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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm. $15; $10 in advance.
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Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!
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Beau Beasley: (www.beaubeasley.com) is an outdoor investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing, and other national fly fishing magazines. His in-depth investigation into Kings’ grants as well as other access and use issues has garnered him praise from conservationist, and land owners alike. His class “Must Have Mid-Atlantic Patterns for Bass and Trout” is sure to educate anglers on which patterns can give them an edge this season. While the class focuses on bass and trout, other species are also covered.
Barry and Cathy Beck: The Becks need no introduction to the fly fishing industry. Barry and Cathy are often referred to as the “first couple of fly fishing”. They are on the pro staffs of such companies as Sage Rod Co., Redington, Rio Fly Lines, Tibor Reels, and Smith Optics. As trip hosts for Frontiers International, they travel to such destinations as New Zealand, Africa, Argentina, Alaska, Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Russia, and the American West which gives them the opportunity to photograph in a wide range of countries and environments. As photographers, their work appears regularly in sporting calendars and magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing in Salt Waters, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Big Sky Journal, Montana Outdoors, and others. Commercial clients include Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Columbia, Sage Rod Company, and 3M/Scientific Anglers. They have provided the photography for books by numerous authors and have written and photographed for their own books which include, Fly Waters Near & Far, Cathy Beck’s Fly Fishing Handbook, Seasons of the Bighorn, Outdoor Photographer’s Handbook, as well as several others. The Becks spend their lives in pursuit of fish and photographic opportunities. Cathy Beck has a fly fishing school in Benton, Pennsylvania, and has been teaching fly fishing for 25 years. Barry has spent his life in the fly fishing business and photographing. They regularly appear at sport shows and spsorting events around the country giving casting demonstrations and presentations on photography and fishing.
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.
Blane Chocklett: Blane grew up fishing the small mountain streams near his home in Blue Ridge, Va. As a youngster he started a guiding service and in the late 90s, opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Richmond, Virginia– one of the most respected full service fly shops in the region. He quickly gained huge following with his creative and extremely effective fly patterns. Blane has worked for years to create patterns that have all the intricate nuances of flies, with the strike-generating action of conventional lures. These new patterns serve to not only inspire fly fishermen but compel new and conventional anglers to try fly fishing. About a decade ago, Blane returned to the river where he now owns and operates the New Angle Fishing Company, which specializes in float trips for everything from musky and smallmouth bass to stripers. Blane has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies and is an Ambassador for Temple fork Outfitters. Many of Blane’s highly innovative fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants.
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.
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.
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.
Henry Cowen: Henry has been pursuing striped bass for nearly 40 years in both salt and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold worldwide through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His fly patterns as well as techniques to fly fish continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Angler Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. Henry continues to give seminars on light tackle & fly fishing in both fresh and salt waters as well as tying demos for The Fly Fishing Show and for fly shops and clubs around the country. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Ford Outfitters, The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, O’Neill Outside, Travis Johnson Outdoors & The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing) and continues as a weekly guest on the O’Neil Outside radio show. Henry helped produce and also appears on the video “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is on Pro Staff with Towee boats and is also a Simms Ambassador along with being on guide programs with Sage, TFO, Orvis, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota/Humminbird), Smith Optics. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com or contact him @ 678-513-1934
Jeff 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.
George Daniel: George began fly fishing at the age of 6 in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George’s family relocated to PA’s limestone region, which contained the state’s best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions. He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team’s coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George’s real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach. In that brief period, George had success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time travelling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education. George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop and now owns and operates Livin On The Fly LLC- a guide/educational service company located near State College, PA. George remains involved with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team as well as writing and conducting fly fishing clinics/presentations across the country. He recently became a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. His first book, Dynamic Nymphing has become a best seller. Currently, George is working on a second book project titled “Strip-Set” which will be released September 2015. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea and their two children.
Gary Edwards: Gary started fly fishing in 1966 on the famous Beaverkill River in the Catskill region of upstate New York. His love of the sport motivated him to move to Wyoming, the home state of his childhood idol, Curt Gowdy, host of The American Sportsman. Years later Gary shared the stream with Curt on a number of occasions, fishing some of their favorite Wyoming waters together. In 1986 he and his wife, Robin, moved to the Lake Ontario region of NY, where they established the Wild River Inn. This classic fishing lodge provided guide service catering to fly fishers from around the world, who came to the area in search of trophy brown trout, rainbows, steelhead, and salmon. In 1988, Gary set an I.G.F.A. World Record on a fly rod, when he landed a 22lb. 9oz. Chinook salmon on 2 lb. test tippet. In that year he also became a member of the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America (O.W.A.A.). Gary’s fishing exploits and techniques have been featured in Fly Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream, over 9 national TV shows, and countless regional publications. In 1999, Gary and Robin began work with PBS as hosts of the series, “Flyfishing Destinations.” In 2001, work on the series grew into the formation of a new series, “Vacations on the Fly,” which the couple co-hosted and produced. The program aired nationally through the PBS network, averaging 22 million viewers. It helped other couples and families plan great vacation getaways revolving around some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the world. It was only after beginning the work with PBS that Robin ventured into the actual sport of fly fishing. Her first lesson was with the queen of fly fishing, Joan Wulff. In the course of hosting “Vacations on the Fly” she continued to learn from some of the best instructors and guides across the country and around the world. Together, the Edwards’ enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and love of the outdoors with both seasoned anglers and those new to the sport of fly fishing. They offer hosted trips to some of their favorite places throughout the Americas, most of which qualify as “the road less traveled.”
Ed 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 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.
Capt Jim Freda: Jim is a USCG licensed Captain and co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service. He has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 35 years targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, tunas, and mahi on the fly. Jim is on the National Pro Staff for St. Croix Rods, Spro, Gamakatsu, Avet, Korkers, Aqua Skinz, Tony Maja, and Hogy Lures. Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, seminar speaker, and photographer. As a seminar speaker Jim has been featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show, and the Toyota Saltwater Expo. His book, “Fishing The New Jersey Coast”, is a best seller on the market today and has received the “New Jersey Center for the Book Award” as one of the most notable NJ books. He is also co-author of “Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach”. Jim writes for Saltwater Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Big Game Journal, The Fisherman Magazine, On the Water Magazine, and StriperSurf.com. Jim has saltwater fishing columns that appear in The Bergen Record and Coast Star newspapers. Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in NJ and Pa and a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in NYC. His home port is Manasquan Inlet, NJ.
Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.
Tom Gilmore: In addition to being an accomplished environmentalist, Tom is an avid fly fisherman. He has fly fished around the world for over 45 years. Tom has recorded the details of landing over 12,000 game fish with on a fly rod. He is an accomplished author having written numerous articles and recent completed his fifth fly fishing book. His first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002, his second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006 both by Countryman Press. Tom’s third book a Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011 Tom’s fourth book Flyfisher’s Eastern Trophy Tailwaters was published in late 2014. His most recent work Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania was published in the fall of 2016. All three trout guides were published by Wilderness Adventures Press. Tom is a well know fly fishing celebrity haven giving over 100 programs on fishing for almost all of our North American Game Fish.
Capt. Jake Jordan: Captain Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures. Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide and world-renowned big game fisherman. He was the founder and host of “The Bonefish School,” a saltwater fly fishing school held several times a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Captain Jordan began operating his “Sailfish Schools”, and “Marlin Schools”, in 1993, in locations throughout the best billfish locations in the world. He instructs fly anglers in his incredible, successful, techniques regarding catching Billfish on fly. Jake Jordan is a consultant to many first rate Fly fishing lodges and several fly tackle companies including; (TFO, Mako Reels, Rio Fly Lines, Casa Vieja Lodge, Los Suenos Resort, and several others), he also designs customized Fly fishing vacation packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing, and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly fishing. He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures, Jordan’s company, for more than four decades has operated charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys, along with The Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. Captain Jake Jordan (now 73 years of age) still guides out of his charter boat “Fly Reel” with fly anglers aboard in search of Tarpon during April, & May, in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake also runs charters during September, October, and November, in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina, where he guides anglers in search of Albies and big Redfish on fly tackle. Captain Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team, and is an expert on all aspects of Fly Reel design and engineering. He is also a member of the TFO advisory team, worked at designing the Blue Water series of big game fly rods. Captain Jake Jordan and his students have caught and released more Marlin and Sailfish than any fly anglers, ever.
