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Bear's Den 22nd Annual Fly Fishing Expo

Congratulations to our winners!!

Please contact us by March 28th to claim your prize(s). Winning tickets MUST be presented to claim prizes. We’re happy to accept winning tickets via mail, and will send prizes for actual shipping costs.

T&T Zone
Bill B
TFO Switch
Ted M
Kismet Guided Trip
2346855
Lamson Reel
Michael F
Scott Radian
Jack M
GLoomis NRX+
Mike M
Nautilus Custom
David V
Patagonia Waders
Gregg B
Mud Dog Flies
Joe A
Galvan Reel
2348011
Valentine Reel
Patrick C
Hardy Reel
David C
Orvis Recon
2348333
Douglas Rod
Baer D
Sage ESN
2348414
3-Tand Reel
Doug C
Cortland 10F
Rich S
Renzetti Tools
George N
Fishpond Thunderhead
Ron B
Guide Flies Trout
Frank A
Blackstone River Photo
1884117
Regal Vise Case
Dillan C
Vedavoo Sling
Bob B
Guide Flies Bonefish
Chip B
Fly Flip Cases
Ted M
Ross Animas
Charlie F
Cortland Hat
Gil S
Brucato Flies
Misty S
Royal Wulff 250gr
1885108
Abel Nipper
Bob R
Cortland 8wt ST
Rich L
Fishpond Castaway
4884707
Cortland Bass 9F
4884723
IFly Hard Mounts
4884861
Costa Glasses
Pat D
Hareline Kit
4885410
Keychain
4885461
Simms DC Sling
4885532
Royal Wulff 350gr
Robert R
Rich Strolis Book
Steve O
Sci XPS 5wt
Steve O
Sci Leader/Tippet
6384352
DynaKing Vise
Bill K
Echo Beach
Bryan W
Royal Wulff 9I
Mike W
iFly Suction Cups
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Cohen Creature Tails
6384689
Royal Wulff 8I
6384805
Key Chain
6385143
Cortland Redfish 10wt
Ben R

Please join us for our 22nd Annual Expo held here at the Bear's Den Fly Fishing Co.

Show Date: February 22nd, 2020
11am to 6pm
Always Free Entry!

Bob Clouser is this years Guest Celebrity!

Bob Clouser is a long time high profile smallmouth bass guide and innovative fly tier. He guided and fishes the Susquehanna River near his home in Middletown, Pennsylvania. In the 1980s, he began tying his early four to five inch long in-line lead wrapped streamers to attract smallmouths in the Susquehanna's two to four foot deep waters. Bob related "all of my flies were designed with smallmouth bass in mind. My main goal in designing that type of fly was to mimmick the movement of an escaping baitfish. The eyes themselves don't do it, it is locating the weight that makes the fly move all the time. When you retrieve the fly it rises, and when you pause, the fly darts off to the side or drops down. It never stops moving."

Bob further explained "I used to tie pretty close to the same bucktail streamer with quite a bit of lead wrapped on the hook. I never covered the lead and eye appeal wasn't very good, but it caught plenty of fish to suit me. When I saw these barbell eyes that Wapsi fly company sent me, I knew that I could use the barbell eyes to aesthetically complete the fly. I painted them to look like eyes and the fly was complete."

The Clouser minnow was commercially tied by Umpqua feather merchants. There are many color schemes available for Bob's famous minnow available from fly fishing shops almost everywhere. They are fished for MOST species caught on the fly.

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Raffle Prizes!

