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Edison Show Info
January 24, 25, & 26 2020
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 24. Doors open and pre-party at 6:00, films start at 6:30. $15; $10 in advance.
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:
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.
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
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 Website. Metuchen Taxi: 732-549-7777
Official Fly Fishing Show information to book your hotel will be extended from firstname.lastname@example.org and/or posted on The Fly Fishing Show website, www.flyfishingshow.com when it becomes available. Please use only the phone numbers and website links the Show provides. Please be advised other “hotel booking scalpers” are misrepresenting themselves calling customers. Please do not book through these scalpers to avoid problems or overpayment. Thank you and look for additional information to follow soon.
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 $128 per night. For special rates rooms must be booked by December 20, 2019 , or before the hotel sells out.
Delta by Marriott Hotel Woodbridge
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. Special rates rooms must be booked by Tuesday, January 10, 2020, 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 January 6, 2020 or before the hotel sells out.
For those of you feeling nostalgic and don’t mind the drive:
Home2 Suites by Hilton
858 Durham Road
Edison, NJ 08817
The Cut-off Date for accepting reservations into this room block is 01/10/2020.
To book a room click HERE or Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:
Show rate of $109. All room rates are quoted exclusive of state taxes, currently 14.63%, but subject to change without notice. The above room rates are Net, Non-Commissionable
Complimentary Hot breakfast buffet daily
Complimentary laundry facility
All suites equipped with full kitchens.
Indoor swimming pool
Hair dryer, iron and ironing board and coffee makers in every room
Spacious work areas in all guest suites
Please note that there are no portable or rollaway beds available.
Individual Call-in reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card, which will be supplied at the time of reservation. Reservations must be cancelled by 6:00 PM EST two (2) days prior to arrival and will incur a penalty of one (1) night stay plus taxes. If the reservation is no longer required and is not cancelled prior to this time, the reservation will be released and subsequent room and tax charges will be billed to the credit card on file.
Celebrities and Authors
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.
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.
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.
Mac Brown: Mac Brown is the owner of Mac Brown Fly Fish and Fly Fishing Guide School in Western NC. Mac created the first full-time fly fishing guide service in Western North Carolina. The first Delayed Harvest on the Upper Nantahala River in early 1993 was also a result of his efforts. Check out the testimonials from others over the past three decades. He is the author of “Casting Angles” which is a fly casting handbook for those on the journey of understanding the mechanics of the cast. The ACA, FFI, and others have endorsed this text as a reference for instructors as well. Mac is a Master Casting Instructor through the Fly Fishers International.
Mac was inducted into the Southern Appalachia Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame under recreation on August 26, 2017.
Mac was “Angler of the Year” in Field and Stream in 1999. His articles have appeared in Fly Rod and Reel, Fly Fisherman, Angling Report, ESPN TV, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Fly Fishing America T.V., Fly Fishing the World, and many others.
Pro Staff Development of Fly Fishing Products
Mac is a pro staff member of Ross Reels, Simms, Maxima, and many other great companies since early 1990. He is an ambassador for the brands Patagonia, GLoomis rods, Regal Vise, Richardson Chest Boxes, and Scientific Anglers fishing lines. His most significant contributions have been the push to longer and lighter fly rods and fly line designs.
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 250 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 19,000 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; email@example.com, WWW.BRUCECHARD.COM
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”. He has a book coming out in 2020’ named “Fly Fishing for Freshwater Stripers”. Henry is on Pro Staff with Towee boats and is also a Simms Ambassador along with being an advisor for Scientific Anglers. He is on guide programs with Honda Marine, Sage, RIO Products, TFO, Orvis, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota/Humminbird) and Smith Optics. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.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 traveling 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.
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.
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.
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, YouTube Vlogging and Social Networking. He is also an outdoor speaker, writer, photographer, videographer and aerial drone operator. 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 water 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 works, Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania was published in 2016 and Flyfisher’s Guide to New Jersey, Coldwater, Warmwatrer and Saltwater was published this fall.. 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.
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.
