Admission Info

 Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Three-day pass $35
Children: under 5
free; under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform:
 free
Military with ID: 
$10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 19 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.
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Learning Center

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

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Royal Plaza Trade Center – Marlborough
181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA 01752
Take exit 24b off Interstate 495. Hotel is one mile on the right.  – Close to Interstate 495 high-tech corridor – Convenient to the Massachusetts Turnpike – 40 miles from Boston and Providence; 60 miles from Hartford 

 

Accommodations:
Best Western Royal Plaza
Hotel and Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

Reservations:  (508) 460-0700

Be sure to ask for Fly Fishing Show Rates

For online booking:
http://www.rplazahotels.com/
Enter Booking Code: FLYFISH18
Reservations can be made under the Group Rate Booking Button with the code above.

 

Transportation:  
Boston Logan International (BOS) serves the area (40 miles to Marlborough)
RJS Transportation:  Shuttle service from the airport

Celebrities:

 

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

 

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

 

Dick Brown:  Dick Brown has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for over 40 years and he’s fished extensively for bones in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. He is one the world’s foremost authorities on bonefish and author of two definitive books on them: Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Bonefish Fly Pattern s, considered by many to be bibles on this elusive game fish. Both books have received high praise by reviewers, including Fly Fisherman’s John Randolph, who wrote of Fly Fishing for Bonefish, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” And NY Times Editor Howell Raines said “Best thing on bonefishing around by miles.” Dick is an innovative fly designer, tyer, and authority on bonefish patterns. He has created many signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, Simko, Squilly, Rocket Man Mantis, Strip Tease, Orange Twist, Phantom Crab, Hare Trigger, Magic Mantis, and Slinky Toad. He is an early pioneer of many techniques in saltwater flats flies: Dick has fished extensively for Atlantic salmon in Canada’s maritime provinces and for trout and steelhead in the American West and Northwest. He lives on the north shore of Massachusetts where he and his wife, Carol Wright, pursue striped bass, bluefish, and other inshore species, when they’re not exploring bonefish and permit flats to the south or the salmon rivers of Canada. Dick is an executive board member of the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders, a member of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, International Game Fish Association, United Fly Tyers, Trout Unlimited, Stripers Forever, & Malden Anglers. www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

 

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

 

Alan Caolo:  Alan is the author of two books on saltwater fly fishing, including Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass, and has written numerous articles on many aspects of the sport. He’s fished extensively throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico for nearly every inshore and offshore gamefish species.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jeff Currier:  Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is on the professional advisory team for Winston Rods, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Yeti, Costa and Bauer Fly Reels and a travel ambassador for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Jeff is a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist. He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents. Jeff has fished in over 60 countries and caught over 390 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books. He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books. Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain. During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the first American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. In June of 2017 Jeff did it again in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships in Covilha, Portugal. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing. He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe. Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and more than forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site. Jeffcurrier.com

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ed Lombardo:  Ed Lombardo: ESPN selected 12 of some of the best fly fishers in America to compete in its first Great Outdoor Games Competition, which was held in Lake Placid NY in the summer of 2000. Ed Lombardo was one of the twelve competitors. Some of the other competitors were Doug Swisher, Wendy & Terry Gun, and Brian O’Keefe. Ed has more than 40 years experience in fly fishing. Twenty five years ago Ed Lombardo founded The New England School of Fly Fishing at the W. Alton Jones Campus of URI. He is also Chief Fly Fishing Instructor at Addieville East Farm and Deer Creek Farm, both shooting and fly-fishing preserves. Ed is a veteran fly-fisher, guide, instructor, and expert fly tier. With over forty year’s experience, he has fished for such diverse species as trout, steelhead, Atlantic salmon, black bass, striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore. He has 28 years experience fly-fishing the fabulous Big Horn River, the Yellowstone National Park area, and Spring Creeks of Montana. He has also fished the Florida Keys for Tarpon and Bonefish. He is a professional lecturer, fly fishing writer, amateur entomologist on fly fishing, and writes for both national as well as local print and TV media. Ed is a featured speaker and fly casting celebrity for The Fly-Fishing Show in Marlboro and has done the same for 12 years at The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Worcester mass. He is also a member of the Narragansett and Northern RI Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Honorary Life Member of United Fly Tiers of RI, Honorary Life Member of the Smithfield Sportsman’s Club, and, Trustee / Member of The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association RI. Ed established and coordinated a Fly Fishing course at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus and works as lead fly-fishing instructor for RI/DEM’S Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program for more than twenty five years. This year Ed has been honored by The State of RI and The RIDEM/Fish & Wildlife Division for his untried work and dedication in teaching thousands of men, woman, and children the Art and Science of Fly Fishing. The 2012 Ed Lombardo Conservation Trout Stamp has been dedicated to him; he tied the Adams dry fly that appears on the stamp along with his name. This is the first time that this stamp has ever been dedicated to anyone!