Lefty Kreh: Lefty has been an active outdoor writer for more than 50 years. He has written for most major outdoor magazines in this country as well as many abroad. He is the retired outdoors editor of the Baltimore Sunpapers and holds a staff position on several magazines. He has been given the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement” by The American Sportfishing Association. The North American Fly Tackle Trade Association also honored him with the “Lifetime Contribution Award.” He was inducted into the (International Game Fishing Association) “IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame”, the “Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame”, “The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame,” and the “Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Fishing Hall of Fame.” And was named “Angler of the Year.” By Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. Lefty served as a Senior Advisor for a number of terms for Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers and has received numerous awards from these organizations. Lefty has fished in almost every state, all the Providences of Canada and in many countries in Europe, Central and South America and Iceland. He has fished a number of places in the South Pacific, including Christmas Island, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. He is a consultant to Temple Fork Outfitters, Bass Pro and Scientific Anglers. He is the author of 30 books and taught outdoor photography for the National Wildlife Society and was L.L. Bean’s fly-fishing and photo consultant for several years. Lefty is most proud that he has been married for more than 61 years to his best friend, Evelyn, whom made it possible for him to pursue his career.
Landon Mayer: Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr. Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Fish and Fly magazines. As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti, Winston Fly Rod Co., and Casio Pro Trek watches. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado.
Ozzie Ozefovich: Born in eastern Pennsylvania, Wendell “Ozzie” Ozefovich grew up fishing the streams of the coal mining region. His passion for trout and their world began at age six, when a brook trout fell prey to a garden worm. That passion continues unabated for the salmon and trout he now pursues with fly and rod. After serving four years in the US Navy, Ozzie spent his professional career in training and course development in the power generation industry. His experience in teaching allows him to discuss the nuances of hydrodynamics and make them understandable. Since retiring Ozzie has spent considerable time volunteering with the Central Jersey Trout Unlimited chapter where he serves on the Board of Directors and is the coordinator for the Trout in the Classroom program. He also works with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife by being involved with kids education programs, stream restoration projects and stream surveys. In the late 90’s Ozzie combined his love of trout and his experience in lecturing with a lifelong interest in movie making. He has produced a series of underwater videos exploring how trout feed, spawn and behave. He has chronicled wild and hatchery trout in their natural environs. His narrated video presentations have opened the eyes of thousands of anglers across the country. There are currently five presentations available — Discovery, Feeding Lies, and Trout Vision and Refraction which are also in dvd format, Not Just Trout, a banquet presentation which appeals not only to anglers but to non-fishers alike, and Atlantic Salmon Fishing.
Bob Popovics: Bob was Born and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics “Popfleyes” has been saltwater fly-fishing around the globe for over to 40 years. Bob’s involvement in the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing run as deep as the concepts he has created at the vise. A member, former president and executive board member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, Bob helped pioneer modern day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking fly tying concepts and teaching of the sport to anyone who was interested in learning. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob’s contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos. In the 1992 Bob founded the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders in Seaside Park, NJ. And in 1998, Bob was inducted into the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in the sport of fishing. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying techniques and designs, Bob’s creations of “fleyes” have literally changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob’s realistic “baitfish like” designs have come to be widely known as Popfleyes. From his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the mid 1970’s to such sport standards as the Hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-lip, Ultra Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob’s Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady Lady Squid. Bob now leads the way in fly tying with acrylics. Bob’s impact on fly tyers and fly fishers has been widespread throughout the globe. Lefty Kreh has called Bob “The most innovative fly tyer I have ever met!” Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the industry’s top manufacturers such as 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.
Capt. Gene Quigley: Capt. Gene Quigley is the co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service, the Northeast’s largest fly and light tackle guide service. Shore Catch has been in business for over 20 years as has a fleet of custom boats and 4×4 vehicles that take anglers from the surf to the offshore canyons. A native of the New Jersey shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 35 years. Gene specializes in fishing for Bluefin Tuna and Trophy Striped Bass on the fly. Equally at home from the boat or in the surf, Capt Gene has put hundreds of anglers on their first trophy Striped Bass and Bluefin; and is one of a handful of anglers worldwide who have consistently landed Bluefin tuna over 100 lbs on fly tackle. In 2013 Capt. Gene was voted one of the Top 50 Charter Captains In The World by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine and in 2010 was voted as one of the Top 100 Fishing Guides in North America by Field & Stream Magazine. In addition to guiding, Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He is on the editorial staff for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and contributes regularly to Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing, Fly Fisherman, The Fisherman, On The Water Magazine, New Jersey Angler, and was featured as one of North America’s Top 100 Guides by Field & Stream Magazine. Gene sits on the national prostaff’s for St Croix Rod Company, Raymarine, AVET Reels, Cape Horn, Jones Brothers, Yamaha, Navionics, Tibor, Rio Fly Lines, Gamakatsu, Spro, Patagonia, Hogy, Yeti Coolers, AFTCO, Smith Optics, and Korkers. He has been a featured angler on ESPN Outdoors, Versus, Outdoor Life Networks (OLN) “Family Fishing Outdoors Show”, PBS’s “Vacations On The Fly” television shows. Outside of the fishing world, Capt Gene spends most of his time in the mountains or in the ocean. From Surfing to Skiing and Snowboarding; Gene has traveled all over the world in search of big waves, big mountains and big fish.
Steve Rajeff: Steve has dominated the world of competitive casting for over four decades. He has won the American Casting Association All Round Championship 42 times, and is the current title holder. He has won the World All Round Championships14 times. Steve holds the ACA Single Hand Fly distance record at 243 feet, a personal best Two Hand Fly distance cast of 306 feet, along with all the combined accuracy and distance records. Born and raised in San Francisco, started tournament casting in 1966, he is a Lifetime member of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. Steve traveled to Japan to teach fly casting in the early 1970’s with Jim Green, master rod designer for Fenwick, also with Mel Krieger, his first casting instructor. He has conducted fly casting lessons and demonstrations in Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and many countries across Europe. Steve is Hall of Fame member of the American Casting Association and recipient of the Federation of Flyfishers Lifetime Achievement Award. With over 50 years of comprehensive fishing experience, and 30 years as Director of Engineering for G.Loomis, Steve has developed over 3,000 rod models across all categories. NRX and GLX series are award winning series that many anglers will recognize by name. Steve’s largest fly caught fish was a tarpon estimated at over 180 lbs. “It is not so much about the most or biggest fish, but appreciation of the beautiful places fishing and casting takes me”.
Jason Randall: Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In 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 J. Romano: Robert J. Romano, Jr. 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.
Phil Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.
John Shaner: I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.
MORE TO COME!
