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: $5
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 5 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.
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Learning Center

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

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

 

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!
Magnolia Hotel –Denver
818 17th Street
Denver, CO, US 80202
(888) 915-1110
Located in downtown Denver, this alternative hotel has been recently redesigned.
Call to request reservations for special Fly Fishing Show® room rates
Cut off date for these special rates is Tuesday 12/13/2017

Celebrities:

Thomas 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Jeff Currier:  Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is on the professional advisory team for Winston Rods, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Yeti, Costa and Bauer Fly Reels and a travel ambassador for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Jeff is 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 60 countries and caught over 390 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 first American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. In June of 2017 Jeff did it again in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships in Covilha, Portugal.

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 more than 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

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

 

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 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.

 

Taylor 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.

 

Ed 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.

 

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

 

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

 

Simon 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.

 

John 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!

 

 

Wendy 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.

 

Jeffrey 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.

 

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

 

Josh Miller:   Josh Miller, Coach for the Eastern Region for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, is from Ross Township, PA. Josh got his “feet wet” at age 10 when he took a fly tying class from a local fly shop. Josh is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA and has worked as an assistant coach, and instructor, with Team USA Youth. Josh is a licensed fishing guide for the state of Pennsylvania. He is also a “Signature Fly Tyer” for The Orvis Company and currently works at International Angler in Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

Devin Olsen:  I started fly fishing at age 9. I will never forget my first day where I caught a cutthroat on an ant in the first meadow of the famed Slough Creek in Yellowstone on a hand me down fiberglass 7 weight! Though I’d been fishing with hardware since I was a toddler, that day started an addiction to fly fishing that I can’t seem to shake. When I fished against Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes in the former Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fishing Master’s in 2004, I knew I had to find a way to compete in the sport I loved. It was serendipitous that I worked with both these anglers a year later after they had made Fly Fishing Team USA. I fished in my first regional and made the team myself in 2006.

The ensuing years have been more educational than I could have ever imagined and I’m as hopelessly obsessed with fly fishing today as I’ve ever been. This obsession has brought dedication, which has helped me to have competitive success domestically and abroad. The year 2016 marked my 8th consecutive berth as an angler for Fly Fishing Team USA in the 36th Fips Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Vail, Colorado. The year prior in Bosnia I was incredibly fortunate to finish with the individual bronze medal and even more fortunate to have been a part of the squad that won the first team medal (a silver) for the USA at a world fly fishing championship. In 2016 we followed that feat with a team bronze. Fly fishing competitions have exposed me to tactics and techniques from incredible teammates and fellow fly anglers from across the globe. I hope to share what I’ve learned to make you a better angler.

Away from competitive fishing, fish have sculpted my professional life as well. I hold a bachelor’s degree in ecology and a master’s degree in fisheries science. I currently work for the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management as a salmon and steelhead biologist in Joseph, Oregon. I have a wonderful wife Julia of 11 years, a three year old son Levi whose favorite fish are bull trout, and a in infant daughter who refuses to sleep at night but shows early signs of fly fishing virtuosity. What more could a guy ask for?

 

Alice 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.

 

 

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

 

Bob Reece: My name is Bob Reece. I am a 34 year old Jr. High Science teacher in Cheyenne Wyoming. Throughout the year I work with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and run a fly fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at my school. During my summers I guide for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado and for the Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. I also work as a contract fly tyer for the Orvis Company. My article focusing on the Masked Bandit streamer that I have created was recently published in the fall issue of Fly Fusion Magazine. The spring issue of Fly Fusion Magazine will feature my latest article focusing on my Beefcake Stone pattern. I have been fly fishing and tying my own flies for twenty three years. Fly fishing is my passion, escape and avenue for lifelong learning.

 

Tom Rosenbauer:  Tom Rosenbauer has been with the Orvis Company for 40 years, and while there has been a fishing school instructor, copywriter, public relations director, merchandise manager, and was editor of The Orvis News for 10 years. He is currently Marketing Manager for Orvis Rod and Tackle. As merchandise manager, web merchandiser, and catalog director, the titles under his direction have won numerous Gold Medals in the Multichannel Merchant Awards.

Tom was awarded Fly Rod & Reel’s “Angler of the Year Award” for 2011 for his educational efforts through his books, magazine articles, and podcasts.

