Barry and Cathy Beck: The Becks need no introduction to the fly fishing industry. Barry and Cathy are often referred to as the “first couple of fly fishing”. They are on the pro staffs of such companies as Sage Rod Co., Redington, Rio Fly Lines, Tibor Reels, and Smith Optics.
As trip hosts for Frontiers International, they travel to such destinations as New Zealand, Africa, Argentina, Alaska, Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Russia, and the American West which gives them the opportunity to photograph in a wide range of countries and environments.
As photographers, their work appears regularly in sporting calendars and magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing in Salt Waters, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Big Sky Journal, Montana Outdoors, and others. Commercial clients include Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Columbia, Sage Rod Company, and 3M/Scientific Anglers.
They have provided the photography for books by numerous authors and have written and photographed for their own books which include, Fly Waters Near & Far, Cathy Beck’s Fly Fishing Handbook, Seasons of the Bighorn, Outdoor Photographer’s Handbook, as well as several others.
The Becks spend their lives in pursuit of fish and photographic opportunities. Cathy Beck has a fly fishing school in Benton, Pennsylvania, and has been teaching fly fishing for 25 years. Barry has spent his life in the fly fishing business and photographing. They regularly appear at sport shows and spsorting events around the country giving casting demonstrations and presentations on photography and fishing.
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.
Hoagy B. Carmichael: Mr. Carmichael is a film, television and theatrical producer. He worked as assistant director for Hecht Hill Lancaster on such films as "The Rabbit Trap" (Universal Pictures), "Elmer Gantry" (Columbia Pictures), and "Separate Tables" (Columbia Pictures). While at WGBH/TV in Boston, he co-produced many productions including "On Being Black" (15 one-hour original dramas for PBS), "The Music Shop," (starring Hoagy Carmichael, Sr.) and "The Advocates" for PBS. He was the director/producer for "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the Peabody Award-winning series for children, at WQED/TV in Pittsburgh and produced for his own film company, Hippo Productions. Theatrical productions include "The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre" and a new musical called “Lazy River,” with a score comprised of songs written by Hoagy Carmichael.
Mr. Carmichael co-manages the Hoagy Carmichael music catalogue, and was Artistic Producer of the Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Celebration, a 63-U.S. city big band tour.
A founding member of AmSong, Inc., an advocacy organization for American songwriters, Mr. Carmichael served as its president for three years. AmSong was a leader in the successful fight to bring about the passage of the copyright term extension bill in the fall of 1998.
Mr. Carmichael is co-chairman of the American Tap Dance Foundation, which seeks to further the interest of tap dancing throughout America, and also produces an annual summer Tap Dance Festival in New York City.
In 1973 Mr. Carmichael produced a film about Everett Garrison, the classic bamboo rod maker. He wrote and published the book, “Creating the Garrison Fly rod,” which is in its seventh printing and has sold over 22,000 copies. He also wrote and published the award winning “The Grand Cascapedia – A History,” Volumes I (2006) and II (2012), as well as numerous articles for magazines and angling journals. Carmichael published “8 by Carmichael” in 2010, eight article about the world of fly-fishing, including a long pictorial essay of rod makers Ed and Jim Payne.
Hoagy has fished for Atlantic salmon in places like Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Labrador, Norway (eight trips), and has fished most of the well-known rivers in Canada. He has been traveling to the Grand Cascapedia River for twenty- seven years, where he is a founding member of the Cascapedia River Museum. Mr. Carmichael is also a trout fisherman, and was a member, and past president, of the Fly Fishers Club of Brooklyn on the upper Beaverkill River. He now belongs to the Clear Lake Stream Club just upstream.
Bruce Chard: Bruce Chard has been guiding for two decades and is considered by many the premier Florida Keys guide. If you’re lucky enough to get a day on the water with him, you will immediately be drawn to his unbridled enthusiasm and true passion for the sport of fly fishing. Bruce is one of the nicest people you will ever meet...seriously! Even after missing an easy shot on the only tarpon of the day, Bruce will still make you feel like a million bucks. This is not an easy thing to do, especially after he has been pulling the flats boat for eight straight hours into a headwind to get you that one shot! Bruce has a special gift in connecting with fly fishers of all ages and skill levels. Just spend a couple of minutes around Bruce and you quickly realize that fly fishing is not just his job, it’s his passion. As one of the most sought after guides on the planet, Bruce has been featured on the cover of 14 saltwater fly fishing magazines and while still in his thirties, Bruce has accomplished a lifetime of successes and has greatly contributed to the development of flats fishing techniques, fly patterns and equipment. Bruce truly embodies the soul of fly fishing!
