Speakers & Bio’s

HEADLINE SPEAKERS

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Ed Engle

Outdoor Writer

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.

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Jason Randall

Outdoor Writer

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.

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Whitney Gould

Guide & Instructor

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.

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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?

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Kiki Galvin

Guide & Owner

Kiki grew up in Corning, New York, where she learned to fish at the age of five on Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. Ever since she hooked that first fish, she has carried that thrill and passion in her heart and has tried to share that passion with others. She attended Reel Women Guide School in 2002, and then returned to Northern Virginia, where she has been guiding in waters near and far ever since. Her motto is “Don’t be misled when you can be Ms. Guided.”

Kiki is a former President of Chesapeake Women Anglers, serves presently as Vice President of her Trout Unlimited Chapter in Northern Virginia, and has volunteered for Casting for Recovery since 2001 and for Project Healing Waters since 2007. 

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Other Seminar Speakers & Casting Demonstrators

 

Lucas Andrews

Luke has worked in the fly fishing industry since he was 15 where he began commercially tying flies and working at the local fly shop. Soon thereafter he started teaching casting classes and fishing seminars. Now at 36 he has been guiding and honing his angling skills on Montana’s Missouri River for 13 years.

He currently works for Superfly Outfitting in Wolf Creek Montana.  The Missouri River is one of his favorite playgrounds

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John Cleveland

John’s passion for fly fishing, and exploring the remarkable adventures that unfold while chasing big fish in wild places has led him to many of North America’s most remote fishing adventure destinations in Alaska, Northern Canada and the Arctic. He holds more than a dozen fly Rod catch and release line class world records for Northern Pike, Arctic Char, Silver Salmon(Coho) and Lake Trout in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

He is an award-winning writer and regular contributor to Fish Alaska magazine, Midwest Outdoors, Mike Borger’s Canadian fishing guide and All Canada adventures magazine as well as a regular seminar speaker at sport shows and Trout Unlimited clubs in the Midwest and Canada. He is also a fly-fishing instructor with the Michigan Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School.

He also has a “day job” as Marketing Director of Eppinger Manufacturing Company, (Makers of the famous Dardevle Spoon) that regularly contributes the paycheck used to support his family, and bankroll his next fishing adventure.

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Dale Collins

Dale came to Western Carolina University in 2001 where his fly fishing story begins.  After a short career in Teaching and Coaching, Dale has taken his pursuits to sharing the beautiful waters of Western North Carolina with others. 

When not on the water you will usually find Dale spending time with his Wife and two outdoor loving kids.  Dale’s preferred style of fishing is streamer fishing from the drift boat.

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Kevin Feenstra

Since he was quite young, Kevin Feenstra has fished west Michigan streams.   In his early 20’s he began guiding as an alternative to graduate school. Now 16 years later, he has never looked back.   Kevin’s passion is swinging flies for Midwestern steelhead, but he loves to fly fish for any predator that swims.  He now resides in Newaygo, Michigan, guiding 180-200 days/year on the Muskegon River System (and fishing whenever he can).   His flies have been published in books, magazines, and online and he has written articles for international, national, and regional fly fishing magazines.   He is featured in a handful of DVDs for steelhead and smallmouth bass.

In addition to fly fishing, Kevin has developed a passion for outdoor photography, which is a good hobby for someone out on the river all the time.

Web sites are: http://www.feenstraguideservice.com, http://www.swingabigfly.com

Photography at:     http://www.kevinfeenstra.smugmug.com

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Dirk Fischbach

Dirk Fischbach has been an instructor and guide since the mid-1980s, working in Montana and Michigan. He began his guiding career at Montana’s Lone Mountain Ranch in 1986, and opened the first licensed guide service on Michigan’s Huron River in 1990. He has taught extensively, through community education classes, Trout Unlimited and the Michigan Fly Fishing Club. He has been a frequent speaker at shows and clubs throughout the Midwest. Fischbach was co-owner of the Painted Trout in Dexter until opening his manufacturer’s rep service, Advantage Angling Group, in 2018. He is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Roger Griel

Roger is the Manager of the Aquatic Research Laboratory at Lake Superior State University in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Roger has held this position since 1989.