Tom has been a fly fisher for 50 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14. He has fished extensively across North America and has also fished on Christmas Island, the Bahamas, Belize, in Kamchatka, Chile, and on the fabled English chalk streams . He is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, and is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has about 20 fly fishing books in print, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Reading Trout Streams, Prospecting for Trout, Casting Illusions, Fly-Fishing in America, Approach and Presentation, Trout Foods and Their Imitations; Nymphing Techniques; Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, The Orvis Guide to Dry-Fly Techniques, The Orvis Fly Fishing Encyclopedia, and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, which won a 2001 National Outdoor Book Award . His collaboration with photographer Andy Anderson, Salt, also won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2014. He has also been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gay’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, Men’s Journal, and others. His latest book, Fly Fishing for Trout—The Next Level, was published in November of 2016. Tom is the writer and narrator of “The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide Podcast,” one of the top outdoor podcasts on ITunes. He lives with his wife and son in southern Vermont on the banks of his favorite trout stream.

 

Phillip 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 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:  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.

 

Rick 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.

 

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

 

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Fly Tiers:

 

Sue 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.

 

Thomas 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.

 

Ed 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. Tim Drummond: Tim Drummond is originally from Longmont, Colorado and grew up on the Front Range with fishing in his blood. Tim knew fishing was something different for him at a young age, an escape to solitude, and often found himself breaking away from all things just to be on the water.  Tim made his way to the mountains in 2005, and settled on the banks of the Eagle River where everything fly fishing was magnified.  The river is Tim’s classroom and he takes every opportunity to harvest knowledge nature delivers. Over the years Tim has developed deep relationships with people, teaching and passing knowledge, and Tim likes to say he fishes with friends, not clients.  Along with a passion for teaching, Tim wants to give people the tools for success, and has been an Umpqua Signature Fly designer for the past 7 years.  Tim’s patterns are a direct reflection of his desire to be a professional in the industry, and nothing but quality service and education for his friends is what satisfies him most.

 

Chuck 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.   Jason 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 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 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 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!

 

Chris 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 Lehigh: Lauren is a 16 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 and likes giving the “older” guys some grief. 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 also ties patterns that have proven successful for ice fishing and on the streams of Pennsylvania. She has 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 plus handicap and the 2017 4A State Champion. She is currently being recruited to play DI Women’s Golf and has travelled nationally for many tournaments.

 

Josh Miller:  Josh Miller, Coach for the Eastern Region for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, is from Ross Township, PA. Josh got his “feet wet” at age 10 when he took a fly tying class from a local fly shop. Josh is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA and has worked as an assistant coach, and instructor, with Team USA Youth. Josh is a licensed fishing guide for the state of Pennsylvania. He is also a “Signature Fly Tyer” for The Orvis Company and currently works at International Angler in Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

Walt 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!

 

Carl 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.

 

Juan 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?

 

Al 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.

 

Steve Rogers: Bio to follow

 

Jake Ruthven: My name is Jake Ruthven, and I have been tying flies for five years now. I am 15 years old, and love the sport of fly fishing with a passion. I am a freshman in high school in Fort Collins. I received a 4.0 GPA for midterms, and also help to run the Fly Fishing Club at my school. This will be my first year tying at the show, and I look forward to answering any questions that you may have, as well as tie a fly or two. I fish mainly on the Poudre and Big Thompson rivers, pursuing the local rainbow, and brown trout. Feel free to stop by my booth, and chat for awhile. I am looking forward to the show, and hope to see all of you there.   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 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. . Scott Stisser: Scott Stisser born in Livermore California 1956 grew up in Pleasanton California. Began fly fishing and fly tying in 1972. Sent many years under tutelage of Andre Puyans at the famous Creative Sport Enterprises in San Ramon, then Walnut Creek and finally Pleasant Hill. After many years was asked to teach fly tying lessons at Andre’s shop. Went on to college… became an electrical engineer but continued avidly tying flies and fly fishing. Tied semi-commercially for Hat Creek Anglers when it moved to Pleasanton. In about 1983 I fell in love with Atlantic Salmon fly tying, have practiced this art ever since. Some of my patterns have been published in 3 or 4 books now, to include Modern Midges, Modern Terrestials and 10 classic Atlantic Salmon flies in Classic Salmon Fly Patterns by Michael Radencich.

