Admission Info

Tickets (Cash only at the gate)
Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

Adult

One-Day Pass: $15
Two-Day Pass: $25
Three-Day Pass: $35

Children

5 & Under: Free
6-12: $5
 

MILITARY/SCOUTS

Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

Denver Show Info

Dates: January 4, 5, & 6, 2019

Time
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Denver Mart
451 East 58th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216-8470

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 4 at 6:30pm. $15; $10 in advance.

Learning Center

Fly Fishers International (FFI) is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the Learning Center located on the main show floor.  Basic fly-casting, fly-tying, and knots, will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show.

Directions and Lodging

Denver Mart

451 East 58th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216-8470

The Denver Mart is located 10 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, at I-25 and 58th Avenue, Exit #215, and is 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (DIA)
The Show is held in the Pavilion Building of the Mart.

Directions from…

The North: Take Interstate 25 South to exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn left onto 58th Avenue.
The South: Take Interstate 25 North to exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.
The East: Take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.
The West: Take Interstate 70 East to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue), and turn right onto 58th Avenue.

Accommodations:

Comfort Inn Central
401 East 58th Ave.
Denver, CO. 80216
(303) 297-1717 when prompted, press 2 to reach front desk reservations
Be sure to ask for Request the special Fly Fishing Show® Rates! For special rates rooms must be booked by December 19, 2018, or before the hotel sells out.

Magnolia Hotel –Denver
818 17th Street
Denver, CO, US 80202
(888) 915-1110
Located in downtown Denver, this alternative hotel has been recently been redesigned.
Request the special Show rates when calling or use the link HERE to reserve online. For special rates rooms must be booked by December 13, 2018, or before the hotel sells out.

Celebrities and Authors

Celebrities:

April Archer:  April Archer leads the SaraBella Fishing team as CEO/founder. As a woman-owned fly rod manufacturer, SaraBella commits to making fly rods that perform with excellence and make a positive impact. With an eclectic range of professional and personal experience, April connects her passion for human rights with her love of water. She enjoys educating new/beginning anglers of all ages, she actively serves on several community boards of directors (including Colorado Women Flyfishers and CO Active) and her 3 adventurous daughters inspire her every day. April earned a Master’s in International Studies from the University of Denver, and she’s known for saying, “I’d fish that.” For April, fly-fishing invokes gratitude, persistence, patience, humility, adrenaline, peace, and beautiful adventures that fuel the soul.

 

Kirk Bien: Kirk Bien is a family man, business man, Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer, Fly Fishing Guide, Colorado River Float Fishing Guide, Back Country Guide, Llama Pack Guide and more. Kirk started Kirks Flyshop and Guide Service 17 years ago while still in college at CSU. Kirks businesses have now grown to 3 Flyshop locations in Estes Park and Grand Lake. Kirk got his start as a super passionate Fly Fisherman who became known to catch trout anywhere on a fly rod. Kirk has participated on many TV and Radio shows from as far away as France. He has been a Destination Theater presenter at the Fly Fishing show for 16 years. He is a strong advocate and supporter of the Native Greenback Cutthroat restoration in RMNP. Kirks Flyshop is permitted to Guide Fly Fishing trips on the Big Thompson River, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Upper Colorado River. Kirks Flyshop does extensive back country trips into Rocky Mountain National Park with Kirk being the first to lead Llama Pack trips. Kirks Flyshop also leads Backpack trips, Horsepack Trips, Snowshoe trips, and Day Hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park. Kirk is the father of two wonderful children, Luke and Addy.

Dave Blackburn:Dave Blackburn grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.

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

Tom Boyd: Tom Boyd Is a fishing researcher and 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) –most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. He has consulted with governments, researchers, ichthyologists, geneticists, captains, mates, and guides for over 35 years. He champions the sport for everyone especially the young and underprivileged, and has actively advocated for them politically.
Tom’s saltwater book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed. Tom and son Jeff Boyd wrote Trout Salmon and Char – A Master Guide to Understanding Their Behavior and the Top Techniques to Catch Them which will be published in December 2018 by Wild River Press. This book is ground-breaking with revolutionary information on salmonid behavior and often ground-breaking techniques to catch them. Half a lifetime went into the research of the book to allow its readers a better chance to catch their favorite salmonid.
Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for over 35 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green (shallow and flats), and fresh water. He has caught over 200 different species of gamefish 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 has achieved many conservation break-throughs and is currently working with Fly Shop Mongolia to save endangered taimen.
He is founder and past president of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President and Man-of-the Year recipient of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, Board member of Trout Unlimited, etc., and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards.

Kaitlin Boyer: Kaitlin is a Colorado native and fly fishing guide in southern Colorado. Well versed in writing and photography, Kaitlin feels fortunate to be able to coalesce her other interests with her passion for fly fishing. Thanks to her dad, Rick, and partner, Andy, Kaitlin learned fly fishing basics starting in 2010. After fully immersing her life in the sport, she has chosen to make it a lifestyle, not a hobby. Kaitlin completed a college accredited guiding certification from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado and started her guiding career at Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs immediately after she finished the program. Though she loves guiding all different ages, genders, and races, Kaitlin specifically enjoys teaching other women and exposing them to fly fishing in a unique way. In 2018, Kaitlin and her friend Robin Schmidt were inspired to start an initiative for women that would result in a partnership with Orvis’ 50/50 On the Water campaign, and in turn offer scholarships for women and increase female enrollment at Colorado Mountain College’s Professional Fly Fishing Guide Program. When she isn’t guiding, you can find her scouting and fly fishing with her dogs on the South Platte River. Kaitlin lives a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains with her partner Andy, their dogs, and three kids.

Phil Camera: Although a native of Connecticut, Phil journeyed west after experiencing his first fishing trip to the Madison River. Feeling like he was in a different world, his love for angling and the outdoors lead to the direction of his next 40 years. Leaving his employment as a Ballistic Technician at Winchester Western’s research laboratory in New Haven, Connecticut, he settled near the South Platte River in the Colorado Mountains. His mechanical and laboratory background directed him toward the science and artistry of fly tying. Phil seemed to never be satisfied with the term, “This is the only way to do it” He would constantly challenge the performance of existing tying materials in search for what he felt was the ideal product to accomplish what he wanted from a particular fly. His interest put him on the path to creating new tying materials and a manufacturing and distributing company, as well as a distribution center for synthetic tying products. Thus his innovation of Larva Lace body materials were born! His development of this material raised the eyebrows of many of the old school tiers, which put him on the next path to educating his customers. After authoring the book “Fly Tying With Synthetics”, he was asked by many to come and show and tell how these products were actually used for todays fly patterns. For the next 20 years Phil travelled the world as an invited guest tier to places like Holland Fly Tying Fair, Sweden, Norway , the South Pacific, and the North and South America fisheries explaining and demonstrating his patterns and techniques. Phil still welcomes the opportunity to teach and show clubs of interest all his secrets of tying with alternative materials. In 2003 Phil’s Montana memories lead him back to the great Missouri River in north central Montana. With his desire to fish the tail water fisheries and large trout he felt this was a great place to settle down to a small lodge and fly shop. Most any day you can walk in to the Prewett Creek Fly shop and find Phil and Joan, his wife, in the fly shop helping and servicing the many anglers that seek the experience of the Upper Missouri River. Phil will be either sitting in the corner tying flies or on the river rowing his drift boat and testing his latest fly creation.