He very active in fish species research and has authored or co-authored many fish research publications through his notable career.  His efforts and those of his colleagues at Lake Superior State have resulted in significant grants and awards to continue fish research to the benefit of many sport and game fishers in the Great Lakes.

Roger is a long-time friend of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club and the Club has contributed to many of the University grant initiatives.  The Lake Superior Atlantic Salmon program is one of many programs that the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo profits are used to support.

He will be talking today about the history of Atlantic Salmon program at Lake Superior State and what that means to the fishing community.

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Chuck Hawkins

Chuck Hawkins has been fly fishing for 38 years and guiding full time for 18 years. Chuck and his wife, Cherie, created Hawkins Outfitters with one goal in mind. To provide the best possible fly fishing experience in Northwest Lower Michigan.  Chuck is an Orvis Endorsed Guide and a FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor. He specializes on the Upper and Lower Manistee, and Au Sable Rivers. Pursuing large resident trout, steelhead, and Salt-water flats fishing are Chuck’s passions.

Hawkins Outfitters was named the Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year for 2010.   Visit www.hawkinsflyfishing.com

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Mark Hendricks

 

Mark started fishing the Au Sable & Manistee River systems in 1973.  A six-time President of the Mason Griffith Founders Chapter of Trout Unlimited, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for that chapter as well as the Au Sable Watershed Restoration Committee and the Upper Manistee River Association.  He was also on the Board of Director of the Anglers of the Au Sable for four years and helped teach fly casting for two years at the Joan Wulff Fly Casting School.  An FFF Certified Casting Instructor, since retiring in 2004 as Chief of a full-time Metro Detroit Fire Department he’s been working at Gates Au Sable Lodge as Head Instructor for their fly fishing and casting schools as well as guiding on the days he’s not teaching.

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Mike Hogue

Mike lives outside Ithaca, NY in a 200 year old restored farm house with his wife and collection of dogs, cats, bird, chickens.

Mike is a member of the Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, FFF and TU. Mike is also owner of Badger Creek Fly Tying and his web site www.eflytyer.com, is now one of the longest continuous running sites.

Mike has published articles in many of the major fly-fishing magazines.

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Mike’s Expo Presentation: Natural Material Selection and Uses:

Mike will demonstrate different types of natural fly-tying materials, their uses and applications. He’ll show the differences between dry fly hackle and soft hackle materials. Those attending will learn the differences between saddles, capes, game birds and genetic hackle. He will also discuss how to select the correct deer hair for your specific bug.

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Carl O. Hueter
He has been Fly fishing since 1967, is a member of the MFFC, and has spent the intervening 53 years prowling the rivers of Michigan, Montana and Idaho. Every great once in a while he exits the country to discover, that the trout are the same, but the environs much different. Believing fishing is more than casting a line out with hope, he speaks to all of the peripheral factors that enhance the efforts in pursuit of the best experience possible. In this case, chasing down the largest Brook Trout in their natural environment in Labrador.

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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson has been a fixture in the Michigan fly fishing scene for over 30 years. Most of us here in the Midwest know him as the creator and past owner of Johnsons Pere Marquette Lodge and Stealth Craft Boats.

For the last decade, he has been spending his summers in Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay and his winters poling the flats of the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Belize in search of bonefish, tarpon and permit.

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Geri Meyers

Geri was born and raised in eastern Washington State, but her fly fishing obsession started while vacationing in the blue mountains of Oregon in the mid 90’s. While living in northern New Mexico she met a fishy dude, they decided that they needed to move their family to the Midwest and open a fly shop in The Driftless region of S.W. Wisconsin. Geri and her husband have owned the Driftless Angler (driftlessangler.com) for a little over 13 years, and she has been guiding SW Wisconsin’s spring creeks for 8 years. In 2015 Geri opened Athena & Artemis Women’s Fly Shop (womensflyshop.com) so women could have quality fly fishing apparel and gear all in one spot. Finding women’s fly fishing gear is as easy as going online, or you can find Geri and the A&A booth at many fly fishing trade shows during the off season.  Over the years Geri has been passionately committed to introducing as many women to the sport of fly fishing as she can. You can find her speaking about women in fly fishing at various T.U. meetings in the Midwest, partnering with women’s fly fishing groups, teaching at women’s clinics, and volunteering her time with Casting For Recovery.

