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Bear's Den 21st Annual Fly Fishing Expo

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

Show Date: February 16th, 2019
11am to 6pm
Always Free Entry!

Below is the 30th anniversary lineup for the 2019 show.

Larry Dahlberg is this years Guest Celebrity!

Larry Dahlberg, has the rare distinction of being well known in both the fly and conventional tackle realms.
His innovations range from hard bait and soft plastic designs to rod developments that have allowed him to successfully land every conceivable species of fish – both salt and freshwater – while pioneering game fishing opportunities around the globe. In March of 1996 Larry was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for his contributions to the world of fishing and then in 1999 Larry was presented the most prestigious award from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), The Conservation Award.
Larry was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bill Cavanagh & Ian Campbell of “The Keepers” are the musical talent at this year’s 30th anniversary expo!

Show Info
  • The Fly Fishing Film Tour will be held at the Holiday Inn
    700 Myles Standish Blvd. Taunton, MA - Doors at 10am, Screening at 10.30

  • The Bear's Den Expo will be held at the shop
    34 Robert W Boyden Rd. Taunton, MA from 11am to 6pm

    Due to lack of space, parking at the shop is reserved for the fly tyers, reps, handicapped persons, etc.
    There will be NO parking at the shop. Public parking for the show is at the Holiday Inn Hotel. We provide a FREE shuttle to and from the event for attendees. Please refer to map below for shuttle pick up and drop off location, which is in the rear of the hotel.

    Please be respectful of our neighbors and DO NOT park at the adjacent shops/warehouses. Those parking spaces are reserved for the employees and customers of those buildings.
    Thank you.

  • Artists


    Kenny Abrames
    Ken Abrames is one of the most revered names in saltwater fly fishing. He is the creator of the modern flatwing streamer, presentation-style flies that can imitate everything from clamworms to menhaden. His books Striper Moon and A Perfect Fish belong on the shelves of anyone who is an aficionado of traditional New England striped bass fly tying and fishing methods. Besides being a world-class angler, Ken is also a rod designer, author, poet, and artist.

    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.

    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.

    Rod Designers


    Bernard Ramanauskas
    Bear's Den is proud to offer some of the finest hand-made bamboo rods available. Individually crafted by Bernard Ramanauskas, each Eden Cane rod is a work of art. We are very excited to have Bernard at the show! Come down and say hi. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have!


    Tom Larimer
    Tom Larimer is driven by the pursuit of ‘never good enough’ when it comes to anything concerning fly fishing. This can be seen in his unquenchable thirst for creating, testing and improving equipment, flies and fishing techniques. To say he is a perfectionist is a vast understatement. This is illustrated by the numerous Spey lines he has designed for Airflo Fly Lines, the many fly patterns of his in the Solitude Fly Company catalog, and the multitude of other fly fishing products he has influenced or designed. The catalyst of his desire for functionality has been influenced by a 20 year guide stint pursuing steelhead, salmon and trout, which taken him from his home waters in the Great Lakes, to Alaska, and finally landed him in the Oregon fifteen years ago.

    In 2006 he started Larimer Outfitters and became recognized as one of the elite fly fishing guides on the Deschutes, Klickitat, Sandy and Clackamas rivers. In addition to guiding, he has shared his love for travel by hosting anglers on trips to British Columbia, Alaska, Belize and the Bahamas. More so, his experience from years on the water and developing cutting edge products has propelled him to the forefront of two-handed casting instruction. His recent DVD release of “Skagit Revolution” showcases his unique and effective style of casting instruction. Although he recently retired from guiding to become the National Sales Manager for G.Loomis Fly Fishing, he still loves to share his knowledge of the sport and continues to push the envelope in product design.

    Guides


    Jaime Boyle
    of Boylermaker.com
    Whether sailing competitively, fishing on his own or working as a fishing guide, Jaime has spent nearly every minute of the past thirty summers on the waters of Martha's Vineyard.

    With more than twenty years of guiding under his belt and over a dozen First Place Derby trophies on both his walls and his clients’, Jaime has become The Island's most sought after boat guide. Jaime holds the Derby Fly Rod Record with a 16.38-pound false albacore that he caught back in 1990. The awards are numerous, but one of the high points occurred during the 2001 Derby when Jaime guided client Mike Henry to a 9.81-pound fly caught false albacore that grabbed one of the eight coveted Grand Leader spots. He has won the esteemed Fly Rod Grand Slam division three times and guided angler Mark Budreski to the same award in the 55th Derby.

    In 2003 Steve Halley won the Massachusetts Saltwater Derby with a 16.22-pound fly caught false albacore caught on the Boylermaker. In addition to fishing the derby, Jaime also was a Derby committee member for more than 10 years.

    Jaime’s talents as a guide and fly tier have been recognized in innumerous magazine articles and several books. His Vineyard Squid fly pattern was the focus of an entire chapter in Secrets of the Saltwater Fly (Little Brown and Company, 1996) and he is well known as the creator of the famed and versatile Bonito Bunny and also the Red Can Squid. Jaime was named Northeast Guide Of The Year by The Orvis Company in 2000. Most recently, he was featured on the cover of the July 2006 issue of SaltWater Sportsman magazine.


