Authors, Presenters and Tiers

Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing selective quality trout on the fly.  He enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking and landing selective trout.

His passion  for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.

Landon is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Fusion and American Angler magazines.

As an ambassador in the fly–fishing industry, Landon represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer Reels, R. L. Winston Rods, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fishpond, Yeti Coolers, Regal, Fly Craft, and Casio Pro Trek watches.

He has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 21 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado.

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Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although he produces video programs over a wide range of topics, his specialty is fly fishing. Tim is 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 106,000 subscribers and 33 million views. Almost every week he produces a new fly tying or “how to” video which appear not only on his YouTube channel but on Midcurrent, the Orvis News fly fishing blog, Trout Unlimited’s national website and the Orvis Learning Center.

In addition, he has a regular column “Beginner’s Masterclass with Tim Flagler” in Fly Tyer magazine, which selected Tim as their “Fly Tyer of the Year” in their Winter 2022 issue. Many of Tim’s tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.

Tim 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 in MT in the summer. He’ll be hosting trips to Iceland starting in the fall of 2023.

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George Daniel has been chasing anything that swims with his fly rod since age 6 and still has the same passion 37 years later. He has competed at a high level for Fly Fishing Team USA, earning individual back to back US National Fly Fishing Championship titles and ranked as high as 5th in the World. George has also served as captain for Fly Fishing Team USA and Coach for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team. He has competed and won other regional and national fly fishing competitions over the years. At age 30, George decided to give up competitive fly fishing and focus on what he enjoys most-teaching.

George considers himself a teacher first and a fly fisher second. He has authored three best-selling fly fishing books and has authored dozens of articles for national fly fishing publications, including Fly Fisherman Magazine. He continues to travel the county conducting lessons and workshops for private groups, corporations, and conservation organizations. In 2022, George decided to come back to coach the US Youth Fly Fishing Team. He’s a brand ambassador for a number of fly fishing companies. He is currently the Director of the Joe Humphreys Fly Fishing Program at the Pennsylvania State University. George currently lives on an old farm homestead with his wife, two children, and Boykin spaniel.

Some of George’s accomplishments include:

  • Two Time US National Fly Fishing Champion-Individual
  • Multiple US National Fly Fishing Medalist-Team
  • Ranked 5th in World Fly Fishing Championships-Individual
  • Versus Fly Fishing Master Competition Champion-Team
  • Best Selling Fly Fishing Author

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Eric Naguski has spent the last 40 years chasing trout around Pennsylvania with a fly rod in
hand. He is the owner of Riseforms Fly Fishing guide service and also a guide for Relentless Flyfishing and TCO Flyshop. He currently lives and guides out of Boiling Springs, PA in the heart of the Cumberland Valley. Surrounded by its legendary Spring Creeks and their notoriously difficult trout. Eric is a bug geek and loves to dry fly fish. To him, sharing the experience of successfully presenting a dry fly to a picky rising fish with a client is most often more fun than doing it himself. Eric has a biology degree in aquatic ecology and is heavily involved in conservation activities in the Cumberland Valley as a board member of Cumberland Valley TU. He also finds the time to serve on the board of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association working to preserve and promote the storied history of fly fishing in Pennsylvania.

Eric enjoys fly fishing for saltwater fish and has caught fish on the fly from Massachusetts to Mexico, but his heart lies in the limestone streams of Pennsylvania. His book, Favorite Flies for Pennsylvania (Stackpole 2021) highlights an all-around fly selection for Pennsylvania waters.  Eric has also contributed to Keystone State Fly Fishing (Headwater Books 2017), Fly Fisherman
magazine and Hallowed Waters Journal.

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Jake Villwock has been an industry professional for over 14 years. Growing up in a commercial fishing family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, fishing has been part of his life from day one – so it should come as no surprise that he has chosen a career in the fishing industry.
After graduating from High Point University with a business degree, Jake worked as a deck hand and fly fishing guide in Sitka, Alaska. He spent the winters dog sledding in both Fairbanks, AK and Deep Creek, MD. Moving back to the east coast in 2009, Jake worked for TCO Fly Shop at the Reading, PA, and Bryn Mawr, PA locations. Jake has helped open and manage their newest location in Boiling Springs, PA. After 8 years as a full-time retail manager with TCO, Jake decided to start his own business. Relentless Fly Fishing, which will serve as a contract guide service for three of TCO Fly Shop’s locations.
Jake guides in PA and NY for trout, smallmouth, and steelhead. He has a true passion for warmwater, it is hard to find him anywhere but a smallmouth river from early spring to late fall. When he is not rowing a boat, he is most likely crawling around a local spring creek chasing picky wild fish.
In addition to guiding, Jake is the author of “Smallmouth Bass Flies Top to Bottom”, Fulling Mills Signature tier, blog-writer, contributor to Fly Fisherman magazine, and Eastern Fly Fishing magazine, and serves on various pro-staffs of leading industry companies such as Hatch Reels, Scientific Anglers, Simms Fishing, Clacka Craft Drift Boats, Scott Fly Rods, and Regal Vise. He lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Tim Jacobs is 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 2 books “Tying and Fishing Deer Hair Flies” (2018, Stackpole Books) and his new book “Tactics for Bass and other Warmwater Species” will be out right before our show in March of 2023. 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.

