Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

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Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Three-day pass $35

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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

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Learning Center

The International Federation of Fly Fishers is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the IFFF Learning Center located at the IFFF booth.  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!

 

Denver Mart

451 East 58th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216-8470

*Map Located at bottom of page*

The Denver Mart is located 10 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, at I-25 and 58th Avenue, Exit #215, and is 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA)

The Show is held in the Pavilion Building of the Mart.

Directions from…

The North:  Take Interstate 25 South to exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn left onto 58th Avenue.

The South:  Take Interstate 25 North to exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.

The East:  Take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.

The West:  Take Interstate 70 East to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.

Accommodations:

401 East 58th Ave.
Denver, CO.  80216
(303) 297-1717
Be sure to ask for Fly Fishing Show Rates!

Celebrities: 

tombaltzThomas E. Baltz: A New Mexico native, Tom Baltz has been a fly tier for over 46 years, the last 32 spent among the legendary tiers and anglers of the limestone valleys of south-central Pennsylvania, near Carlisle. Tom is the only four time Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Champion and his flies have appeared in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Art of Angling Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, and American Angler magazines, the Orvis catalog (I.C.S.I Midge, MuddBugger, Hatching Nymph and Beetlenat) and the recently published book “Guide Flies”. He is a regular contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and appears at fly-fishing shows around the country. Tom ties for several fly shops and discriminating anglers coast to coast. His trout and Salmon flies are in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Museum (Jack Eschenmann collection), the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and private collectors from Europe, across the U.S., to Asia. A full time fly-fishing professional since 1974 and one of Pennsylvania’s first licensed fishing guides, Tom is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide who was named North East Trout Guide of the Year (2001) by Orvis. Tom is a member of the Regal Engineering (Regal Vise) Pro Staff. He and his wife Eileen live outside Boiling Springs, PA, very near Mountain Creek, the Letort, and the lovely Yellow Breeches Creek.

AKphotoA.K. Best: Born and raised on an Iowa farm. Educated in Iowa public schools. BME and MME degrees from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Musician in 56th Army Band, Japan, 2 years. Professional musician, 12 years. Music educator, 24 years. Community symphony orchestra conductor, 4 years. Community concert board member, 17 years. Michigan State Arts Council advisor, 8 years. Fly Tyer and Fly fisher 45 years. Photographer, 45 years. Author of “Production Fly Tying”, Pruett Pub. Co., Boulder, CO.  Has now gone into a second edtion. Received 1989 book of the year award from United Fly Tiers, an international organization for “Production Fly Tying”. Authored “Dying and Bleaching Natural Fly Tying Materials”, April , 1993, Lyons and Burford, NY.  This book was used as a text at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia in July, 1993.  Second edition available now. Author of “A. K.’s Fly Box”, Feb. 1996, Lyons & Burford, NY. Author of “Advanced Fly Tying”,  published by Lyons Press Author of “Fly Fishing With A. K.”  published by Stackpole Author of “Fly Tying with A. K.”  Published by Stackpole, Aug. 2008 Over 100 articles written for the following: Contributor, “From The Vise” column for Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Contributor Editor, Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. Column, “A. K.’s Corner”, Fly Rod & Reel Web Site Contributor:  “The Fly Tyer” magazine Lectured and demonstrated fly fishing and fly tying from coast to coast and taught classes in fly tying in Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Wyoming, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Calgary, Alberta Canada, California, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas,  Arkansas, Alaska, Texas, Toronto, Canada, Denmark,  Italy, and the National Fly Tiers Symposium in New Jersey. Have made some appearances which were sponsored by “The American Center for the West”, of Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado to present an outdoorsman’s look at the Rocky Mountain environment. Fly fished for Tarpon, Bonefish, Stripped Bass, Blue Fish, Bass, Pike, Blue Gills, Crappie, Steelhead, Grayling, Char, Salmon, and all species of trout. Originated a series of dyed quill body dry flies which are being produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants, Inc. of Glide Oregon in their overseas fly tying factories and sold throughout the nation and parts of Europe and Asia. Produced with Video Adventures of Portland, OR,  a  series of video tapes which include:  “Tying Dry  Flies” 120 min. (based on the book, “Production Fly Tying”),  “Tying Blue Wing Olives” 60 min., “Tying Caddis & Midges” 60 min., “Tying Callibaetis & Green Drakes” 60 min., “Tying Nymphs & Wet” 60 min., and “Tying Terrestrials” 60 min.   An Additional 5 tapes were produced in early ‘99:  “Tying Tiny Dry Flies” 55 min., “Tying Streamers” 100 min., “Tying With Quills” 60 min., “Techniques for Tying Saltwater Flies” 120 min., “Tying Biot Duns and Melon Quills” 60 min.   All tapes are based on the books,  “Production Fly Tying” and “A. K.’s Fly Box.” Quill body flies were exhibited in Boulder, CO  and Moscow, ID Museums through the program: “Confluence, Art and the Trout Fly”.

Dave BlackburnDave 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”.

GaryBorgerGary 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tom Boyd: Is a fishing consultant, instructor, outdoor writer, editor and lecturer. Captain Tom Boyd has over 50 years’ experience as a catch-and-release fly fisherman. As a professional fly fisherman, he has traveled the world in pursuit of fresh and salt water species. He has consulted with manufacturers and lodges on many aspects of fly fishing. Tom has taken countless world record-sized fish using IGFA regulations including a 340 lb. blue marlin on a 20 lb. tippet along with black marlin and giant sailfish; a 40.5 lb. roosterfish on a 10 lb. tippet (it’s the 12 lb. record); and most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for 30 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green – shallow and flats, and fresh water. He has caught upwards of 200 different species of fish from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. He specializes in gamefish behavior and developing often unique techniques to catch even the toughest species. Tom writes for many different magazines, is interviewed on internet and radio fly fishing shows, has been a content editor and Editor-in-Chief of fly fishing magazines. Currently, he is Editor-at-large of Fly Fish America magazine. As a fishing advocate, he champions the sport to everyone. He is past President of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, etc. and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards. Tom’s new book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed.

CharlieCravenCharlie Craven: Charlie Craven has been a commercial tyer for nearly thirty years, and in that time has tied flies for almost every species of gamefish in nearly every location in the world, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rocky Mountain West. He designs flies for Umpqua Feather Merchants, and some of his popular patterns include the Charlie Boy Hopper, Jujubee Midge, Jujubaetis and Poison Tung. Charlie was the fly tyer and photographer for Barr Flies (Stackpole 2007) and recently authored his own book, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying (Headwaters 2008). Craven is the president of Charlie’s Fly Box fly shop in Arvada, Colorado and lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His newest book, CHARLIE’S FLY BOX: SIGNATURE FLIES FOR FRESH AND SALT WATER, came out in 2011 from Stackpole Books.

JeffCurrierJeff Currier: Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing.  He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist.  He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents.  Jeff has fished in over forty-five countries and caught over 300 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books.  He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books.  Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain.  During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing.  He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe.  Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.  www.Jeffcurrier.com .

george-danielGeorge 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 travelling 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.

Pat Dorsey: A native of Colorado, Pat Dorsey has been guiding for over 25 years. Pat Dorsey spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, guiding clients of all abilities. Pat Dorsey is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Dorsey also, maintains an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers. Pat Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Fly Rods Advisory Team, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti Pro staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff. Pat Dorsey is the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. In 2005, Pat authored the book, A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns for each of the four seasons of the year. In 2009 Pat Dorsey authored Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on how to fish tailwater fisheries. In 2010 a companion book to Fly Fishing Tailwaters hit the shelves, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, which is jam-packed with how to tie Pat Dorsey’s favorite “guide flies”. This book includes 500 step-by-step tutorials, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them. His latest book is Colorado Guide Flies, which was released in 2015. It features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes. Pat Dorsey is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. He is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shop throughout the United States. Pat Dorsey is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products. Pat Dorsey is a nationally known speaker. He travels the United States sharing his passion for fly fishing at trade shows and private fishing clubs. He is a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver and is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries. Pat Dorsey is the proud father of three wonderful boys, Forrest, Zach, and Hunter. He also has two step children, Nicole and Michael Richardson. They, like their dad, enjoy fly fishing. His wife, Kim, is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. Kim and Pat Dorsey, also, host a yearly trip to Alaska Sportman’s Lodge each September with a group of his clients.

Bill EdringtonBill Edrington: A sociology/criminology professor for 25 years, Bill Edrington owned Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO since 1990.  He sold the business to his son, Taylor in January of 2011, but he continues working there on a limited basis and fishing from Argentina to Alaska.  In addition to teaching fly fishing and training guides in how to teach fly fishing, he is an author and outdoor photographer with his last book being Fly Fishing the Arkansas, An Angler’s Guide and Journal. Bill’s Blog on Facebook, Bill Edrington,  Tight Lines and Tasty Spoons, a group of river stories, fishing poetry and streamside recipes has lots of fly fishing and food followers.  He has published articles in Fly Fisherman magazine, American Angler, Fly Fusion and is currently a contributing writer for the High Country Angler.  Bill grew up fly fishing the small streams of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado and after having fished around the world, still considers those to be his favorites.

TaylorEdringtonTaylor Edrington: Taylor Edrington was raised in the fly fishing industry, and studied on the river under the tutelage of such greats as Gary Lafontaine, Mel Krieger, Chuck Fothergill, Larry Kingrey and his father Bill Edrington.  Suma Cum Laude graduate of the Leads School of Business at the University of Colorado, Taylor now owns and operates Royal Gorge Anglers on the Arkansas River. Royal Gorge Anglers will be celebrating this year its 25th year of operation as a flagship flyshop of the Rocky Mountain Region and the largest flyshop, lodge and guide service combo in the Southern Rockies. The guide service at Royal Gorge Anglers has been deemed one of the finest fly fishing guide services in the country, and received the Orvis Company Endorsement as one of the premier outfitters in the Southern Rockies. Royal Gorge Anglers boasts a 3000 sq. ft. retail space with such fine outdoor brands as Orvis, Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Scott and many other fly fishing specialty brands. Prior to his ownership of RGA, Taylor grew up guiding and instructing on the Arkansas River and various other Rocky Mountain watersheds. For just shy of a decade, Taylor guided in both Central and Southwestern Alaska, and is a US Coast Guard Certified Saltwater Captain. Taylor also worked as the general manager of a flagship lodge in the Iliamna region of Alaska for 3 seasons. Along with his fly-fishing pursuits in the US, Taylor has hosted fly-fishing adventure travel for clients on 4 continents through his global adventure travel business, Cross Current Travel Group and holds three fly rod world records. Beyond the details, Taylor is an extreme advocate for fishery conservation and simply strives to build awareness about the sport of fly-fishing for all ages.