 

Bob Mallard: is the Publisher and Northeast Regional Editor for Fly Fish America magazine. He has fly fished for over 40 years. Bob owned and operated Kennebec River Outfitters in Madison, Maine from 2001 to 2015. He is a columnist with Southern Trout online magazine. Bob is also a blogger, freelance writer and author. His work has appeared at the local, regional and national level including Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Fly Tyer, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing New England, The Maine Sportsman, Northwoods Sporting Journal and OrvisNews. Look for his books 50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout (Stonefly Press). Bob is also a fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing out of Billings, Montana. He can be reached at www.bobmallard.com, info@bobmallard.com or 207-399-6270.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bob 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.

 

Captain Ray Stachelek:  Captain Stachelek  has guided clients in Rhode Island and Southern New England waters for the past twenty years. Ray specializes in fly fishing and lite tackle angling.

Ray has been winding thread for over 55 years. A contract pro fly tier for the Umpqua Feather Merchants his nationally known series of Angel Hair Flies introduced a new material to the saltwater scene some nineteen years ago. Many of his saltwater fly patterns are listed in fishing catalogs and shops throughout the nation. Glitter flies have become a main staple in saltwater fly fishing arsenal. Ray’s articles and photography have frequently appeared in national magazines such as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Saltwater, and Fly Tier Magazine. He contributes fish reports to newspapers and web sites. Ray demonstrates his unique tying techniques at national fly shows during the winter months. He lectures for area fishing clubs around New England. He is active in local affiliates as Rhody Fly Rodders and United Fly Tyer’s, having served on both boards. Cast a Fly Charters is endorsed by many of the major trade names in the fly fishing industry.   For additional information visit  Ray’s website:   www.castaflycharters.com.

 

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

Additional Celebrities:  TBA

 

Authors: 

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

Tom Boyd
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH

Dick Brown
BONEFISH FLY PATTERNS, 2ND: TYING, SELECTING, AND FISHING ALL THE BEST BONEFISH FLIES FROM TODAY’S BEST TIERS
FLY FISHING FOR BONEFISH: NEW AND REVISED

Topher Browne
100 BEST FLIES FOR ATLANTIC SALMON
ATLANTIC SALMON MAGIC

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

Alan Caolo
SIGHT-FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS

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

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

Ben Duchesney
KAYAK FLY FISHING:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO START CATCHING FISH (new release)

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

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

Bob Mallard
50 BEST PLACES FLY FISH THE NORTHEAST
25 BEST TOWNS TO FLY FISHING FOR TROUT

Rich Murphy
FLY FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS

Peter Nilsen
RHODY FLY RODDERS
FISH FOOLISHNESS

Bob Popovics
POP FLEYES
FLEYE DESIGN TECHNIQUES, INSIGHTS, PATTERNS

Jason Randall
FEEDING TIME: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN TROUT EAT
MOVING WATER: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO CURRENTS
NYMPH MASTERS: FLY FISHING SECRETS FROM EXPERT ANGLERS (New Release)
TROUT SENSE: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO WHAT TROUT SEE, HEAR, & SMELL

