Michigan native Will Blair has fished all over North and South America–but he has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the fisheries and waterways of both coasts of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. From 1997-1998 he was a guide for Katmai Lodge’s Zhupanova River program; he also spent a season on the Sopochanaya River for the Kamchatka Steelhead Project. Will worked for three years as the Kamchatka Travel Director for The Fly Shop and was also the marketing manager for Rapids Camp Lodge on Bristol Bay’s NakNek River. With longtime business partner Victor Rebrikov, Will operates The Best of Kamchatka, which comprises three full-service programs: The Oz Jet Boat Lodge sits on a river that must rank as one of the great salmon and trout rivers on our planet; the Two Yurt River Float is a private river full of the same trophy salmon and rainbow trout; and Rainbows from Above is the ONLY flyout program on Kamchatka. Emanating as lake drains and springs, these rivers are home to native rainbows, salmon, char, grayling, and best of all…no people. When he isn’t fishing Kamchatka, Will enjoys camping, hiking, and photography with his wife and daughter on the front range of Colorado.

When not with her husband Steve or daughter Penny, Hardy pro-staffer and full- time professional guide Kacee Bones spends most days chasing redfish. Consumed by al things fly fishing, Kacee strives to share her passion for fly fishing with others, and in particular her pursuit of saltwater species. Join her in the Hardy booth each day of the festival at noon for a “Cast and Sip with Kacee Bones”. Customers can test drive some of the latest Hardy rods, check their accuracy in casting, and for those 21 and older, return to enjoy a handcrafted Texas brew on Hardy.

Dale Collins has spent the last twenty years chasing trout in the outdoor playground that is the Great Smoky Mountains.  Leaving a career in education, to further pursue his passion of fly-fishing, Collins teamed up with Bobby Bennett to open Tuckaseegee Fly Shop in Bryson City and Sylva, North Carolina. With his love and knowledge of fly-fishing for trout in the Smokies, Collins remains an educator…just one holding a net and fly rod!

Cameron Cipponeri took up fishing at the ripe old age of 10 in Northern Michigan. After attending Oakland University, he taught fly fishing and fly tying techniques for Bass Pro Shops. He moved to Colorado more than 15 years ago, where he has called Frying Pan Anglers his adopted home. Cameron loves all waters, from small streams to the big waters of the Colorado River. Guided angling trips–both floats and wades–are only one aspect of his guiding experience: Cameron also guides upland bird hunting trips and hosts guide schools, fishing camps, and kids’ clinics.

Michigan native Nicholas Conklin, who has been with Temple Fork Outfitters since 2012, is the Director of Design and Sales for TFO’s two-handed fly fishing products and currently serves as the TFO consumer and trade show coordinator. He is an avid two-handed caster and angler who was instrumental in the design of the BVK family of spey rods. He is expanding TFO’s product reach domestically and abroad, as well as leading the design push to continue producing high performance, affordable TFO rods. Nick has done on-the-water demos and casting classes at the Sandy River Spey Clave and at Spey Nation since 2016. He has been published in Field & Stream, The Drake, and several regional newspapers.

Steve Dally, of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher, knows a thing or two about landing big trout. This is particularly the case when it comes to finding aggressive freshwater trout like brown trout, which can easily push the scales beyond 10 pounds and 20 inches. Browns which are known as the apex predator by trout enthusiast are not easily tempted to strike, after all you don’t to be a big fish by being dumb. Steve’s class will show where to find these fish, and how best to land them. While Steve’s information is derived from thousands of trips he’s taken on the White River in Arkansas, the techniques can be applied to any freshwater stream where brown trout call home