Bob Mallard: Bob Mallard has fly fished for forty years. He is a former fly shop owner and a Registered Maine Fishing Guide. Bob is a blogger, writer, author, fly designer, and native fish advocate. He is the Publisher, Northeast Regional Editor and a regular contributor to Fly Fish America magazine; a columnist with Southern Trout online magazine, and a staff fly designer at Catch Fly Fishing. Bob is a founding member and National Vice Chair of Native Fish Coalition. His writing, photographs, and flies have been featured at the local, regional and national level including Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Fly Tyer, Angling Trade, Eastern Fly Fishing, Southern Trout, Southern Trout Ozark Edition, Fly Fishing New England, The Maine Sportsman, Northwoods Sporting Journal, Tenkara Angler, On The Fly, Orvis News, the R.L. Winston catalog, and the books Guide Flies, Caddisflies and America’s Favorite Flies. Bob has written two books and contributed to several others. Look for his books 50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout (Stonefly Press.) Bob’s next book, Squaretail: The Definitive Guide to Brook Trout, is due out summer of 2019 (Stackpole Books.) He can be reached at www.bobmallard.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-399-6270.
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.
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”.
Capt. Gene Quigley: Capt. Gene Quigley is considered one of the top saltwater fly fishing guides in the Northeast. A native of the New Jersey shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 35 years. Gene specializes in trophy Striper fishing and Tuna on the fly. Equally at home from the boat or in the surf, Capt Gene has put hundreds of anglers on their first trophy Striped Bass and Bluefin; and is one of a handful of anglers worldwide who have consistently landed tuna over 100 lbs on fly tackle.
In addition to guiding, Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He has written for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Saltwater Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, The Fisherman, Sport Fishing, and On The Water magazines. Capt Gene was voted one of the Top 50 Charter Captian’s by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine and was also featured as one of North America’s Top 100 Guides by Field & Stream magazine.
Gene sits on the national prostaff’s for St Croix Rod Company, Raymarine, Rio Product, Yamaha, Tibor Reels , Smith Optics, Olukai, Yeti Coolers, Patagonia, and Korkers.
Gene has been a featured angler on ESPN, Versus, Outdoor Life Networks (OLN) “Family Fishing Outdoors Show”, and PBS’s “Vacations On The Fly” television shows. He is the co-founder and owner of Shore Catch Guide Service, one of the nation’s largest fly and light tackle companies.
Jason Randall: Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, ‘Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents’ was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book ‘Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat’, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy was released- ‘Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell’, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In April 2017, Jason’s forth book was released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing. In 2017, Jason joined Luminaries Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Ed Jaworowski and many others on the TFO National Advisory Team. In 2017-18, Jason will appear and present at shows, clubs and events throughout the North America.
Bob Romano: Bob Romano: Bob Romano and his wife, Trish, have owned a camp in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine for more than thirty years. During that time, he’s written a number of books about this part of northern New England where the native brook trout remain as large as any you’ll find south of Labrador and the landlocked salmon continue to dance across the pools and runs of iconic rivers such as the Magalloway, Kennebago, and Rapid. Although many travel to the Rangeley Lakes Region for the thrill of hooking a fish measured in pounds rather than inches, there is also an infinity of smaller trout to be found in the headwater streams. Nicknamed, THE LAND OF FISHING LEGIONS, the region has a rich sporting tradition. Not much has changed since Carrie Stevens tied her Gray Ghost streamer, Shang Wheeler came up with the legend of White Nose Pete, and Louise Dickinson Rich wrote her books about life along the carry road below Middle Dam.
Bob has added all new photos for this year’s program. As in the past, he’ll cover where and when to fish, what flies to cast, and techniques to use. As entertaining as he is informative, Bob will take along with him on a tour of the lakes, rivers and streams that comprise the Rangeley Lakes Region.
Many outdoor writers concentrate on the “how-to” aspects of fly-fishing. Bob prefers to examine why we fish while using the rivers, lakes, and streams of Maine’s Great North Woods as his literary canvas. Whether novice or expert, young or old, if you’ve fished, or ever wished to fish, in country as wild as the moose that continue to trod its trails, you’ll enjoy Bob’s books.
His first novel, North of Easie, won The New England Outdoor Writers Association’s second place for Best Book of The Year. Shadows in the Stream, his book of essays is often used by anglers as a tour guide of the region while his latest novel, The River King, was a best seller at last year’s Show.