Donated
NRX+ 9' 4wt Rod Valued at $825.00
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pair of sunglasses(your choice) Valued at $198.00 and up!
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a Fly Tying Tool Kit Valued at $150.00
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a TF-120 Silver Fly Reel Valued at $250.00+
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Radian 9' 4wt Rod valued at $795
Bri of Bear's Den
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Handmade key chains value of $5.00 each
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9' 9wt Zone Rod, a value of $549.00
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A fly Reel valued at $620+
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Sage ESN 3106-4 rod valued at $900.00
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Saltwater TT Fast sink 250 Grain, Saltwater TT Fast sink 350 Grain, TT saltwater 8wt Intermediate & a TT saltwater 9wt Intermediate, valued at $350.00+
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A box of Winter Trout flies and a box of Custom Bonefish flies valued at $150.00+
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A Boost 9wt Rod valued at $229.00
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A pair of Swiftcurrent Expedition Waders valued at $749.00
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Bass Floating line wf9, Saltwater floating line wf10, Streamer sink tip10 wf8, Redfish cold salt series wf 1 & a Mint green trucker hat valued at $350.00+
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A T-8 reel in Camo valued at $530
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A speedster S 7+ in Midnight valued at $530
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A Fly Tying Kit valued at $109.95
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A Scientific Anglers Mastery Series XPS WF5 Float fly Line valued at $79.95
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A FC Enhanced Vise valued at $199.95
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A DXF 9'6" 6wt Rod valued at $439.00
Mike Brucato
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A 12 fly soft hackle wet flies spring selection valued at $30.00+
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A Vedavoo Water Master Tightlines Sling Pack valued at $169.95
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A Castaway Roll-Top Gear Bag & a Thunderhead Roll-Top Dry Bag total value at $150.00+
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A Green PL11 Planetary Plus Reel valued at $449.00
Rich Strolis
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A book & fly box full of saltwater flies, freshwater trout and bass streamers. valued at $200+
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A New Recon 905-4 Rod valued at $498
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An Animas 4/5 valued at $295.00+
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A Satin blue nipper w/Lanyard valued at $130.00+
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A bobbin kit valued at $95.00+
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A Bougle 3" Reel valued at $495.00+
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A Deer Creek 12' Spey Rod valued at $409.00
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An Amplitude Infinity line, choice of 5 or 8 wt & some Absolute Leader/Tippet valued at $140.00+
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An box of Saltwater Flies valued at $600.00+
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A special Fly-Flip Combination set valued at $89.95+
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A 1/2 day wading trip valued at $350.00
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A Cohen's Creature's Tail bundle valued at $40.00
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A Regal travel vise case valued at $50.00
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A Dry Creek bag valued at $229.99

Thank you to all the companies that support us with a Raffle Donation.
We always get last minute entries that do not make it on the list so be sure to check the Bucket Raffle at the show!!

Artists


Flick Ford
Ford makes his home in Rensselaer County, New York. He fishes more than one hundred days a year and ties his own flies. Flick Ford is a talented painter, musician and graphic artist. His love of angling and the natural world has led him to specialize in fine art paintings of fish. Flick's work has been published in two recent bestselling books, "Fish: 77 Great Fish of North America" (Greenwich Workshop Press, 2006) and "Big: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches" (Greenwich Workshop Press, 2008).

Val Lamphere
I moved from Vermont to Massachusetts in 2002, and in 2015 married my best friend and soulmate Jack. 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
I started tying about 25 years ago. I watched my good friend Billy one day the a wollybugger, then I saw him tye classics. I’ve been tying and practicing ever since. I love to teach what I have learned and always am willing to give that secret fly to any angler.

Authors


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
Author of Fly Fishing for Bonefish & Bonefish Fly Patterns, 2nd: Tying, Selecting, and Fishing all the Best Bonefish Flies from Today's Best Tiers


Ed Mitchell
Ed Mitchell is one of the most well known saltwater fly-rodders along the Atlantic coast. Ed is a fly-fishing author, photographer, and lecturer with extensive angling experience in both fresh and saltwater. Books authored include Fly Rodding the Coast, Fly Fishing the Saltwater Shoreline, Fly Rodding Estuaries, and Along the Water Edge. Mitchell has also penned over 100 magazine articles. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida.


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.
Author of Fly Fishing for Striped Bass



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.
Author of Catching Shadows: Tying Flies for the Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them & Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, & Patterns for Streamers


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 Shiela 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.


Sheila is also the author of Starting in the Salt: Saltwater Fly Casting & Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach

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.


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!


