the local lakes and ponds. And love sharing the sport with any and every one.

 

 

 

Enrico Puglisi: Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him. But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a Sicilian hotel where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. After arriving in the United States in 1980, he continued to work as a chef. Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen’s help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. After hooking his first trout on a fly it instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish “eat” wisps of wool and feathers on a hook. Over the winter, Enrico taught himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on flyfishing. He also discovered the Orvis catalogue and fly tying. Learning to tie flies for trout was a watershed experience for Enrico since these tiny imitations were quite different from the crude artificials he had constructed from his mother’s chicken feathers on snelled hooks. Since that year, Enrico expanded his knowledge of fish and what makes them strike an artificial fly. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches. He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. But the rigors of fishing in saltwater and the toothy fish he pursued led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies. Those flies eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP Flies and EP Fibers. Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater flyfishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable. Enrico and his innovative style of flies were featured on The Reel Guys – an ESPN2 fly fishing show that aired in the spring of 2002. The show shows how effective Enrico’s flies are on East Coast striped bass. Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico’s creations and said, “Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank.” “Yes, I know,” said the father. “That’s why it catches fish!” That was a proud moment for Enrico because that’s what he wants to create for his customers — flies that catch fish!

 

Craig Riendeau:  Craig Riendeau has forty plus years’ experience at fly fishing and tying. As a warm water fanatic he designs bass and panfish flies for Rainy’s Flies and has many patterns commercially available such as the Hairy Fodder, Receding Hair Worm and of course the Georgia Bullfrawg among others. He runs an all warm water fly fishing website called Off the Deep Edge (.com). As an author, he has had numerous articles published in Fly Tyer and Eastern Fly Fishing Magazines. Craig also guides for bass, bluegill, crappie and stripers in his home state of Georgia. For more information about his flies or guide service he can be contacted at either info@offthedeepedge.com or 678-315-2800.

 

Christopher Siess:  Two decades ago, Chris picked up a fly rod at age twelve to throw poppers for bass and sunfish in Virginia farm ponds. The addiction was immediate and he would be forever bound to the allure of fly fishing. “Fly tying disease” followed shortly thereafter and the family Border Collies provided tying materials for his first hand tied flies as a kid.

Post college, Chris cut his guiding teeth as a trout bum in Aspen, Colorado and found that he loved teaching the sport. Returning east a few years later, he continued guiding and tying professionally and started his own business, Knot the Reel World Fly Fishing, in his new home of Richmond, Virginia.

These days, he’s often on the road guiding in Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado and fly fishing everywhere in between. When he is not traveling or fishing he can be found in his tying den concocting new flies for all varieties of fish. His clients use his patterns to fish all over the country and world including Patagonia, Mexico, the American West, and of course the East Coast. He loves to teach fishing and tying tactics for various species in unique locations.

Chris tied at the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival for several years and works with the Virginia Tech Fly Fishing Club each semester. His favorite quarries are redfish and smallmouth bass and he will be tying unique patterns for these species and many others. He also still ties flies for clients with their family dog hair, upon request. You can find his work at www.knotthereelworld.com.

 

Tom Starmack:  Tom grew up in Minnesota where his early fishing involved chasing walleye and panfish. Now living in northern Illinois, Tom fishes for bass and panfish in small local lakes and travels to pursue trout and salmon. He is currently focusing on learning the spring creeks and coulees of the Driftless Area in southwest Wisconsin. Tom gives presentations and demonstrations of fly tying and fishing techniques at shows and to TU organizations and local fishing clubs. Tom’s ties have appeared in several issues of American Angler magazine and in the book ‘Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’ by Jason Randall. You can see his work at zoeticflies.com.

 

 

 

 Additional Tiers:  TBA

 

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE.      

