Tickets (Cash only at the gate)
Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!
Pleasanton Show Info
Dates: February 22, 23, & 24, 2019
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA, 94566
BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 22 at 6:30pm. $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
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA, 94566
From: San Francisco – Cross the Bay Bridge – Follow the sign to stay on I-580 East – When you come to I-680, go South – Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp) – To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12 – To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12
From San Jose – Take I-680 North – Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp) – To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12
From Walnut Creek – Take I-680 South – Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp) – To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12 – To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12
From Tracy – Take 205 West – Continue on I-580 West – Take I-680 South – Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp) – To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12
Flying: Oakland airport is 18 miles away; San Francisco is 35 miles away.
Transportation: http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Transportation.php Charity Cab (925) 353-5357 www.charitycab.com
Parking is $10 per day at the Alameda County Fairgrounds
Hilton Pleasanton at The Club
7050 Johnson Drive
Phone: 800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) or 925-463-8000
Request the special Show rate using Group Code: FLY when making reservations. Click HERE, to book at the special show rates online (special weblink will follow). Rooms must be booked by January 31, 2019, or before the hotel sells out.
11950 Dublin Canyon Road
Pleasanton CA 94588
Request the special Show rate when making reservations. Rooms must be booked by February 7, 2019, or before the hotel sells out. To book on-line with the special rates, click HERE
Celebrities and Authors
Rob Anderson: Rob resides in Reno, Nevada and currently has his own fly fishing travel business, Bucket List Fly Fishing Adventures and is the lead guide and owner of Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters. Rob currently guides on the Truckee River in both California and Nevada, Pyramid Lake, Davis Lake, East Walker River, Frenchman’s and 4 different private waters. He regularly does speaking engagements on Pyramid Lake other Northern Nevada and California waters and numerous “Bucket List” destinations around the world including an annual hosted trip to the Amazon for Peacock Bass. Rob is always willing and ready to educate fly fishing enthusiasts. Rob Anderson grew up in Virginia and was fishing from the time he can remember. At the age of 9, he learned to fly fish. From that point on he fly-fished for bass and pan fish in Virginia as much as possible. After college, Rob pursued his other passion, golf, by working in that business for 15 years. During this time he had headed west and settled in Lake Tahoe. In 1997, while still working in the golf industry, he was reintroduced to fly fishing by his friend Chris Evison. Chris taught him the art of fly fishing for trout in moving water. His love of the sport was reborn! In his free time from the golf business he regularly visited the Reno Fly Shop where he began learning how to tie flies (he is now a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants with over 20 patterns tied commercially). In the fall of 2001, the Reno Fly Shop offered Rob a part-time job which shortly thereafter, turned into a full time position managing the retail store, private waters program and guide business until the Reno Fly Shop closed in 2010. The closing of the Reno Fly Shop resulted in Rob having more time and freedom in his pursuit of design, creativity and teaching in the Fly Fishing industry. It was in 2003 that Rob pursued his interest in guiding at Pyramid Lake. Rob ultimately became the first non-tribal fly fishing guide at the Lake. Since that time has built a fly fishing specific website for Pyramid Lake, pyramidlakeflyfishing.com and runs the largest and most successful guide service there. Rob’s love of Pyramid Lake has also driven him to design Pyramid-specific flies which have increased the popularity of nymphing at the lake. Two of these flies are the Maholo Fly and the Maholo Midge which are sold at fly shops and retailers all over the West.
Dave Blackburn: Dave Blackburn grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.
Dan Blanton: Dan, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer. He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing. He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher’s 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the FFF California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. In October 2009 Dan was inducted into The Catskill Fishing Center and Museum fly fishing hall of fame. An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide. The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher. Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa’s International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade. A free-lance writer for more than 35 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa. His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received excellent reviews. Fifteen years ago, Dan published his website www.danblanton.com as a means to promote his outdoors related business. He also wanted to give something back to the fly fishing community so he included a fly fishing bulletin board, tackle and techniques fly fishing page and a hot fly page. Dan’s Fly Fishing website and bulletin board, going on their 15th year, are extremely popular, world-wide. Visit www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php.
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.