EdEnglesmallEd Engle: Ed Engle’s fly fishing articles have appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. In the 1970’s his articles on short line nymphing techniques were among the first to appear in national fly fishing magazines. Since that time he has taught thousands of fly fishers the subtle art of nymphing through his books and articles, on-the-water seminars, and at his popular nymphing class sponsored by the Fly Fishing Show. Ed’s newest book, Trout Lessons (2010), considers what to do when your usual fly fishing solutions don’t work. His interest in tying and fishing small flies led to the publication of Tying Small Flies (2004) and Fishing Small Flies (2005). The two-volume set is credited with helping create the current surge of interest in pursuing trout with small flies. Ed’s dedication to fishing bamboo fly rods resulted in the publication of Splitting Cane (2002) which chronicled the life and craftsmanship of  sixteen working rod makers. His first book, Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (1991), was a groundbreaking explanation of how to fish the regulated rivers found below dams. Ed is a regular contributor to American Angler, The Boulder Daily Camera and Gray’s Journal. In addition, he has written for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Trout, Fly Tyer, Sports Afield, and Saltwater Fly Fishing. Ed’s current projects include work on a new book, coming up with new small fly patterns (he’s a Signature Fly Tier for Idylwilde Flies) guiding on Colorado’s South Platte River, and teaching at fly fishing seminars throughout he country. For more information or to contact Ed go to www.EdEngleflyfishing.com.

simon4Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.

JohnGierachJohn Gierach: John Gierach is an American author and freelance writer who formerly resided on the St. Vrain River in Lyons, Colorado and now lives in Larimer County, Colorado. His books’ themes are based on his various fly fishing adventures, some of which take place with his friend, A.K. Best. A few of his works include The View from Rat Lake, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and the cult classic–Trout Bum. His work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field & Stream where he is a contributing author, and Fly, Rod, and Reel where he is an editor at large. He also writes columns for the Longmont Daily Times-Call out of Longmont, Colorado and the monthly Redstone Review and a monthly column for the The New York Times. This is a rare chance to meet one of the most well known fly fishing authors in person!

 

WendyGunn1Wendy Gunn:  Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.

 

JeffreyHattonJeffrey Hatton: It has been a long strange float for me and it has always had a thread related to fly fishing. In junior high school I started selling fly’s to my football coach. After a stint as an Ironworker right out of high school building up Denver, the rivers called me back and I started tying flies for A.K. Best in the early 1980’s. By the late 1980’s I had moved to the western slope of Colorado and found my home waters of the Gunnison drainages. I have worked as a guide in the Black canyon of the Gunnison and through the 1990’s I also spent a time working in a couple of fly shops and there was a 4 year stint as the Harvest foreman and production manager of Whiting Farms, this was followed by a 3 year period at SCOTT rods as their corksmith. In 2000 I formed my own company titled Gnomish Rod Works to produce Art level bamboo rods on a one of a kind basis. In 2005 My first book was published by Amato Publications and is titled Rod Crafting; a Full color pictorial history of rod making . I have also put together one of the finest collections of antique rods covering 200 years of history in the country and I take great joy in sharing it with my fellow anglers. I was awarded the Rod Maker of the Year award in 2005 at the Southern Rod Makers gathering.

joe humphreys

Joe Humphreys: Joseph is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator. He has been a fishing instructor to anyone who wants to learn the sport, including VIPs, for over 45 years. Joe has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents & celebrities, held the Pennsylvania state record, hosted the first national fly fishing show on ESPN, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Joe is also a published author of numerous books and articles on the sport of fly fishing, including: Trout Tactics, Trout Tactics Revised, and On the Trout Stream. In addition to these major and well-respected works, he is a regular contributor to regional and national journals and periodicals. Along with his writing, he has also produced and starred in several highly successful videos including, “A Casting Approach to Nymphing Tactics”, “A Casting Approach to Dryfly Tactics in the Brush”, “A Casting Approach to Flyfishing to Catch Fish, Not Just to Cast”, “The Dryfly and the Top Water Game”, and the Telly Award winner for Best Video, “The Night Game”. As one of the foremost educators in angling, Joe Humphreys directed the renowned angling program at the Pennsylvania State University for nineteen years, providing introductions and foundations to young and old for a life-long enjoyment of the sport. He has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of Pennsylvania fishing. Joe’s passions also include working with local and national organizations to improve stream quality. He’s proud that his students have become the advocacy base to sustain Pennsylvania waters and believes that teaching youth to fly fish, including the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, is pertinent for further protection of and respect for the environment. Joe also dedicates his time to honoring our Veterans through his support of Project Healing Waters and strongly believes in the healing properties of streams. A documentary titled, “Live the Stream” is currently being filmed about Joe’s life on and off the stream. The trailer and more information can be found at: www.livethestreamfilm.com

Larry KingreyLarry Kingrey: I’ve been fly fishing for more than forty years, and tying flies a good part of that. At first, just to have the patterns I needed/wanted, then started tying for a local shop near my home. I then began guiding for them, and through that began developing patterns of my own. Later on, through my association with Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO as guide and fly tier, I became a signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. I concentrate mainly on trout flies, really enjoy the hatch matching styles. I do have some warmwater flies, and some of those “there’s nothing in nature that looks like that!” bugs. These days, I probably enjoy the teaching part of guiding the most, along with working out new patterns.

Mike Kruise: Mike Kruise is a Longmont native. After a tour of service in the Marine Corps, he returned to Longmont and started a family. He has extensive experience in retailing and construction prior to opening the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop.
Mike learned to fly fish from his father, who was a hardcore outdoorsman. He perfected his skills with his close friend, Scott Bley, and together they cut their fly fishing teeth on the Big Thompson, the Cache la Poudre and St Vrain Rivers. Mike has extensive fishing experience around western North America, including Alaska and Mexico, and has organized and led annual trips to the Bahamas for the past several years. In 2014, Kruise co-authored A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area with Steve Schweitzer.
Kruise has been guiding and teaching fly fishing since the 1990s, and became a Colorado Registered Outfitter in 2006. He and Bley are co-owners of the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont.

Landon Mayer Bio Pic 2014 copyLandon 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 fly-fishing 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, 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, Bauer, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti, Winston Fly Rod Co., and Casio Pro Trek watches. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 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.

Alice OwsleyAlice Owsley: Alice was born in Ohio and introduced to fly fishing at a young age on the spring creeks of Northeast Ohio. She moved out west after graduating from college to pursue a career in the fly fishing industry. She currently operates Riverside Anglers guide service out of West Yellowstone, Montana. Alice has been guiding for 15 years on the Madison, Henry’s Fork and waters of Yellowstone National Park, teaching clients of all skill levels her trout catching ways. Alice also spent a season on the famed Naknek River of SE Alaska chasing King Salmon and large Rainbow trout. In 1999, she completed Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Instructor Course. She is a Simms Guide Ambassador and a member of the ClackaCraft pro staff who has been a licensed outfitter in Montana since 2004.

Steve Rajeff: Steve has dominated the world of competitive casting for over four decades. He has won the American Casting Association All Round Championship 42 times, and is the current title holder. He has won the World All Round Championships14 times. Steve holds the ACA Single Hand Fly distance record at 243 feet, a personal best Two Hand Fly distance cast of 306 feet, along with all the combined accuracy and distance records. Born and raised in San Francisco, started tournament casting in 1966, he is a Lifetime member of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Steve traveled to Japan to teach fly casting in the early 1970’s with Jim Green, master rod designer for Fenwick, also with Mel Krieger, his first casting instructor. He has conducted fly casting lessons and demonstrations in Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and many countries across Europe. Steve is Hall of Fame member of the American Casting Association and recipient of the Federation of Flyfishers Lifetime Achievement Award. With over 50 years of comprehensive fishing experience, and 30 years as Director of Engineering for G.Loomis, Steve has developed over 3,000 rod models across all categories. NRX and GLX series are award winning series that many anglers will recognize by name. Steve’s largest fly caught fish was a tarpon estimated at over 180 lbs. “It is not so much about the most or biggest fish, but appreciation of the beautiful places fishing and casting takes me”.

JasonRandallJason 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 January 2017, Jason’s forth book will be 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 2016-17, Jason will appear and present at shows and events throughout the North America.

SONY DSCPhillip Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.

Steve_SchweitzerSteve Schweitzer: Steve is the author of the award winning “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” and the newly released “A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area” co-authored with Mike Kruise. Steve is a contributing editor for Angling Trade magazine and writes the ‘Masters at the Vise’ column for Southwest, Northwest and Eastern Fly Fishing Magazines. He has authored numerous articles appearing in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Trout, Wall Street Journal and many other regional angling publications. He also is contributing author & illustrator for the book “Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing”, authored by Joe Kissane. Besides writing, Steve also is an innovative fly tyer, with his patterns appear in books by Chris Mann, John Shewey, FFF Masters, Rick Takahashi & Jerry Hubka and others. Steve also has been active in TU, serving as president of the Lee Wulff Chapter. Steve makes his home in Greeley, CO. By day, Steve works as a consultant in the broadband and digital media industries.

John Shaner-2John 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.