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

Rich Strolis
CATCHING SHADOWS

David Van Wie
THE CONFLUENCE – A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, ART & TALL TALES ABOUT FLY-FISHING AND FRIENDSHIP

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

Additional Authors TBA

Fly Tiers: 

 

Scott Biron:  Scott Biron of Bradford, NH cut his teeth learning to fly tie and fly fish in the 1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. Influenced by his father while spending much of his time at his grandfather’s camp on the Androscoggin River. Scott is an active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in many east coast shows. He was the 2017 recipient of the NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied for one year under Peggy Brenner in an apprenticeship program. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns tying, researching these patterns and writing about them. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and a recent author for the NH Fish & Game’s Wildlife Journal with an article on caddis flies.

 

 

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

 

Dick Brown:  Dick Brown has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for over 40 years and he’s fished extensively for bones in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. He is one the world’s foremost authorities on bonefish and author of two definitive books on them: Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Bonefish Fly Pattern s, considered by many to be bibles on this elusive game fish. Both books have received high praise by reviewers, including Fly Fisherman’s John Randolph, who wrote of Fly Fishing for Bonefish, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” And NY Times Editor Howell Raines said “Best thing on bonefishing around by miles.” Dick is an innovative fly designer, tyer, and authority on bonefish patterns. He has created many signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, Simko, Squilly, Rocket Man Mantis, Strip Tease, Orange Twist, Phantom Crab, Hare Trigger, Magic Mantis, and Slinky Toad. He is an early pioneer of many techniques in saltwater flats flies: Dick has fished extensively for Atlantic salmon in Canada’s maritime provinces and for trout and steelhead in the American West and Northwest. He lives on the north shore of Massachusetts where he and his wife, Carol Wright, pursue striped bass, bluefish, and other inshore species, when they’re not exploring bonefish and permit flats to the south or the salmon rivers of Canada. Dick is an executive board member of the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders, a member of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, International Game Fish Association, United Fly Tyers, Trout Unlimited, Stripers Forever, & Malden Anglers. www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

 

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

 

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

 

Charles Chute:  Charlie Chute was born in Listowel Co. Kerry, in southwest Ireland.  The Feale River, known as the “silver river”,  flowed through the town.  It had good populations of salmon but was known throughout Ireland for its great white trout runs (sea trout) in the thousands.  When Charlie as about 8 years old, he began to fish and joined the local Listowel Anglers Occ.  The club had control of 14 miles of water on the Feale River

A cousin of Charlie’s mother, Michael Neville, and an angler who represented Ireland internationally, gave Charlie his first rod.  It was a 12 foot Greenhart and came with a brass reel, line, and a box of flies.  That one rod took care of all his fishing for trout and salmon.  Neville taught Charlie how to tie flies, cast, select the right fly and where to fish under different conditions.  The desire for flies is where his fly tying began, at age 12.

McAuliff’s Tackle Store carried enough salmon materials to cover the local species of fish to tie his own flies by hand.  When he got his first vice from Cork City he began tying semi-pro and made a few pounds.    When Charlie bought a copy of Veniard’s book, How to Tie Salmon and Trout Flies, he never looked back and has been tying ever since.

