Admission Info

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

Adult

One-Day Pass: $18
Two-Day Pass: $28
Three-Day Pass: $38

Children

5 & Under: Free
6-12: $5

MILITARY/SCOUTS

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

Edison Show Info

Dates: 
January 25, 26 & 27, 2019

Time
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 26. Doors open and pre-party at 6:00, films start at 7:00. $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

The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave
Edison, NJ 08837

Parking at the Show:  

At the Exposition Center:
Shuttle Service from parking lot at NJ Convention Center
*Map to park on Friday:  Click here
*Map to park on Saturday/Sunday:  Click here

Directions:

From Route 1 & 9 Southbound:
Exit at “Bonhamtown” onto Main Street, continue for 1/2 mile to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 514 East (Woodbridge Avenue). Turn right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 1 Northbound:
After crossing the Raritan River Bridge, get into the right lane. After passing, “Open Road Honda”, take the 3rd right hand exit for Route 514/Woodbridge Avenue. Follow Woodbridge Avenue for 3-4 miles. Make a right at the Sheraton Hotel into Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 287 South:
Follow 287 South to Route 514 West labeled “Raritan Center”. Follow jug handle on the right hand side to traffic light and then follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the NJ Turnpike (NORTH AND SOUTH)
Follow the NJ Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Southbound:
Follow the Parkway to Exit 129. Take Route 287 North to Route 514 West. Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:
Follow the Parkway to Exit 127. Follow Highways 287N/440S to Route 514 West. Route 514 West is the first exit from this route. Follow Route 514 West to the first exit marked Raritan Center. Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 35 & Route 9 North:
Follow Routes 35 & 9 over the Driscoll Bridge, bear right at the end of the bridge. Take the second exit labeled “Raritan Center/ Riverview Drive”. Get into the far right lane and take the Raritan Center Exit. Follow this route all the way down to the second light. Make a right onto Parkway Place. At then, make a left onto Raritan Center Parkway. Follow signs from here which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Route 278 Westbound:
Take the Goethals Bridge onto the New Jersey Turnpike South. Follow the Turnpike to Exit 10. Bear right after you go through the tollbooth, following Route 514 West to Raritan Center. Take the first exit marked Raritan Center and Follow signs, which are posted throughout the Industrial Park for the EXPO HALL.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Outerbridge:
Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to Outerbridge Crossing into New Jersey. Three miles from the bridge are signs for Route 514, Raritan Center. Be in the right lane so you can exit at 514 West Bonhamtown. Follow signs to Raritan Center, exit there and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs for EXPO HALL located throughout the Industrial Park.

From Brooklyn & Staten Island Via Goethals Bridge:
Take the Staten Island Expressway (RTE 278) to the Goethals Bridge. This will bring you into New Jersey. Follow signs to the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 10. After Toll Plaza, Bear right and follow signs to 514 West/Raritan Center. Stay in two right lanes and follow jug handle to light. Follow signs posted throughout the Industrial Park for EXPO HALL.

Transportation:

Airports

The following airports serve the area of and within a 1.5 hour drive of the The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center:
Newark Liberty International Airport: 25 miles
John F Kennedy International Airport: 43 miles
LaGuardia Airport: 49 miles

Ground transportation

State Shuttle:  Toll Free –  800-427-3207
ETS Airport Shuttle: Toll Free – 866-864-7433
All County Express:  Toll Free – 800-914-4223

Train

Metuchen Station is 4.5 miles from the exhibit center. Stations servicing this location include Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, and Trenton Transit Centers. Click here to make reservations through Amtrak. For additional ticket information, routes, schedules, and maps visit the NJ Transit WebsiteMetuchen Taxi: 732-549-7777

Accommodations:

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 US Highway 1
South Iselin NJ 08830
Hotel direct: 732-634-3600 Toll free reservations:  1-800-468-3571

Complimentary on-site parking
**GPS ALERT** ENTER THIS ADDRESS: 401 Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ 08830. Hotel is at corner US Hwy 1 South & Gill Lane

Request the special Show rate of $106 per night when calling the hotel for reservations or get special rate on-line HERE.   Extended deadline:  Special rates rooms must be booked by Tuesday, January 15, 2019,  or before the hotel sells out.

Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center
125 Raritan Center Parkway.
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: (732) 225-8300

Request the special Show rate when calling or use the link HERE to reserve on-line with the special show rate of $124 per night. For special rates rooms must be booked by January 7, 2019,  or before the hotel sells out.

Marriott Courtyard Edison Woodbridge
3105 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison NJ 08837
Phone: (732) 738-1991

Request the special Show rate when calling or use the link HERE to reserve on-line with the special show rate. Special rates rooms must be booked by December 26, 2018, or before the hotel sells out.

For those of you feeling nostalgic and don’t mind the drive:

FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center
195 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Reservations by phone: 1-800-348-1586 or direct to the hotel at 732-356-1700

Request the special Show rate when calling or use booking code FLY19 at the link here to reserve on-line with the special show rate per night. For special rates rooms must be booked by December 25, 2018, or before the hotel sells out.

Celebrities and Authors

Celebrities:

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.fax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department, where he served for 30 years. His last assignment was as captain and lead medic of Engine Company 427 in West Springfield. Early in his career in public safety he responded to call where the patient and he struck up a friendship, which later resulted in learning how to fly fish and writing about it for various publications.

Beau Beasley:  Beau Beasley is a retired career fire fighter with the FairHis work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Virginia Wildlife, Flyfisher, Virginia Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Virginia Sportsman, Southern Trout, and Sporting Classics. Some of his articles on menhaden as well as his work on public access and use issues have also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, and Roanoke Times.
In 2005 the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association honored Beasley with the Talbot Denmead Memorial Award for Best Environmental Writing for his work on the Chesapeake Bay. His first book, Fly Fishing Virginia: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters, won the M-DOWA Book Award as well as the prestigious Excellence-in-Craft Award in 2009. Fly Fishing Virginia is currently in its second printing and is one of L.L. Bean’s bestselling books nationwide.
In 2011 the M-DOWA honored him again by awarding him the Talbot Denmead Memorial Award for the Best Article on Conservation and/or the Environment for “Where Have All The Menhaden Gone?” The Fly Fish America cover story chronicled the challenges of managing this very important baitfish. This honor was particularly gratifying since one magazine after another had refused to publish the article for fear of angering one or another stakeholder. In the end, however, both the conservation community and the commercial fishing industry lauded the piece as in-depth and even-handed.
His last book, Fly Fishing the Mid-Atlantic: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters, is similar in layout to the Virginia book but includes 45 fresh and salt waters across seven Mid-Atlantic states. He is currently working on a new book chronicling the work of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
He and his lovely wife Leila have been married for 20 years and are the parents of two children, Maggie and Jeremiah. They Beasley’s are both native to Virginia and are long-standing members of the Saint Patrick Orthodox Church located in Bealton, Virginia. For more info see www.beaubeasley.com