RickTakahashiRick Takahashi: I love to tie and design flies patterns for the waters that I fish.  I have been tying flies since the age of eight years of age.  After taking apart my first fly (Royal Coachman) and seeing the hackle unwind, I knew that I wanted to learn how to tie flies. I didn’t have the slightest idea what a fly was but knew it was for fishing because of the hook. A couple of years later, my uncle bought me my first fly tying kit and I have been tying flies ever since. “I remember seeing my first fly fisherman on the South Platte River near the town of Decker’s Colorado.”  I followed that fly fisherman around for a couple of hours and eventually got up the nerves to ask him what he was doing…he told me he was fly fishing. This connected the flies I was tying with the actual act of fly fishing. I used to bring my first flies to Jim Poor of Angler’s All for critique.   Mr. Poor used to tell me that my flies looked terrible and that I needed to practice more if I wanted to get any better.  Best advice I could have ever received, I would not have progressed any further without practice and more practice. I love to bring others into the realm of fly fishing.  I am a demonstration fly tier and have tied at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave, Cheyenne Mountain TU Tying Clinic, Grand Valley Angler Fly Tying Clinic, Rocky Mountain Fly Casters Tying Clinic and at various regional fly shops near Denver. I am a past contributor and illustrator to Fly Fisherman Magazine. My art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. I am a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and I have done some consulting for C and F Design Co.  I have had several articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine.  I am a Pro Staff Member of Whiting Farms, and Pro Staff member of Clear Cure Goo. My fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book “Fly Patterns”, Todd Hosman’s book “Colorado Flies”, “Hatch is On” by Chris Santella, “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer, “Colorado’s Best Fly fishing” by Landon Mayer and in Pat Dorsey’s newest book. I wrote my first book with my friend Jerry Hubka (co-author), our book is titled “Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern” Stackpole/Headwater Books.  Our book has been doing well, we are into our third printing.  We have just sent our publisher a manuscript for our new book tentively titled “Modern Terrestrials” which will be out September of 2014.  We also have developed a presentation on Midges and Midge fly Fishing which we have presented in Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado and New Mexico. My goal is to share with others all of the various aspects of fly fishing and fly tying “it’s the teacher in me that wants to share knowledge.”  Our book was written to share what we’ve learned with other fly fishermen. I am a retired art educator and former Art Department Chairperson at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a shop rat and teach fly tying courses for Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel.  I make my home in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife Susan, daughter Haley and son Josh.

mike-tayloeMike Tayloe:  WEMT-Paramedic / Fly Fishing Guide: Chile & Colorado
“Tayloe” has been involved in pre-hospital emergency care for the past two decades focusing on remote and wilderness medicine. As director of operations and co-founder of Katabatic Consulting / Finns West he has provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica.
Tayloe guides for several fly fishing outfitters in Colorado and for Lakutaia Heli Fishing in Cape Horn-Patagonia, Chile.
Tayloe has combined his passion for fishing with his profession as a wilderness and remote paramedic and educator to create a comprehensive, fun and important service for the fly fishing industry and community.

DaveRainbow3Dave 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!

 

 

Authors:  TBA

Fly Tiers:

SueArmstrongSue Armstrong:  My first exposure to fly tying was when I was about 8 years old.  My Dad took me to a sportsman’s exposition in our home town of Phoenix.  Just inside the entrance was a young man tying flies.    I was absolutely enthralled watching him use thread to apply a variety of materials to a hook.  I can’t remember what the fly looked like or the materials he used, I just remember thinking “I want to do that!”  The opportunity arose in 1981 after moving with my husband and newborn son from Arizona to Denver.   Within a few months of our move, we enrolled in a fly fishing class taught by Dick Reeves, the founder of Front Range Anglers in Boulder, Colorado.  However, as my duties as a mom and high school teacher consumed much of my time, I did not tie much until our son was in high school.  At that time I took up fly tying once again.  Within the last ten years, the woven hair hackle flies of George Grant have captured my heart. Though they are not fished much anymore, I enjoy teaching the history behind them and the unique techniques involved.

tombaltzThomas E. Baltz:  A New Mexico native, Tom Baltz has been a fly tier for over 46 years, the last 32 spent among the legendary tiers and anglers of the limestone valleys of south-central Pennsylvania, near Carlisle. Tom is the only four time Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Champion and his flies have appeared in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Art of Angling Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, and American Angler magazines, the Orvis catalog (I.C.S.I Midge, MuddBugger, Hatching Nymph and Beetlenat) and the recently published book “Guide Flies”. He is a regular contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and appears at fly-fishing shows around the country. Tom ties for several fly shops and discriminating anglers coast to coast. His trout and Salmon flies are in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Museum (Jack Eschenmann collection), the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and private collectors from Europe, across the U.S., to Asia. A full time fly-fishing professional since 1974 and one of Pennsylvania’s first licensed fishing guides, Tom is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide who was named North East Trout Guide of the Year (2001) by Orvis. Tom is a member of the Regal Engineering (Regal Vise) Pro Staff. He and his wife Eileen live outside Boiling Springs, PA, very near Mountain Creek, the Letort, and the lovely Yellow Breeches Creek.

EdBergEd Berg:  Ed Berg has been tying and designing flies for over thirty-five years. Ed ties flies for a wide variety of fish including trout, bass, panfish, and a variety of saltwater species. He does some custom commercial tying, and has been published in a number of fly fishing magazines and books including David Klausmeyer’s ‘Guide Flys’ and Steve Thornton’s ‘Flytyers of the World’. He is on the prostaff of Whiting Farms, Fort Shockley and Nymph-head Beads and is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor. He has been a demonstration tier and instructor at various FFF Conclaves and Fly Fishing and Tying shows across the USA as well as Holland, Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom for the past twenty years.  For ten years he was the only American tying at ‘Le Monde de la Peche a la Mouche’ in Paris, France. Some of you may recognize Ed from The Fly Fishing Show at Pleasanton and Pasadena in California before he moved to the Denver area.  Since recently moving to Colorado he is appearing at more shows in the mid-west when he isn’t exploring all that great Colorado water or making bamboo fly rods.

PhilCamera_2011Phil Camera:  Although a native of Connecticut, Phil journeyed west after experiencing his first fishing trip to the Madison River.   Feeling like he was in a different world, his love for angling and the outdoors  lead to the direction of his next 40 years.   Leaving his employment as a Ballistic Technician at Winchester Western’s  research  laboratory in New Haven, Connecticut, he settled near the South Platte River in the Colorado Mountains.  His mechanical and laboratory background directed him toward  the science and artistry of fly tying.  Phil seemed to never be satisfied with the term, “This is the only way to do it”   He would constantly challenge the performance of existing tying materials in search for what he felt was the ideal product to accomplish what he wanted from a particular fly.  His interest put him on the path to creating new tying materials and  a manufacturing and distributing company, as well as a distribution center for synthetic tying products.  Thus his innovation of Larva Lace body materials were born!  His development of this material raised the eyebrows of many of the old school tiers, which put him on the next path to educating his customers.  After authoring the book “Fly Tying With Synthetics”, he was asked by many to come and show and tell how these products were actually used for todays fly patterns.  For the next 20 years Phil travelled the world as an invited guest tier to places like Holland Fly Tying Fair, Sweden, Norway , the South Pacific, and the North and South America fisheries  explaining and demonstrating his patterns and techniques. Phil still welcomes the opportunity to teach and show clubs of interest all his secrets of tying with alternative materials. In 2003 Phil’s Montana memories lead him back to the great Missouri River in north central Montana.   With his desire to fish the tail water fisheries and large trout he felt this was a great place to settle down to a small lodge and fly shop.  Most any day you can walk in to the Prewett Creek Fly shop and find Phil and Joan, his wife, in the fly shop helping and servicing the many anglers that seek the experience of the Upper Missouri River.  Phil will be either sitting in the corner tying flies or on the river rowing his drift boat and testing his latest fly creation.

Bennett ColvinBennett Colvin: Bennett Colvin is a born and raised Coloradan who grew up fishing both the warm water fisheries of the Front Range as well as the trout waters of the High Country.   Bennett attended Colorado State University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology and Education and a Master’s Degree in Entomology.
As a fisherman, Bennett is addicted to the large predatory fish that inhabit the West, especially trout, wipers, smallmouth bass, and pike.   His affinity for these piscivorous fish have forced him to scale up the size of the flies he fishes to mimic their forage.  He is particularly fond of fishing articulated baitfish patterns and crawfish flies.
When not fishing, Bennett is a biology teacher, fly fishing instructor at Colorado Youth Outdoors, and runs the Fossil Ridge Fly Fishing Club.    He has an amazing wife, Kirsten, who loves to accompany Bennett on many adventures and school him in fishing from time to time.

kevindcomptonKevin Compton:  Kevin is a commercial tier, author, speaker, tying instructor, and a fly designer for Solitude Fly Co. He is also a member of the International Pro Team for Partridge Hooks. His company, Performance Flies (www.performanceflies. com), an online and retail shop in Spruce Creek, PA, distributes premium tying materials, barbless hooks, and tools throughout North America, including the HANAK COMPETITION hooks. In 2006, he was the runner-up in the Team USA National Fly Tying Competition sponsored by Fly Tyer magazine. In September of 2006, he traveled to Portugal to the World Fly Fishing Championship where he contributed flies to the US competitors. Since 2006 he has tied flies for members of Team USA for their World Competitions, the National Championships, and the America’s Cup. In September of 2010 Kevin was the runner-up (to Charlie Craven) in the first annual Ironman Fly Tying Competition. He is also a Celebrity Fly Tier and instructor at the International Fly Tying Symposium and on the Fly Fishing Show circuit. Kevin’s flies have been featured in magazines such as Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and in collections such as Rick Takahashi’s Modern Midges and George Daniel’s Dynamic Nymphing. He also is the author of the forthcoming book with Stackpole entitled “Tying Czech Nymphs”.

