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: $2

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 20 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

Click here for advance IF4 tickets.

Learning Center

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

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

*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 (508) 460-0700

Be sure to ask for Fly Fishing Show Rates
Guests for the January 2017 show can now make their overnight room reservations on line. Here is the information for your booking:
2. Enter Group login: flyfish17 for a special rate of $97.00 for a single or double, $107 for a triple, $117 for a Quad.
**Cut off date for these special rates is Friday 12/30/16. You will NOT be able to get the discounted rate after this date.
Transportation:
RJS Transportation: Shuttle service from the airport

Book online at http://airportlimoboston.com

 

Celebrities:

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

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.

DickBrownDick Brown: Dick has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for 40 years in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. He is one the foremost authorities on bonefish and author of two definitive books Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Bonefish Fly Patterns, considered by many to be bibles on this elusive game fish. Both have received high praise as this in Fly Fisherman, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” Dick is an innovative fly designer, tyer, and authority on saltwater and 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 pioneered many techniques in saltwater flats flies:

  • Loop-dubbed inner-glow bodies
  • Trailing-leg designs
  • Infused carapace crabs
  • Splayed-carapace crab designs
  • Extended prominent eye styles
  • Flats-agnostic fly coloring
  • Applying bonefish-triggering traits
  • Hotspot highlights for more productive flies
  • Novel ways to dampen splashdown
  • Better flash control
  • Innovative snag-proofing

Dick has also 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 in their Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman, About Time, 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 the Malden Anglers Club, and a member of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, International Game Fish Association, United Fly Tyers, Trout Unlimited, and Stripers Forever. He also served on the Board of Directors of New England Fly Tyers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a dual B.A. in English and history, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Executive Program. He spent much of his business career in the computer industry, running worldwide marketing and communications for a Fortune 500 computer firm and as CEO and founder of Brown Wright & Company—a high tech marketing company. Learn more at: http://www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

Topher-BrowneTopher Browne: Topher recently released Atlantic Salmon Magic and 100 Best Flies for Atlantic Salmon (Wild River Press, 2011). The Independent Publishers Group Association awarded Atlantic Salmon Magic with a Silver Medal for the Best Sports/Recreation Book of 2012. As a casting instructor, Topher co-wrote and co-produced the spey-casting DVD, Spey to Z (2006). He has guided professionally for trout in the Rockies and for Atlantic salmon in Quebec. Topher has fished extensively for Atlantic salmon in Canada, Iceland, Norway and Russia. He has also traveled to Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia to fish for Pacific steelhead. Trained and mentored in fly tying by the late Warren Duncan of Saint John, New Brunswick, his flies appear in various magazines and books. He currently serves as an ambassador for Patagonia, Sage and RIO Products. He lives in Portland, Maine.

AlanCaoloAlan 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.

 

ClouserBob Clouser: Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business. He continues to, teach and share his enjoyment with others.

Seminar’s, Schools and Trips
Bob now teaches fly tying, fly casting and fishing. His casting demonstrations, using visual aids and casting weighted flies and lines are very popular. Bob holds freshwater and saltwater fly fishing/casting schools at various locations around the country. He also hosts trips to great fresh and saltwater fishing locations.

Presentations
Clouser’s lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. He is sought after for his presentations on “Fly Fishing for Bass ,Smallmouth/Largemouth”- Catching Bass from top to bottom using flies and “Fly Fishing Adventures, about various species that can be caught on fly rod and flies. Bob’s Fly Casting Demonstration, How to Cast an Inverted Loop making casting easy for Weighted Flies and Lines is highly sought after. Bob is frequently called upon for participating in charity events.

Videos and publications
Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s, Some of these are instructional videos, which can be found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded author of flyfishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been published in national and regional magazines as well as in fresh and saltwater publications. He has completed two books-“Clouser’s Flies” of which contains 16 of his world wide recognized fly patterns. His other book “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams, rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as ( Best on the Subject) it contains techniques and flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.

Fly Patterns and Industry Affiliations
Clouser is the innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of which gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow, The Half and half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow, Mad tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z popper, Floating Minnow Precision Frog and many others. Bob’s Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed; rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine. He 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.

Awards
Bob has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards are his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler, in 2009 he was inducted into the Catskill Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, the Warm Water Committee Achievement Award, a national award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, the Dr. Henshall Award presented by The federation of Fly Fishers, and National Angler of the Year 2000 by Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. He is a strong supporter of recreational fishing as well as conservation. He was awarded the 1995 Conservation Award of The Year presented by the Susquehanna Smallmouth Alliance, and in 1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, He is also inducted into the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum.

Bob his wife Joan, operate a Clouserflyfishing.com website / mail order business at 101 Ulrich St. Middletown, Pa. 17057. Their products can be ordered from Bob’s website, clouserflyfising.com, where information on his schools and trips is also available.