Barry and Cathy Beck: The Becks need no introduction to the fly fishing industry. Barry and Cathy are often referred to as the “first couple of fly fishing”. They are on the pro staffs of such companies as Sage Rod Co., Redington, Rio Fly Lines, Tibor Reels, and Smith Optics. As trip hosts for Frontiers International, they travel to such destinations as New Zealand, Africa, Argentina, Alaska, Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Russia, and the American West which gives them the opportunity to photograph in a wide range of countries and environments. As photographers, their work appears regularly in sporting calendars and magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing in Salt Waters, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Big Sky Journal, Montana Outdoors, and others. Commercial clients include Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Columbia, Sage Rod Company, and 3M/Scientific Anglers. They have provided the photography for books by numerous authors and have written and photographed for their own books which include, Fly Waters Near & Far, Cathy Beck’s Fly Fishing Handbook, Seasons of the Bighorn, Outdoor Photographer’s Handbook, as well as several others. The Becks spend their lives in pursuit of fish and photographic opportunities. Cathy Beck has a fly fishing school in Benton, Pennsylvania, and has been teaching fly fishing for 25 years. Barry has spent his life in the fly fishing business and photographing. They regularly appear at sport shows and sporting events around the country giving casting demonstrations and presentations on photography and fishing.

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 iLandon n 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.

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

Tim Cammisa: Tim Cammisa of “Trout and Feather” has been addicted to fly fishing and fly tying for about as long as anyone can remember. Although he and his wife Heather live in western Pennsylvania, fly fishing has taken him all over the country, with his fly fishing “home base” being in the State College area. Some of Tim’s favorite waters include the mighty Delaware (where he has guided) and Missouri Rivers; though discovering small streams with wild trout still continues to excite him (his son Angelo especially likes this, as he gets to be the “fish spotter!”). Tim is one of the new generation of fly fishers who have taken to social media to promote and teach the sport. A fly fisherman and fly tier for 30 years, Tim started making fly tying tutorials and posting them on YouTube, which permits users to upload their own homemade videos on just about any topic.
Tim and his coffee mug have co-starred in over 200 videos on many different fly fishing and tying topics, like purchasing and maintaining gear, tying with certain materials or a specific fly pattern, and giving back to charities such as Project Healing Waters. Tim has had a great response to his videos – he now has an audience of over 17,000 subscribers with nearly three million video views! You can view Tim’s fly tying and fly fishing videos on his website: http://www.troutandfeather.com/

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. Contactz; captpermit@aol.com, WWW.BRUCECHARD.COM

Blane Chocklett: Blane grew up fishing the small mountain streams near his home in Blue Ridge, Va. As a youngster he started a guiding service and in the late 90s, opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Richmond, Virginia– one of the most respected full service fly shops in the region. He quickly gained huge following with his creative and extremely effective fly patterns. Blane has worked for years to create patterns that have all the intricate nuances of flies, with the strike-generating action of conventional lures. These new patterns serve to not only inspire fly fishermen but compel new and conventional anglers to try fly fishing. About a decade ago, Blane returned to the river where he now owns and operates the New Angle Fishing Company, which specializes in float trips for everything from musky and smallmouth bass to stripers. Blane has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies and is an Ambassador for Temple fork Outfitters. Many of Blane’s highly innovative fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants.

Bob Clouser: Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business. His lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. Clouser has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards is his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler. Bob has been featured in fishing and fly tying videos and DVD’s and has authored two books. “Clouser’s Flies” includes 16 of his world wide recognized patterns and “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams” was rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject. Bob is the innovator of many fly patterns recognized and fished worldwide. Among his flies is The Clouser Minnow, claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of(Clouser Fly Rods,and Fly Lines). He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. Chota Outdoor Gear, Renzetti Inc. Cortland Line Co. and Costa DelMar Sunglass Co.,Partridge Hooks and an affiliate with Hareline Dubbing. Bob and his wife Joan operate Clouserflyfishing.com website / mail order business at 101 Ulrich St. Middletown, Pa. 17057. Their products and additional information are available at www.clouserflyfishing.com

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

Henry Cowen: Henry has been pursuing striped bass for nearly 40 years in both salt and fresh water. He is currently guiding in fresh water on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold worldwide through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His fly patterns as well as techniques to fly fish continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Angler Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler and Angler Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. Henry continues to give seminars on light tackle & fly fishing in both fresh and salt waters as well as tying demos for The Fly Fishing Show and for fly shops and clubs around the country. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Ford Outfitters, The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby, O’Neill Outside, Travis Johnson Outdoors & The Nuts and Bolts of Fishing) and continues as a weekly guest on the O’Neil Outside radio show. Henry helped produce and also appears on the video “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is on Pro Staff with Towee boats and is also a Simms Ambassador along with being on guide programs with Sage, RIO Products, TFO, Orvis, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota/Humminbird), Smith Optics. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com.

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

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

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.

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.

John Field: “John Field is a writer, conservationist and fly-casting instructor. John has spent extensive time exploring the waters of the Northwest Territories and the provinces while on the mast of Canadian Sportfishing Magazine. He also filmed in the Amazonas in Venezuela and elsewhere while shooting and co-producing Hunt for Big Fish with Larry Dahlberg. John has decades of experience flats fishing the Florida Keys and striped bass fishing in the Northeast. John also makes regular fishing trips to the Balkans of Europe and the Yellowstone region. He is past-president of the New York City Chapter of Trout Unlimited and past president of the ACA (American Casting Association). John is an FFI Master Casting Instructor and author of two books; Fly-Casting Finesse- A Complete Guide to Improving All Aspects of Your Casting, Skyhorse Publishing, 2015 and ACA’s Beginner’s Guide to Fly Casting- Featuring the Twelve Casts You Need to Know, Skyhorse Books 2018. He is currently working on another book titled, Trophy Striped Bass on the Fly, Stackpole Books. It should be available in 2019. John’s feature articles have been published in Fly Fisherman Magazine and many others and John has contributed to several books by other authors. Visit his website- fieldflyfishing.com”

Rachel Finn: Rachel Finn lives in Wilmington,NY where she is an artist and guides for The Hungry Trout.

Capt. Jim Freda: Capt Jim Freda is a USCG licensed Captain and co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service one of the northeast’s premier fly and light tackle charter services. He has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 38 years targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, and mahi. Jim is on the National Elite Pro Staff for St. Croix Rods, Spro, Gamakatsu, Avet, Korkers, Aqua Skinz, Tony Maja, TAK Waterman, and Hogy Lures. Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, seminar speaker, and photographer. As a seminar speaker Jim has been featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show, the Saltwater Expo, and the Canyon Runner seminar series. His book, “Fishing the New Jersey Coast”, is a best seller on the market today and has received the “New Jersey Center for the Book Award” as one of the most notable NJ books. He is also co-author of “Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach”. Jim writes for Saltwater Sportsman, Big Game Journal, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, The Fisherman Magazine, On the Water Magazine, and StriperSurf.com. Jim has weekly saltwater fishing columns that appear in The Bergen Record and Coast Star newspapers. Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in NJ and Pa and a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in NYC. Jim’s favorite fish to target is bluefin tuna getting them up on top by casting to them with topwater stickbaits and poppers. He loves being on the water with his 18 year old son Tommy who is his mate. His home port is Manasquan Inlet, NJ.

