Admission Info

Cash only at the gate
Purchase advance tickets HERE
Adult: One day $18 Two-day pass $28 Three-day pass $38
Children: under 5 free;
under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday: 9am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival.

One night only,

Friday, January 26 at 6:30pm.

$15; $10 in advance. Click here for IF4 tickets

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!

The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Directions:

From Route 1 & 9 Southbound:

Exit at “Bonhamtown” onto Main Street, continue for 1/2 mile to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 514 East (Woodbridge Avenue). Turn right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 1 Northbound:

After crossing the Raritan River Bridge, get into the right lane. After passing, “Open Road Honda”, take the 3rd right hand exit for Route 514/Woodbridge Avenue. Follow Woodbridge Avenue for 3-4 miles. Make a right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 287 South:

Follow 287 South to Route 514 West labeled “Raritan Center”. Follow jug handle on the right hand side to traffic light and then follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the NJ Turnpike (NORTH AND SOUTH)

Follow the NJ Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Southbound:

Follow the Parkway to Exit 129. Take Route 287 North to Route 514 West. Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:

Follow the Parkway to Exit 127. Follow Highways 287N/440S to Route 514 West. Route 514 West is the first exit from this route. Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 35 & Route 9 North:

Follow Routes 35 & 9 over the Driscoll Bridge, bear right at the end of the bridge. Take the second exit labeled “Raritan Center/ Riverview Drive”. Get into the far right lane and take the Raritan Center Exit. Follow this route all the way down to the second light. Make a right onto Parkway Place. At then, make a left onto Raritan Center Parkway. Follow signs from here which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 278 Westbound:

Take the Goethals Bridge onto the New Jersey Turnpike South. Follow the Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Outerbridge:

Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to Outerbridge Crossing into New Jersey. Three miles from the bridge are signs for Route 514, Raritan Center. Be in the right lane so you can exit at 514 West Bonhamtown. Follow signs to Raritan Center, exit there and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs for EXPO HALL located throughout the Industrial Park.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Goethals Bridge:

Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to the Goethals Bridge. This will bring you into New Jersey. Follow signs to the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 10. After Toll Plaza, Bear right and follow signs to 514 West/Raritan Center. Stay in two right lanes and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs posted throughout the Industrial Park for EXPO HALL.

Accommodations:

Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center
125 Raritan Center Parkway.
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: (732) 225-8300

For special Fly Fishing Show group rates, please ask when calling or use the link HERE.  Rooms must be booked by December 25, 2017 or before the hotel sells out.

Additional lodging is available is available with special Fly Fishing Show group rates at:

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 US Highway 1
South Iselin NJ 08830
Hotel direct: 732-634-3600 Toll free reservations:  1-800-468-3571

Complimentary on-site parking
**GPS ALERT** ENTER THIS ADDRESS: 401 Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ 08830. Hotel is at corner US Hwy 1 South & Gill Lane

Request the special show rate when making reservations or Click HERE to reserve on-line with the special show rate of $103.00/double per night. Rooms must be booked by January 22, 2018,  or before the hotel sells out.

Marriott Courtyard Edison Woodbridge
3105 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison NJ 08837
Phone: (732) 738-1991

For special Fly Fishing Show group rates, please ask for show rate when calling or use the link HERE.  Rooms must be booked by December 25, 2017 or before the hotel sells out.

For those of you feeling nostalgic and don’t mind the drive:  The FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) would like to extend special room rates January 26-29, 2018.  Cutoff date for room rates or reservation modifications is extended to January 27th, 2018.  Additionally: Tom and Oscar are rolling out the red carpet for ALL show attendees!  Join them at PJ Cavanaughs restaurant in The Fairbridge (Formerly Holiday Inn/Somerset) for hot buffet style snacks and hors d’oeuvres, Friday and Saturday evening of the show, from 6-8 pm.  Free with your room key from the The Fairbridge Hotel, or, with your handstamp or exhibitor badge from the show!   PJ Cavanaughs will also be featuring draft beer specials too!

FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center
195 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732.584.4611
Reservations by phone: 1-800-348-1586 or direct to the hotel at 732-356-1700

Reference: Fly Fishing Show Room block code: FLY
Click  HERE to make on-line reservations with the special show rate of $89 per night.

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.

 

Barry and Cathy Beck:  The Becks need no introduction to the fly fishing industry. Barry and Cathy are often referred to as the “first couple of fly fishing”. They are on the pro staffs of such companies as Sage Rod Co., Redington, Rio Fly Lines, Tibor Reels, and Smith Optics. As trip hosts for Frontiers International, they travel to such destinations as New Zealand, Africa, Argentina, Alaska, Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Russia, and the American West which gives them the opportunity to photograph in a wide range of countries and environments. As photographers, their work appears regularly in sporting calendars and magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing in Salt Waters, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Big Sky Journal, Montana Outdoors, and others. Commercial clients include Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Columbia, Sage Rod Company, and 3M/Scientific Anglers. They have provided the photography for books by numerous authors and have written and photographed for their own books which include, Fly Waters Near & Far, Cathy Beck’s Fly Fishing Handbook, Seasons of the Bighorn, Outdoor Photographer’s Handbook, as well as several others. The Becks spend their lives in pursuit of fish and photographic opportunities. Cathy Beck has a fly fishing school in Benton, Pennsylvania, and has been teaching fly fishing for 25 years. Barry has spent his life in the fly fishing business and photographing. They regularly appear at sport shows and sporting events around the country giving casting demonstrations and presentations on photography and fishing.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Bob Clouser:  Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business.  His lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. Clouser has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards is his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler. Bob has been featured in fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s and has authored two books.  “Clouser’s Flies” includes 16 of his world wide recognized patterns and “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams” was rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject. Bob is the innovator of many fly patterns recognized and fished worldwide.   Among his flies is The Clouser Minnow, claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of(Clouser Fly Rods,and Fly Lines). He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. Chota Outdoor Gear, Renzetti Inc. Cortland Line Co. and Costa DelMar Sunglass Co.,Partridge Hooks and an affiliate with Hareline Dubbing. Bob and his wife Joan operate  Clouserflyfishing.com website / mail order business at 101 Ulrich St. Middletown, Pa. 17057. Their products and additional information are available at www.clouserflyfishing.com

 

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

 

Joe Cordeiro:  Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. The past 10 years focusing on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing salt water flies. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.

 

Steve Culton: Steve has been writing about fishing since the first grade when he composed an essay about an outing with his father. Since then, Steve’s work has appeared in Field & Stream, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Rod & Reel Online, and Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Steve wears many hats: fly fishing instructor, guide, speaker, fly tyer, freelance writer, husband, father. His fly fishing interests include trout, stripers, steelhead, smallmouth bass, and small stream native brook trout. Whether he’s greased-line fishing 12” flatwings for stripers with a 5 weight rod and a 9 weight line or swinging old Yorkshire soft hackles for trout, one thing is certain: Steve likes to fish when, where, and how most other people don’t. You can see more of his work on his website, currentseams.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. www.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.

 

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.

 

Capt. Jim Freda: Capt. Jim Freda is a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain. He has been fishing the beaches and inshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 30 years. Jim is on the National Pro Staff for St. Croix Rod Company, AVET Conventional Reels, Fins Fishing Line, Korkers, Aqua Skinz, Gamakatsu, and Spro. Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, outdoor writer, seminar speaker, and photographer. As a seminar speaker Jim is featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series and one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show and the Toyota Saltwater Expo. His book, “Fishing The New Jersey Coast”, is a best seller on the market today and has received the “New Jersey Center for the Book Award” as one of the most notable NJ books. He is also co-author of “Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach”. Jim is a contributing editor for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine and also writes for Coastal Angler Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Big Game Journal, The Fisherman Magazine, and On the Water Magazine. Jim has saltwater fishing columns that appear in The Bergen Record, the Coast Star and Ocean Star Newspapers.

 

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.

 

Tom Gilmore:  In addition to being an accomplished environmentalist, Tom is an avid fly fisherman. He has fly fished around the world for over 45 years. Tom has recorded the details of landing over 12,000 game fish with on a fly rod. He is an accomplished author having written numerous articles and recent completed his fifth fly fishing book. His first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002, his second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006 both by Countryman Press. Tom’s third book a Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011 Tom’s fourth book Flyfisher’s Eastern Trophy Tailwaters was published in late 2014. His most recent work Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania was published in the fall of 2016. All three trout guides were published by Wilderness Adventures Press. Tom is a well know fly fishing celebrity haven giving over 100 programs on fishing for almost all of our North American Game Fish.

 

Matthew Grobert:  Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 25 years.

 

Sheila M. Hassan: Sheila M. Hassan is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor, one of a handful of women with this credential. She is on the pro staff for TFO rods and Hatch Reels. Sheila is the director at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and teaches casting seminars and private lessons throughout New England. She has traveled extensively, catching (and releasing) everything from bluegill to blue marlin. She is an IGFA world record holder for bonefish and bluefish. She has published two books on casting: Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach and Starting in the Salt.

 

 

 

    David R. Klausmeyer:  David Klausmeyer is currently the editor and photographer of Fly Tyer magazine. For more than 20 years Dave has served in several editorial and sales capacities between Fly Tyer and American Angler magazines. Throughout Dave’s publishing career his articles and photography have appeared in numerous periodicals. Many of these magazines circulate internationally and include Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel and Gray’s Sporting Journal in addition to contributions appearing in regionally based magazines recognized throughout New England. Prior to publishing Dave owned and operated a fly-fishing catalog company known as New England Angler where he also enjoyed manufacturing and repairing split-bamboo fly rods. Klausmeyer has authored twenty books related to fly-tying and fly fishing. Among the titles published include Better Flies Faster (Stackpole Books, 2011), The Master’s Fly Box (The Lyons Press, 2012), The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Tying, Fly Tyer’s Guide to Tying Essential Trout Flies (The Lyons Press, 2013), 101 Favorite Dry Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2013), 101 Favorite Nymphs and Wet Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2014), 101 Favorite Saltwater Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2015). In 2006, Dave was the first recipient of the Golden Hook Award, presented by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for activities to educate the public about fly fishing and tying. Dave can be reached by email at: davidklausmeyer@myfairpoint.net

 

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

 

Tom Larimer:  Tom Larimer is driven by the pursuit of ‘never good enough’ when it comes to anything concerning fly fishing. This can be seen in his unquenchable thirst for creating, testing and improving equipment, flies and fishing techniques. To say he is a perfectionist is a vast understatement. This is illustrated by the numerous Spey lines he has designed for Airflo Fly Lines, the many fly patterns of his in the Solitude Fly Company catalog, and the multitude of other fly fishing products he has influenced or designed. The catalyst of his desire for functionality has been influenced by a 20 year guide stint pursuing steelhead, salmon and trout, which took him from his home waters in the Great Lakes, to Alaska, and finally landed him in the Oregon fifteen years ago. In 2006 he started Larimer Outfitters and became recognized as one of the elite fly fishing guides on the Deschutes, Klickitat, Sandy and Clackamas rivers. In addition to guiding, he has shared his love for travel by hosting anglers on trips to British Columbia, Alaska, Belize and the Bahamas. More so, his experience from years on the water and developing cutting edge products has propelled him to the forefront of two-handed casting instruction. His recent DVD release of “Skagit Revolution” showcases his unique and effective style of casting instruction. Although he recently retired from guiding to become the National Sales Manager for G.Loomis Fly Fishing, he still loves to share his knowledge of the sport and continues to push the envelope in product design.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Mitchell:  Ed Mitchell is one of the most well known saltwater fly-rodders along the Atlantic coast. Ed is a fly-fishing author, photographer, and lecturer with extensive angling experience in both fresh and saltwater. Books authored include Fly Rodding the Coast, Fly Fishing the Saltwater Shoreline, Fly Rodding Estuaries, and Along the Water Edge. Mitchell has also penned over 100 magazine articles. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Ozzie Ozefovich: Born in eastern Pennsylvania, Wendell Ozefovich grew up fishing the streams of the coal mining region where he caught his first trout at age six. Since retiring from the power generation industry, Ozzie has worked with the Central Jersey TU chapter where he serves on the Board of Directors. He also works with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife involved with kids education programs,stream restoration projects and stream surveys. To truly know trout, you must see the world through their eyes. Ten years ago Ozzie combined his love of trout with a lifelong interest in movie making. Two of his series of underwater videos that explore how trout feed, spawn and behave are available at this time on dvd. His narrated video presentations chronicle wild and hatchery trout in their natural environs. There are currently four presentations available: “Discovery”, “Feeding Lies”, “Trout Vision and Refraction” and “Not Just Trout”.