Chute left for the United States in 1977 and joined the United Fly Tyers in 1978.  His friends at the club showed him where to fish and he enjoyed many trips to the Catskills.  He recalls many discussions with Paul Jorgensen on dressing the classic salmon flies.  The next stop in his career of tying was to give the public a chance to see the old flies he dressed.  Classic patterns at this time were new to America.  Bill Hunter and Paul Jorgensen were the first to give lessons on the art.  Charlie prefers to dress flies without glue or other adhesives; he feels flies dressed using adhesives are not considered to be traditional classic salmon flies.  Since 1978 Charlie has tied these classic patterns all over America, Ireland, England, Holland, Norway, Denmark and other countries.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Armand Courchaine:  Armand J. Courchaine born in Fall River, MA. Life long fly tyer, fly fisherman, photographer and instructor currently residing in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Life member of United Fly Tyers, Rhody Fly Rodders. Founder of Crossroads Anglers.
At nine years old, while looking through the window of E.F. Cornell Sporting Goods Store. Armand was approached by the owner and asked if he had a job such as selling newspapers. The answer was no. Mr. Cornell than ask if he would like the opportunity to make money. Armand, asked “Doing what?” The owner said “Tying flies?” Armand’s reply “Do you hold them by the wings?” Thus was the beginning of Armand’s career of tying flies commercially.
1980 He wrote a column called “Fishing Time” for Somerset Spectator which was a weekly newspaper until 1996. He wrote articles for My Father’s Canoe, New England Fisherman, and On the Water Magazine. A member of New England Outdoor Writers from 1980 to 2004.
1997, Armand Courchaine received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” by United Fly Tyers and Federation of Fly Fishers.
Armand’s Fly Patterns have appeared; Ken Bay’s book, Salt water Flies, Jack Gartside’s Salt Water Patterns; Dick Surette, Fly Tyer; Ray Bondorew’s Stripers and Streamers; Lefty Kreh’ Salt Water Flies; Angelo Peluso’s Saltwater Flies of the Northeast. Peter Nielsen’s Rhody Fly Rodders, 50 Years.
Armand shares his tying experience with monthly classes at United Fly Tyers, New England Fly Tyers, Crossroads Anglers and Rhody Fly Rodders. He is past president of United Fly Tyers, the oldest fly tying organization in America. Also Past president of Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest saltwater fly fishing organization in America. In November 2013 Armand completed his first book entitled “Bugs over Bass”, A book on tying bugs with deer body hair. He has tied for sixty years.

 

Capt. Mark Dysinger:  Captain Mark Dysinger has fished the New England salt most of his life. Although he is skilled in many angling methods, he is most accomplished with the fly rod. As the owner of Flyosophy Charters, he specializes in the northeast slam of striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore. Although he guides in Long Island Sound and its surrounding waters, he is also passionate about freshwater fishing and is a recognized authority on flyfishing for northern pike. Mark has fished extensively across North America, and his works have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including three books. He has been a featured innovative fly tyer for Eastern Flyfishing Magazine, and his Bunny split fly (aka Musky Bunny Twin Tail) is included in the “deadly dozen” musky patterns in Rob Tomes’ Musky on the Fly. He is an experienced teacher both on and off the water, and takes great joy in seeing others succeed. His enthusiasm and attention to detail make him a popular instructor, and his topical presentations are both informative and entertaining. Mark’s patience and enthusiasm have positively affected many fellow anglers. Mark resides on the Connecticut coast with his wife Anne and daughter Lucy.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ted 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.

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Captain Ray Stachelek:  Captain Stachelek  has guided clients in Rhode Island and Southern New England waters for the past twenty years. Ray specializes in fly fishing and lite tackle angling.

Ray has been winding thread for over 55 years. A contract pro fly tier for the Umpqua Feather Merchants his nationally known series of Angel Hair Flies introduced a new material to the saltwater scene some nineteen years ago. Many of his saltwater fly patterns are listed in fishing catalogs and shops throughout the nation. Glitter flies have become a main staple in saltwater fly fishing arsenal. Ray’s articles and photography have frequently appeared in national magazines such as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Saltwater, and Fly Tier Magazine. He contributes fish reports to newspapers and web sites. Ray demonstrates his unique tying techniques at national fly shows during the winter months. He lectures for area fishing clubs around New England. He is active in local affiliates as Rhody Fly Rodders and United Fly Tyer’s, having served on both boards. Cast a Fly Charters is endorsed by many of the major trade names in the fly fishing industry.   For additional information visit  Ray’s website:   www.castaflycharters.com.

