Admission Info

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

Adult

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

Children

5 & Under: Free
6-12: $5
 

MILITARY/SCOUTS

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

Marlborough Show Info

Dates:  January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

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

Location: Royal Plaza Trade Center – Marlborough
181 Boston Post Road
West Marlborough, MA 01752

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 18 at 6:30pm. $15; $10 in advance.

Learning Center

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

Directions and Lodging

Royal Plaza Trade Center – Marlborough
181 Boston Post Road 
West Marlborough, MA 01752 
Take exit 24b off Interstate 495. Hotel is one mile on the right.  –
Close to Interstate 495 high-tech corridor – Convenient to the Massachusetts Turnpike – 40 miles from Boston and Providence; 60 miles from Hartford

Accommodations:

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road
West Marlborough, MA 01752
Reservations: (508) 460-0700
Be sure to ask for Fly Fishing Show Rates

You may book a room HERE with the special Show rates

Transportation:

Boston Logan International (BOS) serves the area.
Ground transportation to Marlborough (40 miles from BOS):
Knights Limo offers shuttle service https://www.knightslimo.com/airport-shuttle-service or call 508-839-6252.
RJS provides private-limo transportation service:  857-544-2938

Celebrities and Authors

Celebrities:

Scott Biron:  Scott Biron cut his teeth learning to tie flies and fly fishing back in the1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. He has fished many of the streams north of Route 26 in NH and his favorite the Androscoggin River. An active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in regional shows. Scott was awarded the 2017 NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied under Peggy Brenner. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns and has published, researched, instructed as well as demonstrated many of these lost NH fly patterns. He enjoys instructing individuals of all ages in the art of fly tying and is known for including the history of these tyers and their flies in his instruction.
Each year he is an volunteer instructor at NH Fish & Game’s Camp Barry’s Fish Camp where he instructs over 50 campers in fly tying and fly fishing. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and has authored articles for the NH Wildlife Journal. He has written fly fishing curriculum for NHFG Let’s Go Fishing Program recently developing the popular Float The Remote program teaching new fly anglers how to fish in NH’s remote trout ponds out of a float tube.
Scott is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and actively works to preserve, protect and conserve NH’s wildlife habitat and resources. He is on the Regal Vise, Partridge Hooks and Solarez Pro Staff’s and he is an Ambassador for the American Museum of Fly 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.

Alan Caolo: Alan is the author of two books on saltwater fly fishing, including Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass, and has written numerous articles on many aspects of the sport. He’s fished extensively throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico for nearly every inshore and offshore gamefish species.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ed Lombardo: Ed Lombardo: ESPN selected 12 of some of the best fly fishers in America to compete in its first Great Outdoor Games Competition, which was held in Lake Placid NY in the summer of 2000. Ed Lombardo was one of the twelve competitors. Some of the other competitors were Doug Swisher, Wendy & Terry Gun, and Brian O’Keefe. Ed has more than 40 years experience in fly fishing. Twenty five years ago Ed Lombardo founded The New England School of Fly Fishing at the W. Alton Jones Campus of URI. He is also Chief Fly Fishing Instructor at Addieville East Farm and Deer Creek Farm, both shooting and fly-fishing preserves. Ed is a veteran fly-fisher, guide, instructor, and expert fly tier. With over forty year’s experience, he has fished for such diverse species as trout, steelhead, Atlantic salmon, black bass, striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore. He has 28 years experience fly-fishing the fabulous Big Horn River, the Yellowstone National Park area, and Spring Creeks of Montana. He has also fished the Florida Keys for Tarpon and Bonefish. He is a professional lecturer, fly fishing writer, amateur entomologist on fly fishing, and writes for both national as well as local print and TV media. Ed is a featured speaker and fly casting celebrity for The Fly-Fishing Show in Marlboro and has done the same for 12 years at The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Worcester mass. He is also a member of the Narragansett and Northern RI Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Honorary Life Member of United Fly Tiers of RI, Honorary Life Member of the Smithfield Sportsman’s Club, and, Trustee / Member of The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association RI. Ed established and coordinated a Fly Fishing course at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus and works as lead fly-fishing instructor for RI/DEM’S Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program for more than twenty five years. This year Ed has been honored by The State of RI and The RIDEM/Fish & Wildlife Division for his untried work and dedication in teaching thousands of men, woman, and children the Art and Science of Fly Fishing. The 2012 Ed Lombardo Conservation Trout Stamp has been dedicated to him; he tied the Adams dry fly that appears on the stamp along with his name. This is the first time that this stamp has ever been dedicated to anyone!