 

Rick 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 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   Matt 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.

Additional Tiers TBA

 

A Note from the Director:

2018 Denver Note from the Director: Welcome to the 17th anniversary of the Fly Fishing Show here in Denver. Once again, this will be the biggest consumer fly fishing event to ever take place west of the Delaware River with an expanded show floor and the new Strike Room for presentations. Manufacturers are releasing new product 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 new exhibitors with innovative products to peruse and an expanded class offering. This is a can’t miss event for the Mile High.

Our seminars and theaters have expanded to more than 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 to get some one on one time with the pros.

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 fourth year and it has 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. This area was the center of activity at our show last year. 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. Be ready to celebrate some incredible fly fishing films.

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: $5     

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free     

Military with ID: $10

 

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 5 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

 

Register for Classes with the Experts.

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth:  TBA

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 

Times subject to change.

 

Seminars:

Friday:
Catch Room
11:30  Jason Randall – Advanced Nymph Fishing Tactics
1:00   Taylor Edrington – Seasons of The Arkansas River: North America’s Longest Gold Medal Trout Stream
2:30   Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
4:00   Ed Engle – Fishing Small Flies

Release Room
12:00  Steve Schweitzer – Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park
1:30    Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout
3:00   Pat Dorsey – Fly Fishing the South Platte River
4:30   George Daniel – Streamer 2.0

New Strike Room
11:00  Philip Rowley – 10 Stillwater Mistakes and How to Fix Them
12:30  Jeff Currier – Trout Bumming the World
2:00    Tom Rosenbauer – Taking Your Trout Fishing to the Next Level
3:30    Bill Edrington – Rigging and Selecting Flies for Tactical Nymphing

 

Saturday:
Catch Room
10:00   Jason Randall – Euronymphing, Tightline and Other Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons
11:30    Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics that Catch Trout
1:00     Taylor Edrington – Seasons of The Arkansas River: North America’s Longest Gold Medal Trout Stream
2:30     Gary Borger – The Opportunistic Angler
4:00     George Daniel – Situational Nymphing

Release Room
10:30  Jeff Currier – Streamer Tactics and Tricks to Catch Bigger Trout
12:00  Tom Rosenbauer – Taking Your Trout Fishing to the Next Level
1:30     A.K. Best – Colorado Flies
3:00    Phil Rowley – Tactics for Tough Days

New Strike Room
11:00  Bill Edrington – Fishing the Lifecycle of the Caddis
12:30  Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout
2:00   Tom Boyd – Trout Tactics
3:30   Bruce Chard – Flats Fishing the World

 

Sunday:
Catch Room
10:00  Taylor Edrington – Seasons of The Arkansas River: North America’s Longest Gold Medal Trout Stream
11:30   Gary Borger – Nymphing from Top to Bottom
1:00    Ed Engle – 25 Ways to Elevate Your Trout Game
2:30    George Daniel – Streamer 2.0

Release Room
10:30  Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20lb Fish near Home!
12:00  Jason Randall – Where Trout Are; Beyond Reading the Water
1:30    Steve Schweitzer & Mike Kruise – Fly Fishing Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
3:00   Landon Mayer – Successful Season: Techniques for Hunting Quality Trout all Year

New Strike Room
9:30    Phil Rowley – Advanced Chironomid Tactics
11:00  Bruce Chard – Grand Slam on Fly
12:30  Pat Dorsey – Fly Fishing the South Platte River
2:00   Tom Boyd – Nymphing for Trout and Salmon

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
11:30 Tom Baltz – Tying Parachutes
12:45 Rick Takahashi – Tying Effective Terrestrial Patterns
2:00  Dave Whitlock – 3-Caddis Vertical Emerger Flies
3:15   Charlie Craven – Cool flies for the Cool Kids
4:30  Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Flies

Saturday
10:00 Rick Takahashi – Tying Productive Fly Patterns for the West
11:15   Landon Mayer– Signature Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties That Catch Fish
12:30 Charlie Craven – Cool flies for the Cool Kids
1:45    Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
3:00   A.K. Best – Winging Dry Flies with Natural Material
4:15    Dave Whitlock – Vortex Divers

Sunday
10:00 Pat Dorsey – Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies
11:15   Charlie Craven – Cool flies for the Cool Kids
12:30 Dave Whitlock – Vortex Divers
1:45    Phil Rowley – Stillwater Favorites
3:00   Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations: TBA

