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Bear's Den 21st Annual Fly Fishing Expo

We sincerely want to say 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 ever had!! We couldn't have done it without all of you!!

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

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!

Donated
a custom 7 plus Black and Gold Reel valued at $700.00+
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a Tiemco Tool package of Razor scissors, Rectractable Dubbing Brush, Dual finisher & Adjustable double-arm bobbin, at a value of $250.00
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A Fly tying kit worth $89.95
A UV kit at a value of $79.95
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An Echo Traverse rod Kit, a value of $249.99
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a TR3 2/3 Reel, a value of $395.00
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a Gunnison 7/8 Reel, a $385.00 Value
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a Panga Dry BackPack with side kick. Valued at $350.00
Donated
Danner boots, your choice of size on either foot tractor or River salt (available for March) Valued at $499.99.
Mornings Star Lanyards Donated
a loaded lanyard. A value of $95.00
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NRX 9' 9wt Rod Valued at $815.00
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pair of sunglasses Valued at $198.00 and up!
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a C2002-R Vise Valued at $174.95 &
2 Trucker logo hats
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a $50.00 Gift Certificate for materials @rdflyfishing.com
& 2 logo hats
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a Tube and old school trucker hat Valued at $55.00
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a Demon 9' 9wt 4pc Fly Rod Valued at $499.95
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two 10wt Clear Camo value of $59.95each
two of the Compact Sink Type 6 value of $89.95each,
and schwag!
Donated
a TF-50 Fly Reel Valued at $299.95
Donated
Igniter 9' 7wt Fly Rod Valued at $900.00
& a Sage Click Reel 0/1 Lime retail of $150.00
and some schwag!
Donated
a Clearwater 763-4 fly rod, retail value $198.00,
Pro Trout Fly Line Smooth WF5F, retail value $98.00,
Pro Trout Fly Line Textured WF5F, retail value $129.00 &
a Pro Saltwater All Rounder Fly Line textured WF9F, retail value $129.00
Donated
a Tying kit Valued at $69.00
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a Winston Pure 9’ 5wt Fly rod Valued at $850.00
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a RIO Line Trout/Steelhead WF8F
& a RIO Striper Line WF8I Valued at $160.00+ and some schwag!
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two buffs! Valued at $50.00+each
Cape Cod Fly Rodders
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4 dozen flies for catching stripers, blues and albies! Valued at $300.00+
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a pair of G3 waders - $549 value
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2 different Amplitude Smooth Fly lines - $99 each
2 Amplitude Lines $129ea
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Muddog double sided fly box w/ nearly 10 Dozen flies over $500 value
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a roll-top backpack, a $199.95value
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A Mono Core Clear 9wt Intermediate, Aqua Triangle Taper Saltwater Intermediate line in 8wt & 9wt,
& Black/Blue Triangle Taper Saltwater Fast sink in 200, 250 & 350. Each Valued at $79.95
Bob Sloan
Donated
an original wood burning clock $49.95
I Fly
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2 suction Cup Rod Holders w/matching tip Holders valued at $46.95 each
North Side Charters
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a half day guide trip with a value of $425.00
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Super Dri Elite Trout line in WF4F & WF3 valued at $84.99 each
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“priceless” Scott Motorcycle Poster.
Meridian 9' 8wt Rod valued at $865
Flying Lines Art
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a Limited Edition Striper Giclee Print of original artwork, value of $40.00
Bri of Bear's Den
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Handmade key chains value of $5.00 each
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“priceless” Scott Motorcycle Poster.
a D40 LED Smart Lamp, a value of $120
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“priceless” Scott Motorcycle Poster.
a Planetary plus PL-11 Reel, a value of $449.00
Donated
Sextant Bamboo 9' 9wt, a value of $2995

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.


Steve LeBlanc
Massachusetts artist

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!

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.


Capt. Dave cornell
of davecornellcharters.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.

Like most anglers, I started fishing with my father at an early age. Summers in Sakonnet, Rhode Island would not have been complete without several trips bottom fishing for tautog off the rocks. Under the guidance of my older brother, Chris, I delved into other types of fishing, first surfcasting for stripers and blues, then boat fishing with plugs, live eels and trolling tackle. I even spent one summer offshore, spotting swordfish during the glory years of the harpoon fishery. But sport fishing along the coast is what really held my interest. Ultimately, fly-rodding and light-tackle plugging became my favorite methods.
For many years a professional woodworker, then home building contractor, I turned to guiding full time in 1994. I specialize in shallow-water angling along the uncrowded coastlines of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands are a favorite destination.


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 .

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


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.


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.


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.


Vladan Milenkovic
Vladan Milenkovic is a Serbian-born rod builder, fly tyer and fly fisherman. His fishing roots are tied to spring creeks and native brown trout in the Balkans. He moved to Boston to study music and fell in love with NE saltwater scene, which became his huge passion until this day. During early 2000s he lived in the Midwest and had explored every nook and cranny of Driftless Area with his fiberglass rods. His fly tying is primarily centered around saltwater fly patterns and also spring creek flies for trout. As a fly rod craftsman, he creates unique fiberglass, graphite and hybrid rods, geared either to the classic trout gear lovers or cutting edge salt-heads. Vlad’s creations and fishing journeys are well depicted in his two blogs: Fly Fisherman’s Café and Rod Catalog.