Bob 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, info@bobmallard.com or 207-399-6270.

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.

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

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

Bob 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 New England that has earned the nickname – LAND OF FISHING LEGENDS. Ask Bob and he’ll tell you that the native brook trout of western Maine remain as large as any you’ll find south of Labrador and the landlocked salmon continue to tail 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.
Although it was the fishing that first drew Bob to western Maine, it is the region’s rich sporting tradition that captured his imagination. Bob has described the area as a place where the moose still outnumber the people. 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.
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 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 trod its trails or the brook trout that frequent its streams, 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. His latest novel, The River King, was a best seller at this year’s International Fly Tying Symposium.
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” while the editor of The Northwoods Journal, V. Paul Reynolds noted “When it comes to sense of place…Romano nails it. Add to this, his authentic detailed descriptions of the Rangeley area’s breathtaking scenery and abundant fishing waters, and you have a novel that does not let you go until the last page.”
In his program, Bob will cover where and when to fish, what flies to cast, and techniques to use. As entertaining as it is informative, this program will include over 100 photos of the lakes, rivers and streams of the Rangeley Lakes Region and the fish that inhabit them.

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

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.

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

Additional Celebrities TBA

Authors:

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

Alan Caolo
SIGHT-FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS

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
DYNAMIC NYMPHING
STRIP-SET: FLY-FISHING TECHNIQUES, TACTICS, AND PATTERNS FOR STREAMERS (new release)

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

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

Bob Mallard
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

Bob Popovics
POP FLEYES
FLEYE DESIGN TECHNIQUES, INSIGHTS, PATTERNS

Jason Randall
FEEDING TIME: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN TROUT EAT
MOVING WATER: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO CURRENTS NYMPH MASTERS: FLY FISHING SECRETS FROM EXPERT ANGLERS (New Release)
TROUT SENSE: A FLY FISHER’S GUIDE TO WHAT TROUT SEE, HEAR, & SMELL

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

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

Matthew 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

Lou Zambello
IN PURSUIT OF TROPHY BROOK TROUT: THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK OF TACTICS, TIMING, AND TERRITORY (New Release)
FLYFISHING NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND’S SEASONS: A GUIDE TO ICE-OUT, HATCH SEASON, SUMMER, THE FALL SPAWNING SUN AND WINTER (2nd edition scheduled to be released)
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND

Additional Authors TBA

Fly Tiers

Fly Tyers: 

Jay Aylward: Jay Aylward of the Handmade Angler is a mellow fish nerd and custom fly tyer, who has been spinning for a couple of decades. The flies he ties range from tiny crippled emergers all the way to deer hair bass bugs. During the show he will be tying articulated streamers and attractor dry flies, and also taking requests. Stop by to take a look at the range of custom flies he offers, talk tying and fishing, or just watch the demonstrations. #handmadeangler #aylsflies #splatpopgulp

 

 

Scott Biron: Scott Biron of Bradford, NH cut his teeth learning to fly tie and fly fish in the 1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. Influenced by his father while spending much of his time at his grandfather’s camp on the Androscoggin River. Scott is an active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in many east coast shows. He was the 2017 recipient of the NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied for one year under Peggy Brenner in an apprenticeship program. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns tying, researching these patterns and writing about them. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and a recent author for the NH Fish & Game’s Wildlife Journal with an article on caddis flies.