Conway Bowman: An accomplished all around adventurer fisherman / waterman, Conway Bowman’s name is synonymous with “extreme” fly fishing. For Conway, home base is Encinitas, ca where he guides for blue water species on the fly – most notably killer Mako shark.
As the TV host of three highly rated award winning television series “ The Ford Outfitters” “ Fly Fishing the World” on Sportsman Channel and “Fifty Places to Fly-Fish before you Die” on the World Fishing Network, Conway has traveled from remote beaches of Baja California to the Southern jungles of Thailand searching out all types of wild fishing adventures.
Conway is also the author of “The Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly fishing.” Bowman has traveled the world in search of Atlantic salmon, wild trout, redfish, bonefish, and tarpon. He currently holds the IGFA world record for redfish: 41.65, caught on the fly.
When not searching for his next adventure, Conway can be found surfing, diving and fishing his home waters of Encinitas, California where he lives with his wife Michelle and their two wonderful sons Maximilian and Jackson.
Tom Boyd: Tom Boyd Is a fishing researcher and consultant, instructor, outdoor writer, editor and lecturer. Captain Tom Boyd has over 50 years experience as a catch-and-release fly fisherman. As a professional fly fisherman, he has traveled the world in pursuit of fresh and salt water species. He has consulted with manufacturers and lodges on many aspects of fly fishing. Tom has taken countless world record-sized fish using IGFA regulations including a 340 lb. blue marlin on a 20 lb. tippet along with black marlin and giant sailfish; a 40.5 lb. roosterfish on a 10 lb. tippet (it’s the 12 lb. record) –most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. He has consulted with governments, researchers, ichthyologists, geneticists, captains, mates, and guides for over 35 years. He champions the sport for everyone especially the young and underprivileged, and has actively advocated for them politically.
Tom’s saltwater book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed. Tom and son Jeff Boyd wrote Trout Salmon and Char – A Master Guide to Understanding Their Behavior and the Top Techniques to Catch Them which will be published in December 2018 by Wild River Press. This book is ground-breaking with revolutionary information on salmonid behavior and often ground-breaking techniques to catch them. Half a lifetime went into the research of the book to allow its readers a better chance to catch their favorite salmonid.
Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for over 35 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green (shallow and flats), and fresh water. He has caught over 200 different species of gamefish from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. He specializes in gamefish behavior and developing often unique techniques to catch even the toughest species.
Tom writes for many different magazines, is interviewed on internet and radio fly fishing shows, has been a content editor and Editor-in-Chief of fly fishing magazines. Currently, he is Editor-at-Large of Fly Fish America magazine. As a fishing advocate, he has achieved many conservation break-throughs and is currently working with Fly Shop Mongolia to save endangered taimen.
He is founder and past president of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President and Man-of-the Year recipient of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, Board member of Trout Unlimited, etc., and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards.
Nate Brumley: Nate Brumley is the owner dryflyinnovations.com, and author of two new cutting-edge dry fly books: Addicted to the Rise and Winter on a Dry Fly. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies and he’s mastered the use of them in all seasons over all bodies of fresh water. Nate has never sunk a nymph or fished a streamer. His offering is 50 plus years’ experience fishing a dry fly exclusively. Brumley’s tying sessions introduce dynamic new fly patterns. His presentations are rich in dry fly technique that include video to connect the concepts. These demonstrations are some of the most sought-after events in the industry at present and his breadth of knowledge is truly phenomenal. It’s been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years of dry fly experience. Should you have the opportunity, attend one of his tying sessions, presentations, or classes…it will change the way you dry fly fish forever.
Joe Contaldi: Joe Contaldi is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Eastern Sierra!! He stalks trout from The East Walker River in Bridgeport to the Lower Owens River in Bishop, Ca. And his enthusiasm is catching. This man truly loves what he does. With each body of water discussed, he shows us what flys and nymphs he used to lure the wily trout, and how we might procure some for ourselves.
