Rob Anderson: Rob resides in Reno, Nevada and currently has his own fly fishing travel business, Bucket List Fly Fishing Adventures and is the lead guide and owner of Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters. Rob currently guides on the Truckee River in both California and Nevada, Pyramid Lake, Davis Lake, East Walker River, Frenchman’s and 4 different private waters. He regularly does speaking engagements on Pyramid Lake other Northern Nevada and California waters and numerous “Bucket List” destinations around the world including an annual hosted trip to the Amazon for Peacock Bass. Rob is always willing and ready to educate fly fishing enthusiasts.
Rob Anderson grew up in Virginia and was fishing from the time he can remember. At the age of 9, he learned to fly fish. From that point on he fly-fished for bass and pan fish in Virginia as much as possible. After college, Rob pursued his other passion, golf, by working in that business for 15 years. During this time he had headed west and settled in Lake Tahoe. In 1997, while still working in the golf industry, he was reintroduced to fly fishing by his friend Chris Evison. Chris taught him the art of fly fishing for trout in moving water. His love of the sport was reborn!
In his free time from the golf business he regularly visited the Reno Fly Shop where he began learning how to tie flies (he is now a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants with over 20 patterns tied commercially). In the fall of 2001, the Reno Fly Shop offered Rob a part-time job which shortly thereafter, turned into a full time position managing the retail store, private waters program and guide business until the Reno Fly Shop closed in 2010. The closing of the Reno Fly Shop resulted in Rob having more time and freedom in his pursuit of design, creativity and teaching in the Fly Fishing industry.
It was in 2003 that Rob pursued his interest in guiding at Pyramid Lake. Rob ultimately became the first non-tribal fly fishing guide at the Lake. Since that time has built a fly fishing specific website for Pyramid Lake, pyramidlakeflyfishing.com and runs the largest and most successful guide service there. Rob’s love of Pyramid Lake has also driven him to design Pyramid-specific flies which have increased the popularity of nymphing at the lake. Two of these flies are the Maholo Fly and the Maholo Midge which are sold at fly shops and retailers all over the West. To contact Rob you can email him at email@example.com or by phone at 775.742.1754
Dave Blackburn: Dave Blackburn grew up in western PA where his home river was the Raystown Branch of the Juniata. He was introduced to fly-tying at age 9 by a sixth grade teacher. He was schooled by both Messiah College, along the Yellow Breeches Creek, and the Letort Run. He transferred to West Virginia University where he received his BS in Forest Resource Management while working seasonally for the USFS in the Cloud Peak Primitive Area of Wyoming as a wilderness guard. He took piano lessons as a child and later applied his ear for music to bluegrass banjo when he got his first banjo at age 17. His banjo mentors include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick and Bela Fleck. He achieved early notoriety in his banjo playing by earning several ribbons at banjo contests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His longtime WVU roommate inspired him to add singing to his repertoire, where they formed the group the Skeenes Brothers, later becoming part of the Trapper Canyon Stringbusters based in Greybull, Wyoming. He settled on the banks of the Kootenai River in NW Montana where he pioneered the area’s first fly fishing guide service in 1982. Kootenai Angler now includes 5 river-front log cabin rentals along with a fly shop, the River Bend restaurant and a large outdoor music venue where the Kootenai River “Runs Through It”. Dave travels throughout the country as a speaker where he entertains with his unique combination of fly-fishing and bluegrass music. His current band, the Sheldon Mountain Boys, recently released their first album entitled “Thirty Years on the Mountain”.
Dan Blanton: Dan Blanton, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer. He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher's 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing. He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher's 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the FFF California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. In October 2009 Dan was inducted into The Catskill Fishing Center and Museum fly fishing hall of fame.
An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide.
The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher. Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa's International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade. A free-lance writer for more than 35 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa. His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received excellent reviews.
Fifteen years ago, Dan published his website www.danblanton.com as a means to promote his outdoors related business. He also wanted to give something back to the fly fishing community so he included a fly fishing bulletin board, tackle and techniques fly fishing page and a hot fly page. Dan’s Fly Fishing website and bulletin board, going on their 15th year, are extremely popular, world-wide. Visit www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php.
