Thomas E. Baltz: A
New Mexico native, Tom Baltz has been a fly tier for over 46 years, the
last 32 spent among the legendary tiers and anglers of the limestone
valleys of south-central Pennsylvania, near Carlisle. Tom is the only
four time Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Champion and his flies have
appeared in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Art of Angling
Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, and American Angler magazines, the Orvis
catalog (I.C.S.I Midge, MuddBugger, Hatching Nymph and Beetlenat) and
the recently published book “Guide Flies”. He is a regular contributor
to the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and appears at fly-fishing shows
around the country.
Tom ties for several fly shops and
discriminating anglers coast to coast. His trout and Salmon flies are
in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Museum (Jack Eschenmann
collection), the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, Vice-President Dick
Cheney, and private collectors from Europe, across the U.S., to Asia.
A full time fly-fishing professional since 1974 and one of
Pennsylvania’s first licensed fishing guides, Tom is an Orvis Endorsed
Fly Fishing Guide who was named North East Trout Guide of the Year
(2001) by Orvis. Tom is a member of the Regal Engineering (Regal Vise)
Pro Staff. He and his wife Eileen live outside Boiling Springs, PA,
very near Mountain Creek, the Letort, and the lovely Yellow Breeches
Bob Clouser: Bob’s
love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing
business. He continues to guide, teach and share his enjoyment with
Seminar’s, Schools and Trips
Bob now teaches fly tying, fly casting and fishing. His
casting demonstrations, using visual aids and casting weighted flies and
lines are very popular. Bob holds freshwater and saltwater fly
fishing/casting schools at various locations around the country. He also
hosts trips to great fresh and saltwater fishing locations.
Clouser’s lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations
are given nationwide. He is sought after for his presentations on “Fly
Fishing for Smallmouth Bass”- Catching smallmouth from top to bottom
using flies and “Fly Fishing Adventures, about various species that can
be caught on fly rod and flies. Bob’s Fly Casting Demonstration,
Casting Weighted Flies and Lines is highly sought after. Bob is
frequently called upon for participating in charity events.
Videos and publications
Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying
videos and DVD’s, Some of these are instructional videos, which can be
found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented
on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded
author of flyfishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been
published in national and regional magazines as well as in fresh and
saltwater publications. He has completed two books-“Clouser’s Flies” of
which contains 16 of his world wide recognized fly patterns. His other
book “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams, rated by Fly
Fisherman Magazine as ( Best on the Subject) it contains techniques and
flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor
Fly Patterns and Industry Affiliations
Clouser is the innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of
which gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow,
The Half and half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow,
Mad tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z popper, Floating Minnow and many
others. Bob’s Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective
underwater fly ever developed; rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine.
He has designed a fly line (The Clouser Taper) manufactured by Rio
Products that makes casting heavy wind resistant fly patterns a dream to
cast. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters. He is
also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. and Renzetti Inc.
Bob 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 are his induction
into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of fame as Legendary Angler,
the Warm Water Committee Achievement Award, a national award presented
by The Federation of Fly Fishers, the Dr. Henshall Award presented by
The federation of Fly Fishers, and National Angler of the Year 2000 by
Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. He is a strong supporter of recreational
fishing as well as conservation. He was awarded the 1995 Conservation
Award of The Year presented by the Susquehanna Smallmouth Alliance, and
1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award
presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
George Daniel: George
began fly fishing at age 6 while growing up in Potter County, PA. Many
of the small freestone streams flowing through “God’s Country” became
George’s outdoor laboratory and is where he developed his passion for
fly fishing. Early in his teens, George and his family relocated into
the Centre region where fly fishing legends George Harvey, Joe
Humphreys, and Charles Meck resided. The rich angling history in the
Centre region along with its resident legends was a fruitful area for a
young lad wanting to expand his fly fishing knowledge. At age 16, George
eventually crossed paths with his fly fishing idol, Joe Humphreys at a
local shop. Joe made George a promise that he would find time in his
busy schedule to fish with him one afternoon. Twenty pestering phone
calls later from George, Joe agreed upon a time when he would take
George fishing. From that first time on the water, Joe took George under
his wing as an apprentice and spent countless hours with George, on and
off the water, providing angling knowledge that has allowed George to
successfully enter the fly fishing industry.