JeffCurrierJeff Currier: Jeff resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist. He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents. Jeff has fished in over forty-five countries and caught over 300 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books. He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books. Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain. During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing. He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe. Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.
Jeffcurrier.com

CaseyDunniganCasey Dunnigan:   Casey has been tying flies for 6 years now and fly fishing 7 years. He is a new fly designer for Montana fly Company with five patterns to choose from. This will be his third year tying publicly. He will be happy to show you how to tie his patterns and how to fish them effectively. Casey fishes all over Colorado and the western states and will be happy to share information on rivers and streams that he has fished extensively. Do not hesitate to approach his booth and ask questions. He is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Joe EgryJoseph Egry:  My name is Joe Egry and I started Dragon Flyfishing in January of 2004 after being continually asked by friends to tie flies for them. I started tying flies for the St Vrain Angler in Longmont, Colorado and that summer began taking clients out on guided flyfishing trips in the Rocky Mountain National Park just outside of Estes Park, Colorado through the Estes Angler shop. I am now a member of the Tenkara Guide Network taking trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, a perfect place to experience Tenkara. I have been guiding for ten years now and know a lot of the small creeks and rivers within the park, holding Brookies, Browns, Greenback Cutthroats, and Rainbows. I guide on the weekends, as I have a regular job during the week. Taking beginner flyfisher’s out on the water is my favorite kind of trip. Teaching is the focus of the trip. I want my clients to be able to go out on their own after the trip and have some basic knowledge about fly fishing and be able to catch fish. I try to make it fun and teach while fishing. At the end of the day, if you can tie on a fly, Roll Cast to where a fish may be, you can catch fish! I am originally from Kansas and have lived from coast to coast with two years spent in Germany while in the Air Force. I did live in Colorado as a kid and finally made it back for good in 1995. I caught my first fish at two years old and haven’t stopped since. I began fly fishing 23 years ago and started fishing Tenkara almost exclusively for the last four years. I have given fly tying presentations around Denver at the Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited fly tying clinic, and at my fly fishing club events for a number of years, focusing on Tenkara flies for the last four years. I am available to give tying demonstrations and clinics to your organization, just contact me.

Chuck Esch photoChuck Esch:  Chuck Esch is a 35 year old ASE certified master auto technician.  He spends most of his free time fishing and fly tying.  In 1991 at the age of 11, Chuck started tying his first flies.  Trout flies tend to be the focus of this Rocky Mountain angler, but by his wide collection of flies, it’s clear he dabbles in a bit of everything. After 25 years of practice the final product of Chuck’s fly tying efforts produces end results that are beautifully consistent.  Row after row, box after box, each fly pattern looks like it was cloned from the one before. His attention to detail and vast collection caught the eye of local pro shop owners.  Over the last several years he has been asked by Northern Colorado’s best full pro fly shop’s to put on demos each winter for local enthusiasts.  Volunteering for several tying events has also helped expose this talented tyer. Fishing nearly 50 days each season, Chuck spends his time on many of northern Colorado and Wyoming rivers, including Cash la Poudre, Big Thompson, North Platte, Blue, Yampa and many more.  Stop by and chat with him and check out his collection. Chuck Esch is a Colorado native and resides in Fort Collins.

Shea GunkelShea Gunkel:  Principal Owner and CEO of Splatte Guides, Shea is one of the newest members of the Umpqua Feather Merchants signature fly design team.  Spending his time creating new patterns, rather than commercially tying has offered more time to watch his three awesome sons Cael, Quinn, and Cain play little league baseball.  Growing up in Canon City Colorado, Shea cut his teeth in the fly fishing world throwing elk hair dries and olive wooly buggers on the upper Arkansas River at the age of 13.  Now that life and fishing have landed him in Colorado Springs, most of his time is spent chasing his beautiful wife, Mollie, as well as the occasional trout along the South Platte River drainage.   Gunkel’s “Shotglass Baetis” has been wrecking fish all along the Rocky Mountain west and has become a staple fly anywhere mayflies can be found.  These, along with the ‘Radiation Baetis’ and ‘Splatte Roller’, have hit the production stage with Umpqua and are available to purchase at your local fly shop.  Shea manages the golf course and grounds maintenance department at Kissing Camels and Garden of the Gods Club and Resort in Colorado Springs but finds time to guide for Anglers Covey and SoCo Guides.

Jason HaddixJason Haddix:  Jason is originally from Illinois, but grew up fishing the trout streams of northern Colorado, where there was tons of opportunity to learn. From even the youngest age, he has always had a love of fishing, tying and the outdoors in general. This later led him to become a commercial tier and guide for several different shop/outfitters. Along the way he has been able to some great friends in the industry and some affiliations with some outstanding companies. Such as Peak vises, Daiichi hooks, Rite bobbins and Trout flies.com to name a few. Although he has spent many hours behind the vise cranking out thousands of commercially tied flies, his love of realistic flies and deer hair bass bugs still comes to the surface at shows. So be sure and stop by to see some of his realistic flies. Some of which include the walking stick, spider, damsel nymph and any other off the wall thing he’s come up with. Also feel free to email or contact him at anytime with questions j-onthefly@hotmail.com.

Phil IwanePhil Iwane:  My earliest memories involved fishing.  I went fishing with my dad when I was three and caught a catfish that was almost as big as me. That was the beginning of my passion for fishing. Over the years I had caught fish in every way you can but I had never fly fished.  Twenty years ago my best friend asked me to go fly fishing with him on the Big Thompson River, I caught a brown trout with a dry fly and the rest is history.  Fly tying was the next path I followed, as it seemed so logical.  Being artistic by nature, I view each fly I tie as a piece of art.  Fly tying and fly fishing is such a Zen-like experience.  There is nothing more rewarding than tying a fly, presenting your fly, watching the fish take it, fighting it, landing it and then releasing it.  There are thousands of flies you can tie but the patterns I demonstrate are the ones I have fished and had great success with.  I love to teach and share my techniques and fly patterns with people of like passion.

Tim JacobsTim Jacobs:  Tim Jacobs, a native of Michigan, is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Roaring Fork Valley. He works as an instructor at the Michigan Youth Trout Camp each summer and for Project Healing Waters in Colorado. Aside from published articles and the numerous clinics he conducts, Tim is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor who taught Sage Casting Clinics during the 1990’s.  He has guided in the Steamboat Springs area and the Roaring Fork Valley.  Tim is also a demonstration fly tyer for the Whiting Farms Pro Team and Regal Vise Pro Staff.

Stephen JohnsonStephen Johnson:  Stephen has been fly fishing and tying flies for almost thirty years. For the last fifteen years he has developed a preference for small stream fishing. Fishing small streams takes him back to a time when fishing was about fishing, not about the latest fly, line taper, rod action or destination. He prefers stalking fish and making the proper cast and presentation to competing with other anglers for a spot on the river. Stephen has tied trout flies, streamers, and saltwater flies but his passion is tying North Country flies (sometimes called soft hackles in the US), especially for small streams.  Since these flies consist of minimal materials, they look easy to tie. However, the challenge for the tyer is the right material in the correct amount in the appropriate place: then the sum is greater than the parts. The simple beauty of these flies appeals to his preference for minimalistic and impressionistic fly designs.  He brings a great amount of knowledge about these flies to the vise and has spent many hours perfecting techniques.  Happily, fish also find North Country flies very appealing!

Larry KingreyLarry Kingrey:  I’ve been fly fishing for more than forty years, and tying flies a good part of that. At first, just to have the patterns I needed/wanted, then started tying for a local shop near my home. I then began guiding for them, and through that began developing patterns of my own. Later on, through my association with Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO as guide and fly tier, I became a signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. I concentrate mainly on trout flies, really enjoy the hatch matching styles. I do have some warmwater flies, and some of those “there’s nothing in nature that looks like that!” bugs. These days, I probably enjoy the teaching part of guiding the most, along with working out new patterns.

Bill KirkBill 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.

Judson KnowlesJudson Knowles:  My name is Judson Knowles and I have been tying and fly fishing since I was 8 years old. I am a husband, a father, lover of the outdoors, catcher of fish sometimes…I was lucky enough to attend the Beginner & Intermediate Fly Tying classes taught by Ray Johnson in Southern California in the late 70’s at Orange Coast Community College. I was the youngest person in the classes by 25 years or more.  The first fish I caught on a fly was a sucker on a Renegade I had tied in class. This was part of the class “field trip” to some local waters in Southern California. That feeling has never left; the excitement and joy are still present, even today, hundreds of trout later.  I am amazed every time I catch a fish on a fly that I have tied. It isn’t so much that I have “fooled” nature, it is more about something I had offered up, made of twisted fur and feather that was deemed “good enough” by a wary trout lurking below.
I love to share fly tying with others and gain just as much as I give. I have a heart for soft hackles and woven body flies.  I find fly tying relaxing, sometimes frustrating but it always rewarding.

Peter KogaPeter Koga:  Began tying in the late ‘60’s to match the type of fishing I was doing at the time.  Trout flies first for freestone streams, spring creeks, lakes and tail water fisheries.  Then got into steelhead fishing and began tying traditional steelhead flies for the California, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia rivers.   Started using two handed rods in 2001 and began tying tube flies, stingers and Intruder type flies for fishing with two handed rods.  Have done a lot of off shore conventional gear fishing and over the past several years began to use fly rods for off shore yellow fin tuna, yellowtail and dorado and the flies for those species, primarily sardines, anchovies and squid patterns.  I was born in Hawaii and have started to chase bonefish and trevally with a fly rod as well since 2004.

Chris KruegerChris Krueger:  Chris Krueger is a fly designer out of Fort Collins, CO, where he owns and operates Rocky Mountain Fly Design. Learning to tie at a young age, Chris grew up fishing his patterns and designs throughout the waters of northern Colorado and Wyoming. Tying commercially since the age of 14, he immediately developed a lifelong passion for the art and craftsmanship of fly tying. Now a teacher by day and fly tier by night, Chris combines his two passions and spends much of the year working with youth, teaching fly tying, demonstrating at shops and fly shows, tying commercially and spending time on the water. Chris finds his true fishing passion throwing articulated streamers for large predatory trout in Colorado and Wyoming. He is a pro-team member with Regal Engineering, Whiting Farms, and a signature designer with Montana Fly Company. For more information, please visit www.rockymountainflydesign.com.

