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Bear's Den 20th Annual Fly Fishing Expo

Thank you to all the companies, tiers, artists, guides, clubs, musicians, authors and attendees who made this years show one of the best we've had!! We couldn't have done it without you!!

Congratulations to our winners!!
And thank you again to our suppliers for all these prizes!

Winners have until March 27th to contact us and claim your prize(s). Winning tickets MUST be presented to claim prizes. We’re happy to accept winning tickets via mail, and will ship prizes for actual shipping costs.

Scott Rod
A Lopez
Douglas Rod
A Courchaine
Harrison Anglers
D Carver
Mud Dog Flies
B Cress
Hardy Zephrus
M Lourdeau
Northside Charters
L Kerr
T&T Exocett
D Van Duyn
Ross Cimarron
L Mills
TFO Bluewater
C Freeman
Hatch Finatic
Orvis Recon
Abel SDS
G Conmielous
Hardy Ultralight
I Barker
Cortland Compact F
Umpqua Pack
Wulff Sink 350gr
Cortland Hat
Cortland Hat
Cortland Hat
Wulff 10 I
M Cree
Cortland Hat
G Buler
Cortland Hat
G Buler
Hardy Leaders
3-Tand Reel
S Drew
Cortland Hat
D Reis
Daylight Lamp
Cortland Hat
R Pinocci
Costa Glasses
S Drew
Cortland sink
K Glover
Orvis Sink Tip
K Glover
Peak Vise
J Eno
Armand History
J Fischer
SA Trout
J Fischer
Wulff Joan Wulff
T Tehan
Hardy Line
M Pinheiro
P Nowd
SA Grand Slam
M Formichella
Armand Fly
K Washburn
Hardy Hat
B Mahoney
Yeti Rambler
R Kirkaldy
Fishpond Pack
M Holmes
Dr Slick Tools
D Cox
Cortland Hat
Yeti Rambler
B Dunn
Wulff Bamboo
Hardy Hat
R Biever
Wulff Saltwater
R Biever
Umpqua Box
Cortland Hat
Vedavoo Pack
D Aquino
Simms Pack
B Hutchinson
IFly Holder
B Mahoney
Sheila Hassan Book
(Bus Ticket) 266348

Winners have until March 27th to contact us and claim your prize(s). Winning tickets MUST be presented to claim prizes. We’re happy to accept winning tickets via mail, and will ship prizes for actual shipping costs.

Show Date: February 17th, 2018
11am to 6pm
Always Free Entry!

Featured films: Chandalar, Beyond the Horizon, Landsick, Atlanticus, African Tiger, 100 Miles & Dubai on the Fly

Below is the 20th anniversary lineup for the 2018 show.


Val Lamphere
I moved from Vermont to Massachusetts in 2002, and in 2015 married my best friend and soulmate John. He and I love fly fishing out of kayaks, in both fresh and saltwater. We have a fly tying room and joint fly tying table that we love spending many hours at. I have been an artist most my life and enjoy painting and producing high quality giclee fish prints. I also enjoy painting custom artwork and taking my dog Maggie for walks.


Woody Mills
Author of Fly Fishing The Worm 'Hatch
Woody Mills is a native Cape Codder residing in Mashpee, and was introduced to saltwater fly fishing for striped bass by his father when he was ten years old. Later, in 1965 at the age of sixteen, he caught his first striper using his dad's fly rod during a striper blitz on Waquoit Bay.
While exploring and working on the Cape, he has spent over fifty years surfing and fishing the beaches and waters of Cape Cod and the Islands.
He began his career working as a Sanctuary Director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1973, at the Ashumet Holly and Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth. Woody instituted and led the Cuttyhunk and Elizabeth Islands Tours for nineteen years, from 1985 to 2004. As a naturalist, he led 150 narrated cruises for over 6,000 participants. Now retired; Woody has more time for freelance writing, making up for lost time in fly fishing, fly tying, and kayak fishing.

Division of Marine Fisheries Saltwater Permits

Ross Kessler
2017 Recreational saltwater fishing permits are now available and will be sold at the show! If you're 16 years or older, you need a recreational saltwater fishing permit to fish in Massachusetts. For ages 16-59, the cost of the permit is $10. Ages 60+ must still have a permit to fish in Massachusetts but the permit is free. Ross Kessler of the DMF will be in attendance to get you set up for the season and answer any questions you may have.