Adult: $15 for one day, $25 for two-day pass
Children: under 5 free, under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

 

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 2 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

 

Register HERE  for Classes with the Experts

A Note from the Director:

You are invited to the Second Annual Atlanta Fly Fishing Show … a two day fly fishing-only extravaganza of 2018’s newest rods, reels, clothing, accessories, lodges and camps along with non-stop fly-tying and casting demonstrations.
Take a sneak peek at a few of the attractions –

 

• Casting demos by Gary Borger, Bob Clouser, Landon Mayer, George Daniel and Daniel Galhardo among others;
• Fly tying with Dave Whitlock, Henry Cowan, Ed Engle, Bob Clouser and Gary Borger among others;
• An expanded show floor with wall-to-wall displays by manufacturers, retailers, lodges, dream vacations and more!
International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Fri., Feb. 2 at 6:30;
• A dozen or more seminars each day!
• 12 Classes With the Experts (Register Here);
• More than 50 Destination Theater presentations!
• Live musical performances by Dave Blackburn.

Gather your friends, family, and club members for the best show in town … and remember to bring the kids. You won’t want to miss it. See you at the Infinite Energy Center in nearby Duluth.

-Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family.

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth: 

Friday
10:00 Duane Redford
10:30 Duncan Dobie
11:30 Nick Carter
12:30 Nate Brumley
1:00  Jason Randall
1:30  Allen McGee
2:00  Daniel Galhardo
2:30  Landon Mayer
3:00  Jeff Currier
4:00  Bob Clouser
5:00  George Daniel, Jim Mize
5:30 Gary Borger

Saturday
10:00 Duncan Dobie
11:00 Duane Redford
11:30 Jeff Currier, Nate Brumley
12:30 Jason Randall
1:00  Landon Mayer
1:30 Bob Clouser
2:00 Daniel Galhardo
2:30 Jim Mize
3:00 Nick Carter
3:30 Steve Hudson
4:00 Allen McGee
4:30 George Daniel
5:00 Gary Borger

Talks subject to change and additions.

Seminars:

Friday

Catch Room
10:00  Kevin Howell – 50 Best Places to Fly-Fish Southeast
11:30  Bruce Chard – Flats Fishing the World
1:00   Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
2:30   Bob Clouser – Fly Fishing For Bass, Top to Bottom
4:00   Henry Cowen – Fly Fishing Fresh Waters for Everything but Trout

Release Room
10:30  John Shaner – Spiders and Soft Hackles. Ancient Flies for Modern Trout
12:00  Jason Randall – Euronymphing, Tightline and Other Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons
1:30   George Daniel – Streamers 2.0
3:00   Jimmy Jacobs – Georgia’s Back Country Trout Streams
4:30   Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout

Saturday

Catch Room
10:00 Nate Brumley – Dry Fly Approaches
11:30 Jason Randall – When All Else Fails; Catching Trout on Tough Days
1:00  Mac Brown – Improving Presentation
2:30  George Daniel – Situational Nymphing
4:00  Bruce Chard – Grand Slam on Fly

Release Room
10:30 Kevin Howell – Beyond the Cold Water
12:00 Landon Mayer – Successful Season: Techniques for  Hunting Quality Trout all Year
1:30  Henry Cowen – Fly Fishing for Sodium Free Striped Bass
3:00  Gary Borger – Nymphing from Top to Bottom
4:30  Jimmy Jacobs – Wading for Georgia’s River Bass

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
10:00   Landon Mayer – Signature Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties That Catch Fish
11:15   Henry Cowen – Flies Worth Their “Weight”
12:30   Jonathan Kiley – Mastering the Baitfish
1:45    Dave Whitlock – 3-Caddis Vertical Emerger Flies
3:00    Enrico Puglisi – Tying Trout Flies with Synthetics
4:15    Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Flies

Saturday
10:00 Dave Whitlock – Vortex Divers
11:15 Henry Cowen – Tying Fresh Water Striped Bass Flies
12:30 Bob Clouser – The Fur Collar Bunny Buster, Clouser Style
1:45   Gary Borger – Dry Fly Designs
3:00   Kevin Arculeo – Fun with Foam Flies
4:15   Tim Flagler – Size Matters – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Tying Hooks From Size 24 to 3/0

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Pond 1
10:15 Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques
12:15 Mac Brown – Casting Efficiency
2:15 Gary Borger – Casting Strategies
4:15 Bob Clouser – Casting Weighted Flies and Lines with the Inverted Loop

Pond 2
11:15 Lori Ann Murphy – Saltwater Techniques to Get your Fly to the Fish on the Flats
1:15 Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Cast that Help you Feed Fish
3:15 George Daniel – Fishing Casts