• World class Florida Keys guide
• International fly fishing instructor - Bruce Chard Fly Fishing Schools
• Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures – Director of Fly Fishing Schools
• American Fly Fishing Trade Association Board Member
• Designed the award winning Scientific Anglers Chard Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line
• Featured on fourteen magazine covers including Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing and Fly Fisherman Magazine
• More than 60 fish species caught on a fly
• Featured speaker and presenter at fly fishing clubs and sportsman's shows around the country
• FFF - Master Certified Casting Instructor
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
Nick Curcione: In addition to his former 35-year career as a university professor, Nick is an internationally recognized outdoor writer, instructor, and lecturer and tackle consultant with more than 40 years of angling experience.
Though extremely well versed in all phases of the sport, Nick is especially noted for his casting expertise and instructional clinics. He is one of the country’s leading authorities on sinking lines and shooting heads and his knowledge of knots and rigging are held in high regard. His casting demonstrations with specialty lines utilizing both single and double-handed rods and the knots and rigging programs have been very popular with fly fishing audiences.Nick has been on the sport fishing show circuit for over 30-years.
His fishing travels have taken him to a variety of locales and include all the coastal waters of the continental US, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, New Guinea and the South Pacific.
His writing credits have been extensive with numerous articles in local, national and international publications. Since its inception, he has been on the editorial staff of Fly Fishing Saltwater magazine and has authored three fly fishing books, The Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Baja On The Fly, and Tug-O-War, A Fly Fishers Game. Over the years Nick has served as a consultant for a number of major tackle manufacturers and has recently joined Temple Fork Outfitters advisory staff.
Jeff Currier: Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is 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.
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 organizations.
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
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.
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 regional publications.
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 traveled.”
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.
Capt. Jim Freda: Captain Jim Freda has been fishing the Jersey Shore for over 30 years. He is co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service located in Manasquan, NJ that specializes in saltwater fly fishing and light tackle charters from both the beach and boat. He is a part of the National Factory Pro Team for St. Croix Rods and pro staff for Sufix, Aquaskinz, Avet Reels, Spro, Gamakatsu, Hogy, Korkers, Costa Del Mar, and Columbia Sportswear.
Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, outdoor writer, seminar speaker, and photographer. His first book "Fishing the New Jersey Coast", Burford Publishing Company, has been a best seller and has received the "New Jersey Center for the Book Award" as one of the most notable NJ books. He co-authored a second book "Saltwater Fishing a Tactical Approach, A Guide for Northeast Beach and Boat Fishermen", with his Shore Catch partners Capt Gene Quigley and Shell E. Caris.
Jim has weekly fishing columns that appear in the Bergen Record-NJ's second largest newspaper and the Coast Star and Ocean Star newspapers of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Nationally, Jim is a contributing editor for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine and also writes for Fly Fisherman Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Big Game Journal, and StriperSurf.com. Regionally he writes for On the Water Magazine where he has is own monthly column, The Fisherman Magazine and the NJ Federation of Sportsman Clubs newspaper.
As a seminar speaker Jim is featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, as one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ, the Northeast’s largest fly fishing show and is on the National Pro Seminar slate at the Toyota Saltwater Expo also in Somerset. He is also regularly featured each year at many of the local fishing clubs in the surrounding area including the State’s two largest clubs the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County. Capt Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jim has also been a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in New Your City.
Capt. Jim is on the water in his 28 Parker Sport Cabin with charters from April through December targeting striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, false albacore, mahi, and tuna. He lives in Manasquan, NJ with his lovely wife Mary and their three children Christie, Carlie, and Tommy who are his favorite crew to be out on the water with.
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.
Tom Gilmore: After almost three decades of service, Tom Gilmore retired in the spring of 2012, as President and CEO of the New Jersey Audubon Society, the oldest and largest conservation organization in the state of New Jersey. During that time, he led the conservation community through numerous extraordinary environmental achievements. It’s no surprise that Tom has received numerous awards and honors, including the Conservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, New Jersey Environmental Lobby’s first Environmental Legacy Award, Tom was recognized by The Star Ledger newspaper (New Jersey’s largest daily paper) as Winner of the Year, for his work to save the Highlands. New Jersey Monthly magazine recognized Tom as one the “101 Most Influential People in New Jersey.” He was also awarded the Governors Environmental Achievement Award by both Governors Corzine and Christy.