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

Charlie Craven: After mysteriously losing all of his dad’s lures in a single day, Charlie was fortunately gifted a fly tying kit by his parents for his eighth birthday. He’s tied flies pretty much every day for the forty years since then and has figured out a few things along the way. At this point it’s become well known that he’s opinionated, outspoken and sometimes brash when it comes to flies and techniques, however it’s also obvious that his passion lies in sharing the skills he’s developed.
Over the years, Charlie has been a prolific commercial fly tyer and, for a time, a pretty mediocre fishing guide. This was due to his insistence on liverwurst and onion lunch sandwiches instead of grilled prawns like all the other sissy guides. He’s also been an Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Tyer for over 18 years, with several fly box mainstays like the Jujubaetis, Two Bit Hooker and Baby Gonga among his over two dozen commercially available patterns. All of Charlie’s experience finally culminated in 2004 with the opening of his own fly shop, Charlie’s Fly Box, in Arvada, Colorado, where he is the head book keeper, order taker and fry cook.
He’s written three books, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying, Charlie’s Fly Box and Tying Nymphs with plans for several more when he finally gets around to them… After beating Ross Purnell in a prolonged and brutal arm wrestling match, he became the Fly Tyer’s Bench columnist for Flyfisherman Magazine and still maintains this title to this day. He was recently named to that magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Flyfishing, and it is thought that his number 45 ranking was specifically chosen to keep his head from growing any larger. Thus far, their ploy hasn’t worked.
Charlie lives in the hills of Palmer Lake, Colorado with his lucky, patient and loving wife, Lisa, their two gigantic dogs and somewhere between three and six young adult children. He still likes quiet time, the Parachute Adams, Colorado whiskey and dry-dropper fishing from a boat.
“It’s not simply enough that a fly catches fish, it has to do all that’s asked of it, well….and style matters”- Charlie Craven

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

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

Pat Dorsey: A native of Colorado, Pat Dorsey has been guiding for over 25 years. Pat Dorsey spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, guiding clients of all abilities. Pat Dorsey is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Dorsey also, maintains an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers. Pat Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Fly Rods Advisory Team, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti Pro staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff. Pat Dorsey is the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. In 2005, Pat authored the book, A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns for each of the four seasons of the year. In 2009 Pat Dorsey authored Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on how to fish tailwater fisheries. In 2010 a companion book to Fly Fishing Tailwaters hit the shelves, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, which is jam-packed with how to tie Pat Dorsey’s favorite “guide flies”. This book includes 500 step-by-step tutorials, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them. His latest book is Colorado Guide Flies, which was released in 2015. It features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes. Pat Dorsey is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. He is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shop throughout the United States. Pat Dorsey is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products. Pat Dorsey is a nationally known speaker. He travels the United States sharing his passion for fly fishing at trade shows and private fishing clubs. He is a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver and is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries. Pat Dorsey is the proud father of three wonderful boys, Forrest, Zach, and Hunter. He also has two step children, Nicole and Michael Richardson. They, like their dad, enjoy fly fishing. His wife, Kim, is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. Kim and Pat Dorsey, also, host a yearly trip to Alaska Sportman’s Lodge each September with a group of his clients.

Mary Ann Dozer:Mary Ann Dozer fell in love with fish, not while casting from a riverbank, but while scuba diving in the Caribbean and South Pacific with her husband, Dave. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for the sport took hold. When her high tech career wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann wanted to do something different with her life. The answer was easy: pursue her passion for fly fishing and share it with others.
Mary Ann has been teaching & guiding for over 10 years in Oregon and Idaho, logging an average of 150 days/year on the water. She guides full-time in Central Oregon for the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters, Oregon.
Mary Ann loves to introduce new anglers to fly fishing or take anglers’ skill to that next level. Whether this be via casting lesson, a day in a classroom, or a day on the water. Mary Ann considers casting an art form. She is adept at combining her responsibilities as a guide and teacher of our sport. She is known for her enthusiasm and expertise as a teacher.
Mary Ann is a Fly Fishers International Master Casting Instructor and on the Casting Board of Governors. She is pursuing a Two Hand Casting Certification. Her love and finesse of casting has put her on the Winston Pro-Staff Team.
.Mary Ann believes in giving back to motivate others to pursue their interest in fly fishing for the Fly Fishers International at the local, state & national level. She co-leads the FFI Women Connect and has also co-chaired Education and Publicity for the Northwest Fly Fishing Expo for the last ten years. Mary Ann is deeply committed to supporting Casting for Recovery and has volunteered for events across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for fifteen years.

Bill Edrington: A sociology/criminology professor for 25 years, Bill Edrington owned Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO since 1990. He sold the business to his son, Taylor in January of 2011, but he continues working there on a limited basis and fishing from Argentina to Alaska. In addition to teaching fly fishing and training guides in how to teach fly fishing, he is an author and outdoor photographer with his last book being Fly Fishing the Arkansas, An Angler’s Guide and Journal. Bill’s Blog on Facebook, Bill Edrington, Tight Lines and Tasty Spoons, a group of river stories, fishing poetry and streamside recipes has lots of fly fishing and food followers. He has published articles in Fly Fisherman magazine, American Angler, Fly Fusion and is currently a contributing writer for the High Country Angler. Bill grew up fly fishing the small streams of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado and after having fished around the world, still considers those to be his favorites.

Taylor Edrington: Taylor Edrington was raised in the fly fishing industry, and studied on the river under the tutelage of such greats as Gary Lafontaine, Mel Krieger, Chuck Fothergill, Larry Kingrey and his father Bill Edrington. Suma Cum Laude graduate of the Leads School of Business at the University of Colorado, Taylor now owns and operates Royal Gorge Anglers on the Arkansas River. Royal Gorge Anglers will be celebrating this year its 25th year of operation as a flagship flyshop of the Rocky Mountain Region and the largest flyshop, lodge and guide service combo in the Southern Rockies. The guide service at Royal Gorge Anglers has been deemed one of the finest fly fishing guide services in the country, and received the Orvis Company Endorsement as one of the premier outfitters in the Southern Rockies. Royal Gorge Anglers boasts a 3000 sq. ft. retail space with such fine outdoor brands as Orvis, Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Scott and many other fly fishing specialty brands. Prior to his ownership of RGA, Taylor grew up guiding and instructing on the Arkansas River and various other Rocky Mountain watersheds. For just shy of a decade, Taylor guided in both Central and Southwestern Alaska, and is a US Coast Guard Certified Saltwater Captain. Taylor also worked as the general manager of a flagship lodge in the Iliamna region of Alaska for 3 seasons. Along with his fly-fishing pursuits in the US, Taylor has hosted fly-fishing adventure travel for clients on 4 continents through his global adventure travel business, Cross Current Travel Group and holds three fly rod world records. Beyond the details, Taylor is an extreme advocate for fishery conservation and simply strives to build awareness about the sport of fly-fishing for all ages.

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

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

Daniel Galhardo: Tenkara USA is a fully independent, US-based company. It was founded and is run by Daniel W. Galhardo. Daniel has spent years researching and learning everything he can about tenkara. Truly, tenkara has become his single most important subject in life, he needs no floatant, no weight and no reels, yet continues catching trout. In this time he’s developed a strong relationship with tenkara masters in Japan, particularly Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the most prominent tenkara angler in Japan. He relies on their knowledge and feedback to ensure all products are of very high quality. No one in the US has come to know as much about tenkara as he does. This knowledge and relationships show in the quality of the products offered by Tenkara USA, which have acquired renown worldwide and applause from his masters in Japan.

Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.

Rob Giannino: Rob Giannino is the Founder of Fly Fishing Journeys, a fly fishing media company focusing on Podcasting, Blogging and Social Community. He is also an outdoor speaker, writer, photographer, videographer and flytographer (aerial drone operator).  He has written for numerous outdoor publications including Peche a la Mouche (Fishing with a Fly); a beautiful destination fly fishing magazine based in Quebec, Canada. Rob lives in Greater Boston and one of his passions is connecting with the local fly fishing community, sharing experiences and planning for more. He serves as a guest speaker at fly fishing shows, Trout Unlimited chapters and other outdoor events. He’s also part of a partnership group that owns a private fishing club in northern Quebec called Camp Du Lac Bohier. Accessible only via float plane, the camp has three log cabins, a dining lodge and sits 70 miles northeast of Natashquan, Canada. Rob owns a Digital Media Agency helping businesses around the world promote their services online. He combined his joy for helping businesses in the digital space with his passion for fly fishing and created FlyFishingJourneys.com . Bringing fly fisherman together and sharing the love for the sport, both on the river and online fulfills a lifelong dream.