Fly Tiers Attending Somerset:
Dave Allbaugh: Dave was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a professional, licensed Pennsylvania guide, wet fly tier, and owner of Wet Fly Waterguides. He has been fly fishing since the early 1970’s, and has concentrated his efforts at the famed waters of Central and North Central Pennsylvania, specifically streams like; Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata, Kettle Creek, and Big Pine Creek. Dave specializes in the classic art of wet fly fishing. His mission is to educate new and seasoned fly fishermen about the largely forgotten art of wet fly fishing, and to show exactly how productive wet flies can be throughout the year. Over the past 30 years, Dave has spent countless hours on the stream and at the vice, perfecting and designing highly effective wet fly patterns and customized wet fly leaders. His unique guide service is one of a very few in the country that focuses on fishing with wet flies throughout the year. Dave takes great pride in teaching his clients that this lost art of fly fishing is as effective today as in the past. He has given numerous seminars and demonstrations on wet fly fishing to local TU chapters, FFF clubs, Boy Scout troops, H.S.fly fishing clubs, and fly fishing shows. You can reach Wet Fly Wateguides at www.wetflywaterguides.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Arculeo: Kevin Arculeo guides north of Atlanta, GA on Lake Sidney Lanier focusing on land-locked Stripes and Spotted Bass. He has also guided on the Chattahoochee River and several other trout streams in North Georgia. Kevin’s fishing obsession began as a small child. He spent his adolescent life in central and south Florida pursuing Largemouth Bass. He bought his first fly rod at age 12 using Green Stamps and caught several nice bass with it, but during that time, Kevin used mostly conventional tackle. In 1993, he discovered his true love for fly fishing during his first fly fishing trip to Colorado. He’s been obsessively hooked ever since. As an accomplished fly tier and casting instructor, Kevin is often called upon to teach fly tying and casting for adults and children. Several of his flies and instruction on how to tie them have been published — including a feature in Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. Kevin is on fishing guide programs with Sage Fly Rods, TFO, Rio Fly Lines, Tibor Fly Reels, Action Optics, Redington, Minn Kota (Johnson Outdoors), Lowrance Electronics, Carbon Marine, Sea Level and Sea Hunt Boats. To see more information about Kevin go to www.kevinarculeofishing.com.
Thomas E. Baltz: A New Mexico native, Tom Baltz has been a fly tier for over 46 years, the last 32 spent among the legendary tiers and anglers of the limestone valleys of south-central Pennsylvania, near Carlisle. Tom is the only four time Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Champion and his flies have appeared in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Art of Angling Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, and American Angler magazines, the Orvis catalog (I.C.S.I Midge, MuddBugger, Hatching Nymph and Beetlenat) and the recently published book “Guide Flies”. He is a regular contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and appears at fly-fishing shows around the country. Tom ties for several fly shops and discriminating anglers coast to coast. His trout and Salmon flies are in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Museum (Jack Eschenmann collection), the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and private collectors from Europe, across the U.S., to Asia. A full time fly-fishing professional since 1974 and one of Pennsylvania’s first licensed fishing guides, Tom is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide who was named North East Trout Guide of the Year (2001) by Orvis. Tom is a member of the Regal Engineering (Regal Vise) Pro Staff. He and his wife Eileen live outside Boiling Springs, PA, very near Mountain Creek, the Letort, and the lovely Yellow Breeches Creek.
Dave Brandt: Having fished for trout over half a century and instructed at the Wulff School for nearly 30 years, Dave’s main focus has been on tying mostly the Classic Catskill dries and teaching casting and all the other basic skills required for successful excursions into the realm of the trout. He spends several weekends each off-season teaching or demonstratring at the various fly fishing shows, here or in Canada. During the season, when not wading one of the great Catskill rivers he might be found on the casting ponds or hunting for big brook trout on the Minipi in Labrador.
Peggy 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.
Randy Buchanan: Coming Soon
Brad “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 Calcavecchia: Joe Calcavecchia is a production tier, a saltwater master fly tier, and the creator of many splendid fly patterns such as the Striper Dragon and the Bonita Bear. He has been tying commercially for the past twenty-five years for fly shops in the New England region. He is also a fly designer for Spirit River. He is a master teacher in fly tying and instructs students with a jovial manner that is always infectious to everyone in attendance. Joe has taken part in many fishing Expos where he has been presented as a premier fly tier.
Scott Cesari: Scott began tying flies six years ago after a trip to Maine introduced him to the sport of fly fishing. Since that time he has had the good fortune of winning both the 2006 Pennsylvania state fly tying championship as well as several medals in the Federation of Fly Fishers fly tying contest that same year. Scott is known for his unique, custom made wooden fly boxes, creative displays, and artistic flies, most notably his realistic butterfly patterns. Scott enjoys presenting his work at various sports venues almost as much as he enjoys a day on the water. He looks forward to connecting with greater numbers of fly fishers and tyers as his involvement in the sport of fly fishing grows. He is always happy to discuss fly tying or fly fishing with fellow anglers and welcomes any comments, questions, or discussions. Feel free to contact Scott at email@example.com or (610)-730-7928 (his business line, Scott Cesari’s Fly Tying) if you have any questions or if you would like to order some of his flies, custom made fly boxes, or unique gifts featuring his flies.
Dennis Charney: Dennis is an avid fly fisher who resides with his family in Bellefonte Pennsylvania. He has spent countless hours in pursuit of wild brown trout in his local limestone streams. It is these streams and their resident trout that has developed and challenged his fly tying skills. Always busy at the vise, Dennis ties and develops trout catching fly patterns for use in his guide service as well as tying commercially. He helps keep the fly bins full at Flyfisher’s Paradise in State College, Pa as well as conducting tying seminars and instruction at the shop. In addition to his guiding and tying, Dennis’s experience as a fly fishing instructor is held in high regard. He maintains a busy spring teaching schedule as a staff instructor at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in Lew Beach, NY. He also conducts various casting and fly fishing classes for Flyfisher’s Paradise in addition to offering personalized private instruction.
Lawrence Clemens: Lawrence Clemens is a resident of Virginia Beach, VA. He is a professional Trumpet player and a propeller mechanic for Murphy’s Propeller Shop in Norfolk, VA. Larry has served on the board of directors and as president of the East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and on the board of directors and president of the Virginia Coastal Fly Anglers. He co-authored (with Jeff Dubinok) “Flies of the Chesapeake”, and ”Flies of the Chesapeake, Volume 2”. Being an avid fly tier, Larry spends his free time fly fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay and its’ tributaries year round. This will be his fourteenth year tying at the “Fly Fishing Show”.
Pat Cohen: My name is Pat, I live in upstate New York. I began fly fishing in2008 and have been tying flies since January of 2009. I am a full time commercial fly tyer and regularly teach classes, do presentations and demo at events, fly shops and clubs across the east coast. I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I also have a passion for all types of streamers and carp flies..You can see my flies at my website, www.rusuperfly.com.
John Collins: As a lifelong resident of NJ, John was exposed to Trout fishing at about the age of five. But it wasn’t until his twenties that he discovered the long rod and he has never looked back. In fact John started tying flies before he became a serious fly fisherman. John started out on his own, tying Eztes Eggs for Steelhead and he soon graduated to imitating stream born insects with the help of his friend and mentor, George Kolasar. At the time, George was a commercial fly tyer, tying flies and dying materials for The Beaverkill Angler, in Roscoe NY, when the shop was owned by Budge and Dot Loekle. George taught John in the “Catskill tradition” but with all the new materials available now, he’s moved on to other methods and take creative liberties with the use of patterns and materials, all in the pursuit of whatever swims. John is always trying to push the envelope as far as fly design goes and Ultrawire inserted into Hollow Tubing is John’s signature technique as far as his underwater Nymph patterns are concerned. His Sculpin Patterns are made up of unconventional and conventional Fly Tying materials. Some of John’s signature patterns include, JC’s Electric Caddis Larva, JC’s Electric Steelie Stone, The Peacock March Brown Dry (Parachute and Traditional), The Soft Tail Chenille Sculpin, JC’s Mohawk Sculpin, and Rabbit Tail Chenille Sculpin among others. John has also done some instructional Fly Tying videos for Riseform Studio.TV, of many of his signature patterns for viewing on the internet. And most recently, John has done videos with Tightlines Productions, and hopefully more instructional, Fly Tying videos in the future. Johns a member of several Fly Fishing Pro Staffs, including, Regal Engineering (Fly Tying Vises), Clear Cure Goo, Anglers Sport Group, and Flymen Fishing Company. John’s been a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild for well over fifteen years. And has been tying on the Show circuit in the Northeastern United States for the past several years. John’s motto is, “Fly’s that catch Fish, Not just Fishermen” and if he comes up with a pattern and it doesn’t produce results, it’s back to the drawing board. He will not debut a Fly if it doesn’t do what it’s intended to do, and that’s catching fish. John Collins philosophy about fly tying is the same as fly fishing,” You will always be learning something new for the rest of your life, no matter how long you’ve been at it”.