 

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

 

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

 

Richie Tillman:  I started tying at the age of 5 with my Dad’s old vise and tying materials. Then that Christmas I got a fly tying kit from my Dad and my Great Uncle and card saying that on my birthday of that year he would teach me how to tye , and then we would go to his brother in laws who raised trout for the State of Maryland and after we would go trout fishing. After surgery for a malignant brain tumor in the spring of 1983 I got back to the vice, still doing some trout patterns once I completed high school It was off to college up, Until this point I did not fly fish but I could tye . It was at this point I discovered a small fly shop in town a short walk from college. There I was asked to start tying for the shop. Then I got a call from a friend saying,” would I like to take a Fly Tying class with him at a local Fly shop”. I said” sure”. The next evening he picked me up from school and we proceeded to drive to the very same shop I was tying for and as soon as I walked in the door the owner of the shop spoke up and said I didn’t need to learn how to tye but I sat through helping my friends until it came to tying Lefty’s Deceiver. This was a pattern I had heard about and very much wanted to learn because it was a saltwater pattern. From that point on I never looked back I wanted to learn as many saltwater patterns as possible from then on all I wanted to tye was saltwater flies . Now I tye flies for Bonefish, to Sharks and Billfish. East Coast, to West Coast, to around the world.

 

Ken Walrath:   I have been tying flies for over 30 years. I was born in Pennsylvania into a career military family so I have had the opportunity to travel and fly fish all over the US, including both east and west coast waters, and some overseas. I started tying flies when I was about 9 years old. The thrill of catching a fish with something that I had created was what kept me tying. I enjoy the challenge of fly fishing and sharing my passion with young and old alike. I have been contributing to Casting for Recovery for about 5 years and also contribute to Project Healing Waters. I tie in the Fly-fishing Show and have for a number of years. I also belong to the Federation of Fly Fishers. I use all the patterns that I tie. So I can actually say that all my patterns are “tried and true”! While living in Colorado I fished all the waters there and every year made a trip to the San Juan River in New Mexico. I have recently relocated to the East Coast. I fish for Stripers and blues in the waters of Rhode Island and fish for bass, rainbows and browns in the lakes, river and streams of Massachusetts. I have fished for King Salmon in Lake Ontario and Steelhead in Washington State. If it swims, I like casting a fly to it. I tie several woven body flies and enjoy coming up with a different twist to common patterns. I enjoy the challenge, the art and the finesse of tying and fly-fishing. Fly-fishing is my peace in a busy world. For a look at some of my other flies, check out kenscustomflies.com.

 

Additional Fly Tiers:  TBA

 

 

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE
Adult:
$15 for one day,
$25 for two-day pass,
$35 for three-day pass;
Children under 5 free, under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

 

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN:  The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 19 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

 

 

 

Register on-line for classes with the experts by Clicking HERE:

 

Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director:  You are cordially invited to the 2018 Marlborough Fly Fishing Show, the cure for your New England cabin fever. This three day event is the number one location for all things fly fishing. Joe Humphreys will return out of retirement for some select presentations and classes. Don’t miss the opportunity watch this master instructor. Joining him with new talks, fly designs, and techniques to share are Gary Borger, Bob Clouser, Ed Engle, Bob Popovics, Sheila Hassan and many other stars. Each day of the show offers a different program of events making attending all three days of the show a must.
This year The “Classes with the Experts” schedule has expanded to include small class settings for casting. This show features many of the nation’s best fly tiers doing continuous demonstrations. The FFI 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 all of the newest rods on our large casting pond or book your next fly fishing vacation. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is returning Friday evening to complete your weekend activities.