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.

Captain Sarah Gardner: Captain Gardner is a life-long angler and started her fly fishing career about 30 years ago in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but coastal North Carolina is her home now.
She is an ambassador for several manufacturers, is a photographer, writer, videographer, and instructor.Sarah believes you must always pay attention to what Mother Nature is telling you, even when you are charging a pod of breaking fish. Always pay attention to other activity and your bottom machine.Capt. Gardner fishes for most specials found in the Mid-Atlantic saltwaters including cobia, blues, spotted sea trout, red drum, false albacore, Spanish mackerel and a variety of sharks. She also hosts international trips to Baja, Bahamas and Guatemala with her husband Capt. Brian Horsley.
Although she loves to fly fish she has also been known to pick up a spin cast rod, too. She believes fishing with and understanding a variety of gear makes you a better angler. However, to become a better fly angler she suggests you must resist switching to spin when conditions become difficult or fish get picky. More information about Captain Gardner can be found at obxflyfishing.com

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.

Tom Gilmore: In addition to being an accomplished environmentalist, Tom is an avid fly fisherman. He has fly fished around the world for over 45 years. Tom has recorded the details of landing over 12,000 game fish with on a fly rod. He is an accomplished author having written numerous articles and recent completed his fifth fly fishing book. His first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002, his second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006 both by Countryman Press. Tom’s third book a Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011 Tom’s fourth book Flyfisher’s Eastern Trophy Tailwaters was published in late 2014. His most recent work Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania was published in the fall of 2016. All three trout guides were published by Wilderness Adventures Press. Tom is a well know fly fishing celebrity haven giving over 100 programs on fishing for almost all of our North American Game Fish.

 

Matthew Grobert: Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 25 years.

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

 

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

Jonny King:  Jonny King is a lifelong fly fisherman and fly-tyer from New York City. Beginning as an 11-year-old city kid, he taught himself to tie flies from books by Catskill masters like Poul Jorgenson and Caucci and Nastasi. As the years progressed, he discovered stripers and connected with his close friend, master tyer Bob Popovics, who taught him so much about imitating saltwater prey and shared patterns and ideas with him. Through the years, he has fished and tied for virtually everything that swims, from Montana trout and Mexican roosterfish to Florida tarpon and Northwestern steelhead. His favorite haunts are his beloved Delaware River system in the Catskills, where he tests dry and emerger patterns for picky trout, and the beaches and bays of the Northeast, where he’s constantly in search of the ultimate baitfish imitation. Jonny’s fresh and saltwater flies have been featured in many tying books and virtually every major fly fishing publication, including American Angler, Fly Tyer, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Fisherman and many Canadian, Japanese and European publications. He was a staff writer for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters for many years, and penned articles Fly Fisherman and a chapter in Bob Popovics’ Fleye Design. He frequently ties at shows and shops, demonstrating everything from #20 Blue Wing Olive patterns to giant bluewater flies. Many of his fresh and saltwater flies are available through Orvis and Fulling Mill. Jonny is also a professional jazz pianist and composer, with four albums under his own name, and an intellectual property attorney in New York City

Rick Kustich: Rick is a fly-fishing author, photographer and instructor. He is author of Hunting Musky with a Fly and Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead as well as four other fly-fishing titles. Rick’s work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Fly Fisherman magazine. He has also spent time as a guide, fly shop owner and fly-fishing book publisher. Rick began fly-fishing over forty years ago on the lakes and streams of upstate New York. He has since traveled extensively to experience the finest fly-fishing throughout North America and beyond but continues to find that some of the best fishing often exists in your own backyard. Rick spends a significant amount of time each year on the water and has developed a special passion for trout, musky and steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes and Northwest.

Peter Kutzer:  Kutzer has been a fly-fishing instructor for the Orvis Company for almost 20 years, and his how-to videos have garnered more than 3 million views on YouTube. He also teaches at the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont, as well as at specialty schools around the country and the globe. When he’s not helping others become better casters and anglers, he serves as Orvis’s Endorsed-operations manager, working with fly-fishing guides, guide services, and outfitters.

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.

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

Josh Miller:  Josh Miller is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA and has worked as an assistant coach, and instructor, with Team USA Youth in 2 World Championships. He is also a Pennsylvania Fishing Guide. Josh is an Orvis Signature Designer and currently has some patterns commissioned through them. He enjoys teaching fly tying and giving educational talks. Josh currently lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. His childhood consisted of blue-lining in north central Pa until he discovered the rich limestone streams of central Pa. His passion has now taken him fishing in 3 hemispheres.

 

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.

Ozzie Ozefovich: Born in eastern Pennsylvania, Wendell Ozefovich grew up fishing the streams of the coal mining region where he caught his first trout at age six. Since retiring from the power generation industry, Ozzie has worked with the Central Jersey TU chapter where he serves on the Board of Directors. He also works with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife involved with kids education programs,stream restoration projects and stream surveys. To truly know trout, you must see the world through their eyes. Ten years ago Ozzie combined his love of trout with a lifelong interest in movie making. Two of his series of underwater videos that explore how trout feed, spawn and behave are available at this time on dvd. His narrated video presentations chronicle wild and hatchery trout in their natural environs. There are currently four presentations available: “Discovery”, “Feeding Lies”, “Trout Vision and Refraction” and “Not Just Trout”.

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

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

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

Philip 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.

Stephen Sautner: Stephen Sautner is the author of three books: “Upriver and Downstream,” “Fish On, Fish Off,” and his latest: “A Cast in the Woods: A Story of Fly Fishing, Fracking, and Floods in the Heart of Trout Country.” He was a regular contributor to The New York Times “Outdoors” column for 15 years. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Flyfish Journal, American Angler, Angler’s Journal, Outdoor Life and Underwater Naturalist. He is the director of communications for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, where he publicizes the Society’s conservation programs. He has fished all over the world, but calls home to trout streams in the Catskills and beaches throughout the northeast. He was once chased off a river by an elephant. Learn more at www.stephensautner.com

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

Matthew A. Supinski: Matt Supinski is a fly-fishing guide, outfitter and instructor, lodge owner and operator, freelance writer and photographer, book author, and culinary trained chef from Newaygo, Michigan. He has been fly fishing for forty-six years, since the age of seven, and has fished in Europe, the United Kingdom, Iceland, and extensively throughout all of North America.
Supinski has authored a number of bestselling books over the past sixteen years. His newest title, Selectivity: The Theory and Method of Fly Fishing for Fussy Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead (Stackpole Books) will be released in January 2014. His other works include River Journal: Pere Marquette, Steelhead Dreams, and Steelhead Dreams: Updated 12 Year Anniversary Edition (Amato Books, 2013).
In addition to his books, Supinski has had more than 280 feature pieces published in Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Field and Stream, and Outdoor Life magazines. His pieces have also appeared in Forbes, Men’s Journal, Outside, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and the Mid-Atlantic Journal. He has worked as an editor for Fly Fish America and Flyfishing &Tying Journal, and is currently the Midwest regional editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine.
Highly skilled in media, Matt has released a DVD, Selectivity-Trout (2011), and did two Fly Fishing America national television programs for Barrett Productions (2004 and 2006). He also has done numerous PBS programs on fly fishing. His photography has been featured on the covers of Fly Fisherman, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fly Fish America, and American Angler magazines.
In 1995, he opened Gray Drake and Trout and Eagle Lodges (www.graydrake.com), which he and his wife, Laurie, have been operating for eighteen years. Supinski guides clients for trout, steelhead, and salmon 280 days a year on Michigan’s Great Lakes rivers, including the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and St. Joseph.