Kevin Compton: Kevin is a commercial tier, author, speaker, tying instructor, and a fly designer for Solitude Fly Co. He is also a member of the International Pro Team for Partridge Hooks. His company, Performance Flies (www.performanceflies. com), an online and retail shop in Spruce Creek, PA, distributes premium tying materials, barbless hooks, and tools throughout North America, including the HANAK COMPETITION hooks. In 2006, he was the runner-up in the Team USA National Fly Tying Competition sponsored by Fly Tyer magazine. In September of 2006, he traveled to Portugal to the World Fly Fishing Championship where he contributed flies to the US competitors. Since 2006 he has tied flies for members of Team USA for their World Competitions, the National Championships, and the America’s Cup. In September of 2010 Kevin was the runner-up (to Charlie Craven) in the first annual Ironman Fly Tying Competition. He is also a Celebrity Fly Tier and instructor at the International Fly Tying Symposium and on the Fly Fishing Show circuit. Kevin’s flies have been featured in magazines such as Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and in collections such as Rick Takahashi’s Modern Midges and George Daniel’s Dynamic Nymphing. He also is the author of the forthcoming book with Stackpole entitled “Tying Czech Nymphs”.
Joe Cordiero: Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. The past 10 years focusing on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing salt water flies. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.
Bruce Corwin: I was born and lived in Brooklyn, New York, but was fortunate enough as a youngster to spend summers in the Catskills. That is where I learned to fish and appreciate being outdoors. Those summer days were filled with discovery and education while I explored the treasures of a nearby small creek. One day during a hot July in the early 60’s, a kindly farmer offered to allow myself and a friend the chance to fish his little, stream-fed pond. He asked, “if we had ever caught a trout before?”, and instructed us to “throw back” anything we caught. He handed each of us a mysterious looking contraption that he called a “fly” to put on the end of our lines along with a small, clear bubble float. And then, leaning in and covering his mouth, the secret… “don’t bother fishing until almost dark”. Needless to say, the only thing hooked that day was yours truly! I love all types of fishing but have spent most of my adult life with a fly rod in hand. Owning a Graphic Design/Marketing and Printing Company that produces collateral and promotional materials for businesses, I found fly tying to be a natural extension of my creative side. It allowed me to stay close to fishing through the winter months. I’ve been involved in multiple fly fishing/tying groups including: The Hudson Valley Fly Fishers, Ray Bergman and East Jersey Chapters of TU, and Joan Wulff Fly Fishers. I’m a New York State Licensed Guide, and have been honored to have my flies featured in several books, as well as being profiled in the Spring 2016 issue of FlyTyer Magazine. I have demonstrated and taught fly tying at numerous fly tying events including: The Mayfly Club, Arts of the Angler Show, Fly Tier’s Rendezvous, The International Fly Tying Symposium and the Fly Fishing Show at Somerset, NJ, Lancaster, PA, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC. Most recently, I have demonstrated Solarez UV products as a member of their Pro Team at the 2016 ICast show in Orlando, FL. I am also a member of the Dr. Slick Pro team.
Henry Cowen: Henry has been pursuing striped bass for over 30 years in both salt water and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier (north of Atlanta) , Lake Allatoona (NW of Atl) and the Chattahoochee River in Atl. He guides for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. He fishes both fresh & salt water game fish approximately 200 days a year. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold nationally through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His patterns appear and are available in the Orvis catalogue as well as Cabela’s, LL Bean, Bass Pro Shops and all fly shops across the United States that carry Umpqua flies. His fly patterns as well as articles on how to tie them continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Angler magazine, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing & Southern Culture on the Fly Ezine.. Articles on fly fishing techniques and tactics appeared regularly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters & Salt Water Fly Fishing Magazines as his name appeared on their masthead as a contributing writer for them. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of American Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. He is an FFF certified casting instructor. Henry continues to give seminars on salt water fly fishing as well fresh water light tackle and fly fishing for striped bass, hybrids and carp. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, The Nuts & Bolts of Fishing, Travis Johnson Outdoors & O’Neill Outside) as well as some regional outdoor television shows (Georgia Outdoors and Growing Up Outdoors). He was featured as the fishing personality on the video entitled “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is currently on pro staff w/Humminbird Electronics & on guide programs for Ranger Boats, Yamaha Marine, G3 Boats, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota trolling motors), Sage, TFO, Simms, Tibor, Renzetti, RIO Fly Lines and Orvis. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com
Jeff 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. www.Jeffcurrier.com.
Micah Dammeyer: Fly fishing has been a passion for Micah since his youth, beginning with a birthday gift of a new fly rod at 8 years old. Tying trout, bass and saltwater flies for more than 15 years, Micah now focuses on sharing his love for fly fishing and tying with others. As lead guide and president of Knee Deep Fly Fishing, he spends his days helping clients from around the world hone their skills on Maryland streams like The Big Gunpowder Falls and chasing bass on the Potomac River near Washington, DC. In addition to his work with Knee Deep Fly Fishing, Micah is also an instructor with Orvis in Bethesda Maryland.
Tim Flagler: Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although Tightline produces video programs over a wide range of topics, their speciality is fly fishing. Almost every week they produce a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on their Vimeo and YouTube channels but on MidCurrent and the Orvis fly tying blog as well. These videos often get picked up by other sites too, including Frankenfly, Chiwulff, The Limp Cobra, Globalflyfisher, Gink and Gasoline and Wideopenspaces, just to name a few. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.
Jay “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.
Anthony Giaquinto: Anthony M. Giaquinto, Jr. is a well known and respected east coast tier. Anthony is owner and operator of R&R Custom Flies from Lyndhurst, NJ. He is also a creative and commercial tier who after more than 45 years at the vise, continues to develop patterns as well as ties each and every fly to complete his orders. His signature RFC Zebra and Rainbow Scud have garnered him much recognition with both flies featured in the Pequest Trout Hatchery Museum. His extensive tying and fishing knowledge landed him the position of Captain on Nymph-Head’s Pro-Staff Team. When Anthony is not tying at his bench or various expos around the U.S. he is writing articles for regional fly-tying magazines or sharing his tying passion by teaching tying classes at the local college, schools and fly shops. Anthony’s mission is to share his talents with anyone and everyone, who wants to learn about the wonderful art of fly tying. He believes that a happy person is a well rounded person.
Matthew Grobert: Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 25 years.
Greg Heffner: Captiain Greg Heffner is an avid fly tyer and fly fisher from Bath, New York. He is president of the Conhocton Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Federation of Fly Fishers, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club of Canada, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He is a demonstration fly tyer at numerous fly fishing shows, and has had articles about his flies and fly tying in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, the United Fly Tyers Roundtable, Fly Fishing New England, and the Federation of Fly Fisher’s Patterns of the Masters, Vol. 6, and has published a book, Some Old, Some New, Some Borrowed: A Fly Tyer’s Notebook of Favorite Patterns to Tie and Fish. His special fly tying interest is in traditional flies and techniques, including classic salmon flies, Catskill patterns, and New England streamers. He hosts a website www.conhoctonriverflyshop.com offering flies and fly tying materials and information about fishing the Conhocton River, and is a licensed New York fishing guide. When not fishing or tying, Greg is Planning Director for Steuben County, New York.