 

 

 

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.

 

Dick Brown: Dick Brown has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for over 40 years and he’s fished extensively for bones in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. He is one the world’s foremost authorities on bonefish and author of two definitive books on them: Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Bonefish Fly Pattern s, considered by many to be bibles on this elusive game fish. Both books have received high praise by reviewers, including Fly Fisherman’s John Randolph, who wrote of Fly Fishing for Bonefish, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” And NY Times Editor Howell Raines said “Best thing on bonefishing around by miles.” Dick is an innovative fly designer, tyer, and authority on bonefish patterns. He has created many signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, Simko, Squilly, Rocket Man Mantis, Strip Tease, Orange Twist, Phantom Crab, Hare Trigger, Magic Mantis, and Slinky Toad. He is an early pioneer of many techniques in saltwater flats flies: Dick has fished extensively for Atlantic salmon in Canada’s maritime provinces and for trout and steelhead in the American West and Northwest. He lives on the north shore of Massachusetts where he and his wife, Carol Wright, pursue striped bass, bluefish, and other inshore species, when they’re not exploring bonefish and permit flats to the south or the salmon rivers of Canada. Dick is an executive board member of the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders, a member of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, International Game Fish Association, United Fly Tyers, Trout Unlimited, Stripers Forever, & Malden Anglers. www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Armand Courchaine: Armand J. Courchaine born in Fall River, MA. Life long fly tyer, fly fisherman, photographer and instructor currently residing in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Life member of United Fly Tyers, Rhody Fly Rodders. Founder of Crossroads Anglers. At nine years old, while looking through the window of E.F. Cornell Sporting Goods Store. Armand was approached by the owner and asked if he had a job such as selling newspapers. The answer was no. Mr. Cornell than ask if he would like the opportunity to make money. Armand, asked “Doing what?” The owner said “Tying flies?” Armand’s reply “Do you hold them by the wings?” Thus was the beginning of Armand’s career of tying flies commercially. 1980 He wrote a column called “Fishing Time” for Somerset Spectator which was a weekly newspaper until 1996. He wrote articles for My Father’s Canoe, New England Fisherman, and On the Water Magazine. A member of New England Outdoor Writers from 1980 to 2004. 1997, Armand Courchaine received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” by United Fly Tyers and Federation of Fly Fishers. Armand’s Fly Patterns have appeared; Ken Bay’s book, Salt water Flies, Jack Gartside’s Salt Water Patterns; Dick Surette, Fly Tyer; Ray Bondorew’s Stripers and Streamers; Lefty Kreh’ Salt Water Flies; Angelo Peluso’s Saltwater Flies of the Northeast. Peter Nielsen’s Rhody Fly Rodders, 50 Years. Armand shares his tying experience with monthly classes at United Fly Tyers, New England Fly Tyers, Crossroads Anglers and Rhody Fly Rodders. He is past president of United Fly Tyers, the oldest fly tying organization in America. Also Past president of Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest saltwater fly fishing organization in America. In November 2013 Armand completed his first book entitled “Bugs over Bass”, A book on tying bugs with deer body hair. He has tied for sixty years.

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

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

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

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.

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

 

 

 

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.

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.

Captain Ray Stachelek: Captain Stachelek has guided clients in Rhode Island and Southern New England waters for the past twenty years. Ray specializes in fly fishing and lite tackle angling. Ray has been winding thread for over 55 years. A contract pro fly tier for the Umpqua Feather Merchants his nationally known series of Angel Hair Flies introduced a new material to the saltwater scene some nineteen years ago. Many of his saltwater fly patterns are listed in fishing catalogs and shops throughout the nation. Glitter flies have become a main staple in saltwater fly fishing arsenal. Ray’s articles and photography have frequently appeared in national magazines such as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Saltwater, and Fly Tier Magazine. He contributes fish reports to newspapers and web sites. Ray demonstrates his unique tying techniques at national fly shows during the winter months. He lectures for area fishing clubs around New England. He is active in local affiliates as Rhody Fly Rodders and United Fly Tyer’s, having served on both boards. Cast a Fly Charters is endorsed by many of the major trade names in the fly fishing industry. For additional information visit Ray’s website: www.castaflycharters.com.