John Gierach: John Gierach is an American author and freelance writer who formerly resided on the St. Vrain River in Lyons, Colorado and now lives in Larimer County, Colorado. His books’ themes are based on his various fly fishing adventures, some of which take place with his friend, A.K. Best. A few of his works include The View from Rat Lake, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and the cult classic–Trout Bum. His work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field & Stream where he is a contributing author, and Fly, Rod, and Reel where he is an editor at large. He also writes columns for the Longmont Daily Times-Call out of Longmont, Colorado and the monthly Redstone Review and a monthly column for the The New York Times. This is a rare chance to meet one of the most well known fly fishing authors in person!

Wendy Gunn: Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.

Heather Hodson: Heather Hodson @northwestflygirl – Founder of United Women on the Fly. Heather is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable and becoming a part of the fly fishing community. Sometimes referred to as the “Middle Women,” Heather volunteers her energy and time to connect women, help start a Women’s Program or enable anglers to become more confident on the water. Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited. Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.

Mike Kruise: Mike Kruise is a Longmont native. After a tour of service in the Marine Corps, he returned to Longmont and started a family. He has extensive experience in retailing and construction prior to opening the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop.
Mike learned to fly fish from his father, who was a hardcore outdoorsman. He perfected his skills with his close friend, Scott Bley, and together they cut their fly fishing teeth on the Big Thompson, the Cache la Poudre and St Vrain Rivers. Mike has extensive fishing experience around western North America, including Alaska and Mexico, and has organized and led annual trips to the Bahamas for the past several years. In 2014, Kruise co-authored A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area with Steve Schweitzer.
Kruise has been guiding and teaching fly fishing since the 1990s, and became a Colorado Registered Outfitter in 2006. He and Bley are co-owners of the Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop in Longmont.

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

Linda Leary: Linda Leary has a passion for fishing and the opportunities of sharing it with others. She moved to The Last Frontier a week after graduating from the University of Maine, and like most people that move to Alaska, was looking for an adventure! Fishing was at the top of her list!
For over 30 years in Alaska she worked in the trucking industry where part of growing and developing relationships with customers was taking them on traditionally Alaskan adventures. She found that fishing was a natural way to share the love of her great state and the outdoors on a grander scale.
Linda launched FisheWear in 2015 as a way to create clothing and gear for the outdoors that will help women feel more confident and have fun! In 2018, FisheWear added Women’s Flyfishing which offers flycasting classes and guided trips for women to continue the learning!

Heidi Lewis: Heidi Lewis was born and raised in Wisconsin. Now she lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and 2 daughters. While family life takes up most of her time and running a metal business with her husband she spends her free time on the river and in the outdoors. Heidi started fly fishing in 2012 and gets 100+ days on the water a year. The passion began with some flyfishing classes from her local fly shop. She then increased her skills from many hours on the water year-round. She started a local women’s group, Utah Women Flyfishers, to bring women together to find a fishing partner and learn more about flyfishing through monthly meetings and casting clinics. She is also the Women’s Initiative Council Chair of Utah Trout Unlimited.

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: www.landonmayer.com, Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram

Matt McCannel:  Head fishing guide for RIGS Fly Shop Matt McCannel has been leading newcomers and experienced anglers alike on successful trips for more than a decade. Since 2005, he’s been guiding for RIGS full-time, passionately making his clients better anglers. Matt takes a unique, out-of-the-box approach to fly fishing and instruction, with an emphasis technical tailwater trout. Intimately familiar with the waters of Western Colorado, Matt guides in the Gold Medal waters of the Gunnison Gorge and on the Uncompahgre River tailwater “Paco” where he’s helped clients successfully catch Browns up to 19.4 lbs. He’s been known to carry a ladder with him on his Sight Fishing Trips, so he’s always got an eye on Browns hiding in even the deepest holes. Above all, his focus is on giving you the most enjoyable experience, and getting his clients into the biggest fish — period. His unique ability to teach and explain even the most intricate details is the key to the success of his clients, and has made him one of the most sought-after guides in the nation. Matt is an Ambassador/Pro Team member for several of the industries best companies like SAGE, Simms, FishPond, Costa, Scientific Anglers and is also a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His mantra? “Go slow and be patient.” Matt makes his home in Ridgeway, Colorado

Brian O’Keefe: I have combined a lifetime of fly fishing photography, fly casting instruction with a lot of serious fly fishing. As an IFFF certified Master Casting Instructor, I enjoy teaching and demonstrating all things fly casting, and working with first time fly casters to long bomb distance casters. My most popular fly casting seminar is on distance. The double haul is critical to all distance or power casts. The same principals apply when casting big flies a moderate distance, or casting in the wind.I use a simple step by step approach to learning the double haul and improving your double haul. It’s quite easy.

Devin Olsen: I started fly fishing at age 9. I will never forget my first day where I caught a cutthroat on an ant in the first meadow of the famed Slough Creek in Yellowstone on a hand me down fiberglass 7 weight! Though I’d been fishing with hardware since I was a toddler, that day started an addiction to fly fishing that I can’t seem to shake. When I fished against Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes in the former Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fishing Master’s in 2004, I knew I had to find a way to compete in the sport I loved. It was serendipitous that I worked with both these anglers a year later after they had made Fly Fishing Team USA. I fished in my first regional and made the team myself in 2006.
The ensuing years have been more educational than I could have ever imagined and I’m as hopelessly obsessed with fly fishing today as I’ve ever been. This obsession has brought dedication, which has helped me to have competitive success domestically and abroad. The year 2016 marked my 8th consecutive berth as an angler for Fly Fishing Team USA in the 36th Fips Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Vail, Colorado. The year prior in Bosnia I was incredibly fortunate to finish with the individual bronze medal and even more fortunate to have been a part of the squad that won the first team medal (a silver) for the USA at a world fly fishing championship. In 2016 we followed that feat with a team bronze. Fly fishing competitions have exposed me to tactics and techniques from incredible teammates and fellow fly anglers from across the globe. I hope to share what I’ve learned to make you a better angler.
Away from competitive fishing, fish have sculpted my professional life as well. I hold a bachelor’s degree in ecology and a master’s degree in fisheries science. I currently work for the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management as a salmon and steelhead biologist in Joseph, Oregon. I have a wonderful wife Julia of 11 years, a three year old son Levi whose favorite fish are bull trout, and a in infant daughter who refuses to sleep at night but shows early signs of fly fishing virtuosity. What more could a guy ask for?

Alice Owsley: Alice was born in Ohio and introduced to fly fishing at a young age on the spring creeks of Northeast Ohio. She moved out west after graduating from college to pursue a career in the fly fishing industry. She currently operates Riverside Anglers guide service out of West Yellowstone, Montana. Alice has been guiding for 15 years on the Madison, Henry’s Fork and waters of Yellowstone National Park, teaching clients of all skill levels her trout catching ways. Alice also spent a season on the famed Naknek River of SE Alaska chasing King Salmon and large Rainbow trout. In 1999, she completed Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Instructor Course. She is a Simms Guide Ambassador and a member of the ClackaCraft pro staff who has been a licensed outfitter in Montana since 2004.