Casting Instructors

Bill and Shiels Hassan
of Cast90
Sheila is a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor (one of less than 200 in the world) and teaches fly-casting throughout New England. She is the chief instructor / program director at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in the Catskills, and a member of the TFO Rods , R.L. Winston Rods and Hatch Reels Pro Staff.
She has traveled extensively catching (and releasing) everything from bluegill to blue marlin, and she holds an IGFA Women's Fly-Rod World Record for both Bonefish, and Bluefish. Sheila performed a number of the fly-casting sequences in George Roberts's book, Master the Cast: Fly Casting in Seven Lessons. She has published her own book,
Fly Casting : A Systematic Approach. Her second book, "Starting in the Salt: Saltwater FlyCasting" is now available. When she is not casting or fly-fishing, she works as a Nurse Practitioner in Boston. She teaches because she loves to share this sport with others.
Capt. Bill Hassan: USCG Licensed Captain, IFFF MASTER Certified Fly-Casting Instructor, TFO Rods - Pro Staff, R.L. Winston Rod Co. Pro Staff, Hatch Reels Pro Staff, Columbia Sportswear & Pro Guide.


Alex Gottlieb
of North Side Charters
I grew up outside Boston in a family that had fished recreationally for a couple generations. At age 10, I traded a spin rod for a fly rod, with trout and perch as my quarry. The first couple years weren't very fruitful, as I taught myself how to cast. Gradually, I started throwing a better line and made my way to the salt. I soon realized that stripers, not trout, were the fish for me
​I found my way to the flats in my first or second year of saltwater fly fishing, and was immediately taken. For the next several seasons, I would be found only on the flats. After years, I finally figured it out and started catching some large fish. Now that my obsession had been quieted, if only a bit, I took the time to explore and appreciate all the other great fishing on Cape Cod. I take great pride in providing a valuable service and helping clients have a good time while becoming more accomplished anglers. A good friend of mine and fellow guide told a young me that a captain takes you out fishing for a day, while a guide teaches you fishing for a day. I strive every day to be the best guide I can. I'm currently double majoring in biomedical engineering and biochemistry in the UMass Amherst honors college, with an eye toward a career in research. .

Tom and Dan Harrison
of Harrison Anglers
My brother Dan and I have guided full time since 2003. We spent our first four seasons in West Glacier, Montana guiding the Flathead Rivers (north, south, middle forks). While chasing the west slope cutthroat trout that live in the glacial waters of the Flathead, we had the opportunity to run 3-5 day wilderness fishing trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area south of Glacier Park. These were fly in/pack in trips that floated through stretches of the upper middle fork, which is jammed with cutthroats that would eat big dries.
Our stint out west led to a chance of a lifetime to guide in La Junta, Chile. We guided the many great rivers and lakes of the northern Patagonia region. The Palena, Roselot, Figueroa, and Yelcho are all incredible glacial lake/river systems that are loaded with rainbows and huge brown trout. Although we had great experiences in other parts of the world, our loyalty remains here in Western Massachusetts, where we have guided year-round since 2007. Whether you're a veteran of many tight-lined battles or completely new to fly-fishing, let us show you the rivers we have gown to love from the comfort of our Aire fishing rafts!

Rob Lewis
of Robs Realistics
Rob Lewis is a professional fly tier, river guide, lecturer and fly tying instructor. He is one of the foremost fly pattern designers in the country. He is known on the famous Beaverkill, Willoweemoc and Croton Watershed systems as Big Daddy Rob because he is the first guide to give away the secret fly he is catching big trout on.
Rob is a dedicated instructor. It is in his nature to assist and teach someone what to use, how to use it and the best time to maximize their results, regardless of experience or age. On many afternoons you’ll find him at home tying flies when not guiding clients on local or Catskill rivers. Rob is also an instructor for Croton Chapter Trout Unlimited (TU), Rockefeller State Park fly tying program, local hunting and fishing clubs, and local schools. He describes himself as "a pair of pants away from a caveman.