Dr. Nick Curcione: In addition to his former 35-year career as a university professor, Nick is an internationally recognized outdoor writer, instructor, lecturer and tackle consultant with more than 40 years of angling experience. Though extremely well versed in all phases of the sport, Nick is especially noted for his casting expertise and instructional clinics. He is one of the country’s leading authorities on sinking lines and shooting heads and his knowledge of knots and rigging are held in high regard. His casting demonstrations with specialty lines utilizing both single and double-handed rods and the knots and rigging programs have been very popular with fly fishing audiences. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the use of two-hand fly rods in saltwater. His fishing travels have taken him to a variety of locales and include all the coastal waters of the continental US, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, New Guinea and the South Pacific. Nick’s writing credits have been extensive with numerous articles in local, national and international publications. Since its inception, he was on the editorial staff of Fly Fishing Saltwaters magazine and has authored four fly fishing books, The Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Baja On The Fly, Tug-O-War, A Fly Fishers Game and The Saltwater Edge Over the years Nick has served as a consultant for a number of major tackle manufacturers and is a proud member of Temple Fork Outfitters’ renowned advisory staff.
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 Fly Fishing 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 Fly Fishing 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
Floyd Dean: Floyd began his journey to Master Fly Casting instructor with childhood summers spent Fishing the streams that flow out of the Teton Mountains near Driggs, Idaho. It was there that he first became aware that there was fishing, and then there was fly-fishing: he was not allowed to touch his uncles’ fly rods. It would not be until 1989 that Floyd would take up fly-fishing in earnest. And then, through dedicated practice, he moved up the ladder to become one of the top casters in the nation. In addition to the ‘dedicated practice’, Floyd freely credits his stellar position to the fact that he was taken under the wing of some of the greats in the fly-fishing and casting world. And now he too has become one of those in the US and around the world who have achieved the level of Federation of Fly Fishing Master Fly Casting Instructor. Floyd has also become something of a celebrity fly caster, demonstrating his skills at: Ed Rices’s Sportsman’s Show in San Mateo; International Sportsman’s Expositions in San Mateo, Sacramento, Pleasanton, Salt Lake City and Denver; The Fred Hall Show at the Cow Palace and Long Beach; Western Sport Shop’s Fly Fishing Fair in San Rafael and Santa Rosa; The Steelhead Fair in Russian River; The Northern California Council of Federation of Fly Fishers; International Federation of Fly Fishing Conclaves, The Trout Unlimited Fund-raisers in San Rafael; and The Steinhart Aquarium History of Fly Fishing Exhibit. In early 2003, as part of the Winslow Homer: Artist and Angler exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Floyd was invited to demonstrate the art of fly casting to complement the exhibit. Keeping the art of fly-casting alive through research, study, practice and teaching has become his focus. Rediscovering and refining the specialty casts that make it possible to place the right fly in the right spot to catch the most elusive fish has become his passion. Floyd’s bona fides are continually validated through competitions as well. His performance in the North American fly-casting competition in the summer of 1999 earned him a spot in the all American team. He also won the Single Spey event at the Jimmy Green Spey competition in Asotin, Washington and is the 2008 Senior All Fly Accuracy Champion for the United States and Canada. In addition to Floyd’s skill, dedication and passion for the sport, there is the matter of his enthusiasm: it is contagious. Whether they are novices or advanced casters seeking more refinement, students will enjoy moving through the ‘building blocks of casting’ with Floyd’s expert and supportive instruction. 415.332.8351 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ann Dozer: Mary Ann Dozer fell in love with fish, not while casting from a riverbank, but while scuba diving in the Caribbean and South Pacific with her husband, Dave. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for the sport took hold. When her high tech career wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann wanted to do something different with her life. The answer was easy: pursue her passion for fly fishing and share it with others. Mary Ann has been teaching & guiding for over 10 years in Oregon and Idaho, logging an average of 150 days/year on the water. She guides full-time in Central Oregon for the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters, Oregon. Mary Ann loves to introduce new anglers to fly fishing or take anglers’ skill to that next level. Whether this be via casting lesson, a day in a classroom, or a day on the water. Mary Ann considers casting an art form. She is adept at combining her responsibilities as a guide and teacher of our sport. She is known for her enthusiasm and expertise as a teacher. Mary Ann is a Fly Fishers International Master Casting Instructor and on the Casting Board of Governors. She is pursuing a Two Hand Casting Certification. Her love and finesse of casting has put her on the Winston Pro-Staff Team. Mary Ann believes in giving back to motivate others to pursue their interest in fly fishing for the Fly Fishers International at the local, state & national level. She co-leads the FFI Women Connect and has also co-chaired Education and Publicity for the Northwest Fly Fishing Expo for the last ten years. Mary Ann is deeply committed to supporting Casting for Recovery and has volunteered for events across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for fifteen years.