Authors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

David E. Dirks
TENKARA KEBARI: TYING & FISHING TRADITIONAL & TENKARA-INSPIRED TROUT PATTERNS
FRESHWATER FISHING: BASIC/ILLUSTRATED
TENKARA FLY FISHING: STRATEGIES & INSIGHTS
SPIN FISHING FOR TROUT: STRATEGIES & INSIGHTS
KNACK FISHING FOR EVERYONE
BASS
FISHING BASS TOURNAMENTS

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

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

John Field
ACA’S BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FLY FISHING (new release)
FLY-CASTING FINESSE: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO IMPROVING ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR CASTING

Daniel Galhardo
TENKARA, THE BOOK

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

Tom Gilmore
FALSE ALBACORE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO EASTERN TAILWATERS
TUNA ON THE FLY

Matt Grobert
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS

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

Rick Kustich
HUNTING MUSKY WITH A FLY
ADVANCED FLY FISHING FOR GREAT LAKES STEELHEAD TUBE FLIES FOR STEELHEAD

Jerry Kustich
HOLY WATER-FLY FISHING REVERIES AND REMEMBRANCES (new release)
AROUND THE NEXT BEND: A FLY ANGLER’S JOURNEY
A WISP ON THE WIND: IN SEARCH OF BULL TROUT, BAMBOO AND BEYOND

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

Peter Nilsen
FISH FOOLISHNESS: A CARTOON COLLECTION OF FISH & FISHING HUMOR
RHODY FLY RODDERS BOOK (new release)

Devin Olsen
TACTICAL FLY FISHING (due February 2019)

Bob Popovics
POP FLEYES
FLEYE DESIGN TECHNIQUES, INSIGHTS, PATTERNS

Angelo Peluso
MOUNT MISERY (new release)
FLY FISHING THE SURF
FLY FISHING LONG ISLAND: A COMPREHSIVE GUIDE TO FRESHWATER & SALTWATER ANGLING
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE NORTHEAST
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE SOUTHEAST GULF COAST

Henry Ramsay
MATCHING MAJOR EASTERN HATCHES: NEW PATTERNS FOR SELECTIVE TROUT
KEYSTONE FLY FISHING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST WATER

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

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

Dave Rothrock
KEYSTONE FLY FISHING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST WATER

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

Stephen Sautner
A CAST IN THE WOODS (new release)
UPRIVER AND DOWNSTREAM
FISH ON, FISH OFF

Brian Shumaker
KEYSTONE FLY FISHING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST WATER

Matt Supinski
THE BROWN TROUT-ATLANTIC SALMON NEXUS: TACTICS, FLY PATTERNS, AND THE PASSION FOR CATCHING SALMO, OUR MOST PRIZED GAMEFISH (New Release)
STEELHEAD DREAMS: THE THEORY, METHOD, SCIENCE AND MADNESS OF GREAT LAKES STEELHEAD FLY-FISHING
SELECTIVITY
FLY FISHING BOOK OF REVALATION: THE ULTIMATE IRREVERENT ILLUSTRATED FLY FISHING GLOSSARY
PERE MARQUETTE FISHING JOURNAL
ORVIS POCKET GUIDE TO GREAT LAKES SALMON AND STEELHEAD

Mike Valla
TYING CATSKILL-STYLE DRY FLIES
THE FOUNDING FLIES
TYING THE FOUNDING FLIES
TYING AND FISHING BUCKTAILS
THE CLASSIC DRY FLY BOX
THE CLASSIC WET FLY BOX

Steve Woit
FLY FISHING TREASURES (new release)

Fly Tiers

Fly Tyers:

Joe Ackourey: Joe, proprietor of Joe Ackourey’s Fly Fishing Adventures, is a licensed guide with over four decades of experience. A life-long resident of northeastern PA, Joe guides primarily on the Lackawanna River, Bowman Creek and Susquehanna River, but also several mountain streams that are home to native brook trout. Joe began fly fishing/tying at age six, taught by his father, whom Joe describes as “a true master on the vise and on the water”. When his parents opened a fly shop in 1976, Joe discovered a passion for teaching. He developed a comprehensive fly tying course, and has since instructed countless students in tying their first wooly worm. Throughout his career, Joe has been a contributing author for Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, a featured fly tier at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and a frequent guest on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, and similarly themed television shows. Joe does presentations for organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, local schools and colleges, and several chapters of Trout Unlimited. Joe has been on the board of the Stan Cooper Sr. chapter of Trout Unlimited since 1996, and chairs their Youth Fly Fishing Camp and stream improvement projects, and has been recognized for his commitment to environmental stewardship. Joe finds motivation in helping others, both beginner and seasoned, “open new doors” toward meeting their fly fishing goals. He is happiest at the vise or on the stream, sharing his knowledge and appreciation for the art of fly fishing.

Dave Allbaugh: Dave was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a professional, licensed Pennsylvania guide, wet fly tier, and owner of Wet Fly Waterguides. He has been fly fishing since the early 1970’s, and has concentrated his efforts at the famed waters of Central and North Central Pennsylvania, specifically streams like; Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata, Kettle Creek, and Big Pine Creek. Dave specializes in the classic art of wet fly fishing. His mission is to educate new and seasoned fly fishermen about the largely forgotten art of wet fly fishing, and to show exactly how productive wet flies can be throughout the year. Over the past 30 years, Dave has spent countless hours on the stream and at the vice, perfecting and designing highly effective wet fly patterns and customized wet fly leaders. His unique guide service is one of a very few in the country that focuses on fishing with wet flies throughout the year. Dave takes great pride in teaching his clients that this lost art of fly fishing is as effective today as in the past. He has given numerous seminars and demonstrations on wet fly fishing to local TU chapters, FFF clubs, Boy Scout troops, H.S.fly fishing clubs, and fly fishing shows. You can reach Wet Fly Wateguides at www.wetflywaterguides.com or wetflywg@gmail.com

Kevin Arculeo: Kevin’s professional guiding experience spans more than 16 years along with personal fishing skills developed since his childhood. Kevin guides north of Atlanta on Lake Sidney Lanier for striped bass and spotted bass. He has also guided on the Chattahoochee River for trout and several trout streams in North Georgia. Before guiding, He worked both full- and part-time during a three-year period at The Fish Hawk in Atlanta, Ga. — the largest privately owned fly fishing shop east of the Mississippi River. As an accomplished fly caster and instructor, Kevin is often called upon to teach fly tying and casting for adults and children. He also conducts fly fishing presentations and seminars at trade shows and organizations. Several of his flies and instruction on how to tie them have been published — including a feature article in Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine. Kevin is Professional Fly Designer for Rainy’s Flies and Supplies; his flies are available at local fly shops. Most recently, he became a guide member of the YAMAHA Marine National Fishing Team. He is currently on fishing guide programs with Hog Island Boatworks, Sage Fly Rods, RiO Fly Lines, Simms, TFO, Tibor Fly Reels, Patagonia, Smith Optics, Redington, Minn Kota, Humminbird, and Sea Hunt Boats. To see more information about Kevin, his guide service and flies go to www.kevinarculeofishing.com.

