Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

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

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Saturday, March 4 at 6:00pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

Learning Center

The International Federation of Fly Fishers is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the IFFF Learning Center located at the IFFF booth.  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!
Lancaster County Convention Center 3 East Vine Street Lancaster, PA 17602

*Map Located at bottom of page*

DIRECTIONS – From Highway 30, take the Fruitville Pike
exit and follow directions for “Historic Lancaster.
Fruitville Pike will become N Prince St. Proceed south on N Prince St to King St; left on King St.

BY AIR –  Harrisburg International Airport located 26 miles from the Lancaster County Convention Center. Please visit this website for information regarding ground transportation. http://www.flyhia.com/home/parking/gt

Shuttle –Personal Touch Transportation 717-283-7490 www.wewilldriveyou.com

PARKING– Park in the Lancaster Parking Authority lots and we will give you a discount coupon when you arrive and buy your show ticket.  See the garage locations on their map at http://www.lancasterparkingauthority.com

 

Accommodations:

25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA. 17603
1-888-850-6146
717-239-1600
Cutoff date for group rate discounts will be February 11.  Please ask for the Fly Fishing Show rates.

Celebrities:  

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

 

BeauBeasleyBeau Beasley:  (www.beaubeasley.com) is an outdoor investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing, and other national fly fishing magazines. His in-depth investigation into Kings’ grants as well as other access and use issues has garnered him praise from conservationist, and land owners alike. His class “Must Have Mid-Atlantic Patterns for Bass and Trout” is sure to educate anglers on which patterns can give them an edge this season. While the class focuses on bass and trout, other species are also covered.

 

 

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

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATom 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.

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ClouserBob Clouser:  Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business. He continues to guide, teach and share his enjoyment with others.
Seminar’s, Schools and Trips
Bob now teaches fly tying, fly casting and fishing. His casting demonstrations, using visual aids and casting weighted flies and lines are very popular. Bob holds freshwater and saltwater fly fishing/casting schools at various locations around the country. He also hosts trips to great fresh and saltwater fishing locations.

Presentations
Clouser’s lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. He is sought after for his presentations on “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass”- Catching smallmouth from top to bottom using flies and “Fly Fishing  Adventures, about various species that can be caught on fly rod and flies. Bob’s Fly Casting Demonstration, Casting Weighted Flies and Lines is highly sought after. Bob is frequently called upon for participating in charity events.
Videos and publications
Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s, Some of these are instructional videos, which can be found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded author of flyfishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been published in national and regional magazines as well as in fresh and saltwater publications. He has completed two books-“Clouser’s Flies” of which contains 16 of his world wide recognized fly patterns. His other book  “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams, rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as ( Best on the Subject) it contains techniques and flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.
Fly Patterns and Industry Affiliations
Clouser is the innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of which gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow, The Half and half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow, Mad tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z popper, Floating Minnow and many others. Bob’s Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed; rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine. He has designed a fly line (The Clouser Taper) manufactured by Rio Products that makes casting heavy wind resistant fly patterns a dream to cast. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters. He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. and Renzetti Inc.
Awards
Bob 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 are his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler, the Warm Water Committee Achievement Award, a national award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, the Dr. Henshall Award presented by The federation of Fly Fishers, and National Angler of the Year 2000 by Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. He is a strong supporter of recreational fishing as well as conservation. He was awarded the 1995 Conservation Award of The Year presented by the Susquehanna Smallmouth Alliance, and in
1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

 

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

 

GaryEdwards(1)Gary Edwards:  Gary Edwards started fly fishing in 1966 on the famous Beaverkill River in the Catskill region of upstate New York.  His love of the sport motivated him to move to Wyoming, the home state of his childhood idol, Curt Gowdy, host of The American Sportsman.  Years later Gary shared the stream with Curt on a number of occasions, fishing some of their favorite Wyoming waters together.

In 1986 he and his wife, Robin, moved to the Lake Ontario region of NY, where they established the Wild River Inn.  This classic fishing lodge provided guide service catering to fly fishers from around the world, who came to the area in search of trophy brown trout, rainbows, steelhead, and salmon. In 1988, Gary set an I.G.F.A. World Record on a fly rod, when he landed a 22lb. 9oz. Chinook salmon on 2 lb. test tippet.  In that year he also became a member of the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America (O.W.A.A.).  Gary’s fishing exploits and techniques have been featured in Fly Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream, over 9 national TV shows, and countless regional publications.

In 1999, Gary and Robin began work with PBS as hosts of the series, “Flyfishing Destinations.”  In 2001, work on the series grew into the formation of a new series, “Vacations on the Fly,” which the couple co-hosted and produced.  The program aired nationally through the PBS network, averaging 22 million viewers.  It helped other couples and families plan great vacation getaways revolving around some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the world. It was only after beginning the work with PBS that Robin ventured into the actual sport of fly fishing.  Her first lesson was with the queen of fly fishing, Joan Wulff.  In the course of hosting “Vacations on the Fly” she continued to learn from some of the best instructors and guides across the country and around the world.

Together, the Edwards’ enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and love of the outdoors with both seasoned anglers and those new to the sport of fly fishing.  They offer hosted trips to some of their favorite places throughout the Americas, most of which qualify as “the road less traveled.”

 

Tim FlaglerTim 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.