Saturday
Pond 1

10:15 Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Casts that Help you Feed Fish
12:15 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15 Mac Brown – Casts that Catch Fish for all Levels
4:15 Kevin Howell – Applied Fly Casting Techniques for the Fisherman

Pond 2
11:15 Bob Clouser – Casting Weighted Flies and Lines with the Inverted Loop
1:15 George Daniel – Back to Basics
3:15 Pete Kutzer – Tips and tricks on How to Improve Your Own Casting

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:  

Friday 8:30-11:00am

Fly Casting with Bob Clouser. This class will cover getting better distance with your double haul, how to cast weighted flies, sinking lines and shooting heads and developing an inverted loop. Bob does it all. Intermediate. Click HERE to Register

Progressive Nymphing; Blending Euro with Traditional Nymphing Tactics with George Daniel. While much of the rage in the fly fishing industry is focused around Euro Nymphing, there’s scenarios where anglers need to utilize traditional nymphing tools like split shot, non-beaded flies, and indicators. European nymphing tactics are some of the most effective nymphing tactics available to anglers, but it’s important to recall and implement the use of non European nymphing tactics when conditions exist. The purpose of this class is to look at three nymphing tactics, learn “where to” and “where not to” use this tactic. Also, we’ll look at situations where there’s crossover between each respected tactic. Success occurs when the angler is able to utilize a nymphing system that best matches the conditions. We’ll investigate three common approaches (European Nymphing, Tight Line Nymphing, and Indicator Nymphing), discuss strengths and weaknesses of each approach, demonstrate how to build and fish a variety of nymphing rigs for specific situations, along with overall nymphing tips guaranteed to increase your success on the stream. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Dry Fly Academy with Nate Brumley. Flat out…the most informative dry fly presentation ever assembled! In 2.5 hours, you’ll be introduced to 50 years of knowledge fishing exclusively a dry fly. Tons of instructional video, cutting edge techniques, and masterful strategies are all tailored to up your game on a dry fly. The treasure trove of information contained in this class will simply “blow you away!” PDF handout emailed with purchase of class. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Friday 2:00-4:30pm

Foundation Casts for the Fly Fisher with Mac Brown. Learning to control various line positions for the drift to have a chance is essential for progressing as an angler. Mac’s instruction is the quickest way to learn the foundation of what to practice. Once you can cast accurately and efficiently, you will have a direct increase for your time spent on the stream. All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Tying and Techniques for Trophy Bass with Jonathan Kiley. Learn to tie some easy/intermediate flies that would be used on top water in spring and fall. The class will cover tactics in fishing them to include where, what structures/features to look for. Additionally, the rod/line/leader choices and the set up of the equipment will be reviewed. You will then tie flies utilized for fishing mid summer bass that retreat to the deep and talk about there patterns and movements throughout the day. Finally, this class will cover how to fish them the remaining parts of the year to include the winter. All of this will be coupled with the different gear set-ups and open to questions and answers. This class will increase the size and number of bass you catch. Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

Euronymphing; Success on the River with Jason Randall. Learn basic and adapted presentations suitable to all nymphing situations. After this workshop, you’ll be ready to hit the river with the latest nymphing techniques. Learn leader design and construct a euronymph leader. Students should bring a rod and reel to learn and practice the casts needed for these methods with the new leader you build. This compliments the Euronymphing seminar and all participants are encouraged to attend the the general seminar offered just prior to this class. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Saturday 8:30-11:00am

The Perfect Cast with Gary Borger. This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more. Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

Seductive Streamer Strategies with George Daniel. Streamer fishing isn’t just about casting a wooly bigger down and across and stripping like hell. The streamer game can be involved to the same degree as with nymphing, dry fly, and wet fly fishing. For example, it’s no different than nymphing where the angler needs to adjust weight and the depth they fish the pattern. Meaning, there are specific streamer strategies designed to work with unique fishing conditions. From streamer fishing skinny water all the way to blown out river conditions-we’ll discuss approaches for basically any condition. This class looks at both floating and sinking line strategies, pattern designs, leader designs, and retrieves to match any condition. Just about every possible streamer tool will be discussed in this comprehensive class. The class will have a group discussion while looking at specific scenarios and build a game plan to approach each. The goal with this class is to provide the angler with the confidence to fish streamers in any condition. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Tips & Tricks for Tying Small Flies with Tim Flagler. Many tiers resist tying small flies in the belief that they are difficult, but they really aren’t. With a few simple tips and tricks, just about anyone can get comfortable tying flies as small as a size 24. Patterns will include a micro egg, several midge dries, midge larva and a midge emerger. Also, a super simple but exceptionally effective micro caddis larva. You no longer need to fear flies you can barely see! Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