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

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

Randy Buchanan: Randy Buchanan: Hello, I’m Randy Buchanan and this is my attempt to explain who I am as a fly tyer. I just can’t start telling you about my adventure into tying without telling you that I am first and foremost a fly fisher.
Fly-tying only became part of my life when I realized my sources for free flies would one day go away, luckily the person who gave me the free flies is also the one who first taught me to tie flies.
I am a fly fisher for over fifty years and a fly tyer for over forty years. I am a trout fisher with a simple approach toward the sport, which has carried into my fly tying. Although, I have been around the fly tying scene for some time I am a self-taught tyer, learning from books as well as watching and listening to the great tyers that I have been honored to tie with at the many shows that I have done. Doing these shows is a great way to improve my own skills. Every tyer has a pattern that they are most proud of and I am no different, my pattern is my stonefly nymph. See you at a show or better yet on the water. Catch one, Randy Buchanan

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

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

Tim Cammisa: Tim Cammisa of “Trout and Feather” has been addicted to fly fishing and fly tying for about as long as anyone can remember. Although he and his wife Heather live in western Pennsylvania, fly fishing has taken him all over the country, with his fly fishing “home base” being in the State College area. Some of Tim’s favorite waters include the mighty Delaware (where he has guided) and Missouri Rivers; though discovering small streams with wild trout still continues to excite him (his son Angelo especially likes this, as he gets to be the “fish spotter!”). Tim is one of the new generation of fly fishers who have taken to social media to promote and teach the sport. A fly fisherman and fly tier for 30 years, Tim started making fly tying tutorials and posting them on YouTube, which permits users to upload their own homemade videos on just about any topic.
Tim and his coffee mug have co-starred in over 200 videos on many different fly fishing and tying topics, like purchasing and maintaining gear, tying with certain materials or a specific fly pattern, and giving back to charities such as Project Healing Waters. Tim has had a great response to his videos – he now has an audience of over 17,000 subscribers with nearly three million video views! You can view Tim’s fly tying and fly fishing videos on his website: http://www.troutandfeather.com/

Scott Cesari: Scott began tying flies six years ago after a trip to Maine introduced him to the sport of fly fishing. Since that time he has had the good fortune of winning both the 2006 Pennsylvania state fly tying championship as well as several medals in the Federation of Fly Fishers fly tying contest that same year. Scott is known for his unique, custom made wooden fly boxes, creative displays, and artistic flies, most notably his realistic butterfly patterns. Scott enjoys presenting his work at various sports venues almost as much as he enjoys a day on the water. He looks forward to connecting with greater numbers of fly fishers and tyers as his involvement in the sport of fly fishing grows. He is always happy to discuss fly tying or fly fishing with fellow anglers and welcomes any comments, questions, or discussions. Feel free to contact Scott at smcesari@epix.net or (610)-730-7928 (his business line, Scott Cesari’s Fly Tying) if you have any questions or if you would like to order some of his flies, custom made fly boxes, or unique gifts featuring his flies.

Dennis Charney: Dennis is an avid fly fisher who resides with his family in Bellefonte Pennsylvania. He has spent countless hours in pursuit of wild brown trout in his local limestone streams. It is these streams and their resident trout that has developed and challenged his fly tying skills. Always busy at the vise, Dennis ties and develops trout catching fly patterns for use in his guide service as well as tying commercially. He helps keep the fly bins full at Flyfisher’s Paradise in State College, Pa as well as conducting tying seminars and instruction at the shop. In addition to his guiding and tying, Dennis’s experience as a fly fishing instructor is held in high regard. He maintains a busy spring teaching schedule as a staff instructor at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in Lew Beach, NY. He also conducts various casting and fly fishing classes for Flyfisher’s Paradise in addition to offering personalized private instruction.

Lawrence Clemens: Lawrence Clemens is a resident of Virginia Beach, VA. He is a professional Trumpet player and a propeller mechanic for Murphy’s Propeller Shop in Norfolk, VA. Larry has served on the board of directors and as president of the East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and on the board of directors and president of the Virginia Coastal Fly Anglers. He co-authored (with Jeff Dubinok) “Flies of the Chesapeake”, and ”Flies of the Chesapeake, Volume 2”. Being an avid fly tier, Larry spends his free time fly fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay and its’ tributaries year round. This will be his fourteenth year tying at the “Fly Fishing Show”.

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

John Collins: As a lifelong resident of NJ, John was exposed to Trout fishing at about the age of five. But it wasn’t until his twenties that he discovered the long rod and he has never looked back. In fact John started tying flies before he became a serious fly fisherman. John started out on his own, tying Eztes Eggs for Steelhead and he soon graduated to imitating stream born insects with the help of his friend and mentor, George Kolasar. At the time, George was a commercial fly tyer, tying flies and dying materials for The Beaverkill Angler, in Roscoe NY, when the shop was owned by Budge and Dot Loekle. George taught John in the “Catskill tradition” but with all the new materials available now, he’s moved on to other methods and take creative liberties with the use of patterns and materials, all in the pursuit of whatever swims. John is always trying to push the envelope as far as fly design goes and Ultrawire inserted into Hollow Tubing is John’s signature technique as far as his underwater Nymph patterns are concerned. His Sculpin Patterns are made up of unconventional and conventional Fly Tying materials. Some of John’s signature patterns include, JC’s Electric Caddis Larva, JC’s Electric Steelie Stone, The Peacock March Brown Dry (Parachute and Traditional), The Soft Tail Chenille Sculpin, JC’s Mohawk Sculpin, and Rabbit Tail Chenille Sculpin among others. John has also done some instructional Fly Tying videos for Riseform Studio.TV, of many of his signature patterns for viewing on the internet. And most recently, John has done videos with Tightlines Productions, and hopefully more instructional, Fly Tying videos in the future. Johns a member of several Fly Fishing Pro Staffs, including, Regal Engineering (Fly Tying Vises), Clear Cure Goo, Anglers Sport Group, and Flymen Fishing Company. John’s been a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild for well over fifteen years. And has been tying on the Show circuit in the Northeastern United States for the past several years. John’s motto is, “Fly’s that catch Fish, Not just Fishermen” and if he comes up with a pattern and it doesn’t produce results, it’s back to the drawing board. He will not debut a Fly if it doesn’t do what it’s intended to do, and that’s catching fish. John Collins philosophy about fly tying is the same as fly fishing,” You will always be learning something new for the rest of your life, no matter how long you’ve been at it”.