 

Bob Popovics: Bob was Born and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics “Popfleyes” has been saltwater fly-fishing around the globe for over to 40 years. Bob’s involvement in the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing run as deep as the concepts he has created at the vise. A member, former president and executive board member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, Bob helped pioneer modern day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking fly tying concepts and teaching of the sport to anyone who was interested in learning. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob’s contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos. In the 1992 Bob founded the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders in Seaside Park, NJ. And in 1998, Bob was inducted into the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in the sport of fishing. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying techniques and designs, Bob’s creations of “fleyes” have literally changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob’s realistic “baitfish like” designs have come to be widely known as Popfleyes. From his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the mid 1970’s to such sport standards as the Hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-lip, Ultra Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob’s Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady Lady Squid. Bob now leads the way in fly tying with acrylics. Bob’s impact on fly tyers and fly fishers has been widespread throughout the globe. Lefty Kreh has called Bob “The most innovative fly tyer I have ever met!” Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the industry’s top manufacturers such as TFO, MAKO Fly Reels, and Renzetti. He is a contributing writer to Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and his co-authored book, “POP FLEYES” with Ed Jaworowski, a staple read for anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing. To his additional credits, he has created and stars in two “POP FLEYES” videos from Reel Resources. He is a frequent seminar speaker at many of the sports national and regional consumer and industry venues. Today, Bob spends much of his time passionately capturing a video history of fly fishing in the northeast since 1984. As a surf fly fishing specialist with innovative approaches to the challenges and demands of using a fly rod in the ocean surf, Bob continues to share his knowledge with beginners and experts alike. He is referred to by many as one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport. Bob owns and operates the Shady Rest Restaurant in Bayville, N.J., with his wife Alexis, and still resides just a short walk to the beach from his house in Seaside Park, NJ.

 

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

 

Henry Ramsey:  Henry is the author of “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” published by Stackpole Books and Headwater Books in 2010. He is co-author of the newly released “Keystone Fly Fishing Guide” published by Headwater Books. He is also a contributing writer and photographer for “Fly Fisherman” and “Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine” and his aquatic insect photography has been featured in a number of books including the “Orvis Streamside Guide to Trout Foods and Their Imitations” by Tom Rosenbauer, “Modern Terrestrials” by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka. Henry presents at many shows, fly shops, clubs and Trout Unlimited chapters in the north-east.

 

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.

 

Robert J. Romano, Jr.: Bob has updated his program on fly fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine to include a month by month guide of what flies to use and when and where to use them. He’ll also share proven techniques to take the brook trout and lanldlocked salmon for which this region is known. The tenth-anniversary edition of Shadows in the Stream, Bob’s book of essays about fly fishing, is often used by anglers as a guide to fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region. Bob is also the author of the Rangeley Lakes series of novels. North of Easie won second place in the 2010 Outdoor Writer’s Best Book Contest. His latest book, The River King was released this fall. Romano’s essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Christmas in the Wild, Fresh Fiction for Fresh Water Fishing, and Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing. He writes articles for various magazines and newspapers and does his best to keep up with his blog: forgottentrout.wordpress.com. Most years, Romano can be found at the Angling Bookstore, which has a booth at the Fly Fishing Show, where he enjoys signing books and speaking with his readers. magalloway@mac.com, www.forgottentrout.com

 

 

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.

 

Mike Schultz:  Mike Schultz (known as “Schultzy” to most) is the Owner of Schultz Outfitters Fly Shop & Guide Service specializing in Southeastern Michigan angling, instruction, and destination travel. Born and raised in the Great State of Michigan, Schultzy has enjoyed the outdoors his entire life. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he started guiding and working in the fly-fishing industry full-time. Logging countless hours on the water each year, Schultzy has developed a vast knowledge of Midwestern waters and beyond. The bulk of his guiding and angling takes place on his home waters of Southeastern Michigan; The Huron, Flint, Shiawassee, Raisin & Kalamazoo Rivers offer world class warm-water fishing. His angling travels have taken him from Alaska to Patagonia and many places in between. Over the years with the help of the Huron River Watershed Council, he founded the Huron River Single Fly as well as the Huckin for the Huron. Both are annual fundraiser that takes place on his home waters of the Huron River; Michigan’s Blue Ribbon Smallmouth stream. In the spring of 2014 Schultzy was honored with the HRWC Partner of the Year award. Schultzy is a member of the Simms Fishing and YETI Ambassador programs, and is a member of the Scientific Anglers, Costa Del Mar and Regal Pro Staff. His signature fly patterns are available through the ORVIS Company. He currently resides in Dexter, Michigan on the banks of The Huron River with his wife, Allie and son Tanner.

 

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

 

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

 

Lou Zambello:  Lou Zambello is the author of Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons (now in its 2nd edition) and the best-selling Flyfisher’s Guide to New England. Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons, describes how to most effectively fly fish both moving and still water for New England’s salmonids: season by season from ice-out to the autumn spawning runs. Flyfishers Guide to New England provides all of the information required for you to find and successfully fish hundreds of waters in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  Lou has fly fished northern New England for over 35 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over 15 years, guiding primarily in the Rangeley area. He is a well-traveled speaker and has given hundreds of talks and presentations throughout the US on both fly-fishing techniques and destinations. Lou writes a regular column for the Maine Sportsman and is a contributor to a variety of fly-fishing magazine. Look for his trophy brook trout article in the upcoming issue of American Angler magazine.

Additional Celebrities TBA  

 

Authors:

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

Tom Boyd
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH

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

Drew Chicone
TOP SALTWATER FLIES – BONEFISH (New release)
TOP SALTWATER FLIES – TARPON (New release)
TOP SALTWATER FLIES – PERMIT (New release)
BABY TARPON FLIES (New release)
FEATHERBRAIN
REDFISH FLIES
SNOOK FLIES
ESSENTIAL BONEFISH FLIES
ESSENTIAL PERMIT PATTERNS

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

Michelle Cummings
REEL SISTERS (New Release)

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

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

David E. Dirks
TENKARA KEBARI:  TYING & FISHING TRADITIONAL AND TENKARA-INSPIRED TROUT PATTERNS
TENKARA FLY FISHING:  STRATEGIES & INSIGHTS
SPIN FISHING FOR TROUT:  STRATEGIES & TACTICS
KINACK FISHING FOR EVERYONE
BASS
FISHING BASS TOURNAMENTS

Pat Dorsey
COLORADO GUIDE FLIES: PATTERNS, RIGS, AND ADVICE FROM THE STATE’S BEST ANGLERS AND GUIDES
FLY FISHING TAILWATERS: TACTICS AND PATTERNS FOR YEAR-ROUND WATERS
TYING & FISHING TAILWATER FLIES

Ed Engle
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES

Daniel Galhardo
TENKARA, THE BOOK (new release)

Steve Galletta
FLY FISHING THE BIGHORN RIVER:  HATCHES, FLY PATTERNS, ACCESS, AND GUIDES’ ADVICE

Tom Gilmore
FALSE ALBACORE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO EASTERN TAILWATERS
TUNA ON THE FLY

Matt Grobert
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS

Lee Hartman
TRAILS IN A WILD FRONTIER

Sheila Hassan
FLY CASTING: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH
STARTING IN THE SALT: SALTWATER FLY CASTING

Sheila Jones & Charis Haines
AMIR’S BIG CATCH

Misako Ishimura
TENKARA, RADICALLY SIMPLE AND ULTRALIGHT LIGHT FLY FISHING

David Klausmeyer
TROUT STREAMS OF NORTHERN New England
TYING CONTEMPORARY SALTWATER FLIES
TYING CLASSIC FRESHWATER STREAMERS
ROCKY MOUNTAINN TROUT FLIES: A POSTCARD BOOK
UNNATURALS
THUNDER CREEK STREAMERS, WITH KEITH FULSHER
GUIDE FLIES
STRIPED BASS FLIES: PATTERNS OF THE PROS
BETTER FLIES FASTER
THE MASTER’S FLY BOX
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO BEGINNING FLY TYING
FLY TYER’S GUIDE TO TYING ESSENTIALS TROUT FLIES
101 FAVORITE DRY FLIES
101 FAVORITE NYMPHS AND WET FLIES
101 FAVORITE SALTWATER FLIES

Rick Kustich
HUNTING MUSKY WITH A FLY (New release)
ADVANCED FLY FISHING FOR GREAT LAKES STEELHEAD TUBE FLIES FOR STEELHEAD

Jerry Kustich
HOLY WATER-FLY FISHING REVERIES AND REMEMBRANCES (new release)
AROUND THE NEXT BEND: A FLY ANGLER’S JOURNEY
A WISP ON THE WIND: IN SEARCH OF BULL TROUT, BAMBOO AND BEYOND

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

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

Ed Mitchell
ALONG THE WATER’S EDGE
FLY RODDING ESTUARIES
FLY FISHING THE SALTWATER SHORELINE
FLY RODDING THE COAST

Rich Murphy
FLY FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS

Peter Nilsen
FISH FOOLISHNESS: A CARTOON COLLECTION OF FISH & FISHING HUMOR
RHODY FLY RODDERS BOOK (new release)

Angelo Peluso
MOUNT MISERY (new release)
FLY FISHING THE SURF
FLY FISHING LONG ISLAND: A COMPREHSIVE GUIDE TO FRESHWATER & SALTWATER ANGLING
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE NORTHEAST
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE SOUTHEAST GULF COAST

Bob Popovics
POP FLEYES
FLEYE DESIGN

Henry Ramsay
MATCHING MAJOR EASTERN HATCHES: NEW PATTERNS FOR SELECTIVE TROUT
KEYSTONE FLY FISHING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST WATER

Jason Randall
NYMPH MASTERS (new release)
TROUT SENSE
FEEDING TIME
MOVING WATER

Dave Rothrock
KEYSTONE FLY FISHING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST WATER

Rich Strolis
CATCHING SHADOWS

Bob Romano
THE RIVER KING (new release)
FISHING WITH FAERIES SHADOWS
IN THE STREAM
BROOK TROUT BLUES

Tom Rosenbauer:
THE ORVIS FLY-FISHING GUIDE, REVISED AND UPDATED (new release)
FLY FISHING FOR TROUT (new release)
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO FLY FISHING: MORE THAN 300 TIPS FOR ANGLERS OF AL LEVELS
SALT: COASTAL AND FLATS FISHING
THE ORVIS STREAMSIDE GUIDE TO APPROACH AND PRESENTATION: RIFFLES, RUNS, POCKET WATER, AND MUCH MORE
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO FAMILY FRIENDLY FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO SMALL STREAM FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO BEGINNING FLY FISHING: 101 TIPS FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
THE ORVIS FLY-FISHING GUIDE, REVISED AND UPDATED
THE ORVIS VEST POCKET GUIDE TO LEADERS, KNOTS, & TIPPETS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE CONNECTIONS EVERY ANGLER NEEDS
ORVIS GUIDE TO PROSPECTING FOR TROUT – NEW AND REVISED
THE ORVIS FLY-TYING MANUAL: HOW TO TIE 6 POPULAR FLIES, 2ND ED
THE ORVIS ULTIMATE BOOK OF FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS FLY-TYING GUIDE
ORVIS GUIDE TO READING TROUT STREAMS

Phil Rowley
FLY PATTERNS FOR STILLWATERS: A STUDY OF TROUT, ENTOMOLOGY & TYING
STILLWATER SELECTIONS STILLWATER SOLUTIONS

Greg Senyo
FUSION FLY TYING: STEELHEAD, SALMON, AND TROUT FLIES OF THE SYNTHETIC ERA

Rich Strolis
CATCHING SHADOWS

J. W. Trout
AN AFFAIR WITH Mother Nature – FLY FISHING (new release)

Lou Zambello
FLYFISHING NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND’S SEASONS: A GUIDE TO ICE-OUT, HATCH SEASON, SUMMER, THE FALL SPAWNING SUN AND WINTER (2nd edition scheduled to be released)
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND

Fly Tiers:

 

Joe Ackourey: Joe, proprietor of Joe Ackourey’s Fly Fishing Adventures, is a licensed guide with over four decades of experience. A life-long resident of northeastern PA, Joe guides primarily on the Lackawanna River, Bowman Creek and Susquehanna River, but also several mountain streams that are home to native brook trout. Joe began fly fishing/tying at age six, taught by his father, whom Joe describes as “a true master on the vise and on the water”. When his parents opened a fly shop in 1976, Joe discovered a passion for teaching. He developed a comprehensive fly tying course, and has since instructed countless students in tying their first wooly worm. Throughout his career, Joe has been a contributing author for Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, a featured fly tier at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and a frequent guest on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, and similarly themed television shows. Joe does presentations for organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, local schools and colleges, and several chapters of Trout Unlimited. Joe has been on the board of the Stan Cooper Sr. chapter of Trout Unlimited since 1996, and chairs their Youth Fly Fishing Camp and stream improvement projects, and has been recognized for his commitment to environmental stewardship. Joe finds motivation in helping others, both beginner and seasoned, “open new doors” toward meeting their fly fishing goals. He is happiest at the vise or on the stream, sharing his knowledge and appreciation for the art of fly fishing.