Ron Barch of Alder Creek Publishing wrote: “As I turned the pages, I found myself thinking of Traver’s Danny and The Boys, Harrison’s Brown Dog and Harry Middleton’s The Earth is Enough.” Author of Moose on the Water, Bamboo on the Bench, Kathy Scott found that “Romano so captures the essence of my favorite haunts that I almost drove up to check.” Legendary Master Maine guide and author, George Smith said, “You will really enjoy The River King, as soon as you finish it, you’ll plan a fishing adventure in the Rangeley Region.”
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.
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.
Peter Stitcher: Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and owner of Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle Inc. As a biologist, Peter works across the United States in the assessment, restoration, and management of trophy trout waters. Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, and fish habitat use into easily applied fishing tips and tactics for the fly fisher. Armed with an extensive invertebrate database and more than 400,000 flies Peter and his team at Ascent specialize in the creation of Biologist Crafted Fly Selections specific to the trout foods and their life-cycles when and where you fish. Peter also just released his first film titled Creating Order in Your Fly Box, and is a regular contributor to High Country Angler Magazine.
Lou Zambello: Lou Zambello is the author of Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons (now in its 2nd edition) and the best-selling Flyfisher’s Guide to New England. Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons, describes how to most effectively fly fish both moving and still water for New England’s salmonids: season by season from ice-out to the autumn spawning runs. Flyfishers Guide to New England provides all of the information required for you to find and successfully fish hundreds of waters in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Lou has fly fished northern New England for over 35 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over 15 years, guiding primarily in the Rangeley area. He is a well-traveled speaker and has given hundreds of talks and presentations throughout the US on both fly-fishing techniques and destinations. Lou writes a regular column for the Maine Sportsman and is a contributor to a variety of fly-fishing magazine. Look for his trophy brook trout article in the upcoming issue of American Angler magazine
DEEP WITHIN A BLUEBERRY SKY (NEW FOR 2020)
NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING THE MID-ATLANTIC
A NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING VIRGINIA
LINSENBIGLER THE BEAR
LINSENBIGLER & THE LOST CITY
LINSENBIGLER ANGLER’S COMPANION
THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR
FISHING THE FILM
TROUT, SALMON AND CHAR (new release)
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH
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,
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING
STRIP-SET: FLY-FISHING TECHNIQUES, TACTICS, AND PATTERNS FOR STREAMERS (new release)
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
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO NEW JERSEY, COLDWATER, WARMWATER AND SALTWATER(NEW FOR 2020)
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO EASTERN TAILWATERS
TUNA ON THE FLY
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS
ALL DAYS THE DELAWARE RIVER STORY (NEW FOR 2020)
TRAILS IN A WILD FRONTIER, KOLA PENINSULA, SIBERIA, KAMCHATKA
UNCLE SAM’S RIVER, A DELAWARE RIVER STORY
FLY CASTING: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH STARTING IN THE SALT: SALTWATER FLY CASTING
SQUARETAIL: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BROOK TROUT (due summer 2019)
50 BEST PLACES FLY FISH THE NORTHEAST
25 BEST TOWNS TO FLY FISHING FOR TROUT
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
TACTICAL FLY FISHING (due February 2019)
THE RIVER KING (new release)
FISHING WITH FAERIES
SHADOWS IN THE STREAM
BROOK TROUT BLUES
CONQUERING CHIRONOMIDS VOLUME II ADVANCED TACTICS(DVD)
CONQUERING CHIRONOMIDS VOLUME 1(DVD)
FLY PATTERNS FOR STILLWATERS: A STUDY OF TROUT, ENTOMOLOGY & TYING
David Van Wie
THE CONFLUENCE – A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, ART & TALL TALES ABOUT FLY-FISHING AND FRIENDSHIP
FLY FISHING TREASURES (new release)
IN PURSUIT OF TROPHY BROOK TROUT
FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND
FLYFISHING NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND’S SEASONS: A GUIDE TO ICE-OUT, HATCH SEASON, SUMMER, THE FALL SPAWNING SUN AND WINTER
Additional Authors & Celebrities TBA
Fly Tyers: TBA
Exhibitors & Map
Note from the Director
A Note from the Director: TBA
Fly Fishing Show Tickets
Cash only at the gate
Purchase advance Fly Fishing Show Tickets by clicking HERE
- Adult: $18 for one day, $28 for two-day pass, $38 for three-day pass
- 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 24th 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 here., click
Programs, Seminars and Classes
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