Currently, George works for TCO Fly Shop, the largest fly
shop in the east. The State College location is where he spends most of
his time acting as the assistant manager and director of education.
George’s passion is spending time conducting educational classes for TCO
and traveling the country conducting clinics for various groups and
George is a former competitor for FF Team USA and currently
is part of the coaching staff for both youth and adult teams. Some of
his accomplishments include being a two time (back to back)national fly
fishing champion and ranked as high as fifth in the World. He logs over
150 days a year on trout waters near and far from his home.
George’s first book, “Dynamic Nymphing” will be released January 2012 by Stackpole Books.
George currently resides along his favorite stream with his
wife, Amidea and their two children, Evangeline and Logan, along with
their golden retrievers that answer to the names Madison and Helios.
Some of George's accomplishments include:
• Head Coach: 2011 US Adult FF Team
• Gold Medal (Individual) 2009 US Nationals
• Gold Medal (Team) 2009 US Nationals
• Champions (Team) 2009 Healing Waters Two Fly Contest
• 8th Place (Team) 2009 World FF Championships, Scotland
• Head Coach: 2009 US Youth Fly Fishing Team, Czech Republic
• Head Coach: 2008 US Youth Fly Fishing Team, Portugal
• 8th Place (Team) 2008 World FF Championships, New Zealand
• Gold Medal (Team) Canada National FF Championships
• 5th Place (individual) Canada National FF Championships
• Gold Medal (Individual) 2007/2008 US Nationals
• Silver Medal (Team) 2007/2008 US Nationals
• Champions (Team Under Armour) 2007 Versus Fly Fishing Masters
• 6th Place (Team): 2007 World FF Championships, Finland
• Coaching Staff: 2007 World Youth FF Championships
• Gold Medal (Team) 2006 US Nationals
• 8th Place (Individual) 2006 US Nationals
• 5th Place (Individual) 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships, Portugal (Second Highest US finish)
• Gold Medal (Individual) 2006 Eastern US Nationals Qualifier
• Bronze Medal (Individual) 2006 Western US Nationals Qualifier
• Bronze Medal (Individual) 2005 Western US Nationals Qualifier
• 3rd place fishing (team) 2003 Fly Fishing Masters
• 1st place Casting Competition 2004 OLN Fly Fishing Master
Gary Edwards: Gary
Edwards started fly fishing in 1966 on the famous Beaverkill River in
the Catskill region of upstate New York. His love of the sport
motivated him to move to Wyoming, the home state of his childhood idol,
Curt Gowdy, host of The American Sportsman. Years later Gary shared the
stream with Curt on a number of occasions, fishing some of their
favorite Wyoming waters together.
In 1986 he and his wife, Robin, moved to the Lake Ontario
region of NY, where they established the Wild River Inn. This classic
fishing lodge provided guide service catering to fly fishers from around
the world, who came to the area in search of trophy brown trout,
rainbows, steelhead, and salmon. In 1988, Gary set an I.G.F.A. World
Record on a fly rod, when he landed a 22lb. 9oz. Chinook salmon on 2 lb.
test tippet. In that year he also became a member of the Outdoor
Writer's Association of America (O.W.A.A.). Gary's fishing exploits and
techniques have been featured in Fly Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Sports
Afield, Field & Stream, over 9 national TV shows, and countless
In 1999, Gary and Robin began work with PBS as hosts of the
series, “Flyfishing Destinations.” In 2001, work on the series grew
into the formation of a new series, "Vacations on the Fly," which the
couple co-hosted and produced. The program aired nationally through the
PBS network, averaging 22 million viewers. It helped other couples and
families plan great vacation getaways revolving around some of the best
fly fishing opportunities in the world. It was only after beginning the
work with PBS that Robin ventured into the actual sport of fly
fishing. Her first lesson was with the queen of fly fishing, Joan
Wulff. In the course of hosting "Vacations on the Fly" she continued to
learn from some of the best instructors and guides across the country
and around the world.
Together, the Edwards’ enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and
love of the outdoors with both seasoned anglers and those new to the
sport of fly fishing. They offer hosted trips to some of their favorite
places throughout the Americas, most of which qualify as “the road less
Ben began fly fishing at the age of 5 and was tying flies at age 7. He
has been guiding fly fishing from New Jersey's coast to the mountains
of Colorado, where he now guides on the Gunnison River. Ben's fly
patterns have been featured in numerous magazines, books, and web
sites. A number of his patterns have been contracted out by several
commercial fly tying companies. His designs include his famous BDE and
Foam Drake patterns. His latest series of flies are the Artrickulated
streamers incorporating his unique method of articulating flies.