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

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

Paul Dolbec: Paul has been a fly fisherman and fly tier for over 45 years. Originally from New England, he has fished for fresh and salt-water species in the East, ventured from time to time in the West for trout and steelhead, and has also experienced fly fishing in Canada, Argentina, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
Paul spent nine (9) years with LL Bean as an instructor in three main areas; 3-day Introductory Schools, Atlantic Salmon Fly Schools, and the Fly Tying Schools. Paul also worked and lead instructor and coordinator for many of LL Bean’s “ celebrity fly tying” events. Finally, he could occasionally be found Paul in the LLB Fly Fishing department at the retail store in Freeport supporting the sales teams and demonstrating both casting and tying.
Paul is an active member with FFI, WCFF, SFAOD, PA Fly Fishing Museum, and the Catskill Fly Tiers Guild. He has contributed to the PA Heritages Days and attended and taught at FFI Rendezvous events. Also, he has recently joined Douglas Outdoors’s Pro Staff in the role of an Ambassador.
Paul first love is fishing for Atlantic salmon, but he also feels that Bonefish and complex Trout situations are very challenging and also fun to do. Paul’s Spey Casting articles have been published in the FFI’s The Loop magazine, and he maintains an active status as a Certified Casting Instructor with the FFI and a member of the FFI Fly Tying Group.
Over this time as an instructor, Paul has developed some practical and effective techniques to coach and teach people to overhead and spey cast with single-handed as well as two-handed rods.
Paul currently lives in Lincoln DE with his wife Elyse.

Steve Farrar: Another Jersey boy, Steve is a self taught fly angler who fishes the surf of Sandy Hook, NJ. He is an accomplished fly tyer and innovator of numerous patterns and techniques. Steve’s work has been published in several of the leading saltwater fly fishing magazines and Journals. He is the originator of “Steve Farrar’s SF Flash Blend” marketed and produced by JUST ADD H2O Products and the Fishient Group. Steve taught at numerous fly fishing clubs demonstrating his patterns and sharing his local knowledge. He has produced several instructional videos(thanks to the tutelage of Bob Popovics) on fishing local waters and tying patterns effective on a variety of species. Steve is a past president of the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders and led the fly tying classes there for a number of years.

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.

Matthew Grobert: Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 45+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate on time. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 25 years.

Captain Greg Heffner: Captain Greg Heffner is an avid fly tyer and fly fisher from Bath, New York. He is president of the Conhocton Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Federation of Fly Fishers, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club of Canada, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He is a demonstration fly tyer at numerous fly fishing shows, and has had articles about his flies and fly tying in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, the United Fly Tyers Roundtable, Fly Fishing New England, and the Federation of Fly Fisher’s Patterns of the Masters, Vol. 6, and has published a book, Some Old, Some New, Some Borrowed: A Fly Tyer’s Notebook of Favorite Patterns to Tie and Fish. His special fly tying interest is in traditional flies and techniques, including classic salmon flies, Catskill patterns, and New England streamers. He hosts a website www.conhoctonriverflyshop.com offering flies and fly tying materials and information about fishing the Conhocton River, and is a licensed New York fishing guide. When not fishing or tying, Greg is Planning Director for Steuben County, New York.

David G. Holmes: David’s passion for fly tying began in the early 1970’s. Using basic hand me down tools and songbird feathers, he began the learning process of crafting effective fish catching fly patterns. Tying flies for trout, steelhead and salmon has become a lifelong addiction. As a commercial fly tier for the Flyfisher’s Paradise fly shop for over 25 years, he has tied 10’s of thousands of trout flies. Some of his favorite tying techniques include woven body nymphs, soft hackle wet flies and extended body dry flies. David shares his passion and understanding of fly tying in a number of tying demonstrations he conducts each year. Several are hosted at the local fly shop but he also dedicates time to conducting workshops for the Philipsburg Osceola High School Fly Fishing Club. David has shared his time and expertise with many local Trout Unlimited Chapters, youth programs and most recently the Penn State Fly Tying Club.

Robert D. Hopken: I became interested in fly tying for trout at a young age of 12. I had a neighbor who tied flies commercially for the HL Leonard Rod Co. and would let me watch while he tied and he always gave me his “rejects” to fish with. Back in the 1960’s this was very unusual since back then since most tiers kept their methods a secret. After college, I became extremely passionate about tying and tied flies for local fly shops in the 1970’s and 80’s until the family came along. I have been tying flies for over fifty years. I had been trained in the classic Catskill style but recently I have had a lot of success in substituting the new synthetic materials (EP Trigger Point Fibers) into the classic flies with great fishing results. I predominately fish the “Delaware River System” for trout and the Lake Ontario tributaries for steelhead. I am active in the Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, Kids on the Fly and I am on Enrico Puglisi Flies Pro Team. I am an Estimator/Senior Project Manager for one of the largest heavy construction companies in the country that is based out of New Jersey. I reside in Sussex, NJ with my wife of 45 years.

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

Allen Landheer: Allen grew up fishing and honing his skills on Brodhead Creek. His first fly rod experience was at age 13. He learned by watching and fishing with Don Baylor, Ernie Schwiebert and other fine fly fisherman over the years. Allen began tying in earnest around that same time as he realized he preferred to catch fish on his own flies. Allen ties many fly styles and enjoys the challenge each presents. Styles Allen is known for are Catskill style flies, classic streamers, wet flies, spey flies and classic atlantic salmon flies both hair wings and married wings. Allen’s horizons expanded as he got older and he now regularly fishes on numerous streams in CT, NY, PA and NJ including limestoners such as the Saucon, Little Lehigh, Letort, Penns Creek and Fishing Creek; notable freestone streams such as the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Brodhead Creek, Big Bushkill and the great tail waters of the East and West Branch of the Delaware and the Farmington River. He regularly fishes the Great Lakes region for big steelhead, lake run browns and salmon. Allen is a member of Brodheads Chapter TU , Catskill Fly Tiers Guild, is a member of the Flymen Fishing Co pro team and is included in Darren MacEachern’s Streamer 365 project and book. He enjoys teaching the art of fly tying and has conducted classes at numerous fly shops and Trout Unlimited meetings. In addition he is an avid demonstration tyer and has appeared an many of the major east coast fly fishing shows.

Rob Lewis: Rob is a professional fly tier, river guide, lecturer and fly tying instructor. He is one of the foremost fly pattern designers in the country and his Realistic Series has been touted as the future of fly design. He has been featured in magazines such as Fish & Fly, Fly Fishing New England and Fly Tyer.
While Rob describes himself as “a pair of pants away from a caveman”, the best description was written by one of the hundreds of clients Rob has guided on rivers for trout in Montana and New York.