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

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

Bob Reece: Bob Reece is a full time Jr. High Science teacher and coach in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences. Bob runs a fly fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at his school. In addition to this, he works with Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing. During his summers he runs his own guide operation on the private waters of Horse Creek Ranch in Southeast Wyoming. Bob works as a Field Editor for Fly Fusion Magazine and writes multiple monthly posts for Gink & Gasoline. He also serves as an ambassador for Renzetti fly tying vises. Bob’s loving mom, also a teacher, emphasized and nurtured his creativity from a young age. He was also lucky enough to have an amazing dad who taught him how to tie flies and cast a rod at the age of twelve. His science background and love of God’s creation, fuels his desire to construct highly productive fly patterns. All of these factors combined, have led to where he is now as a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Jen Ripple: Jen Ripple is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine, the international fly-fishing lifestyle magazine. She has been seen on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, featured in many media outlets including Outside Online, The New York Times, Trout Magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors which named her one of six women who are revolutionizing the fly-fishing industry, and Southern Living Magazine which named her 2018 Tennessee Southerner of the Year. In addition, she can be heard on podcasts with Orvis, The Woman Angler and Adventurer, The Kayak Fishing Show, Jackson Kayak, The 12th Story, The Itinerant Angler, Fish on the Brain, and others.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for Fly Fishers International and member of the Board of Directors for AFFTA. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in the sport, teaching fly-tying and fly-casting clinics, speaking nationwide, and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide through DUN to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.

Phillip Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.

Robin Schmidt:  After more than 30 years in the software industry, Robin Schmidt decided to uninstall her software career and and jump feet first into the world and industry of fly fishing. Robin has shared her journey in a series of stories in DUN Magazine, describing her motivation, her inspirations and discoveries along the path to her new life. Her advice to anyone thinking of taking a giant leap into their passions is, run don’t walk! It was during this radical change of direction in life that she met Kaitlin Boyer, a fellow graduate of Colorado Mountain College’s Professional Fly Fishing Guide program. Together they have joined forces to bring real change and a vision to increase the number of women working in the fly fishing industry though scholarship opportunities.

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

Steve Schweitzer: Steve is the author of the award winning “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” and the newly released “A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area” co-authored with Mike Kruise. Steve is a contributing editor for Angling Trade magazine and writes the ‘Masters at the Vise’ column for Southwest, Northwest and Eastern Fly Fishing Magazines. He has authored numerous articles appearing in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Trout, Wall Street Journal and many other regional angling publications. He also is contributing author & illustrator for the book “Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing”, authored by Joe Kissane. Besides writing, Steve also is an innovative fly tyer, with his patterns appear in books by Chris Mann, John Shewey, FFF Masters, Rick Takahashi & Jerry Hubka and others. Steve also has been active in TU, serving as president of the Lee Wulff Chapter. Steve makes his home in Greeley, CO. By day, Steve works as a consultant in the broadband and digital media industries.

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.

Mia Sheppard:  Mia is an accomplished guide, champion spey-caster, conservationist, upland bird hunter, skier, and mother. She grew up in Tennessee, chasing trout and hiking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing caught her attention in 1996. In 2003, Mia and her husband Marty purchased Little Creek Outfitters and she started her guiding career on the John Day River for small mouth bass. Within a few more years, she was guiding steelhead. With a strong passion to get more women and kids involved in the sport of fly-fishing, she enjoys teaching and offers women specific bass, steelhead and stand up paddle board trips on the Deschutes, John Day, and Sandy Rivers. Teaching her daughter about the outdoor and nature is her top priority
Mia is an ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo Lines, Costa and Boggs Trail Butter

Peter Stitcher:  Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and owner of Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle Inc.  As a biologist, Peter works across the United States in the assessment, restoration, and management of trophy trout waters.   Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, and fish habitat use into easily applied fishing tips and tactics for the fly fisher.  Armed with an extensive invertebrate database and more than 400,000 flies Peter and his team at Ascent specialize in the creation of Biologist Crafted Fly Selections specific to the trout foods and their life-cycles when and where you fish.  Peter also just released his first film titled Creating Order in Your Fly Box, and is a regular contributor to High Country Angler Magazine.”

Rick Takahashi: I love to tie and design flies patterns for the waters that I fish. I have been tying flies since the age of eight years of age. After taking apart my first fly (Royal Coachman) and seeing the hackle unwind, I knew that I wanted to learn how to tie flies. I didn’t have the slightest idea what a fly was but knew it was for fishing because of the hook. A couple of years later, my uncle bought me my first fly tying kit and I have been tying flies ever since. “I remember seeing my first fly fisherman on the South Platte River near the town of Decker’s Colorado.” I followed that fly fisherman around for a couple of hours and eventually got up the nerves to ask him what he was doing…he told me he was fly fishing. This connected the flies I was tying with the actual act of fly fishing. I used to bring my first flies to Jim Poor of Angler’s All for critique. Mr. Poor used to tell me that my flies looked terrible and that I needed to practice more if I wanted to get any better. Best advice I could have ever received, I would not have progressed any further without practice and more practice. I love to bring others into the realm of fly fishing. I am a demonstration fly tier and have tied at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave, Cheyenne Mountain TU Tying Clinic, Grand Valley Angler Fly Tying Clinic, Rocky Mountain Fly Casters Tying Clinic and at various regional fly shops near Denver. I am a past contributor and illustrator to Fly Fisherman Magazine. My art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. I am a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and I have done some consulting for C and F Design Co. I have had several articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine. I am a Pro Staff Member of Whiting Farms, and Pro Staff member of Clear Cure Goo. My fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book “Fly Patterns”, Todd Hosman’s book “Colorado Flies”, “Hatch is On” by Chris Santella, “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer, “Colorado’s Best Fly fishing” by Landon Mayer and in Pat Dorsey’s newest book. I wrote my first book with my friend Jerry Hubka (co-author), our book is titled “Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern” Stackpole/Headwater Books. Our book has been doing well, we are into our third printing. We have just sent our publisher a manuscript for our new book tentively titled “Modern Terrestrials” which will be out September of 2014. We also have developed a presentation on Midges and Midge fly Fishing which we have presented in Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado and New Mexico. My goal is to share with others all of the various aspects of fly fishing and fly tying “it’s the teacher in me that wants to share knowledge.” Our book was written to share what we’ve learned with other fly fishermen. I am a retired art educator and former Art Department Chairperson at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a shop rat and teach fly tying courses for Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel. I make my home in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife Susan, daughter Haley and son Josh.

Dave Whitlock: Thirty-eight years ago Dave pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Dave’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 4 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. Dave is also known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper. Dave has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for10 years. Dave’s experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. Editors note: Dave is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Don’t miss the chance to share some time with this great mentor of our sport!

 

Authors:

Ron Belak
FLY FISHING COLORADO’S BACKCOUNTRY (new release)

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

Tom Boyd
TROUT, SALMON AND CHAR (new release)
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH

Charlie Craven:
CHARLIE CRAVEN’S BASIC FLY TYING
CHARLIE’S FLY BOX: SIGNATURE FLIES FOR FRESH AND SALT WATER
FLY FISHERMAN FOUNDATION FLY PATTERNS: 101-401
TYING NYMPHS: ESSENTIAL FLIES & TECHNIQUES FOR THE TOP PATTERNS (new release)

Michelle Cummings
REEL SISTERS

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

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

Pat Dorsey:
FLY FISHING GUIDE TO THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER (due February 2019)
COLORADO GUIDE FLIES: PATTERNS, RIGS, AND ADVICE FROM THE STATE’S BEST ANGLERS AND GUIDES
FLY FISHING TAILWATERS: TACTICS AND PATTERNS FOR YEAR-ROUND WATERS
TYING & FISHING TAILWATER FLIES

Bob Dye
A FLY FISHING GUIDE TO THE COLORADO RIVER AND IT’S TRIBUTARIES (new release)

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

Daniel Galhardo
TENKARA, THE BOOK (new release)