JoeCordeirofishJoe 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-cultonSteve 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.

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

EdEnglesmallEd Engle: Ed’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 FlaglerTim Flagler: Tim 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.

fishyJay “Fishy” Fullum:  After working as a designer and graphic artist for over 30 years, Fishy retired in 1995 to pursue his passion for writing, tying flies and fly fishing. He still utilizes his art talent when illustrating his magazine articles or a new book. Fishy also established himself as an accomplished watercolorist shortly after retiring, selling many paintings that combine his art and fly tying talents. Fishy has been tying flies since the early fifties. During the past twenty years he has designed nearly a hundred and fifty productive, innovative patterns for everything from bluegills to bonefish. Many of these patterns are featured in his CREATIVE TYING column published in FLY TYER MAGAZINE. Other patterns can be found in Fishy’s two fly tying books, FISHY’S FLIES and FISHY’S FAVORITES and A JAR FULL OF HOPPERS, a book of short stories on fly fishing and fly tying. Fishy is featured at fly tying/fly fishing events from Massachusetts to Florida, where he teaches and demonstrates the art of fly tying at the vise, through his powerpoint presentations and his new video FROM FISHY’S FLY BOX.

Sheila HassanSheila M. Hassan: Sheila 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 and has recently published her second book: Starting in the Salt: Saltwater Fly Casting. (1st book Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach.)

EdLombardoEd 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-mallardBob 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.

 

BobPopovicsBob 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 St Croix Rod, MAKO Fly Reels, and Renzetti. He is a contributing writer to Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and his co-authored book, “POP FLEYES” with Ed Jaworowski, a staple read for anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing. To his additional credits, he has created and stars in two “POP FLEYES” videos from Reel Resources. He is a frequent seminar speaker at many of the sports national and regional consumer and industry venues. Today, Bob spends much of his time passionately capturing a video history of fly fishing in the northeast since 1984. As a surf fly fishing specialist with innovative approaches to the challenges and demands of using a fly rod in the ocean surf, Bob continues to share his knowledge with beginners and experts alike. He is referred to by many as one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport. Bob owns and operates the Shady Rest Restaurant in Bayville, N.J., with his wife Alexis, and still resides just a short walk to the beach from his house in Seaside Park, NJ.


jason-randallJason Randall:
Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In January 2017, Jason’s forth book will be released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing. In 2016-17, Jason will appear and present at shows and events throughout the North America.

robert-romano-jrRobert J. Romano, Jr.: Robert is the author of the Rangeley Lakes series of novels: North of Easie, West of Rangeley, and Brook Trout Blues. North of Easie won second place in the 2010 Outdoor Writer’s Best Book Contest. The tenth-anniversary edition of Shadows in the Stream, Bob’s book of essays about fly fishing in the Rangeley Lakes Region, was released earlier this year. 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 Anglers Bookstore, which has a booth at the Fly Fishing Show during its three-day event each January in Marlboro, Massachusetts, Somerset, New Jersey, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he enjoys signing books and speaking with his readers. magalloway@mac.com www.forgottentrout.com

bobshannonBob Shannon: Bob 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.

RayStachelekCapt. Ray Stachelek: Rhode Island guide and renowned saltwater fly tier. A licensed U.S.C.G captain, he operates Cast a Fly Charters full time since retiring from teaching. With almost fifty years on the Southern New England waterways, Ray has gained a wealth of knowledge about our fishery and ecosystem. He has put clients of all abilities on larger stripers never thought attainable on a fly. With thirty three years as an educator, Ray has honed his teaching skills effectively to convey fishing education in a systematic and logical approach that anyone can understand. Ray will hold your attention with captivating photography using the latest multi-media presentations. Capt. Ray is an innovative fly designer. His nationally known “Angel Hair Series” pioneered the use of Angel Hair in saltwater some thirteen years ago. Many of his saltwater patterns are listed in shop catalogs and are sold thru out the country. Glitter flies have become a main staple in blue water fishing. Capt. Ray’s newest pattern, the Squid-Sicle is now available in most fly shops. He is a member of the Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer Team. Ray’s articles and photography have frequently appeared in such national magazines as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Saltwater, and Fly Tier Magazine. He contributes to local newspapers and web sites. Ray demonstrates his tying techniques at national fly shows during the winter months. He does winter seminars for area fishing clubs. He is active in such local affiliates as Rhody Fly Rodders and United Fly Tyer’s RI and has served on the boards of both.

Lou ZambelloLou Zambello: Lou has fly fished northern New England for over 30 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over 10 years, guiding primarily in the Rangeley area. He worked at LLBean for over 14 years and got the opportunity to fish with and learn from a number of fly fishing legends such as Dave Whitlock and Dick Talleur. He has traveled throughout the US and the world to pursue his passion including 20 different states, Labrador, Newfoundland, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Russia. Lou’s book Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons, released last year, and now in its 2nd edition, 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. Lou has contributed to Eastern Fly Fishing magazine and currently writes a monthly column for the Maine Sportsman magazine. He has two current book projects in the works for December 2015 including a new edition of Flyfisher’s Guide to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and a follow-up to his first book, entitled, “Where and How to Catch Wild Trophy Brook Trout”. Lou has been fortunate enough to catch a rainbow, brown, and brook trout, each over 8 pounds.