    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!


    Abbie Schuster
    of Kismet Outfitters
    Fly fishing is something I have done my entire life that is why the word Kismet spoke to me when naming this business. Owning and running an outfitter is my destiny. My passion and where my knowledge lies is fly fishing. I have always been in the fly fishing industry.

    I was born and raised in New England and grew up fishing these waters, which provided me the opportunity to gain knowledge and passion for this sport. I learned to fish on Martha's Vineyard when I was young and also spent many years fishing the rivers and small creeks of Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

    I attended University of Montana, which only fueled my fly fishing addiction, so it was a natural choice for me to become a fly fishing guide. In 2011 after completing Sweetwater Guide School I started guiding in Montana and since then have not looked back. I have guided in Washington and Alaska and have fished waters abroad.

    To me there is nothing better than giving the gift of fly fishing to a client. Every trip will be an opportunity to not only catch fish, but expand and grow your knowledge. My goal is to have every client leave with life long memories,a stronger passion for fly fishing and conservation and a greater understanding about this sport. I am a certified Maine guide. Other certifications included USCG Captain, CPR, First Aid, swift water rescue .


    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


    Kenny Abrames
    Ken Abrames is one of the most revered names in saltwater fly fishing. He is the creator of the modern flatwing streamer, presentation-style flies that can imitate everything from clamworms to menhaden. His books Striper Moon and A Perfect Fish belong on the shelves of anyone who is an aficionado of traditional New England striped bass fly tying and fishing methods. Besides being a world-class angler, Ken is also a rod designer, author, poet, and artist.


    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


    Dave Brandt
    Dave Brandt is a Senior instructor and has been with the Wulff School of Fly fishing since 1987. A world famous Fly tyer, Dave also taught Fly Fishing at SUNY Oneonta and illustrated the Carmichael/Garrison book on Bamboo Rod making.


    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.


    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"


    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
    A professional fly tyer, known for his "Five minute Ghost streamer". A cross between the classic ghost flies that we all know and use and a new age imitation that features mostly synthetic material and can be tied quickly and easily without worrying about wing placement. He is more handsome and smarter than Paul DiNolo and funnier than that old goat Armand. An avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, 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."


    Ed Lombardo
    ESPN selected 12 of some of the best fly fishers in America to compete in its first Great Outdoor Games Competition, (The Olympics of Fly Fishing) which was held in Lake Placid NY. Ed Lombardo was one of the twelve competitors. Some of the other competitors were Doug Swisher, Wendy & Terry Gun, and Brian O’Keefe. Ed has more than 45 years’ experience in fly fishing. Thirty years ago, Ed Lombardo founded The New England School of Fly Fishing at the W. Alton Jones Campus of URI. He is also Chief Fly-Fishing Instructor for Addieville East Farm and Deer Creek Farm, both nationally know shooting and fly-fishing preserves here in Rhode Island.
    Ed is a veteran fly-fisher, guide, instructor, and expert fly tier. With over forty year’s experience, he has fished for such diverse species as Trout, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Black Bass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonefish, and False Albacore. He has 32 years’ experience fly-fishing the fabulous Big Horn River, the Yellowstone National Park area, and Spring Creeks of Montana. He has also fished Florida for Tarpon. He is a professional lecturer, fly fishing writer, amateur entomologist on fly fishing, and writes for both national as well as local print and TV media. Ed is a featured speaker and fly casting celebrity for The Annual Fly-Fishing Show in Marlboro Ma. and has done the same for 12 years at The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Worcester Ma. and 10 years for The Wilmington Fly Fishing Expo as well. He is also a member of the Narragansett and Northern RI Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Honorary Life Member of United Fly Tiers of RI, Honorary Life Member of the Smithfield Sportsman's Club, long time member of Rhody Fly Rodders and, Trustee Member / of The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association of RI. In 2013 Ed was honored by being awarded the The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association’s highest award, The Trustee Award.
    In 1993 Ed established and coordinated a Fly Fishing course at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus and started a Fly Fishing School and Program at The W. Alton Jones campus of URI. He has been leading fly-fishing instructor for RI/DEM’S Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program now for more than twenty-eight years to the present.
    In 2012 Ed was honored by The State of RI and the RI/DEM’S Fish & Wildlife Division for his untiring work and dedication for more than 29 years of service in teaching thousands of men, woman, and children the Art and Science of Fly Fishing. The 2012 Conservation Trout Stamp has his Adams dry fly which Ed tied and appears on the stamp along with his name.
    Since 2006 every September Ed has had the honor of teaching the New England Patriots the Art and Science of Fly Fishing at The Annual Matt Light Fly Fishing & Shoot Out Fund Raising Event which is held at Addieville East Farm here in RI every year. Players such as Tom Brady, Matt Light, Vince Wilfork, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Rob Ninkovich, Stevan Ridly, Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Troy Brown, James White, to mention a few have all enjoyed this great sport of Fly-Fishing.