 

Day 2 Upstream on Secure Edited-70Ben Furimsky:  Ben began fly fishing at the age of 5 and was tying flies at age 7.  He has been guiding fly fishing from New Jersey’s coast to the mountains of Colorado, where he now guides on the Gunnison River.  His fishing has taken him from Alaska to Africa and he has landed nearly 200 different species of fish on the fly.  Ben’s fly patterns have been featured in numerous magazines, books, and web sites.  A number of his patterns have been contracted out by several commercial fly tying companies.  His designs include his famous BDE and Foam Drake patterns.  He is currently working on a fly tying book on mayflies due to come out with Stackpole Publishing. He is also the owner of www.theanglingbookstore.com, the world’s best collection of fishing books and more.  Ben has recently become the President of the Fly Fishing Show.  He can be found chasing fish any where he can and enjoys catching all types of fish on a fly rod.

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Tom GilmoreTom Gilmore:  After almost three decades of service, Tom Gilmore retired in the spring of 2012, as President and CEO of the New Jersey Audubon Society, the oldest and largest conservation organization in the state of New Jersey. During that time, he led the conservation community through numerous extraordinary environmental achievements. It’s no surprise that Tom has received numerous awards and honors, including the Conservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, New Jersey Environmental Lobby’s first Environmental Legacy Award, Earth Share’s New Jersey’s Environmental Stewardship Award, and Trout Unlimited’s Crystal Trout Award for Coldwater Conservation and the NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Award for Outstanding Public Service.

Tom was recognized by The Star Ledger newspaper (New Jersey’s largest daily paper) as Winner of the Year, for his work to save the Highlands.  New Jersey Monthly magazine recognized Tom as one the “101 Most Influential People in New Jersey.”  He was also awarded the Governors Environmental Achievement Award by both Governors Corzine and Christy.  Prior to joining New Jersey Audubon, Tom was the Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Zoo.

In addition to being an accomplished environmentalist, Tom is an avid fly fisherman.  He has fly fished for around the world for over 40 years.  Tom is a well know fly fishing celebrity having given well over 100 programs on fly fishing for everything from trout to bonefish, permit, tarpon, billfish and tuna.  He is an accomplished author having written numerous articles and his fourth book, East Coast Trophy Tailwaters, will be published in the fall of 2014.  He is currently working on a comprehensive Pennsylvania trout stream 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.  Tom’s third book Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011.

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MGrobertBioPicMatthew Grobert:  Matthew Grobert 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.

 

Jerry HamzaJerry Hamza:  Jerry Hamza has spent decades putting himself in positions to live an outdoor life. For thirty years he was part of the management of and good friend to legendary comedian George Carlin.
During this time he traveled to every state in North America, hunting and fishing the whole way.

Jerry was elected president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association and traveled the world on their behalf, fly fishing and hunting on every continent except Antarctica.
Jerry was awarded Fly Rod & Reel’s Robert Traver Award in 2014. He lives in Pittsford, New York.

 

joe humphreysJoe Humphreys:  Special “Out of Retirement” presentation!  This is a do not miss, rare chance to see one of the legends of fly fishing in person!  Joseph Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator.

He has been a fishing instructor to both common folks and VIPs for over forty years.  His pupils have included former President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Richard Cheney, basketball-coaching legend Bobby Knight, and many others.

Tournaments & Awards:
-Member of the US Fly Fishing Team, World Championships:  1989-Finland, 13th place finish, leader of US team. 1990- Wales, 1992-Italy
-Jackson Hole One Fly, 6th place, 1989
-Michigan One Fly, 1991, 1st place, 1991
-Canadian One Fly, 2nd place, 1993
-World Wide Open, Ireland, 8th place, 1999
-Thompson Award for saving Spring Creek, 1980.  Efforts ensured that this great Pennsylvania fishing stream will remain viable and a significant contributor to Pennsylvania’s fishing legacy.
-George Harvey International Fly Tying Symposium Award for Teaching Fly Tying, 1999.
-Charles R. Fox Rising Trout Award, 2002.
-Flyfishing Federation International Conclave, Legend of Flyfishing Award, 2003.
-Telly Award for Best Video, “The Night Game,” Distance Learning Network, 2003.
-Honorary Chairman, Pennsylvania On The Fly (County Youth Service Bureau Fundraiser)

A documentary is currently being filmed about Joe and his life on and off the stream. Information can be found here:  www.livethestreamfilm.com The producers will be promoting the film at Somerset (Doubletree area) and Lancaster FF shows

 

JakeJordanCapt. Jake Jordan:  Captain Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures. Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide and world-renowned big game fisherman. He was the founder and host of “The Bonefish School,” a saltwater fly fishing school held several times a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Captain Jordan began operating his “Sailfish Schools”, and “Marlin Schools”, in 1993, in locations throughout the best billfish locations in the world. He instructs fly anglers in his incredible, successful, techniques regarding catching Billfish on fly. Jake Jordan is a consultant to many first rate Fly fishing lodges and several fly tackle companies including; (TFO, Mako Reels, Rio Fly Lines, Casa Vieja Lodge, Los Suenos Resort, and several others), he also designs customized Fly fishing vacation packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing, and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly fishing. He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures, Jordan’s company, for more than four decades has operated charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys, along with The Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. Captain Jake Jordan (now 73 years of age) still guides out of his charter boat “Fly Reel” with fly anglers aboard in search of Tarpon during April, & May, in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake also runs charters during September, October, and November, in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina, where he guides anglers in search of Albies and big Redfish on fly tackle. Captain Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team, and is an expert on all aspects of Fly Reel design and engineering. He is also a member of the TFO advisory team, worked at designing the Blue Water series of big game fly rods. Captain Jake Jordan and his students have caught and released more Marlin and Sailfish than any fly anglers, ever.