 

Authors:  TBA

 

 

Fly Tiers:

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

 

PeggyBrennerPeggy Brenner: Peggy resides in NH, one hour from some of the best saltwater and freshwater fly fishing in New England. She has been tying for two decades + now; my specialty is flies that fish well in New England and on down to the Florida Keys. Starting with the basic trout and saltwater flies, progressed to Classic Maine Streamers and now Classic Salmon flies with a one year apprenticeship through the NH Council for the Arts; Traditional Arts Program. Newly retired, I have my second apprentice through the same program for a year(2017) to pass on the skills. She ties for a select group of customers, as well as giving instruction with a focus on Ladies and children’s classes, presentations, and demonstrations around the country for shops and clubs. Peggy was a feature fly tyer as part of the; “A Graceful Rise” exhibit featuring women of the past, present, and future influential to the world of fly fishing at the American Fly Fishing Museum. Peggy is a Board member Fly Tying Group and Fly Tying Chair of the IFFF Faire, past President of International Women’s Fly Fishers, Advisor to United Fly Tyers,. Peggy is also a member of several pro-staff teams including Whiting Farms, Partridge of Redditch, Regal and several others. Mostly I enjoy fly fishing and sharing the sport with others.

DickBrown

Dick Brown: Dick is an innovative fly designer, tier, and authority on bonefish and permit patterns. He has created several signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, the Hare Trigger, the Strip Tease, the Phantom Crab, Rocket Man Mantis, Slinky Toad, Dick’s Squilly, and the Simko. He is also one of the foremost authorities on bonefish fly patterns and is the author of Bonefish Fly Patterns, 2nd Edition: Tying, Selecting, and Fishing All the Best Bonefish Flies from Today’s Best Tiers, with the most comprehensive collection of bonefish flies and tiers ever assembled in a single volume. Dick is also the author of Fly Fishing for Bonefish, considered by many to be the bible on this great game fish, it has received high praise by reviewers, including Fly Fisherman’s John Randolph, who wrote of the first edition, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” Dick 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. His articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, and he is a regular contributor to Fly Tyer.
Learn more at: www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

BradBuzziBrad “BuzFly” Buzzi: Brad has been tying flies commercially since 2004 and is the owner of BuzFly and the current President of The Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders. He specializes in saltwater flies for the Northeast and East Central Coast of Florida targeting primarily Stripped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish/Sea Trout, Albacore, Snook, Redfish, Cobia and Jack Crevalle to name a few. Some of his signature flies are Crease Flies, Gooey Flies, Epoxy Sand Eels and Dubbing Brush Flies. He grew up fishing the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Island Beach State park cutting his teeth on Snappers and Fluke when he was a very young boy leaning how to fish. As he grew older, he started to fish for Stripped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish and Albacore. In the mid 80’s his fishing expanded to fishing the East Coast of Florida, especially around Melbourne and Stuart. It was during this time he discovered Snook and never looked back. It was not until the 90’s that he developed an interest in Saltwater Fly Fishing and was hooked as they say. “I was fishing in Bayhead and watched a man waving a long rod with a washtub strapped to his belly. He was catching fish after fish after fish while I was catching nothing along with the other pluggers on the beach.” Having never picked up a fly rod before, he realized he needed help especially after his first few outings doing everything wrong and getting good at the floating line shuffle in the surf without a stripping basket. He never knew that one of the most influential Saltwater Fly Fishing Clubs was only 6 miles south of were he grew up every summer, so joining The Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders was the next logical thing to do. Since joining ASWF in the mid 90’s he started to learn more about Saltwater Fly Fishing and Fly Tying. He was very fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that were willing to help others and share what they have done openly and freely in a non-competitive environment. ASWF taught him everything he needed to know to start fly fishing the saltwater including fly tying. Although not the best fly caster or rod and reel expert, he developed a keen interest in Fly Tying and Fly Tying Materials. His fly tying was influenced by fellow club members like “Reggie” Regensburg, Lee Schechter, Steve Farrar and Bob Popovics. The former Fly Tying instructor and ASWF club member Peter Vincelet was the one who accelerated his fly tying and tough him about Epoxy. Peter showed him the importance of teaching others what you have done, not what you have only read or have been told. Bob Popovics also taught him the value of good fly design, tying to solve a problem and keeping it simple. ASWF and its members gave him his foundation in fly fishing and fly tying. Brad currently participates in all The Fly Fishing Shows on the East coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina, The International Fly Tying Symposium and TieFest to name a few. While not at shows he ties flies for commercial and private clients, develops new materials, teaches fly tying classes, gives seminars and runs ww.BuzFly.com. Every year he cleans, dyes and puts up a few thousand bucktails. He has become know as having some of the best Saltwater Tails and dyes some very unique colors. His website was just redone and includes articles about fly tying materials and step by step videos of the flies he ties. More content will be added to give Fly Tiers a place not only to purchase materials, flies and other fly fishing related items, but to lean more about Saltwater Flies and Materials. Brad is married to his lovely wife Jennifer and they have a teenage son Alex and live in Metuchen, NJ.