 

Dave Allbaugh:   Dave was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a professional, licensed Pennsylvania guide, wet fly tier, and owner of Wet Fly Waterguides. He has been fly fishing since the early 1970’s, and has concentrated his efforts at the famed waters of Central and North Central Pennsylvania, specifically streams like; Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata, Kettle Creek, and Big Pine Creek. Dave specializes in the classic art of wet fly fishing. His mission is to educate new and seasoned fly fishermen about the largely forgotten art of wet fly fishing, and to show exactly how productive wet flies can be throughout the year. Over the past 30 years, Dave has spent countless hours on the stream and at the vice, perfecting and designing highly effective wet fly patterns and customized wet fly leaders. His unique guide service is one of a very few in the country that focuses on fishing with wet flies throughout the year. Dave takes great pride in teaching his clients that this lost art of fly fishing is as effective today as in the past. He has given numerous seminars and demonstrations on wet fly fishing to local TU chapters, FFF clubs, Boy Scout troops, H.S.fly fishing clubs, and fly fishing shows. You can reach Wet Fly Wateguides at www.wetflywaterguides.com or wetflywg@gmail.com

 

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

 

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.

 

Dave Brandt: Having fished for trout over half a century and instructed at the Wulff School for nearly 30 years, Dave’s main focus has been on tying mostly the Classic Catskill dries and teaching casting and all the other basic skills required for successful excursions into the realm of the trout. He spends several weekends each off-season teaching or demonstratring at the various fly fishing shows, here or in Canada. During the season, when not wading one of the great Catskill rivers he might be found on the casting ponds or hunting for big brook trout on the Minipi in Labrador.

 

 

Randy Buchanan:  Bio to follow

 

 

 

 

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

 

Joe Calcavecchia:  Joe Calcavecchia is a production tier, a saltwater master fly tier, and the creator of many splendid fly patterns such as the Striper Dragon and the Bonita Bear. He has been tying commercially for the past twenty-five years for fly shops in the New England region. He is also a fly designer for Spirit River. He is a master teacher in fly tying and instructs students with a jovial manner that is always infectious to everyone in attendance. Joe has taken part in many fishing Expos where he has been presented as a premier fly tier.

 

Scott Cesari:  Scott began tying flies six years ago after a trip to Maine introduced him to the sport of fly fishing. Since that time he has had the good fortune of winning both the 2006 Pennsylvania state fly tying championship as well as several medals in the Federation of Fly Fishers fly tying contest that same year. Scott is known for his unique, custom made wooden fly boxes, creative displays, and artistic flies, most notably his realistic butterfly patterns. Scott enjoys presenting his work at various sports venues almost as much as he enjoys a day on the water. He looks forward to connecting with greater numbers of fly fishers and tyers as his involvement in the sport of fly fishing grows. He is always happy to discuss fly tying or fly fishing with fellow anglers and welcomes any comments, questions, or discussions. Feel free to contact Scott at smcesari@epix.net or (610)-730-7928 (his business line, Scott Cesari’s Fly Tying) if you have any questions or if you would like to order some of his flies, custom made fly boxes, or unique gifts featuring his flies.

 

Dennis Charney:  Dennis is an avid fly fisher who resides with his family in Bellefonte Pennsylvania. He has spent countless hours in pursuit of wild brown trout in his local limestone streams. It is these streams and their resident trout that has developed and challenged his fly tying skills. Always busy at the vise, Dennis ties and develops trout catching fly patterns for use in his guide service as well as tying commercially. He helps keep the fly bins full at Flyfisher’s Paradise in State College, Pa as well as conducting tying seminars and instruction at the shop. In addition to his guiding and tying, Dennis’s experience as a fly fishing instructor is held in high regard. He maintains a busy spring teaching schedule as a staff instructor at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in Lew Beach, NY. He also conducts various casting and fly fishing classes for Flyfisher’s Paradise in addition to offering personalized private instruction.

 

Drew Chicone:  Drew Chicone is an author, award-winning outdoor writer & fly designer, photographer, lecturer, and materials expert, whose passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired numerous how-to articles, books and detailed instructional guides. He has lived and breathed the sport since he was tall enough to sit at the vise, and his fly creations are well known and in high demand among saltwater anglers and guides across the globe.

Drew has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor, and commercial fly tier for more than a decade. He is a designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is patterns are sold in quality fly shops and have appeared in US and international publications. He is the winner of the 2016 and 2017 International Fly Tackle Dealer Best in Show Saltwater Fly Pattern Award, as well as the 2014 I.F.T.D Iron Fly competition.

Drew recently partnered with Wild River Press books to publish 3 new titles; “Top Saltwater Flies – Bonefish”,  “Top Saltwater Flies – Tarpon” and “Top Saltwater Flies – Permit” The more than 900 page, hardcover set is available for sale at www.topsaltwaterflies.com.

Other Chicone titles include Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns (2013), Baby Tarpon Flies (2017), Redfish Flies (2014), Snook Flies (2013), Essential Bonefish Flies: Andros (2013) and Essential Permit Patterns (2013).

In addition to his ongoing work as an educator and ambassador for the American Fly Fishing Museum, Drew ties premium saltwater flies for sale through his company Salty Fly Tying. He is the co-founder of Strip Strike University and frequently hosts destination schools and hunting and fishing adventures anywhere saltwater species swim. For more information about Drew, his latest works and hosted trips, visit www.saltyflytying.com. Chicone lives in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife Susan and their daughter Lucy.

 

 

Lawrence Clemens:  Lawrence Clemens is a resident of Virginia Beach, VA. He is a professional Trumpet player and a propeller mechanic for Murphy’s Propeller Shop in Norfolk, VA. Larry has served on the board of directors and as president of the East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and on the board of directors and president of the Virginia Coastal Fly Anglers. He co-authored (with Jeff Dubinok) “Flies of the Chesapeake”, and ”Flies of the Chesapeake, Volume 2”. Being an avid fly tier, Larry spends his free time fly fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay and its’ tributaries year round. This will be his fourteenth year tying at the “Fly Fishing Show”.

 

 

Pat Cohen:  My name is Pat, I live in upstate New York. I began fly fishing in 2008 and have been tying flies since January of 2009. I am a full time commercial fly tyer and regularly teach classes, do presentations and demo at events, fly shops and clubs across the east coast. I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I also have a passion for all types of streamers and carp flies..You can see my flies at my website, www.rusuperfly.com.

 

 

John Collins:  As a lifelong resident of NJ, John was exposed to Trout fishing at about the age of five. But it wasn’t until his twenties that he discovered the long rod and he has never looked back. In fact John started tying flies before he became a serious fly fisherman. John started out on his own, tying Eztes Eggs for Steelhead and he soon graduated to imitating stream born insects with the help of his friend and mentor, George Kolasar. At the time, George was a commercial fly tyer, tying flies and dying materials for The Beaverkill Angler, in Roscoe NY, when the shop was owned by Budge and Dot Loekle. George taught John in the “Catskill tradition” but with all the new materials available now, he’s moved on to other methods and take creative liberties with the use of patterns and materials, all in the pursuit of whatever swims. John is always trying to push the envelope as far as fly design goes and Ultrawire inserted into Hollow Tubing is John’s signature technique as far as his underwater Nymph patterns are concerned. His Sculpin Patterns are made up of unconventional and conventional Fly Tying materials. Some of John’s signature patterns include, JC’s Electric Caddis Larva, JC’s Electric Steelie Stone, The Peacock March Brown Dry (Parachute and Traditional), The Soft Tail Chenille Sculpin, JC’s Mohawk Sculpin, and Rabbit Tail Chenille Sculpin among others. John has also done some instructional Fly Tying videos for Riseform Studio.TV, of many of his signature patterns for viewing on the internet. And most recently, John has done videos with Tightlines Productions, and hopefully more instructional, Fly Tying videos in the future. Johns a member of several Fly Fishing Pro Staffs, including, Regal Engineering (Fly Tying Vises), Clear Cure Goo, Anglers Sport Group, and Flymen Fishing Company. John’s been a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild for well over fifteen years. And has been tying on the Show circuit in the Northeastern United States for the past several years. John’s motto is, “Fly’s that catch Fish, Not just Fishermen” and if he comes up with a pattern and it doesn’t produce results, it’s back to the drawing board. He will not debut a Fly if it doesn’t do what it’s intended to do, and that’s catching fish. John Collins philosophy about fly tying is the same as fly fishing,” You will always be learning something new for the rest of your life, no matter how long you’ve been at it”.

 

Joe Cordeiro:  Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. The past 10 years focusing on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing salt water flies. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.

 

Bruce Corwin:   I was born and lived in Brooklyn, New York, but was fortunate enough as a youngster to spend summers in the Catskills. That is where I learned to fish and appreciate being outdoors. Those summer days were filled with discovery and education while I explored the treasures of a nearby small creek. One day during a hot July in the early 60’s, a kindly farmer offered to allow myself and a friend the chance to fish his little, stream-fed pond. He asked, “if we had ever caught a trout before?”, and instructed us to “throw back” anything we caught. He handed each of us a mysterious looking contraption that he called a “fly” to put on the end of our lines along with a small, clear bubble float. And then, leaning in and covering his mouth, the secret… “don’t bother fishing until almost dark”. Needless to say, the only thing hooked that day was yours truly! I love all types of fishing but have spent most of my adult life with a fly rod in hand. Owning a Graphic Design/Marketing and Printing Company that produces collateral and promotional materials for businesses, I found fly tying to be a natural extension of my creative side. It allowed me to stay close to fishing through the winter months. I’ve been involved in multiple fly fishing/tying groups including: The Hudson Valley Fly Fishers, Ray Bergman and East Jersey Chapters of TU, and Joan Wulff Fly Fishers. I’m a New York State Licensed Guide, and have been honored to have my flies featured in several books, as well as being profiled in the Spring 2016 issue of FlyTyer Magazine. I have demonstrated and taught fly tying at numerous fly tying events including: The Mayfly Club, Arts of the Angler Show, Fly Tier’s Rendezvous, The International Fly Tying Symposium and the Fly Fishing Show at Somerset, NJ, Lancaster, PA, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC. Most recently, I have demonstrated Solarez UV products as a member of their Pro Team at the 2016 ICast show in Orlando, FL. I am also a member of the Dr. Slick Pro team.

 

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

 

Steve Farrar:  Another Jersey boy, Steve is a self taught fly angler who fishes the surf of Sandy Hook, NJ. He is an accomplished fly tyer and innovator of numerous patterns and techniques. Steve’s work has been published in several of the leading saltwater fly fishing magazines and Journals. He is the originator of “Steve Farrar’s SF Flash Blend” marketed and produced by JUST ADD H2O Products and the Fishient Group. Steve taught at numerous fly fishing clubs demonstrating his patterns and sharing his local knowledge. He has produced several instructional videos(thanks to the tutelage of Bob Popovics) on fishing local waters and tying patterns effective on a variety of species. Steve is a past president of the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders and led the fly tying classes there for a number of years.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Anthony Giaquinto:   Anthony M. Giaquinto, Jr. is a well known and respected east coast tier. Anthony is owner and operator of R&R Custom Flies from Lyndhurst, NJ. He is also a creative and commercial tier who after more than 45 years at the vise, continues to develop patterns as well as ties each and every fly to complete his orders. His signature RFC Zebra and Rainbow Scud have garnered him much recognition with both flies featured in the Pequest Trout Hatchery Museum. His extensive tying and fishing knowledge landed him the position of Captain on Nymph-Head’s Pro-Staff Team. When Anthony is not tying at his bench or various expos around the U.S. he is writing articles for regional fly-tying magazines or sharing his tying passion by teaching tying classes at the local college, schools and fly shops. Anthony’s mission is to share his talents with anyone and everyone, who wants to learn about the wonderful art of fly tying. He believes that a happy person is a well rounded person.