Lauren LehighLauren Lehigh:  Lauren is a 14 yr old who started tying at the age of 9.  She got her first taste of fly tying at the FFF conclave in Loveland, CO where they had a free kids tying table.  The next year she asked for fly tying gear for her birthday and joined a TU kids tying class taught by Dick Shinton from the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont, CO.  She has also been fortunate enough to form a friendship with Rick Takahashi which explains her love for tying midges.  She has tied at the Fly Fishing Show, the ISE and been a demonstrator for the TU class for several years.  She enjoys fishing the lakes in Red Feather and catching fish on the patterns she ties and tweaks and has had several successful fishing trips around Sanibel Island, FL catching trout, snook, and cobia along with several other species of fish.  She has also helped out with a Project Healing Waters outing for several years in Red Feather as well as the kids fishing day.  When not fishing you can find her on the golf course where she is a sub 2 handicap and competitive golfer on the Colorado Junior Golf Association tour that plays throughout the state and has qualified for several national tournaments.

michael_mcfarlandMichael McFarland:  Michael has been an avid fly fisherman for 11 years.  It’s a passion that started shortly after a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park that quickly turned this historically saltwater angler into someone that has made high altitude fly fishing part of his daily life.  As part of that journey, he became exposed to Tenkara and has really embraced the idea of mixing both western techniques with the traditional standards of Japanese fly fishing.  This idea is what lead to him combining the tying strategies of what we all know in our “tried and true” fly patterns with the sakasa kebari.  Michael participates in shows like this one, the International Sportsmen’s Expo, and Trout Unlimited clinics to share his craft, his stories, and his enthusiasm with those that love the sport of fly fishing.  He is also a fly fishing guide for Rocky Mountain National Park and several other fisheries in the Colorado area.

 

Mark McMillanMark McMillan:  A lifetime Coloradan, Mark McMillan has been fly fishing for nearly 40 years and fly tying since the late 1970’s.  A self taught tier, he has become known for his inventive use and incorporation of common and not-so-common materials into flies of his own design.  He has been a demonstration tier and instructor at various Fly Shops, Conclaves, Trout Unlimited fund raisers, and Fly Fishing and Tying shows in Colorado and the west since 2003.  His patterns are effective fishing flies for trout, bass, wiper, and carp, and his strong interest in carp fishing has led him to build a shallow water carp fishing boat complete with poling platform for pursuing his beloved golden bones. Mark has been guiding walk-wade, float tube and pack horse trout fishing trips, and teaching casting and fly tying classes since 2000.  He is a member of the Whiting Farms and Vosseler pro teams, and often jokes that he is a pro staff member with Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Dollar Tree.  He has several fly patterns in Modern Midges, and his patterns are available through Blacks Flies and Wetfly.Net.

WaltMuellerWalt Mueller Jr.:  Walt Mueller, aka “The Otter” (always in the water and sometimes catching fish!), has been an avid fly tier for over 50 years. Living in the mountains of Colorado, he fishes all the major western rivers from New Mexico up north to Montana plus the Great Lake tributaries each fall and spring for steelhead. Walt developed his soft and ultra realistic “Soft Milking Egg”® egg patterns over 7 years ago. His materials now are available in 16 different colors of eggs, in 7 sizes; 2 x 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 3 x 6 mm clusters, 8 mm and 10 mm sizes. Whether tying his tiny 2 x 2 mm “Soft Sucker Spawn-OS-3” or 3 mm eggs on a tiny #20 hook, or up to multiple and larger 3 x 6 mm clusters or 10 mm eggs on 2/0 hooks for use on King Salmon, he will demonstrate how to tie multiple types of egg patterns using his wide array of materials that will improve your catch rate for all trout, steelhead, and even bass and carp!

Ted PatlinTed Patlen:  Winner of seven fly-tying world championships, has demonstrated at fly-fishing venues from the rocky shores of the Pacific coast, across the states as well as Canada, from a 12th century convent in Italy, north to Scandinavia, to the heart of Great Britain……as well as on a hot dusty parking lot in Roscoe, New York.

 

Carl PenningtonCarl Pennington:  As a young adult after fishing for many years with friends and family I decided to teach myself to tie flies to save a little money. Armed with a Thompson Model a vice and basic tools and materials I got started on what would become a life long pursuit of knowledge and skill in the art of fly tying. Twenty years and thousands of flies later I realized that I wasn’t saving any money bout I had developed a love for tying flies for trout. Fly tying has been a passion of mine and has grown in recent years with my appreciation for Colorado and all the great fishing waters it holds. I don’t travel much and may never fish anywhere else which is fine by me. I would have to say my signature patterns are those that require the most attention to detail and purporting such as the pheasant tail, biot emergers and parachute dry flies. I am a bit of a perfectionist when comes to the size and profile due to many years of fishing Colorado tail waters and the tiny flies they require. Just recently two of my fly patterns have been pickup by Montana Fly Co. I’m also a staff designer for Deek Creek Flies in the UK.

Richard PilatzkeRichard Pilatzke:  Richard Pilatzke lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Cheryl and border collie mix dog Bella . He was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in upstate New York. Richard has lived in Colorado for over 30 years. He has been fly tying and fly fishing for over 35 years. For the last twenty years, he has specialized in tying flies for and fishing high mountain lakes in Colorado.   He especially likes fishing damselfly and dragonfly hatches and terrestrials. He does many fly tying demonstrations at events like The Flyfishing Show, The International Sportsman’s Expo, the Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show, the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo, The New Mexico Trout Symposium, the Federation of Fly Fishers National Conclave and at fly tying clinics at many Denver area fly shops and TU and FFF chapters. In addition, Richard is a life member of both Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is a member of Cutthroat Chapter, Trout Unlimited, has been a member of the Board of Directors for Cutthroat for over twenty years, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Trout Unlimited. Richard’s flies have been exhibited at the Boulder Art Museum and the Prichard Art Museum in Idaho Falls. He is currently a member of the Regal Engineering, Unibobber and Wasatch Angling Pro Staffs. Richard and his fly patterns have been featured in books by Gary LaFontaine, Pat Dorsey, Rick Takahashi, Marty Bartholomew, and Jim Schollmeyer and also in Southwest Fly Fishing and Colorado Outdoors. His fly patterns are displayed on the internet in both pictures and video. His biggest influences in fly tying have been Gary LaFontaine, Jack Dennis, John Betts, Craig Matthews, and Al Makkai. What Richard likes best about fly tying is the creative aspect, especially searching out little-known materials to create new patterns.

enricoEnrico 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!

JuanRamirezJuan Ramirez:  Juan grew up in Northern New Mexico fishing the small streams and creeks of the Sangre De Cristos.  In 1997, a switch to fly-fishing was made and he has never looked back.  Over the years, he has guided on the Cimarron River in New Mexico as well as the South Platte River in Colorado. Juan received his first tying kit when he was 15.  After a few disastrous “creations”, it was put away for a few years.  In college at Durango, CO the kit was opened and a new appreciation for the globs of fur, feathers, floss and thread was created.  Now after 15 years of tying Juan is an accomplished fly tier.   Currently a part time guide for Anglers Covey, there are not many seconds that pass without the thought of fishing or tying that go by.  Juan runs a blog about fly tying and fly fishing at hopperjuan.blogspot.com.  Got Hoppers?

Bob ReeceBob Reece:  Bob is a full time Jr. High Science teacher and coach in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He runs a fly fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at his school.  In addition to this, Bob works with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters.  He started tying flies and fly fishing at the age of twelve.  Bob works during his summers as a contract guide for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado and Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.  Two of his articles have been published during the last year in Fly Fusion Magazine and he writes multiple monthly fly tying posts for Gink and Gasoline.  Bob has worked as a contract tier for the past three years.  He has recently moved his line of patterns to Umpqua Feather Merchants.  His first round of flies, through Umpqua, will be appearing in their 2018 line up.

AlRittAl Ritt: Al has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long.  Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies.  Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners.  He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California.  Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit, snook, redfish and other species.

Currently Al and his wife Diana own and operate Al Ritt Flies.  Al is a fly tying instructor as well as a destination travel host.  As Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing, a manufacturer of premium quality fly tying vises and equipment and bamboo rod making planing forms and tools, his duties entail sales/marketing, product development and customer service.

•    Al is the Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing and PEAK Outdoors
•    Al is Owner/Operator of Al Ritt Flies
•    Al is author of the book 25 Best Most Versatile Flies (Stonefly Press)
•    Al is Fly Tying Editor for Fly Fusion Magazine and Department Editor for Fly Fishing & Tying Journal
•    Al has written articles for Fly Fusion, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Fly Tyer and Hatches Magazines
•    Al is a domestic/international destination travel host
•    Al was profiled in Colorado Trout Flies; Great Patterns and the Remarkable People Who Tie Them by Todd Hosman (Streamside Press), The Master’s Fly Box by David Klausmeyer (Globe Pequot) and contributed tips for Better Flies Faster by David Klausmeyer (Stackpole Books)
•    Al has patterns featured in 100 Best Flies for Montana Trout by Thomas R Pero (Wild River Press), Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka (Headwater Books), 100 Best Flies for Colorado Trout by Thomas R Pero (Wild River Press) and A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park by Steven B Schwietzer (Pixachrome Publishing), 101 Favorite Dry Flies by David Klausmeyer (Skyhorse Publishing) and Tying Heritage Featherwing Streamers by Sharon Wright (Stackpole Books)
•    Al is a fly designer for Montana Fly Company

Al is a member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America, Trout Unlimited, a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and a life member the IFFF Fly Tying Group, A member of the Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild and The Fly Dressers Guild. As a demonstration tier Al has appeared at numerous fly shops and expos including The Fly Fishing Show in Denver CO, Somerset NJ, Lynnwood WA and Pleasanton CA, The International Fly Tyer’s Symposium in Somerset NJ, the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver CO, the IFFF Annual Fly Fishing Fair in Loveland CO, West Yellowstone MT and Spokane WA, New Mexico TU Fly Tying Expo in Albuquerque NM, East Idaho IFFF Fly Tying Expo in Idaho Falls ID, Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show in Montrose CO, Western Colorado Fly Tying Expo in Grand Junction CO, West Denver TU Fly Tying Expo in Golden CO, IFFF Southern Council Conclave in Mountain Home AR and the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren MI.
Al is a pro-team member with PEAK Fishing, Whiting Farms, Pro Sportfisher, Performance Flies, Flymen Fishing Company, Partridge Hooks, Semperfli and Loop USA.