Friday

Pond 1
11:15  Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
1:15    George Daniel – Tactical Fishing Casts
3:15   Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques

Pond 2
12:15  Philip Rowley – Stillwater Presentation and Casting Techniques
2:15    Pete Kutzer – Tips and tricks on How to Improve Your Own Casting
4:15    Tom Larimer – Trout Spey –Understanding Tackle & Techniques

 

Saturday

Pond 1
10:15  Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Cast that Help You Feed Fish
12:15  Alice Owsley – Presentation Casts
2:15    Simon Gawesworth – Single Handed Spey Casting
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 in the Wind and the Double Haul

 

Sunday

Pond 1
11:15  Simon Gawesworth – Making a Perfect Forward Cast
1:15   Gary Borger – Casting Strategies
3:15   Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul

Pond 2
10:30  Tom Larimer – Trout Spey –Understanding Tackle & Techniques
12:15   Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Cast that Help You Feed Fish
2:15    Pete Kutzer – Let’s Make Casting Easy

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:  TBA

Friday 2:00-4:30pm

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

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.

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. Intermediate.

 

Saturday 8:30-3:00pm

Fly Fishers International 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. The instructor is Master Certified Casting Instructor Jonathan Walter who is a validated FFI examiner with years of teaching experience along with other certified instructors. Join them to get started right on your journey to become a Fly Fishers International Certified Instructor!

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.

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

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.

 

Fly Tying with A.K. Best. Learn to tie a variety of dry fly wings with all natural materials 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 no matter what size. Intermediate.

Advanced Stillwater Strategies and Tactics with Phil Rowley. Tired of just doing ok when you fish lakes? Then its time to take your stillwater fly-fishing skills to the next level.
In this advanced stillwater seminar you will learn a variety of techniques and tactics intended to make your next outing as productive as possible. Listed below is a small sample of what you will learn.
• Carry the right stuff, stillwater equipment choices including rods, lines, leaders and droppers.
• Understanding the various and often-complex choice of fly lines available to the stillwater fly fisher and how to use them
• How to read lakes
• How to locate and target specific structure such as weed beds, drop off’s and points
• Choosing the right fly
• Tactics for when fishing is not going according to plan
• How and when to use attractor techniques and patterns
• Integrating the use of electronics
• Loch style tactics and techniques
• Common stillwater presentation mistakes and how to avoid them.
• And much more!
Each year more people are learning of the riches lakes offer today’s fly fisher. If you want to improve your stillwater skills this workshop is a must. Sign up now, this workshop books fast! All Levels.

Synthetic Success: Fly Tying with Bob Reece. The constant influx of synthetic materials into the fly tying market has provided great opportunity for the creation of highly durable and effective nymph patterns. This presentation would walk attendees through the traits and applications of several synthetic materials used in the creation of three new nymph patterns. These three patterns consist of Reece’s Fusion (caddis variation), Clearwater Crawler (mayfly) and Rolling Stone (stonefly). While used to create these patterns, the materials and techniques covered are also applicable across a wide spectrum of nymph pattern construction. Intermediate.

 

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm

Common Casting Mistakes and Their Fixes with Devin Olson. Do you have problems casting reliably to a holding lie, a rising fish, or under trees? Join Fly Fishing Team USA member Devin Olsen to learn some common fly casting mistakes and fixes that will improve your accuracy and success on the water. Also learn casts that will help you place your flies under trees, bridges, and in tight spaces where fish often hide. Topics will include casting energy buildup and release, rod path, and casting body position isolation. Attendees should bring a rod, reel, and line. All levels. All Levels.

Euronymphing Workshop; Success on the River with Jason Randall. Techniques developed to catch the most temperamental trout under the most technical situations will also help you catch trout under all conditions on your home waters or any other rivers. These methods keep your flies in the nymph fishing strike zone and vastly improve strike detection. You’ll tempt more trout with improved presentation and increase hook-ups with sensitive strike detection. All Levels

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

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.

Youth Fly Fishing Class with Josh Miller. Learn the basics about fly fishing from our instructor Josh Miller – Eastern Coach for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team. This class is perfect for beginners. In the class you will learn essential knots, casting, aquatic life cycle and other essential aspects of fly fishing. All Levels.