    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.


    David Nelson
    I live near Kensico Reservoir in White Plains, NY with my wonderful wife three children, who are up-and-coming fly-tiers in their own right. I grew up in Manhattan and Westchester, and spent many summers fishing in Mahopac, NY, and Lake Sunapee, NH. I have spent time in Arcata, CA, as well as Big Pine Key, FL, and Brazil.
    My grandmother instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors from a young age, and when I was five-years-old, my uncle taught me how to fish--although he'll tell you he "just brought me to the water." My passion for fishing quickly emerged, and ever since I have seldom been found without a fishing rod. To this day, my family recalls how I would fish whenever or wherever I could, or even "cast into a puddle," and somehow have the best luck of anyone they had even known. I started fly-fishing at age 26, and complete and total immersion into this new world was rapid, and I have focused on it ever since. Given my fishing prowess with bait and spin gear, the transition to the fly was enjoyable, and I found success in a relatively short time.


    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.


    Bonefish Dick Perry
    An amazing fly tyer and fly fishermen, Bonefish Dick is well known and loved by all. When he is not tying flies you can find him fishing in Mass and Florida!


    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.


    Page Rogers
    Page began fly fishing at the age of 8 on the tiny streams of central Connecticut under the watchful eye of her Dad. She landed her first trout a little over a year later on the Couginchaug River. While in her teens she and her father began to pursue stripers and blues on the fly in the waters around Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island Sound. Completely self-taught, she began fly tying in the the early 1980’s and soon was creating her own patterns to match the sand eels and silversides common in the waters of southern New England. In 1994 she became the first woman tier signed by UMPQUA Feather Merchants into their royalty fly tier program. In 1995 she received the Harry & Elsie Darbee Award from IFFF. Her flies and techniques are documented in numerous books, articles and videos (Hooked on a Fly Tying series). Her flies are commercially produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants, and are available, or can be ordered, at any UMPQUA dealer.
    Page continues to enjoy tying at fly fishing trade shows and at club meetings, and sharing her knowledge of saltwater fly fishing on the east coast. She currently is on the Pro-Staff at: Abel, Tibor, Patagonia, Simms, Action Optics, LL Bean, Ross and Scientific Anglers.


    Steve Silverio
    When I was young, my dad had a subscription to Field & Stream magazine. I remember an article on fly fishing eastern streams by Ted Trueblood, where he detailed sure-fire trout catching secrets of guys like Fox & Marinaro. Borrowing my dad’s rod, reel and battered fly wallet, I headed to my local stream. After an hour or so of flailing away, I had either snapped off or tree’d all the contents of that old wallet and arriving home, announced to my father that I need more flies. Learning how the others had disappeared, my father said, “Boy, if you want to be a fly fisherman, you had better learn to tie flies”.
    That was the beginning of my fly-tying. My very first vise was an old pair of needle-nosed Channel-Lock pliers, attached to our work bench via a threaded rod, tack-welded to the adjustment handle. Though it was over fifty years ago and I have moved up a notch or two in hardware and material acquisitions, I still remember those early days of making my own primitive tying tools and trying to work out how various patterns were tied. Still at it, now at sixty-seven I would say that given another fifty years, I might just get it right!
    Over the last few years, my tying bench has been populated more and more with hairwing salmon flies and bombers, however streamers, especially large saltwater and predator flies have always captured my attention and were my primary focus for quite a while.Through the years, I’ve played with all sorts of patterns, going from bassto billfish and everything in between. For me, combining classic streamer dressings with modern techniques is what I prefer most. My patterns are really amalgams of established design ideas gleaned from fly tyers past and present, that I have incorporated into my tying style. I prefer the challenge of Imitating baitfish patterns through the use of natural materials so that the resulting designs have a more realistic look in the water and give a nod to the past. In my designs, I try to build a fly that is both aerodynamic during the cast and hydrodynamic when swimming.
    Over time I have come to rely on fur and feather rather than synthetics for a much more natural presentation, as they move so well in the water and require less material due to their expansion when wet. I started importing Icelandic horse hair after I discovered how well I could use it for building large baitfish patterns and I believe it truly is the equine equivalent of polar bear. While I no longer offer it, I still use it in many of my larger streamer patterns as I have found it to be an exceptional material, allowing me greater creativity in my tying. In addition to fly tying, attending fly fairs, contributing the odd article and flies to magazines and books, I’ve taught fly tying classes and do tying demonstrations at shops & shows. I also work with Regal Engineering on several of their vise and accessory designs and as pro-staff manager.


    Dave Skok
    Based out of Boston, Dave Skok is an accomplished fisherman, prolific fly tier and published photographer. He is best known for his fly design the Mush Mouth. "There’s hardly ever a day when I don’t sit down and tie a fly or two. Maybe not Christmas.
    Not out of respect, but because there’s no open water to fish."


    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.



    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.

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