 

Matthew Grobert:  Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 25 years.

 

Captiain Greg Heffner:  Captiain Greg Heffner is an avid fly tyer and fly fisher from Bath, New York. He is president of the Conhocton Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Federation of Fly Fishers, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club of Canada, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He is a demonstration fly tyer at numerous fly fishing shows, and has had articles about his flies and fly tying in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, the United Fly Tyers Roundtable, Fly Fishing New England, and the Federation of Fly Fisher’s Patterns of the Masters, Vol. 6, and has published a book, Some Old, Some New, Some Borrowed: A Fly Tyer’s Notebook of Favorite Patterns to Tie and Fish. His special fly tying interest is in traditional flies and techniques, including classic salmon flies, Catskill patterns, and New England streamers. He hosts a website www.conhoctonriverflyshop.com offering flies and fly tying materials and information about fishing the Conhocton River, and is a licensed New York fishing guide. When not fishing or tying, Greg is Planning Director for Steuben County, New York.

 

Robert D. Hopken: I became interested in fly tying for trout at a young age of 12. I had a neighbor who tied flies commercially for the HL Leonard Rod Co. and would let me watch while he tied and he always gave me his “rejects” to fish with. Back in the 1960’s this was very unusual since back then since most tiers kept their methods a secret. After college, I became extremely passionate about tying and tied flies for local fly shops in the 1970’s and 80’s until the family came along. I have been tying flies for over fifty years. I had been trained in the classic Catskill style but recently I have had a lot of success in substituting the new synthetic materials (EP Trigger Point Fibers) into the classic flies with great fishing results. I predominately fish the “Delaware River System” for trout and the Lake Ontario tributaries for steelhead. I am active in the Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, Kids on the Fly and I am on Enrico Puglisi Flies Pro Team. I am an Estimator/Senior Project Manager for one of the largest heavy construction companies in the country that is based out of New Jersey. I reside in Sussex, NJ with my wife of 45 years.

 

David G. Holmes: David’s passion for fly tying began in the early 1970’s. Using basic hand me down tools and songbird feathers, he began the learning process of crafting effective fish catching fly patterns. Tying flies for trout, steelhead and salmon has become a lifelong addiction. As a commercial fly tier for the Flyfisher’s Paradise fly shop for over 25 years, he has tied 10’s of thousands of trout flies. Some of his favorite tying techniques include woven body nymphs, soft hackle wet flies and extended body dry flies. David shares his passion and understanding of fly tying in a number of tying demonstrations he conducts each year. Several are hosted at the local fly shop but he also dedicates time to conducting workshops for the Philipsburg Osceola High School Fly Fishing Club. David has shared his time and expertise with many local Trout Unlimited Chapters, youth programs and most recently the Penn State Fly Tying Club.

 

David R. Klausmeyer:  David Klausmeyer is currently the editor and photographer of Fly Tyer magazine. For more than 20 years Dave has served in several editorial and sales capacities between Fly Tyer and American Angler magazines. Throughout Dave’s publishing career his articles and photography have appeared in numerous periodicals. Many of these magazines circulate internationally and include Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel and Gray’s Sporting Journal in addition to contributions appearing in regionally based magazines recognized throughout New England. Prior to publishing Dave owned and operated a fly-fishing catalog company known as New England Angler where he also enjoyed manufacturing and repairing split-bamboo fly rods. Klausmeyer has authored twenty books related to fly-tying and fly fishing. Among the titles published include Better Flies Faster (Stackpole Books, 2011), The Master’s Fly Box (The Lyons Press, 2012), The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Tying, Fly Tyer’s Guide to Tying Essential Trout Flies (The Lyons Press, 2013), 101 Favorite Dry Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2013), 101 Favorite Nymphs and Wet Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2014), 101 Favorite Saltwater Flies (Skyhorse Publishers, 2015). In 2006, Dave was the first recipient of the Golden Hook Award, presented by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for activities to educate the public about fly fishing and tying. Dave can be reached by email at: davidklausmeyer@myfairpoint.net

 

David Kolesar:  David began tying flies for the trout in northeastern Pennsylvania as a kid and now ties flies for the trout and striped bass swimming the waters of New Hampshire. A member of the United Fly Tyers since the mid ‘90s David is now the current president of UFT as well as one of the club’s tying instructors. He is also a member of the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders and the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild. David has been a demonstration fly tyer at the International Fly Tying Symposium, and The Fly Fishing Show for several years and for the International Federation of Fly Fishers festivals. An IFFF certified casting instructor and David teaches fly casting and fly fishing for L. L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools and volunteers to teach fishing and fly tying for New Hampshire Fish and Game. David will be joining the New Hampshire River Guides in the coming year guiding freshwater anglers in New Hampshire.

 

 

Allen Landheer:  Allen grew up fishing and honing his skills on Brodhead Creek. His first fly rod experience was at age 13. He learned by watching and fishing with Don Baylor, Ernie Schwiebert and other fine fly fisherman over the years. Allen began tying in earnest around that same time as he realized he preferred to catch fish on his own flies. Allen ties many fly styles and enjoys the challenge each presents. Styles Allen is known for are Catskill style flies, classic streamers, wet flies, spey flies and classic atlantic salmon flies both hair wings and married wings. Allen’s horizons expanded as he got older and he now regularly fishes on numerous streams in CT, NY, PA and NJ including limestoners such as the Saucon, Little Lehigh, Letort, Penns Creek and Fishing Creek; notable freestone streams such as the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Brodhead Creek, Big Bushkill and the great tail waters of the East and West Branch of the Delaware and the Farmington River. He regularly fishes the Great Lakes region for big steelhead, lake run browns and salmon. Allen is a member of Brodheads Chapter TU , Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, is a member of the Flymen Fishing Co pro team and is included in Darren MacEachern’s Streamer 365 project and book. He enjoys teaching the art of fly tying and has conducted classes at numerous fly shops and Trout Unlimited meetings. In addition he is an avid demonstration tyer and has appeared an many of the major east coast fly fishing shows.

 

Rob Lewis: Rob is a professional fly tier, river guide, lecturer and fly tying instructor. He is one of the foremost fly pattern designers in the country and his Realistic Series has been touted as the future of fly design. He has been featured in magazines such as Fish & Fly, Fly Fishing New England and Fly Tyer.

While Rob describes himself as “a pair of pants away from a caveman”, the best description was written by one of the hundreds of clients Rob has guided on rivers for trout in Montana and New York.

 

 

 

George Maciag:  George Maciag: George has been involved in fly fishing and fly tying since childhood. He holds college degrees in biology and biology education. His many interests include entomology, nature photography, and stream ecosystems. As a person who taught high school and college biology for many years, he is skilled at communicating his knowledge about the life cycles of fish and the organisms upon which they feed. George keeps pace with the technological advances in fly tying while maintaining his passion for classical patterns and materials used in the past. He is particularly interested in the Catskill style of tying wet and dry flies. The timeless feather-winged streamers that originated in the Rangeley Lake region of Maine are another area of expertise. The Fly Fishing Show and the International Fly Tying Symposium, both in Somerset NJ, are two major events in which George participates as a celebrity tyer. He was also featured in the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing show at the Valley Forge Convention Center and also participates in the Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree. George is currently serving as the fly fishing professional at the Saucon Valley Country Club. In addition, he is a fly tying instructor and naturalist at the Graystones Preserve in the Pocono Mountains. George also teaches fly tying and casting at the L.L. Bean store in Center Valley PA. He has also instructed at numerous fly shops and gives both private and group lessons. His classes are very popular since he has the ability to combine science and humor to the sometimes complicated mechanics of fly tying. Among flies of his personal design are; George’s Killer, George’s Thing, and George’s Woven John. His teaching skills are a tremendous benefit to anyone wishing to learn the intricacies of fly fishing.

 

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.

 

Bob Mead:  Bob Mead of Scotia New York has been tying realistic flies since 1966. The Praying Mantis, Walking Stick, and Water Scorpion are just 3 of many unusual patterns he originated and have been published along with articles and interviews in books, magazines, and newspapers around the world. Recently he was sought out to tie two realistic black widow spiders as props for the TV show Royal Pains.

 

 

 

Capt. Bill Murphy: * 1993-1999 Fly Tying instructor for Narragansett Chapter Trout Unlimited. * 1994 – 1999 Served on the Board of Directors Narragansett Charter Trout Unlimited * 1995 Winner of Fly Rod & Reel magazine’s Fly Tying contest. * 2001 – Present, Owner Murphy’s Fly Box / E-Z Body Products * 2003 Joined Rainy’s Fly’s Designer staff. * 2005 Fly Fishing Magazine “Tips” columnist * 2005 Featured angler in Salt Water Fly Fishing magazine for “Notable Catches”. * Featured Fly Tying instructor for The Salt Water Edge series of fly tying videos. * Director/Producer of Little Rhody Charters Fishing Videos on YouTube. * “Celebrity Fly Tyer” at “The Fly Fishing Show”. * Over 31 species caught on fly to date. BILL IS ON THE FOLLOWING GUIDE PROGRAMS: * Rainy’s Fly’s * Fishing Solutions / I FLY * Brine Fly Innovations * Regal Engineering * Nautilus Reels * Korkers * Temple Fork Outfitters * Long Cast Products / Albie Snax Captain Bill Murphy has been fishing the salt for over 20 years and has fished from Maine to North Carolina. He has also caught everything from Stripers to Bluefin Tuna on both spinning gear and fly rod. Bill is a USCG licensed 25 ton Master with Towing Endorsement. Currently, Bill is running a Sailfish 218 equipped with a 5 piece helm enclosure, Garmin 2010 GPS/Sonar, Garmin 741xs GPS/Dual frequency Chirp Sonar/Radar, Marine Radio, Baitwell, Fresh & Saltwater washdowns, Multimedia Stereo system, Front Casting Deck and plenty of rod & gear storage. This rig is a serious fishing machine! Bill is also on the Rainy’s Fly Designer staff and currently has over 15 patterns in production. Bill is regularly invited to the International Fly Tying Symposium and The Fly Fishing Show to demonstrate his tying techniques and fly patterns. Bill is also the owner of Murphy’s Fly Box / E-Z Body Products, www.e-zbody.com and Little Rhody Charters www.littlerhodycharters.com.

 

Rich Murphy: Rich is a Professional Civil Engineer in Massachusetts, a published author, a professional fly designer, a salt water fly fishing junky, and a pretty good husband to a lovely wife. Murphy taught himself to fly cast and tie simple fresh water flies over the winter of his eighth year. He caught his first trout on a fly that next spring using a mayfly spinner pattern copied from an old Field and Stream. He started tying saltwater flies commercially over 20 years ago. In the winter of 1995, Murphy entered a fly designing contract with Umpqua Feather Merchants. To date, Umpqua has accepted eight of his fly patterns for their catalog: the Conomo Special, Steep Hill Special, RM Shortfin Squid, RM Flatside, RM Needlefish, RM Rattlesnake, RM Spitfire and the Pamet Special. Murphy has written feature articles for fly fishing periodicals that include Saltwater Flyfishing, Fish and Fly Magazine , and Fly Tyer . His first book, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass, went to print in July 2007, and is presently available in most major retail and internet book retail outlets. He lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts, with Lucy, his wife and most cogent critic, and their faithful bad dog, Tahoe.