He works full time as a sales rep in the fly fishing
industry for the Rocky Mt. region. He is also the owner of
www.theanglingbookstore.com, the world's best collection of fishing
books and more. Ben is currently the Co-Director of the Fly Fishing
Show and is the organizer of the fly tiers area. He can be found
chasing fish any where he can and enjoys catching all types of fish on a
Daniel W. Galhardo:
Tenkara USA is a fully independent, US-based company. It was founded
and is run by Daniel W. Galhardo. Daniel has spent years researching and
learning everything he can about tenkara. Truly, tenkara has become his
single most important subject in life, he needs no floatant, no weight
and no reels, yet continues catching trout. In this time he's developed a
strong relationship with tenkara masters in Japan, particularly Dr.
Hisao Ishigaki, the most prominent tenkara angler in Japan. He relies on
their knowledge and feedback to ensure all products are of very high
quality. No one in the US has come to know as much about tenkara as he
does. This knowledge and relationships show in the quality of the
products offered by Tenkara USA, which have acquired renown worldwide
and applause from his masters in Japan.
Matthew Grobert: Matthew
Grobert is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has traveled the
country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the
rivers and insects they live in. Matt published his first book in 2008
– Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams, and he is currently working on a
more in-depth fly tying/fishing book due out in late 2010. He
previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star
Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has
appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an
expert fly tyer and has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for
over 25 years. He lives in Central New Jersey.
Joe Humphreys: Joseph Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator.
He has been a fishing instructor to both common folks and
VIPs for over forty years. His pupils have included former President
Jimmy Carter, Vice President Richard Cheney, basketball-coaching legend
Bobby Knight, and many others.
Tournaments & Awards:
-Member of the US Fly Fishing Team, World Championships:
1989-Finland, 13th place finish, leader of US team. 1990- Wales,
-Jackson Hole One Fly, 6th place, 1989
-Michigan One Fly, 1991, 1st place, 1991
-Canadian One Fly, 2nd place, 1993
-World Wide Open, Ireland, 8th place, 1999
-Thompson Award for saving Spring Creek, 1980. Efforts
ensured that this great Pennsylvania fishing stream will remain viable
and a significant contributor to Pennsylvania’s fishing legacy.
-George Harvey International Fly Tying Symposium Award for Teaching Fly Tying, 1999.
-Charles R. Fox Rising Trout Award, 2002.
-Flyfishing Federation International Conclave, Legend of Flyfishing Award, 2003.
-Telly Award for Best Video, “The Night Game,” Distance Learning Network, 2003.
-Honorary Chairman, Pennsylvania On The Fly (County Youth Service Bureau Fundraiser)
Capt. Jake Jordan: Captain
Jake Jordan has spent over half of a century traveling the world in
search of large game fish on light tackle and fly. He is an excellent
educator and communicator, Jordan loves to excite anglers with his
stories regarding his many spectacular fishing adventures.
Captain Jordan is a world-famous Florida Keys Tarpon Guide
and world-renowned big game fisherman. He is the founder and host of
"The Bonefish School," a saltwater fly fishing school held several times
a year at the Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge in the Bahamas. Jake is
a consultant to many first rate Flyfishing lodges and several fly
tackle companies; he also designs customized Flyfishing vacation
packages and fly fishing schools for anglers throughout the world and is
a well known speaker, author, and consultant to the boating, fishing,
and fly fishing industries. Jake has authored and or been featured in
dozens of articles in most major sport fishing magazines and is
considered an expert in all areas of big game sport fishing, and fly
He is also a FFF certified fly casting instructor, an
original member of the FFF advisory committee, and a charter member of
the IGFA Certified Captains Organization. Jake Jordan's Fishing
Adventures, Jordan's company, for more than three decades has operated
several charter boats out of Marathon in the Florida Keys. Captain Jake
Jordan (now 66 years of age) still poles his flats boat with fly anglers
aboard in search of Tarpon and Permit during April, May, and June, in
the Florida Keys.
Jake was an original member of the Mako advisory professional team.