Chris Jackson
of chrisjacksonflyfishing.com
Chris Jackson, owner of Chris Jackson Fly Fishing, is a veteran fishing guide, writer, and conservationist. He is a founding board member of the Deerfield Watershed Trout Unlimited Chapter and is currently serving as Conservation Committee Co- Chair. He has served as Vice President for the Chapter and is the current President of the Deerfield River Guides Association. He will be featured this season in On The Water Magazine and On The Water TV on NBC Sports New England. He guides clients to trout on the Deerfield River and other rivers in Western Massachusetts such as the Westfield, the Swift, and the Hoosic River. He currently resides in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. You can follow him on Instagram @jacksonchrisd.

Nick Santolucito
of coast-busters.com
Nick has been fishing in New England all his life and landed his first striped bass on the fly nearly 20 years ago. He became instantly infatuated with all aspects of the sport. Nick has been tying and selling his innovative baitfish and crustacean patterns under the Coastbusters Flies name for nearly 10 years.
New England's rocky shoreline and sprawling flats provide unmatched feeding grounds, hosting some of the world's best fly fishing for striped bass, bluefish and false albacore. Whether throwing big baitfish patterns into breaking surf along Buzzards Bay, strategically placing crab flies while sight fishing the shallows off Cape Cod, or chasing frenzied surface feeds with Boston's skyline as your backdrop - we know where to find them and what to feed them! Priority is to provide an exciting and informational day for ANY skill level of fly fisherman, be it your first time casting a fly rod or experienced angler wanting to get out and explore new water.

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


Robb Alexander
Robb Alexander grew up in Massachusetts. Here, his love for fishing was born. He spent his youth chasing fish from the lakes and streams of western Mass, to the beaches, tidal creeks, and flats of Cape Cod. Robb’s hobby became a passion. As a teen he worked for Orvis in Framingham and eventually pairing with Vinny Mcfarlane running the fly department at the Natick Outdoor Store. There, Robb began sharing his talent tying commercially, providing casting lessons, and guiding trips, all while continuing to hone his skills learning from the likes of Capt. Gill Burke, Dave Skok, Bob Popovics, and Mike Martinek Jr. In 2008 Robb moved to North Carolina. He spent time on the southern coast as a first mate for Ocean Isle Fishing Center pursuing Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, and King Mackerel. If Robb wasn’t out on the Atlantic he was in the Appalachian Mountains in search of small mouth and wild trout.
Robb returned to Massachusetts in 2013, but his experience on water is not limited to NC and MA. Robb has fished Andros Island, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado. Currently living in Massachusetts, Robb spends his time behind the vice tying predator flies for large trout and Pike.


Tom 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.


Dave Benoit
 My father introduced me to fly-fishing at a very young age. I spent most of my youth fishing for brook trout in a stream near where I grew up in Upton, MA, with trips to Rangeley, Maine each year on family vacation. Military service and the Vietnam War interrupted my fly-fishing and it wasn’t till I moved to Southern New Hampshire in 1979 that I got reacquainted with the sport. I have fished numerous rivers, lakes and ponds in the 5 New England states, the New York Catskill rivers and the Canadian Maritimes, have been an FFF now FFI Master Certified Casting Instructor since 2002.

I completed Sweetwater Travel’s Montana Guide School in 2004. Participated for many years as a New
Hampshire “Let’s Go Fishing and Becoming an Outdoors Woman” Programs volunteer instructor.

In 2012, retired and spend the summer months, May to Mid October in West Yellowstone, Montana working part time in Bob Jacklin’s Fly Shop, fishing the rivers lakes and ponds in Yellowstone National
Park and surrounding areas.


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…


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.


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.


Ian devlin
More info TBA


Tim Flagler
Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although he produces video programs over a wide range of topics, his specialty is fly fishing. Almost every week he produces a new fly tying or “how to” video which appears not only on his YouTube and Vimeo channels but on Midcurrent and the Orvis fly fishing blog as well. They’re also featured on Trout Unlimited’s national website and the Orvis Learning Center. Many of the tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.In addition, Tim’s a fixture at the Fly Fishing Shows, giving presentations, teaching classes and often as a Featured Tier. He enjoys guiding year round for Shannon’s Fly & Tackle in Califon, NJ. and hosts annual trips to Patagonia in the spring and to the Kootenai River in MT starting summer of 2020.