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am

Casting Strategies with Gary Borger. This clinic focuses on the skills of casting as a means of delivering the fly at all distances with rods of all flexes and weights. There is detailed discussion of the grip style, hand position on the rod handle, Flick Casting, Shooting Line on the Back Cast, The Triple Shoot, The Key to the Double Haul, Long Distance Casting with Side Arm, Elliptical, Overhead, and Across the Head Strokes, and much more. Intermediate.

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. Intermediate.

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.

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

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

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

 

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.

Youth Fly Fishing Class with Josh Miller. Learn the basics about fly fishing from our instructor Josh Miller – Eastern Coach for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team. This class is perfect for beginners. In the class you will learn essential knots, casting, aquatic life cycle and other essential aspects of fly fishing. All Levels.

Modern Nymphing: European Inspired Techniques with Devin Olson. Learn competition level nymphing from 11 time Fly Fishing Team USA member Devin Olson. In this class you will learn rigging, fly tying, and practice casting Euro rigs.
This class covers:
· The case for European nymphing over other styles of nymphing
· European nymphing gear
· Rigging European nymphing leaders
· A simplified system for leader formulas
· 1 vs 2 vs 3 fly rigs
· Dry dropper hybrid rig
· Casts for European nymphing
· Covering 180 degrees of presentation
· Floating or elevating the sighter upstream
· The standard up and across presentation
· Down and across swing presentations
· Advanced techniques for landing fish
All Levels.

 

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:  TBA

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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 5 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

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The New Trapper Canyon Stringbusters, 2015

New Trapper Canyon Stringbusters

Don’t miss the live opening act by bluegrass sensations the New Trapper Canyon Stringbusters.  Come see them play prior to the IF4 film festival on Friday night.  The original Trapper Canyon Stringbusters started playing together in 1980 and were based out of Shell, Wyoming. The band formed when Tom McClure, Stoney Hibbard, and Dave Blackburn. Their first jam session lasted for several hours with very little being said as they sang their way in three-part harmony along to many of the bluegrass standards. Tom McClure on fiddle and mandolin was an award winning fiddle player who was a long time member of the Wyoming Old Time Fiddlers association. Stoney Hibbard, originally from upstate New York was their lead singer who was schooled in many of the great bluegrass vocalists including the Louvin and Osborne Brothers, and Reno and Smiley. Stoney loved the old sounds of the Louvin, and Osborne Brothers along with Reno and Smiley. He played a D-45 Martin guitar, strung heavy gauge strings  and set a hard driving rhythm along with raspy lead singing. His aggressive strumming had a tendency to break strings giving the band its name.

Dave Blackburn started playing the guitar and banjo at 16 years old and won several banjo contests back east. His first job as a forestry student out west was working for Tom in the Bighorn National Forest. The band traveled throughout western Wyoming doing gigs and attending Old Time Fiddlers Association jams for several years.
The New Trapper Canyon Stringbusters consist of original members, Tom McClure and Dave Blackburn along with Tom’s wife Leslie and Mark Miller. Leslie McClure a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, Dobro and Bass along with a silky toned voice to add a great dimension to the band. Mark Miller, a talented songwriter, also adds banjo, guitar and vocals to complete the 4 piece band. His song, “Backroads to Montana” is always a crowd favorite. The band has been able to reconnect through family ties to the Denver area. They performed at the last two Denver Flyfishing Shows before the Fly Fishing Film expo premier. Tom, Leslie and Mark also play in and around the Arvada area as the band, “Gone Before They Got There”.

 

Womens Showcase logoThe Denver Women’s 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.

 

Fly Fishers International  Learning Center:  Fly Fishers International (FFI) 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 FFI Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the FFI booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.

The FFI 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 FFI Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

 

Demonstrations:  Join Capt. Bruce Chard in the Hatch Outdoors booth during the Denver Fly Fishing Show to watch live demonstrations on how to rig for bonefish, permit and tarpon.

Come see what more than 25 years of experience saltwater fishing in the Florida Keys and Bahamas has taught one of our sports most respected guides, writers and educators.

Find out for yourself what materials Bruce uses, how to tie the perfect leader for the big three, and techniques that’ll surely help you catch more fish.

Demos will be presented throughout the day so drop by the Hatch booth to see Bruce and the whole gang.

 

 

 

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.

 

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