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.
Ken Hanley: 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee, Federation of Fly Fishers (N. California Chapter) Over 14,000 students have taken advantage of Ken’s varied programs both in the field and on the water. He’s been in the adventure angling industry since 1970. He’s the author of seven fly fishing books. He also writes and photographs for both national and regional publications in the outdoor industry. Ken has two video/DVD’s celebrating saltwater adventures. Ken’s extensive field experience spans the globe; from the highest peaks in Tibet and the Himalaya, to the remote wilderness regions of Asia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, and North America. From panfish to roosterfish, he’s caught over ninety different species of fresh and saltwater gamefish.
Matt Heron: Matt grew up catching trout and bass in the historic Adirondack Mountains in upsate NY. Not long after was chasing migratory steelhead, browns and salmon in the Great Lakes tributaries every fall and spring. Little did Matt know that his first rod and reel outfit from Sage in 1991 would change his life forever.
After double majoring at University of Morrisville and University of Cortland, Matt would begin his full time career in fly fishing. He is a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and worked for the International Federation of Fly Fishers in Livingston Montana as his first job out of college. There he also became a IFFF Certified Casting Instructor.
Currently Matt runs his Fly Fishing School and Outfitter (http://mattheronflyfishing.com/) in Squaw Valley and Truckee in Lake Tahoe, CA. The school at Resort at Squaw Creek is widely recognized as one of the premier fly fishing education programs in the country. His guide staff of fourteen primarily focuses on the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers on the north shore of Lake Tahoe year round.
During the slow season, Matt can be found exploring the world’s finest destination and lodges with his hosted travel program. Matt has fished extensively throughout the lower 48, Alaska, Mexico, Aruba, Bonaire, Cuba, Honduras, Bahamas, Chile, BC and Belize.
He also spent six years working full time for the Fly Fishing Film Tour, the #1 entertainment event in the fishing industry.
Matt’s proud to have professional affiliations with Sage, Simms, Costa and RIO.
Lastly, Matt’s proudest accomplishment was accepting the position of Regional Director for the Reno/Tahoe Cast Hope. Cast Hope is a non-profit dedicated to getting at risk and underserved youth on water by providing complimentary gear and guide trips. http://www.casthope.org/
Matt resides in Truckee California with his beautiful wife Lulana and his two sons Declan and Easton.
Ernie Gulley: Ernie Gulley has spent most of his life in southern California. He started fishing with his father from the time he could walk. At age seven he moved to New Orleans, LA. and learned how to fish Lake Ponchatrain for speckled trout and other salt water species. He returned to southern California with a passion and love affair for fishing. He started fishing the stillwaters of the High Sierra’s including Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir. He also fished many Stillwaters in the West including Utah, Idaho and Nevada. During this time he fished exclusively with “Noodle Sticks” which are (IFGA) rated two pound class ultra light rods. His hunt for big fish on light lines had begun. In 1997 he became intrigued with fly fishing and he purchased his first fly rod. He fell in love with fly fishing and has never looked back. In 2007 he won the famous “Double Hall in the Fall” tournament at Crowley Lake. In 2008 and 2009 he placed second in the “Stillwater Classic” in the team category also at Crowley Lake. Currently he is a licensed, insured and bonded guide in California specializing in stillwater fly fishing tactics. He is very proud to be a Pro Ambassador for Hardy Fly Fishing. His home water is Crowley Lake, where he is one of the premier guides using his 22 foot Skeeter Bay Boat for his fly fishing platform, however he guides all over the Eastern Sierra and Southern California. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who has more energy, enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching stillwater fly fishing tactics. He has spoken to almost every fly fishing club in California and many more in the West. He also speaks at Fly Fishing Shows, Fly Fishing Fairs and Fly Fishing Shops on specific stillwaters and teaches Stillwater Classes and Clinics. He takes great pride in his clients to make sure they have the very best stillwater fly fishing experience. He also takes great pride in his Professional Guest Speaker Presentations. He spends thousands of hours making sure every time you listen to his informative and comprehensive programs and presentations you are fully satisfied and ready to go out on the water for a fantastic stillwater fly fishing experience. He is a hardcore stillwater fisherman with a love to teach stillwater fly fishing tactics. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: 909-953-1770, website www.erniegulley.com, Ernie Gulley Fly Fishing on Facebook, @erniegulleyflyfishing/Instagram and @erniegulley/twitter.