Joe CalcavecchiaJoe Calcavecchia: Joe 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.

 

 

JoeCordeirofishJoe Cordiero: Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe 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.

Armand CourchaineArmand J. Courchaine: Armand was 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.

Steve CullenStephen W. Cullen: My outdoor sportsman’s roots run deep having been born into fishing and hunting. It was the heart of my family so I too have always held them close. Having been influenced by the music and climate of the 60’s I, for a time, was more the musician than the sportsman. In the early eighties a life style change led me back to the out of doors and that is when my fly fishing roots sprouted. I began tying flies to support my fishing but quickly fly tying took on a life of its own. Now I spend much more time tying than I do fishing. Trout flies (particularly dries), then streamers, wet flies, and classic salmon flies was pretty much the order of my acquaintance and mastering of fly tying techniques. Needless to say, along the way, like most tiers I became a bit of a pack rat. Buying and trading materials, hooks, and other vintage items like flies, rods, and reels. I wrote several articles for fly fishing magazines and clubs in our local area and contributed to the popular volumes of “Rare and Unusual” and “The Art of Angling Journal.” Vintage flies tied by many of our contemporaries and our forbearers substantiate my vast collection of over 5,000 flies most notably a collection of over 300 Carrie Stevens flies now resting in The Rangely Maine Historical Society’s Fly Fishing Museum – where they quite belong. Fly fishing shows were one of the most influential events of all my tying experience. I began travelling to many shows with Rod Flagg (of Flagg’s Flies) in Mass whom some will surely remember – rubbed elbows with some of the greats, and have not stopped since. The International Fly Tying Symposium and The Fly Fishing Show are now the premier places where fly fishing stories, fly tying, and lie swapping have their happiest moments.

steve-cultonSteve 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.

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

Mark Dysinger photoCapt. 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 FlaglerTim Flagler: Tim 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.

Dave FlintDave Flint: I grew up fishing the small streams of Mass, and upper New England. Our family would go tenting each year in Maine and New Hampshire. As my brother was climbing mountains, you’d find me hopping rocks along the mountain streams with fishing gear. I’ve been fishing since I was a young kid but didn’t start fly fishing until I was about the age of 13. My first fly fishing experience was in the early 70’s on the Roach River in Maine. Our family tented each year in the area and I became friends with the local camp owner in Kokadjo. One morning I watched him fly fishing, carefully maneuvering a fly in and around the currents. After successfully catching a few fish he handed me the rod and said,” give it a try”. He showed me the type of fly he used and how to fish it. I followed his instructions and soon felt a sharp tug. Before I knew it, the line was screaming off the reel – this was no small brook trout! After a couple of leaps and with help from my new friend, my prize was brought to net. Not only had I caught my first Salmon but it was also my first time fly fishing. The following spring I spent all of my time hopping rocks in the clear mountain streams, learning to read the water. Armed with my new fly rod, I’d dip flies in the small pools; sometimes missing a rock along the way and putting myself in the pool instead. Since then I’ve been a hopeless fanatic about the sport. I started dressing flies in the 80’s after joining a local club; the New England Fly Tyers. Through the years I’ve contributed flies for the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (receiving certificate of Master Flytyer), Miramichi salmon Association, Wounded Warriors project, and the NEFT Youth Outreach, among others. I’ve also supplied flies for some well known books such as Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials Vol. 1 & 2, Forgotten Flies and The Art of Angling Journals, along with Bonefish Fly Patterns. It’s a joy tying/demonstrating at local shows/events, passing on my experiences and expertise to others. I’ve also taught at local clubs, NEFT and co-produced the NEFT Video Manual of Fly Tying. All flies are a joy to dress but my favorites are Atlantic salmon flies, soft hackles and streamers run close seconds. Since then my passion for fly dressing has become a full-blown obsession. I’ve dressed almost every type of pattern there is, started my company Misty Morning Flies, and done everything from commercial fly tying for noted New England shops, to selling custom framed artwork with display flys. These days my focus leans toward designing specialty framed art pieces for people, dressing and fishing full dressed salmon flies, and working new ideas into old world proven patterns. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the most important person in the world to me, my lovely wife and partner, Jean. Her encouragement, enthusiasm and patience with my obsession (even when I track feather through the house) are undying. She truly is an angel. I’ve also had the good fortune to know Bill Wilbur, one of New England’s best salmon fly designers/tiers. He’s been an influential mentor and good friend for many years. I’m grateful for his expertise, guidance and friendship. (Thanks Bill). Share your knowledge and experiences with others, so they may enjoy them also. Especially share with the children, for they are the sportsmen of tomorrow.