Fly Tyers

Tommy Baranowski
My name is Tommy Baranowski I'm 30 years old and live in Collinsville Connecticut right on banks of the Farmington river. I've been fishing for most of my life and spent most of my time fishing with my father, who is an inspiring outdoorsman , on the Farmington and on Lake Ontario. In my late teens a close friend took me out and put a fly rod in my hand and it was all downhill from there. I've been tying flies for close to 10 years and have co-operated a guide service CTfishguides for around 6 years on the Farmington river. Although most of my time is spent on the Farmington chasing Browns, my favorite aspect of fishing is the adventure and putting a backpack on and disappearing miles into the woods to catch brook trout is something that will never get old to me. Swinging for steelhead, throwing big flies for pike, chasing false albacore, and rowing my drift boat take up the rest of the time! I've been involved with the Boy Scouts for most of my life and made Eagle Scout in my teens, in doing so conservation was instilled in me and I continue those ideals as Vice President and environmental director of the Farmington river anglers association or FRAA.

Ben Bilello
When he is not behind a set of drums in a concert hall, jazz club or recording studio, Ben can be found either on the water or behind a vice. While he's an avid fisherman and fly tier, Ben's true true fly tying and fishing passion is the Atlantic Salmon. Ben has pursued wild Atlantic Salmon in New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Russia; landlocked salmon in New York and Vermont. And broodstock Atlantic salmon in Connecticut . A collection of Ben's classic and artistic salmon flies are featured in Micheal Radencich's book "Classic Salmon Fly Patters:Over 1700 Patterns from the Golden Age of Tying", the largest illustrated compendium of Atlantic salmon flies published to date. Ben's work, as well as his tutorial ebook "Flies from Connecticut Atlantic Salmon: How to Tie & Fish them", can be seen at his website www.benbiello.com/salmonflies

Scott Biron
Scott Biron cut his teeth learning to tie flies back in the 1960s in the North County of New Hampshire. An active fly tying instructor for NH Fish & Game and is popular tying and instructing in regional shows. Scott was awarded the 2017 NH Traditional Arts Grant and studied the art of Fly Tying under Peggy Brenner. He has a strong interest in historical NH fly tyers and their lost patterns and has published, researched, instructed as well as demonstrated many of these lost NH fly patterns. Scott instructs individuals of all ages in the art of fly tying and is known for including the history of these tyers and their flies in his instruction. A member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and author for the NH Wildlife Journal with an article on Caddis Flies.

Dick Brown
Dick is an innovative fly designer, tier, and authority on bonefish and permit patterns. He has created several signature flats flies including the Beady Crab, the Hare Trigger, the Strip Tease, the Phantom Crab, Rocket Man Mantis, Slinky Toad, Dick’s Squilly, and the Simko. He is also one of the foremost authorities on bonefish fly patterns and is the author of Bonefish Fly Patterns, 2nd Edition: Tying, Selecting, and Fishing All the Best Bonefish Flies from Today’s Best Tiers, with the most comprehensive collection of bonefish flies and tiers ever assembled in a single volume.
Dick is also the author of Fly Fishing for Bonefish, considered by many to be the bible on this great game fish, it has received high praise by reviewers, including Fly Fisherman’s John Randolph, who wrote of the first edition, “A classic … Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport … a superb book.” Dick has stalked bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other tropical saltwater species for over 40 years and he’s fished extensively for bones in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, South America, and Florida Keys. His articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, and he is a regular contributor to Fly Tyer. Learn more at: www.dickbrownbonefishing.com

Michael Brucato
Tier, Presenter & Soft-hackle fly addict.
While my family and I currently reside in Massachusetts, I grew up trout fishing with my father at a young age in both New Jersey and Rhode Island.
During my many fishing adventures in various locations I have learned from experience just how productive and enjoyable soft-hackle wet flies are when trout fishing.
I must admit, that I never get tired of seeing the expression on people’s faces or hearing the stories of how one of my hand tied soft-hackle flies helped a fisherman to fool a trout. Fish my soft-hackled wet flies with confidence and hold on as the strike is often vicious…