 

leftyLefty Kreh:  Lefty has been an active outdoor writer for more than 50 years. He has written for most major outdoor magazines in this country as well as many abroad. He is the retired outdoors editor of the Baltimore Sunpapers and holds a staff position on several magazines.
He has been given the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement” by The American Sportfishing Association. The North American Fly Tackle Trade Association also honored him with the “Lifetime Contribution Award.” He was inducted into the (International Game Fishing Association) “IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame”, the “Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame”, “The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame,” and the “Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Fishing Hall of Fame.” And was named “Angler of the Year.” By Fly Rod and Reel Magazine.  Lefty served as a Senior Advisor for a number of terms for Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers and has received numerous awards from these organizations.
Lefty has fished in almost every state, all the Providences of Canada and in many countries in Europe, Central and South America and Iceland. He has fished a number of places in the South Pacific, including Christmas Island, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea.
He is a consultant to Temple Fork Outfitters, Bass Pro and Scientific Anglers. He is the author of 30 books and taught outdoor photography for the National Wildlife Society and was L.L. Bean’s fly-fishing and photo consultant for several years. Lefty is most proud that he has been married for more than 61 years to his best friend, Evelyn, whom made it possible for him to pursue his career.

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BobPopovicsBob Popovics:  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 St Croix Rod, 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.

 

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

 

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Henry RamsayHenry Ramsay:  Henry Ramsay has been involved with fly fishing for over forty years now, tying flies for trout and classic and artistic Atlantic Salmon flies. In 2011 his first book was published “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” by Stackpole / Headwater Books. His flies have appeared in a number of magazines including “Fly Fisherman”, the “Art of Angling Journal”, the “Game Journal” and the “Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide”. He is a custom fly tier, fly tying and fly fishing instructor and fly fishing photographer. He is on the Pro Staffs for Daiichi Hooks, Regal Vises and is a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

 

JasonRandallJason Randall:  Jason Randall has been an outdoor writer for the last twelve 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. He is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine. He is also a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science.

His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success.

His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout.

In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek.

In January, 2017, Jason’s forth book will be released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books on Advanced Nymph Fishing techniques and as yet is still untitled.

In 2015-16, Jason will appear and present at shows and events throughout the North America including; Arkansas, Denver, Allenberry, Pa, Somerset, NJ, Lancaster, Pa, Memphis, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Winston Salem, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Michigan and Illinois.

 

Bob RomanoBob Romano:  Bob Romano has owned a camp in the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine for nearly thirty years. Sometimes referred to as The Land of Fishing Legends, the Rangeley Lakes Region is where Carrie Stevens first tied her Gray Ghost streamer and Louise Dickinson Rich wrote her books about life on the Rapid River. It is a place where you can still find a moose around the bend in a stream and native brook trout as big as any south of Labrador sharing a pool with wild landlocked salmon.
About to go into its fourth printing, Bob’s book, Shadows in the Stream has been used by its readers as a guide to the region’s many streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.
Bob has also written three fly-fishing novels set in the region, the first winning second place in the New England Outdoor Writer’s Association’s contest for Best Book of 2010 and the latest, Brook Trout Blues released this spring.
Bob’s presentation will describe the water between Errol, New Hampshire and Rangeley, Maine. From the brawling current of the Magalloway and Rapid Rivers to the tannin-stained pools of streams such as the Cupsuptic and Kennebago, he’ll describe where to fish, the best times to go, where to stay, as well as what equipment to bring, flies to use and how to use them.

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Tom SadlerTom Sadler:  Tom has been a professional guide and instructor for 20 years. He is an AFFTA board member and very well connected in the fly fishing industry. He is a dedicated tenkara fly fisherman and Mossy Creek’s exclusive tenkara guide. Tom’s passion for tenkara was honed in Virginia’s mountain streams where he chases native brook trout. He shares his extensive knowledge of tenkara on his blog MiddleRiverDispatches.com. His reputation as a tenkara devotee makes him sought after as a guide and speaker.

Tom’s day job is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

 

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John Shaner-2John Shaner:  I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965.  I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive.
Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers.  I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years.  My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen,  Eden, and Eamont in England.
I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species.
I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands.
My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood.  I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns.    I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers.
About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies.
Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books.  My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques.
Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.

 

bobshannonBob Shannon:  Bob Shannon is the head guide here at The Fly Rod Shop. He grew up in upstate NY and attended Paul Smith’s College, where his enthusiasm for fishing and the outdoors was sparked. After receiving his degree, he moved to Stowe, VT to pursue fishing, which eventually became his new career. Bob has guided in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Montana, Canada and the Caribbean.

Bob is the owner of The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, VT which started in 1986 and has over 25 years of experience teaching fly fishing. He has also been teaching a fly fishing class at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. Bob is a licensed New York state guide and is a member of the St. Croix Pro Staff as well as an ambassador for Simms Fishing Products.
Bob has consistently been featured in the press for his knowledge in fly fishing and he has been a member of Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Board for the past 7 years where important decisions are made about the state laws in order to manage the wildlife here in Vermont. Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lake Champlain International.

 

Rich StrolisRich 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 is slated to release on January 1, 2016.