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

John Gierach:
A ROD OF YOUR OWN (New Release)
ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS
ANOTHER LOUSY DAY IN PARADISE & DANCES WITH TROUT
AT THE GRAVE OF THE UNKNOWN FISHERMAN
DEATH, TAXES & LEAKY WADERS
FISHING BAMBOO
EVEN BROOK TROUT GET THE BLUES
FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS
FLYFISHING THE HIGH COUNTRY
FOOL’S PARADISE
NO SHORTAGE OF GOOD DAYS
SEX, DEATH AND FLY FISHING
STANDING IN A RIVER WAVING A STICK
STILL LIFE WITH BROOK TROUT
TROUT BUM
THE VIEW FROM RAT LAKE
WHERE THE TROUT ARE ALL AS LONG AS YOUR LEG

Terry & Wendy Gunn
50 BEST TAILWATERS TO FLY FISH
25 BEST NATIONAL PARKS TO FLY FISH (New Release)

Mike Kruise
A FLY FISHING GUIDE TO INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS AREA

Jeff Hatton
DEEP AT THE MAHOGANY RIFFLE
3 DEEP AT THE MAHOGANY RIFFLE

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

Devin Olsen
TACTICAL FLY FISHING (due February 2019)

Jason Randall:
TROUT SENSE
FEEDING TIME
MOVING WATER
NYMPH MASTERS: FLY FISHING SECRETS FROM EXPERT ANGLERS (new release)

Duane Redford
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: RECOGNIZING THE OBVIOUS- EXPLOITING THE OBSCURE IN FLY FISHING (New Release)
THE FLY FISHERS PLAYBOOK

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

Steve Schweitzer
DESIGNING POPPERS, SLIDERS, & DIVERS (New Release)
A FLY FISHING GUIDE TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
A FLY FISHING GUIDE TO INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS AREA

Rick Takahashi
THE FLY TYING ARTIST, CREATIVE PATTERNS FOR THE COMMON HATCH (new release)
TYING AND FISHING THE FAVORITE FLY PATTERNS OF RICK TAKAHASHI
MODERN TERRESTRIALS
MODERN MIDGES: TYING & FISHING THE WORLD’S MOST EFFECTIVE PATTERNS

Andrew Weiner
DOWN BY THE RIVER (new release)

Michele White (Murray)
BETWEEN THE RIVERS
LESSER KNOWN FLY FISHING VENUES IN SOUTH PARK
JOE-THE-SCHMO CAN CATCH A PICKY FISH

Dave Whitlock
ARTFUL PROFILES OF TROUT, CHAR AND SALMON – AND THE CLASSIC FLIES THAT CATCH THEM (New Release)
DAVE WHITLOCK’S GUIDE TO AQUATIC TROUT FOODS
LL BEAN FLY-FLYFISHING HANDBOOK
TROUT AND THEIR FOOD

Steve Woit
FLY FISHING TREASURES (new release)

Additional Authors TBA

Fly Tiers

Fly Tyers:

Sue Armstrong: My first exposure to fly tying was when I was about 8 years old. My Dad took me to a sportsman’s exposition in our home town of Phoenix. Just inside the entrance was a young man tying flies. I was absolutely enthralled watching him use thread to apply a variety of materials to a hook. I can’t remember what the fly looked like or the materials he used, I just remember thinking “I want to do that!” The opportunity arose in 1981 after moving with my husband and newborn son from Arizona to Denver. Within a few months of our move, we enrolled in a fly fishing class taught by Dick Reeves, the founder of Front Range Anglers in Boulder, Colorado. However, as my duties as a mom and high school teacher consumed much of my time, I did not tie much until our son was in high school. At that time I took up fly tying once again. Within the last ten years, the woven hair hackle flies of George Grant have captured my heart. Though they are not fished much anymore, I enjoy teaching the history behind them and the unique techniques involved.

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.

Phil Camera: Phil Camera: Although a native of Connecticut, Phil journeyed west after experiencing his first fishing trip to the Madison River. Feeling like he was in a different world, his love for angling and the outdoors lead to the direction of his next 40 years. Leaving his employment as a Ballistic Technician at Winchester Western’s research laboratory in New Haven, Connecticut, he settled near the South Platte River in the Colorado Mountains. His mechanical and laboratory background directed him toward the science and artistry of fly tying. Phil seemed to never be satisfied with the term, “This is the only way to do it” He would constantly challenge the performance of existing tying materials in search for what he felt was the ideal product to accomplish what he wanted from a particular fly. His interest put him on the path to creating new tying materials and a manufacturing and distributing company, as well as a distribution center for synthetic tying products. Thus his innovation of Larva Lace body materials were born! His development of this material raised the eyebrows of many of the old school tiers, which put him on the next path to educating his customers. After authoring the book “Fly Tying With Synthetics”, he was asked by many to come and show and tell how these products were actually used for todays fly patterns. For the next 20 years Phil travelled the world as an invited guest tier to places like Holland Fly Tying Fair, Sweden, Norway , the South Pacific, and the North and South America fisheries explaining and demonstrating his patterns and techniques. Phil still welcomes the opportunity to teach and show clubs of interest all his secrets of tying with alternative materials. In 2003 Phil’s Montana memories lead him back to the great Missouri River in north central Montana. With his desire to fish the tail water fisheries and large trout he felt this was a great place to settle down to a small lodge and fly shop. Most any day you can walk in to the Prewett Creek Fly shop and find Phil and Joan, his wife, in the fly shop helping and servicing the many anglers that seek the experience of the Upper Missouri River. Phil will be either sitting in the corner tying flies or on the river rowing his drift boat and testing his latest fly creation.

Herman deGala: Herman deGala is a member of Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designers. Besides being an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer, he is also the developer of the internationally renowned website flytyingclips.com and has produced multiple multimedia presentations featuring new fly and product introductions for Umpqua.
Herman has appeared numerous times in the Denver Post, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fusion, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and multiple fly fishing books. He is also a frequent demonstrator at many of the local fly shops, TU Chapters, Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain. He spends much of his free time fishing Colorado’s stillwaters living within ten minutes of Quincy and Aurora Reservoirs and many of the lakes along the Front Range.
As a professionally trained designer he continues to use those principles to create innovative solutions for catching fish. He credits his fishing buddies for helping him test his patterns, giving him invaluable feedback and keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

Joseph Egry: Joe EgryJoseph Egry: My name is Joe Egry and I started Dragon Flyfishing in January of 2004 after being continually asked by friends to tie flies for them. I started tying flies for the St Vrain Angler in Longmont, Colorado and that summer began taking clients out on guided flyfishing trips in the Rocky Mountain National Park just outside of Estes Park, Colorado through the Estes Angler shop. I am now a member of the Tenkara Guide Network taking trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, a perfect place to experience Tenkara. I have been guiding for ten years now and know a lot of the small creeks and rivers within the park, holding Brookies, Browns, Greenback Cutthroats, and Rainbows. I guide on the weekends, as I have a regular job during the week. Taking beginner flyfisher’s out on the water is my favorite kind of trip. Teaching is the focus of the trip. I want my clients to be able to go out on their own after the trip and have some basic knowledge about fly fishing and be able to catch fish. I try to make it fun and teach while fishing. At the end of the day, if you can tie on a fly, Roll Cast to where a fish may be, you can catch fish! I am originally from Kansas and have lived from coast to coast with two years spent in Germany while in the Air Force. I did live in Colorado as a kid and finally made it back for good in 1995. I caught my first fish at two years old and haven’t stopped since. I began fly fishing 23 years ago and started fishing Tenkara almost exclusively for the last four years. I have given fly tying presentations around Denver at the Fly Fishing Show, the West Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited fly tying clinic, and at my fly fishing club events for a number of years, focusing on Tenkara flies for the last four years. I am available to give tying demonstrations and clinics to your organization, just contact me.
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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.