Bruce Concors
I have spent the last 55 years as a businessman, musician, fly guide,fly casting instructor and flytyer. I recently retired from my business I co- started 40 years ago; THRUWAY SPORTING GOODS,a 40,000 square foot brick and mortor and online operation. I started fly fishing at age 8 and tying shortly there after. In the early years with the help of Larry Sutter,Harry and Elsie Darbee, Francis Betters and others I began to learn the tricks of the trade. For the last 15 years I have been a fly pattern designer for Pacific Fly Group in Monrovia California and design, test and market my patterns nationally. I specialize in a mix of traditional and modern materials and techniques for snotty trout and steelhead, although I am a trained traditional Catskill Fly tyer. My close fishing and tying buddies are Rob Lewis, Stu Spector, Capt. Walt Ackerman, Bob Mead and of course Dave Brandt with whom I have a business partnership with. Fished Through out the U.S. and the Carribean and am comfortable in fresh water and the salt. I am on the Delaware system over 100 days a year testing patterns either rowing or walk wading. I was one of the early drift boaters on the delaware and still fish my original wood boat. When not fishing with my buddies or my wife Stacey or bird hunting with my dog "tippet",I write and on a limited scale perform music.

Joe Cordiero
Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe Cordeiro has been tying flies for over 25 years. The past 10 years focusing on teaching, presenting at shows and marketing salt water flies. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident.

Joe Calcavecchia
Joe Calcavecchia is a production tier, a saltwater master fly tier, and the creator of many splendid fly patterns such as the Striper Dragon and the Bonita Bear. He has been tying commercially for the past twenty-five years for fly shops in the New England region. He is also a fly designer for Spirit River. He is a master teacher in fly tying and instructs students with a jovial manner that is always infectious to everyone in attendance. Joe has taken part in many fishing Expos where he has been presented as a premier fly tier.

Armand J. Courchaine
Armand J. Courchaine born in Fall River, MA. Life long fly tyer, fly fisherman, photographer and instructor currently residing in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Life member of United Fly Tyers, Rhody Fly Rodders. Founder of Crossroads Anglers.
At nine years old, while looking through the window of E.F. Cornell Sporting Goods Store. Armand was approached by the owner and asked if he had a job such as selling newspapers. The answer was no. Mr. Cornell than ask if he would like the opportunity to make money. Armand, asked “Doing what?” The owner said “Tying flies?” Armand’s reply “Do you hold them by the wings?” Thus was the beginning of Armand’s career of tying flies commercially.
1980 He wrote a column called “Fishing Time” for Somerset Spectator which was a weekly newspaper until 1996. He wrote articles for My Father’s Canoe, New England Fisherman, and On the Water Magazine. A member of New England Outdoor Writers from 1980 to 2004.
1997, Armand Courchaine received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” by United Fly Tyers and Federation of Fly Fishers.
Armand’s Fly Patterns have appeared; Ken Bay’s book, Salt water Flies, Jack Gartside’s Salt Water Patterns; Dick Surette, Fly Tyer; Ray Bondorew’s Stripers and Streamers; Lefty Kreh’ Salt Water Flies; Angelo Peluso’s Saltwater Flies of the Northeast. Peter Nielsen’s Rhody Fly Rodders, 50 Years.
Armand shares his tying experience with monthly classes at United Fly Tyers, New England Fly Tyers, Crossroads Anglers and Rhody Fly Rodders. He is past president of United Fly Tyers, the oldest fly tying organization in America. Also Past president of Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest saltwater fly fishing organization in America. In November 2013 Armand completed his first book entitled “Bugs over Bass”, A book on tying bugs with deer body hair. He has tied for sixty years.

Pat Cohen
My name is Pat Cohen. I live in upstate New York where there is an abundance of warm water streams, lakes, and farm ponds to fish; although most anything with gills is fair game. I was always a terrible fisherman with spin and casting gear, but I began fly fishing in 2008 and since then I have caught more fish than I can count. I have been tying flies since January of 2009. Fly fishing and tying have become an essential part of my life.
I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I tie everything from streamers to nymphs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers is what drew me to it. All of my flies are meant to be fished with the exception of the display offerings. Every piece of each bug - be it the hair, feathers, or weed guards - has a purpose. The final product is a fish catching fly and a miniature sculpture all in one. To my way of thinking, there is nothing like watching a five pound bucketmouth or an 18 inch smallie erupting from the water to crush one of my bugs as it's drawn across the surface.

Rich Connors
Richard lives in southeast Massachusetts and his interest in fly fishing started around the age of 12 after reading Ernie Schwiebert’s “Remembrances of Rivers Past”. A couple years later he started tying flies, a lifelong quest that started over 30 years ago. His interest in streamers really took off after watching Mike Martinek tie at Orvis Boston back in 1999. Richard spends most of his angling days at the local bass ponds or fishing the salt with his son.