Bob Lindquist: Bob Lindquist has been fishing feathered frauds for nearly 40 years, starting as a 12 year old boy fishing Long Island’s lakes. From dabbling with stocked trout, Bob graduated to the Delaware River system and the salt waters surrounding Long Island. Bob has tied flies at national fly tying and fishing expositions for over thirty years and has been published in many fly fishing and fly tying periodicals. Having followed in the footsteps of legendary tyers like Bill Catherwood, Bob has worked extensively with deer hair designed saltwater patterns. Recent years have found him, due to a lack of time as his children were ini college, pursuing simple but highly effective trout patterns. Most recently, the temptation of Spey fishing, steelhead and Atlantic Salmon have hooked Bob! Bob has recently added a love of photography to complement his fly fishing passions.

George Maciag: George Maciag: George has been involved in fly fishing and fly tying since childhood. He holds college degrees in biology and biology education. His many interests include entomology, nature photography, and stream ecosystems. As a person who taught high school and college biology for many years, he is skilled at communicating his knowledge about the life cycles of fish and the organisms upon which they feed. George keeps pace with the technological advances in fly tying while maintaining his passion for classical patterns and materials used in the past. He is particularly interested in the Catskill style of tying wet and dry flies. The timeless feather-winged streamers that originated in the Rangeley Lake region of Maine are another area of expertise. The Fly Fishing Show and the International Fly Tying Symposium, both in Somerset NJ, are two major events in which George participates as a celebrity tyer. He was also featured in the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing show at the Valley Forge Convention Center and also participates in the Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree. George is currently serving as the fly fishing professional at the Saucon Valley Country Club. In addition, he is a fly tying instructor and naturalist at the Graystones Preserve in the Pocono Mountains. George also teaches fly tying and casting at the L.L. Bean store in Center Valley PA. He has also instructed at numerous fly shops and gives both private and group lessons. His classes are very popular since he has the ability to combine science and humor to the sometimes complicated mechanics of fly tying. Among flies of his personal design are; George’s Killer, George’s Thing, and George’s Woven John. His teaching skills are a tremendous benefit to anyone wishing to learn the intricacies of fly fishing.

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.

Bob Mead: Who would have thought that what started out nearly 50 years ago as simply trying to make the flies I’d been tying since 1950 look more like the actual insects they represented would lead me down a path to intricate, time consuming realism that often finds me buying flies to fish with.
A walking stick strolling up my pant leg one 1966 August afternoon at Saratoga was the unlikely inspiration. I remember that date because my wife-to-be had given me an ultimatum: Give up the horses and get a real job if I wanted to marry her the following April.
The mantis and water scorpion were born in the winter of ‘72-’73. I know that from a dated note card of drawings I found cleaning my tying desk.
In the ‘80s I wrote a column for the original Fly Tyer magazine, later
contributed chapters for several books, wrote articles for U.S., Canadian, and British magazines, and have been interviewed by major newspapers including the NY Times. Tying flies as props for TV shows, ads, and, for collectors kind of came with the territory. You know you’ve been around a long time when you start writing forewords for other’s books.

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

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

David Nelson:David & Stephanie Nelson are the owners and operators of Squimpish Flies. Our name is an anagram: SQuid, shrIMP , fISH = SQUIMPISH. Each are the primary aquatic food sources for most gamefish.Squimpish Flies are designed and tied to represent these food sources.  In addition to being a fly design and production company, Squimpish Flies is a storefront for unique fly tying materials, specifically a new synthetic fiber called “Squimpish Hair” as well “Squimpish Fur”. They are the exclusive suppliers and distributors of these unique and exciting products. David Nelson / Squimpish Flies have been featured in many books & magazines. They can be found on social media; for more info please visit: www.squimpishflies.com

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

Rick Nyles: Rick has been fly fishing for over 40 years and has turned his passion into a business. Rick stated a fly fishing guide service in Pennsylvania in 1999 called Sky Blue Outfitters. Sky Blue Outfitters has established itself as one of the most comprehensive guide services in Pennsylvania. Rick is also an accomplished fly tyer and is known for his simple approach of fly tying and using CDC feathers in his patterns. In 2014 Rick introduced his own wing material called UP DN TROUT. This materials follows his simple approach to fly tying and will also speed up your tying time. Rick recently placed 3rd in the 2015 Orvis Fly Tying Contest using CDC and the UP DN TROUT wing material to show off one of his “guide” flies, the Green Drake.

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

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

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

Chester Rosocha:  To give a little information about myself, I’m a self employed welder and have lived in New Jersey my entire life. Fishing the streams and reservoirs here in Jersey for trout, hybrid strippers and all other predatory fish. Mainly concentrating on still water fishing on the reservoirs of New Jersey.  I was first introduced to the art of pulling flies many years ago from a gentlemen I met at Round Valley Reservoir.  It seemed to be an incredible way to catch fish.  The only problem was you can only pull the flies for a short period of time before your arms would tire.  Over the years I’ve developed and patented a fishing apparatus named “The Deck Arm”which constantly reciprocates while fishing with flies to give constant action to them while fishing open still waters such as lakes or reservoirs. Over the years I’ve tied many different patterns and created unique flies but my passion is for tying classic streamers, flat wing flies and salmon flies.

Karen Royer: Karen Royer is a fly tier/fisher with over 19 years of experience and a member of the Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishers, The Clean Angling Coalition, Trout Unlimited, and the International Federation of Fly Fishers. She is on the Pro Staff for Wasatch Tools and Rite Bobbins. Karen resides in Lacey, Washington. She has been the Fly Tier Chair for the Washington State Federation of Fly Fishers, and ties annually at The Fly Show (Lynnwood, WA) and at the Washington, Oregon, and International Federation shows. She gives presentations at numerous venues during the year. She supports Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, and the Youth Conservation Camp as a tying instructor. Karen specializes in tying “Fishable Realistic” patterns, with a passion for using all natural materials.

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

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

Andy Sutton: In 1975 an uncle showed me how to tye flyes and I studied books and attended seminars to take it further, the few seminars there were at the time. A little later on I started developing my own patterns, which were successful. In 1996 while working as a graphic designer for Meadowbrook Inventions, the originator of light bright and angel hair, I came across an extruded material we call jelly cord and started using it for fly bodies. I then developed fly patterns to demonstrate the versatility of the material. Friends told me I should take it further and sell the flyes but I laughed them off. In March of 1997 at a show in Seacaucus, I showed my fly samples to Lou Tabory who proclaimed ‘You are a great fly tyer. I wish I could tye as well as you do!’ When I recovered from the shock, I realized there were two things I could do, act on it, or spend the rest of my life wondering what could have been! Ironically, my first show was the same show which had been moved to Edison. How is that for God’s acting? Since then, under God’ inspiration, I have developed over 20 patterns that have appeared in books and magazine articles that have been used successfully in salt water, trout and bass fishing. In 2014, I was surprised when I was invited to put my squid pattern in the American Museum of Fly Fishing. The following year, the past chairman of the board of NJ Trout Unlimited, Agust Gudmundsson, said at a club banquet that I was one of the finest tyers he had ever seen! He also said that my flys were unique, exquisite and museum quality! I enjoy demonstrating and helping others learn about our great hobby and sport.

