Tim Blair: Tim is a full time production tyer with S.S. Flies Inc. specializing in saltwater flies for the flats. He has been cranking out over 10,000 flies a year and somehow still has the drive to go home and yet tie more for his newly created warm water fly business. When Tim isn’t behind the vise, he spends his time enjoying the many ponds, lakes and rivers that Maine has to offer as well as an addiction for steelhead in upstate NY. Be sure to stop by our table and watch the fast fingers of the S.S. Flies crew and don’t forget to pick up the right flies for your next saltwater adventure.
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.
Dick Brown: Dick Brown has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for over 30 years and he’s fished extensively for bones in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. He is one the foremost authorities on bonefish and author of two definitive books Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Bonefish Fly Patterns, considered by many to be the bibles on this great game fish. Both have received high praise by reviewers. Learn more at: www.dickbrownbonefishing.com
Dick is an innovative fly designer, tyer, and authority on bonefish patterns. He has created several signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, the Hare Trigger, the Strip Tease, the Phantom Crab, the Magic Mantis, and the Slinky Toad.
Lyons recently released an all new second edition of Bonefish Fly Patterns, 2nd Edition: Tying, Selecting, and Fishing All the Best Bonefish Flies from Today’s Best Tiers, with the most comprehensive collection of bonefish fly patterns and tiers ever assembled in a single volume, profiling more than 195 fly patterns from over 100 veteran flats anglers and fly tiers worldwide.
Lyons Press also released a new edition of Fly Fishing for Bonefish featuring the latest discoveries in bonefish behavior and prey preferences as well as new angling techniques, strategy, equipment, and flies.
Alan Caolo: Alan Caolo is the author of two books on saltwater fly fishing, including Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass, and has written numerous articles on many aspects of the sport. He's fished extensively throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico for nearly every inshore and offshore gamefish species.
Joe Cordiero: Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. The past 10 years focusing on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing salt water flies. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.
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 Ross Professional Advisory Team, Rio Products 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 throughout six continents for fish ranging from peacock bass, tarpon, Nile perch, permit, tigerfish, trevally, taimen and more. This IGFA Record Holder has fished in over forty countries and caught over 275 species of fish on the fly!
Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books. Jeff 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. He is a well sought after expert for television and commentary on radio appearing on Fishing the West, Fly Fishing the World, In Search of Fly Water, Reel Adventures, Fly Fish TV, Fly Fish America and Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio. Keep an eye out for Confluence Films next movie, Connect, where Jeff is part of an incredible segment catching enormous tigerfish in Tanzania.
Jeff’s most recognized accomplishment was leading 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 twenty-eight year history of the Championships.
During the Fly Fishing Show season Jeff can be found with crowds of people watching, listening and actively participating in his presentations. Jeff’s programs entertain, inform and instruct through his stories and beautiful photography. Some of his shows take you to distant waters and a world of fly fishing that many don’t know exists 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 nearly forty years of fly fishing expertise to wherever he goes.
You can follow Jeff’s global fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site.
Ian Davis : Co-owner and director of saltwater programs for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Ian has been involved in the fly fishing industry since the early 1990's, where he spent 12 years as the owner of Breckenridge Outfitters - a three-time "Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year" fly shop. After leaving Colorado in 2003, Ian joined the Yellow Dog team as co-owner, saltwater director, and as manager of Yellow Dog's Bahamas program. He has fished extensively throughout the world in both fresh and saltwater. Ian is an accomplished photographer and handles all of the art and illustrations for Yellow Dog's catalogs and other literature.
Jay "Fishy" Fullum: After working as a designer and graphic artist for over 30 years, Fishy retired in 1995 to pursue his passion for writing, tying flies and fly fishing. He still utilizes his art talent when illustrating his magazine articles or a new book. Fishy also established himself as an accomplished watercolorist shortly after retiring, selling many paintings that combine his art and fly tying talents. Fishy has been tying flies since the early fifties. During the past twenty years he has designed nearly a hundred and fifty productive, innovative patterns for everything from bluegills to bonefish. Many of these patterns are featured in his CREATIVE TYING column published in FLY TYER MAGAZINE. Other patterns can be found in Fishy's two fly tying books, FISHY'S FLIES and FISHY'S FAVORITES and A JAR FULL OF HOPPERS, a book of short stories on fly fishing and fly tying. Fishy is featured at fly tying/fly fishing events from Massachusetts to Florida, where he teaches and demonstrates the art of fly tying at the vise, through his powerpoint presentations and his new video FROM FISHY'S FLY BOX.
Ben Furimsky: 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 fly rod.
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.
Sheila M. Hassan: Sheila M. Hassan is a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified casting instructor, one of a handful of women with this credential. She is the director of the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, and is a member of the pro staff for the R.L. Winston Rod Company and Ross Reels. She has traveled extensively, catching (and releasing) everything from bluegill to blue marlin. She is an IGFA world record holder for bonefish and bluefish, and teaches casting seminars and private lessons throughout New England. She has recently published her first book, Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach.