 

 

Authors:

Beau Beasley
A NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING VIRGINIA
NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING THE MID-ATLANTIC

Gary Borger
FISHING THE FILM
FLY GEAR (new release)
LONG FLIES
NATURALS
NMPHING
READING WATERS
THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR

Tom Boyd
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH (new release)

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

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

Tom Gilmore
FALSE ALBACORE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO EASTERN TAILWATERS: GREAT TROUT WATERS FROM MAINE TO GEORGIA
TUNA ON THE FLY

Matt Grobert
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS

Jerry Hamza
OUTDOOR CHRONICLES: TRUE TALES OF A LIFETIME OF HUNTING AND FISHING

Joe Humphreys
JOE HUMPHREYS’ TROUT TACTICS, REVISED EDITION
DVDs: A CASTING APPROACH TO FLYFISHING TO CATCH FISH, NOT JUST TO CAST; A CASTING APPROACH TO NYMPHING TACTICS; CASTING APPROACH TO DRY FLY TACTICS IN TIGHT BRUSH; THE DRY FLY AND THE TOP WATER GAME; THE NIGHT GAME

Lefty Kreh
101 FISH: A FLY FISHER’S LIFE LIST
101 FLY FISHING TIPS
ALL THE BEST: A CONVERSATION WITH FLIP AND LEFTY
BASIC FLY FISHING: ALL THE SKILLS & GEAR YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
CASTING WITH LEFTY KREH
FISHING KNOTS: PROVEN TO WORK FOR LIGHT TACKLE AND FLY FISHING: BOOK & DVD
FLY-CASTING FUNDAMENTALS
FLY FISHING FOR BASS BY LEFTY KREH & BOB CLOUSER
FLY-FISHING KNOTS AND CONNECTIONS
LEFTY KREH’S LONGER FLY CASTING, NEW AND REVISED
LEFTY’S FAVORITE FLY-FISHING WATERS
LEFTY’S LITTLE FLY-FISHING TIPS: 200 INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO HELP YOU CATCH FISH
MY LIFE WAS THIS BIG AND OTHER TRUE FISHING TALES
PRACTICAL FISHING KNOTS II
PRESENTING THE FLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF FLY FISHING
SALTWATER FLY PATTERNS
SOLVING FLY-CASTING PROBLEMS, 2ND ED
DVDs: ALL THE BEST: A CONVERSATION WITH FLIP AND LEFTY, FLY TYING TECHNIQUES OF BOB CLOUSER & LEFTY KREH: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE VISE, LEFTY KREH ON FLY CASTING, LESSONS WITH LEFTY: A TEACHING GUIDE FOR FLY CASTING, THE BEST OF LEFTY’S TIPS, TACTICS & TECHNIQUES FOR FLY FISHING, TYING FLIES THAT CATCH FISH WITH LEFTY KREH & BOB CLOUSER

Bob Popovics
POP FLEYES
FLEYE DESIGN (new release)

Henry Ramsay
MATCHING MAJOR EASTERN HATCHES: NEW PATTERNS FOR SELECTIVE TROUT

Jason Randall
TROUT SENSE
FEEDING TIME
MOVING WATER

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

Rich Strolls
CATCHING SHADOWS TYING FLIES FOR THE TOUGHEST FISH & STRATEGIES FOR FISHING THEM (new release)

Fly Tiers Attending Lancaster:

DaveAllbaughDave 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

 

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

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Matt BaranowskiMatthew Baranowski:  I’m a 29 year old born and raised in CT, I’ve been fly fishing from the age of 10 years old on the Farmington river and I have been tying flies for 4 years now. I enjoy tying nymphs and my favorite fishing method is European style or “Czech nymping”

 

 

 

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Tom BartonTom Barton:  I am 53 and live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I have been fly tying and fly fishing as long as I can remember. My father was an avid fly fisherman and I could tie flies before I could read. I grew up in western PA between
Johnstown and Altoona so there was and endless supply of trout streams to explore. I also fished Erie, Ohio and New York chasing Steelhead, Browns and Salmon on the tribs of the great lakes. It was after one of these trips a few years ago that my Knotty Egg pattern was developed. I wanted an effective but simple egg pattern and that is exactly what the Knotty Egg is. After perfecting the pattern I started fishing them and giving them out to as many fishermen as I could. The results have been nothing short of amazing. I have had so much positive response and feedback that I started selling my flies and “Knots” via the web, at shows and through various fly shops. I look forward to demonstrating my pattern at the show, that is if you have 45 seconds of time to spare!

 

David BenoitDave Benoit:  Started fly fishing with my Dad at 10 years of age for brook trout in the small streams close to home in Massachusetts and Fall trips to the Rangeley Lakes area of Maine. Took a hiatus from the mid 60’s to the late 70’s for military service and starting a career in communications. Started up again in 1979 and have since taught beginning fly tying for United Fly Tyers, New England Fly Tyers and NH Fish and Game. Attended The Sweetwater Travel’s Guide School in MT and have guided on the Swift and Deerfield rivers in MA and the Farmington river in CT. An FFF Master Certified Casting Instructor I have taught fly casting for NH Fish and Game, LL Bean, American Angling Supplies, and The Lower-Forty Outfitters.
I have caught and released atlantic salmon on the Matane, Restigouche, Mattapedia rivers in Quebec. The Margaree and North rivers in Cape Bretton Nova Scotia. Grayling on the Test in Great Britain.

 

DaveBrandtDave 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.

 

Evan BrantEvan Brant:  My name is Evan Brant, I’ve been tying flies for a little over twelve years and strictly fly fishing for eight. I got my start fishing flies with a spincast rod for stocked trout on my family’s dairy farm in south central PA during the summer, that fall my dad gave me my first tying kit for my birthday. Once I was able to drive, I knew every trout stream within twenty miles of my house and visited those frequently through the spring. As i got older, my abilities at the vise and with the fly rod improved but with age responsibilities and a girlfriend took the front seat and fly fishing didn’t get a lot of my attention. After high school i pursued a degree in Ag-business at Penn State and that’s where my past hobby became full blown obsession. Central PA’s limestone streams and wild brown trout sucked me right in and took they’re toll on my education and GPA.