 

 

William Newcomb:  When Bill was born, he was very young so he doesn’t remember much of the event. But he absolutely recalls fishing the streams near his boyhood home. As time passed, he graduated from school and joined the Navy, and continued to fish up and down the Eastern Seaboard, the Northern Atlantic and the Caribbean. When he discovered flyfishing, the sanity men seek in life disappeared. Along with flyfishing, of course, comes flytying. On a fishing trip for salmon, he spent $20 on six flies. After seeing his friend tie a fly, he realized he could have saved that amount by tying his own. Over the years, he’s figured he spent $40,000 trying to get that $20 back. You’ll see Bill at the fishing shows. He enjoys meeting new people, swapping lies, and stealing their patterns and claiming them as his own. Unlike many of the other tyers, Bill IS a legend in his own mind.

 

Safet Nikocevic:   Safet Nikocevic: Self taught, hand fly tier, Safet was introduced to the wonders of fly fishing and fly tying at very young age. This began at the age of ten when he and his buddies chased roosters in the yard and hoped to get a perfect feather for a fly. He felt nothing is more fun than seeing seven inch brownies flipping and kicking. Born and raised in Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) near the finest rivers with no fishing store anywhere to be found and where hooks were real treasure. He spends his free time tying by hand and using simple materials such as grandmothers treads sheep’s wool or a chicken’s feather. He immigrated to New York City in 1993 and here he brought his fist vise Dyne-King Aristocrat #627 in a fishing store that he never saw before, Urban Angler NY, and started commercially tying for them. Safet spends free time on the finest river, East Branch in Upstate New York. Safet’s flies are very durable and productive and he is involved with fly tying demonstrations at fly fishing shows and various fly shops all over New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Safet continues his fly tying pursuits through participation in some of the industry’s biggest shows, such as the International Fly Tying Symposium. Safet is a very proud full time employee of the piano company Steinway and Sons where he makes flies during his lunch breaks and everybody that knows him calls him a fly maker. He is also very active and very respectful Karate Instructor in Astoria’s Dojo. Using only the highest quality materials.

 

Rick Nyles:   Rick has been fly fishing for over 40 years and has turned his passion into a business. Rick stated a fly fishing guide service in Pennsylvania in 1999 called Sky Blue Outfitters. Sky Blue Outfitters has established itself as one of the most comprehensive guide services in Pennsylvania. Rick is also an accomplished fly tyer and is known for his simple approach of fly tying and using CDC feathers in his patterns. In 2014 Rick introduced his own wing material called UP DN TROUT. This materials follows his simple approach to fly tying and will also speed up your tying time. Rick recently placed 3rd in the 2015 Orvis Fly Tying Contest using CDC and the UP DN TROUT wing material to show off one of his “guide” flies, the Green Drake.

 

Roger Plourde:  My journey into flyfishing is different than most. I did not get interested in this sport until I was in my 30’s.I woke up one day in 1991 and realized that I’d been in business as a building contractor for 16 years. I also realized that there had to be more to life than just working; I needed a hobby. Although in my youth I had lacked the patience to fish, I thought it might be relaxing to walk in a river and learn to flyfish. I decided to join a local club, The Connecticut Flyfisherman’s Association. I signed up for their flyfishing course, made friends with club members, asked a lot of questions, and fished the local rivers as I put into practice all that I was learning from my new friends. The following year I took the club’s flytying course and I was off on a journey into this new world of feathers and furs, the world of trout and saltwater flies. I was content to tie these types of flies as I worked on the efficiency and quality of my tying. Salmon flies never entered the picture until the spring of 1998 when a friend asked me to split the cost of salmon fly tying lessons. We took an intensive two-day course with Paul Ptalis. This course opened yet another new world to me.I had known nothing of the many types of exotic birds, tinsels, silk and other materials used in salmon fly tying, I was struck by their beauty and artistry. I was hooked from the very first day and could not learn quickly enough to satisfy my curiosity. I read books, practiced tying and tried to gather materials. I would go to Paul to ask for critiquing and advice. I’d ask questions of other tyers. I was open to anything that would help me learn the skills of the salmon fly tyer. In this fast paced world we live in, it feels good to sit at a vice and force yourself to slow down as you strive to tie the perfect salmon fly for mounting or to give as a gift to a friend. But perfection is elusive, there is always some part of the fly you would do a little differently if you could do it over again. The beautiful colors and the flow of the classic patterns depicted in books and other medias by Chutes, Ptalis, Radencich, Rossman, Schmookler and others are what I try to emulate. The process allows me to let my imagination create new patterns. I was born in Connecticut in 1956 into a French-Canadien family. My wife of 31 years, Pierrette is from Quebec. Because of this history I spend quite a bit of time fishing for trout, salmon and landlocked salmon in New Brunswick, Canada and Maine. I always enjoy fishing close to home in the Connecticut rivers. When I am not fishing or tying flies my friends can usually find me in my woodworking shop making cabinets, fishing nets, framing and matting artwork, repairing canoes, or making gadgets that are usually related to fishing or hunting. A large part of this sport for me are the many friends I have made from around the world. We discuss techniques in tying and different ways of fishing our favorite waters and the variety of hatches. A suggestion: If you are thinking of learning to tie salmon flies, take a course with one of the many great tyers around. Take your time, practice techniques and the rest is up to your imagination. Join a local club and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most members will take you out and show you the local waters. In closing I’d like to quote Albert Cohen, “There are so many things in life people look forward to getting behind them. Dressing a salmon fly should not be one of them”

 

Bob Popovics:  Born and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics “Popfleyes” has been saltwater fly-fishing around the globe for over to 40 years. Bob’s involvement in the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing run as deep as the concepts he has created at the vise. A member, former president and executive board member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, Bob helped pioneer modern day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking fly tying concepts and teaching of the sport to anyone who was interested in learning. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob’s contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos. In the 1992 Bob founded the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders in Seaside Park, NJ. And in 1998, Bob was inducted into the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in the sport of fishing. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying techniques and designs, Bob’s creations of “fleyes” have literally changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob’s realistic “baitfish like” designs have come to be widely known as Popfleyes. From his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the mid 1970’s to such sport standards as the Hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-lip, Ultra Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob’s Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady Lady Squid. Bob now leads the way in fly tying with acrylics. Bob’s impact on fly tyers and fly fishers has been widespread throughout the globe. Lefty Kreh has called Bob “The most innovative fly tyer I have ever met!” Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the industry’s top manufacturers such as TFO, MAKO Fly Reels, and Renzetti. He is a contributing writer to Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and his co-authored book, “POP FLEYES” with Ed Jaworowski, a staple read for anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing. To his additional credits, he has created and stars in two “POP FLEYES” videos from Reel Resources. He is a frequent seminar speaker at many of the sports national and regional consumer and industry venues. Today, Bob spends much of his time passionately capturing a video history of fly fishing in the northeast since 1984. As a surf fly fishing specialist with innovative approaches to the challenges and demands of using a fly rod in the ocean surf, Bob continues to share his knowledge with beginners and experts alike. He is referred to by many as one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport. Bob owns and operates the Shady Rest Restaurant in Bayville, N.J., with his wife Alexis, and still resides just a short walk to the beach from his house in Seaside Park, NJ.

 

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

 

Tony Ritter: Tony has operated a driftboat fishing guide service on the Upper Delaware River and West Branch Delaware for over twenty years. He specializes in wild trout on one of the best tailwater rivers in the United States located in the Catskill / Pocono Regions of New York and Pennsylvania, that is only two hours from the NY-NJ metropolitan area. He is licensed by the National Park Service, the NYS DEC and the Pennsylvania FBC. Tony Ritter has been tying patterns specifically for the Upper Delaware River in the Catskills and it’s wild trout for over twenty years. The trout on this stream have seen many patterns throughout the years and they can be tough to fool. Tony uses snowshoe rabbit for many of his dries and emergers to entice the wariest of wild rainbows and browns. His flies are durable, have excellent coloration, proportion and silhouette. These patterns sit flush in the film to imitate a vulnerable mayfly just waiting to be eaten. Make sure you have plenty of backing on your reel with these flies and double check your knots! Tony is also a Trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, serves as Chairman of the Water Use Resource Management Committee of the Upper Delaware Council and was reelected town councilman in the town of Tusten in Sullivan County, NY.

 

Page Rogers:  Page began fly fishing at the age of 8 on the tiny streams of central Connecticut under the watchful eye of her Dad. She landed her first trout a little over a year later on the Couginchaug River. While in her teens she and her father began to pursue stripers and blues on the fly in the waters around Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island Sound. Completely self-taught, she began fly tying in the the early 1980’s and soon was creating her own patterns to match the sand eels and silversides common in the waters of southern New England. In 1994 she became the first woman tier signed by UMPQUA Feather Merchants into their royalty fly tier program. In 1995 she received the Harry & Elsie Darbee Award from IFFF. Her flies and techniques are documented in numerous books, articles and videos (Hooked on a Fly Tying series). Her flies are commercially produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants, and are available, or can be ordered, at any UMPQUA dealer. Page continues to enjoy tying at fly fishing trade shows and at club meetings, and sharing her knowledge of saltwater fly fishing on the east coast. She currently is on the Pro-Staff at: Abel, Tibor, Patagonia, Simms, Action Optics, LL Bean, Ross and Scientific Anglers.

 

Paul Rossman: My earliest memory of my involvement in art was on the kitchen floor of my parent’s home tracing animals from books and magazines. I think I was about five years old. From then on art became an important aspect in my life. At seven I got my first set of colored pencils and some “color in the numbers” pieces. From there I graduated to oil paint by numbers. Once I conquered the skill of keeping the paint in the lines, the work became tedious. I purchased my first set of oil paints, brushes, canvas panels and some “how to” instruction booklets and began freehand painting, mostly seascapes and landscapes. That carried me well into college but not majoring in art. Instead, my high school guidance counselor convinced me to go into mechanical engineering as commercial artists did not make any money. After two and one half years of engineering I became bored and my grades suffered. I switched to art and immediately my whole outlook changed. In college I took classes in design, painting, drawing, ceramics, metal sculpture and photography. My interest in photography grew and I decided to get an advanced degree in photography. Working and living in San Francisco gave me the opportunity to document my experiences there. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. I loved the 35mm black and white work. It was a whole new way of seeing; documenting life within the film rectangle. I had a few shows and felt that I wanted to pursue a Masters degree in photography. At the same time my culinary career was burgeoning. I had the opportunity to run a kitchen at a seafood restaurant in San Francisco and I was accepted into the Masters program at the Art Institute but decided that I needed to work for a couple more years to focus my photography. I then had the opportunity to go to Florida to open a seafood restaurant there with friends. With the intention of coming back to San Francisco I helped open the restaurant and got the staff trained. By that time though I had made friends and was into the new lifestyle. The immediate impression to me was the huge change in landscape. Gone was the urban chaos. Gone was the intimate relationship with the city. The new landscape was broad and flat, but I immediately noticed that it was disappearing. Progress was destroying the huge citrus groves. In there place, strip malls were rising like water from a flood. Somehow the 35mm format did not fit the vastness of the Florida landscape. I purchased a 4 x 5 view camera and began documenting the landscape with it. That whole process got me thinking about painting again. I set up a studio and started painting and photographing. My art was thriving at least emotionally. This continued for a few years and family matters brought me back to Connecticut. I continued to paint and the chef work continued to expand as well. I ran a California style restaurant and then expanded my repertoire in a French and Northern Italian restaurant. Meanwhile a masters degree was tugging at my brain. I applied and was accepted into the Masters program at the University of Connecticut. It was there that I somehow had the urge to learn fly fishing. I joined a local fly fishing club, took some lessons in fly tying and soon became hooked. I went on a club sponsored trip to the Salmon River in upstate New York. It was there that lead me to the discovery of Atlantic Salmon Flies. I took a few lessons and soon was so infatuated with salmon fly tying that it became an obsession. I was still painting at the time but soon realized that salmon fly tying was going to supplant the painting. The rest is history now.

 

Dave Rothrock:  Bio to follow

 

Peter Simonson:  Peter has been fly tying for about 15 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying Rangeley style streamers. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006. Peter has tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium and The Fly Fishing Show, and a few of his flies appear in various books and web sites, including streamers365.com. Peter has studied streamer tying under Mike Martinek, and credits FlyTyingForum, ClassicFlyTyingForum and the StreamerList with providing him a rich interactive learning environment for tying streamers and classic Atlantic Salmon flies. His favorite streamer book is Graydon Hilyard’s “Carrie Stevens” which set the standard for research protocol and provenance of streamer patterns. When he’s not tying, Peter is a signal processing systems engineer, and enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, and hiking. He enjoys fishing these Rangeley streamers to bring up big land-locked salmon from deep pools in the upper Connecticut River. Peter has two grown sons, and lives with his wife Lynne in New Hampshire, where they have been pouring money into a small farmhouse for 30 years.