Wendy Gunn: Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.
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.
George Revel: George Revel is a three-time National Fly Casting Champion, rod designer, FFF Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor, and President of the venerable Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco. A well-traveled and seasoned outdoorsman, George knows the ins-and-outs of the Industry and is passionate about making the sport accessible throughout a client’s lifetime.
At the age of 13, George won his first casting competition against “industry professionals.”
Casting against competitors who were much older and stronger, George knew that an efficient casting technique and a balanced fly fishing outfit were necessary for his success.With this early win under his belt, George continued to turn fly casting heads by winning three additional National Casting Championships, setting records in the fly distance events.
George became the youngest fly caster ever to pass the Fly Fishing Federation’s casting certification process at the age of 13. Continuing this youthful theme, at the age of 19, George became the youngest, Master-Certified casting instructor. This record still stands today.
With his fly casting talents, George traveled the United States with fly rod in hand. At fly fishing shows, George presented his efficient fly casting techniques, while assisting attendees with product questions.
Today, George teaches hundreds of fly anglers every year how to efficiently fly cast and catch fish. Whether in the class room, on the waters of Northern California or at the casting ponds of the historic Golden Gate Casting and Angling Club, where he’s the current president, George loves to share his passion for the sport.
Although George has fly fished in many parts of the world, he most loves the trout and steelhead waters of the Western United States. He also applies his casting and fishing knowledge to the efficient and balanced fly rods and reels he designs for Revel Rod Company.
Denny Rickards: For the past thirty years Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trout waters in the Western United States. His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 19 pounds. Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best: guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing and developing tackle manufacturer’s products. His newly developed Crystal Creek Series graphite fly rods by Diamondback are being compared to the top rods in the industry. As a consultant to the Cortland Line Company, Denny has designed new Stillwater fly lines for fishing lakes and reservoirs. His Zone Card enables anglers to better understand which lines, patterns and retrieves are best for the depths where trout prefer to feed. As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Crushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the “bibles” for fly fishing lakes. When he isn’t fishing or guiding, many hours are spent creating new fly patterns, studying trout behavior and their habitat, and the various insects found within their environment. His knowledge and ability to teach others were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their Stillwater angling experiences.
Tom Rosenbauer: Tom Rosenbauer has been with the Orvis Company for 40 years, and while there has been a fishing school instructor, copywriter, public relations director, merchandise manager, and was editor of The Orvis News for 10 years. He is currently Marketing Manager for Orvis Rod and Tackle. As merchandise manager, web merchandiser, and catalog director, the titles under his direction have won numerous Gold Medals in the Multichannel Merchant Awards.
Tom was awarded Fly Rod & Reel’s “Angler of the Year Award” for 2011 for his educational efforts through his books, magazine articles, and podcasts.
Tom has been a fly fisher for 50 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14. He has fished extensively across North America and has also fished on Christmas Island, the Bahamas, Belize, in Kamchatka, Chile, and on the fabled English chalk streams . He is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, and is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has about 20 fly fishing books in print, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Reading Trout Streams, Prospecting for Trout, Casting Illusions, Fly-Fishing in America, Approach and Presentation, Trout Foods and Their Imitations; Nymphing Techniques; Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, The Orvis Guide to Dry-Fly Techniques, The Orvis Fly Fishing Encyclopedia, and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, which won a 2001 National Outdoor Book Award . His collaboration with photographer Andy Anderson, Salt, also won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2014. He has also been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gay’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, Men’s Journal, and others. His latest book, Fly Fishing for Trout—The Next Level, was published in November of 2016. Tom is the writer and narrator of “The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide Podcast,” one of the top outdoor podcasts on ITunes. He lives with his wife and son in southern Vermont on the banks of his favorite trout stream.