You simply can’t see it all in one day! Bring your family and friends to join the fun. 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: 

Friday
12:00 Bob Popovics, Peter Nilsen
12:30 Bob Clouser
1:00 Jason Randall, Dick Brown
1:30 Rich Murphy
2:00 Tom Boyd, Bob Romano
2:30 Lou Zambello
3:00 Bob Mallard, Rich Strolis
3:30 Sheila Hassan
4:00 Alan Caolo, Gary Borger
4:30 Jeff Currier
5:00 Ed Engle, Nate Brumley

 

Saturday
10:00 Ben Duchesney, Peter Nilsen
10:30 Sheila Hassan, Dick Brown
11:00 Jeff Currier, Rich Murphy
11:30 Bob Popovics, Rich Strolis
1:00 Nate Brumley
1:30 Tom Boyd
2:00 Alan Caolo, Jason Randall
2:30 Gary Borger3:00 Bob Clouser, Nate Brumley
3:30 Dick Brown, Bob Romano
4:00 Lou Zambello
4:30 Bob Mallard
5:00 Ed Engle, Bob Clouser

Sunday
10:00 Rich Murphy, Rich Strolis
10:30 Ben Duchesney, Dick Brown
11:30 Sheila Hassan, Nate Brumley
12:00 Bob Mallard
1:00 Jason Randall, Lou Zambello
2:00 Bob Popovics, Jeff Currier
2:30 Gary Borger, Al Caolo
3:00 Bob Romano
3:30 Ed Engle,Tom Boyd
4:00 Bob Clouser

 

Schedule is subject to changes and additions

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
11:30 Jason Randall – Advanced Nymph Fishing
1:00 Steve Culton – Wet Flies 101
2:30 Ed Lombardo – The 12 Most Deadly Trout Flies for New England
4:00 Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics that Catch Trout

Release Room
12:00 Gary Borger – Presentation
1:30 Lou Zambello – Advanced Tactics and Patterns for Catching Difficult Trout and Salmon in Heavily Pressured New England Waters
3:00 Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More
4:30 Alan Caolo – Night-fishing Strategies and Tactics for Northeast Saltwater

 

Saturday
Catch Room
11:00 Ed Lombardo – Wade Fishing for Fresh and Salt Waters in New England
12:30 Jason Randall – Euronymphing, Tightline and Other Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons
2:00 Bob Clouser – Fly Fishing For Bass Species, Top to Bottom
3:30 Jeff Currier – Streamer Tactics and Tricks to Catch Bigger Trout

Release Room
11:30 Gary Borger – The Opportunistic Angler
1:00 Alan Caolo – Advanced Sight-Fishing Strategies and Tactics for Striped Bass
2:30 Bob Romano – Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine
4:00 Ed Engle – Fishing Small Flies

 

Sunday
Catch Room
10:15 Bob Mallard – Maine’s Mysterious Blueback Trout
11:45 Jason Randall – Where Trout Are; Beyond Reading the Water
1:15 Alan Caolo – Northeast Seasons, Baits and Flies
2:45 – tab

Release Room
10:00 Gary Borger – Fishing the Big Fish Flies—Streamers, Bucktails, and other Long Flies
11:30 Ed Engle – Catching Difficult Trout
1:00 Bob Clouser – Fly Fishing For Bass Species, Top to Bottom
2:30 Tom Boyd – Giant Brook Trout

 

Talks subject to changes and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers: 

Friday
11:30 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
1:00 Alan Caolo – Tying the Magic Squid
2:30 Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Flies
4:00 Joe Cordeiro- Techniques for Tying the Flatwing Fly

Saturday
10:00 Alan Caolo – Tying My Favorite Flies for False Albacore
11:30 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
1:00 Joe Cordeiro- Techniques for Tying the Flatwing Fly
2:30 Tim Flagler – Tips, Tools & Techniques for Tying on Hooks From Size 24 to 3/0
4:00 Bob Clouser – Tying Clouser’s and More

Sunday
10:30 Nate Brumley – Tying with Bear Hair
11:45 Bob Clouser – The Fur Collar Bunny Buster, Clouser Style
1:00 Gary Borger – Dry Fly Designs
2:15 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners

 

Presentations subject to changes and additions.