Saturday 2:00-4:30 pm

Fly Casting with Bob Clouser. This class will cover getting better distance with your double haul, how to cast weighted flies, sinking lines and shooting heads and developing an inverted loop. Bob does it all. Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

Advanced Nymph Fishing Class with Jason Randall. In-depth focus on new methods for nymph fishing from old to new. Based on a systematic analysis, this approach helps the angler choose the correct style of nymph fishing for each river situation in terms of current speed and depth. Covers casting and presentation,with discussion of more effective strike indicators. Each student should bring a rod and reel to learn the tuck cast, oval tuck cast, and new casts for strike indicator rigs. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy.  All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Note: Most tying classes require some tying experience and others may require more. Ask us when you call. Beginners are welcome, but be prepared for more than basics. All students must bring their own tying vise, tools, lamp if needed, and a sampling of materials. Most classes will provide adequate materials for the patterns being taught.  If a class is canceled, you will be notified 5 days prior to the show and permitted to switch or receive a refund.

All classes will be held indoors.

Casting Classes: Bring your own rod, reel & line.

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials. To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $85 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance.

Click HERE to Register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

Destination Theater:

Friday
ROOM A
10:00 Fifty Years of Smoky Mountain Trout-Don Kirk
11:00   Fishing North GA Beyond Trout-Andy Bowen/Garner Reid
12:00   Modern Soft-Hackled Flies and Fishing Techniques-Allen McGee
1:00    Lincoln Westby – Permit Master-Lincoln Westby
2:00    Fly Fishing the Carolinas-Kevin Howell
3:00.   Targeting Shoal Bass in the Upper Chattahooche River-Jake Darling
4:30    Southern Trout Hall of Fame Awards

ROOM B
10:00   Tarpon on Fly the Ultimate High-Captain Bruce Chard
11:00   Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00   Flyfishing Five Gold Medal Rivers – Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, San Juan, Animas-Cameron Cipponeri  & Cole
1:00    TENKARA: Tips and Tricks for Tenkara Anglers-Daniel W. Galhardo
2:00    The Chattahoochee River, World Class Fishery-Chris Scalley
3:00.   Advanced Dry Fly Fishing-Nate Brumley
4:00    The Dance – Landing Trout on a Fly Rod Duane Redford

ROOM C
10:00   Fishing with Confidence How to Get the Most Out of A Day on the Water-Tim O’Neill
11:00   Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike & More-Ken Gangler
12:00   Fly Fishing Cuba – North and South Coast-Cristián Pablo Rodriguez Oro
1:00    Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
2:00.   The Brook Trout of Wilderness North-Mark Melnyk
3:00    Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
4:00    Humor – A Creek Trickles Through It-Jim Mize

ROOM D
10:00   Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations-Dan Davala/Jeremy Kehrein
11:00   Dry Flies and Solitude: Montana’s Kootenai Country-Dave Blackburn
12:00   Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
1:00     Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacobs
2:00    Fly Fishing Belize North to South-Cameron Davenport
3:00    Planning a Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – Top Flats Destinations Around the World-Ian Davis
4:00    Puma Fishing/Chilean Patagonia – IGFA World Records in Lake, River & Ocean – 5 Different Species-Huw Llewellyn

ROOM E
10:00    Wading the Flats for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
11:00    Trout & Dorado Fishing in Argentina-Kevin Howell
12:00    North Platte Monster Trout-Kray Lutz & Ryan Anderson
1:00      NW Montana’s Kootenai Country-Tim Linehan
2:00      World Class Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche River-Keith Vanacore
3:00     Matching the Hatch @ Blackhawk Flyfishing-John Rice
4:00     Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# Bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