 

Rob Snowhite:  Rob Snowhite (yes, that is his real last name): Rob has an uncanny ability to seek out and re-purpose everyday materials into unique and successful fly tying materials. He is an expert in guiding for warm water fish in urban settings, specifically in and around Washington, D.C. Rob hosts a fly fishing podcast featuring 100+ episodes chock full of useful tips. Rob tirelessly promotes fishing as a lifestyle across multiple platforms. He provides monthly tying instruction at Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders monthly beer tie event. Rob produces flies that are simple and elegant, and the results speak for themselves. Simply put, they are almost guaranteed to catch fish. Be sure to watch him tie his most successful pattern, The Snowhite Damsel. He’s still trying to figure out a fly to consistently catch northern snakehead.

 

 

 

Rich Strolis:  Rich Strolis started as a guide on the ever popular Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Connecticut. He later transitioned his work to commercial tying, speaking engagements and teaching many facets of both flyfishing and flytying across the Northeast and Eastern seaboard. His fly patterns although based out of the Northeast, have a strong following and relevancy across the globe and have been tied and fished by many as a result of his library of online videos. He is a signature tyer for the Montana Fly Company, which currently produces twenty two of his patterns. His patterns have appeared in several national magazines and books, including Flyfisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing and many more. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Tessa and Nora. You can follow his work at his website, www.catching-shadows.com. His highly anticipated first book, Catching Shadows: Tying Flies For The Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them from Stackpole Books was released on January 1, 2016.

 

Scott Stryker:  Scott Stryker of Wilmington New York grew up fishing the Jersey shore for everything from trout to giant Mako sharks. He also started fly fishing the Ausable River at the young age of 11 years old back in 1976. In the year of 2000 his passion lured him to settle in on the banks of the Ausable where he has since been a licensed guide and instructor. He also spent several years tying flies and guiding for his old friend the legendary Francis Betters of the Adirondack Sport Shop. He has fished the Ausable River and has been an innovative tyer for over thirty years. His tying desk overlooking the banks of the Ausable River has been an inspiration for his creative and artful flies. Although known for his Giant Pike and Musky flies to his intricate trout flies, he is also a tyer of realistic fly patterns as well and his flies are being used throughout the world. He is an author with a recent article featured on the cover of Fly Tyer magazine. He is a member of the Dr. Slick, Json:Sweden and Tuffleye Pro Teams as well as a member of the new Renzetti Legacy Tying Team. With his flies being used to catch everything from trout in the Adirondacks to taimen in Mongolia, some have said that he is one of the “Adirondack’s best kept secrets”.

 

Dave Student: I have been a “fly junkie” my entire life. Tying, fishing and just appreciating flies. My fascination began when I was 5 or 6 years old watching local tiers at the barber shop in Pennsylvania with my Grandfather. It soon involved a Noll Fly Tying Kit and a Herter’s Catalogue. I have not looked back. The art has allowed me to make friends and a living for over 40 years. My current position is Fly Specialist for Umpqua, a dream job for me to be sure. This comes after almost 40 years as a commercial fly tier in the Denver area. I have tied for A.K. Best, Anglers All and Front Range Anglers locally. As well as tying for Florida Keys Outfitters, Yellowstone Anglers and Henry’s Fork Anglers nationally. I consider saltwater flats flies to be my passion and specialty. I trade fishing time for bait with many Captains in the Florida Keys. At this point in my career I am once again truly in love with fishing with a fly. The unique twist is that I rarely fish my own flies anymore. I am usually trying one of Umpqua’s new offerings or simply fishing one of their old reliables to test durability and performance. I am happy to say you can now find me on the water far more than behind a vise.

 

Julie Szur: A native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Julie began fishing the local trout streams at the age of five using worms, minnows, and occasionally artificial flies. Julie met and was inspired by Lefty Kreh’s passion for fly fishing. While learning casting and techniques from her mentors, including Lefty, she began to learn fly-tying techniques from Ronnie and Flossie German of German’s Fly Shop in Smethport, Pennsylvania, and the designers of the Pink Ugly fly. Julie shares her 20 years of experience providing instructional programs for men, women, & children. Her programs focus on stream entomology, fly tying, water reading, casting, and catch & release techniques.  In fall and winter she enjoys chasing steelhead. As a guide for clients she fishes a variety of waters for species such as brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, carp, bass, & musky. She offers both walk and wade trips along with float trips for individuals and groups.  She is also active with many organizations and programs including the Steelhead Association in Erie, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, an Orvis program, Boy Scouts, as well as instructional classes for cancer survivors and veterans, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission. Szur currently resides in Western New York though during trout season, she works at Slate Run Tackle Shop, in Pennsylvania, where she guides on trout streams and fishes with her Golden Retriever, Brookie.

 

Steven Wascher: Steven Wascher is a third generation fly tyer who has tied flies and fly fished for over 50 years. Steve was taught the craft at an early age by his father, who in turned learned from his mother. Steve learned early on that perfection to detail, proportion, and the utilization of quality materials was of utmost importance in the production of every pattern to fool the browns and wild brook trout of the Pine Creek Valley in Pennsylvania. He has taught a variety of tying classes for over twenty years and also guides. His classes varied in depth from basic trout flies to spinning deer hair bass bugs as well as Steelhead flies and Tube Flies. Over the past 10 years, Steve’s flies have be published in many books national and regional magazines. Professionally, Steve was a special education teacher and also taught summers at the New York State Department of Corrections, as well as a college level course entitled – Introduction to Fly Fishing at Jamestown Community College. Prior to obtaining a Bachelors and Master’s Degree, Steve served in the United States Army for three years as an Artillery Surveyor in West Germany. Steve works as a manufacturers sales representative in the fly fishing industry offering product lines including Abel and Ross fly reels, Scott fly rods, Korkers wading boots.

Adam Wilner:  Bio to follow

 

Additional Tiers  TBA

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IF4_logo BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 26 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 on-line HERE for classes with the experts

Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director:  You are cordially invited to the inaugural Edison Fly Fishing Show! After a quarter century in our well-established Somerset location the facility has closed and we have made the welcome move to Edison. There will be some adjustments for us all, but the change will be for the best. This is the largest facility available and has allowed us to expand. Some of the highlights are: • Nearly double the show floor at Somerset. • Increased and more convenient free parking. • Two new casting ponds. • The most extensive list of speakers to date. • Convenient presentation rooms within the show floor • New 2018 products from manufacturers. • Lodges, resorts, exotic vacation destinations offering money-saving show specials. • Programs and learning opportunities for youngsters and families. • Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase. • Live musical appearance by Dave Blackburn. • Casting demos and instruction with Gary Borger, Bob Clouser, Barry & Cathy Beck, George Daniel, Landon Mayer, Jeff Currier, Simon Gawesworth and more! • Fly tying with Ed Engle, Tom Baltz, Matt Grobert, Phil Rowley, Herny Cowen and more! • Classes with the Experts where you can get one-on-one time with the Pros • The International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Fri. at 6:30 featuring a stunning two+ hour program of award-winning fly-fishing films. • New rods, reels, lines, accessories, clothing, waders, boots, books, DVDs and anything else you may want to purchase, plus our exclusive author’s booth. • Conservation organizations and opportunities to volunteer for the sport you cherish. You will not want to miss this kickoff event for the new Edison Fly Fishing Show, only 10 miles away from Somerset. You’ll never get through this show in one day … plan on the weekend, bring your friends, and join our show family for the biggest consumer fly fishing event ever to take place! – See you there. Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth:

Friday
9:30   David Dirks
10:00 Tom McCoy, Michelle Cummings
10:30 Rich Strolis
11:00 Rich Murphy
11:30 Jason Randall, Tom Rosenbauer
12:00 Bob Popovics, JW Trout
12:30 Matt Grobert, Misako Ishimura
1:00  Jeff Currier, Lee Hartman
1:30  Landon Mayer, Sheila Hassan
2:00  Pat Dorsey, George Daniel
2:30  Greg Senyo, Steve Galletta, Henry Ramsay
3:00  Philip Rowley, Tom Boyd
3:30 Jerry Kustich, Bob Romano
4:00 Gary Borger
4:30 Ed Engle, Daniel Galhardo
5:00 Lou Zambello, Tom Gilmore
5:30  Nate Brumley, Bob Clouser

Saturday
9:00   JW Trout, David Dirks
9:30   Bob Popovics, Ed Mitchell,
10:00 Drew Chicone, Rich Strolis
10:30 Sheila Jones, Michelle Cummings
11:00 Rick Kustich, Nate Brumley
11:30 Lou Zambello, Misako Ishimura
12:00 Steve Galletta, Sheila Hassan
12:30 Jason Randall, Greg Senyo
1:00   Tom Boyd,  Pat Dorsey
1:30  George Daniel, Rich Murphy
2:00  Jeff Currier
2:30  Jerry Kustich, Bob Romano
3:00  Matt Grobert, Tom Gilmore
3:30  Henry Ramsay, Peter Nilsen
4:00  Ed Engle, Bob Clouser
4:30  Daniel Galhardo, Lee Hartman
5:00  Tom Rosenbauer, Phil Rowley
5:30  Gary Borger, Landon Mayer

Sunday
9:00   Jerry Kustich, Sheila Jones
9:30   Peter Nilsen, Drew Chicone
10:00 Bob Romano, Michelle Cummings
10:30 Jason Randall
11:00 Henry Ramsay, Nate Brumley, Rich Strolis
11:30 Matt Grobert, Ed Mitchell, Rich Murphy
12:00 Steve Galletta, Tom Gilmore, Lou Zambello
12:30 Misako Ishimura
1:00  Tom Boyd, Bob Popovics
1:30  Greg Senyo, Rick Kustich
2:00  Jeff Currier, Lee Hartman, Daniel Galhardo
2:30  Landon Mayer, Phil Rowley
3:00  Ed Engle, George Daniel
3:30  Gary Borger
4:00. Pat Dorsey, Bob Clouser
*Schedules subject to change.

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
10:15 Tom Rosenbauer – Taking Your Trout Fishing to the Next Level
11:30 Barry Beck – Nymphing Strategies
12:45 George Daniel – Streamer 2.0
2:00 Tom Boyd – Giant Brook Trout
3:15 Mike Schultz – 10 River Smallmouth Tips & Techniques
4:30 Wendell “Ozzie” Ozefovich – The Underwater World of Trout-See Your Flies from the Perspective of the Trout, Not The Angler

Release Room
9:45 Steve Culton – Wet Flies 101
11:00 Jeff Currier – Trout Bumming the World
12:15 Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout
1:30 Henry Cowen – Carp Basics- How to Find Them & Feed Them
2:45 Tim Flagler – What’s Happening Now in the NE
4:00 Tom Gilmore – Eastern Trophy Tailwaters

Strike Room
10:30 Jason Randall – Euronymphing, Tightline and Other Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons
11:45 Philip Rowley – Approaching a New Lake
1:00 Pat Dorsey – Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters
2:15 Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
3:30 Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
4:45 Jim Freda – Year Round Striped Bass on the Fly

Saturday
Catch Room
10:15 Philip Rowley – Structurally Speaking-How to Properly Target and Fish Stillwater Structure
11:30 Ed Engle – 25 Ways to Elevate Your Trout Game
12:45 Wendell “Ozzie” Ozefovich – The Underwater World of Trout – Trout in the Classroom, Eggs to Adult Including the Spawn
2:00 Matt Grobert – Fly Fishing Northeastern Trout Streams – Common Eastern Hatches & Their Imitations
3:15 Henry Cowen – Salt Water Fly Fishing NYC
4:30 Mike Schultz – River Smallmouth – Solutions for Adverse Conditions

Release Room
10:00 Bob Clouser – Fly Fishing for Bass Species from Top to Bottom
11:15 Jason Randall – Where Trout Are; Beyond Reading the Water
12:30 George Daniel – Situational Nymphing
1:45 Barry Beck – Strategies for Catching Larger Trout 2
3:00 Gary Borger – The Opportunistic Angler
4:15 Landon Mayer – Successful Seasons: How to Catch Quality Trout Year Round