After college I decided to go back home and continue my family’s tradition and keep our farm running, and started a family with that same high school girlfriend, who is very supportive this hobby that turned into obsession. I started tying commercially for Beaver Creek Fly Shop during winter of 2013, I also sell custom flies online. Through my agricultural background I located some genetic hackle during the spring of 2011 and run a small operation turning over about 50 birds a year. It’s more of a side hobby than a business but it’s made me a better tyer and opened my eyes to things from a different perspective.

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Randy Buchanan:

 

BradBuzziBrad “BuzFly” 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.  Some of his signature flies are Crease Flies, Gooey Flies, Epoxy Sand Eels and Dubbing Brush Flies.  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.
It was not until the 90’s that he developed an interest in Saltwater Fly Fishing and was hooked as they say.  “I was fishing in Bayhead and watched a man waving a long rod with a washtub strapped to his belly.  He was catching fish after fish after fish while I was catching nothing along with the other pluggers on the beach.”  Having never picked up a fly rod before, he realized he needed help especially after his first few outings doing everything wrong and getting good at the floating line shuffle in the surf without a stripping basket.  He never knew that one of the most influential Saltwater Fly Fishing Clubs was only 6 miles south of were he grew up every summer, so joining The Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders was the next logical thing to do.  Since joining ASWF in the mid 90’s he started to learn more about Saltwater Fly Fishing and Fly Tying.  He was very fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that were willing to help others and share what they have done openly and freely in a non-competitive environment.
ASWF taught him everything he needed to know to start fly fishing the saltwater including fly tying.  Although not the best fly caster or rod and reel expert, he developed a keen interest in Fly Tying and Fly Tying Materials.  His fly tying was influenced by fellow club members like “Reggie” Regensburg, Lee Schechter, Steve Farrar and Bob Popovics.  The former Fly Tying instructor and ASWF club member Peter Vincelet was the one who accelerated his fly tying and tough him about Epoxy.  Peter showed him the importance of teaching others what you have done, not what you have only read or have been told.  Bob Popovics also taught him the value of good fly design, tying to solve a problem and keeping it simple.  ASWF and its members gave him his foundation in fly fishing and fly tying.
Brad currently participates in all The Fly Fishing Shows on the East coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina, The International Fly Tying Symposium and TieFest to name a few.  While not at shows he ties flies for commercial and private clients, develops new materials, teaches fly tying classes, gives seminars and runs ww.BuzFly.com.  Every year he cleans, dyes and puts up a few thousand bucktails.  He has become know as having some of the best Saltwater Tails and dyes some very unique colors.  His website was just redone and includes articles about fly tying materials and step by step videos of the flies he ties.  More content will be added to give Fly Tiers a place not only to purchase materials, flies and other fly fishing related items, but to lean more about Saltwater Flies and Materials.  Brad is married to his lovely wife Jennifer and they have a teenage son Alex and live in Metuchen, NJ.

 

ScottCesariScott Cesari:  Scott Cesari 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.

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DennisCharneyDennis Charney:  Dennis Charney 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.

 

John CollinsJohn 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”.

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MicahDammeyerPhotoMicah  Dammeyer:  Micah Dammeyer has been fly fishing since he was a young boy. His love affair with angling took off when his family moved to Northern NJ as a teenager. With a handful of streams within a bike ride, only summer-school could stand in the way of chasing trout. Moving to the Washington, DC area 20 years ago, he began fishing The Big Gunpowder Falls as a college student was hooked. In 2010 he founded Knee Deep Fly Fishing, LLC focused on offering guiding for trout on “The Gunpowder” and summer smallmouths on the Potomac River. Micah is a member of Maryland Sportfish Advisory Commission with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in addition to guiding. He is fortunate enough to have the world’s most patient wife who’s letting him live his dream; his 2yo is already casting fly rods, and he can’t wait till his second son is old enough to join in – he may be pushing his luck.

 

 

Tim FlaglerTim 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.

 

MGrobertBioPicMatthew Grobert:  Matthew Grobert 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.

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Derek HathazyDerek Hathazy:  Started fly fishing in Western PA at age six and began tying at age eight.  Since then my obsession with catching fish on the fly has gone further than just trout.  Living 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh does not offer the best trout fishing so I have broadened my species to warm water fish as well (small mouth, large mouth, and carp) or anything that hits a streamer in a lake or stream. Having two decent warm water streams close once summer hits, you can find me at the vice tying up flashy streamers then out testing them that day.  My true love is trout though; I have made numerous trips out west to fish the Madison, Fire Hole, Taylor and the Gunnison.  Making five or six trips a year out to Central PA is not uncommon for me, but I also loving fishing tiny brookie streams in the mountains with a 2wt.  As far as tying, deer hair is my niche.   Deer hair heads on streamers, poppers, divers, I do it all.  I have done classes with local shops and have been a part of numerous other tying shows in PA.  Hopefully after graduating, my job will take me somewhere with a lot of clean cold water.

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MikeHeckMike Heck:  Mike Heck has been fly fishing the beloved Cumberland Valley streams since boyhood.  Mike was blessed to have been able to learn the art of fly fishing on some of the hardest and most famous spring creeks in the country.  Mike is a graduate of Penn State where he acquired a degree in Forestry.
Mike Heck is the author of, “Spring Creek Strategies”.  Mike has also had articles published in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Fish and Fly Magazine.  Mike has appeared in the TV show, “Road Trip USA”, a Discovery channel show that aired across Europe.
Mike operates an Orvis Endorsed professional guide service for the Falling Springs, Letort, Yellow Breeches and many other South Central PA trout streams.  Mike is also an innovative fly tyer with several patterns credited to his name.
When not on the stream, Mike can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Shelley, daughter Breanne and son Fisher.  You can find Mike Heck’s Trout Guides on the web at www.fallingsprings.com or contact Mike by e-mail at trout@mris.com and by calling (717) 816-7557.