David G. Holmes: David Holmes’s passion for fly tying began in the early 1970’s. Using basic hand me down tools and songbird feathers, he began the learning process of crafting effective fish catching fly patterns. Tying flies for trout, steelhead and salmon has become a lifelong addiction. As a commercial fly tier for the Flyfisher’s Paradise fly shop for over 25 years, he has tied 10’s of thousands of trout flies. Some of his favorite tying techniques include woven body nymphs, soft hackle wet flies and extended body dry flies. David shares his passion and understanding of fly tying in a number of tying demonstrations he conducts each year. Several are hosted at the local fly shop but he also dedicates time to conducting workshops for the Philipsburg Osceola High School Fly Fishing Club. David has shared his time and expertise with many local Trout Unlimited Chapters, youth programs and most recently the Penn State Fly Tying Club.
Nancy Hopping: Nancy J Hopping: I currently guide and teach fly fishing basics and beyond to small and large groups at Skytop Outfitters and surrounding waters in NE PA. I also teach shooting on our covered 5 stand or sporting clays course. I have had several of my salt and freshwater patterns published in various magazines and books. I have over 30 years of fly-tying and fly-fishing experience and I keep my mind open to new and creative ideas you never know where your next pattern will come from…..I am also known as a wildlife photographer having turned my property into a wildlife habitat offers me many photo opportunities. On a hot day I have bears swimming in my casting pond! I have published to date Backyard Bears and my new (June 2013) children’s learning book Backyard Bears Abc! I have traveled the northeast in my truck camper for over 35 years always in search of a better place to fish. I am still searching for those quiet waters! Locally I can be found in and around my home waters of The Brodhead or flyroddin at ISLB State Park in NJ. I have over 25 years’ experience in teaching fly fishing and tying at various venues throughout the North East. If you would like to know more about me please visit my website: www.nancysphotosandflyfishing.com
Linda Hotchkiss: I began fly fishing about 15 years ago. I began tying flies in earnest about 8 years ago. At the show, I will be tying and teaching all styles of woven body trout flies. I love to travel — fly fishing and tying have provided me with opportunities to fish in Iceland, Norway, Ireland, UK, Scotland, and Australia. I have tied at the Dutch Fly Fair, British Fly Fair International, Irish Fly Fair, Irish Fly Fair International (Galway), and the International Fly Tying Symposium.
Peter 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.
Allen Landheer: Allen grew up fishing and honing his skills on Brodhead Creek. His first fly rod experience was at age 13. He learned by watching and fishing with Don Baylor, Ernie Schwiebert and other fine fly fisherman over the years. Allen began tying in earnest around that same time as he realized he preferred to catch fish on his own flies. Allen ties many fly styles and enjoys the challenge each presents. Styles Allen is known for are Catskill style flies, classic streamers, wet flies, spey flies and classic atlantic salmon flies both hair wings and married wings. Allen’s horizons expanded as he got older and he now regularly fishes on numerous streams in CT, NY, PA and NJ including limestoners such as the Saucon, Little Lehigh, Letort, Penns Creek and Fishing Creek; notable freestone streams such as the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Brodhead Creek, Big Bushkill and the great tail waters of the East and West Branch of the Delaware and the Farmington River. He regularly fishes the Great Lakes region for big steelhead, lake run browns and salmon. Allen is a member of Brodheads Chapter TU , Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, is a member of the Flymen Fishing Co pro team and is included in Darren MacEachern’s Streamer 365 project and book. He enjoys teaching the art of fly tying and has conducted classes at numerous fly shops and Trout Unlimited meetings. In addition he is an avid demonstration tyer and has appeared an many of the major east coast fly fishing shows.
Bob Lindquist: Bob has been fishing feathered frauds for nearly 40 years, starting as a 12 year old boy fishing Long Island’s lakes. From dabbling with stocked trout, Bob graduated to the Delaware River system and the salt waters surrounding Long Island. Bob has tied flies at national fly tying and fishing expositions for over thirty years and has been published in many fly fishing and fly tying periodicals. Having followed in the footsteps of legendary tyers like Bill Catherwood, Bob has worked extensively with deer hair designed saltwater patterns. Recent years have found him, due to a lack of time as his children were ini college, pursuing simple but highly effective trout patterns. Most recently, the temptation of Spey fishing, steelhead and Atlantic Salmon have hooked Bob! Bob has recently added a love of photography to complement his fly fishing passions.
Tradd Little: Tradd began tying flies in 2013 at the age of eleven when he received a Wapsi fly tying starter kit as a gift. He is self-taught and learned by studying fly tying books and watching fly tying videos. He can tie any traditional pattern and has also created numerous patterns of his own. Tradd ties everything from fully dressed salmon flies and large streamers down to tiny trout flies on hook sizes in the 20s. He loves all things related to bugs, feathers, fur, and fishing. Tradd is on the Pro Teams for Partridge of Redditch, Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers, and Flymen Fishing Company. He has been a featured fly tyer, demonstrator, or instructor at many fly fishing shows, retail stores, and clubs including the International Fly Tying Symposium, the Fly Fishing Show, the Sowbug Roundup, the IFFF Southern and Southeastern Council Fly Fishing Fairs, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, Fly Tyers Weekend, Little River Outfitters, Cabelas, Orvis, and Trout Unlimited. He has also taught entomology and fly tying lessons at a local Children’s Museum and elementary school. You can see pictures of a sampling of Tradd’s flies, pattern recipes, and video tutorials at www.traddsflies.com
Glenn & Andrea Lyn VanBenschoten: Glenn and Andrea Van Benschoten have been fly fishing the lakes and ponds of northern New Jersey as husband and wife for close to two decades. With a professional background in education, the couple has focused much of their time instructing newbies through magazine articles, demonstrations and lectures throughout the northeast on a sport that can seem overwhelming to a new angler. The Vans have also authored a book “Ten Ties, Simple Flies,” which gives anglers ten flies that can be used on a variety of species while utilizing and reinforcing a few fundamental techniques to tie them. A second book will be out soon. They have also been featured in the television show “Garden State Adventures” demonstrating casting, fishing and fly tying techniques. As residents of North Jersey, Glenn and Andrea take advantage of the many lakes and ponds in the area to fish for bass, muskie, perch, pickerel and more on fly while still getting on smaller streams for trout. Glenn is a certified New Jersey educator and Andrea has been a casting instructor with Casting for Recovery since 2003. More information can be found at http://www.reelsimpleflyfishing.com. They also manage a discussion group focusing on lake and pond fishing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebluegilljournal/.
George Maciag: George has been involved in fly fishing and fly tying since childhood. He holds college degrees in biology and biology education. His many interests include entomology, nature photography, and stream ecosystems. As a person who taught high school and college biology for many years, he is skilled at communicating his knowledge about the life cycles of fish and the organisms upon which they feed. George keeps pace with the technological advances in fly tying while maintaining his passion for classical patterns and materials used in the past. He is particularly interested in the Catskill style of tying wet and dry flies. The timeless feather-winged streamers that originated in the Rangeley Lake region of Maine are another area of expertise. The Fly Fishing Show and the International Fly Tying Symposium, both in Somerset NJ, are two major events in which George participates as a celebrity tyer. He was also featured in the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing show at the Valley Forge Convention Center and also participates in the Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree. George is currently serving as the fly fishing professional at the Saucon Valley Country Club. In addition, he is a fly tying instructor and naturalist at the Graystones Preserve in the Pocono Mountains. George also teaches fly tying and casting at the L.L. Bean store in Center Valley PA. He has also instructed at numerous fly shops and gives both private and group lessons. His classes are very popular since he has the ability to combine science and humor to the sometimes complicated mechanics of fly tying. Among flies of his personal design are; George’s Killer, George’s Thing, and George’s Woven John. His teaching skills are a tremendous benefit to anyone wishing to learn the intricacies of fly fishing.