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Ann Miller

While teaching beginning and intermediate fly fishing schools, Ann became frustrated with the lack of comprehensive Midwest information on insect hatches, taxonomy, behavior, and flies to match them. An aquatic biologist, she decided to tackle the world of bugs head on, and the result is the Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams. The comprehensive field guide was published in January, 2012 by Frank Amato Publications.  Ann is a founder and current president of Flygirls, an organization whose purpose is to help women become involved in fly fishing. The club was founded in 1996 and continues in its purpose to teach women to fly fish as well as provide fly fishing and fly tying outings in Michigan and beyond.

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Joe Moore & Steve Hoovler

Joe Moore is a co-owner of Big Sky Anglers, in West Yellowstone, MT and has been guiding in the region for over twenty years.

Steve Hoovler is also a 20 year veteran guide at Big Sky Anglers (BSA) and pitches in as the marketing director for BSA. Both of these fellas are fly tyers and study the rivers around them finding solutions to tricky rising trout in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Brad Petzke

Pioneering different fly fishing techniques & guiding anglers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for over 14 years, Capt. Brad Petzke of Riversnorth Guide Service (www.riversnorth.net) offers remote outings in Michigan’s most pristine wilderness.

Brad offers his clients a very diverse variety of outings to choose from that are vastly different from what many Midwestern fly fisherman consider the norm.  Brad calls the Escanaba River, St.Mary’s and a lot of unmentionable U.P. jewels his home waters.

From Atlantic Salmon, Native Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Wild Steelhead, and Pacific Salmon-the U.P. has something to offer all skill levels of fly fisherman.  Riversnorth guide service has the reputation as the U.P.’s premier authority on first class guided fly fishing adventures in “God’s County”.

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Brian Pitser

In 1996 Brian left the corporate world behind to pursue a career as a fly fishing guide in Michigan.  Brian guided and instructed at Schmidt Outfitters in Wellston, MI until May of 2010 when he purchased the Northern Angler Fly Shop.  Having guided in Michigan, fished the Pacific Northwest for steelhead, Belize, Bahamas, salt waters of South Carolina and Florida as well as Alaska he is experienced and equipped to guide you anywhere you desire.

Brian was the Midwest sales representative for: Umpqua Feather Merchants, Simms, Sage, Redington, Scientific Anglers, Tibor Reels, Fishpond, Waterworks Lamson, Smith Optics and others.  He has gained great product knowledge and retail experience in the fly fishing industry.  He is a member of the Clacka-Craft Drift Boats Pro Staff and a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Brian is a patient instructor and a passionate guide and loves having new anglers catch their first fish on the fly.  He enjoys guiding the Manistee, Au Sable, Betsie and Grand Traverse Bay as well as local lakes in pursuit of trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, pan fish, pike and carp.  He is a licensed guide for the state of Michigan and a USCG Captain as well.  In the fall and spring Brian likes to host “Cast and Blast” trips for migratory fish and upland birds with his wire-haired pointing dogs: Griffon and Casey.

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Ray Rivard

Ray is a forester by education. Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, he move to Northern Ontario after high school.  Ray has worked for Boise Cascade in the Woodlands division, the provincial government (Northern Development and Tourism), Lakehead University (Research Office/Innovation Centre) as well a soperating his own businesses (retail) and now Nipigon River Adventures.

Ray purchased the Quebec Lodge from Norampac in 2007 when the company closed the Paper mill in Red Rock. The Lodge has been used as the home base for Fly Fishers attracted to the area to fish the Nipigon River; the home of the World Record Brook Trout (14 1/2 pounds) caught in 1915 by Dr. Cooke.

Nipigon River Adventures provides all-inclusive fishing packages.  Accommodations, meals, guides, and boats. The majority of the fishermen/women guests have caught the biggest Brookie of their lives fishing with us.