Steve Cook
I began fly fishing/tying in the salt when I was 10 years old... working for an old functioning alcoholic who owned a bait and tackle store, and who had a design for a saltwater fly reel. Now, as it happened, my father was an early saltwater fly master... who wanted me to expand my horizons! We're talking... 1956... hey, I was just a kid!
Well, long story short (the long version is a great romanticized story)... I started fly fishing in the salt at the Narragansett and South County beaches, and along Long Island, where others surf casted. I was flying before I was Surf casting... and I fell in love... with saltwater fly fishing!
Lots of water on the beaches and tides since those days...
Some of you may know me as a retail counterman, instructor, fly tyer, and corny joke teller... and all-around fly guy. I'm all those things and a commercial fly tyer, guide, instructor, and granfather... probably my most important accomplishment.

Paul DiNolo
Is a prolific fly tyer, fisherman and writer. He has been published several times in "On the Water" and on the blog "Fishing with Flies"

Capt. Mark Dysinger
I suppose that I'm one of the fortunate few who can honestly say that I've been fishing for as long as I can remember. Growing up in the state of Maine afforded me multiple opportunities to pursue many species of fish in fresh and salt water.
I'm told that my first fish was a catfish caught from a small pond in New Hampshire, and that it scared the daylights out of me. Fortunately, the experience didn't scar me enough to keep me from developing a great love for the sport. My fascination grew by leaps and bounds a few years later when I received a flyrod for my birthday.
I'll never cease to be amazed at the variety that the New England states have to offer in the way of angling opportunities. One could spend a few lifetimes sampling them. Although most of my years have been spent in Maine, I have also been fortunate enough to live and fish in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Since early 2000, my years have been spent in central Connecticut, where I have been able to explore and learn some wonderful waters. Bass, pike, panfish, and trout in the lakes, rivers, and ponds... and striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, albacore, bonito, and shad in Long Island Sound... there's plenty to fish for here.
I owe a debt of gratitude to my father for instilling the love of this sport in me. He taught me the importance of the environment and how integral each of its components are. He also taught me about the respect that the outdoors deserves. I'm also indebted to my mother and two brothers, who tolerated my passion for fishing and occasionally shared in my escapades. Lastly, I need to thank my wife, Anne. She is very accommodating to my hobby, and has started to become quite a fly tyer and fisher herself.

Dave Flint
I grew up fishing the small streams of Mass, and upper New England. Our family would go tenting each year in Maine and New Hampshire. As my brother was climbing mountains, you’d find me hopping rocks along the mountain streams with fishing gear. I’ve been fishing since I was a young kid but didn’t start fly fishing until I was about the age of 13.
My first fly fishing experience was in the early 70’s on the Roach River in Maine. Our family tented each year in the area and I became friends with the local camp owner in Kokadjo. One morning I watched him fly fishing, carefully maneuvering a fly in and around the currents. After successfully catching a few fish he handed me the rod and said,” give it a try”. He showed me the type of fly he used and how to fish it. I followed his instructions and soon felt a sharp tug. Before I knew it, the line was screaming off the reel – this was no small brook trout! After a couple of leaps and with help from my new friend, my prize was brought to net. Not only had I caught my first Salmon but it was also my first time fly fishing. The following spring I spent all of my time hopping rocks in the clear mountain streams, learning to read the water. Armed with my new fly rod, I’d dip flies in the small pools; sometimes missing a rock along the way and putting myself in the pool instead. Since then I’ve been a hopeless fanatic about the sport.
I started dressing flies in the 80’s after joining a local club; the New England Fly Tyers.
Through the years I’ve contributed flies for the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (receiving certificate of Master Flytyer), Miramichi salmon Association, Wounded Warriors project, and the NEFT Youth Outreach, among others. I’ve also supplied flies for some well-known books such as Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials Vol. 1 & 2, Forgotten Flies and The Art of Angling Journals, along with Bonefish Fly Patterns. It’s a joy tying/demonstrating at local shows/events, passing on my experiences and expertise to others. I’ve also taught at local clubs, NEFT and co-produced the NEFT Video Manual of Fly Tying.
All flies are a joy to dress but my favorites are Atlantic salmon flies, soft hackles and streamers run close seconds. Since then my passion for fly dressing has become a full-blown obsession. I’ve dressed almost every type of pattern there is, started my company Misty Morning Flies, and done everything from commercial fly tying for noted New England shops, to selling custom framed artwork with display flys.
These days my focus leans toward designing specialty framed art pieces for people, dressing and fishing full dressed salmon flies, and working new ideas into old world proven patterns.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the most important person in the world to me, my lovely wife and partner, Jean. Her encouragement, enthusiasm and patience with my obsession (even when I track feather through the house) are undying. She truly is an angel.
I’ve also had the good fortune to know Bill Wilbur, one of New England’s best salmon fly designers/tiers. He’s been an influential mentor and good friend for many years. I’m grateful for his expertise, guidance and friendship. (Thanks Bill).
Share your knowledge and experiences with others, so they may enjoy them also. Especially share with the children, for they are the sportsmen of tomorrow.