Alvin Dedeaux has been fishing ever since he can remember, and fly fishing since he was twelve-years-old. Alvin has been fishing Central Texas River’s since the early 80s.His love for fishing has led him on an exciting journey which cultivated him as Central Texas’ premier fly fishing guide and owner of All Water Guides an Orvis endorsed guide service based in Austin, Texas. After managing the Austin Angler for over a decade, Alvin began guiding full time. Alvin also guided for 11 seasons in Colorado on some of North America’s premier trout streams. In 2011 Alvin joined forces with a group of the best guides in Texas and started All Water Guides. With more than 100 years of combined experience All Water Guides has become one of the top guide services in the region. In 2015 All Water Guides was a finalist in the Orvis endorsed guide service of the year. In 2016 Alvin was a finalist in the Orvis Guide of the year. All Water Guides offers guided fly fishing trips on Central Texas rivers and lakes, and saltwater trips on the middle Texas coast. In Central texas, we fish for bass year round and one of our favorite fish to target is the state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe bass. One our clients recently caught the world record Guadalupe bass. During the winter months we offer guided trips on the Guadalupe River for trout. On the coast, we target redfish year round. Our guides can work with all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced anglers.

Colorado native Pat Dorsey has been guiding for over 25 years and is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti pro staffer, and Scientific Anglers pro staff member. He also serves as the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. Dorsey is the author of multiple books, the latest of which is Colorado Guide Flies (2015), which features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes.

A native of the Texas Hill Country, Lara Ducker has always loved the outdoors. With more than 16 years of fishing experience, her passion for fishing began at young age and grew even more when she discovered fly fishing four years ago. Lara is passionate about instructing newcomers in the quiet sport of fly fishing. She is a sales associate and fly fishing instructor for Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company and also helps with event planning. Lara resides in Dallas, and when she isn’t on the water, she may be found playing with her pup Hadley! Lara will be co-teaching (with Jonathan Rogers) our free Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) in coordination with Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the Official Instructional Sponsor for this year’s festival. These introductory casting classes are also supported in coordination with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s TakeMeFishing.org program. Although these high-quality, family-friendly casting classes are free and all gear can be provided, attendees must reserve spots by emailing Lara (lara@tailwatersflyfishing.com). Please list all interested family members and their ages (children must be at least 12 years old).

Jason Edgecombe is an experienced guide and the owner of Eva’s Bonefish Lodge on Andros Island, the only Orvis-endorsed lodge in the Bahamas. Surrounded by 12 miles of private beach, Eva’s is not only a great place to fish but also the ideal destination for those who vacation with non-anglers. Jason will speak about fishing for tarpon and permit and especially about bonefishing opportunities. So if you’re interested in fishing the Bahamas, don’t miss this lecture.

Colorado native Cole Glenn has called Durango home for 12 years. He began fly fishing as a youngster; that youthful endeavor has become a lifelong passion for Glenn, who has years of experience fishing across Colorado, a deep commitment to the quiet sport, and a wealth of knowledge about fly angling that he is eager to pass on to others. Cole is eager to teach novices everything they need to know to effectively fly fish Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico.

Ed Jaworowski is passionate about fly casting. The author of The Cast and Troubleshooting the Cast, among other fly fishing books, Ed is an excellent instructor who connects well with his students regardless of their skill level. He is currently on the Temple Fork OutfittersAdvisory Staff, and his Intermediate to Advanced Casting Class is just what you’ll need to take your casting skills to the next level. Ed also recently collaborated with his mentor Lefty Kreh to create a new casting DVD called The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting.

Chad Johnson has a thing for big fish; especially when it comes to using patterns like hoppers when fly angling. Chad’s methodology offers anglers an in depth look at techniques used to land large trout and bass, which may ordinarily be reluctant to strike. Big dry flies are effective when targeting larger fish, but only if you know how to use them. Simply throwing a big fly in a productive stream won’t cut it. An experienced guide like Chad Johnson can show you how you to make the most of your time on the water, and how best to use patterns like hoppers work their magic for you.

Those who dream of stalking hard-fighting but elusive redfish will enjoy hearing from Fly Fish Rockport’s Captain Jeff Johnson, who specializes in Gulf Coast angling. Captain Johnson is not only a licensed and ensured TPWD Guide, he is also a US Coast Guard Master Captain. If you ready to take your redfishing skills to the next level–and hope to learn a bit more about black drum and other saltwater species–don’t miss his class.