In addition to being an accomplished environmentalist, Tom is an avid fly fisherman. He has fly fished for around the world for over 40 years. Tom is a well know fly fishing celebrity having given well over 100 programs on fishing for all most all of our North American He is an accomplished author having written numerous articles and is currently working on his fourth book, East Coast Trophy Tailwaters, which will be published in the fall of 2014.
His first book, False Albacore, was published in 2002, his second book entitled, Tuna On The Fly, was published in the Fall of 2006. Tom’s third book a Flyfisher’s Guide to the Big Apple was published in 2011.
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, 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)
Bob Jacklin: Bob Jacklin has been serving West Yellowstone fishermen for thirty five years out of the fly shop. A world class fly fisherman, fly caster, and fly tier, Bob has taught countless people how to fish and cast with flies. He is the President of the Rocky Mountain Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers(FFF), is one of the first certified master casters, and one of the finest people and fishermen you could ever meet. On October 23, 2004 Bob Jacklin was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Jim Klug: Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and partner and executive producer for Confluence Films, a film production company that created the fly fishing movies DRIFT (2008), RISE (2009) and CONNECT (2011). Jim’s writings and photos and appeared in dozens of magazines, books and other publications, and his photo work can be viewed at www.klugphotos.com. Jim lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is the current Chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA).
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.
John Miller: John grew up in the Catskills Mtns. in upstate New York. He began tying flies and fly-fishing at an early age, perfecting his skills on the Esopus, Kaaterskill, Plattekill, Beaverkill and Schoharie Rivers. His knowledge of aquatic entomology and proper photographic techniques have enabled him to capture stunning photos that have appeared in various articles and books. John has been a guide and fly-fishing instructor for over 15 years. He mastered his skill of Entomology at the Delaware River Club with colleagues Al Caucci and Bob Nastasi. He also guided in West Michigan for Matt Supinski at The Gray Drake Lodge. In late spring and summer you’ll find him as a guide for the West Branch Angler on the Upper Delaware River System and in the fall, winter and early spring on The Lake Erie Tributaries guiding for Steelhead Alley Outfitters. He has also been an Orvis endorsed guide since 2002.
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 stream surveys.
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".
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!
Gene Quigley: Capt. Gene Quigley is considered one of the top saltwater fly fishing guides in the Northeast. A native of the New Jersey Shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 30 years. Capt Gene puts hundreds of fly anglers each year on inshore species like striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore, and also specializes in guiding for offshore tuna, marlin, and mahi mahi, and is one of a handful of anglers that have landed Bluefin Tuna over 100 pounds on fly tackle.
In addition to guiding, Capt Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He is on the editorial staff for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and contributes regularly to Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, The Fisherman Magazine, and On The Water Magazine. Gene is the co-author of Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach. Gene also contributes a weekly fishing column in the Hook, Line and Sinker section of the Asbury Park Press.
Capt Gene sits on the national prostaff’s for St Croix Rod Company, RIO Fly Lines, Tibor Reels, Raymarine, Jones Brothers Boats, Cape Horn, Yamaha, Navionics, Aquaskinz, Spotters Sunglasses, Gamakatsu, and Sufix.
He has been seen on the Outdoor Life Networks “Family Fishing Outdoors Show” and PBS’s “Vacations On The Fly” television shows and appeared as a guest angler on ESPN Radio multiple times each season.
Steve Rajeff: When it comes to delivering long casts or dropping a fly on a dime, nobody in the world does it better than Steve Rajeff. Steve has dominated the world of competitive casting for over four decades. He has no less than 35 national and 14 world All Round Championships on his casting resume. Steve holds the current National Single Hand fly distance records at 243 feet. Also, using only a 5/8oz plug, he set the Two Hand casting distance record with a shot of 367 feet. Steve and his brother Tim were winning teammates in the first running of the Outdoor Life Network Flyfishing Masters Championship (trout fishing).
“Tournament casting spans the universe of casting disciplines, from plug casting for distance and accuracy, to single and double-handed flycasting for distance as well accuracy. As Director of Engineering for G.Loomis rod manufacturing, Steve uses his casting and fishing experience to hone rod performance characteristics like rod action, taper, weight, strength, balance and durability. “When I set out to design a practical, high performance fishing rods, the tournament casting back round is definitely a big asset, along with my fishing and guiding experience.” With over 40 years of intensive fishing, 5 years fishing guiding in Alaska, 2 years in Montana – his experience is directly responsible for designing performance breakthrough rods like new NRX series, also Cross Current GLX salt water fly rods, Stream Dance GLX trout fishing and Roaring River GLX Spey rods, plus a wide range of spinning and casting rods. Steve estimates he has developed over 2,500 rod models across all categories, during his 25 years as head of Engineering for G.Loomis.