MikeRomanowskiMike Romanowski: My passion for fly tying was ignited 37 years ago when I received a Cortland 444 fly tying kit for Christmas. My initial skills were honed by Joe Humphreys and George Harvey while attending Penn State University in the early 80’s. After graduating from PSU in 1985 I began tying commercially. During this time I founded the Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Northeast PA. I began teaching fly tying in 1987 for the chapter and since then have instructed approximately 400 students in the art. I have given fly tying demonstrations throughout the Northeast U.S., tie regularly at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, The Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury, CT, and the Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, NJ. One of my flies was featured in the 2011 Renzetti catalog. While I specialize in trout flies, my fly tying is very eclectic, ranging from full dress Atlantic salmon flies to deer hair bass bugs for Susquehanna River smallmouths. I am a 30 + year Delaware River veteran, and have fished extensively on three continents for trout, salmon and steelhead. Currently, I am affiliated with AA Outfitters in Blakeslee, PA, where I am the shop’s lead fly tying instructor. An educator by profession, I am co-chair of the Mathematics Department at Wyoming Area High School in Wyoming Valley, PA.

Steve_SchweitzerSteve Schweitzer:  Steve is the author of the award winning “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” and the newly released “A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area” co-authored with Mike Kruise. Steve is a contributing editor for Angling Trade magazine and writes the ‘Masters at the Vise’ column for Southwest, Northwest and Eastern Fly Fishing Magazines.  He has authored numerous articles appearing in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Trout, Wall Street Journal and many other regional angling publications.  He also is contributing author & illustrator for the book “Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing”, authored by Joe Kissane.  Besides writing, Steve also is an innovative fly tyer, with his patterns appear in books by Chris Mann, John Shewey, FFF Masters, Rick Takahashi & Jerry Hubka and others.  Steve also has been active in TU, serving as president of the Lee Wulff Chapter.  Steve makes his home in Greeley, CO.  By day, Steve works as a consultant in the broadband and digital media industries.

tom-starmackTom 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 near Viroqua. Tom has demonstrated fly tying and fishing techniques at shows and to local clubs. Tom’s ties have appeared in American Angler magazine and are in the soon to be released ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’ by Jason Randall (Jan 2017). He started Zoetic Flies in 2015 and you can see his work at zoeticflies.com.

 

 

 

RickTakahashiRick Takahashi:   I love to tie and design flies patterns for the waters that I fish.  I have been tying flies since the age of eight years of age.  After taking apart my first fly (Royal Coachman) and seeing the hackle unwind, I knew that I wanted to learn how to tie flies. I didn’t have the slightest idea what a fly was but knew it was for fishing because of the hook. A couple of years later, my uncle bought me my first fly tying kit and I have been tying flies ever since. “I remember seeing my first fly fisherman on the South Platte River near the town of Decker’s Colorado.”  I followed that fly fisherman around for a couple of hours and eventually got up the nerves to ask him what he was doing…he told me he was fly fishing. This connected the flies I was tying with the actual act of fly fishing. I used to bring my first flies to Jim Poor of Angler’s All for critique.   Mr. Poor used to tell me that my flies looked terrible and that I needed to practice more if I wanted to get any better.  Best advice I could have ever received, I would not have progressed any further without practice and more practice. I love to bring others into the realm of fly fishing.  I am a demonstration fly tier and have tied at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave, Cheyenne Mountain TU Tying Clinic, Grand Valley Angler Fly Tying Clinic, Rocky Mountain Fly Casters Tying Clinic and at various regional fly shops near Denver. I am a past contributor and illustrator to Fly Fisherman Magazine. My art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. I am a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and I have done some consulting for C and F Design Co.  I have had several articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine.  I am a Pro Staff Member of Whiting Farms, and Pro Staff member of Clear Cure Goo. My fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book “Fly Patterns”, Todd Hosman’s book “Colorado Flies”, “Hatch is On” by Chris Santella, “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer, “Colorado’s Best Fly fishing” by Landon Mayer and in Pat Dorsey’s newest book. I wrote my first book with my friend Jerry Hubka (co-author), our book is titled “Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern” Stackpole/Headwater Books.  Our book has been doing well, we are into our third printing.  We have just sent our publisher a manuscript for our new book tentatively titled “Modern Terrestrials” which will be out September of 2014.  We also have developed a presentation on Midges and Midge fly Fishing which we have presented in Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado and New Mexico. My goal is to share with others all of the various aspects of fly fishing and fly tying “it’s the teacher in me that wants to share knowledge.”  Our book was written to share what we’ve learned with other fly fishermen. I am a retired art educator and former Art Department Chairperson at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a shop rat and teach fly tying courses for Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel.  I make my home in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife Susan, daughter Haley and son Josh.

eric-wayEric Way:  Eric began tying at the age of twelve, now 23 year ago started a lifelong obsession with Fly Tying.  As a young man he grew up in north central West Virginia fishing every Appalachian stream he could find.  Taken under the expert teaching of Paul Kuricak, the then owner of Upstream Fly Shop, his Fly Tying and Fishing education began to blossom.  While serving in the Army he got to fish all over the U.S. which gave him experience in many types of fly tying from all over the country.  Landing in Baltimore Md. For a while made the introduction to the North Country Tradition of Fly Tying one of the most influential times of his fly tying and fishing life.  Great Feather Fly shop and the years of expertise from the staff there instilled a burning passion for the flies of the North Country, especially the spider patterns of old.  A walk along the Gunpowder River involving conversations with both guides and friends, and the never ending support for Great Feathers prompted the beginnings of Eric’s professional tying career.  In 2012 Gunpowder Custom Tackle was born, specializing in the North Country Spider and Wet Flies tied properly. Now living in Collbran Colorado Eric guides out of Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt  and Teaches a Flyfishing and guide school in Mesa. Eric can be found on facebook and Instagram under the name Gunpowder custom tackle and at his web site www.gunpowdercustomtackle.com

FrankWhispellFrank Whispell:  Frank Whispell has been fly fishing since the 1980s and tying flies for the past 20+ years.  I am an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman since early childhood.  I have developed a passion for everything fly fishing and fly tying related and love to teach all that I know to anyone that is willing to learn.  I tie every year at the Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver TU Fly Tying Clinic, the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo as well as at the Angler’s Roost in Fort Collins.  I hold classes for fly tying, casting and fly fishing.   You can find all sorts of information regarding fly fishing trips, fly tying and fly fishing in general on my web site at: http://www.fffadventures.com   Please stop by my tying station/booth and say hello and always feel free to visit my web site and drop me a line via email. I am always looking for new and improved ways to tie flies as well as fly fishing techniques and methods.  My latest foray has been in the arena of Spey casting and Spey fly tying.   I also love the new “Switch” rods that are in-between a spey and standard rod.  I will fish for all creatures that live in the water.  I enjoy the smallest Brooke Trout to the largest Tarpon to tuna and tie my own flies for all of them. What I love most is looking for methods of fly tying that add durability, reduce time, lesson the materials needed and to teach these to others to enhance their tying and fishing experience. Teaching our next generation of fly fisher-people, both young and old, and fly-tyers is something that I love to do.  To see a new person trying to learn and to finally “get-it” and then watch them grow into this sport is one of life’s simple pleasures.   We all need to bring our next generations to the rivers and lakes that we all love and to, hopefully, teach them to protect these precious resources for the future.

matt_winklerMatt Winkler:  Born and raised on a lake in the woods of northern New Jersey, I’ve been on the water fishing my entire life.   I bought my first fly rod and tying kit in 2008 and, immediately, a hobby became my way of life.  In 2009, I decided to leave my career and move to Colorado solely to pursue the sport.
Depending on the season, my passions include throwing streamers in moving water on a heavy sink line, spending 40 – 60 days a year sight fishing shallow mud flats for big carp and hunting stillwaters for oversized trout throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  In recent years, I’ve started traveling and enjoying the adventure of salt water fly fishing, including three trips to the Bahamas, Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and searching for rooster’s on Baja’s East Cape.
I am a signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and tie small scale custom fly orders.  I tie all my own flies, and most of the flies I fish are my original patterns.  I’ve been a demonstration fly tier for five years at several fly shops along the Front Range and have tied at the West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, Bass Pro Shops and Umpqua’s booth at the Denver Fly Fishing Show.
I currently live in Thornton, Colorado with my wife, Lisa, and our two year old son, Dillon.

Tom ZieglerTom Ziegler:  Tom, beginning at age 10, cut his fly fishing teeth on the crystal-clear spring fed streams of the Missouri Ozarks fishing for both wild trout and, in the warmer streams, the wild and native smallmouth bass.  After moving to the Colorado Front Range several years ago he fishes for, and takes images of, the large diversity of species available, from Cutthroat to Carp.  Tom has demonstrated fly tying at several national and regional shows as well as local fly shops along the Front Range, specializing in deer hair flies for trout and bass.  In addition to tying demonstrations, he has published fly fishing photography in The Fly Fish Journal, Southwest Fly Fishing and MidCurrent.  He has also managed a fly shop and is a FFF Certified Casting Instructor.  Find him of Facebook, Flickr, or check out his website at http://tomzieglerflyfishing.photoshelter.com/index

 

 

Check back later for our 2017 floor plan.

ben-cuba-2016A Note from the Director:  2016 Denver Note from the Director:  Welcome to the 16th anniversary of the Fly Fishing Show here in Denver. We always look forward to kicking off the fly fishing year with our friends and welcoming new people to this great sport in the Mile High City. It is hard to believe that we have been able to expanded this show with more vendor space, even expanding beyond the main floor. Once again, this will be the biggest consumer fly fishing event to ever take place west of the Delaware River. Manufacturers and retailers have expanded their booth displays to introduce everyone to their best rods, reels, waders, lines, and many more products available to test or purchase.  We have many new exhibitors with innovative products to peruse and an expanded class offering.