Gary Borger: Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly-fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in fly designing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of "Nymphing" in 1982. Since then he has produced 27 instructional videos and has been featured in various television programs, including his own production “The Tzar’s Trout.” Gary was a consultant on Robert Redford's movie "A River Runs Through It." With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, "My Madison," he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been design consultant to a number of manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher's fly casting instructor certification program, a member of many conservation organizations, and was a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has received many awards for conservation, including the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. Gary currently writes, lectures, produces videos, and teaches schools on all aspects of fly fishing and fly tying.
Nate Brumley: Nate Brumley is the owner of Dry Fly Innovations, an online fishing company that specializes in dry flies, custom all-season boxes, fly tying DVD’s, and videos. Nate’s unique fly patterns have been created from the experience of fishing the Northwest for over 45 years. His renowned presentations and fly tying exhibitions have become the new standard in fishing instruction on a dry fly and precision fly tying. The insight and instruction Nate brings to the vice is a priceless experience guaranteed to make you a better creator of dry flies!!
Joe Contaldi: Joe Contaldi is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Eastern Sierra!! He stalks trout from The East Walker River in Bridgeport to the Lower Owens River in Bishop, Ca. And his enthusiasm is catching. This man truly loves what he does. With each body of water discussed, he shows us what flys and nymphs he used to lure the wily trout, and how we might procure some for ourselves.
“Matuka”Joe is the Owner and lead Guide for Performance Anglers Guide Service in Mammoth Lakes, Ca. and host of the Eastern Sierra Video Fly Fishing report. His text fishing report is also online and can be delivered to your “In box” any way you choose. This season he has taken his store virtual and you can order anything online 24/7.
Joe started his fishing career as a wee child in the New Jersey countryside. He relocated to Southern California during his high school years. He joined up with an outdoor retailer and soon began running saltwater charters, giving fly-casting demonstrations, lecturing at fishing clubs and outdoor expos. Then fate found him traveling the world in search of sport fishing adventures. Soon after discovered the Eastern Sierra wilderness and her blue ribbon trout streams and he became obsessed with the pursuit of the trophy trout found there.
For several years he taught beginning fly fishing clinics as a service to new anglers in the Los Angeles Area. It was here that he met his wife Julia, and they are still fishing together today. In his off time, Joe enjoys fishing and hiking with their boys, Quinn and Logan.
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.
Mary Ann Dozer: Mary Ann fell in love with fish, not while casting from a riverbank, but while scuba diving in the Caribbean and South Pacific with her husband, Dave. Her first fly fishing experience was in 1995 in Yellowstone Park and her passion for fishing took hold. Since then, she has spent “pretty much every vacation and long weekend with a fly rod in my hand.” When her engineering career in high tech wound down after 20 years, Mary Ann wanted to do something different with her life. “The answer was easy; pursue her passion for fly-fishing and share it with others.”
Mary Ann has fished extensively across the west but spends most of her time in Oregon and Idaho. She guides on the Salmon River for Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum, Idaho and on the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers for The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters, Oregon. She is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified Master Casting Instructor. For the past 10 years, Mary Ann has volunteered for Casting for Recovery events across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Mary Ann’s greatest love is to teach and help others learn about fly fishing. She has instructed men and women in fly fishing techniques across the west for the past fifteen years. Between guiding, classes, and casting demonstrations, she has helped over a thousand anglers improve their fly casting skills. Common accolades are: “I learned a lot while having a great time.” “Mary Ann made it easy and her style is positive, outgoing, fun, patient, and she builds confidence.” “She is a natural teacher.”
Mary Ann is building a series of educational videos for fly casting and fishing. Check out her website at www.flyfishingpursuits.org.
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.
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 Galhardo: Tenkara USA is a fully independent, US-based company. It was founded and is run by Daniel W. Galhardo. Daniel has spent years researching and learning everything he can about tenkara. Truly, tenkara has become his single most important subject in life, he needs no floatant, no weight and no reels, yet continues catching trout. In this time he's developed a strong relationship with tenkara masters in Japan, particularly Dr. Hisao Ishigaki, the most prominent tenkara angler in Japan. He relies on their knowledge and feedback to ensure all products are of very high quality. No one in the US has come to know as much about tenkara as he does. This knowledge and relationships show in the quality of the products offered by Tenkara USA, which have acquired renown worldwide and applause from his masters in Japan.
Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father - well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships.
With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain.
During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two best selling books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on spey casting.
He is a Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor as well as being on the board of governors and on the two handed committee for the Federation of Fly Fishers in the US. He also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK.
Simon currently works for RIO products in Idaho where he helps design and tests fly lines, handles foreign distribution for RIO and is Vice President of marketing. He also conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world.
Wendy Gunn: Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men's and women's divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin...136-lbs., wahoo etc.
She won the 2000 Women's world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL.
Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network.
Wendy has won the women's Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize....a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104' 7".
Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid.
Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying.
Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.
John Hazel: John was born and raised in Oregon. He began fishing the Deschutes River in the early 1960's with his grandfather, and avid fly angler. In 1978, John began guiding steelhead and trout trips for fly fishermen on the Deschutes. Over the past twenty-four years of guiding this river at least 200 days each year, John has shared his love of fly angling with thousands of people from around the world. In the early 1980's John was a pioneer in the use of two-handed Spey rods. He was one of the first to develop the Spey casting techniques which have grown exponentially in popularity in the past five years. When Sage built their first two-handed rod, John was instrumental in helping them with the design of the rod. Since 1990, John has been a key consultant to the CF Burkheimer fly rod company, particularly in the development of the two-handed series. John is an innovative fly tier whose original patterns have been published in multiple fly fishing publications: i.e. Flies, The Best 1000 by Randle Stetzer, Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs, Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead by Deke Meyer, to name a few. John Hazel's original trout and steelhead patterns are featured in the fly selection at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop.
Hal Janssen: Hal Janssen is a nationally known writer, artist, lecturer, and video personality. He has been fly fishing for over 50 years and has fished extensively throughout the North and South America for nearly every species of fresh and salt water fish. Hal's account of his first steelhead trip was wading wet in the winter because no one made waders for 9 year old kids in 1952. The old timers from the Golden Gate Casting Club adopted him, setting him up with a shooting head and teaching him to cast. Hal’s self-confidence and fiery enthusiasm seem to guide him in everything he does.
Hal has been responsible for developing significant portions of the fly fishing equipment and concepts in use today. He and Scientific Anglers founder Leon Martuch developed S/A’s wet tip fly line. He and John Agnew worked on the development of Sunset Line Company’s fly lines, Sunset’s Cannonball, the first tapered lead core line, and the invention of the density compensated uniform sink line. Hal came up with the idea of the Mastery Stillwater series of clear fly lines, and was part of changing Amnesia from solid to fluorescent colors. In 1978 he created The Fly Tyer’ Showcase Box to display flies, the Rac Wrench, a fly fishing shirt, as well as fly rods and nets. He designed a signature line of hooks with Partridge-U.K., and consulted with a number of companies including the J. Kennedy Fisher Rod Company, Cortland, and Rio.
In 1979, he was one of the first in the Umpqua Feather Merchants contract tyers program. Today, over 70 Janssen fly patterns are manufactured and have worldwide distribution. Hal’s patterns are on display at the William Cushner Fly Fishing Museum, the University of Idaho, and the Forestry Museum in Elvermum, Norway.
As a fine artist, Hal Janssen has illustrated all the fly drawings and paintings for Anglers’ Calendar for over 20 years and has illustrated many magazine articles. When Hal gets involved in anything he usually gets “Best of Show,” as has been the case over the past ten years that he has been actively involved in carving exceptional fish, mostly of trout in special woods. He calls them “Living Wood” to describe their unique life-like realism. In his spare time, Hal restores classic cars and has professional pin striper status through his induction into their Hall of Fame.
As a pioneer of saltwater, steelhead, stillwater, and float tubing techniques, Hal has written over 25 articles for leading fly fishing magazines. His June 1979 Fly Fisherman Magazine article kicked off the popularization of float tubing and he has contributed to 21 books as both an artist and an author. Hal gained broad recognition as an instructor for his still water fly fishing seminars and schools, for his many years of presentations to fly clubs, and for entertaining thousands as a member of the Coors Outdoor Team, and Ed Rice's International Sportsman's Exposition Pro Staff. He helped found the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Club and is a fisheries consultant to Wilderness Unlimited, Cal Trout, the Smith River Advisory Council, Putah Creek Council, and the Alameda Creek Alliance.