Saturday
ROOM A
10:00   Delayed-Harvest Trout Fishing in Georgia-Steve Hudson
11:00   Fishing North GA Beyond Trout-Andy Bowen/Garner Reid
12:00   Soft-Hackles for The Most Selective Trout-Allen McGee
1:00    Lincoln Westby – Permit Master-Lincoln Westby
2:00    Fly Fishing the Carolinas-Kevin Howell
3:00   The Chattahoochee River, World Class Fishery-Chris Scalley
4:00    Targeting Shoal Bass in the Upper Chattahooche River-Jake Darling

ROOM B
10:00  Spiders and Soft Hackles. Ancient Flies for Modern Trout-John Shaner
11:00  Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00  Fly Fishing Cuba – North and South Coast-Cristián Pablo Rodriguez Oro
1:00    TENKARA: Tips and Tricks for Tenkara Anglers-Daniel W. Galhardo
2:00    Tarpon on Fly the Ultimate High-Captain Bruce Chard
3:00    Hatch Phases and Rise Forms-Nate Brumley
4:00    Wading the Flats for Permit-Kevin McDevitt

ROOM C
10:00   Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations-Dan Davala/Jeremy Kehrein
11:00   Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike & More-Ken Gangler
12:00   Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
1:00     Planning a Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – Top Flats Destinations Around the World-Ian Davis
2:00    Fly Fishing Belize North to South-Cameron Davenport
3:00    The Brook Trout of Wilderness North-Mark Melnyk
4:00    Flyfishing Five Gold Medal Rivers – Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, San Juan, Animas-Cameron Cipponeri  & Cole Glen

ROOM D
10:00   Fishing with Confidence How to Get the Most Out of A Day on the Water-Tim O’Neill
11:00   Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
12:00   Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacobs
1:00    Best Dorado Fishing in Argentina-Santiago Garua Seeber
2:00    Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
3:00    World Class Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restiigouche River-Keith Vanacore
4:00    Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# Bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

ROOM E
10:00   Humor – A Creek Trickles Through It-Jim Mize
11:00   North Platte Monster Trout-Kray Lutz & Ryan Anderson
12:00   NW Montana’s Kootenai Country-Tim Linehan
1:00     Best Bonefishing in the Bahamas-Oliver White
2:00     Dry Flies and Solitude: Montana’s Kootenai Country-Dave Blackburn
3:00     Matching the Hatch @ Blackhawk Flyfishing-John Rice
4:00     Fly Fishing In the Arctic Regions of NWT-Mack Martin

Talks subject to changes and additions.

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The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 2 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets

 

Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame,
Friday at 4:30

The event is co-hosted by the Fly Fishing Show and Southern Trout Magazine (ST), and it will draw the region’s best known fly fishing experts and celebrities to induction ceremony. The ST “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame was created by book author Don Kirk who has worked for years to discover, compile and preserve the story of fly fishing for trout in the South.

 

Special Musical Guest:

Don’t miss our special musical guest Dave Blackburn. He will be playing  for a feature “happy hour” act prior to the screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival.  Dave Blackburn grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.

 

Fly Fishers Learning Center:   Fly Fishing International (FFI) hosts the Fly Fishing Learning Center with fly tying, casting instruction and other fly fishing information and is free to show attendees. Fly tying focuses on young attendees, but all ages are welcome. Tying sessions begin every 30 minutes during periods of high demand; “when you get there” during periods of lighter attendance. There are usually three casting classes per day taught by FFI Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the FFI booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided. For more experienced fly fishers, an instructor will individually video your cast and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. The FFI Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

 

Demonstrations:  Join Capt. Bruce Chard in the Hatch Outdoors booth during the AtlantaFly Fishing Show to watch live demonstrations on how to rig for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Come see what more than 25 years of experience saltwater fishing in the Florida Keys and Bahamas has taught one of our sports most respected guides, writers and educators. Find out for yourself what materials Bruce uses, how to tie the perfect leader for the big three, and techniques that’ll surely help you catch more fish. Demos will be presented throughout the day so drop by the Hatch booth to see Bruce and the whole gang.

 

Infinite Energy Center

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