Lefty Kreh: Lefty
has been an active outdoor writer for more than 50 years. He has
written for most major outdoor magazines in this country as well as many
abroad. He is the retired outdoors editor of the Baltimore Sunpapers
and holds a staff position on several magazines.
He has been given the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement”
by The American Sportfishing Association. The North American Fly Tackle
Trade Association also honored him with the “Lifetime Contribution
Award.” He was inducted into the (International Game Fishing
Association) “IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame”, the “Fresh Water Fishing Hall
of Fame”, “The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame,” and the “Catskill Fly Fishing
Center and Museum Fishing Hall of Fame.” And was named “Angler of the
Year.” By Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. Lefty served as a Senior Advisor
for a number of terms for Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers
and has received numerous awards from these organizations.
Lefty has fished in almost every state, all the
Providences of Canada and in many countries in Europe, Central and South
America and Iceland. He has fished a number of places in the South
Pacific, including Christmas Island, Australia, New Zealand and New
He is a consultant to Temple Fork Outfitters, Bass Pro
and Scientific Anglers. He is the author of 30 books and taught outdoor
photography for the National Wildlife Society and was L.L. Bean’s
fly-fishing and photo consultant for several years. Lefty is most proud
that he has been married for more than 61 years to his best friend,
Evelyn, whom made it possible for him to pursue his career.
Michael Mauri: The fish management technician caught his first fish at age six in a small stream in Bavaria.
In 1983 - at age 12 - he decided to devote himself entirely
to the royal discipline. Since that time, he has been fishing
exclusively with flies. His early, influential sources of inspiration
were, for example, Sepp Prager at a show in 1985 and later Lefty Kreh
and Steve Rajeff.
Starting in 1998, Michael Mauri has been participating in
international shows and conducting single- and doublehand workshops all
over the globe. As a professional flyfisher he also guides all over in
Europe, from Italy up to Norway and Greenland.
Motion sequences acquired from many years of martial arts
training as well as his great desire to experience something new allowed
him to create his own unique casting techniques, the EFCT (Effective
Fly Casting Technique). The secret of his style is the natural movement,
which makes it easy to learn – for everybody!
In search of new challenges, he continuously hones his own
skills while at the same time coming up with new ideas for improved
But if he’s outside on the water and becomes ones with the nature, he is still that boy of six.
Check out Michaels DVD about the magic water casts for
fishing – spey casting for single hand available at
Ozzie Ozefovich: Born
in eastern Pennsylvania, Wendell Ozefovich grew up fishing the streams
of the coal mining region where he caught his first trout at age six.
Since retiring from the power generation industry, Ozzie has worked with
the Central Jersey TU chapter where he serves on the Board of
Directors. He also works with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
involved with kids education programs,stream restoration projects and
To truly know trout, you must see the world through their
eyes. Ten years ago Ozzie combined his love of trout with a lifelong
interest in movie making. Two of his series of underwater videos that
explore how trout feed, spawn and behave are available at this time on
dvd. His narrated video presentations chronicle wild and hatchery trout
in their natural environs. There are currently four presentations
available: "Discovery", "Feeding Lies", "Trout Vision and Refraction"
and "Not Just Trout".
Bob Popovics: Born
and raised in New Jersey, Bob Popovics “Popfleyes” has been saltwater
fly-fishing around the globe for over to 40 years. Bob’s involvement in
the promotion of saltwater fly-fishing run as deep as the concepts he
has created at the vise. A member, former president and executive board
member of the Saltwater Flyrodders of America, Bob helped pioneer modern
day saltwater fly fishing in the northeast through his ground breaking
fly tying concepts and teaching of the sport to anyone who was
interested in learning. A true sportsman in every sense, Bob’s
contribution to saltwater fly fishing continues to prosper today through
his fly fishing, tying, and eye catching videos.