Born and raised in San Francisco, a graduate of San Francisco State University, he has helped with numerous fly casting schools in the 1970’s with his mentor Mel Krieger. Steve visited Japan in the early 1970’s with Jim Green, master rod designer for Fenwick, (who Steve credits for teaching him to design tournament rods), also with Mel Krieger to share the how’s and why’s of fly casting. Since then he has been back to Japan more than 15 trips on his own. He has conducted tournament and fly casting lessons and demonstrations in Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Russia, South Africa, and many countries across Europe.
A life member of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, Hall of Fame member of the American Casting Association, Board of Director International Casting Sport Federation, member of the Northern California Federation of Fly Fishers Hall of Fame, Steve also supports numerous conservation organizations.
His first fish was a rainbow trout caught using garden hackle on the Tuolumne River in Yosemite Park, with the assistance of his father George Rajeff. The first fly caught fish he caught was a brown trout on Truckee River near Lake Tahoe. Steve’s largest fly caught fish landed was a tarpon estimated at over 180 lbs. Steve says, “It is no longer about the most or biggest fish, but enjoying the challenges and appreciating beautiful places fishing and casting takes me”.
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.
Greg Senyo: An avid fly fisher and fly tier on Lake Erie Tributaries for steelhead since childhood. Greg has dedicated the past 20 years to perfecting his fly fishing and tying techniques while fishing and guiding tributaries most anglers today call Steelhead Alley.
Greg is the owner and operator of Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters, which is an all inclusive educational fly fishing guide service on Lake Erie Tributaries. Along with a dedicated staff of seasoned professionals, Steelhead Alley Outfitters has become notorious for the level of service they provide to their guests in all phases of fly fishing and fly tying.
Greg is also actively working with several companies on new product development, fly tying materials, and testing of the latest fly fishing tackle. Greg is a contract tier for the Orvis Company, winning the prestigious fly tier of the year award in 2008. Greg is also a member of numerous company pro staffs around the country. Many of Greg’s patterns have been featured in national publications, fly fishing books, and magazine articles. Some of these patterns have helped inspire the way toward new age Great Lakes fly pattern design.
Greg’s many other activities include fly fishing around the country, writing for several outdoor and sporting publications, Participating in regional charity events, fundraisers, and youth organizations were fly fishing is the focus.
Greg also makes time and serves his community where he is the Sergeant for the Village of Wayne Police Department in Wood County, Ohio. Greg is the department field training officer, and certified instructor for the states hooked on fishing not on drugs campaign. This state program was designed to help steer at risk children toward fishing and away from drug abuse.
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.
Mike Schultz: Mike Schultz is the Owner of Schultz Outfitters, a full service Fly Fishing Outfitter & Fly shop specializing in South Eastern Michigan warm-water angling, instruction and destination travel.
Born and raised in the Great State of Michigan, Mike has enjoyed the outdoors his entire life. During his early teenage years he developed an interest in fly-fishing. The majority of his free time quickly became consumed with fishing and tying. After graduating with a business degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2004, he started guiding and working in the fly-fishing industry full time. He currently resides in Dexter, Michigan on the banks of the Huron River with his wife Allison and son Tanner.
His angling travels have taken him from Alaska to Patagonia and many places in between. Over the past 6 years Mike has expanded his fly-fishing travels to salt water destinations, making multiple trips to the Bahamas, Florida Keys and Mexico in search of Bonefish, Tarpon, Roosterfish and the elusive Permit. Logging 200+ days a year on the water annually, Mike has developed a vast knowledge of Midwestern waters and beyond.
Mike is a member of the Scientific Anglers, Rainy's Fly Company, Simms and Ross Reels National Pro Staff. Several of his smallmouth, steelhead & bonefish fly patterns are available through the ORVIS Company.
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
Matthew A. Supinski: Matt Supinski is a fly-fishing guide, outfitter and instructor, lodge owner and operator, freelance writer and photographer, book author, and culinary trained chef from Newaygo, Michigan. He has been fly fishing for forty-six years, since the age of seven, and has fished in Europe, the United Kingdom, Iceland, and extensively throughout all of North America.
Supinski has authored a number of bestselling books over the past sixteen years. His newest title, Selectivity: The Theory and Method of Fly Fishing for Fussy Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead (Stackpole Books) will be released in January 2014. His other works include River Journal: Pere Marquette, Steelhead Dreams, and Steelhead Dreams: Updated 12 Year Anniversary Edition (Amato Books, 2013).