Our seminars and theaters present as many as 10 talks and demonstrations each hour all three days of the show.  Be sure to check out our special morning and afternoon Classes with the Experts.

The fly tiers will be sharing their techniques and answering all of your tying questions; always a popular part of the show.

The “Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase” is now in it’s third year and it has expanded into a stand alone exhibitor venue focused on the female angler.  The weekend’s program includes the popular Trunk Show Social on Saturday afternoon with women and family-specific presentations throughout the show.  Get more details on our website and social media outlets.

Fly fishing rods, reels, lines, books, DVD’s, art, jewelry, destinations, accessories, watercraft, tying materials and everything you want to see is here, in one place, for one weekend only! We consider ourselves a “show family” and all strive to deliver what we consider the best fly fishing event you can attend.  So plan to join us, bring a fishing buddy, and stay more than one day. You will need the whole weekend to take it all in.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, IF4, will return again this year.  Our Denver Fly Fishing Show has once again been selected as the world premier for the film tour. This is an awe-inspiring post-show activity you won’t want to miss.

See you there, Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE.      

Adult: $15 for one day, $25 for two-day pass, $35 for three-day pass;     

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2     

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free     

Military with ID: $10

 

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 6 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 tickets.

 

 

Register for Classes with the Experts.

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth:

Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Seminars:

Friday:
Catch Room
11:30   Jason Randall – What Trout See
1:00    Larry Kingrey and Bill Edrington – Rigging and Tying Flies for Tactical Nymphing
2:30    Gary Borger – The Angler as Predator
4:00    Ed Engle – Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters

Release Room
12:00   Steve Schweitzer & Mike Kruise – Fly Fishing Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
1:30     Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20lb Fish near Home!
3:00    Taylor Edrington – The Arkansas: N. America’s Longest Gold Medal River
4:30    George Daniel – Contact Nymping

 

Saturday:
Catch Room
10:00   Jason Randall – Advanced Nymph Fishing
11:30    Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
1:00     Taylor Edrington – The Arkansas: N. America’s Longest Gold Medal River
2:30     Gary Borger – Reading Waters
4:00    George Daniel – The Streamer Bite

Release Room
10:30   Jeff Currier –  Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More
12:00   Landon Mayer – Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Year Round
1:30     A.K. Best – Colorado Flies
3:00     Phil Rowley – Ten Stillwater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

 

Sunday:
Catch Room
10:00   Phil Rowley – How to Approach a New Lake
11:30    Gary Borger – Really Matching the Hatch
1:00     Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics That Catch Trout
2:30     George Daniel– Contact Nymphing

Release Room
10:30   Jeff Currier – Streamer Tactics and Tricks to Catch Bigger Trout
12:00   Jason Randall – When All Else Fails; Catching Fish When Fishing is Tough
1:30      Steve Schweitzer – The Double-Dozen Rules-of-Thumb for Fly Fishing the High Country
3:00     Landon Mayer – Trout Tips: Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
11:30   Pat Dorsey – Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies
12:45   Rick Takahashi – Patterns for the Rocky Mountain Region
2:00    Dave Whitlock – Tying the Three-Fly Emerger System
3:15     Charlie Craven – Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Better Flies
4:30    Gary Borger – 42 Hackle Techniques

Saturday
10:00  Rick Takahashi – Effective Warm Water Patterns
11:15    Tom Baltz – More Than You Want To Know About Soft-Hackles
12:30   Charlie Craven – Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Better Flies
1:45     Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies
3:00    A.K. Best – Tying Dry Fly Wings
4:15     Dave Whitlock – Tying the Three-Fly Emerger System

Sunday
10:00  Tom Baltz – Tying Parachutes
11:15    Charlie Craven – Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Better Flies
12:30   Dave Whitlock – Red Fox Squirrel Nymph and Variations
1:45      Phil Rowley – Essential Stillwater Patterns
3:00     Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Pond 1
11:15   Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
1:15     Steve Rajeff – Fixing Casting Mistakes and Adding Distance
3:15    Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques

Pond 2
12:15  George Daniel –  Top to Bottom Casting Strategies
2:15    Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
4:15    Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch

 

Saturday
Pond 1
10:15   Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game
12:15   Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch
2:15     Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
4:15    Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques

Pond 2
11:15   George Daniel – Back to Basics
1:15    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
3:15    Jeff Currier – Casting 101

 

Sunday
Pond 1
11:15   Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips
1:15    Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
3:15    Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul

Pond 2
10:30   Steve Rajeff – Fixing Casting Mistakes and Adding Distance
12:15    Landon Mayer – Learning the Short Game
2:15     Joe Humphreys – Casting to Catch

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Friday 2:00-4:30pm
Advanced Nymph Fishing with Jason Randall.  Outfish your buddies with new tightline methods such as Czech, Polish and French styles. Learn advanced presentation and rigging for these methods as well as new strategies for strike indicator fishing. Use a systematic approach that lets you decide when and where each method is most effective. Each student will build a custom leader and learn the tuck and oval tuck cast. Bring rod, reel and line. All Levels.  Register HERE.

Conquering Chironomids with Phil Rowley.  Chironomids are the number one food source for stillwater trout. Yet many stillwater fly fishers shy away from imitating this critical food source.  Without a doubt if you wish to experience consistent stillwater success you need to learn how to imitate chironomids!  Phil Rowley has become one of North America’s leading stillwater experts.  Join Phil as he unlocks the mystique and misconceptions surrounding chironomids.

This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information about how to fish chironomids consistently using a variety of presentation techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:

•    Rod, reel and line specifics including choosing the right fly line
•    Leader construction techniques and essential knots
•    Understanding of the chironomid lifecycle!
•    Floating line techniques, both with and without indicators
•    Deep water indicator tactics
•    Sinking line techniques
•    Leaders and droppers
•    Casting tips
•    Retrieves
•    Recognizing takes
•    Fly selection

If you are tired of watching others catch fish using chironomids or want to improve your existing chironomid skills this is one workshop you can’t afford to miss.  Sign up today, this workshop books fast!  All Levels.  Register HERE.

Casting with Alice Owsley.  An advanced casting class for men and women where Alice, a professional guide and instructor, will help you learn the casting techniques that will improve your long and short fly presentations.  Learn from Alice’s years of guiding experience that help develop your casting catch more fish. Novice through intermediate.  Register HERE.

 

Saturday 8:30-3:00pm
International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor Preparation Class.  This intensive 6 hour class will cover the “why and how” of becoming a Certified Casting Instructor. Participants will learn how to prepare for both the written and practical portions of the examination. Significant time will be spent on the teaching tasks as well as the expectations for performance of the casting tasks. The major cause of failure for this examination is lack of preparation. Take this class to understand what you need to do to excel and become a certified instructor! The instructors are Master Certified Casting Instructors Jeff Wagner and Jonathan Walter who have experience as examiners and years of teaching experience. Join them to get started right!  Register HERE.

 

Saturday 8:30-11:00am
Fishing Casts with George Daniel.  This class looks at taking your fishing casts to the next levels. The goal of this class is to become proficient in specialized cast as it relates to dry fly, nymphing, and streamer. Casting sinking lines and large streamers are covered. The reach cast and dump water cast are discussed for dry fly. Mending and the tuck cast are discussed for nymphing.   All levels  Register HERE.

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Register HERE.

Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting demo, or 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.  Register HERE.

Fly Tying with A.K. Best.  Learn to tie a variety of dry fly wings from the master.  You will learn to select the best materials and handle them better.  You will also learn to tie faster and more efficient.  You will learn how to tie a proportioned fly that is well balanced.  Intermediate.  Register HERE.

European Nymphing 101 with Phil Rowley.  European nymphing is arguably the most efficient and effective presentation nymphing techniques in use today.  In many instances proper use of Euro Nymphing techniques out perform traditional nymphing techniques by a large margin.
This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information including specifics on short line (Polish & Czech) and long line (Spanish & French) techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:
•    Rod, reel and line specifics
•    Leader construction techniques
•    Droppers
•    Sighters, use, construction and integration
•    Tips on fly location
•    Presentation techniques
•    Fly Patterns
Euro nymphing is both versatile and deadly effective. If you wish to increase your catch rate and nymphing skills this is a must workshop.  Sign up today, as this workshop will book fast!
European nymphing is arguably the most efficient and effective presentation nymphing techniques in use today.  In many instances proper use of Euro Nymphing techniques out perform traditional nymphing techniques by a large margin.
This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information including specifics on short line (Polish & Czech) and long line (Spanish & French) techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:
•    Rod, reel and line specifics
•    Leader construction techniques
•    Droppers
•    Sighters, use, construction and integration
•    Tips on fly location
•    Presentation techniques
•    Fly Patterns
Euro nymphing is both versatile and deadly effective. If you wish to increase your catch rate and nymphing skills this is a must workshop.  Sign up today, as this workshop will book fast!  All Levels.  Register HERE.

 

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm
Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels.  Register HERE.

Wet Flies; How to tie and fish them with Jason Randall.  Cover the water effectively with wet flies and soft hackles. You need this technique in your game plan, especially as a searching method or to entice trout when they’re finicky. Learn different presentation styles. Tie three killer flies you can’t buy at a shop. Bring vise, tying tools, black and tan thread. All other materials will be provided  All Levels.  Register HERE.

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.  Register HERE.

Women Only Casting with Wendy Gunn.  A special opportunity to learn casting from one of the best and most recognized personalities in fly-fishing.  Learn a solid foundation to casting and a variety of casts for different situations.  This class is women centered and a fun learning experience, one of our most popular classes. Beginner to Intermediate.  Register HERE.

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am
Casting with Gary Borger.  This casting demo, or 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.  Register HERE.

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Register HERE.

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.  Register HERE.

Advanced Nymphing with George Daniel.  The class looks at both indicator and tight line tactics, then understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each tactic. Casting both long leaders (euro) and indicator rigs will be covered, along with line control and reading the drift. This class is designed to make the student proficient with all nymphing tools and tactics. Intermediate and up.  Register HERE.

