Midwest Fly Fishing Expo
Saturday, March 12: 9am - 6pm
Sunday, March 13: 10am - 4pm
Ed Engle 9:00-10:00, 11:45-12:30, 1:00-1:45, 3:30-4:15
Jerry Darkes 2:15-3:00
Kevin Feenstra 3:30-4:30
Tim Jacobs 4:45-5:30
Dave Jankowski 2:15-3:00, 4:00-4:45
Devin Olsen 9:00-9:30, 11:00-11:30, 1:30-2:00
Jason Randall 9:00-9:45, 10:30-11:00, 4:45-5:30
Casting Pond Demos
11:15 - Whitney Gould: Single & Two Hand Spey Casting
12:15 - Mark Hendricks: Fly Casting Simplified
1:00 - Whitney Gould and Katie Thurman: Casting Clinic
2:45 - Whitney Gould: Montana Style Trout Spey Casting
3:45 - Bill Mangan: Specialty Fly Casts the Catch Fish
*4:45 - Devin Olsen: Common Casting Mistakes & Their Fixes
Fly Tying Bench Demos
10:00 – Devin Olsen: Tying Competition Tested Flies
*11:15 – Tim Flagler: Tim’s Favorite Tying Tips & Techniques
12:30 – Jerry Regan: Classic Au Sable Fly Patterns Revisited
1:45 – Jason Randall: Great Searching Patterns
3:15 – Tim Jacobs: Tying Deer Hair Bass Bugs
*4:30 – Ed Engle: Tying Blue Wing Olives
Seminars - Gym
*10:30 - Ed Engle: 25 Ways to Elevate Your Trout Game
11:45 - Devin Olsen: Cutting Edge Fly Fishing: Contemporary Advancements in Euro Nymphing and Dry Fly Fishing
1:00 - Whitney Gould: Spey Fishing for Trout in the Lower 48
*2:15 - Ed Engle: Fishing Small Flies
3:40 - Jason Randall: Where the Trout Are: Beyond Reading the Water
Seminars - Macomb Room
11:45 - Jim Johnson: Fly Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska
1:00 - Jerry Darkes: Essential Flies for the Great Lakes
*2:15 - Kevin Feenstra: Four Seasons of Fishing & Wildlife on the Muskegon River
Seminars - Salmon Bleachers
11:45 - Jason Randall: Nymph Fishing Secret Weapons
1:00 - Mike Schultz: Peak Season Programs for River Smallmouths
2:15 - Devin Olsen: Modern Nymphing: European Inspired Techniques - An Intro Euro-Nymphing
*3:30 - Dirk Fishbach; Modern Fly Rod Materials & What They Mean for Your Fishing
Seminars - Trout Room
11:45 - Brian Pitser: Fly Fishing Cayo Romano Cuba
*1:00 - Chuck Hawkins: The Isonychia; How to Fish one of the Midwest's Greatest Hatches
2:15 - Zachary Pope: Trout Insights - Fish Locational GPS
3:30 - Jerry Yates: Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains
Note: Shows and Times are subject to change without notice
* Presentations of interest to Beginners
Ed Engle 10:00-10:30, 11:45-12:15, 3:30-4:00
Kevin Feenstra 2:15-3:15
Tim Jacobs 2:15-3:15
Dave Jankowski 11:00-11:45
Devin Olsen 10:00-10:20, 3:30-4:00
Jason Randall 10:00-10:30, 11:45-12:15, 3:30-4:00
Casting Pond Demos
10:30 - Whitney Gould and Katie Thurman: Casting Clinic
11:45 - Mark Hendricks: Fly Casting Simplified
12:30 - Whitney Gould: Single & Two Hand Spey Casting
1:30 – Bill Mangan: Specialty Fly Casts the Catch Fish
Fly Tying Bench Demos
10:30 - Devin Olsen: Tying Competition Tested Flies
*11:45 - Tim Flagler: Tim’s Favorite Tying Tips & Techniques
1:00 - Tim Jacobs: Tying Deer Hair Trout Flies
2:15 - Ed Engle: Tying Small Flies
Seminars – Gym
*10:30 - Jason Randall: What Trout See & Why it Matters
1:45 - Devin Olsen: Modern Nymphing Elevated: Beyond the Basics - Modern Nymphing Advanced Topics
1:00 - Ed Engle: 25 Ways to Elevate Your Trout Game
2:15 - Jason Randall: When all Else Fails: Catching Trout on Slow Days
Seminars – Macomb Room
1:00 - Kevin Feenstra: Tackle, Modern Fly Lines & Rigging for Steelhead
Seminars – Salmon Bleachers
*10:30 - Ed Engle: Offbeat Tactics that Catch Trout
11:45 - Chris Butz (Hawkins Outfitters): The Isonychia; How to Fish one of the Midwest’s Greatest Hatches
1:00 - Jerry Regan: Classic Grayling Flies & Their Tiers
2:15 - Devin Olsen: Cutting Edge Fly Fishing: Contemporary Advancements in Euro-Nymphing and Dry Fly Fishing