Larry Grant
is an amazing fly tier, photographer and Santa from Wrentham MA. He loves the outdoors, cooking and his dog Snowball

Bob Greco
Bob Greco, Warwick, RI, is a dry fly addict. For more than forty years, he has been chasing the elusive trout. His quest has taken him from his nearby Farmington River in Connecticut to Canada’s Miramichi River and out west to Montana. Among Bob’s favorite locales are the West Branch of the Deleware, the Willowemoc and the numerous “secret spots” hidden in the Catskills.Bob is a life member of Trout Unlimited and a founding member of United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island. UFTRI was established and grew out of Bob’s and many other determined individuals’, thirst for knowledge. Over the years he has worn many hats and held every conceivable position. Most notably, Bob has become a teacher and mentor sharing his vast knowledge of materials and techniques with ease and not for money but for the love of the art.
If you get a chance to see one of Bob’s favorite “Rube Cross” dry flies tied in the Catskills tradition, you’ll think you’re back in the 20’s or 30’s……..absolute perfection.Bob’s a humble guy who doesn’t like to toot his own horn but I can’t remember the last time he got skunked. It seems like every time out, when others come up short, he always manages to hook one…….or two……..or three.
Over the years, Bob has turned out thousands of flies on his HMH Vises. If you’re fortunate enough to share conversation and a cup of coffee with Bob and he hands you a small clear plastic box with a few of his “trout teaser” flies, you know you’ll have a great day on the river.A few years ago, Scott asked me if I could convince Bob to tie at the show. After some trickery, we finally succeeded and we’re all the better for it. As you can guess, I’m a long time fishing buddy of Bob’s having spent many an hour in the river with him chasing the elusive trout.

Val Kropiwnicki
Go fishing! It’s that simple. If I had to choose between turning on my welder or go fishing I would go fishing. If I had to choose between making a table or finding a fish I would go fishing. If I had to draw ideas for a commission or cast a fly to a striper smashing bait on a falling tide, do I really need to go on? Val makes one of a kind artistic fishing flies, sculpture, paintings, drawings and furniture.

Rob Lewis
Rob Lewis is a professional fly tier, river guide, lecturer and fly tying instructor. He is one of the foremost fly pattern designers in the country. He has been featured in magazines such as Fish & Fly, Fly Fishing New England and Fly Tyer. Rob has turned tying flies into much more than a hobby. He incorporates many different materials that keep the trout interested in his flies. This lead him to design flies for numerous fly shops, and Rob now is a contract designer for The Pacific Fly Group based in Monrovia, CA. Rob is known on the famous Beaverkill, Willoweemoc and Croton Watershed systems as Big Daddy Rob because he is the first guide to give away the secret fly he is catching big trout on.
Rob is a dedicated instructor. It is in his nature to assist and teach someone what to use, how to use it and the best time to maximize their results, regardless of experience or age. He is also known for creating innovative, original bugs not to be found anywhere else. On many afternoons you’ll find him at home tying flies when not guiding clients on local or Catskill rivers. Rob is also an instructor for Croton Chapter Trout Unlimited (TU), Rockefeller State Park fly tying program, local hunting and fishing clubs, and local schools. He describes himself as "a pair of pants away from a caveman."