In the 1992 Bob founded the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders in
Seaside Park, NJ. And in 1998, Bob was inducted into the FRESHWATER
FISHING HALL OF FAME where he sits amongst some of the greatest names in
the sport of fishing. Most widely known for his innovative fly tying
techniques and designs, Bob’s creations of “fleyes” have literally
changed the direction of fly tying with unique and durable saltwater fly
designs. The originator of epoxy and silicone flies, Bob’s realistic
“baitfish like” designs have come to be widely known as Popfleyes. From
his early introduction of the Surf Candy design in the mid 1970’s to
such sport standards as the Hollow Fleye, Siliclone, Pop-lip, Ultra
Shrimp, Bucktail Deceiver, Bob’s Banger, 3-D, Cotton Candy, and Shady
Lady Squid. Bob now leads the way in fly tying with acrylics. Bob’s
impact on fly tyers and fly fishers has been widespread throughout the
globe. Lefty Kreh has called Bob “The most innovative fly tyer I have
Currently, Bob sits on the advisory staff to many of the
industry’s top manufacturers such as St Croix Rod, MAKO Fly Reels, and
Renzetti. He is a contributing writer to Fly Fishing in Saltwaters
Magazine, and his co-authored book, "POP FLEYES" with Ed Jaworowski, a
staple read for anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing. To his
additional credits, he has created and stars in two “POP FLEYES” videos
from Reel Resources. He is a frequent seminar speaker at many of the
sports national and regional consumer and industry venues.
Today, Bob spends much of his time passionately capturing a
video history of fly fishing in the northeast since 1984. As a surf fly
fishing specialist with innovative approaches to the challenges and
demands of using a fly rod in the ocean surf, Bob continues to share his
knowledge with beginners and experts alike. He is referred to by many
as one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport.
Bob owns and operates the Shady Rest Restaurant in Bayville,
N.J., with his wife Alexis, and still resides just a short walk to the
beach from his house in Seaside Park, NJ.
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
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
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
"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
Randall has been an outdoor writer for the last ten years with articles
appearing regularly in American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing and many
other outdoor magazines. He is a veterinarian certified in fish health
and medicine. He is also a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary
Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science.
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
because if you know the five ‘W’ questions for large trout feeding- who,
what, when, where and why, you can catch them regularly.
Next year the third book in the ‘Angler’s Guide’ trilogy
will be released on trout senses- what trout see, smell and hear, using
that information to develop more effective fishing strategies.
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
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 since 2008 for Hardy & Greys.
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
Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few
minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.
Bob Shannon is the head guide here at The Fly Rod Shop. He grew up in
upstate NY and attended Paul Smith’s College, where his enthusiasm for
fishing and the outdoors was sparked. After receiving his degree, he
moved to Stowe, VT to pursue fishing, which eventually became his new
career. Bob has guided in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Montana,
Canada and the Caribbean.
Bob is the owner of The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, VT which
started in 1986 and has over 25 years of experience teaching fly
fishing. He has also been teaching a fly fishing class at Johnson State
College in Johnson, VT. Bob is a licensed New York state guide and is a
member of the St. Croix Pro Staff as well as an ambassador for Simms
Bob has consistently been featured in the press for his
knowledge in fly fishing and he has been a member of Vermont’s Fish
& Wildlife Board for the past 7 years where important decisions are
made about the state laws in order to manage the wildlife here in
Vermont. Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lake
Eric Stroup: Eric
Stroup is one of the most successful fly fishing guides in the country.
As one of the few who make their entire living in the guiding industry,
he has solidified his reputation with years of satisfied customers.
Eric founded the Spruce Creek Fly Co. in central Pennsylvania and soon
after began guiding in Montana on the Ruby, Madison and Beaverhead
rivers. With the addition of his wife Tracey, the company transformed
into Stroup Outfitting Company and now includes Holistic Wellness
principles interweaved with the same great guiding service that the
company has always provided.
Eric has promoted the sport of fly fishing thru his many articles in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly-Fisherman Magazine and Kype Magazine. In 2006, he teamed up with angling legend Charles Meck, and produced a two volume DVD set entitled Practical Fly Patterns That Catch Trout. This series was one of the best selling fly tying DVD’s of its time.
Eric’s latest work is a new book entitled, Common Sense Fly Fishing: 7 Simple Lessons To Catch More Trout. In this book, Eric relays the same principles that he teaches on the stream every day to countless numbers of anglers.
Eric Stroup has had a diversified back ground in the Fly Fishing
Industry. He has been a commercial fly tyer, a fly shop owner, a writer
and a guide. His efforts toward the promotion and conservation of the
sport of fly fishing have been his life’s mission, and with the addition
of their first child Jon, Eric and Tracey will undoubtedly be passing
along the passion they both share of the great outdoors.
