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.
Nate Brumley: Nate Brumley is the owner of Dry Fly Innovations, an online fishing company that specializes in dry flies, custom all-season boxes, fly tying DVD’s, and videos. Nate’s unique fly patterns have been created from the experience of fishing the Northwest for over 45 years. His renowned presentations and fly tying exhibitions have become the new standard in fishing instruction on a dry fly and precision fly tying. The insight and instruction Nate brings to the vice is a priceless experience guaranteed to make you a better creator of dry flies!!
George Cook: George Cook is the longtime Manufactures Rep for a host of products including Sage/RIO/Redington/Smith and Sitka Gear here in the Pacific Northwest. A former Alaskan guide George originally started with Sage as director of schools and sport shows. Well known in Spey circles as one of the featured casters on RIO’s long running Spey Instruction DVD “Modern Spey Casting”. George has fished extensively throughout Alaska, Argentina as well as the western US and Canada and is the founding outfitter on Washington’s fabled Isaak Ranch . His single handed seminar “Fly Casting From A to Z” is both informative as well as entertaining.
Jeff Currier: Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is an active member of the Yellow Dog Adventures Professional Advisory Team, 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 forty-five countries and caught over 300 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 only American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships.
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 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.
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.
Daniel Galhardo: Tenkara USA is a fully independent, US-based company. It was founded and is run by Daniel W. Galhardo. Daniel has spent years researching and learning everything he can about tenkara. Truly, tenkara has become his single most important subject in life, he needs no floatant, no weight and no reels, yet continues catching trout. In this time he's developed a strong relationship with tenkara masters in Japan, particularly Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the most prominent tenkara angler in Japan. He relies on their knowledge and feedback to ensure all products are of very high quality. No one in the US has come to know as much about tenkara as he does. This knowledge and relationships show in the quality of the products offered by Tenkara USA, which have acquired renown worldwide and applause from his masters in Japan.
Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father - well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships.
With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain.
During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two best selling books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on spey casting.
He is a Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor as well as being on the board of governors and on the two handed committee for the Federation of Fly Fishers in the US. He also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK.
Simon currently works for RIO products in Idaho where he helps design and tests fly lines, handles foreign distribution for RIO and is Vice President of marketing. He also conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world.
John Hazel: John was born and raised in Oregon. He began fishing the Deschutes River in the early 1960's with his grandfather, and avid fly angler. In 1978, John began guiding steelhead and trout trips for fly fishermen on the Deschutes. Over the past twenty-four years of guiding this river at least 200 days each year, John has shared his love of fly angling with thousands of people from around the world. In the early 1980's John was a pioneer in the use of two-handed Spey rods. He was one of the first to develop the Spey casting techniques which have grown exponentially in popularity in the past five years. When Sage built their first two-handed rod, John was instrumental in helping them with the design of the rod. Since 1990, John has been a key consultant to the CF Burkheimer fly rod company, particularly in the development of the two-handed series. John is an innovative fly tier whose original patterns have been published in multiple fly fishing publications: i.e. Flies, The Best 1000 by Randle Stetzer, Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs, Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead by Deke Meyer, to name a few. John Hazel's original trout and steelhead patterns are featured in the fly selection at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop.
Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf: Pudge Kleinkauf has owned and operated Women’s Flyfishing® her instruction and guide service in Alaska, for the past twenty-five years taking both women and couples fishing for salmon, trout, Arctic grayling, char, and pike in locations all around the State. She also guides trips to Mexico and Argentina each year. Pudge ties the flies for all of her guided trips, and demonstrates fly tying for clubs and shows around the country. Her special salmon flies are used by fly anglers throughout Alaska. A contributing editor for “Fish Alaska Magazine,” and the author of four books, “Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska,” and “River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women” (both Benjamin Franklin Award Winners) as well as her new books, “Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North,” and "Pacific Salmon Flies." Pudge also instructs for Casting for Recovery, Alaska, and is a member of the International Women Fly Fishers, the Alaska Fly Fishers, and the guide associations of both TU and the FFF. Pudge is also a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia, and Women’s
Flyfishing® has become a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business. Her web site is www.womensflyfishing.net and her e-mail is email@example.com
Jay Murakoshi: I have been in the fly fishing industry for the past 38 years and also a commerical fly tyer for 37 years, having tied for such notables as Lefty Kreh, Trey Combs. At one time or another, I have tied for most of California’s fly shops. My patterns have been featured in
Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, California Fly Fisher, Western Outdoors, North and SouthWest Fly Fishing. I am one of the West Coast contributing writers for FFSW magazine.
I have developed a few top water bass patterns that have been featured and I also sell them through my web site www.fliesunlimited.com. They are the CB Diver, Floating Minnow, the Hula Girl and the latest is the Freddy’s Frog Crease Fly. A fly that will entice any LMB or striper.
As a speaker, I have been doing seminars and clinics since the early 80’s. I have spoken to thousands of people at events like the International Sportsmans Expo, The Fly Fishing Show, Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair, sports pro shops, fly fishing clubs and conclaves. I’m also on pro staff for TFO, Galvan Reels, RIO products, SmithAction, Angler’s Sports Group (Dai Ichi Hooks), Gamakatsu. I also run my own travel business taking people south of the border to the La Paz area. We fish the waters of La Ventana/Cerralvo Island.
I spend 3 to 4 months fishing the waters and know them quite well. You can find me at www.bajaflyfishingadventures.com. We also arrange trips to Guatamala and Australia.
My latest adventure is filming and producing fly fishing video’s and fly tying video’s.
Trevor Nowak: Trevor Nowak is a fisheries biologist working in Campbell River, British Columbia where he lives with his wife, Erin and his daughter, Violet. Trevor grew up in Southern Ontario where he learned to tie flies and fly fish over 20 years ago under the care and supervision of his dad, Wally. He was the former head guide and manager of Plummer’s Tree River Lodge in the Canadian Arctic and one of the first individuals to bring a spey rod to the Tree River to fish for Arctic Char. His flies have appeared in Northwest Fly Fishing and the on-line magazine This Is Fly. His favourite species is cutthroat trout, but he avidly pursues winter and summer-run steelhead, coho salmon as well as Dolly Varden char and bull trout when he gets the chance.
Wally Nowak: Wally is a retired school teacher from Southern Ontario who moved out to British Columbia with Pat to be closer to his sons and grand children. The new kind of fishing on the West Coast has renewed the kind of fly tying that is appropriate to the region. Although he has been tying flies since the early 1970s he admits that he has been doing it for too long. Yet he still finds it fascinating to wrap things around a hook to fool a fish. He has been teaching and demonstrating fly tying at special interest courses and at fly shows in Canada in the USA and in the England for some time. Having been the main person in the high school classroom makes it easy for that person to speak to an interested person on the other side of a tying desk. His special passion is to tie Dee strip wings and Spey flies for fishing and for the showcase. Tying flies as a personal hobby is what he does.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Santella: Chris Santella is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. He’s the author of 13 books, including Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die (and 8 other books in the Fifty Places series), Why I Fly Fish and The Hatch Is On (both due out in April). Chris is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Fly Rod & Reel and Trout.
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 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 techniques.
Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.
Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf
Michael T. Williams
David Paul Williams
Marc G. Williamson