Eunan HendronEunan Hendron:  I started tying flies around the age of 12 to fish still water winter competitions on Lough Cowey, Northern Ireland. Over the last 3 years I’ve been tying classic style flies – winged wet flies, Rangeley (Maine) style streamers and Atlantic salmon flies. It’s been an interesting journey through the classics, and now the vast majority of my flies are from Bergman, Malone, Saracen, Stevens, Kelson, Pryce-Tannatt, Ephemera, Hardy, Tolfrey, amongst many others. I still tie flies for fishing and with my adventure into classics, my general tying has improved immensely. You can see me tie at many east coast fly fishing expos though out the winter as well as at some local tackle stores and expos throughout the year.

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DaveHolmesDavid G. Holmes:  David Holmes’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.

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Brad KernBrad Kern:  Brad has been tying flies from the age of five when his grandmother’s neighbor lent him a vice, some hooks, and feathers.  Since then he has developed a passion for the classics.  Brad is best known for his modern interpretations of classic Atlantic salmon fly patterns as well as his classic fishing flies tied in hand with out a modern vise.  Recently Brad’s work has been featured in books by Michael Radencich and Paul Rossman.  More of Brad’s work can be found on his website Justwonderingflies.webs.com.

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John C. Klemm Jr.:  Johnny Klemm as been a fly fisherman for more than 50 years. He has been tying since the 1960’s.  A former member of the executive board of Coastal Fly Rodders of New Jersey and currently a Trustee at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. John enjoys tying all types of flies, but has specialized in salt water flies.  John likes new ideas, new materials  and meeting new people at the shows.

 

 

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

 

Jessica LettichJessica Lettich: A native Pennsylvanian, Jessica works as a corporate HR and Benefits professional and spends her free time tying and fishing. She is passionate about fishing whether it’s on her local PA streams, the upper Delaware system or a distant salmon river.

Jessica has been tying since taking a beginner tying class at her local fly shop in 2008. She enjoys tying trout dry flies, Spey and Dee patterns as well as hairwing Atlantic Salmon flies

 

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BobMeadBob 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.

 

SafetNikocevicSafet 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 in a very creative ways, Safet flies are excellent very durable and effective.

 

Rick NylesRick Nyles:  Rick Nyles 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.

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

 

BobPopovicsBob Popovics:  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 St Croix Rod, 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.

 

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

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MikeRomanowskiMike Romanowski:  My passion for fly tying was ignited 37 years ago when I received a Cortland 444 fly tying kit for Christmas.  My initial skills were honed by Joe Humphreys and George Harvey while attending Penn State University in the early 80’s.  After graduating from PSU in 1985 I began tying commercially.  During this time I founded the Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Northeast PA.  I began teaching fly tying in 1987 for the chapter and since then have instructed approximately 400 students in the art.

I have given fly tying demonstrations throughout the Northeast U.S., tie regularly at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, The Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury, CT, and the Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, NJ.  One of my flies was featured in the 2011 Renzetti catalog.

While I specialize in trout flies, my fly tying is very eclectic, ranging from full dress Atlantic salmon flies to deer hair bass  bugs for Susquehanna River smallmouths.  I am a 30 + year Delaware River veteran, and have fished extensively on three continents for trout, salmon and steelhead.  Currently, I am affiliated with  AA Outfitters in Blakeslee, PA, where I am the shop’s lead fly tying instructor.  An educator by profession, I am co-chair of the Mathematics Department at Wyoming Area High School in Wyoming Valley, PA.

 

PeterSimonsonPeter 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.

 

RobSnowhiteRob 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.

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Tom StarmackTom Starmack:  Tom’s early fishing experience involved chasing walleye and panfish in Minnesota. He began fly fishing in Minnesota and upon moving to Illinois spent most of his time fishing for bass and panfish in local lakes and pursuing trout and salmon in Michigan, Wisconsin and Arkansas. Tom has assisted in demonstrating fly tying and fishing techniques at a number of shows in conjunction with fly fishing author and speaker Jason Randall. Tom’s ties have appeared in American Angler magazine. He recently started Zoetic Flies and you can see his work at zoeticflies.com.

 

MStewart2009Mike Stewart:  I started fishing on the Canadian border in Vermont about 50 years ago.  Currently, I am a freshwater and saltwater fly tyer / fisherman who has had the opportunity to fish in many of the most beautiful places in and outside the US.  I have been tying for over 27 years.  I taught myself to tie.  Through the opportunities made available by the Connecticut Fly Fishermen’s Association, I further refined my techniques such that I was confident to be a demonstration tyer, sell my flies, and ultimately teach fly tying.  My bit to pass on the art to the next generation.
I am also very active with the Federation of Fly Fishermen where I am a member of the FFF board and the Fly Tying Board of Governors.  Other memberships include the United Fly Tyers, Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, and Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  I have tied at the FFF Conclaves, CFFA Expos, Fly Tyers’ Rendezvous, Theodore Gordon’s Catskill Classic, and at the CFTG booth at various fly fishing shows.  I am also on the Nymph Head Pro Team.
While I tie all types of flies, I especially enjoy classic wet flies.  Not only are they a joy to behold, they harken back to our mutual fly fishing heritage, and, “Boy!” do they catch fish.