Sylvie Malo-Clark: Sylvie Malo-Clark resides in Durham Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada on the banks of the Nashwaak River. She is an avid angler, artist and fly tier and very passionate about fly fishing. During the fishing season you will find her angling for the Atlantic salmon and brook trout mainly on the Miramichi, Cains, Restigouche and Grand Cascapedia rivers. She is a volunteer with the Fish Friends program sponsored by the New Brunswick Salmon Council in Eastern Canada where she shares her enthusiasm for the Atlantic salmon with many children in the province. She is presently on the board of directors of the International Women Fly Fishers organization where she has written a few articles and hosted a Miramichi gathering. She enjoys participating in fly fishing shows as a guest fly tier and speaker. She specializes in Atlantic Salmon flies and her Green Highlander hairwing was featured in the Fly Fusion magazine. Her main highlight so far is having been part of the exhibit “A Graceful Rise” at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester (VT) for her flies, paintings and involvement in the sport of fly fishing. She is currently part of the Regal Vise Pro Staff, the Partridge of Redditch hooks team, the Tibor reel Pro program and others. Most of all she enjoys sharing her love of fly fishing with anglers all around the world. You may follow her on Facebook.
Michael McAuliffe: Michael began fly fishing at the age of ten with his father on the Famed Battenkill River in NY and VT. He Fly Fishes and Tyes for a huge array of warm/cold & freshwater/saltwater species including Steelhead, Carp, False Albacore, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Blue Fish, Walleye, Pike, Shad, Bass and Trout. Michael guides a few days a week for Trout in NJ. Michael is the Director of Marketing (Web/Print/Social Media), Pro Staff Director, and a Product designer for REGAL VISE. He is the instructor for the REGAL Fly Tying School. Michael is a proud member of The Partridge of Redditch, Whiting Farms, and REGAL VISE Pro Staffs. Michael favors well tied simple guide style flies. If he cannot tye it in five minutes, it is not getting tyed. Michael divides his time equally between his family, Fly Fishing/Guiding/Tying, and commercial design/web work. Somehow he still finds time to fish occasionally and tell you that you need to clean up your drift.
Allen McGee: Allen is an author, fly designer, photographer, and fly angler who’s been fly fishing for nearly twenty-five years. He specializes in both traditional and progressive soft-hackle flies and fishing methods. Allen is interested in innovative fly patterns and designs flies for the Solitude Fly Company. He is the author of Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs and the new book Fly-Fishing Soft-Hackles: Nymphs, Emergers, and Dry Flies, and his articles and photography have appeared in many popular fly-fishing magazines. Allen lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and fishes extensively on the trout streams of southern Appalachia, throughout the East Coast and also frequents the Rocky Mountain West on a regular basis. Allen can be found presenting and demonstration tying at many fly-fishing events and clubs throughout the year.
Bob Mead: Bob Mead of Scotia New York has been tying realistic flies since 1966. The Praying Mantis, Walking Stick, and Water Scorpion are just 3 of many unusual patterns he originated and have been published along with articles and interviews in books, magazines, and newspapers around the world. Recently he was sought out to tie two realistic black widow spiders as props for the TV show Royal Pains.
Rich Murphy: Rich is a Professional Civil Engineer in Massachusetts, a published author, a professional fly designer, a salt water fly fishing junky, and a pretty good husband to a lovely wife. Murphy taught himself to fly cast and tie simple fresh water flies over the winter of his eighth year. He caught his first trout on a fly that next spring using a mayfly spinner pattern copied from an old Field and Stream. He started tying saltwater flies commercially over 20 years ago. In the winter of 1995, Murphy entered a fly designing contract with Umpqua Feather Merchants. To date, Umpqua has accepted eight of his fly patterns for their catalog: the Conomo Special, Steep Hill Special, RM Shortfin Squid, RM Flatside, RM Needlefish, RM Rattlesnake, RM Spitfire and the Pamet Special. Murphy has written feature articles for fly fishing periodicals that include Saltwater Flyfishing, Fish and Fly Magazine , and Fly Tyer . His first book, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass, went to print in July 2007, and is presently available in most major retail and internet book retail outlets. He lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts, with Lucy, his wife and most cogent critic, and their faithful bad dog, Tahoe.
Bill 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.
Safet Nikocevic: Self taught, hand fly tier, Safet was introduced to the wonders of fly fishing and fly tying at very young age. This began at the age of ten when he and his buddies chased roosters in the yard and hoped to get a perfect feather for a fly. He felt nothing is more fun than seeing seven inch brownies flipping and kicking. Born and raised in Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) near the finest rivers with no fishing store anywhere to be found and where hooks were real treasure. He spends his free time tying by hand and using simple materials such as grandmothers treads sheep’s wool or a chicken’s feather. He immigrated to New York City in 1993 and here he brought his fist vise Dyne-King Aristocrat #627 in a fishing store that he never saw before, Urban Angler NY, and started commercially tying for them. Safet spends free time on the finest river, East Branch in Upstate New York. Safet’s flies are very durable and productive and he is involved with fly tying demonstrations at fly fishing shows and various fly shops all over New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Safet continues his fly tying pursuits through participation in some of the industry’s biggest shows, such as the International Fly Tying Symposium. Safet is a very proud full time employee of the piano company Steinway and Sons where he makes flies during his lunch breaks and everybody that knows him calls him a fly maker. He is also very active and very respectful Karate Instructor in Astoria’s Dojo. Using only the highest quality materials in a very creative ways, Safet flies are excellent very durable and effective.
Rick Nyles: Rick has been fly fishing for over 40 years and has turned his passion into a business. Rick stated a fly fishing guide service in Pennsylvania in 1999 called Sky Blue Outfitters. Sky Blue Outfitters has established itself as one of the most comprehensive guide services in Pennsylvania. Rick is also an accomplished fly tyer and is known for his simple approach of fly tying and using CDC feathers in his patterns. In 2014 Rick introduced his own wing material called UP DN TROUT. This materials follows his simple approach to fly tying and will also speed up your tying time. Rick recently placed 3rd in the 2015 Orvis Fly Tying Contest using CDC and the UP DN TROUT wing material to show off one of his “guide” flies, the Green Drake.