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Steve Wascher caught his first Trout at the age of 3 ½, on a DRY FLY!! Steve is a third generation tier from Greenhurst, NY and received basic instructions and guidance from his father  along with his grandmother in regards to tying.

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 Warmwater surprises. Besides tying Steve guides during the summer months for a wide range of Warmwater species and he enjoys writing articles as well; which 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; plus many others.

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Jerry Regan a 3rd generation fly tier;  is one of the true keepers of Michigan’s Fly Fishing History; along with being 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 has never went with synthetics that have flooded the market place, but have stuck with the original materials that were used.

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Dennis Potter started tying over 30 years ago before fishing on the Ausable River in Northern Michigan.  He has spent 4 seasons at the Gates Ausable Lodge as a Fly Fishing Instructor and he still enjoys teaching fly tying instruction. His fly designs are fished extensively and with great success throughout the U.S. Dennis does have various Fly Tying Videos on the market and he is the owner of Riverhouse Fly Company.  You will be able to find him tying at the show, with his well known high resolution video tying Demo show. Dennis’s web site is www.riverhouseflyco.com.    

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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. If you are interested in “Big Flies” for Lake Trout, Musky, Bass, or whatever will consume them, you can order these flies at Great Lakes Fly web site www.greatlakesfly.com.

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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. In 2022 he got the highest honor a fly tyer can receive, he received the “FFI Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award”.

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, and 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”.  Alan’s web site is: www.alrittflies.com.

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John Satkowski resides in Toledo, Ohio, where he fishes for all fish that swim in the rivers and lakes of southeastern Michigan and northwest Ohio. An artist, fly tying demonstrator, and fly tying instructor, John shares his love of fly tying and fishing as often as he can. John is an accomplished realistic tier and always tries to add a little realistic flare to his patterns. John is a pro tier for Flymen Fishing Company and a commercial tier for Rainy’s flies with patterns ranging from dry flies, nymphs, steelhead, streamers, and flies for the salt. John’s patterns often use creative fly materials and unconventional tying styles. You can find him at River Raisin Fly Company.

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Glenn Weisner

Glenn R. Weisner from Sylvania, Ohio is owner of Glenn River Fly Co.Ltd where they specialize in “Tying Kits”. He has been tying flies since a 7th grade science fair project. For the first 10 years, he was self taught and fished predominately for warm water fish. Glenn was a personal friend of the late Chris Helm for over 20 years. Glenn attributes most of his tying capabilities to the information he has “Stolen” from Chris’s warehouse of knowledge and experience. He is a tireless fisherman and often can be found fishing for trout on the cold streams of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.  He has created or improved several patterns he finds invaluable for small stream trout fishing and enjoys tying most all trout flies, especially Terrestrials and Midges. His website is http://www.glennriver.com

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Todd A. Schotts is a custom production fly tier through Grizzly Flies by Schottsie located on Southeastern, Michigan. He is an active member of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club & Huron River Fishing Association. In his tenure in the MFFC he has contributed “Fly of the Month” articles over 7 years and is still a contributing author since 2005. He currently chairs “Guest Tyers” for the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo, and “Featured Tyers” for the Activity Meetings; plus volunteers for various activities. In 2015 he was award the MFFC’s prestigious award; “Volunteer of the Year”. Within the Huron River Fishing Association, he is currently serving as the clubs President, Co-Chairs the clubs annual “Silent Auction” at the Christmas Dinner; and volunteers for various activities.

Todd has had two of his own designed flies appear in two different articles in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine in 2015. In 2017 five of his patterns appeared in the spring issue of Fly Fusion Magazine. He is the founder of “Michigan Bobbin Slingers (fly tyers) page on Facebook that is dedicated to the Art and Craft of Fly Tying. You can catch him doing “Live Fly Tying” on Michigan Bobbin Slingers, Tying Videos on Nor-Vise (YouTube), or doing his PowerPoint & Tying Presentations across the Midwest. His passion though, is creating new amazing flies, being a Bass Bum, chasing Panfish in ponds & lakes, and chasing trout in spring creeks or headwaters of amazing waterways. He is on the Pro Staff with Anadromous Fly Company; Team Member for Nor-vise, and on the Pro Team for TFO Rods.

You can contact Todd at GrizzlyFlies@yahoo.com or at Grizzly Flies by Schottsie on Facebook or Instagram.

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William T. Mangan is the owner/operator of Mangan’s Cast a Fly.  Bill is an (FFI) Fly Fishers International Certified Fly Casting Instructor and Michigan DNR Certified Fly Fishing Guide.

After retiring as a Lieutenant from Law Enforcement after 28 ½ years with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, he was able to pursue his passion of Fly Fishing full-time!

Besides his own business he is also a Pro Staffer for (ARO) Ausable River Outfitters in Mio, MI, with whom he guides and teaches fly casting.

Bill guides on Michigan’s Ausable River.  He has been Fly Fishing since 1980, and has over 30 years experience operating a Drift Boat. Bill also does private Fly Casting lessons.  He is truly passionate in what he does, and loves to teach and bring people up in the sport of Fly-Fishing, especially the art of Fly Casting.

Each year he does Fly Casting Seminars/Demonstrations for several Organizations and Venues throughout Michigan, Montana and Minnesota. He is also involved with Project Healing Waters.

His website is Manganscastafly.com

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