 

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

Scott 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”.

Richie Tillman: I started tying at the age of 5 with my Dad’s old vise and tying materials. Then that Christmas I got a fly tying kit from my Dad and my Great Uncle and card saying that on my birthday of that year he would teach me how to tye , and then we would go to his brother in laws who raised trout for the State of Maryland and after we would go trout fishing. After surgery for a malignant brain tumor in the spring of 1983 I got back to the vice, still doing some trout patterns once I completed high school It was off to college up, Until this point I did not fly fish but I could tye . It was at this point I discovered a small fly shop in town a short walk from college. There I was asked to start tying for the shop. Then I got a call from a friend saying,” would I like to take a Fly Tying class with him at a local Fly shop”. I said” sure”. The next evening he picked me up from school and we proceeded to drive to the very same shop I was tying for and as soon as I walked in the door the owner of the shop spoke up and said I didn’t need to learn how to tye but I sat through helping my friends until it came to tying Lefty’s Deceiver. This was a pattern I had heard about and very much wanted to learn because it was a saltwater pattern. From that point on I never looked back I wanted to learn as many saltwater patterns as possible from then on all I wanted to tye was saltwater flies . Now I tye flies for Bonefish, to Sharks and Billfish. East Coast, to West Coast, to around the world.

Ken Walrath: I have been tying flies for over 30 years. I was born in Pennsylvania into a career military family so I have had the opportunity to travel and fly fish all over the US, including both east and west coast waters, and some overseas. I started tying flies when I was about 9 years old. The thrill of catching a fish with something that I had created was what kept me tying. I enjoy the challenge of fly fishing and sharing my passion with young and old alike. I have been contributing to Casting for Recovery for about 5 years and also contribute to Project Healing Waters. I tie in the Fly-fishing Show and have for a number of years. I also belong to the Federation of Fly Fishers. I use all the patterns that I tie. So I can actually say that all my patterns are “tried and true”! While living in Colorado I fished all the waters there and every year made a trip to the San Juan River in New Mexico. I have recently relocated to the East Coast. I fish for Stripers and blues in the waters of Rhode Island and fish for bass, rainbows and browns in the lakes, river and streams of Massachusetts. I have fished for King Salmon in Lake Ontario and Steelhead in Washington State. If it swims, I like casting a fly to it. I tie several woven body flies and enjoy coming up with a different twist to common patterns. I enjoy the challenge, the art and the finesse of tying and fly-fishing. Fly-fishing is my peace in a busy world. For a look at some of my other flies, check out kenscustomflies.com.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, January 19 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.

 

 

Classes with the Experts:  

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

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

Note from the Director

A Note from the Director: 

You are cordially invited to the 2019 Marlborough Fly Fishing Show. This three-day fly fishing extravaganza is the cure for your cabin fever. This year we have expanded our schedule to include more celebrities and learning opportunities than ever before! Some of the highlights include:

•New 2019 products from manufacturers.
•Programs and learning opportunities for youngsters and families.
•Casting demos and instruction with Jeff Currier, Sheila Hassan, Gary Borger, and more!
•Fly tying with Ed Engle, Tim Flagler, Bob Clouser and more!
•Classes with the Experts where you can get one-on-one time with the pros.
•The most extensive list of speakers to date.
•Lodges, resorts, exotic vacation destinations offering money-saving show specials.
•The must-see International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Friday at 6:30 featuring award-winning fly-fishing films.
•New rods, reels, lines, accessories, clothing, waders, boots, books, DVDs and anything else you may want to purchase, plus our exclusive author’s booth.
•Learning Center for free casting and fly tying instruction.
•Conservation organizations and opportunities to volunteer for the sport you cherish.

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

See you there.

Ben Furimsky and The Fly Fishing Show Family

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