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.


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.


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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Meet the owners of these fine companies.


Ron Poelhallos of 3-Tand Reels

At 3-TAND we believe passion is one of the most powerful forces that inspires each and every one of us. It's what drives us do more, to be different. It's what races through our minds day in and day out. Fly Fishing is more then recreation, it’s a lifestyle, a therapeutic warmth, a pure shot of adrenaline that flows through us. We are in constant pursuit of the feeling when everything comes together to create a perfect moment and you come tight to the fish of your dreams. It's something we all share as Anglers; the desire to gain more knowledge, catch more fish, build a stronger fly fishing community and protect our waters for the future. We are much more than anglers -- we are rounded individuals who embody creative endeavors all driven to pursue the pull.

Tris Carpenter of iFly

We specialize in making products for fly-fishing. We fly-fish ourselves so when you buy from us you're not getting some strange "proof of concept" device that someone in Engineering came up with.
Our products have been tested in rigorous conditions by us and by guides, fly-fishing enthusiasts and fanatics. They hold up to the abuse and are made to last a lifetime. We stand behind every product 100%.

Kristen Mustad of Nautilus Reels

About Nautilus:
Our story is a little different from other manufacturers.
We are 7th generation metal mechanics manufacturers that have been in the fishing industry for all seven generations. We are 6x grandchildren of Ole Mustad, founder of O. Mustad & Søn, a metal mechanics company founded in 1832 in Norway that today is most famous for its hooks and horse shoe nails. Family albums are packed with fishing pictures from remote Norwegian rivers, and pictures of engineering and manufacturing contraptions such as fish hooks, horse shoe nails, thumb tacks, screws, railway bolts and automobiles.
What has set seven generations apart from the rest of the world is the family’s obsessive dedication to the development of revolutionary technologies for the production of small metal parts, and the redesigning of existing products and processes to make them more efficient and effective.
We are part of this seventh generation of Mustads: metal mechanics, tinkerers, re-inventors and fly fishermen, and we invented, tinkered, tested and manufactured what has become a leading brand in fly fishing reels – Nautilus® Reels, the best fly fishing reel you can buy: Award winning, Tested on Animals™ fly reels built by fly fishermen with a manufacturing-encoded DNA. Had our forefathers built planes, we would have grown wings by now!
Enjoy your days on the water and catch a few fish, or just take in the moment. When the time comes to rely on your tackle, get back to your daydreaming and let our reels work for you.

James Melard & Ben Paull of OPST

Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics is a group of steelheaders who focus on Skagit-style swing fishing for everything from king salmon to smallmouth bass. The Skagit River and the Olympic Peninsula have defined our products, the way we fish, and our philosophy.
We are a company dedicated to maximizing fly fishing enjoyment and opportunities. Our program revolves around Skagit casting, the most recently innovated "Spey" or anchor-based type of casting. It is our preferred methodology because of its wide latitude of angling versatility. It is distinguished from other Spey-type styles of casting by its use of a casting mechanism known as the Sustained Anchor. The Sustained Anchor is key to Skagit casting versatility and we here at OPST strive to optimize that effect by utilizing SAS (Sustained Anchor Systemology). By concentrating on SAS, the utmost potential of Skagit casting is achieved. We call the entire concept "Pure Skagit".

Don Barnes of Regal Vise

REGAL VISE is a family owned business located in New England. All of our Fly Tying Vises and Fly Tying Accessories are are manufactured and hand crafted at our facility in Orange Massachusetts, U.S.A. We are fiercely proud to say we make the highest quality fly tying vise in the world.
All of our products are made by Fly Tiers and Anglers for Fly Tiers and Anglers. Apart from our Pro Staff and their invaluable design input, we have an entire staff of knowledgeable tyers helping us design and manufacture our fly tying vises. REGAL VISE-The World’s Best Fly Tying Vises and accessories.

Neville Orsmond of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods

Neville discovered his passion for fly fishing at an early age, chasing everything from yellowfish to tigerfish on the rivers of his native South Africa. At that time Thomas & Thomas was established as the premier fly rod in the region, and Neville’s enthusiasm for the brand quickly became intertwined with his love of the sport. Fast forward 25 years and a relocation to the USA, and Neville, now a successful entrepreneur, had started a family of his own. In 2014, the opportunity to take the helm at T&T set the stage for the realization of a lifelong dream – to work alongside company founder Tom Dorsey, creating the world’s finest fly rods. With a strong commitment to an American-made and serviced product, Neville aims to bring the tradition of Thomas & Thomas excellence and innovation to a new generation of fly anglers around the globe.

Scott Hunter of Vedavoo

VEDAVOO was born in my garage – where I taught myself how to sew on a classic sailmaking machine I bought on Craigslist. Having grown up in Wyoming, gear I used along the trail left me wanting more. So I set out to design packs that were more comfortable, more versatile, and easier to use in the field – but, most importantly, ready to be made in the USA.
Our slogan – BETTER AMERICAN GEAR – reflects what we do and how we do it: From my garage – to basements and dining rooms – to the New England workshop where we work today, our local craftsmen hand-build each of our products using the best materials (American and reclaimed wherever possible) for quality you can count on.
There may be easier roads – but they aren’t ours.

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