 

Shea Gunkel: Principal Owner and CEO of Splatte Guides, Shea is one of the newest members of the Umpqua Feather Merchants signature fly design team. Spending his time creating new patterns, rather than commercially tying has offered more time to watch his three awesome sons Cael, Quinn, and Cain play little league baseball. Growing up in Canon City Colorado, Shea cut his teeth in the fly fishing world throwing elk hair dries and olive wooly buggers on the upper Arkansas River at the age of 13. Now that life and fishing have landed him in Colorado Springs, most of his time is spent chasing his beautiful wife, Mollie, as well as the occasional trout along the South Platte River drainage. Gunkel’s “Shotglass Baetis” has been wrecking fish all along the Rocky Mountain west and has become a staple fly anywhere mayflies can be found. These, along with the ‘Radiation Baetis’ and ‘Splatte Roller’, have hit the production stage with Umpqua and are available to purchase at your local fly shop. Shea manages the golf course and grounds maintenance department at Kissing Camels and Garden of the Gods Club and Resort in Colorado Springs but finds time to guide for Anglers Covey and SoCo Guides.

Jason Haddix: Jason is originally from Illinois, but grew up fishing the trout streams of northern Colorado, where there was tons of opportunity to learn. From even the youngest age, he has always had a love of fishing, tying and the outdoors in general. This later led him to become a commercial tier and guide for several different shop/outfitters. Along the way he has been able to some great friends in the industry and some affiliations with some outstanding companies. Such as Peak vises, Daiichi hooks, Rite bobbins and Trout flies.com to name a few. Although he has spent many hours behind the vise cranking out thousands of commercially tied flies, his love of realistic flies and deer hair bass bugs still comes to the surface at shows. So be sure and stop by to see some of his realistic flies. Some of which include the walking stick, spider, damsel nymph and any other off the wall thing he’s come up with. Also feel free to email or contact him at anytime with questions j-onthefly@hotmail.com.

Phil Iwane: Fly tying and fly fishing is a passion that I love to share with people of a like passion. Being artistic by nature, I view each fly I tie as a piece of art. Fly tying and fly fishing is a Zen-like experience. Nothing is so rewarding as tying your own flies, selecting the correct fly for the water and conditions that you are fishing, presenting your fly, watching the fish take it, fighting it, landing it and then releasing it.  As a fly tier, I have tied hundreds of patterns but now have narrowed it down to flies that catch fish. Umpqua has selected my Iwan-e-Dun extended body mayfly series and I will be showing you how to tie it. I will be also sharing other patterns that I have had great success with. I am an ambassador for Whiting Farms Genetic Fly Tying Feathers and proudly use their feathers wherever they are needed in the creating of my flies.  I have tied at The Fly Fishing Show, International Sportsman Exposition, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, Orvis Events, Fly Fishing Rendezvous, St. Vrain Anglers Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Expo as well as many of the fly shops in Colorado such as Charlie’s Fly Box, Kirk’s Fly Shop, Front Range Anglers, St. Peter’s Fly Shop, Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop, Bass Pro Shop, Elkhorn Rods and Reels, Living Waters Fly Fishing Texas, Sportsmans Finest Texas and I actively support our disabled veterans through Project Healing Waters Colorado.  I am looking forward to sharing my flies with you as well as some tips on how to fish them and my nymphing rig that has worked well for me for many years.

Tim Jacobs: Tim Jacobs, a native of Michigan, is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Roaring Fork Valley. He works as an instructor at the Michigan Youth Trout Camp each summer and for Project Healing Waters in Colorado. Aside from published articles and the numerous clinics he conducts, Tim is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor who taught Sage Casting Clinics during the 1990’s. He has guided in the Steamboat Springs area and the Roaring Fork Valley. Tim is also a demonstration fly tyer for the Whiting Farms Pro Team and Regal Vise Pro Staff.

 

 

Stephen Johnson: Stephen has been fly fishing and tying flies for almost thirty years. For the last fifteen years he has developed a preference for small stream fishing. Fishing small streams takes him back to a time when fishing was about fishing, not about the latest fly, line taper, rod action or destination. He prefers stalking fish and making the proper cast and presentation to competing with other anglers for a spot on the river. Stephen has tied trout flies, streamers, and saltwater flies but his passion is tying North Country flies (sometimes called soft hackles in the US), especially for small streams. Since these flies consist of minimal materials, they look easy to tie. However, the challenge for the tyer is the right material in the correct amount in the appropriate place: then the sum is greater than the parts. The simple beauty of these flies appeals to his preference for minimalistic and impressionistic fly designs. He brings a great amount of knowledge about these flies to the vise and has spent many hours perfecting techniques. Happily, fish also find North Country flies very appealing!

Chris Krueger: Chris Krueger is a fly designer out of Fort Collins, CO, where he owns and operates Rocky Mountain Fly Design. Learning to tie at a young age, Chris grew up fishing his patterns and designs throughout the waters of northern Colorado and Wyoming. Tying commercially since the age of 14, he immediately developed a lifelong passion for the art and craftsmanship of fly tying. Now a teacher by day and fly tier by night, Chris combines his two passions and spends much of the year working with youth, teaching fly tying, demonstrating at shops and fly shows, tying commercially and spending time on the water. Chris finds his true fishing passion throwing articulated streamers for large predatory trout in Colorado and Wyoming. He is a pro-team member with Regal Engineering, Whiting Farms, and a signature designer with Montana Fly Company. For more information, please visit www.rockymountainflydesign.com.

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: www.landonmayer.com, Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram

Mark McMillian: A lifetime Coloradoan, Mark McMillan has been fly fishing for nearly 40 years and fly tying since the late 1970’s. A self taught tier, he has become known for his inventive use and incorporation of common and not-so-common materials into flies of his own design. He has been a demonstration tier and instructor at various Fly Shops, Conclaves, Trout Unlimited fund raisers, and Fly Fishing and Tying shows in Colorado and the west since 2003. His patterns are effective fishing flies for trout, bass, wiper, and carp, and his strong interest in carp fishing has led him to build a shallow water carp fishing boat complete with poling platform for pursuing his beloved golden bones. Mark has been guiding walk-wade, float tube and pack horse trout fishing trips, and teaching casting and fly tying classes since 2000. He is a member of the Whiting Farms and Vosseler pro teams, and often jokes that he is a pro staff member with Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Dollar Tree. He has several fly patterns

Walt Mueller Jr.: Walt Mueller, aka “The Otter” (always in the water and sometimes catching fish!), has been an avid fly tier for over 50 years. Living in the mountains of Colorado, he fishes all the major western rivers from New Mexico up north to Montana plus the Great Lake tributaries each fall and spring for steelhead. Walt developed his soft and ultra realistic “Soft Milking Egg”® egg patterns over 7 years ago. His materials now are available in 16 different colors of eggs, in 7 sizes; 2 x 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 3 x 6 mm clusters, 8 mm and 10 mm sizes. Whether tying his tiny 2 x 2 mm “Soft Sucker Spawn-OS-3” or 3 mm eggs on a tiny #20 hook, or up to multiple and larger 3 x 6 mm clusters or 10 mm eggs on 2/0 hooks for use on King Salmon, he will demonstrate how to tie multiple types of egg patterns using his wide array of materials that will improve your catch rate for all trout, steelhead, and even bass and carp!

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

 

 

 

Carl Pennington: As a young adult after fishing for many years with friends and family I decided to teach myself to tie flies to save a little money. Armed with a Thompson Model a vice and basic tools and materials I got started on what would become a life long pursuit of knowledge and skill in the art of fly tying. Twenty years and thousands of flies later I realized that I wasn’t saving any money bout I had developed a love for tying flies for trout. Fly tying has been a passion of mine and has grown in recent years with my appreciation for Colorado and all the great fishing waters it holds. I don’t travel much and may never fish anywhere else which is fine by me. I would have to say my signature patterns are those that require the most attention to detail and purporting such as the pheasant tail, biot emergers and parachute dry flies. I am a bit of a perfectionist when comes to the size and profile due to many years of fishing Colorado tail waters and the tiny flies they require. Just recently two of my fly patterns have been pickup by Montana Fly Co. I’m also a staff designer for Deek Creek Flies in the UK.