David Klausmeyer is a household name to fly tyers. The editor of Fly Tyer magazine got his start in 1994 with American Angler. Klausmeyer’s amazing photographs of fly patterns and his uncanny ability to tie nearly any pattern have garnered him a great deal of respect in the industry and among fellow tyers. He is the author of more than a dozen books on various aspects of fly tying. In 2006, Klausmeyer was the first recipient of the Golden Hook Award, presented to him by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for his diligence in educating the public about fly fishing and fly tying. Stop by the American AnglerFly Tyer booth and say hello to Klausmeyer at this year’s festival.

Stacy Lynn, General Manager of Houston’s Bayou City Angler, is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. Lynn has served as a volunteer Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program, a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer; she has also been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Masters saltwater fly fishing tournament, which benefits CfR.  She is a featured speaker numerous at fly fishing shows and other events throughout Texas. Lynn’s passion is sight casting in saltwater, and her instructional specialty is conducting casting diagnostics. She will teach a Casting Strategies for Saltwater class at this year’s festival. Don’t miss it!

For nearly thirty years, Brandon Powers has shared his love of fly fishing with anglers around the world having fished across the U.S. as well as Brazil, Argentina and Patagonia. His passion, creativity and endless patience have enabled him to become a leader in the fly fishing industry.  From guiding out West, to teaching fly casting and fly tying lessons to lending his expertise with Temple Fork Outfitters, Brandon has helped thousands of anglers improve their angling skills and have a more enjoyable time on the water. We are pleased to have Brandon, an experienced guide with EMU Outfitting speaking with our attendees this year about fishing for peacock bass.

Jason Randall is on the national pro-staff for Temple Fork Outfitters, and he’s been an outdoor writer for the last 15 years. His feature articles appear regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents (2012), studies the effects of current on trout, their prey species, and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and require adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat (2013), focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. His third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy, Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell (2014), offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. Randall’s fourth book, Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers, explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph-fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some of the leading experts in nymph fishing.

Duane Redford, a professional fly fishing guide, spends the majority of his days guiding on the South Platte River near Deckers, Colorado and on the Eagle River near Minturn, Colorado. He began his fly fishing career fishing the Rocky Mountain West, and has been toting a fly rod for better than four decades. Duane is a pro-staff lead for 8 Rivers Fly Rods, consultant for Hookhead apparel, signature tier for Montana Fly Company, and the author of two books The Fly Fishers’ Playbook, a Systematic Approach to Nymphing and Hidden in Plain View, Recognizing the Obvious and Exploiting the Obscure in Fly Fishing. When he’s not guiding, Duane spends his time teaching fly fishing classes, blogging, tying, speaking, and writing.  When he’s not teaching, writing or guiding, you’ll find him on the river.

Native Texan Jonathan Rogers grew up fishing all over North Texas but began fly fishing in 2007 while at flight school. He was the fishing manager of The Orvis Company Dallas store before becoming the director of education and event planning for Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the festival’s Official Instructional Sponsor. Jonathan is responsible for initiating Tailwaters’ Complete Cast education program; when he isn’t teaching in the shop, he is helping customers pick out gear, coaching younger fly fishing enthusiasts, or fishing with his wife in the mountains. Always in search of the next big adventure, on any given day Jonathan might be found catching bull redfish in Louisiana or large alligator gar right behind Tailwaters’ new shop. Jonathan will be co-teaching (with Lara Ducker) our free Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) in coordination with Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the Official Instructional Sponsor for this year’s festival. These introductory casting classes are also supported in coordination with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s TakeMeFishing.org program. Although these high-quality, family-friendly casting classes are free and all gear can be provided, attendees must reserve spots by emailing Jonathan (jonathan@tailwatersflyfishing.com). Please list all interested family members and their ages (children must be at least 12 years old).