When they are not at Lake Almanor, Hal Janssen lives in Forest Ranch, California, with his wife Jane. He is an exceptional individual who has made significant contributions to this area and to our sport. In January 2010 Hal was inducted into the California Outdoor 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.
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
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).
Bill Lowe: Born and raised in the Sacramento area, Bill has been providing fly fishing instruction to all levels of fly-fishers and has been running a full-time guide service for the past 22 years. FFF Certified in both Single-hand and Two-Handed Casting, and Sage Schools Casting Instructor, Bill teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes and makes his home between the Yuba and American Rivers where wild trout, steelhead, striped bass, shad, and king salmon are pursued. An energetic and communicative personality, your time spent with Bill is sure to be both informative, educational, and most of all fun!
Jay Murakoshi: I have been in the fly fishing industry for the past 38 years and also a commerical fly tyer for 37 years, having tied for such notables as Lefty Kreh, Trey Combs. At one time or another, I have tied for most of California’s fly shops. My patterns have been featured in
Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, California Fly Fisher, Western Outdoors, North and SouthWest Fly Fishing. I am one of the West Coast contributing writers for FFSW magazine.
I have developed a few top water bass patterns that have been featured and I also sell them through my web site www.fliesunlimited.com. They are the CB Diver, Floating Minnow, the Hula Girl and the latest is the Freddy’s Frog Crease Fly. A fly that will entice any LMB or striper.
As a speaker, I have been doing seminars and clinics since the early 80’s. I have spoken to thousands of people at events like the International Sportsmans Expo, The Fly Fishing Show, Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair, sports pro shops, fly fishing clubs and conclaves. I’m also on pro staff for TFO, Galvan Reels, RIO products, SmithAction, Angler’s Sports Group (Dai Ichi Hooks), Gamakatsu. I also run my own travel business taking people south of the border to the La Paz area. We fish the waters of La Ventana/Cerralvo Island.
I spend 3 to 4 months fishing the waters and know them quite well. You can find me at www.bajaflyfishingadventures.com. We also arrange trips to Guatamala and Australia.
My latest adventure is filming and producing fly fishing video’s and fly tying video’s.
Craig Neilson: Craig Nielsen is a Northern California native who has been pursuing adventures with a fly rod for over 45 years. He has guided flyfishing since 1992, is a FFF certified casting instructor and taught at the Mel Krieger casting school. He has been casting and fishing with
"Switch" rods for over ten years and was one of the first to be published on the subject. Craig's guide service, ShastaTrout features the legendary rivers near his home in Mt. Shasta, walk and wade trips for trout on Hat Creek, the Upper Sacramento, Pit and McCloud Rivers and Driftboat adventures for trophy trout and steelhead on the Lower Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. His experience includes tying flies commercially as a teenager and observing trout behavior in a creek below a deck of his childhood home in Paradise, California. He has been a featured guide for Fish First, Flywater Travel, The Ashland Flyshop, Leland, The Rogue Angler, Ted Fay, The Dunsmuir Flyfishing Company, The Clearwater House and The Flyshop. He holds a Teaching Credential and a Master's degree from Chico State where he worked as an Instructor, Administrator and Counselor before following his passion to guide full time. For more detailed information about Craig and his guide service you can visit his website at http://www.shastatrout.com.
Denny Rickards: For the past thirty years Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trout waters in the Western United States. His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 19 pounds.
Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best: guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing and developing tackle manufacturer’s products. His newly developed Crystal Creek Series graphite fly rods by Diamondback are being compared to the top rods in the industry.
As a consultant to the Cortland Line Company, Denny has designed new Stillwater fly lines for fishing lakes and reservoirs. His Zone Card enables anglers to better understand which lines, patterns and retrieves are best for the depths where trout prefer to feed.
As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Crushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the “bibles” for fly fishing lakes.
When he isn’t fishing or guiding, many hours are spent creating new fly patterns, studying trout behavior and their habitat, and the various insects found within their environment.
His knowledge and ability to teach others were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their Stillwater angling experiences.
Phillip Rowley: Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits.
A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships.
When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home.
Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production.
Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.
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
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.