Casting with Joe Humphreys.  Tight brush, tuck cast, slack leader cast, you’ll learn it all from a legendary caster and teacher.  Joe is one of the best instructors and has more coaching and teaching experience than any other instructor.  All Levels.  Register HERE.

 

Sunday 2:00-4:30pm
Women Only Casting with Wendy Gunn.  A special opportunity to learn casting from one of the best and most recognized personalities in fly-fishing.  Learn a solid foundation to casting and a variety of casts for different situations.  This class is women centered and a fun learning experience, one of our most popular classes. Beginner to Intermediate.  Register HERE.

 

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. Credit cards accepted.  Click HERE to register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

Adventure Theater:

Friday
11:00   Christmas Island with Front Range Anglers-Steve McLaughlin
12:00  Fly Fishing in Bolivia-Jungle Dorado-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
1:00    South America’s Fly Fishing Destinations: An overview of saltwater flats, jungle fishing, and trout in Patagonia-John Hudgens
2:00    Fly Fishing Kamchatka-Tom Melvin
3:00    Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
4:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide-Bessie Bucholz

Saturday
10:00    Giant Arapaima on the Fly-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
11:00    Christmas Island with Front Range Anglers-Steve McLaughlin
12:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide -Bessie Bucholz
1:00    South America’s Fly Fishing Destinations: An overview of saltwater flats, jungle fishing, and trout in Patagonia-John Hudgens
2:00    Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
3:00    Fly Fishing Kamchatka-Tom Melvin
4:00    Fly Fishing for Multi Variety Species in Amazon Jungle-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez

Sunday
10:00    Iceland’s Top Salmon Rivers-Ingo Helgason
11:00    Christmas Island with Front Range Anglers-Steve McLaughlin
12:00   Fly Fishing in Bolivia-Jungle Dorado-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
1:00     Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
2:00    Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide-Bessie Bucholz
3:00    Amazon Peacock Bass Fly Fishing-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez

 

Destination Theater:

Friday

ROOM A
11:00    Heaven on the San Juan-Ben Hayden
12:00   Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
1:00     Fly Fishing Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park-Kirk Bien
2:00    Strategies for Fishing Colorado’s High Lakes-Ron Belak
3:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
4:00    Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner

ROOM B
11:00    Fly Fishing Yelowstone’s Back Country-Shane McClaflin
12:00    Fly Fishing the Green River-Ryan Kelly
1:00     Wyoming’s Very Best-Kray Lutz
2:00    Float Fishing the Black Canyon-Derek R. Kehmeier
3:00    Montana’s Kootenai Country: Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
4:00    Hidden in Plain View – Recognize the Obvious and Exploit the Obscure in Colorado Trout Streams-Duane Redford

ROOM C
11:00    Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
12:00   Seasonal Strategies for Yellowstone-Alice Owsley
1:00     Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
2:00    Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
3:00    River Fly Fishing the Canadian Rockies-Kelly Laatsch
4:00    Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane

ROOM D
11:00    Kamchatka by Boat, Air & Raft-Will Blair
12:00   The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00     Atlantic Salmon in Norway-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
2:00    Cuba Fly Fishing-Cristian Rodriguez – Filippo Invernizzi
3:00    Mayflies and Malbec:  The Magical Rivers of Northern Patagonia-John Duncan
4:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima

ROOM E
11:00    Club 30” (sponsored by ZEAL)-PinchedBarb Fly Fishing
12:00   Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Ratusson
1:00     Cuba!  Everything US Anglers & Travelers Need to Know-Jon Covich
2:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
3:00    Iceland’s Top Salmon Rivers-Ingo Helgason
4:00    Giant Arapaima on the Fly-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez

ROOM F
11:00    Permit Fishing in Belize-Lincoln Westby
12:00   Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
1:00     Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
2:00    Fly Fishing Southern Belize – Belcampo Lodge-Lance Peterson
3:00    Evolution of the Fly Rod-Jeff Hatton
4:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize-Jad Donaldson

 

Saturday

ROOM A
10:00    Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner
11:00    Fly Fishing Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park-Kirk Bien
12:00   Heaven on the San Juan-Ben Hayden
1:00     Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
2:00    Float Fishing the Black Canyon-Derek R. Kehmeier
3:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
4:00    Strategies for Fishing Colorado’s High Lakes-Ron Belak

ROOM B
10:00   Rainbow trout and steelhead – How, where, and when-Tom Boyd
11:00    Montana’s Kootenai Country: Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
12:00   Fly Fishing the Green River-Ryan Kelly
1:00     Wyoming’s Very Best-Kray Lutz
2:00    Hidden in Plain View – Recognize the Obvious and Exploit the Obscure in Colorado Trout Streams-Duane Redford
3:00    Fishing and Tying the Lifecycle of the Caddis-Larry Kingrey and Bill Edrington
4:00    Off the Beaten Path in the Southern Rockies-Frank Smethurst

ROOM C
10:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
11:00    Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
12:00   The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00     Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
2:00    Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
3:00    Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
4:00    Seasonal Strategies for Yellowstone-Alice Owsley

ROOM D
10:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize-Jad Donaldson
11:00    Cuba Fly Fishing-Cristian Rodriguez – Filippo Invernizzi
12:00   Iceland’s Top Salmon Rivers-Ingo Helgason
1:00     Fly Fishing Yelowstone’s Back Country-Shane McClaflin
2:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
3:00    Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Ratusson
4:00    Freestone First Aid: Wilderness First Aid Considerations for Anglers-Mike Tayloe

ROOM E
10:00    Flyfishing in Slovenia-Ed Berg
11:00    Kamchatka by Boat, Air & Raft-Will Blair
12:00    Mayflies and Malbec:  The Magical Rivers of Northern Patagonia-John Duncan
1:00     Atlantic Salmon in Norway-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
2:00    Amazon Peacock Bass Fly Fishing-Rodrigo Salles/Marcelo Perez
3:00    Fall and Winter River Fishing Vancouver Island-Matt Guiguet
4:00    Alaska Steelhead: Simply the Best Steelhead Fishing in the World-Matt Sprecher

ROOM F
10:00    How to Choose a Saltwater Trip-Dan Dauala
11:00    West Denver TU Conservation and Community-Tim Toohey
12:00    Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
1:00    Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
2:00    Fishing Guyana, Ama, & the IndiFly Movement-Peter Vandergrift
3:00    Fly Fishing Southern Belize – Belcampo Lodge-Lance Peterson
4:00    Cuba!  Everything US Anglers & Travelers Need to Know-Jon Covich

 

Sunday

ROOM A
10:00    Strategies for Fishing Colorado’s High Lakes-Ron Belak
11:00    Float Fishing the Black Canyon-Derek R. Kehmeier
12:00   Fly Fishing Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park-Kirk Bien
1:00     Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
2:00    The Arkansas: N. America’s Longest Gold Medal River-Taylor Edrington
3:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri

ROOM B
10:00    Fly Fishing the Green River-Ryan Kelly
11:00    Montana’s Kootenai Country: Dry Fly Heaven-Dave Blackburn
12:00   Heaven on the San Juan-Ben Hayden
1:00     Wyoming’s Very Best-Kray Lutz
2:00    Soft Hackles & Spiders-John Shaner
3:00    Hidden in Plain View – Recognize the Obvious and Exploit the Obscure in Colorado Trout Streams-Duane Redford

ROOM C
10:00   Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
11:00   Kamchalka by Boat, Air & Raft-Will Blair
12:00   Fly Fishing Lees Ferry-Terry Gunn
1:00    The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
2:00    Fly Fishing Yelowstone’s Back Country-Shane McClaflin
3:00    Pacific salmon, trout, char, and bull trout. (Pebble Mine update)-Tom Boyd

ROOM D
10:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize-Jad Donaldson
11:00    Atlantic Salmon in Norway-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
12:00   Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacob
1:00    Best of The Baja-Mike Rieser
2:00    Pyramid Lake – “Land of the Giants”-Doug Ouellette
3:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima

ROOM E
10:00    Freestone First Aid: Wilderness First Aid Considerations for Anglers-Mike Tayloe
11:00    Alaska Steelhead: Simply the Best Steelhead Fishing in the World-Matt Sprecher
12:00   Fly Fishing the Rivers of the BC’s Cariboo Region-Doug Mooring
1:00     Trout Fishing in Iceland-Kristjan P. Ratusson
2:00    Cuba Fly Fishing-Cristian Rodriguez – Filippo Invernizzi
3:00    Club 30” (sponsored by ZEAL)-PinchedBarb Fly Fishing

ROOM F
10:00    West Denver TU Conservation and Community-Tim Toohey
11:00    Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
12:00   Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
1:00     Evolution of the Fly Rod-Jeff Hatton
2:00    Fishing Guyana, Ama, & the IndiFly Movement-Peter Vandergrift
3:00    Fly Fishing Southern Belize – Belcampo Lodge-Lance Peterson

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN:  The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. World premier of the IF4 film festival held here at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver!  One night only, Friday, January 6 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance.  Click here for advanced tickets.

 

Womens Showcase logoThe Denver Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase is a weekend program devoted to women-centered discussions, presentations, learning opportunities and networking. The Showcase is free with your entry to the Fly Fishing Show and will feature a diverse schedule of presentations.

 

 

IFFF-Logo-horizontal-web-sm-SMIFFF Learning Center:  The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) hosts the Fly Fishing Show 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 IFFF Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the IFFF booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.

The IFFF Learning Center will have expanded offerings this year. In addition to casting and fly tying education for all ages, instruction will be available for knot tying, rigging and choosing a fly. A special “Kids Only” casting class will be offered on Friday and Saturday.

For more experienced fly fishers, an instructor will individually video your cast and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. The IFFF Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

Rocky Mountain Bamboo Revival:  This area is becoming so popular we have expanded it again! Continuous rod building demonstrations, Free Bamboo Rod Appraisals during the entire show, an expanded world class display of bamboo rod history, plus more rod makers displaying their bamboo rods to admire, ask about or purchase.

 

Venue Map