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.
John Shaner: I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.
Mia Sheppard: Mia is an accomplished guide, champion spey-caster, conservationist, upland bird hunter, skier, and mother. She grew up in Tennessee, chasing trout and hiking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing caught her attention in 1996. In 2003, Mia and her husband Marty purchased Little Creek Outfitters and she started her guiding career on the John Day River for small mouth bass. Within a few more years, she was guiding steelhead. With a strong passion to get more women and kids involved in the sport of fly-fishing, she enjoys teaching and offers women specific bass, steelhead and stand up paddle board trips on the Deschutes, John Day, and Sandy Rivers. Teaching her daughter about the outdoor and nature is her top priority
Mia is an ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo Lines, Costa and Boggs Trail Butter
John Sherman: John is the West Coast Sales Representative for Simms Fishing Products & Hatch Outdoors covering CA, AZ, NV and HI. John is also one of the most published fly fishing photographers who has had his work published in Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish Journal, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Drake, Cal Fly Fisher, North West and South West Fly Fishing to name a few. John lives on the banks of the Ca. Delta in Discovery Bay with his wife Natih, and daughter Kalum and son Kasix. John teamed up with Captain Mike Costello to produce the first and only Fly Fishing book dedicated to the California Delta, “Fly Fishing the CA Delta.” He will be presenting his slide show “Elevate your Delta Fly Game” which will help you catch more and bigger delta stripers, bass, panfish and carp with outside the box tactics. John’s passion for Delta fishing began at the age of 18 on his first trip to California Delta and it now has been his “home” water since 2002.
FLY FISHING CALIFORNIA’S GREAT WATERS
THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR
FISHING THE FILM
TROUT, SALMON AND CHAR (new release)
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH
WINTER ON A DRY FLY (new release)
ADDICTED TO THE RISE
The SALTWATER EDGE: TIPS AND TACTICS FOR SALATWATER FLY FISHING (New Release)
BAJA ON THE FLY A FLYFISHER’S GAME
ORVIS GUIDE TO SALTWATER FLY FISHING
TUG-O-WAR A FLY-FISHER’S GAME SUCCESSFUL TECHNIQUES FOR SALTWATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES
Terry & Wendy Gunn
50 BEST TAILWATERS TO FLY FISH
25 BEST NATIONAL PARKS TO FLY FISH
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
ORVIS GUIDE TO HATCH STRATEGIES (New Release)
THE ORVIS FLY-FISHING GUIDE, REVISED AND UPDATED (New Release)
FLY FISHING FOR TROUT (New Release)
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO FLY FISHING: MORE THAN 300 TIPS FOR ANGLERS OF AL LEVELS
SALT: COASTAL AND FLATS FISHING
THE ORVIS STREAMSIDE GUIDE TO APPROACH AND PRESENTATION: RIFFLES, RUNS, POCKET WATER, AND MUCH MORE
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO FAMILY FRIENDLY FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO SMALL STREAM FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS GUIDE TO BEGINNING FLY FISHING: 101 TIPS FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
THE ORVIS FLY-FISHING GUIDE, REVISED AND UPDATED
THE ORVIS VEST POCKET GUIDE TO LEADERS, KNOTS, & TIPPETS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE CONNECTIONS EVERY ANGLER NEEDS
ORVIS GUIDE TO PROSPECTING FOR TROUT – NEW AND REVISED
THE ORVIS FLY-TYING MANUAL: HOW TO TIE 6 POPULAR FLIES, 2ND ED
THE ORVIS ULTIMATE BOOK OF FLY FISHING
THE ORVIS FLY-TYING GUIDE
ORVIS GUIDE TO READING TROUT STREAMS
FLY PATTERNS FOR STILLWATERS: A STUDY OF TROUT, ENTOMOLOGY & TYING
STILLWATER SELECTIONS STILLWATER SOLUTIONS
Fly Tyers: TBA
Exhibitors & Map
Note from the Director
A Note from the Director: Thanks for a great 2018. We will see you at 2019 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show. -Ben Furimsky and the Fly Fishing Show Family.
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