Richard Pilatzke: Richard Pilatzke lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Cheryl and border collie mix dog Bella . He was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in upstate New York. Richard has lived in Colorado for over 37years. He has been fly tying and fly fishing for over 40 years. For the last twenty five years, he has specialized in tying flies for and fishing mountain lakes in Colorado. He especially likes fishing damselfly and dragonfly hatches and terrestrials. He does many fly tying demonstrations at events like The Flyfishing Show, The International Sportsman’s Expo, the Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show, the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo, The New Mexico Trout Symposium, the Federation of Fly Fishers National Conclave and Regional Gatherings and at fly tying clinics at many Denver area fly shops and TU and FFF chapters. In addition, Richard is a life member of both Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is a member of Cutthroat Chapter, Trout Unlimited, has been a member of the Board of Directors for Cutthroat for over twenty-seven years, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Trout Unlimited. Richard’s flies have been exhibited at the Boulder Art Museum and the Prichard Art Museum in Idaho Falls. He is currently a member of the Regal Engineering, Unibobber , River Road Creations and Wasatch Angling Pro Staffs. Richard and his fly patterns have been featured in books by Gary LaFontaine, Pat Dorsey, Rick Takahashi, Marty Bartholomew, Bob Dye, Ron Belak, and Jim Schollmeyer and also in Southwest Fly Fishing, Fly Fusion and Colorado Outdoors. His fly patterns are displayed on the internet in both pictures and video. His biggest influences in fly tying have been Gary LaFontaine, Jack Dennis, John Betts, Craig Matthews, and Al Makkai. What Richard likes best about fly tying is the creative aspect, especially searching out little-known materials to create new patterns.

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!

Juan Ramirez: Juan grew up in Northern New Mexico fishing the small streams and creeks of the Sangre De Cristos. In 1997, a switch to fly-fishing was made and he has never looked back. Over the years, he has guided on the Cimarron River in New Mexico as well as the South Platte River in Colorado. Juan received his first tying kit when he was 15. After a few disastrous “creations”, it was put away for a few years. In college at Durango, CO the kit was opened and a new appreciation for the globs of fur, feathers, floss and thread was created. Now after 15 years of tying Juan is an accomplished fly tier. Currently a part time guide for Anglers Covey, there are not many seconds that pass without the thought of fishing or tying that go by. Juan runs a blog about fly tying and fly fishing at hopperjuan.blogspot.com. Got Hoppers?

Bob Reece: Bob Reece is a full time Jr. High Science teacher and coach in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences. Bob runs a fly fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at his school. In addition to this, he works with Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing. During his summers he runs his own guide operation on the private waters of Horse Creek Ranch in Southeast Wyoming. Bob works as a Field Editor for Fly Fusion Magazine and writes multiple monthly posts for Gink & Gasoline. He also serves as an ambassador for Renzetti fly tying vises. Bob’s loving mom, also a teacher, emphasized and nurtured his creativity from a young age. He was also lucky enough to have an amazing dad who taught him how to tie flies and cast a rod at the age of twelve. His science background and love of God’s creation, fuels his desire to construct highly productive fly patterns. All of these factors combined, have led to where he is now as a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Al Ritt: Al has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies. Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California. Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon, redfish and other species.Al has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies. Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California. Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon, redfish and other species.
Currently Al and his wife Diana own and operate Al Ritt Flies. Al is a fly tying instructor and a destination travel host. As Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing, a manufacturer of premium quality fly tying vises and equipment and bamboo rod making planing forms and tools, his duties entail sales/marketing, product development and customer service.

Steve Rogers: Steve is originally from eastern Pennsylvania, but moved to Fort Collins in 2005 after graduating with a degree in Biology. He currently works as a biological science technician at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins. Steve started tying and fly fishing when he was 13, but took an extended 18 year hiatus until he returned to tying and fly fishing. after two hip surgeries, Steve realized that he wasn’t going to be able to play goalie in ice hockey for ever, so he turned his obsession to fly fishing. A self diagnosed “streamer junkie”, Steve can often be found carrying two rods just in case the streamer bite is on. Steve loves to talk and spread his knowledge (or lack there of), whether it is at his tying demos in northern Colorado, in the shops, or on the river. If he gets too long winded, he won’t be offended if you just tell him to “shut up”!

Steve Schweitzer: Steve is the author of the award winning “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” and the newly released “A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area” co-authored with Mike Kruise. Steve is a contributing editor for Angling Trade magazine and writes the ‘Masters at the Vise’ column for Southwest, Northwest and Eastern Fly Fishing Magazines. He has authored numerous articles appearing in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Trout, Wall Street Journal and many other regional angling publications. He also is contributing author & illustrator for the book “Drag Free Drift – Presentation Techniques for Fly Fishing”, authored by Joe Kissane. Besides writing, Steve also is an innovative fly tyer, with his patterns appear in books by Chris Mann, John Shewey, FFF Masters, Rick Takahashi & Jerry Hubka and others. Steve also has been active in TU, serving as president of the Lee Wulff Chapter. Steve makes his home in Greeley, CO. By day, Steve works as a consultant in the broadband and digital media industries.

Tom Starmack: TTom grew up in Minnesota where his early fishing involved chasing walleye and panfish. Now living in northern Illinois, Tom fishes for bass and panfish in small local lakes and travels to pursue trout and salmon. He considers the spring creeks and coulees of the Driftless Area in southwest Wisconsin as his home waters. Tom gives presentations and demonstrations of fly tying and fishing techniques at shows, to TU organizations and local fishing clubs. Tom’s ties have appeared in several issues of American Angler magazine and in the book ‘Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’ by Jason Randall. Tom is a member of TFO’s Pro Staff and an Umpqua Pro Guide. You can see his work at zoeticflies.com.

 

Scott Stisser: Scott Stisser born in Livermore California 1956 grew up in Pleasanton California. Began fly fishing and fly tying in 1972. Sent many years under tutelage of Andre Puyans at the famous Creative Sport Enterprises in San Ramon, then Walnut Creek and finally Pleasant Hill. After many years was asked to teach fly tying lessons at Andre’s shop. Went on to college… became an electrical engineer but continued avidly tying flies and fly fishing. Tied semi-commercially for Hat Creek Anglers when it moved to Pleasanton. In about 1983 I fell in love with Atlantic Salmon fly tying, have practiced this art ever since. Some of my patterns have been published in 3 or 4 books now, to include Modern Midges, Modern Terrestials and 10 classic Atlantic Salmon flies in Classic Salmon Fly Patterns by Michael Radencich

Vincent Su: Vincent Su, an outdoor enthusiast who lives in the Denver metro area. Born in 1964, he did not know anything about fly fishing until 1997 introduced by his father in law. He quickly grew to love both fly fishing and fly tying.  After catching the first fish with a fly he tied himself, as a gear-head person, the excitement got him hooked and prompted for some innovations. He is the inventor of the 720 Vise. He also enjoys photography and by studying aquatic insects with macro photos, he has developed some of his own tying styles and techniques. By learning fly fishing from tail water, in order to better match the hatch, he has developed his own hook size system.In summer time, he’s rarely seen by other anglers as he likes to explore lesser known waters, especially pocket water fishing with dry flies in the mountains.When it comes to fly tying, although he enjoys tying dry flies the most, he also likes soft hackle flies and life-cycle patterns, such as still-born flies and emergers.