fishyJay “Fishy” Fullum: After working as a designer and graphic artist for over 30 years, Fishy retired in 1995 to pursue his passion for writing, tying flies and fly fishing. He still utilizes his art talent when illustrating his magazine articles or a new book. Fishy also established himself as an accomplished watercolorist shortly after retiring, selling many paintings that combine his art and fly tying talents. Fishy has been tying flies since the early fifties. During the past twenty years he has designed nearly a hundred and fifty productive, innovative patterns for everything from bluegills to bonefish. Many of these patterns are featured in his CREATIVE TYING column published in FLY TYER MAGAZINE. Other patterns can be found in Fishy’s two fly tying books, FISHY’S FLIES and FISHY’S FAVORITES and A JAR FULL OF HOPPERS, a book of short stories on fly fishing and fly tying. Fishy is featured at fly tying/fly fishing events from Massachusetts to Florida, where he teaches and demonstrates the art of fly tying at the vise, through his powerpoint presentations and his new video FROM FISHY’S FLY BOX.

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

David KolesarDavid 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.

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

 

josh-millerJosh Miller:  Josh, age 27, is from Ross Township a small town in Pittsburgh, PA. Josh got his feet wet at age 10 when he took a fly tying class from a local fly shop. Josh is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA. Orvis Company has since picked up Josh as a “Signature Fly Tyer” with patterns available in 2017.
Josh currently works at International Angler, where he is teaching fly tying classes. Josh enjoys giving educational talks with and demos with groups such as Trout Unlimited and other Fly Fishing Clubs. Josh also volunteers with Team USA Youth as an instructor.

 

billmurphyCapt. Bill Murphy: Coming Soon.

RichMurphyRich 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.

BillNewcombBill 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. Bill is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, and he believes in passing on this time-honored tradition to a new generation of flyfishers and tyers. So when you come to the shows, look for him. You’ll know it’s him … because he looks just like his picture.

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

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

 

 

RogerPlourdeRoger 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 flytying 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”

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

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

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

LeeSchechterLee Schechter: Lee is a long time avid fly fisherman and tyer. His passion for fly tying focused on saltwater flies for many years but his horizons expanded as he discovered the beauty and historical significance behind traditional salmon and bass flies – often termed “gaudy” wet flies of the late 19th century. Lee’s inspiration for his work is based on the classic Orvis/Marbury wet flies and salmon flies from the books and collections of the 1800s & early 1900s. His style is unique in that he uses vintage hooks and materials as well as traditional techniques when tying the original patterns from over a century ago. He also ties “free-style” flies using designs reminiscent of the classic patterns using vintage materials – an aspect that adds creativity but at the same time brings into consideration function in terms of fly fishing & tying. Overall, while these “gaudy” flies of the 19th century (classic wet and salmon flies) are one current focus, Lee ties flies for all types of freshwater and saltwater fishing as well! Lee has published articles on fly tying across the globe (Fly Tyer {Contributing Writer}, Hatches, Fly and Tie, and Fly Fishing in Saltwaters among others), and he has participated as an invited tyer at national and international fly fishing shows in Europe including England and Italy. In the 2013 Spring issue of Fly Tyer, he had a feature article on “Unknown 19th-Century Gaudy Wet Flies” and his flies were portrayed on the cover of the magazine. Lee’s work has also appeared in a few books including The Founding Flies (by Mike Valla) and Classic Salmon Fly Patterns (by Mike Radencich). His demonstrations at shows include old classics tied for presentation as well as fishing flies for fresh-and saltwater species. Lee is a skilled photographer and his photos capture the essence of his flies. In that regard, his flies and photography can not only be seen in fly fishing journals but art galleries as well. Notably, Lee’s biography was included in the limited edition book “Fly Tyers of the World – Volume 3” published in 2009. In addition to being a member of the Partridge Pro Team, Lee is a Pro Staff member of the Dr Slick fly tying and fishing tool company. He finds great pleasure in demonstrating and teaching fly tying as a means to preserve a tradition that hopefully will be continued in future generations.