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Mike Schultz

Mike Schultz (known as “Schultzy” to most) is the Owner of Schultz Outfitters Fly Shop & Guide Service specializing in Southeastern Michigan angling, instruction, and destination travel.  Born and raised in the State of Michigan, Schultzy has been immersed in the outdoors.  After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he started guiding and working in the fly-fishing industry full-time.

Logging countless hours on the water each year, Schultzy has developed a vast knowledge of Midwestern waters and beyond.  The bulk of his guiding and angling takes place on his home waters of Southern Michigan; These Rivers offer world class warm-water fishing.  His angling travels have taken him from Patagonia to Russia and many places in between.

Over the years with the help of the Huron River Watershed Council, he founded the Huron River Single Fly as well as the Huckin for the Huron. Both are annual fundraiser that takes place on his home waters of the Huron River; Michigan’s Blue Ribbon Smallmouth stream.  Spring 2014 Schultzy was honored with the HRWC Partner of the Year award.

Schultzy is a member of the Simms Fishing Products Pro Team. G Loomis & YETI Elite Ambassador programs, and is a member of the Scientific Anglers, Costa, Clackacraft, Hatch, and Regal Pro Staff.  His signature fly patterns are available through Fulling Mills. He currently resides in Dexter, Michigan on the banks of The Huron River with his wife, Allie and sons, Tanner and Dylan.

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Featured Guest Tyers

 

Paul Beel

Paul is owner/writer and fly tier of the website and fly tying business Frankenfly (www.frankenfly.com). His passion of fishing was from watching his grandfather create homemade lures as a kid. He felt he could continue in his grandfather’s footsteps as a fly tyer. Paul’s tying specializes in Modern Streamers and Classic Michigan Dry Flies. And he enjoys fishing for Bass and Trout. He is a Commercial  Fly Tyer for Gates Au Sable Lodge and Fly Shop; he is  on the HMH Vises Pro Staff, Partridge of Redditch Hooks, J.Stockard Fly Fishing, TFO Rods, Deer Creek, and Fishpond Pro Teams. And his Patterns have been picked up by Orvis to be sold nationwide. You can contact Paul at www. frankenfly.com

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Eli Berant

Eli  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 (www.greatlakesfly.com).

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Tim Jacobs

Tim 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 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.

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Tom Starmack

Tom grew up in Minnesota fishing for walleye and panfish. Tom now is living in northern Illinois, where he fishes for bass and panfish in small local lakes and travels to pursue trout and salmon. He enjoys the challenges of the small spring creeks and coulees of the “Driftless Area” in southwest Wisconsin.

Tom gives presentations and demonstrations of fly tying and fishing techniques at shows and to TU organizations and local fishing clubs.

Tom’s ties have appeared in several issues of American Angler magazine and in the book ‘Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’ by Jason Randall. Tom is a member of TFO’s Pro Staff and an Umpqua Pro Guide. You can see his work at zoeticflies.com.

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Dennis Potter

Dennis 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

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Jerry Regan

Jerry 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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Mike Schmidt

Mike is owner & Fly Tyer for Angler’s Choice Flies, based out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; which started out from encouragement and influence from his dad. His fly tying consists of Winged Wet, Warmwater, Coldwater, and Saltwater patterns. Some of the accomplishment’s of Mike, would consist of Orvis Fly Designer, Contract and Fly Tying Instructor for Mad River Outfitters, Signature Tyer for JagFly Company/Steelhead Alley, and has articles published in Hatches on line magazine. Mike’s web site is: www.anglerschoiceflies.com .  

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Todd Schotts

Todd is a custom production fly tier through Grizzly Flies by Schottsie. He is a very active member of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club, where he writes the “Fly of the Month” featured column for the clubs newsletter, chaired previous outing, and helps out with various schools and events. He has had 2 of his flies appear in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine in 2 different featured articles back in 2015, and 5 of his own designs appeared in 2017 Spring issue of Fly Fusion. You can find his flies at Red Fox Outfitters in Fenton, Michigan; plus with various Guides, and with TFO Rod Pro Team.  His passion is being a Bass Bum, (chasing Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in his Kayak); but also enjoys chasing Trout, or whatever will take a fly. You can contact him at GrizzlyFlies@yahoo.com.

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Steve Wacher

Steve 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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