Roger Plourde: My journey into flyfishing is different than most. I did not get interested in this sport until I was in my 30’s.I woke up one day in 1991 and realized that I’d been in business as a building contractor for 16 years. I also realized that there had to be more to life than just working; I needed a hobby. Although in my youth I had lacked the patience to fish, I thought it might be relaxing to walk in a river and learn to flyfish. I decided to join a local club, The Connecticut Flyfisherman’s Association. I signed up for their flyfishing course, made friends with club members, asked a lot of questions, and fished the local rivers as I put into practice all that I was learning from my new friends. The following year I took the club’s flytying course and I was off on a journey into this new world of feathers and furs, the world of trout and saltwater flies. I was content to tie these types of flies as I worked on the efficiency and quality of my tying. Salmon flies never entered the picture until the spring of 1998 when a friend asked me to split the cost of salmon fly tying lessons. We took an intensive two-day course with Paul Ptalis. This course opened yet another new world to me.I had known nothing of the many types of exotic birds, tinsels, silk and other materials used in salmon fly tying, I was struck by their beauty and artistry. I was hooked from the very first day and could not learn quickly enough to satisfy my curiosity. I read books, practiced tying and tried to gather materials. I would go to Paul to ask for critiquing and advice. I’d ask questions of other tyers. I was open to anything that would help me learn the skills of the salmon fly tyer. In this fast paced world we live in, it feels good to sit at a vice and force yourself to slow down as you strive to tie the perfect salmon fly for mounting or to give as a gift to a friend. But perfection is elusive, there is always some part of the fly you would do a little differently if you could do it over again. The beautiful colors and the flow of the classic patterns depicted in books and other medias by Chutes, Ptalis, Radencich, Rossman, Schmookler and others are what I try to emulate. The process allows me to let my imagination create new patterns. I was born in Connecticut in 1956 into a French-Canadien family. My wife of 31 years, Pierrette is from Quebec. Because of this history I spend quite a bit of time fishing for trout, salmon and landlocked salmon in New Brunswick, Canada and Maine. I always enjoy fishing close to home in the Connecticut rivers. When I am not fishing or tying flies my friends can usually find me in my woodworking shop making cabinets, fishing nets, framing and matting artwork, repairing canoes, or making gadgets that are usually related to fishing or hunting. A large part of this sport for me are the many friends I have made from around the world. We discuss techniques in tying and different ways of fishing our favorite waters and the variety of hatches. A suggestion: If you are thinking of learning to tie salmon flies, take a course with one of the many great tyers around. Take your time, practice techniques and the rest is up to your imagination. Join a local club and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most members will take you out and show you the local waters. In closing I’d like to quote Albert Cohen, “There are so many things in life people look forward to getting behind them. Dressing a salmon fly should not be one of them”
Bob Popovics: Born and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics “Popfleyes” has been saltwater fly-fishing around the globe for over to 40 years. Bob’s involvement in the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing run as deep as the concepts he has created at the vise. A member, former president and executive board member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, Bob helped pioneer modern day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking fly tying concepts and teaching of the sport to anyone who was interested in learning. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob’s contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos. In the 1992 Bob founded the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders in Seaside Park, NJ. And in 1998, Bob was inducted into the FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in the sport of fishing. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying techniques and designs, Bob’s creations of “fleyes” have literally changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob’s realistic “baitfish like” designs have come to be widely known as Popfleyes. From his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the mid 1970’s to such sport standards as the Hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-lip, Ultra Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob’s Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady Lady Squid. Bob now leads the way in fly tying with acrylics. Bob’s impact on fly tyers and fly fishers has been widespread throughout the globe. Lefty Kreh has called Bob “The most innovative fly tyer I have ever met!” Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the industry’s top manufacturers such as 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.
Enrico Puglisi: Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him. But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a Sicilian hotel where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. After arriving in the United States in 1980, he continued to work as a chef. Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen’s help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. After hooking his first trout on a fly it instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish “eat” wisps of wool and feathers on a hook. Over the winter, Enrico taught himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on flyfishing. He also discovered the Orvis catalogue and fly tying. Learning to tie flies for trout was a watershed experience for Enrico since these tiny imitations were quite different from the crude artificials he had constructed from his mother’s chicken feathers on snelled hooks. Since that year, Enrico expanded his knowledge of fish and what makes them strike an artificial fly. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches. He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. But the rigors of fishing in saltwater and the toothy fish he pursued led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies. Those flies eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP Flies and EP Fibers. Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater flyfishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable. Enrico and his innovative style of flies were featured on The Reel Guys – an ESPN2 fly fishing show that aired in the spring of 2002. The show shows how effective Enrico’s flies are on East Coast striped bass. Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico’s creations and said, “Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank.” “Yes, I know,” said the father. “That’s why it catches fish!” That was a proud moment for Enrico because that’s what he wants to create for his customers — flies that catch fish!
Tony Ritters: Tony has operated a driftboat fishing guide service on the Upper Delaware River and West Branch Delaware for over twenty years. He specializes in wild trout on one of the best tailwater rivers in the United States located in the Catskill / Pocono Regions of New York and Pennsylvania, that is only two hours from the NY-NJ metropolitan area. He is licensed by the National Park Service, the NYS DEC and the Pennsylvania FBC. Tony Ritter has been tying patterns specifically for the Upper Delaware River in the Catskills and it’s wild trout for over twenty years. The trout on this stream have seen many patterns throughout the years and they can be tough to fool. Tony uses snowshoe rabbit for many of his dries and emergers to entice the wariest of wild rainbows and browns. His flies are durable, have excellent coloration, proportion and silhouette. These patterns sit flush in the film to imitate a vulnerable mayfly just waiting to be eaten. Make sure you have plenty of backing on your reel with these flies and double check your knots!
Page Rogers: Page began fly fishing at the age of 8 on the tiny streams of central Connecticut under the watchful eye of her Dad. She landed her first trout a little over a year later on the Couginchaug River. While in her teens she and her father began to pursue stripers and blues on the fly in the waters around Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island Sound. Completely self-taught, she began fly tying in the the early 1980’s and soon was creating her own patterns to match the sand eels and silversides common in the waters of southern New England. In 1994 she became the first woman tier signed by UMPQUA Feather Merchants into their royalty fly tier program. In 1995 she received the Harry & Elsie Darbee Award from IFFF. Her flies and techniques are documented in numerous books, articles and videos (Hooked on a Fly Tying series). Her flies are commercially produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants, and are available, or can be ordered, at any UMPQUA dealer. Page continues to enjoy tying at fly fishing trade shows and at club meetings, and sharing her knowledge of saltwater fly fishing on the east coast. She currently is on the Pro-Staff at: Abel, Tibor, Patagonia, Simms, Action Optics, LL Bean, Ross and Scientific Anglers.
Kat Rollin: I started tying salt water flies about 19 years ago. I progressed to trout flies, then wet flies, which led me to Ray Bergman and I started tying his wet flies with the help of Don Bastion’s videos. A friend saw me tying floss bodies, hackling bodies, and marrying wings and introduced me to Paul Rossman. I had a lesson with Paul and started tying Salmon flies from Francis Francis’ A Book on Angling. I’m now working on the Francis Francis project, where I’ll tie every variation of Salmon and then trout fly in every edition of A Book on Angling, and then write some books. It’s an adventure to discern the meaning of patterns and find obscure materials (Pinna marina anyone?) and small blind eye hooks. I try to use the techniques (tying in hand) and materials of old, including pig’s wool, swan, and hackles dyed with natural dyes, and making them look like the fishing flies they were meant to be I’ve met many wonderful friends through fly tying and hope to meet many more at this show!
Mike 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.
Paul Rossman: My earliest memory of my involvement in art was on the kitchen floor of my parent’s home tracing animals from books and magazines. I think I was about five years old. From then on art became an important aspect in my life. At seven I got my first set of colored pencils and some “color in the numbers” pieces. From there I graduated to oil paint by numbers. Once I conquered the skill of keeping the paint in the lines, the work became tedious. I purchased my first set of oil paints, brushes, canvas panels and some “how to” instruction booklets and began freehand painting, mostly seascapes and landscapes. That carried me well into college but not majoring in art. Instead, my high school guidance counselor convinced me to go into mechanical engineering as commercial artists did not make any money. After two and one half years of engineering I became bored and my grades suffered. I switched to art and immediately my whole outlook changed. In college I took classes in design, painting, drawing, ceramics, metal sculpture and photography. My interest in photography grew and I decided to get an advanced degree in photography. Working and living in San Francisco gave me the opportunity to document my experiences there. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. I loved the 35mm black and white work. It was a whole new way of seeing; documenting life within the film rectangle. I had a few shows and felt that I wanted to pursue a Masters degree in photography. At the same time my culinary career was burgeoning. I had the opportunity to run a kitchen at a seafood restaurant in San Francisco and I was accepted into the Masters program at the Art Institute but decided that I needed to work for a couple more years to focus my photography. I then had the opportunity to go to Florida to open a seafood restaurant there with friends. With the intention of coming back to San Francisco I helped open the restaurant and got the staff trained. By that time though I had made friends and was into the new lifestyle. The immediate impression to me was the huge change in landscape. Gone was the urban chaos. Gone was the intimate relationship with the city. The new landscape was broad and flat, but I immediately noticed that it was disappearing. Progress was destroying the huge citrus groves. In there place, strip malls were rising like water from a flood. Somehow the 35mm format did not fit the vastness of the Florida landscape. I purchased a 4 x 5 view camera and began documenting the landscape with it. That whole process got me thinking about painting again. I set up a studio and started painting and photographing. My art was thriving at least emotionally. This continued for a few years and family matters brought me back to Connecticut. I continued to paint and the chef work continued to expand as well. I ran a California style restaurant and then expanded my repertoire in a French and Northern Italian restaurant. Meanwhile a masters degree was tugging at my brain. I applied and was accepted into the Masters program at the University of Connecticut. It was there that I somehow had the urge to learn fly fishing. I joined a local fly fishing club, took some lessons in fly tying and soon became hooked. I went on a club sponsored trip to the Salmon River in upstate New York. It was there that lead me to the discovery of Atlantic Salmon Flies. I took a few lessons and soon was so infatuated with salmon fly tying that it became an obsession. I was still painting at the time but soon realized that salmon fly tying was going to supplant the painting. The rest is history now.