An avid angler, traveler, and backpacker, Mike Smith spends the majority of his free time in search of new places and new fish to chase. Over the past year he and his wife have visited 13 states, finding fish off the beaten path along the way. His fly fishing story began 11 years ago with a basic rod and reel combo, a fly casting DVD, and a neighborhood pond. Mike grew his home waters from neighborhood ponds and creeks to the marshes of Galveston Bay, along with virtually every lake within three hours of Houston. He continues to broaden his fly fishing and travel experience with trips to locations like Belize, Maine, and New Mexico. He currently works for Gordy and Sons in the fly shop, using his knowledge of technical gear to ensure customers are equipped for their next adventure.

In the fly fishing business for over 20 years, Kevin Stubbs was trained as a guide on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers near Aspen and has also guided saltwater trips on Baffin Bay and the Laguna Madre in South Texas. After spending many seasons guiding in Colorado and South Texas, Stubbs moved to Seattle and began working at a media firm representing hunting and fishing magazines and TV shows, including Orvis Sporting Lives on ESPN2, Fly Fish TV, Sportsmen’s Travel Guide, and others. He worked in marketing for Scientific Anglers, handling new product development and advertising/public relations, until he left in 2001 to resume guiding and outfitting–and to start Expedition Outfitters, offering fly fishing trips on the Devils, Guadalupe, San Marcos, Llano, and Rio Grande Rivers in Southwest Texas. Expedition Outfitters is also developing a new “fly-in destination” in British Columbia’s Northern Rockies.

m-tayloeIn addition to guiding for several outfitters in Colorado and spending his winters guiding for Lakutaia Heli Fishing in Patagonia, Mike Tayloe has an unusual asterisk on his resume: For two decades he has been a paramedic focused on remote and wilderness medicine, which has taken him all over the world. As the co-founder and director of operations of Katabatic Consulting and Finns West, Tayloe has provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica and taught custom wilderness first aid courses for lodges, guides, and anglers from Patagonia to the Bahamas. Tayloe also works closely with Conterra, which for nearly three decades has provided quality handcrafted, American-made equipment designed by rescuers for rescuers and their patients in emergency medical and fire departments across the country. Festival attendees should consider themselves quite fortunate: The highly sought-after Tayloe will show them just what to do if they find themselves in a difficult situation streamside. Don’t miss this class!

Wanda Taylor’s unparalleled casting skills are the reason she teaches casting classes; her Southern charm and affability are the reason we ask her back year after year. Wanda was recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. She is the first female Certified Master Casting Instructor recognized by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Wanda is one of the best casters in the country and teaches our “Beginner Fly Fishing Class” at the festival.

Nate Stevane comes from a line of Montanans that stretches back to the country’s Homesteading days. He has been fishing the Big Sky state’s premier trout waters–like the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Stillwater, and Boulder rivers–all his life. At 13 he picked up his first fly rod, and he has been addicted ever since. Stevane began guiding in 1999, and even met his wife on the Gallatin River. He is the owner and operator of outfitter Trout on the Fly, which introduces anglers young and old, beginners and veteran fly fishers, those with disabilities, large groups, and clients suffering from terminal diseases to Montana’s big water to make memories that last a lifetime.

Timothy Urtiaga spends more than 250 days a year on the water guiding on Eagle Nest Lake and other New Mexico rivers. As the owner of Eagle Nest Fly Shack & Lodge, Tim knows the ins and outs of his local fishery, including the preferred hangouts of monster pike. His talk will focus on the precise patterns and tactics you need to land these predators; he will also take a look at other New Mexico fisheries near his lodge that contain bass, walleye, trout, and even kokanee salmon. Timothy has been tying and designing flies commercially for 10 years. Guiding for 9 years and fishing upwards of 250 days a year! Now owner and head guide of his own shop come and hear why Eagle Nest NM is such an amazing place to fish and details about this hidden gem in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Presentation will focus on trophy pike fishing in Eagle Nest Lake and will touch points on a few other species.

Forty-six years ago Dave Whitlock 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. Whitlock’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 5 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. He is known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper and for his exceptional aquatic landscape art. Whitlock has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily have shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for over 20 years.

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