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

RayStachelekCapt. Ray Stachelek: Rhode Island guide and renowned saltwater fly tier. A licensed U.S.C.G captain, he operates Cast a Fly Charters full time since retiring from teaching. With almost fifty years on the Southern New England waterways, Ray has gained a wealth of knowledge about our fishery and ecosystem. He has put clients of all abilities on larger stripers never thought attainable on a fly. With thirty three years as an educator, Ray has honed his teaching skills effectively to convey fishing education in a systematic and logical approach that anyone can understand. Ray will hold your attention with captivating photography using the latest multi-media presentations. Capt. Ray is an innovative fly designer. His nationally known “Angel Hair Series” pioneered the use of Angel Hair in saltwater some thirteen years ago. Many of his saltwater patterns are listed in shop catalogs and are sold thru out the country. Glitter flies have become a main staple in blue water fishing. Capt. Ray’s newest pattern, the Squid-Sicle is now available in most fly shops. He is a member of the Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer Team. Ray’s articles and photography have frequently appeared in such national magazines as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Saltwater, and Fly Tier Magazine. He contributes to local newspapers and web sites. Ray demonstrates his tying techniques at national fly shows during the winter months. He does winter seminars for area fishing clubs. He is active in such local affiliates as Rhody Fly Rodders and United Fly Tyer’s RI and has served on the boards of both.

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

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

Dan ThomasDan Thomas:  I was born and raised in a small town called Carbondale located in Northeastern Pennsyvania, along the Lackawanna River and began fishing with my father at the age of three, at the various rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams that surround our area. Some of which include the Lackawaxen, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Delaware rivers. It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that I discovered what is now, my sheer addiction to say the least; fly fishing. It all began one afternoon, while fishing a local damn. I was rummaging through my gear when I came across a plastic container full of miscellaneous hooks, sinkers, lures, and other tackle which my father had given to me. Among these was a small cardboard box containing about 5 or 6 old dry flies. I carefully studied and admired each one in amazement. I was intrigued at the fact that someone had created these things by hand. I was reluctant at first to feed such works of art to a fish, but I had to try one out. I rigged my spinning rod with a float bubble and cast my first fly. It wasn’t but a minute later, I caught my first fish on this beautifully tied Adams. The very next day I purchased my first fly rod. For the first month or so, I purchased flies from my local Orvis dealer, as I believed I didn’t possess the patience needed to tie flies myself. It wasn’t until my father had given me an old unopened fly tying kit that he had found in his basement that I actually attempted fly tying for the first time. Now, armed with a crude rusty wing nut style vise, the obsession had begun. My current employment with the Rail Road has me traveling throughout parts of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York, to the Canadian border. Each year I am afforded the opportunity to fish the many great rivers along the way including, the Delaware, Hudson, Susquehanna, Battenkill, Ausable, Saranac, and Chazy, as well as Lakes George, and Champlain to name a few. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with flies for these wonderful waters and enjoy even more getting to try them out.

KenWalrathKen 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. Bill WilburBill Wilbur: I’ve been making flies for over 55 years, from midge trout flies to sailfish and marlin flies. But my specialty is Atlantic salmon flies. My greatest pattern design for Atlantic salmon has been the “Green Machine” Probable my next greatest pattern would be the “Pearl Herron” spey fly. I’ve tied flies for Ducks Unlimited, Basin Mills, Miramichi Salmon Association and North Atlantic Salmon Fund. From the North Atlantic Salmon Fund I received a certificate of Master Fly Tyer.

Bill WilburBill Wilbur: I’ve been making flies for over 55 years, from midge trout flies to sailfish and marlin flies. But my specialty is Atlantic salmon flies. My greatest pattern design for Atlantic salmon has been the “Green Machine” Probable my next greatest pattern would be the “Pearl Herron” spey fly. I’ve tied flies for Ducks Unlimited, Basin Mills, Miramichi Salmon Association and North Atlantic Salmon Fund. From the North Atlantic Salmon Fund I received a certificate of Master Fly Tyer.

 

 

 

 

MORE TO COME!

 

Check back later for our exhibitor map.

Purchase Fly Fishing Show advance tickets HERE.
      Adult:
$15 for one day,
$25 for two-day pass,
$35 for three-day pass;
     Children under 5 free, under 12: $2
     Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
     Military with ID: $10

 

IF4_logoBACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 20 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  Click here for tickets.

 

 

 

 

Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director:  Welcome to the 2017 Marlborough Fly Fishing Show, the cure for your New England cabin fever. The fly fishing information and equipment is always at the best of the season at our three day event. We have expanded our seminar schedule, casting demonstrations, and celebrity list. Each day of the show offers a different program of events making attending all three days the show a must. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is returning Friday evening to complete your weekend activities.

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

All the latest equipment will be available, including rods, reels, lines, fly tying materials, books and DVDs. Test out all of the newest rods on our large casting pond or book your next fly fishing vacation.