Peter Simonson: Peter has been fly tying for about 15 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying Rangeley style streamers. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006. Peter has tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium and The Fly Fishing Show, and a few of his flies appear in various books and web sites, including streamers365.com. Peter has studied streamer tying under Mike Martinek, and credits FlyTyingForum, ClassicFlyTyingForum and the StreamerList with providing him a rich interactive learning environment for tying streamers and classic Atlantic Salmon flies. His favorite streamer book is Graydon Hilyard’s “Carrie Stevens” which set the standard for research protocol and provenance of streamer patterns. When he’s not tying, Peter is a signal processing systems engineer, and enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, and hiking. He enjoys fishing these Rangeley streamers to bring up big land-locked salmon from deep pools in the upper Connecticut River. Peter has two grown sons, and lives with his wife Lynne in New Hampshire, where they have been pouring money into a small farmhouse for 30 years.
Rob Snowhite (yes, that is his real last name): Rob has an uncanny ability to seek out and re-purpose everyday materials into unique and successful fly tying materials. He is an expert in guiding for warm water fish in urban settings, specifically in and around Washington, D.C. Rob hosts a fly fishing podcast featuring 100+ episodes chock full of useful tips. Rob tirelessly promotes fishing as a lifestyle across multiple platforms. He provides monthly tying instruction at Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders monthly beer tie event. Rob produces flies that are simple and elegant, and the results speak for themselves. Simply put, they are almost guaranteed to catch fish. Be sure to watch him tie his most successful pattern, The Snowhite Damsel. He’s still trying to figure out a fly to consistently catch northern snakehead.
Capt. 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.
Scott Stryker: Scott Stryker of Wilmington New York grew up fishing the Jersey shore for everything from trout to giant Mako sharks. He also started fly fishing the Ausable River at the young age of 11 years old back in 1976. In the year of 2000 his passion lured him to settle in on the banks of the Ausable where he has since been a licensed guide and instructor. He also spent several years tying flies and guiding for his old friend the legendary Francis Betters of the Adirondack Sport Shop.
He has fished the Ausable River and has been an innovative tyer for over thirty years. His tying desk overlooking the banks of the Ausable River has been an inspiration for his creative and artful flies. Although known for his Giant Pike and Musky flies to his intricate trout flies, he is also a tyer of realistic fly patterns as well and his flies are being used throughout the world. He is an author with a recent article featured on the cover of Fly Tyer magazine. He is a member of the Dr. Slick, Json:Sweden and Tuffleye Pro Teams as well as a member of the new Renzetti Legacy Tying Team. With his flies being used to catch everything from trout in the Adirondacks to taimen in Mongolia, some have said that he is one of the “Adirondack’s best kept secrets”.
Andy Sutton: In 1975 an uncle showed me how to tye flyes and I studied books and attended seminars to take it further, the few seminars there were at the time. A little later on I started developing my own patterns, which were successful. In 1996 while working as a graphic designer for Meadowbrook Inventions, the originator of light bright and angel hair, I came across an extruded material we call jelly cord and started using it for fly bodies. I then developed fly patterns to demonstrate the versatility of the material. Friends told me I should take it further and sell the flyes but I laughed them off. In March of 1997 at a show in Seacaucus, I showed my fly samples to Lou Tabory who proclaimed ‘You are a great fly tyer. I wish I could tye as well as you do!’ When I recovered from the shock, I realized there were two things I could do, act on it, or spend the rest of my life wondering what could have been! Ironically, my first show was the same show which had been moved to Edison. How is that for God’s acting? Since then, under God’ inspiration, I have developed over 20 patterns that have appeared in books and magazine articles that have been used successfully in salt water, trout and bass fishing. In 2014, I was surprised when I was invited to put my squid pattern in the American Museum of Fly Fishing. The following year, the past chairman of the board of NJ Trout Unlimited, Agust Gudmundsson, said at a club banquet that I was one of the finest tyers he had ever seen! He also said that my flys were unique, exquisite and museum quality! I enjoy demonstrating and helping others learn about our great hobby and sport.
Dan 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.
Glen & Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten: Glenn and Andrea Van Benschoten have been fly fishing the lakes and ponds of northern New Jersey as husband and wife for close to two decades. With a professional background in education, the couple has focused much of their time instructing newbies through magazine articles, demonstrations and lectures throughout the northeast on a sport that can seem overwhelming to a new angler. The Vans have also authored a book “Ten Ties, Simple Flies,” which gives anglers ten flies that can be used on a variety of species while utilizing and reinforcing a few fundamental techniques to tie them. A second book will be out soon. They have also been featured in the television show “Garden State Adventures” demonstrating casting, fishing and fly tying techniques. As residents of North Jersey, Glenn and Andrea take advantage of the many lakes and ponds in the area to fish for bass, muskie, perch, pickerel and more on fly while still getting on smaller streams for trout. Glenn is a certified New Jersey educator and Andrea has been a casting instructor with Casting for Recovery since 2003. More information can be found at http://www.reelsimpleflyfishing.com. They also manage a discussion group focusing on lake and pond fishing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebluegilljournal/.
Camp Walker: Camp, a native Floridian, is a fishing guide in the Florida Keys, Everglades and Louisiana bayou. He grew up in Vero Beach on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon and became enthralled by shallow water flats fishing at an early age. Camp guided the Grand Champion of the 12# division of the 40th Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament in 2014. He has guided anglers to a variety of world records on his own flies, inshore and offshore. He his passionate about sharing his love for finding fish with people from all over the world.
Steven Wascher: Coming Soon
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MORE TO COME!
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Programs, Seminars and Classes
- Author's Booth
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- Featured Classes
- Women's Showcase Schedule
- Special Events
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Talks subject to change and additions.
Talks subject to change and additions.
Classes with the Experts:
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.
Talks subject to change and additions.
The Somerset Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase, presented by Frontiers International Travel, is a weekend program devoted to women-centered discussions, presentations, learning opportunities and networking. The Showcase is free with your entry to the Fly Fishing Show and features a brand new and diverse schedule of presentations by Sheila Hassan, Alice Owsley, Sarah Gardner, Jackie Jordan, Kelly Buchta, Erin Phelan, Wanda Tayler, Kiki Galvin, Sylvie Malo-Clark, Cathy Beck, Kim Bryant, Rachel Finn, and more!
The 2016 Showcase is sponsored by Frontiers, Costa del Mar, Dun Magazine, Casting for Recovery, Tenkara USA, International Federation of Fly Fishers, Orvis, Patagonia, Blue Halo and Tight Lines Jewelry. Visit www.flyfishingshow.com/womensshowcase for a complete program schedule, presenter bios, and information on the Saturday Social and Sunday workshop.
For Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase schedule of events, click HERE.
BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day. Click here for advance tickets.
IF YOU’RE A WOMAN … OR KNOW ONE
The Somerset Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase is a weekend program devoted to women-centered discussions, presentations, learning opportunities and networking. The Showcase is free with your entry to the Fly Fishing Show and will feature a diverse schedule of presentations.
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. 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!