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.
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.
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.


Stan Fudala
I tied my first fly at 15 years old and have never stopped since. Started fly fishing with my dad a couple of years before and then I started tying and realized that the challenge was as fun as it was different. I kept with it ever since that beginning and over the years, I learned from anyone that would share their time with me. After becoming active with several local fishing and conservation groups I started to share my skills in fly tying with others, became a certified casting instructor and have taught fishing, casting and fly tying for close to 30 years for several groups as well as NH Fish and Game. After 50 years of tying fishing and teaching my goal is to still just keep it real and honest, after all it’s still just fishing.


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.


Graydon & Leslie Hilliard
Dynamic father son duo of Graydon and Leslie Hilyard have enjoyed much success chronicling the prominent sporting figures of New England. Carrie Stevens (2000), and Bogdan (2006) and their latest Biography of Herbert L. Welch (2018) have been well received by the sporting world.
Their current project is the story of the Percy Tackle Co. of Portland, Maine. Percy was the preeminent tackle company of New England and with their cadre of lady tiers provided flies and tackle to all of America from the 1930's onward. Both authors reside in Massachusetts during the winter but ice-out finds them back in Rangeley chasing landlock salmon and research.


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.


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.


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.


Ed Mitchell
Ed Mitchell is one of the most well known saltwater fly-rodders along the Atlantic coast. Ed is a fly-fishing author, photographer, and lecturer with extensive angling experience in both fresh and saltwater. Books authored include Fly Rodding the Coast, Fly Fishing the Saltwater Shoreline, Fly Rodding Estuaries, and Along the Water Edge. Mitchell has also penned over 100 magazine articles. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida.


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.


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.



Lisa Weiner
In 2011 I was introduced to Jerry Jahn of Spey Casting North East. The rest as they say is history. I jumped in with both feet. Coming back weekend after weekend or whenever he had spare time. Oh and did I mention this was at the end of November? We were out almost every weekend that first winter. It took a while as I was still new to fly fishing and had so much to learn. I love that I learn something each time I work with someone. It may be about casting, fishing, and a place they have fished that I have only dreamt about or places in common.
Since 2014 Jerry and I have been teaching two handed casting together. On weekends, when we are not teaching you can find us testing rods, fishing or even tying flies. We travel to do clinics from Long Island to Boston. I’m also a licensed Connecticut fishing guide and a member of the Sage Pro staff.
I have been truly blessed, by the great people that I have met on this beautiful journey. Some are no longer with us and will never be forgotten. I am thankful for my very patient and supporting husband Stark. He truly gets it and understands my passion and drive. I am also thankful for my partner and best bud Jerry. I don’t know what I did to get so lucky.


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.

Owners

Meet the owners of these fine companies.


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%.


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.

NuCanoe


Derek Brundle

Derek is a world renowned angler with over 21 tournaments and 17 awards under his belt. He specializes in kayak fishing and is one of the head reps for NuCanoe!

Hardy Reels


John Shaner with Hardy

John will be on hand to answer questions and diagnose any Hardy reel problems you may have.

Kamado joe


Mark Kosok with Kamado Joe

Mark is the patriots alumni official tailgate grill master. He is proud to demo the very first Master Built Gravity Series Grill and will be passing out free samples and answering questions about your future Kamado Joe Grill.

Lodges


Weatherby's Lodge
Weatherby’s fishing resource is truly world class. Three-mile-long Grand Lake Stream has been fly fishing only since 1902 and is home to one of four strains of landlocked salmon found in the lower 48. Gin clear waters, long smooth pools and steep fast water all challenge the fly angler and provide the reward of a leaping landlocked salmon. In addition to our salmon, we fish dozens of pristine and undeveloped glacial lakes for smallmouth bass where 30-75 fish days are common. So, whether you are interested in salmon and trout or smallmouth bass, Weatherby’s can provide what you are looking for. ORVIS Endorsed lodge

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