Seminars – Trout Room
11:45 - Jim Johnson: Bonefishing on a Budget
1:00 - Mike Schultz: Smallmouth 365 - Extend Your Season
2:15 - Whitney Gould: Spey Fishing for Trout in the Lower 48
Note: Shows and Times are subject to change without notice
* Presentations of interest to Beginners
Ed Engle has been an avid fly fisherman for more than 40 years. He has fly fished throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Mongolia and in Europe for a variety of gamefish species with a special emphasis on trout.
As a fly fisherman Ed is especially interested in small fly tactics and techniques. His small fly fishing research has taken him to a many of the West's famous tailwaters and to spring creeks across the country. He is also dedicated to fly fishing small streams and high country lakes for wild trout. Ed balances out his interest in the “small side of fly fishing” with the avid pursuit of king salmon on the fly.
Ed lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado within 40 miles of the South Platte River, one of Colorado’s premier tailwaters where he guided fly fishers for more than 20 years before he retired in 2010.
Jason Randall has been an outdoor writer for the last twelve years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest 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.
He is the author of the Fly Fisher's Guide trilogy of books: Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents (2012), Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat (2013), and Trout Sense; A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell (2014).
In 2017, Jason’s fourth book, Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers, was released from Stackpole/Headwaters Books. Combining secrets, tips and hints from some of the top nymph fishermen in the sport, Nymph Masters thoroughly studies all aspects of nymph fishing.
Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) named Jason to their National Advisory Team to develop a new and innovative nymph fishing od. In October 2017 the ‘Drift Rod’ was released to wide acclaim as the first truly convertible rod, changing in length from 9, 10, 11 or 12 feet. Each year, Jason appears and presents at shows and events throughout the North America.
Whitney is a 7 time Spey-O-Rama world casting champ, and considered one of the world’s best two-handed casters. Whitney guides for Head Hunters Fly shop on the Missouri River in Montana, after a long career at the legendary Alaskan fishing outfit, AK West, where she was an integral part of a guide staff that pioneered spey fishing for King Salmon. In the autumn, Whitney heads to California’s Klamath River to teach Steelhead Schools and to fish for Steelhead. In the winter, she guides Steelhead anglers on California’s North Coast.
Whitney guides for Warriors and Quiet Waters, a therapeutic program that takes post- 9/11 combat veterans and their families fishing. Whitney is a FFI Certified Two-hand Casting instructor and is a member of Simms Fishing Products, RIO Products and Sage Fly Fishing Elite Pro Staff.
I started fly fishing at age 9. I will never forget my first day where I caught a cutthroat on an ant in the first meadow of the famed Slough Creek in Yellowstone on a hand me down fiberglass 7 weight! Though I’d been fishing with hardware since I was a toddler, that day started an addiction to fly fishing that I can't seem to shake. When I fished against Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes in the former Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fishing Master’s in 2004, I knew I had to find a way to compete in the sport I loved.