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
TBA

Saturday
TBA

Sunday
TBA

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
11:30   Jason Randall – Where Trout Are; Beyond Reading the Water
1:00     Steve Culton – Wet Flies 101
2:30     Ed Lombardo – Best Practices for Selective Feeding Trout in New England
4:00     Ed Engle – 25 Ways to Elevate your Trout Game

Release Room
12:00  Gary Borger – Fishing the Film
1:30    Lou Zambello – Advanced Seasonal Tactics and Strategies for Catching Trophy Brook Trout and Salmon
3:00    Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing for Carp – a 20 Pound Fish Near Home
4:30    Alan Caolo – Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass

 

Saturday
Catch Room
11:00   Gary Borger – Reading Waters
12:30   Jason Randall –  Advanced Nymph Fishing
2:00     Bob Clouser  – Fly Fishing For Bass Species, Top to Bottom
3:30     Ed Lombardo – Best Practices for Selective Feeding Trout in New England

Release Room
11:30   Jeff Currier – Trout Bumming the World
1:00     Alan Caolo – Northeast Seasons, Baits and Flies
2:30     Bob Romano – Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine
4:00     Ed Engle – Offbeat Tactics that Catch Trout

 

Sunday
Catch Room
10:15   Jeff Currier – Streamer Tactics and Tricks to Catch Bigger Trout
11:45   Tom Boyd – Giant Landlocked Brook Trout, Atlantic Salmon and Char
1:15     Alan Caolo – Night-fishing Strategies and Tactics for Northeast Saltwater
2:45     Bob Mallard – Maine Brook Trout Lakes & Ponds

Release Room
10:00   Gary Borger – Really Matching the Hatch
11:30   Ed Engle – 25 Ways to Elevate your Trout Game
1:00     Bob Clouser –  Fly Fishing For Bass Species, Top to Bottom
2:30     Jason Randall – What Trout See

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday
11:30   Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies
1:00     Alan Caolo – Tying My Favorite Flies for False Albacore
2:30     Gary Borger – 42 Hackle Techniques
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 Flies
1:00      Joe Cordeiro- Techniques for Tying the Flatwing Fly
2:30     Tim Flagler – Tying & Fishing Winter Fly Patterns
4:00     Bob Clouser – Tying Weedless  Streamers, Bend-back Style

Sunday
10:30   Bob Popovics – Tying the Bucktail Deceivers
11:45   Bob Clouser – Tying Weedless  Streamers, Bend-back Style
1:00     Gary Borger – 42 Hackle Techniques
2:15     Ed Engle – Tying Small Flies

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
11:00   Jeff Currier – Casting 101
12:30   Sheila Hassan – All about Hauls
2:15     Topher Brown – Two-Handed Rods for Saltwater Surf Fishing
4:15     Ed Lombardo – Fly Casting A to Z, Beginners to Advanced

Saturday
10:00   Topher Brown – Introduction to Spey Casting
11:45   Bob Clouser – How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines
1:30     Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
3:15     Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul

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

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Saturday  8:30-11:00am

Fly Tying with Bob Clouser.  Learn a style of bend-back tying that enables the light line streamer fisherman of 5 weight up to be able to use streamers from 1 and 3/4 inches to 6 inches in length. They are easy to cast and tie. This style of bend-back also makes the fly 99 percent weedless. All natural materials are used. They are designed to portray the motions of an escaping baitfish without the use of added shafts of which add weight to the fly and are also time consuming to tie.   Intermediate.  Register HERE.

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.  Register HERE.

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

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

Sunday 8:30-11:00am

Fly Tying with Bob Clouser.  Learn a style of bend-back tying that enables the light line streamer fisherman of 5 weight up to be able to use streamers from 1 and 3/4 inches to 6 inches in length. They are easy to cast and tie. This style of bend-back also makes the fly 99 percent weedless. All natural materials are used. They are designed to portray the motions of an escaping baitfish without the use of added shafts of which add weight to the fly and are also time consuming to tie.   Intermediate.  Register HERE.

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

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

Simple and Effective Flies for Sight-Fishing Striped Bass with Alan Caolo.  This class will cover three unique and highly effective patterns for summertime stripers on the flats. Crab, shrimp and baitfish patterns will be examined. Plenty of background on flats-feeding bass behavior will be discussed throughout the class in order for students to understand both the fish, and WHY each pattern design has been so consistently effective over decades of on the water trials and refinement.  Intermediate.  Register HERE.

 

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

All classes will be held indoors.