Bob Mead
Bob Mead of Scotia New York has been tying realistic flies since 1966. The Praying Mantis, Walking Stick, and Water Scorpion are just 3 of many unusual patterns he originated and have been published along with articles and interviews in books, magazines, and newspapers around the world. Recently he was sought out to tie two realistic black widow spiders as props for the TV show Royal Pains.

Dale Mathews
I'm just a simple man .Don't have time for a lot of BS. I get away from eveyday BS by listening to blues ,fly fishing & riding my Harley.

Rich Murphy
Rich Murphy is a Professional Civil Engineer in Massachusetts, a published author, a professional fly designer, a salt water fly fishing junky, and a pretty good husband to a lovely wife.
Murphy taught himself to fly cast and tie simple fresh water flies over the winter of his eighth year. He caught his first trout on a fly that next spring using a mayfly spinner pattern copied from an old Field and Stream.
He started tying saltwater flies commercially over 20 years ago. In the winter of 1995, Murphy entered a fly designing contract with Umpqua Feather Merchants. To date, Umpqua has accepted eight of his fly patterns for their catalog: the Conomo Special, Steep Hill Special, RM Shortfin Squid, RM Flatside, RM Needlefish, RM Rattlesnake, RM Spitfire and the Pamet Special.
Murphy has written feature articles for fly fishing periodicals that include Saltwater Flyfishing, Fish and Fly Magazine , and Fly Tyer . His first book, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass, went to print in July 2007, and is presently available in most major retail and internet book retail outlets.He lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts, with Lucy, his wife and most cogent critic, and their faithful bad dog, Tahoe.

Safet Nikocevic
Self taught, hand fly tier, Safet was introduced to the wonders of fly fishing and fly tying at very young age. This began at the age of ten when he and his buddies chased roosters in the yard and hoped to get a perfect feather for a fly. He felt nothing is more fun than seeing seven inch brownies flipping and kicking. Born and raised in Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) near the finest rivers with no fishing store anywhere to be found and where hooks were real treasure. He spends his free time tying by hand and using simple materials such as grandmothers treads sheep’s wool or a chicken’s feather. He immigrated to New York City in 1993 and here he brought his fist vise Dyne-King Aristocrat #627 in a fishing store that he never saw before, Urban Angler NY, and started commercially tying for them. Safet spends free time on the finest river, East Branch in Upstate New York. Safet’s flies are very durable and productive and he is involved with fly tying demonstrations at fly fishing shows and various fly shops all over New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Safet continues his fly tying pursuits through participation in some of the industry’s biggest shows, such as the International Fly Tying Symposium. Safet is a very proud full time employee of the piano company Steinway and Sons where he makes flies during his lunch breaks and everybody that knows him calls him a fly maker. He is also very active and very respectful Karate Instructor in Astoria’s Dojo. Using only the highest quality materials in a very creative ways, Safet flies are excellent very durable and effective.

Ted Patlen
Winner of seven fly-tying world championships, has demonstrated at fly-fishing venues from the rocky shores of the Pacific coast, across the states as well as Canada, from a 12th century convent in Italy, north to Scandinavia, to the heart of Great Britain……as well as on a hot dusty parking lot in Roscoe, New York.

Mike Rice
Mike has two passions in his life, his daughter and chasing anything that swims in saltwater! Mike came to fly fishing later in life, but has made up for it in bounds and now has an wildly successful fly tying business and continues to create flies for the men and women who follow his passion as strongly as Mike does.

Peter Simonson
Peter has been fly tying for about 13 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying Rangeley style streamers. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006. Peter has tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium and a few of his flies appear in John Mordock’s “Fly Fishing Two-Story Lakes and Reservoirs.” Peter has studied streamer tying under Jack Pangburn and Mike Martinek, and credits FlyTyingForum, ClassicFlyTyingForum and the StreamerList with providing him a rich interactive learning environment for tying streamers and classic Atlantic Salmon flies. His favorite streamer book is Graydon Hilyard’s “Carrie Stevens” which set the standard for research protocol and provenance of streamer patterns. When he’s not tying, Peter is a signal processing systems engineer, and enjoys fly fishing, kayaking, and hiking. He enjoys fishing these Rangeley streamers to bring up big land-locked salmon from deep pools in the upper Connecticut River. Peter has two grown sons, and lives with his wife Lynne in New Hampshire, where they have been pouring money into a small farmhouse for 30 years..