The year 2017 marked my 9th consecutive berth as an angler for Fly Fishing Team USA in the 37th Fips Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovakia. In 2015 I was incredibly fortunate to finish with the individual bronze medal and even more fortunate to have been a part of the squad that won the first team medal (a silver) for the USA at the world fly fishing championship in Bosnia. In 2016 we followed that feat with a team bronze in Vail, Colorado. Fly fishing competitions have exposed me to tactics and techniques from incredible teammates and fellow fly anglers from across the globe.
Away from competitive fishing, fish have sculpted my professional life as well. I hold a bachelor's degree in ecology and a master's degree in fisheries science and spent 3 years working as a fisheries biologist before taking on Tactical Fly Fisher as a full time business in 2017. I have a wonderful wife Julia of 12 years, a four year old son Levi whose favorite fish are bull trout, and a 10 month old daughter who shows early signs of fly fishing virtuosity. What more could a guy ask for?
Tim Flagler owns Tightline Productions, a video production company in Califon, NJ. Although he produces video programs over a wide range of topics, his specialty is fly fishing. Tim’s a well-known fly tying instructor. His YouTube videos are some of the best in the business and his YouTube channel, practicalpatterns.com currently has over 98,000 subscribers and 30 million views. Almost every week he produces a new instructional fly tying video which appear not only on his YouTube channel but also on Midcurrent.com, Trout Unlimited’s national website, the Orvis Learning Center and the Orvis fly fishing blog. Tim has a regular column “Beginner’s Masterclass with Tim Flagler” in Fly Tyer magazine. Many of his tying videos take the viewer well beyond the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.
Tim’s a fixture at the Fly Fishing Shows - giving presentations, teaching classes and often as a Featured Tier. He enjoys guiding year round for Shannon’s Fly & Tackle in Califon, NJ and hosts annual trips to Patagonia in the spring and to the Kootenai River, MT in the summer.
Tim's website is tightlinevideo.com
Tim Jacobs, a native of Michigan, is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Roaring Fork Valley. He has guided in the Steamboat Springs area and the Roaring Fork Valley. Additionally, he was a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor who taught the Sage Casting Clinics during the 1990’s. He works as an instructor at the Michigan Youth Trout Camp each summer and is a casting instructor for Project Healing Waters in western Colorado. Tim has published numerous articles and has authored the book “Tying and Fishing Deer Hair Flies” (2018, Stackpole Books). Tim appears at numerous fly fishing shows and fly shops as a demonstration fly tyer for Whiting Farms Pro Team, Regal Vise Pro Staff and Nature’s Spirit Pro Staff.
Tim's website is timjacobsflyfishing.com
Steve Wascher is a third generation tier from Greenhurst, NY and received basic instructions and guidance from his father who was, in turn, taught by Steve's grandmother. He caught his first Trout at the age of 3 ½ on a DRY FLY!! Steve is a well rounded tier, and enjoys all aspects of the art of fly tying from creating a unique nymph, wet flies for steelhead, or his famed deer hair bugs for those warm water surprises. Besides tying Steve guides during the summer months for a wide range of warm water species. He articles have appeared along with his flies in Hatches Magazine, American Angler, and Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Steve is on the Pro Staff of Dyna King Vises and others.
Jerry Regan a 3rd generation fly tier; is one of the true keepers of Michigan’s Fly Fishing History and one of the best commercial fly tiers in the business. Just like Trout Unlimited, Jerry was born along the fabled trout waters of the Au Sable River near Grayling. As a kid he learned fly tying and fishing from Michigan’s genuine legends like Earl Madsen and Ernie Borcher. One thing unique for the patterns Jerry ties - he does not use the synthetics that have flooded the market place. Jerry uses materials that come from deer, turkeys and natural sources.
Editors Note - listening to Jerry as he ties is a treat not to be missed.