Casting Demonstrations: 

Friday

11:00 Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul
12:30 Sheila Hassan – The Versatile Caster
2:15 – TBA
4:15 Ed Lombardo – Fly Casting A to Z, Beginners to Advanced

 

Saturday

10:00 Jeff Currier – Casting 101
11:45 Bob Clouser – How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines
1:30 Gary Borger – Casting Strategies
3:15 – TBA

 

Sunday

10:30 Sheila Hassan – The Versatile Caster
12:00 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
1:30 Ed Lombardo – Fly Casting A to Z, Beginners to Advanced
3:00 Bob Clouser – How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines

 

Casting demonstrations subject to changes and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Saturday  8:30-11:00 am

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

Fly Tying with Bob Clouser. Learn how to tie the Mad Tom, a deadly smallmouth bass and trout pattern that Bob developed in the mid 80. It is now revised and fairly easy to tie and the materials are easy to find. This streamer fly is something that Bob will show you how to adjust to make it successful for multiple species. Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

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

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle. Nymphing techniques and styles have changed a lot in the past decade. All of this can be confusing for both novice and experienced nymph fishers. A goal of my PRACTICAL NYMPHING class is to introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. I’ll review when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes. I’ll round out the discussion on the technical aspects of nymphing with suggestions for nymphing rods and fly reels.
After our survey of the necessary and important “technical” side of nymphing we’ll spend some time trying to get to the heart of nymphing. We’ll briefly discuss the historical origins of nymphing and how that affects the way we fish nymphs today. I’ll talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. We’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing.
Mid-way through the class we’ll take a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

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

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

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00 am

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle. Nymphing techniques and styles have changed a lot in the past decade. All of this can be confusing for both novice and experienced nymph fishers. A goal of my PRACTICAL NYMPHING class is to introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. I’ll review when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes. I’ll round out the discussion on the technical aspects of nymphing with suggestions for nymphing rods and fly reels.
After our survey of the necessary and important “technical” side of nymphing we’ll spend some time trying to get to the heart of nymphing. We’ll briefly discuss the historical origins of nymphing and how that affects the way we fish nymphs today. I’ll talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. We’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing.
Mid-way through the class we’ll take a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

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

Tying and Fishing Shrimp Flies with Alan Caolo. Learn how to fish some of the most effective patterns in salt water (the Ultra Shrimp and Assassin Shrimp will be featured patterns). One pattern will be tied, but techniques for fishing both weighted and un-weighted patterns will be discussed. Intermediate. Click HERE to Register

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

Bass Top to Bottom with Bob Clouser. Learn how to fish for any species of Bass from the master. In this class, Bob will teach you how to effectively catch bass species all year long. You will review the equipment, flies, and techniques required to fish different situations. He will cover casts and presentations needed for stillwater and moving waters. Bring all the questions you have for this new class opportunity. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

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

All classes will be held indoors.

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

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials.

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

Destination Theater:

Friday

ROOM A
11:00 Fly Fishing The Upper Connecticut River-Bill Bernhardt/Greg Inglis
12:00 False Albacore on The Fly, Our Best Fishery-Capt. Ray Stachelek
1:00 Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine-Bob Romano
2:00 50 Best Places to Fly Fish the Northeast-Bob Mallard
3:00 Sight-fishing Great lakes Carp-Alan Caolo
4:00 Hatch Phases and Rise Forms-Nate Brumley

ROOM B
11:00 Fishing With Confidence How To Get The Most Out Of A Day On The Water-Tim O’Neill
12:00 Steelhead Fishing The Salmon River and Other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
1:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
2:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostiguy
3:00 Monster Brookies of Labrador-Jim Burton
4:00 Why You Want To Fish The Kenai River In Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace

ROOM C
11:00 Fly Fishing In Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
12:00 Striped Bass On The Miramichi-Debbie Norton
1:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
2:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish And More-James Shaughnessy
3:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
4:00 Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

ROOM D
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 Introduction to the Fly Fishers International Fly Casting Certification Program-Patrick Grenier, Certified Casting Instructor
1:00 Jerome’s Techniques To Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
2:00 Fishing With Kids @ Weatherbys-Jeff McEvoy
3:00 Newfoundland Atlantic Salmon & Brook Trout Fishing-Brad LeDrew
4:00 A Year in Belize with Lincoln Westby-Scott Thompson