Dave Klausmeyer: David Klausmeyer is the editor of Fly Tyer magzine. David has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles about fly fishing and tying, and is the author of more than half a dozen books, including Striped Bass Flies: Patterns of the Pros, Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers, and Trout Streams of Northern New England. In 2007, David received the Golden Hook Award from the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for his contributions to educating anglers about fly fishing and tying.
Ed Lombardo: ESPN selected 12 of some of the best fly fishers in America to compete in its first Great Outdoor Games Competition, which was held in Lake Placid NY in the summer of 2000. Ed Lombardo was one of the twelve competitors. Some of the other competitors were Doug Swisher, Wendy & Terry Gun, and Brian O’Keefe. Ed has more than 40 years experience in fly fishing.
Twenty five years ago Ed Lombardo founded The New England School of Fly Fishing at the W. Alton Jones Campus of URI. He is also Chief Fly Fishing Instructor at Addieville East Farm and Deer Creek Farm, both shooting and fly-fishing preserves.
Ed is a veteran fly-fisher, guide, instructor, and expert fly tier. With over forty year’s experience, he has fished for such diverse species as trout, steelhead, Atlantic salmon, black bass, striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore. He has 28 years experience fly-fishing the fabulous Big Horn River, the Yellowstone National Park area, and Spring Creeks of Montana. He has also fished the Florida Keys for Tarpon and Bonefish.
He is a professional lecturer, fly fishing writer, amateur entomologist on fly fishing, and writes for both national as well as local print and TV media. Ed is a featured speaker and fly casting celebrity for The Fly-Fishing Show in Marlboro and has done the same for 12 years at The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Worcester mass. He is also a member of the Narragansett and Northern RI Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Honorary Life Member of United Fly Tiers of RI, Honorary Life Member of the Smithfield Sportsman's Club, and, Trustee / Member of The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association RI.
Ed established and coordinated a Fly Fishing course at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus and works as lead fly-fishing instructor for RI/DEM’S Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program for more than twenty five years.
This year Ed has been honored by The State of RI and The RIDEM/Fish & Wildlife Division for his untried work and dedication in teaching thousands of men, woman, and children the Art and Science of Fly Fishing. The 2012 Ed Lombardo Conservation Trout Stamp has been dedicated to him; he tied the Adams dry fly that appears on the stamp along with his name. This is the first time that this stamp has ever been dedicated to anyone!
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 equipment.
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 www.theanglingbookstore.com.
Angelo Peluso: Angelo Peluso has been a fisherman nearly all his life - most years spent pursuing his love of fly-fishing and light tackle angling. His early fishing roots are firmly planted in freshwater and he caught his first saltwater fish on a fly in 1976 – beginning what quickly became a lifelong passion and obsession. Over the years, Angelo has balanced his love of fly-fishing with a successful career in financial services and as a strategic management consulting. He was also the Director of Editorial and Marketing for The Fisherman magazine, and Consulting Editor for On the Water Magazine. Angelo is an accomplished outdoor writer, book author, photographer and lecturer, and his work has received recognition from various professional outdoor writing organizations.
Angelo has fly-fished along the entire East Coast of the United States, from the coastal and interior waters of Maine to the Florida Keys, and throughout much of the Gulf Coast. Angelo now calls the Long Island Sound home and spends much of his time on his boat or kayak, and wandering the beaches fly-fishing for striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, false albacore and bonito. He regularly fly-fishes for trout, salmon, large mouth and small mouth bass and travels often to fly fish. Alaska is his favorite destination, and he’s spent time fly-fishing other destinations throughout the Southeast U.S. and Gulf Coast, the Yucatan, Bahamas, the American West and Canada.
Angelo is a frequent contributor to many local, regional and national magazines and writes a weekly fishing and outdoors column for seven Long Island newspapers. His four fly fishing books - “Saltwater Flies of the Northeast”, “Fly Fishing Long Island”, "Saltwater Flies of the Southeast and Gulf Coast" and "Fly Fishing the Surf" - have received national acclaim. He has also authored and published children’s books with outdoor themes. In addition, Angelo has two new book projects in progress - one that chronicles his fly-fishing adventures in Alaska, and his first novel with a fishing-thriller plot.
Angelo is a an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the New York State Outdoor Writers, the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Association, the New England Outdoor Writers Association, and founding member of the Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, Angelo did his graduate MBA work at Pace University, and has also participated in an extensive Executive Leadership training program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has also held three IGFA Tippet Class World Records for Atlantic Bonito.