 

Rich StrolisRich 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 is slated to release on January 1, 2016.

 

Scott StrykerScott 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”.

 

Dan ThomasDan Thomas:  I was born and raised in a small town called Carbondale located in Northeastern Pennsyvania, along the Lackawanna River and began fishing with my father at the age of three, at the various rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams that surround our area. Some of which include the Lackawaxen, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Delaware rivers. It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that I discovered what is now, my sheer addiction to say the least; fly fishing.

It all began one afternoon, while fishing a local damn. I was rummaging through my gear when I came across a plastic container full of miscellaneous hooks, sinkers, lures, and other tackle which my father had given to me. Among these was a small cardboard box containing about 5 or 6 old dry flies. I carefully studied and admired each one in amazement. I was intrigued at the fact that someone had created these things by hand. I was reluctant at first to feed such works of art to a fish, but I had to try one out. I rigged my spinning rod with a float bubble and cast my first fly. It wasn’t but a minute later, I caught my first fish on this beautifully tied Adams. The very next day I purchased my first fly rod.

For the first month or so, I purchased flies from my local Orvis dealer, as I believed I didn’t possess the patience needed to tie flies myself. It wasn’t until my father had given me an old unopened fly tying kit that he had found in his basement that I actually attempted fly tying for the first time. Now, armed with a crude rusty wing nut style vise, the obsession had begun.

My current employment with the Rail Road has me traveling throughout parts of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York, to the Canadian border. Each year I am afforded the opportunity to fish the many great rivers along the way including, the Delaware, Hudson, Susquehanna, Battenkill, Ausable, Saranac, and Chazy, as well as Lakes George, and Champlain to name a few. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with flies for these wonderful waters and enjoy even more getting to try them out.

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Steven Wascher:

Exhibitors Attending Lancaster:

3-TAND
28 Luke Street
Prospect, CT 06712
www.3-tand.com

4 Points
367 Pine Valley Rd
Fairhope, PA 15538

Allen Fly Fishing/Exterus
565 Commerce St.; Ste. 100
Southlake, TX 76092
www.allenflyfishing.com

Angler’s Inn, The
867 W Washington St
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
www.theanglersinn.com

Angling Bookstore, the
PO Box 2986
Crested Butte, CO 81224
www.theanglingbookstore.com

Badger Creek Fly Tying
622 W Dryden Rd
Freeville, NY 13068
www.eflytyer.com

Ball and Buck
144B Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
www.ballandbuck.com

Bearskin Outfitters
143 Country Run Drive
Coatesvilles, PA 19320
www.bearskinoutfitters.net

Black Canyon Anglers
7904 Shea Rd
Austin, CO 81410
www.blackcanyonanglers.com

Brook Fishing Equipment
3138 Farmall Street
Bozeman, MT 59718
www.brookfishingequipment.com

Carbonpro
130 Golden Street
Meriden, CT 06450
www.carbonproworld.com

Casting for Recovery VT
PO Box 1123
Manchester, VT 05254
www.castingforrecovery.org

Chesapeake Council IFFF
19 School House Ln
North East, MD 21901
www.ccifff.org

Chesapeake Women Anglers
PO Box 296
Phoenix, MD 21131
www.chesapeakewomenangler.org

Chota
PO Box 31137
Knoxville, TN 37930
www.chotaoutdoorgear.com

Classic Fly Fisherman
222 S. Broad St.
Lansdale, PA 19446
www.classicflyfisherman.com

Cortland Line Company
3736 Kellogg Road
Cortland, NY 13045
cortlandline.com

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses
2361 Mason Avenue
Datona Beach, FL 32117
www.costadelmar.com

Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association
PO Box 6123
Reading, PA 19610
www.dvwffa.org

Diamondback Rod Co.
6075 East Molloy Rd #7
Syracuse, NY 13211
www.diamondbackfishingrods.com

Donegal Trout Unlimited
1 Harvest Drive
Ephrata, PA 17522
www.donegaltu.org

Douglas Outdoors
43 County Route 59
Phoenix, AZ 13152
www.douglasoutdoors.com

Drake Magazine
PO Box 11546
Denver, CO 80211
www.drakemag.com

Dream Catcher Estates
393 River Rd
Deposit, NY 13754
www.dreamcatcherlodgeny.com

Drifters Lodge Alaska Kenai River
18404 Sterling Hwy
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
www.drifterslodge.com

Dusty Wissmath’s Fly Fishing School
18116 Raven Rock Rd
Bluemont, VA 20135
www.dwflyfishingschool.com

Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing
PO Box 16522
Alexandria, VA 22302

Enrico Puglisi, Ltd.
40 A Sea Cliff Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542
www.epflies.com

Evening Hatch Fly Shop, the
797 State Rt. 940
Lake Harmony, PA 18624
www.eveninghatch.com

Falcon’s Ledge
Hwy 87 Stillwater Canyon
Altamont, UT 84001
www.falconsledge.com

Fly Rod Shop, the
2703 Waterbury Rd
Stowe, VT 05672
www.flyrodshop.com

Fly Shack, Inc.
28 E Fulton St
Gloversville, NY 12078
www.flyshack.com

Fly Tying Desks by Charles
130 Smith Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08619
www.flytyingdesksbycharles.com

Frog Hair Fishing
382 Route 227
Oil City, PA 16301

Frying Pan Anglers
309 Park Drive
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
www.fryingpananglers.com

Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins
10042 North Fork Highway
Cabins, WV 26833
www.wvlogcabins.com

Hunter Banks Fly Fishing
29 Montford Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
www.hunterbanks.com

