Beau Beasley: Beau Beasley is a frequent contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, a contributing editor for Fly Fish America, and the Mid-Atlantic states field editor for Eastern Fly Fishing. His work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Virginia Wildlife, Flyfisher, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and Fly Rod & Reel.
In 2005 he won the Talbot Denmead Award for conservation sponsored by Bass Pro Shops for his work on the Chesapeake Bay. His first book, Fly Fishing Virginia: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters, won the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Book Award as well as the prestigious Excellence in Craft Award in 2009.
Beau is a husband and father of two, the director of the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, a member of Gainesville Presbyterian Church, and a 26-year veteran firefighter in Fairfax County, Virginia. He currently serves as a captain on Engine Company 427 in West Springfield.
Dave Brandt: Having fished for trout over half a century and instructed at the Wulff School for nearly 30 years, Dave's main focus has been on tying mostly the Classic Catskill dries and teaching casting and all the other basic skills required for successful excursions into the realm of the trout. He spends several weekends each off-season teaching or demonstratring at the various fly fishing shows, here or in Canada. During the season, when not wading one of the great Catskill rivers he might be found on the casting ponds or hunting for big brook trout on the Minipi in Labrador.
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 others.
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 photography.
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 in
1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Henry Cowen: Henry has been pursuing striped bass for over 30 years in both salt water and fresh water. He currently guides in Atlanta, GA on Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Allatoona and the Chattahoochee River in Atl. He fishes for landlocked stripers, hybrids, spotted bass and carp as well as other salt water game fish approximately 200+ days a year. Henry is an accomplished fly designer as his trademarked fly patterns are sold nationally through Umpqua Feather Merchants. His patterns appear and are available in the Orvis catalogue as well as retailers across the United States that carry Umpqua flies. His fly patterns as well as articles on how to tie them continue to appear in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Fly Fish America, Fly Tyer and Fly Fisherman and Eastern Fly Fishing. Articles on fly fishing techniques and tactics appeared regularly in Salt Water Fly Fishing Magazine as his name appeared on their masthead as a contributing writer for them. Currently Henry’s name appears on the masthead of both American Angler & Fly Tyer Magazine as a contributing writer/editor. Henry was recently named to the esteemed Yellow Dog Fly Fishing field advisory staff. He is an FFF certified casting instructor. Henry has appeared as a guest on a number of nationally televised outdoor shows (The Orvis Sporting life, The Reel Guys, One More Cast w/Shaw Grigsby & O’Neill Outside) as well as some regional outdoor television shows (Georgia Outdoors and Growing Up Outdoors). He was featured as the fishing personality on the video entitled “Fly Fishing for Landlocked Stripers”. Henry is currently on pro staff w/Humminbird Electronics & on guide programs for Ranger Boats, Yamaha Marine, G3 Boats, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota trolling motors), Sage, TFO, Simms, Tibor, Renzetti, RIO Fly Lines and Orvis. You can visit his web site @ www.henrycowenflyfishing.com
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.
Capt. Gary Dubiel: Captain Gary Dubiel is the owner and operator of Spec Fever Guide Service in Oriental, North Carolina. Spec Fever is a light tackle and fly rod charter service fishing the Neuse River out of Oriental and New Bern, Pamlico Sound, Cape Lookout National Seashore/Crystal Coast, Roanoke River and Harkers Island. He is currently running approximately 160 to 200 trips a year and has been in operation for over 15 years. Capt. Gary operates a 2010 K2 Marine 210 Frontier bay boat with a 2010 Yamaha 150 hp 4 stroke engine.
Gary is United States Coast Guard Licensed; OUPV, number 1042812. North Carolina licensed hunt /fish guide, North Carolina DMF For-hire fishing Permit number and blanket license. He is fully insured through Charter Lakes Mutual. He is CPR and ACLS certified and RN licensed. He graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1983.
He has worked tagging spotted seatrout through NC DMF/NC State University and has also collecting striped bass samples for East Carolina University. He has participated in shocking and tagging of Neuse River striped bass with NC Wildlife (Inland fisheries).