Strike Room
9:45 Rick Kustich – The Joy of Fishing Small Streams for Trout
11:00 John Shaner – Spiders and Soft Hackles. Ancient Flies for Modern Trout
12:15 Jim Freda – Year Round Striped Bass on the Fly
1:30 Tom Gilmore – Pennsylvania’s Blue Ribbon Trout Streams
2:45 Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing for Carp – a 20lb Fish Near Home
4:00 Tom Rosenbauer – Taking Your Trout Fishing to the Next Level

Sunday
Catch Room
10:00 Barry Beck – Dry Fly Strategies
11:15 Wendell “Ozzie” Ozefovich – The Underwater World of Trout – Trout Feeding Behaviors
12:30 Rick Kustich – Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead
1:45 George Daniel – Situational Nymphing
3:00 Bob Clouser – Fly Fishing for Bass Species from Top to Bottom

Release Room
10:15 Matt Grobert – Simple Dries for Sophisticated Trout
11:30 Gary Borger – Nymphing from Top to Bottom
12:45 Nate Brumley – Hatch Phases and Rise Forms
2:00 Bruce Chard – Flats Fishing the World
3:15 Pat Dorsey – Tips to Catch More Trout 

Strike Room
9:45 Jason Randall – What Trout See
11:00 Tom Boyd – Trout Tactics
12:15 Ed Engle – Fishing Small Flies
1:30 Jim Freda – Year Round Striped Bass on the Fly
2:45 Jeff Currier – Streamer Tactics and Tricks to Catch Bigger

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
10:15 Thomas Baltz – Tying Parachutes
11:30 Matt Grobert – Tying Simple Flies
12:45 Greg Senyo – The Modern Intruder
2:00 Philip Rowley – Balanced Flies
3:15 Henry Cowen – Tying Naturally: Materials That BEST Entice a Strike
4:30 Nate Brumley – Tying with Bear Hair

Saturday
10:00 Pat Dorsey – Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies
11:15 Enrico Puglisi – Tying Trout Flies with Synthetics
12:30 Bob Clouser – The Fur Collar Bunny Buster, Clouser Style
1:45 Henry Cowen – Tying Naturally: Materials That BEST Entice a Strike
3:00 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
4:15 Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Flies

Sunday
10:00 Henry Ramsay – Tying CDC Emergers for Selective Trout
11:15 Tim Flagler – Size Matters – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Tying on Hooks From Size 24 to 3/0
12:30 Greg Senyo – The Modern Intruder
1:45 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
3:00 Joe Cordeiro- Techniques for Tying the Flatwing Fly

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Pond 1
10:15 Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Casts that Help you Feed Fish
12:15 Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind & the Double Haul
2:15 Cathy Beck – From First Cast to Double Haul
4:15 Simon Gawesworth – Common Casting Problems

Pond 2
11:15 George Daniel – Back to Basics
1:15 Thomas Larimer – Trout Spey –Understanding Tackle & Techniques
3:15 Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques

Saturday
Pond 1
10:15 Cathy Beck – From First Cast to Double
12:15 Gary Borger – Casting Strategies Haul
2:15  Simon Gawesworth – Single Handed Spey Casting
4:15  Alice Owsley – Presentation Casts

Pond 2
11:15 Daniel Galhardo – Tenkara Casting Techniques
1:15  Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101
3:15  Bob Clouser – How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines

Sunday
Pond 1
10:15 Simon Gawesworth – Making a Perfect Forward Cast
12:15 George Daniel – Fishing Casts
2:15  Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast

Pond 2
11:15 Thomas Larimer – Trout Spey –Understanding Tackle & Techniques
1:15  Bob Clouser – How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines
3:15  Pete Kutzer – Tips and tricks on How to Improve Your Own Casting

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Friday 2:00-4:30pm

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

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. Click HERE to Register

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. Click HERE to Register

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

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

Saturday 8:30-11:00am

The Ultimate Salt Water Flats Fishing Clinic with Bruce Chard. Strap on your helmet, buckle your seatbelt and prepare to get your learn on! Join Capt Bruce Chard and his 25 years of salt water fly fishing, guiding and instructional experience in a hands on learning experience that will cover aspects that are vital to becoming a true salt water fly angler.

Gain an in-depth break down of all things salt in this valuable salt water flats fishing “how to” seminar. Hosted by one of the top salt water fly fishing instructors in the industry, International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor Capt Bruce Chard will host you on a journey deep into the world of technical salt water fly fishing. Jump on board and experience a vast understanding of the most important technical aspects needed to make the jump from a common fly fisherman to a successful and knowledgeable salt water fly angler.

Topics Include

  • ·Casting Techniques – Learn about casting techniques that are needed to do battle with the strong tropical winds and how to make the vitally important straight line presentation
  • ·Presentation Techniques – Learn where to put the fly and why. Learn about both the primary presentation and the secondary presentation along with paying attention to light angles levels and other aspects that change constantly
  • ·Line Maintenance – Control what you have the ability to control. Learn the value of line maintenance from A -Z
  • ·Slack Control – The #1 reason why anglers do not get the bite is lack of slack control. Learn how to regulate slack from the get go and stay in the game increasing your odds of hearing that drag rip
  • ·Fly Line and Leader Breakdown – Understanding how the different fly line tapers and leader designs can make all the difference in your ability to make a slack-less natural presentation to the fish
  • ·Situational Awareness – Learn how what to pay attention to at all times. Learn about given variables that are changing constantly. Boat speed and direction movement, tidal flow direction and speed, water and fish depths, fish speed and movements
  • ·Fish Fighting Techniques – How to apply the needed angles of pressure on big salt water fish
  • ·Hook Setting Techniques – Learn about the different hook setting techniques for different species and why they differ
  • ·It’s a Sport – Learn about how your stance and athletic ability can make all the difference in every salt water fly fishing situation  Click HERE to Register

Casting Strategies with Gary Borger. This demo/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. Click HERE to Register

Women Only Casting with Sheila Hassan. One of our most popular classes. The $85 tuition includes admission to the show in the morning. This very special class will be limited to eight lucky women. Bring your own rod, reel, and line. Beginner to intermediate. Click HERE to Register

Practical Nymphing Class with Ed Engle. Nymphing techniques and styles have changed a lot in the past decade. It seems like a new nymphing method and the tackle necessary to pursue it pops up on an almost monthly basis. All of this can be confusing for both novice and experienced nymph fishers. A goal of my PRACTICAL NYMPHING class is to 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. I’ll review 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. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes. I’ll round out the discussion on the technical aspects of nymphing with suggestions for nymphing rods and fly reels. After our survey of the necessary and important “technical” side of nymphing we’ll spend some time trying to get to the heart of nymphing. We’ll briefly discuss the historical origins of nymphing and how that affects the way we fish nymphs today. I’ll talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. We’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing.

PRACTICAL NYMPHING will help you achieve that goal. I’ll use a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate our topics of discussion. Questions aren’t just encouraged throughout the class, they are vital to our education. Mid-way through the class we’ll take 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. All Levels. Click HERE to Register

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

Fly Tying with Joe Cordeiro. Learn all tying techniques to design the flat wing flies and other striper patterns. Joe is the man with flat wing and one of the most entertaining fly tying instructors. Intermediate. Click HERE to Register

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm

Spey Casting Basics with Rick Kustich. This class will cover the basics of rods and lines for Spey casting as well as casting instruction for beginner to intermediate casters.All Levels. Click HERE to Register

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

European Nymphing 101 with Phil Rowley.  European nymphing is arguably the most efficient and effective presentation nymphing techniques in use today.  In many instances proper use of Euro Nymphing techniques out perform traditional nymphing techniques by a large margin. This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information including specifics on short line (Polish & Czech) and long line (Spanish & French) techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:

• Rod, reel and line specifics
• Leader construction techniques
• Droppers
• Sighters, use, construction and integration
• Tips on fly location
• Presentation techniques
• Fly Patterns

Euro nymphing is both versatile and deadly effective. If you wish to increase your catch rate and nymphing skills this is a must workshop.  Sign up today, as this workshop will book fast!  All levels. Click HERE to Register

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

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.  Click HERE to Register.

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am</

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

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

Practical Nymphing Class with Ed Engle.  Nymphing techniques and styles have changed a lot in the past decade. It seems like a new nymphing method and the tackle necessary to pursue it pops up on an almost monthly basis. All of this can be confusing for both novice and experienced nymph fishers. A goal of my PRACTICAL NYMPHING class is to 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. I’ll review 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. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes. I’ll round out the discussion on the technical aspects of nymphing with suggestions for nymphing rods and fly reels. After our survey of the necessary and important “technical” side of nymphing we’ll spend some time trying to get to the heart of nymphing. We’ll briefly discuss the historical origins of nymphing and how that affects the way we fish nymphs today. I’ll talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. We’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing.

PRACTICAL NYMPHING will help you achieve that goal. I’ll use a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate our topics of discussion. Questions aren’t just encouraged throughout the class, they are vital to our education. Mid-way through the class we’ll take 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. All Levels. Click HERE to Register

Simplifying Steelhead Streamers with Greg Senyo.  Learn new tying techniques and platforms for the worlds most popular steelhead flies and the materials we use to create them.  This is special opportunity to learn from a master fly tier focused on steelhead. Tools and vise required. All Thread and materials will be provided. Intermediate experience. Click HERE to Register

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. Click HERE to Register

Sunday 2:00-4:30pm

Women Only Casting with Cathy Beck. One of our most popular classes. The $85 tuition includes admission to the show in the morning. This very special class will be limited to eight lucky women. Bring your own rod, reel, and line. Beginner to intermediate.Click HERE to Register

The Wet Fly Swing for Steelhead and Beyond with Rick Kustich. This class will focus on the details of rigging and presenting a fly using the wet fly swing. This is an effective and very enjoyable way to fish for steelhead, salmon, trout and warm water species. All Levels. Click HERE to Register

Winter on a Dry Fly with Nate Brumley. This presentation explores the world of tiny bugs and big fish as they rendezvous at the surface in winter. You’ll learn critical insight about a fish’s feeding habits in winter and Nate will show you how to utilize that information to set up and deliver in the hatch. Nate divulges all the secrets, all the strategies, and all the insight you’ll need to open up a whole new fly fishing season. Some of the most exciting dry fly fishing of the year happens after the first hard frost and this presentation will prepare you for that experience with the right gear, knowledge of the hatches, and the perfect selection of winter dry flies. PDF handout emailed with purchase of class. All Levels. Click HERE to Register

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

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

All classes will be held indoors.Casting Classes: Bring your own rod, reel & line.