Angelo's work has been awarded with numerous recognition by many outdoor writer's organizations. His writings have appeared in the following publications: Field and Stream; Fish Alaska Magazine; Fly Fishing in Salt Waters; Eastern Fly Fishing; Fly Rod and Reel; Trout Salmon Steelheader magazine; Flyfishing & Fly Tying Journal; The Fisherman Magazines, MatchtheHatch.com; American Angler; New York Game and Fish; New York Outdoor News; TIDE Magazine; Port Times Record; Village Times Herald; Village Beacon Record; Times of Middle Country; Times of Smithtown; Times of Northport; Times of Huntington; Port Jefferson Gazette; Frank Amato Publishing; W.W.Norton; Countryman Press; Skyhorse Publishing; Surfcasters Journal.
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 ever met!”
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.
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!
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.
Bob Shannon: 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 Fishing Products.
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 Champlain International.
Capt. Prescott Smith: Captain Prescott Smith is a professional fly fisherman and lodge owner who has devoted his life to fostering the conservation of the Bahamian Natural Environment. Prescott comes from a family of professional fishermen, his father Charlie Smith, pioneered Bonefishing in The Bahamas and invented the Crazy Charly Bonefish Fly. Prescott has seen the fly fishing industry evolve in the Bahamas, spending most of his time in the Marine Environment. Fly-fishing for Prescott started with working at his father’s lodge at a very young age, then continuing to guide for several other Bahamian fishing lodges. In 1998, after employment with the Bahamas Defense Force as a Mechanical Engineer, Prescott built his own lodge, The Stafford Creek Lodge, on Andros Island, Bahamas where he resides as owner and head guide.
Prescott is a Marine Mechanical Engineer, a Master A Captain, Certified Scuba Instructor, Certified FFF Casting Instructor, and a Master Instructor of Fly Fishing at Daytona University. Since 1994, he has been a Master Instructor for the National Guides Certification Program in The Bahamas. He teaches courses in Fly Casting, the Flats Environment, and Bonefish Biology. He is Co-Founder and President of the Bahamas Sport Fishing & Conservation Association (BSCA), a grass-roots organization promoting the conservation of marine habitat, marine life, sustainable fisheries and the empowerment of Bahamians in conservation. In 2004 he acted as a Consultant for the Ministry of Tourism in the British Virgin Islands, where he taught courses in the Flats Environment and Fly Casting. In 2011, the Bahamian Government recognized The Bahamas Fly Fishing Association (BFFA) as a national association, to develop Fly-Fishing as a sustainable industry in the Bahamas. Prescott Smith is the founding board member of BFFA.
Prescott’s passions are the conservation of the Bahamian natural fishing resource and promoting Bahamian empowerment through use of the natural environments to earn a sustainable living. In his “down time”, Prescott explores the remote parts of Andros in search of the next catch, and enjoys bird watching, farming and reading non-fiction.
Email: Prescott@staffordcreeklodge.com Web site: www.staffordcreeklodge.com
Vince Wilcox: Vince Wilcox’s has been a Signature tier for Idylwilde Flies since 2004 and has had over 30 patterns tied and sold commercially around North America. His flies have also been featured in books such as Dave Klausmeyer’s 501Favorite Fly Tying Tips and The Master’s Fly Box, Todd Hosman’s Colorado Trout Flies, Randall Kauffman’s Fly Patterns and Ben Roman’s Montana’s Best Fly Fishing. In addition to these books Vince’s flies have also been featured in a host of publications and he has written for Eastern Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing, Fly Fisherman, and American Angler and is a contributing writer for Fly Tyer magazine. His first in a series of books from Lyons Press “Vince Wilcox’s Naturally Artificial Signature Flies” will be released in April 2012. Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman magazine writes “Vince Wilcox is the most creative and unorthodox tier of his generation”, look for it in Barnes & Noble, Amazon and premium fly shops everywhere. As a production fly tier he has tied hundreds of thousands of flies and when he’s not busy writing, running his on-line store and tying flies, he is guiding in Colorado, Wyoming and primarily on his northern Adirondack streams. One of the most diverse outfitters in the Adirondacks, Wiley’s Flies offers float and wade trips for trout, salmon, bass, pike and musky as well as lake and pond trips out of his fly shop in Rainbow Lake, New York. www.wileysflies.com
Sharon E. Wright: Sharon
E. Wright lives in Lisbon, Maine, between the Sabattus and Androscoggin
Rivers. Her inherited interest in Maine tradition and history is
evident in her original fly designs which have become her signature in
the fly-tying community. She loves to share her passion for tying
classic patterns and their histories which has evolved into
presentations, shows, and classes. Her work has been presented at the
L.L. Bean Fishing Expo, the University of Maine Folklife Center at the
American Folk Festival, and at major East Coast fly-fishing shows. She
has been recognized for several of her original designs including the
L.L.Bean 100th Anniversary Streamer, the State of Maine Streamer, and
the Blueback Trout. Her great, great, great grandfather was Joshua Gross
Rich, one of Maine’s earliest and most prominent outdoor sporting
pioneers of the famed Rangeley Lakes region. Many of her original
designs are reflective of her heritage, the region, and her family
history. Her concentration is on Maine streamers and classic wet flies.
She is a regular contributor to Fly Tyer magazine.