Saturday

ROOM A
10:00 Fishing With Confidence How To Get The Most Out Of A Day On The Water-Tim O’Neill
11:00 Trout Fishing for Striped Bass-Steve Culton
12:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00 Steelhead Fishing The Salmon River and Other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
2:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
3:00 Advanced Tactics and Patterns for Catching Difficult Trout and Salmon in Heavily Pressured New England Waters-Lou Zambello
4:00 False Albacore on The Fly, Our Best Fishery-Capt. Ray Stachelek

ROOM B
10:00 Striped Bass On The Miramichi-Debbie Norton
11:00 Fly Fishing The Upper Connecticut River-Bill Bernhardt/Greg Inglis
12:00 Jerome’s Techniques To Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
1:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
2:00 Winter Dry Fly Fishing-Nate Brumley
3:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostiguy
4:00 Dry Fly Approaches-Nate Brumley

ROOM C
10:00 Top 10 Places to Fish in Montana You’ve Never Heard Of-Dan Spedding
11:00 Fly Fishing In Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
12:00 Fishing With Kids @ Weatherbys-Jeff McEvoy
1:00 Newfoundland Atlantic Salmon & Brook Trout Fishing-Brad LeDrew
2:00 Monster Brookies of Labrador-Jim Burton
3:00 Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden
4:00 Maine Self-Sustaing Brook Trout Ponds-Bob Mallard

ROOM D
10:00 Dry Fly Fishing For Atlantic Salmon In Labrador-Bob Shannon
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 Why You Want To Fish The Kenai River In Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
1:00 A Year in Belize with Lincoln Westby-Scott Thompson
2:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish And More-James Shaughnessy
3:00 Fishing Iceland on a Budget-Jeff McEvoy
4:00 Florida Keys Spring Tarpon-Alan Caolo

Sunday

ROOM A
10:00 Advanced Tactics and Patterns for Catching Difficult Trout and Salmon in Heavily Pressured New England Waters-Lou Zambello
11:00 Steelhead Fishing The Salmon River and Other Great Lake Tribs.-Bob Shannon
12:00 Tips and Tactics for Fly Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
1:00 Saltwater Fly Fishing – Bonefish to Billfish-Jeff Currier
2:00 Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine-Bob Romano
3:00 False Albacore on The Fly, Our Best Fishery-Capt. Ray Stateless

ROOM B
10:00 Monster Brookies of Labrador-Jim Burton
11:00 Fly Fishing The Upper Connecticut River-Bill Bernhardt/Greg Inglis
12:00 The Minipi – Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00 Discover Southwest Montana’s Finest Fishing-Chris Knott/Seth McLean
2:00 Striped Bass On The Miramichi-Debbie Norton
3:00 Reading Holding Water and Deliveries-Nate Brumley

ROOM C
10:00 Arctic Char of Ungava (When, Where, How)-Paul Ostigu
11:00 Jerome’s Techniques To Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
12:00 Fishing With Kids @ Weatherbys-Jeff McEvoy
1:00 Fly Fishing In Iceland – Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Arctic Char-Matthias Hákonarson
2:00 Baja Fly Fishing Roosterfish And More-James Shaughnessy
3:00 Remote River Adventure Travel w/2 50# bags-Bruce Hoskisson/Dave Scadden

ROOM D
10:00 A Year in Belize with Lincoln Westby-Scott Thompson
11:00 Fly Fishing Turneffe Atoll, Belize-Nick Barker, Jad Donaldson, Craig Hayes
12:00 Newfoundland Atlantic Salmon & Brook Trout Fishing-Brad LeDrew
1:00 Why You Want To Fish The Kenai River In Alaska-Nick Holman/Andy Wallace
2:00 Dry Fly Fishing For Atlantic Salmon In Labrador-Bob Shannon
3:00 Fly Fishing the Road System of Alaska on the Cheap-Dan Spending

 

Talks subject to changes and additions.

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 19 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

 

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


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

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