Dave Souza
Dave Souza has been the senior staff photographer and video producer at the Herald News in Fall River Massachusetts for 34 years. For the past 20 years he has also contributed to the Sunday sports pages his column called On The Fly. In his column he covers hunting, fishing and shooting sports with his main focus on saltwater fly fishing in New England and many how to columns on how to build saltwater flies.

Rich Strolis
Rich Strolis started as a guide on the ever popular Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Connecticut. He later transitioned his work to commercial tying, speaking engagements and teaching many facets of both flyfishing and flytying across the Northeast and Eastern seaboard. His fly patterns although based out of the Northeast, have a strong following and relevancy across the globe and have been tied and fished by many as a result of his library of online videos. He is a signature tyer for the Montana Fly Company, which currently produces twenty two of his patterns. His patterns have appeared in several national magazines and books, including Flyfisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing and many more. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Tessa and Nora. You can follow his work at his website, www.catching-shadows.com. His highly anticipated first book, Catching Shadows: Tying Flies For The Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them from Stackpole Books is sold at the Bear's Den.

Richie Tillman
I started tying at the age of 5 with my Dad’s old vise and tying materials. Then that Christmas I got a fly tying kit from my Dad and my Great Uncle and card saying that on my birthday of that year he would teach me how to tye , and then we would go to his brother in laws who raised trout for the State of Maryland and after we would go trout fishing. After surgery for a malignant brain tumor in the spring of 1983 I got back to the vice, still doing some trout patterns once I completed high school It was off to college up, Until this point I did not fly fish but I could tye . It was at this point I discovered a small fly shop in town a short walk from college. There I was asked to start tying for the shop. Then I got a call from a friend saying,” would I like to take a Fly Tying class with him at a local Fly shop”. I said” sure”. The next evening he picked me up from school and we proceeded to drive to the very same shop I was tying for and as soon as I walked in the door the owner of the shop spoke up and said I didn’t need to learn how to tye but I sat through helping my friends until it came to tying Lefty’s Deceiver. This was a pattern I had heard about and very much wanted to learn because it was a saltwater pattern. From that point on I never looked back I wanted to learn as many saltwater patterns as possible from then on all I wanted to tye was saltwater flies . Now I tye flies for Bonefish, to Sharks and Billfish. East Coast, to West Coast, to around the world.

Bill Wilbur
I’ve been making flies for over 55 years, from midge trout flies to sailfish and marlin flies. But my specialty is Atlantic salmon flies. My greatest pattern design for Atlantic salmon has been the “Green Machine” Probable my next greatest pattern would be the “Pearl Herron” spey fly. I’ve tied flies for Ducks Unlimited, Basin Mills, Miramichi Salmon Association and North Atlantic Salmon Fund. From the North Atlantic Salmon Fund I received a certificate of Master Fly Tyer.

Also tying at the show: Jack Smola, Dale Mathews, Paul Dinolo, Leslie and Graydon Hilliard, Steve Leblanc & Larry Grant.



Raffle Prizes
Thanks to the support of so many companies for this years raffle prizes!
More will be added soon!

Donated flies tied by Mike Rice

Donated a guided trip

Donated a pair of sunglasses

Donated a pack

Donated a GS 884-4 fly rod

Donated a Zephrus Salt 12wt rod,
an Ultralight ASR reel , fly lines & hats.

Donated a 10' 3wt Recon rod, and Hydros Line

Donated a Path 890-4 rod.

Donated a PRVG - 2 Pedestal Base Vise.

Donated DXF 10’ 4wt Rod.

Donated 26oz Rambler in blue,
a coaster & a 10oz lowball in stainless.

Donated 5 premium specialty lines .

Donated some flies.

Donated a Rock Creek Pack
in new Camo color, T-Shirt, UPG Box

Donated a rod holder

Donated Amplitude lines.

Donated some UV kits

Donated a Waypoints sling pack

Donated a 7+ Large Arbor Reel

Donated an Exocett SS 250 Fly Rod

Donated a Riverbank Backpack

Donated a Tyers set

Donated a Striper line, In Touch line and a hat

Donated a hat

Donated a guided trip

Donated a UV Buff in
Scatter Blue &DB Dragons Grey and a hat

Donated 3 premium Northeast Saltwater lines
paired with a new logo hat