I’ve fly fished the Mid-Atlantic Region for over 20 years, spending
thousands of hours on the water, teaching hundreds of people of all
skill levels how to fly fish through both formal fly fishing schools and
personal lessons. It all started in 1996 when someone asked me to
guide them on the Limestone Spring Creeks of Central, PA. I had a blast
and realized that I could earn money doing what I loved, teaching
people how to fly fish. In 2001 I became an Orvis Endorsed Guide.
My obsession naturally developed into graphite and bamboo
rod building and my business, Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide
Service, was born. I’m an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hunting as well as
year-round fishing in the Poconos, so my business expanded to include
guided upland bird hunts for woodcock, pheasant and grouse with my
Brittany’s on local hunting grounds and preserves. I also offer Turkey
hunts in Wayne County, PA.
Currently, I guide over 20 streams, rivers and lakes in PA
and NJ and light tackle bass fishing on the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.
When I’m not on the stream or in the field I can often be found tying
and designing flies, writing articles for local magazines and stream
reports for my website: www.BenTurpin.com, or giving lectures about
local streams and fly fishing techniques at one of the many TU chapters
or Sportsmen’s shows. My goal is to help my clients succeed, creating
enjoyable memories on the water and in the field.
Brad W. Buzzi
Jay "Fishy" Fullum
Frank G. Swarner III
Michael W. Snody
A NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING VIRGINIA
NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING THE MID-ATLANTIC
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
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS
JOE HUMPHREYS' TROUT TACTICS, REVISED EDITION
DVDs: A CASTING APPROACH TO FLYFISHING TO CATCH FISH, NOT JUST TO CAST; A CASTING APPROACH TO NYMPHING TACTICS; CASTING APPROACH TO DRY FLY TACTICS IN TIGHT BRUSH; THE DRY FLY AND THE TOP WATER GAME; THE NIGHT GAME
101 FAVORITE DRY FLIES: HISTORY, TYING TIPS, AND FISHING STRATEGIES (new release)
FLY TYER'S GUIDE TO TYING ESSENTIAL TROUT FLIES (new release)
101 FISH: A FLY FISHER’S LIFE LIST
101 FLY FISHING TIPS
ALL THE BEST: A CONVERSATION WITH FLIP AND LEFTY
BASIC FLY FISHING: ALL THE SKILLS & GEAR YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
CASTING WITH LEFTY KREH
FISHING KNOTS: PROVEN TO WORK FOR LIGHT TACKLE AND FLY FISHING: BOOK & DVD
FLY FISHING FOR BASS BY LEFTY KREH & BOB CLOUSER
FLY-FISHING KNOTS AND CONNECTIONS
LEFTY KREH'S LONGER FLY CASTING, NEW AND REVISED
LEFTY’S FAVORITE FLY-FISHING WATERS
LEFTY'S LITTLE FLY-FISHING TIPS: 200 INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO HELP YOU CATCH FISH
MY LIFE WAS THIS BIG AND OTHER TRUE FISHING TALES
PRACTICAL FISHING KNOTS II
PRESENTING THE FLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF FLY FISHING
SALTWATER FLY PATTERNS
SOLVING FLY-CASTING PROBLEMS, 2ND ED
DVDs: ALL THE BEST: A CONVERSATION WITH FLIP AND LEFTY, FLY TYING TECHNIQUES OF BOB CLOUSER & LEFTY KREH: 50 YEARS BEHIND THE VISE, LEFTY KREH ON FLY CASTING, LESSONS WITH LEFTY: A TEACHING GUIDE FOR FLY CASTING, THE BEST OF LEFTY'S TIPS, TACTICS & TECHNIQUES FOR FLY FISHING, TYING FLIES THAT CATCH FISH WITH LEFTY KREH & BOB CLOUSER
TALE OF TWO RIVERS
FEEDING TIME (new release)
COMMON-SENSE FLY FISHING: 7 SIMPLE LESSONS TO CATCH MORE TROUT
RIVER PIMP: A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE IN THE FLY FISHING INDUSTRY
THE FOUNDING FLIES: 43 AMERICAN MASTERS, THEIR PATTERNS, AND INFLUENCES (new release)
THE CLASSIC DRY FLY BOX
THE CLASSIC WET FLY BOX
TYING CATSKILL-STYLE DRY FLIES
VINCE WILCOX'S NATURALLY ARTIFICIAL SIGNATURE FLIES