Julie Szur: A native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Julie began fishing the local trout streams at the age of five using worms, minnows, and occasionally artificial flies. Julie met and was inspired by Lefty Kreh’s passion for fly fishing. While learning casting and techniques from her mentors, including Lefty, she began to learn fly-tying techniques from Ronnie and Flossie German of German’s Fly Shop in Smethport, Pennsylvania, and the designers of the Pink Ugly fly. Julie shares her 20 years of experience providing instructional programs for men, women, & children. Her programs focus on stream entomology, fly tying, water reading, casting, and catch & release techniques. In fall and winter she enjoys chasing steelhead. As a guide for clients she fishes a variety of waters for species such as brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, carp, bass, & musky. She offers both walk and wade trips along with float trips for individuals and groups. She is also active with many organizations and programs including the Steelhead Association in Erie, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, an Orvis program, Boy Scouts, as well as instructional classes for cancer survivors and veterans, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission. Szur currently resides in Western New York though during trout season where she guides on trout streams and fishes with her Golden Retriever, Brookie.
Dan Thomas: I was born and raised in a small town called Carbondale located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, along the Lackawanna River and began fishing with my father at the age of three, at the various rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams that surround our area. Some of which include the Lackawaxen, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Delaware rivers. It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that I discovered what is now, my sheer addiction to say the least; fly fishing. It all began one afternoon, while fishing a local damn. I was rummaging through my gear when I came across a plastic container full of miscellaneous hooks, sinkers, lures, and other tackle which my father had given to me. Among these was a small cardboard box containing about 5 or 6 old dry flies. I carefully studied and admired each one in amazement. I was intrigued at the fact that someone had created these things by hand. I was reluctant at first to feed such works of art to a fish, but I had to try one out. I rigged my spinning rod with a float bubble and cast my first fly. It wasn’t but a minute later, I caught my first fish on this beautifully tied Adams. The very next day I purchased my first fly rod. For the first month or so, I purchased flies from my local Orvis dealer, as I believed I didn’t possess the patience needed to tie flies myself. It wasn’t until my father had given me an old unopened fly tying kit that he had found in his basement that I actually attempted fly tying for the first time. Now, armed with a crude rusty wing nut style vise, the obsession had begun. My current employment with the Rail Road has me traveling throughout parts of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York, to the Canadian border. Each year I am afforded the opportunity to fish the many great rivers along the way including, the Delaware, Hudson, Susquehanna, Battenkill, Ausable, Saranac, and Chazy, as well as Lakes George, and Champlain to name a few. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with flies for these wonderful waters and enjoy even more getting to try them out.

Jason Taylor: Former restauranteur, Jason Taylor, grew up in rural Virginia, fishing the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and any farm pond or creek he could find.
After a long hiatus from any serious fishing he decided to learn to fly fish in 2009, having never touched a fly rod. His fascination with fly tying began a couple of years later and continues today. His flies employ a variety of both classic and modern techniques in an effort to find harmony between the vast assortment of materials available to today’s fly tier. He also enjoys helping other tiers and fishermen, as he believes that aspect of the sport is as important as any other. Greatly influenced by Bob Popovics, David Nelson and many others, he ties most of his flies late at night after working as a professional waiter.
Jason serves on the Pro Staff for Tuffleye, Regal Vises and Partridge Hooks. He enjoys stalking trout with dry flies, chasing stripers in the surf and exploring urban fisheries near his home in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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

Michael Valla:  Mike has published six books: Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies, The Founding Flies: 43 American Masters, Their Patterns and Influences, Tying the Founding Flies, The Classic Dry Fly Box, The Classic Wet Fly Box and Tying and Fishing Bucktails, and other hairwing flies– salmon flies to steelhead flies.
Now retired from the Active Medical/Dental staff at Glens Falls Hospital in the Adirondacks of New York, where he practiced public health dentistry for children, Mike is presently the Northeast Field Editor for Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. Over two dozen of his articles have appeared in that publication. He has written for Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer and The American Fly Fisher. He has been an invited speaker locally, nationally and internationally. His presentations are focused on fly-fishing and fly tying history. Mike is the 4th recipient of the prestigious Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award for his contributions to the art of fly tying. He has been an avid fly angler and fly tier for over 50 years.

Steven Wascher: Steven Wascher is a third generation fly tyer who has tied flies and fly fished for over 50 years. Steve was taught the craft at an early age by his father, who in turned learned from his mother. Steve learned early on that perfection to detail, proportion, and the utilization of quality materials was of utmost importance in the production of every pattern to fool the browns and wild brook trout of the Pine Creek Valley in Pennsylvania. He has taught a variety of tying classes for over twenty years and also guides. His classes varied in depth from basic trout flies to spinning deer hair bass bugs as well as Steelhead flies and Tube Flies. Over the past 10 years, Steve’s flies have be published in many books national and regional magazines. Professionally, Steve was a special education teacher and also taught summers at the New York State Department of Corrections, as well as a college level course entitled – Introduction to Fly Fishing at Jamestown Community College. Prior to obtaining a Bachelors and Master’s Degree, Steve served in the United States Army for three years as an Artillery Surveyor in West Germany. Steve works as a manufacturers sales representative in the fly fishing industry offering product lines including Abel and Ross fly reels, Scott fly rods, Korkers wading boots.

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Note from the Director

A Note from the Director: You are personally invited to the Edison Fly Fishing Show! Last year was our first event in Edison and reports were overwhelmingly positive. We had the largest consumer fly fishing event in history and we hope to repeat that.
We have worked hard to improve the show and make the show a great experience. This is the largest facility available and has allowed us to
expand. Some of the highlights are:
• Improved traffic flow.
• Increased shuttles for more convenient free parking.
• Two casting ponds plus a dedicated Learning Center casting area.
• The most extensive list of speakers to date.
• Improved presentation rooms within the show floor
• New 2019 products from manufacturers.
• Lodges, resorts, exotic vacation destinations offering money-saving
show specials.
• Programs and learning opportunities for youngsters and families.
• Dedicated Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase.
• Live musical appearance by Dave Blackburn.
• New Scouting merit badge program.
• Celebration of Lefty Kreh.
• Casting demos and instruction with Gary Borger, Bob Clouser, Barry &
Cathy Beck, George Daniel, Pete Kutzer, Tom Larimer, Simon Gawes-
worth and more!
• Fly tying with Ed Engle, Tom Baltz, Tim Flagler, Jonny King, Henry
Cowen and more!
• Classes with the Experts where you can get one-on-one time with the
Pros
• The International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Fri. at 6:30 featuring a
stunning two+ hour program of 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.
You will not want to miss this historic event for the Edison Fly Fishing Show. You’ll never get through this show in one day … plan on the weekend, bring your friends, and join our show family for the biggest consumer fly fishing event ever to take place! See you there.
— Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family

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  • Children under 5 free, under 12: $5
  • Scouts under 16 in uniform: free

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 25th  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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