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials. To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $85 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance. Click HERE to register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

Adventure Theater:
Friday
Adventure Theater A
10:00 Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations-Dan Davala/Jeremy Kehrein
11:00 Fly Fishing in Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
12:00 Wading the Flats for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
1:00 Fly Fishing Cuba – The Best Mojitos, Cigars, Fins, and Fisheries-Kristen Tripp
2:00 Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
3:00 Fly Fishing Bristol Bay, Alaska-Camille Egdorf
4:00 Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# Bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

Adventure Theater B
10:00 Lincoln Westby – Permit Master-Lincoln Westby
11:00 Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike & More-Ken Gangler
12:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00 Jungle Fly Fishing in Crystal Clear Waters -Kendjam-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez
2:00 Baja: Adrenaline and Bio-diversity-Gary Bulla
3:00 Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout & Arctic Char Destinations-Sigurdur Hedinn
4:00 Jungle Arapaima on The Fly – Amazon-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez

Saturday
Adventure Theater A
10:00 Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout & Arctic Char Destinations-Sigurdur Hedinn
11:00 Baja: Adrenaline and Bio-diversity-Gary Bulla
12:00 Best Dorado Fishing in Argentina-Santiago Garua Seeber
1:00 Fly Fishing Cuba – The Best Mojitos, Cigars, Fins, and Fisheries-Kristen Tripp
2:00 Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
3:00 Fly Fishing Bristol Bay, Alaska-Camille Egdorf
4:00 Lincoln Westby – Permit Master-Lincoln Westby

Adventure Theater B
10:00 Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations-Dan Davala/Jeremy Kehrein
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00 Best Bonefishing in the Bahamas-Oliver White
2:00 Freshwater Dorado In Bolivia – Tsimane-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez
3:00 Fishing Atlantic Salmon on the Restigouche River/Glen Eden Lodge-Ray Plourde
4:00 Giant Peacock Bass on The Fly – Brazilian Amazon-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez

Sunday
Adventure Theater A
10:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostiguy
11:00 Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations-Dan Davala/Jeremy Kehrein
12:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00 Fly Fishing Cuba – The Best Mojitos, Cigars, Fins, and Fisheries-Kristen Tripp
2:00 Fly Fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas-Robert Neher
3:00 Fly Fishing Bristol Bay, Alaska-Camille Egdorf

Adventure Theater B
10:00 Jungle Fly Fishing in Crystal Clear Waters -Kendjam-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez
11:00 Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout & Arctic Char Destinations-Sigurdur Hedinn
12:00 Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacobs
1:00 Lincoln Westby – Permit Master-Lincoln Westby
2:00 Trout Fishing in Iceland-Gunnar Petersen
3:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy

 

Destination Theater:
Friday
Room A
10:00 A Walk on the Wild Side, Fly Fishing Pennsylvania’s Headwater Streams-Henry Ramsay
11:00 Spiders and Soft Hackles. Ancient Flies for Modern Trout-John Shaner
12:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
1:00 Advanced Dry Fly Fishing-Nate Brumley
2:00 Become a Better Delaware River Angler-Bob Lewis & Steve Shen
3:00 Albies on the Fly-Peter Jenkins
4:00 Because it’s All About the Bait – NY and NJ Bait Patterns and How They’ve Changed-Capt John McMurray

Room B
10:00 This Wonderful World of Trout-Dave Rothrock
11:00 Southeast PA Spring Creeks-Jake Vllwock
12:00 Steelhead Fishing the Salmon River and other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
1:00 TENKARA: Tips and Tricks for Tenkara Anglers-Daniel W. Galhardo
2:00 Dry Flies and Solitude: Montana’s Kootenai Country-Dave Blackburn
3:00 Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley-Brian Trow
4:00 Pennsylvania Smallmouth Bass-Jake Vllwock

Room C
10:00 Fishing with Confidence How to Get the Most Out of a Day on the Water-Tim O’Neill
11:00 Tarpon on Fly the Ultimate High Captain-Bruce Chard
12:00 Penns Creek – Hatch Factory-Rick Nyles
1:00 Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
2:00 World Class Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche River-Keith Vanacore
3:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
4:00 Planning a Trip to New England? Best Times and Places to Catch Land Locked Salmon, Brook Trout, and Smallies-Lou Zambello

Room D
10:00 Michigan Moving Water Smallmouth-Mike Schultz
11:00 Stalking Trout in Yellowstone Country-Alice Owsley
12:00 Flyfishing Five Gold Medal Rivers – Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, San Juan, Animas-Cameron Cipponeri & Cole Glen
1:00 Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
2:00 The Brook Trout of Wilderness North-Mark Melnyk
3:00 Monster Brookies of LABRADOR-Jim Burton
4:00 The Dry Fly Seasons of Western Montana-Joe Cummings

Room E
10:00 Fly Fishing Colorado-Pat Dorsey
11:00 Flyfishing in Greenland – The New Frontier-Lee Hartman
12:00 Belcampo Lodge: Fly Fishing Southern Belize-Lance Peterson
1:00 NW Montana’s Kootenai Country-Tim Linehan
2:00 Trout Fishing in Iceland-Gunnar Petersen
3:00 Fishing Atlantic Salmon on the Restigouche River/Glen Eden Lodge-Ray Plourde
4:00 Fly Fishing the Carolina’s-Kevin Howell

Room F
10:00 Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem-Dusty Wissmath
1:00 Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacobs
2:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostiguy
3:00 Tarpon Fishing Campeche Mexico-Alejandro Hernandez/Bob Meade
4:00 Tarpon Town & Scorpion Atoll. An Exotic Combination-Brad Staples

Room G
10:00 Flat Fishing the Lower Keys & Key West-Capt. Steve Hancock
11:00 The Henry’s Fork & Surrounding Waters-Rick Smith
12:00 Norway’s Giant Atlantic Salmon-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
1:00 Scientific Fly Fishing Expeditions to Belize & Cuba-Adam Marton
2:00 Fly Fishing in Patagonia-Enrique Garcia/Alejandro Goni
3:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
4:00 Fishing with Kids @ Weatherby’s-Jeff McEvoy

Saturday
Room A
10:00 Winter Dry Fly Fishing-Nate Brumley
11:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
12:00 Become a Better Delaware River Angler-Bob Lewis & Steve Shen
1:00 The Upper Delaware River – Where the Fish Are Cold, Wet, and Wild-Jeff Skelding
2:00 Because it’s All About the Bait – NY and NJ Bait Patterns and How They’ve Changed-Capt John McMurray
3:00 Reading the Beach-Peter Jenkins
4:00 Pennsylvania Smallmouth Bass-Jake Vllwock

Room B
10:00 Tenkara from Japan-Misako Ishimura
11:00 Michigan Moving Water Smallmouth-Mike Schultz
12:00 Steelhead Fishing the Salmon River and other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
1:00 TENKARA: Tips and Tricks for Tenkara Anglers-Daniel W. Galhardo
2:00 Flyfishing Five Gold Medal Rivers – Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, San Juan, Animas-Cameron Cipponeri & Cole Glen
3:00 Tarpon on Fly the Ultimate High Captain-Bruce Chard
4:00 A Walk on the Wild Side, Fly Fishing Pennsylvania’s Headwater Streams-Henry Ramsay

Room C
10:00 Planning a Trip to New England? Best Times and Places to Catch Land Locked Salmon, Brook Trout, and Smallies-Lou Zambello
11:00 Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
12:00 Fly Fishing Colorado-Pat Dorsey
1:00 Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
2:00 World Class Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche River-Keith Vanacore
3:00 The Henry’s Fork & Surrounding Waters-Rick Smith
4:00 Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley-Brian Trow

Room D
10:00 Norway’s Giant Atlantic Salmon-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
11:00 Fishing with Confidence How to Get the Most Out of a Day on the Water-Tim O’Neill
12:00 Flat Fishing the Lower Keys & Key West-Capt. Steve Hancock
1:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
2:00 The Brook Trout of Wilderness North-Mark Melnyk
3:00 NW Montana’s Kootenai Country-Tim Linehan
4:00 The Dry Fly Seasons of Western Montana-Joe Cummings

Room E
10:00 Fly Fishing the Carolina’s-Kevin Howell
11:00 Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike & More-Ken Gangler
12:00 Stalking Trout in Yellowstone Country-Alice Owsley
1:00 Fly Fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Char and Grayling on the Kanektok River, Alaska-Paul Jacobs
2:00 Dry Flies and Solitude: Montana’s Kootenai Country-Dave Blackburn
3:00 Monster Brookies of LABRADOR-Jim Burton
4:00 Wading the Florida Flats for Redfish and Snook-Ed Mitchell

Room F
10:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostiguy
11:00 Tarpon Fishing Campeche Mexico-Alejandro Hernandez/Bob Meade
12:00 Fly Fishing in Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
1:00 Belcampo Lodge: Fly Fishing Southern Belize-Lance Peterson
2:00 Trout Fishing in Iceland-Gunnar Petersen
3:00 Flyfishing in Greenland – The New Frontier-Lee Hartman
4:00 Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace

Room G
10:00 Tarpon Town & Scorpion Atoll. An Exotic Combination-Brad Staples
11:00 Introduction to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-David Folkerts/Todd Desgrosseilliers/Dan Morgan
12:00 Scientific Fly Fishing Expeditions to Belize & Cuba-Adam Marton
1:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
2:00 Wading the Flats for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
3:00 Fly Fishing for Golden Dorado in Argentina-Vittorio Botta
4:00 Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# Bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

Sunday
Room A
10:00 Spiders and Soft Hackles. Ancient Flies for Modern Trout-John Shaner
11:00 Become a Better Delaware River Angler-Bob Lewis & Steve Shen
12:00 The Upper Delaware River – Where the Fish Are Cold, Wet, and Wild-Jeff Skelding
1:00 Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Trout Streams-Tom Gilmore
2:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
3:00 Albies on the Fly-Peter Jenkins

Room B
10:00 Dry Fly Essentials-Nate Brumley
11:00 Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-Steve Galletta
12:00 Steelhead Fishing the Salmon River and other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
1:00 TENKARA: Tips and Tricks for Tenkara Anglers-Daniel W. Galhardo
2:00 Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley-Brian Trow
3:00 Southeast PA Spring Creeks-Jake Vllwock

Room C
10:00 Tarpon on Fly the Ultimate High Captain-Bruce Chard
11:00 Freshwater Dorado In Bolivia – Tsimane-Rodrigo Salles & Marcelo Perez
12:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
1:00 Madison River – When and Where to Fish-Nate Stevane
2:00 Fly Fishing Colorado-Pat Dorsey
3:00 Tarpon Fishing Campeche Mexico-Alejandro Hernandez/Bob Meade

Room D
10:00 World Class Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche River-Keith Vanacore
11:00 Fly-Fishing Canadian Pike & More-Ken Gangler
12:00 The Henry’s Fork & Surrounding Waters-Rick Smith
1:00 Michigan Moving Water Smallmouth-Mike Schultz
2:00 Dry Flies and Solitude: Montana’s Kootenai Country-Dave Blackburn
3:00 Flyfishing Five Gold Medal Rivers – Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, San Juan, Animas-Cameron Cipponeri & Cole Glen

Room E
10:00 Tarpon Town & Scorpion Atoll. An Exotic Combination-Brad Staples
11:00 Fishing with Kids @ Weatherby’s-Jeff McEvoy
12:00 Stalking Trout in Yellowstone Country-Alice Owsley
1:00 Monster Brookies of LABRADOR-Jim Burton
2:00 Fly Fishing in Patagonia-Enrique Garcia/Alejandro Goni
3:00 Flat Fishing the Lower Keys & Key West-Capt. Steve Hancock

Room F
10:00 Baja: Adrenaline and Bio-diversity-Gary Bulla
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 Norway’s Giant Atlantic Salmon-John Bleh/Per Arneberg
1:00 Fishing Atlantic Salmon on the Restiagouche River/Glen Eden Lodge-Ray Plourde
2:00 Wading the Flats for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
3:00 NW Montana’s Kootenai Country-Tim Linehan

Room G
10:00 Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem-Dusty Wissmath
11:00 Scientific Fly Fishing Expeditions to Belize & Cuba-Adam Marton
12:00 Belcampo Lodge: Fly Fishing Southern Belize-Lance Peterson
1:00 Fly Fishing in Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
2:00 Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
3:00 Fly Fishing the Carolina’s-Kevin Howell

 

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

casting female angler black red For Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase schedule of events, click HERE.

IF4_logo             BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 26 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

IF YOU’RE A WOMAN … OR KNOW ONEcasting female angler black red The Edison Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase is a weekend program devoted to women-centered discussions, presentations, learning opportunities and networking. The Showcase is free with your entry to the Fly Fishing Show and will feature a diverse schedule of presentations.

 

New this year!

Children’s Fly Fishing Fun Time from 12:00-2:00. Join Sheila Jones, award winning author of Amir’s Big Catch for children’s story time. Following story time will be fun filled games including Fly Hop Fly. This will be a great time to enjoy with your kids at the Fly Fishing Show while playing and learning fly fishing games.  Amir’s Big Catch is a lively story of fishing, friendship, and team work. The colorful illustrations and alliterations engage and entertain the young reader.

New this year!

Gnomes Traveling Rod Show  Come see the worlds only traveling collection of historic fly rods.  This private collection spans the longest range of history of any rod collection.  See historic rods, reels, flies and other memorabilia that will only be found here.  This is a rare opportunity to see the history of our sport right in front of your eyes.

 

New this year!

Cutthroat Tattoo’s  Looking for something in the fly fishing world that will never break, can never be stolen and will be 100% unique? How about a fly fishing tattoo? For the first time ever The Fly Fishing Show will have a tattoo booth. Casey Anderson from Pyramid Fly Company and Black Cat tattoo will be doing fish, fly fishing, and outdoor related tattoos all three days at the Fly Inc. Tattoo booth. Get a tattoo and have a chance to win Guides Choice sunglasses and a hat. First come first served.

 

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

 

Demonstrations:  Join Capt. Bruce Chard in the Hatch Outdoors booth during the Edison 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.

 

Special Musical Guest:

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

 

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