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

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

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

Destination Theater:

Friday

ROOM A
11:00    Pike on the Fly – A Worthwhile Pursuit-Capt. Mark Dysinger
12:00    Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine-Bob Romano
1:00    Tips & Tactics for Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
2:00    Fly Fishing Pulaski, New York and Great Lake’s Region-Bob Shannon
3:00    What’s Happening Now in the N.E.-Tim Flagler
4:00    50 Best Places to Fly Fish the Northeast – Bob Mallard

ROOM B
11:00    Striped Bass on the Miramiche-Debbie Norton
12:00    The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00    Techniques to Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
2:00    Trophy Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche-Keith Vanacore
3:00    Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
4:00    Fishing Grand Lake Stream and the Surrounding Lakes for Salmon and Smallmouth-Jeff McEvoy

ROOM C
11:00    Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
12:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
1:00    When, Why and Where to fish the Greater Yellowstone Area-Jake Wells
2:00    Fly Fishing the Bristol Bay Region of Alaska-Camille Egdorf
3:00    Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
4:00    Brook Trout- Labrador-Jim Burton

ROOM D
11:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize
12:00   Spring Tarpon Fishing in the Florida Keys-Alan Caolo
1:00     Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
2:00    Wading for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
3:00    The Big River – Wading for Atlantics & Sea Run Brookies-Tom or Jeff Boyd
4:00    Trout & Steelhead – The Best of Washington-Jack Mitchell

 

Saturday

ROOM A
10:00    Wet Flies 101-Steve Culton
11:00    What’s Happening Now in the N.E.-Tim Flagler
12:00   Techniques to Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
1:00     Tips & Tactics for Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
2:00    Fly Fishing Pulaski, New York and Great Lake’s Region-Bob Shannon
3:00    Best New England Locations to Catch Trophy Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth, and Pike – Lou Zambello
4:00    Maine’s Rare Blueback Trout – Bob Mallard

ROOM B
10:00    Striped Bass on the Miramiche-Debbie Norton
11:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
12:00    The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00     Trophy Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche-Keith Vanacore
2:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
3:00    Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
4:00    Spring Tarpon Fishing in the Florida Keys-Alan Caolo

ROOM C
10:00    Brook Trout- Labrador-Jim Burton
11:00    Pike on the Fly – A Worthwhile Pursuit-Capt. Mark Dysinger
12:00    Fly Fishing the Bristol Bay Region of Alaska-Camille Egdorf
1:00     Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
2:00    When, Why and Where to fish the Greater Yellowstone Area-Jake Wells
3:00    Best Bahamas Bonefishing-Oliver White
4:00    False Albacore Primer / Capturing images with a Drone-Capt. Ray Stachelek

ROOM D
10:00    Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy
11:00    Fishing Grand Lake Stream and the Surrounding Lakes for Salmon and Smallmouth-Jeff McEvoy
12:00   Wading for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
1:00     The Big River – Wading for Atlantics & Sea Run Brookies-Tom or Jeff Boyd
2:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize
3:00    Trout & Steelhead – The Best of Washington-Jack Mitchell
4:00    Dorado Fishing in Argentina-Santiago Seeber

 

Sunday

ROOM A
10:00    Fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine-Bob Romano
11:00    Techniques to Catch More Atlantic Salmon-Jerome Farnsworth
12:00   Fly Fishing Pulaski, New York and Great Lake’s Region-Bob Shannon
1:00     Tips & Tactics for Fishing the Delaware-Ben Sheard
2:00    Best New England Locations to Catch Trophy Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth, and Pike – Lou Zambello
3:00    What’s Happening Now in the N.E.-Tim Flagler

ROOM B
10:00    Trophy Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Restigouche-Keith Vanacore
11:00    Fishing SW Montana With 4 Rivers-Seth McLean/Chris Knott
12:00    The Minipi: Where Giants Swim-Tom Boyd
1:00    The Big River – Wading for Atlantics & Sea Run Brookies-Tom or Jeff Boyd
2:00    Striped Bass on the Miramiche-Debbie Norton
3:00    Sight-Fishing for Great Lakes Carp-Alan Caolo

ROOM C
10:00    Fishing the Flats-Turneffe Flats, Belize
11:00    Pike on the Fly – A Worthwhile Pursuit-Capt. Mark Dysinger
12:00    Flyfishing 5 Western Gold Medal Rivers: Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado, Animas, San Juan-Cameron Cipponeri
1:00    Fly Fishing the Bristol Bay Region of Alaska-Camille Egdorf
2:00    Fly Fishing Belize: North to South-Cameron Davenport
3:00    When, Why and Where to fish the Greater Yellowstone Area-Jake Wells

ROOM D
10:00    Trout & Steelhead – The Best of Washington-Jack Mitchell
11:00    Brook Trout- Labrador-Jim Burton
12:00   Fishing Grand Lake Stream and the Surrounding Lakes for Salmon and Smallmouth-Jeff McEvoy
1:00     Wading for Permit-Kevin McDevitt
2:00    Why You Want to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska-Bob Rima
3:00    Baja Mexico Flyfish for Roosterfish and More-James Shaughnessy

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 20 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.

 

 

IFFF Learning Center The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) hosts the Fly Fishing Learning Center with fly tying, casting instruction and other fly fishing information and is free to show attendees. Fly tying focuses on young attendees, but all ages are welcome. Tying sessions begin every 30 minutes during periods of high demand; “when you get there” during periods of lighter attendance. There are usually three casting classes per day taught by IFFF Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the IFFF booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.IFFF-Logo-horizontal-web-sm-SM 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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