Lakewood Camps
PO Box 331
Andover, ME 04216
www.lakewoodcamps.com

Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance
600 Manchester Avenue
Media, PA 19063
www.thelehighriver.org

Live the Stream – The Story of Joe Humphreys a film by Nomadic
18704 Heritage Hills Drive
Brookeville, MD 20833
www.livethestreamfilm.com

Lodge at Eagle Rock, the
4 Cooper Drive
Cascade, MT 59421
www.lodgeateaglerock.com

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
1790 East Market Street, Ste. 92
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
www.mossycreekflyfishing.com

North Fork Outdoors
950 W Kershaw Unit A
Ogden, UT 84401
www.northforkoutdoors.com

Ocean Conservany
600 1st Ave. N, Suite 301
St. Pete, FL 33701
www.oceanconservancy.org

Orleans County Tourism
14016 Route 31 West
Albion, NY 14411
www.orleanscountytourism.com

PA Fish and Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17106
www.fishandboat.com

PA Flyfishing Museum Assn.
PO Box 205
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
www.paflyfishing.org

Prato Eyewear
54 Swain Road
Meredith, NH 03253
www.pratoeyewear.com

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
PO Box 695
LaPlata, MD 20646
www.projecthealingwaters.org

Reel Action Fly Fishing
PO Box 10396
Rochester, NJ 14610
www.reelactionfly.com

Regal Vise
100 Prentiss St.
Orange, MA 01364
www.regalvise.com

Restigouche River Lodge
492 Restigouche River Rd
New Brunswick E3N4W9
CANADA
www.restigoucheriverlodge.com

Rip Lips Fishing
146 Macedonia Rd.
Kent, CT 06757
www.riplipsfishing.com

Risen Fly
PO Box 1517
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
www.risenfly.com

Sage, Rio, Redington
www.wdawsons.com

SHU-FLY
161 Main St.
Suite 2-3
Nanuet, NY 10954
www.shu-fly.com

Souplefly
400 S Rabbit trl
Post Falls, ID 83854
www.souplefly.com

Sporting Gentlemen
128 Glen Mills Rd
Glen Mills, PA 19342
www.sportinggentleman.com

Spring Creek Outfitters
86 Big Frog Lane
Oakland, MD 21550
www.springcreekoutfitter.com

Sweetgrass Rods

Tailwater Lodge
52 Pulaski Street
Altmar, NY 13302
www.tailwaterlodge.com

Temple Fork Outfitters
8105 Sovereign Row
Dallas, TX 75247
www.tforods.com

Trout Unlimited National
PO Box 15
Sayre, PA 18840
www.tu.org

TU SE Mongomery
243 Stearly St
Philadelphia, PA 19111
www.tu468.org

Tulpehocken Chapter TU
PO Box 91
Skillington, PA     19607
www.tullytu.org

Valley Forge Chapter TU
PO Box 1356
West Chester, PA 19380-1356

West Branch Angler Resort
150 Faulkner Rd
Hancock, NY 13783
www.westbranchresort.com

White WaterFlies
222 State Rte. 115
Lafayette, NJ 07848
www.whitewaterflies.com

Ye Old Colonial Angler
905 Hannah Drive
Lititz, PA 17543

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures
213 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
www.yellowdogflyfishing.com

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE.   

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

Children under 5 free, under 12: $2     

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free     

Active Military with ID: $10

 

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 28 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.

Click here for tickets.

 

Register for Classes with the Experts Here.

Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director: 

This will be the fifth year for the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show and it continues to grow.  Our show floor is sold out and our seminar schedule booked solid.  In the heart of famed Eastern trout water and in the home state of our offices, this event is one of our favorite and the grand finale of our nation wide tour.  Historic Lancaster is a great town to visit and easy to travel to from many metropolitan areas within the region.

Bob Clouser, Joe Humphrey, Bob Popovics, Gary Borger and many other stars are retuning to the show with new talks, fly designs, and techniques to share.  The “Classes with the Experts” schedule has expanded and provides an incredible value in a small class setting.  This show features many of the nation’s best fly tiers doing continuous demonstrations.  The IFFF Learning Center will conduct free lessons in casting and fly tying to kids of all ages, all weekend long.

All the latest equipment will be available, including rods, reels, lines, fly tying materials, books and DVDs.  Test out all of the newest rods in one of TWO large casting pond or book your next fly fishing vacation.
You’ll see different presentations each day, so plan your weekend schedule to maximize your time at the Show.  Add the IF4 film festival to your plans on Saturday evening and make a weekend out of the show. You simply can’t see it all in one day! Nothing will get you more excited for your next fishing adventure than the energy of the Fly Fishing Show.

 

-Ben Furimsky and the Fly Fishing Show Family.

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth:

Saturday
TBA

Sunday
TBA

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Seminars:  

Saturday
Catch Room
TBA

Release Room
TBA

 

Sunday
Catch Room
TBA

Release Room
TBA

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers: 

Saturday
TBA

Sunday
TBA

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations: 
Saturday
Pond 1
TBA

Pond 2
TBA

 

Sunday
Pond 1
TBA

Pond 2
TBA

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:  

Saturday 8:30-11:00am
TBA

 

Saturday 2:00-4:30 pm
TBA

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am

TBA

 

Sunday 2:00-4:30

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

 

To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $80 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance. Credit cards accepted. To register or for more information call 866-481-2393 or click here for convenient online registration.

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Talks subject to change and additions.

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN:  The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Saturday, March 4 at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance.

 

 

IFFF Learning Center:  The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) 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.  The IFFFIFFF-Logo-horizontal-web-sm-SM Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

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