Joseph Jackson Raised in a small town in southern Indiana, a love of fishing, hunting, and wildlife was instilled in Joe at a young age. After 14 years in the Army, he found Project Healing Waters and his curiosity in fly fishing and tying bloomed into a love and obsession. He started tying in November 2015 and placed second in Project Healing Waters National Fly Tying Contest in 2017. Joe received the Everett Drake Fly Tying Award in 2018. Joe ties flies for all warm, cold, and salt water species with a focus on Deerhair flies. His realistic art flies like the hummingbirds, pheasant, Grinch, Baby Yoda, Bald Eagle, Kingfisher, and others have been sent across the globe.
His pro team and ambassador affiliations include Regal Vise, Natures Spirit Fly Tying, Dette Flies, Partridge hooks, Willowemoc Creek District, Dr. Slick tools, Solarez Uv, J. Stockard Fly Fishing, Wade-Deep, Fly Trap Fly Holder, and Semperfly Fly Rods.
Eli Berant grew up and lives in Michigan, so he has been surrounded by big water all his life. After getting his first fly tying kit at the age of 15, fly fishing and fly tying has been a passion of his ever since. Even though he really likes the “traditional” fly fishing experience; he has taken the concepts of the huge saltwater flies and began to apply them to his exploits here back in the big waters in Michigan. His “Big Flies” are used for Lake Trout, Musky, Bass, Northern Pike and other large fish.
Eli's website is www.greatlakesfly.com
Alan “Al” Ritt grew up here in Michigan where his passion for fishing was born. In the early 80’s while living in Northern California, just after he started tying flies, he started fly fishing. In 1989 he moved to Northern Front Range of Colorado (Longmont) where he and his wife Diana reside. He is currently on the Pro-staff of Whiting Farms, PEAK Fishing, Flymen Fishing Company, Performance Flies, Clear Goo Glue, Fishing for a Cause, Performance Flies, Pro Sportfisher, Diiachi Hooks. He is a fly designer for Montana Fly Company. Al is on the board of IFFF Fly Tying Governors and is also a guide on Colorado and Sylvan Dale Ranch just outside of Loveland. Besides with everything above, along with his articles in various magazines, he also published a book, “25 Best Most Versatile Flies”.
Al’s website is www.alrittflies.com
Anadromous Fly Company
Au Sable Riverview Resort
Ausable River Outfitters
Bauer Fly Reels
Casting for Recovery - Michigan
CF River Products
Challenge Chapter Trout Unlimited
Clark Historical Library - CMU
Clinton Valley TU
Dave Ruimveld Studio
Feenstra Guide Service
Flygirls of Michigan
Gates AuSable Lodge
Grand Valley Fly Fishers
Great Lakes Council of FFI
Hog Creek Furled Leaders
Homewaters Recreational Real Estate
Hook & Hackle Company
J.A. Henry Rod & Reel Company
Little Forks Outfitters
Michigan Fly Fishing Club
Motor City Anglers
Naknek River Camp
Nets that Honor the Fish
North Rivers Lodge
Outcast Sporting Gear
Project Healing Waters
R. L. Winston Rod Company
Razing Kane Rod Company
Redington Fly Fishing Gear
Reeling and Healing Midwest
Riversnorth Guide Service
Ron's Fly Shop
Sage Fly Fishing
Stream Team Anglers
Temple Fork Outfitters
The Fly Guy Fly Shop
The Independent Angler
The Northern Angler
The Original Ty-Rite
The Painted Trout
Three Trails Custom Woodworking
Umpqua Feather Merchants
Vanguard Chapter Trout Unlimited
Bring Your Children to the Expo for Some Family-Friendly Fun!
Michigan Fly Fishing Club members volunteer their time to assist kids in making a fish t-shirt, learning how to cast a fly rod, and tying a fly that they can keep!
Kidz Korner activities are FREE for children under 16 and are located in their own separate area of the Expo. Just look for the “Kidz Korner” signs!
Parents, please remain with your kids while in this area.
Painting a T-Shirt
Kids-Only Casting Area
Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center
14500 East 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
The closest airports are Detroit International Airport (DTW) - 45 minutes and Flint Bishop Airport (FNT) - 1 hour.