Rick Takahashi: I love to tie and design flies patterns for the waters that I fish. I have been tying flies since the age of eight years of age. After taking apart my first fly (Royal Coachman) and seeing the hackle unwind, I knew that I wanted to learn how to tie flies. I didn’t have the slightest idea what a fly was but knew it was for fishing because of the hook. A couple of years later, my uncle bought me my first fly tying kit and I have been tying flies ever since. “I remember seeing my first fly fisherman on the South Platte River near the town of Decker’s Colorado.” I followed that fly fisherman around for a couple of hours and eventually got up the nerves to ask him what he was doing…he told me he was fly fishing. This connected the flies I was tying with the actual act of fly fishing. I used to bring my first flies to Jim Poor of Angler’s All for critique. Mr. Poor used to tell me that my flies looked terrible and that I needed to practice more if I wanted to get any better. Best advice I could have ever received, I would not have progressed any further without practice and more practice. I love to bring others into the realm of fly fishing. I am a demonstration fly tier and have tied at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Fishing Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave, Cheyenne Mountain TU Tying Clinic, Grand Valley Angler Fly Tying Clinic, Rocky Mountain Fly Casters Tying Clinic and at various regional fly shops near Denver. I am a past contributor and illustrator to Fly Fisherman Magazine. My art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. I am a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and I have done some consulting for C and F Design Co. I have had several articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine. I am a Pro Staff Member of Whiting Farms, and Pro Staff member of Clear Cure Goo. My fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book “Fly Patterns”, Todd Hosman’s book “Colorado Flies”, “Hatch is On” by Chris Santella, “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer, “Colorado’s Best Fly fishing” by Landon Mayer and in Pat Dorsey’s newest book. I wrote my first book with my friend Jerry Hubka (co-author), our book is titled “Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern” Stackpole/Headwater Books. Our book has been doing well, we are into our third printing. We have just sent our publisher a manuscript for our new book tentively titled “Modern Terrestrials” which will be out September of 2014. We also have developed a presentation on Midges and Midge fly Fishing which we have presented in Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado and New Mexico. My goal is to share with others all of the various aspects of fly fishing and fly tying “it’s the teacher in me that wants to share knowledge.” Our book was written to share what we’ve learned with other fly fishermen. I am a retired art educator and former Art Department Chairperson at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a shop rat and teach fly tying courses for Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel. I make my home in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife Susan, daughter Haley and son Josh.

Dave Whitlock: Thirty-eight years ago Dave pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Dave’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 4 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. Dave is also known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper. Dave has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for10 years. Dave’s experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. Editors note: Dave is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Don’t miss the chance to share some time with this great mentor of our sport!

Eric Way: Eric began tying at the age of twelve, now 23 year ago started a lifelong obsession with Fly Tying. As a young man he grew up in north central West Virginia fishing every Appalachian stream he could find. Taken under the expert teaching of Paul Kuricak, the then owner of Upstream Fly Shop, his Fly Tying and Fishing education began to blossom. While serving in the Army he got to fish all over the U.S. which gave him experience in many types of fly tying from all over the country. Landing in Baltimore Md. For a while made the introduction to the North Country Tradition of Fly Tying one of the most influential times of his fly tying and fishing life. Great Feather Fly shop and the years of expertise from the staff there instilled a burning passion for the flies of the North Country, especially the spider patterns of old. A walk along the Gunpowder River involving conversations with both guides and friends, and the never ending support for Great Feathers prompted the beginnings of Eric’s professional tying career. In 2012 Gunpowder Custom Tackle was born, specializing in the North Country Spider and Wet Flies tied properly. Now living in Collbran Colorado Eric guides out of Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt and Teaches a Flyfishing and guide school in Mesa. Eric can be found on facebook and Instagram under the name Gunpowder custom tackle and at his web site www.gunpowdercustomtackle.com

Frank Whispell: Frank Whispell was born on the West Coast in Oregon and grew up in
California, Oregon and Washington. He has been fishing all of his
adolescent life as well as his adulthood. He moved to Colorado back
in the 1980’s and has been fly fishing ever since! He is currently a
signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, does annual
demonstration fly tying at the Fly Fishing Show and the International
Sportsman’s Expo (ISE), the West Denver TU Fly Tying Clinic as well as
other demo fly tying at various fly shops on occasion. He also hosts
fly fishing trips to various areas of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New
Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Matt Winkler: Born and raised on a lake in the woods of northern New Jersey, I’ve been on the water fishing my entire life. I bought my first fly rod and tying kit in 2008 and, immediately, a hobby became my way of life. In 2009, I decided to leave my career and move to Colorado solely to pursue the sport. Depending on the season, my passions include throwing streamers in moving water on a heavy sink line, spending 40 – 60 days a year sight fishing shallow mud flats for big carp and hunting stillwaters for oversized trout throughout Colorado and Wyoming. In recent years, I’ve started traveling and enjoying the adventure of salt water fly fishing, including three trips to the Bahamas, Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and searching for rooster’s on Baja’s East Cape. I am a signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and tie small scale custom fly orders. I tie all my own flies, and most of the flies I fish are my original patterns. I’ve been a demonstration fly tier for five years at several fly shops along the Front Range and have tied at the West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, Bass Pro Shops and Umpqua’s booth at the Denver Fly Fishing Show. I currently live in Thornton, Colorado with my wife, Lisa, and our two year old son, Dillon.

Tom Ziegler: Tom, beginning at age 10, cut his fly fishing teeth on the crystal-clear spring fed streams of the Missouri Ozarks Fishing for both wild trout, and, in the warmer streams, the wild and native smallmouth bass. he specializes in the deer hair flies for both trout and bass, demonstrating fly tying at several national and regional shows as well as local fly shops along Colorados’s Front Range. One of his unique deer hair bass flies has recently been featured int he book “The Best Bass Flies”. In addition to tying demonstrations, he has published fly fishing photograph in the The Fly Fish Journal, “The Best Bass Flies”, Southwest Fly Fishing and MidCurrent. He has also managed a fly shop and is a FFF Certified Casting Instructor. Find him on Facebook, Instagram, or check out his website at http://tomzieglerflyfishing.photoshelter.com/index

 

 

Exhibitors & Map



Note from the Director

A Note from the Director:

You are cordially invited to the 18th Annual Denver Fly Fishing Show. We have expanded floor space yet again with additional areas and features, and presentations … now more than 10 per hour for three full days! Some of the highlights include:

•New 2019 products from manufacturers.
•Programs and learning opportunities for youngsters and families.
•New scouting merit badge program.
•Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase with a stand-alone exhibitor venue focused on the woman angler.
•Casting demos and instruction with Simon Gawesworth, Gary Borger, Tom Larimer, Landon Mayer, Jeff Currier, and more!
•Fly tying with Ed Engle, Dave Whitlock, Charlie Craven, Pat Dorsey and more!
•Classes with the Experts where you can get one-on-one time with the pros.
•The most extensive list of speakers to date.
•Lodges, resorts, exotic vacation destinations offering money-saving show specials.
•Live, on site, fly fishing tattoo artists.
•The must see International Fly Fishing Film Festival World Premier on Friday at 6:30 featuring award-winning fly-fishing films.
•New rods, reels, lines, accessories, clothing, waders, boots, books, DVDs and anything else you may want to purchase, plus our exclusive author’s booth.
•Conservation organizations and opportunities to volunteer for the sport you cherish.

Every day of the Denver Fly Fishing Show offers something different. You can’t see it all in one day, so plan on the weekend. Bring your friends and family for some fun at the biggest consumer fly fishing event to take place west of the Delaware River.

See you there.

Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family

Tickets

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  • Adult: $15 for one day, $25 for two-day pass, $35 for three-day pass
  • Children under 5 free, under 12: $5
  • Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
  • Military with ID: $10

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 4 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day.  To purchase your advance film festival tickets click HERE

 

 

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*Sign-up for each class/clinic is limited
*Receive Individualized tips, techniques, and instruction
*Questions answered by your celebrity expert
*Improve your casting, tying, or techniques to catch more fish!

Descriptions are on the Show’s Featured Classes page, and on the page to sign-up and purchase class.  Register by clicking HERE.

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