Capt. Gary has appeared on television on the following programs: Fly Fish TV Magazine (Versus) 2 episodes. Carolina Outdoor Journal (UNC-TV) 4 episodes aired, 1 pending, George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing (ESPN 2/NBC Sports Network/WFN) 3 episodes, North Carolina Weekend (UNC-TV) 5 episodes, Fishing Road Trip (Discovery Channel Europe) 1 episode, Down East Outdoors (Outdoor Channel and local cable) 2 episodes, Victory Fishing (local New Bern Channel)
He has had speaker appearances at; Shallow Water Expos, Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, Fly Fishing Show, Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, FFF International and Regional Conclaves, Isaac Walton Forum (Toronto, Canada), The Fisherman’s Post Fishing Schools, “Get Hooked” at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and many local and regional TU and FFF chapters, as well as many regional fishing clubs. He has had multiple radio interviews / fishing reports in 2013 including www.pointclickfish.com and Dr. Bogus Fishing Show.
Capt. Gary director and co-host of the Coastal Catchin’ Seminar held in New Bern, NC. This year will be the third year running. Co-host Capt. David Steward and guess has included DOA owner Mark Nichols, owner of Victory Fishing Brian Saunders, Biologist Bob Barwick.
He was an assistant instructor at the Clouser’s Saltwater Fly Fishing School and has taught at numerous public and private fly casting classes.
He was the Chairman, Town of Oriental, NC Board of Tourism and a former Board member, Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce. He was Fall Fishing reporter for North Carolina Department of Tourism for 4 years.
He was South Atlantic regional editor Shallow Water Angler magazine for 2 years and wrote feature stories published in Shallow Water Angler, Southern Anglers Journal and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters. He has appeared in feature articles in Salt Water Sportsman, Fly Fish America, Chesapeake Angler, North Carolina Wildlife, North Carolina Sportsman, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Fly Tyer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fly Fishing the Atlantic , Fly Fisherman, Sports Fishing Magazine, Field and Stream, Fisherman’s Post and so on. He is also featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series Guide Book; Chapter 8 on top water tactics
Capt. Gary’s original Fly patterns appear in: Kreh’s Saltwater Fly Patterns, Klausermeyer’s Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies and FFF’s Fly Patterns of the Masters. They have also been featured in several magazines.
Captain Gary is an International Game Fish Association Fly rod world record holder. Federation of Fly Fishers master fly tyer, Coastal Conservation Association, CCA-NC Supportive Fishing Guide and is on Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory/Pro Staff, Costa Del Mar Pro Staff, DOA Lures guide program, Rapala USA VIP program, Pure Fishing Select Angler program, Columbia Sportswear Pro Purchase program, Simms and Yeti Pro Guide, Johnson Outdoors and J & L Marine Guide Programs.
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.
Matthew Green: Matt Green is a graduate student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and co-taught a graduate level course titled “The Biology of Aquatic Insects” at North Carolina State University. Matt’s research focuses on how tailwater rivers influence the life histories of aquatic insects, particularly Ephemerella invaria (sulphur mayfly). In addition to this work, Matt also investigates the effects of the invasive algae Didymosphenia geminata (rock snot) on the nutritional ecology and life histories of aquatic insects. He currently contributes to many fly-fishing and outdoor related publications including Wildlife in North Carolina, Southern Trout Magazine, and The Virginia Sportsman.
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, 1992-Italy
-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 fishing.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Guinea.
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.
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.
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.
Capt. Prescott Smith: Captain Prescott Smith is a professional fly fisherman, Instructor 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 Charlie 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 Industry Association (BFFIA) as a national association, to develop Fly-Fishing as a sustainable industry in the Bahamas. Prescott Smith is the founding board member of BFFIA and its current President.
Prescott’s passions are the protection and 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
Dave Whitlock: Thirty-eight years ago Dave pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Dave’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 4 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. Dave is also known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper. Dave has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for10 years. Dave’s experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. Editors note: Dave is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Don't miss the chance to share some time with this great mentor of our sport!