In addition to his books, Supinski has had more than 280 feature pieces published in Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Field and Stream, and Outdoor Life magazines. His pieces have also appeared in Forbes, Men’s Journal, Outside, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and the Mid-Atlantic Journal. He has worked as an editor for Fly Fish America and Flyfishing &Tying Journal, and is currently the Midwest regional editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine.
Highly skilled in media, Matt has released a DVD, Selectivity-Trout (2011), and did two Fly Fishing America national television programs for Barrett Productions (2004 and 2006). He also has done numerous PBS programs on fly fishing. His photography has been featured on the covers of Fly Fisherman, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fly Fish America, and American Angler magazines.
In 1995, he opened Gray Drake and Trout and Eagle Lodges (www.graydrake.com), which he and his wife, Laurie, have been operating for eighteen years. Supinski guides clients for trout, steelhead, and salmon 280 days a year on Michigan’s Great Lakes rivers, including the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and St. Joseph.
Ben Turpin: 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.
Mike Valla: Mike Valla has been tying trout flies for 45 years having learned the craft as a boy from the late Walt Dette, the famed fly tyer who crafted flies in the Catskill region of New York State. Mike has published four books: Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies, The Classic Dry Fly Box, The Classic Wet Fly Box and his newest title just released The Founding Flies: 43 American Masters, Their Patterns and Influence, published by Stackpole Books. The Founding Flies covers many of America’s most renowned fly tyers and fly anglers including luminaries such as The Dettes, the Darbees, Lew Oatman, Len Halladay, Cal Bird, Lee Wulff, Andre Puyans, John Atherton and others.
Now retired from Glens Falls Hospital in the Adirondacks of New York, where he practiced children’s dentistry, Mike is presently the Northeast Field Editor for Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. He has also written for Fly Fisherman magazine, Fly Tyer and The American Fly Fisher. Mike is the 4th recipient of the Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award, following Dave Klausmeyer, Dick Talleur, amnd Ted Patlen, for his contributions to the art of fly tying and his publications. Mike is a proud member of the Regal Vise Pro Staff and the Anglers’ Club of New York.
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!
Brad W. Buzzi
Jay "Fishy" Fullum
Capt. Greg Heffner
William S. Hrinko
Capt. Bill Murphy
A NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING VIRGINIA
NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING THE MID-ATLANTIC
CATHY BECK'S FLY-FISHING HANDBOOK: 3RD EDITION
BONEFISH FLY PATTERNS, 2ND: TYING, SELECTING, AND FISHING ALL THE BEST BONEFISH FLIES FROM TODAY'S BEST TIERS
FLY FISHING FOR BONEFISH: NEW AND REVISED
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
CURRIER'S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER FLY FISHING
CURRIER'S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING
Fly Fishing the Inland Oceans
Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer
Fly Fishing-The Sacred Art
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES
FLY FISHER'S GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE
FALSE ALBACORE: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING'S HOTTEST FISH
TUNA ON THE FLY: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING'S ULTIMATE TROPHY FISH
FLY FISHING NEW JERSEY TROUT STREAMS
FLY CASTING: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH
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
At the River’s Edge: Lessons Learned in a Life of Fly Fishing
A Wisp in the Wind: In Search of Bull Trout, Bamboo, and Beyond Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead
A GUIDE'S GUIDE TO FLY-FISHING MISTAKES: COMMON PROBLEMS AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM
FLY FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS
FISH FOOLISHNESS: A CARTOON COLLECTION OF FISH & FISHING HUMOR
RHODY FLY RODDERS BOOK (new release)
FLY FISHING THE SURF (new release)
FLY FISHING LONG ISLAND: A COMPREHSIVE GUIDE TO FRESHWATER & SALTWATER ANGLING
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE NORTHEAST
SALTWATER FLIES OF THE SOUTHEAST GULF COAST
MATCHING MAJOR EASTERN HATCHES: NEW PATTERNS FOR SELECTIVE TROUT
FEEDING TIME (new release)
SELECTIVITY: THE THEORY & METHOD OF FLY FISHING FOR FUSSY TROUT, SALMON, & STEELHEAD (new release)
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
FLYFISHING NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND'S SEASONS: A GUIDE TO ICE-OUT, HATCH SEASON, SUMMER, THE FALL SPAWNING SUN AND WINTER (new release)