Tying Workshops

Tying the McGinty Dry, a Challenge for the Advanced Tyer with Steven Fernandez (Buszek Winner)

Cost: $40 – Thursday Evening March 28th 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Location – Jimmy’s All Seasons Anglers – 275 A Street Idaho Falls

Please bring tools, thread and a portable lamp. Maximum 8 students.
For Advanced Tiers Only.

This is the seventh year that Steven Fernandez will be doing a workshop for advanced tiers. This workshop will be special and will feature the McGinty Dry. When discussing what fly to tie for his workshop, Steven said this fly is a good challenge for the advanced tier. However don’t be discouraged. There is no better instructor in the world for teaching advanced techniques than Steven Fernandez. His attention to detail and his ability to explain is unparalleled.
Steven Fernandez, one of the most renowned fly tiers in the world, who is unmatched in tying Classic Trout Flies, Atlantic Salmon and Catskill Style Flies, will share his knowledge and expertise. In Steven’s workshop students will have the chance to learn from a true master, the art of tying the classic trout fly. A word of caution, this workshop will be very intensive and is intended for fly tiers with advanced skills. Steven Fernandez has been tying flies for over 40 years and started tying professionally at the age 13. By his sixteenth year he was demonstrating and teaching fly tying locally and then nationally. By 17, he was featured in the April 1977 edition of Field and Stream. While pursuing an architecture degree in the 1980’s, he challenged the notion of artistic salmon flies by tying flies on straightened out hooks with atypical materials and techniques, raising a few eyebrows in the process. Judith Dunham included him in her book The Atlantic Salmon Fly, The Tyers and Their Art ( 1991), which helped lead to international demonstrations, classes, and feature articles. Currently Steven is the Fly Tying Co-Director for the Southwest Council of the FFF and also received the prestigious FFF Buz Buszek Memorial Award in 2012. We invite you to attend Steven’s workshop for a truly unmatched and unique fly tying experience.

Craven’s Signature Nymphs with Charlie Craven

Cost: $75 – Friday Morning March 29th 8:15am – 12:00pm
Location – Executive Board Room

Please bring tools, thread and a portable lamp. Thread includes Red, White and Black 14/0 Veevus and both 70 and 140 Denier UTC Wood Duck Gold thread

Here at the 2019 Expo we are lucky to have Charlie Craven as our featured tyer. Charlie has built a worldwide reputation for innovation in materials use and technique. He will bestow numerous tips and tricks as he instructs the student to tie some of his unique and highly effective nymph patterns. This will include such signature flies as the Two Bit Hooker, Jujubaetis, Jujubee Midge and Two Bit Stone. This workshop promises to be a unique and fun filled experience that should not be missed. Please join Charlie for what will be a truly enjoyable tying experience. For more information on charlie please click here.http://www.srcexpo.org/featured-guest/

A New and Amazing Approach to Steelhead and Salmon Flies with Satoshi Yamamoto

Cost: $40 – Friday Morning March 29th 8:15am – 12:00pm
Location – VIP Board Room

Please bring tools, thread and a portable lamp.

Satoshi is back to show case new flies he had developed for steelhead and salmon fishing. And Satoshi, even though young in years has developed a reputation as a master fly fisher and fly tier. He continues to develop new and innovative patterns which will be the center piece of this workshop. Please join Satoshi’s workshop for the fly tying ride of a lifetime and learn about Satoshi’s unique steelhead and salmon flies.
Satoshi grew up in Japan. When asked how he came to Montana his answer was “I always wanted to be a cowboy”. In 2000 Satoshi was accepted into the graduate program at Montana State University, Bozeman where he received his MS degree in Reproductive Physiology & Genetics for Beef Cattle and also started fly fishing. He became a cowboy and pursued his career as a breeder/technician of artificial insemination. He took jobs in Nevada, California, and Washington and continued to fly fish and tie flies. He moved to Livingstone in 2010 where he build a reputation as an excellent tier and guide for southwest Montana and especially the Livingstone/Paradise Valley spring creeks. His first original pattern “Coyoted Pheasant Soft Hackle” achieved world-wide recognition and he now submits innovative patterns to Montana Fly Company. Other flies can be seen at Fly Anglers OnLine. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations. You can find out more about Satoshi’s guide and fly tying services as Lefty Anglers and Flies (www.leftyanglerandflies.com).

Introduction to Fly Tying with Jeff Armstrong

Cost: $75 – Friday All Day March 29th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location – Board Room #1

Tools, Materials, Lamp and Lunch will be provided.

This workshop is designed for the beginning fly tyer. In fact for those who have never tied a fly but would like to learn. The basic techniques taught in this class will allow the beginner to embark on a lifetime of fly tying. Patterns will include, the Wooly Bugger, San Juan Worm, Zebra midge, Parachute Adams and others. Discussions will include an introduction to entomology and how, when and where to fish these patterns. These patterns are all well suited to the eastern Idaho region. This is an all day workshop (three hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon) . Materials, tools, lamps and lunch will be provided.
Jeff Armstrong has been tying flies for 40 years. He has been the coordinator and associate instructor for the Snake River Cutthroats Beginning Fly Fishing Class for 15 years

Gary’s Highly Effective New Streamers Patterns (Baitfish) Emphasizing Revolutionary Materials from Semperfli with Gary Barnes

Cost: $40 – Friday Afternoon March 29th 1:00 pm – 4:45pm
Location – Executive Board Room

Please bring tools, thread a portable lamp, Wax and UV Glue and UV Light

This workshop will concentrate on patterns that imitate baitfish. Over Gary’s tying career he has become known as a very innovate tyer for all types of flies. He has in particular built a strong reputation for designing and tying baitfish patterns. He is well known as a fearless innovator and user of new materials. The workshop will be focusing on techniques so you can make baitfish patterns for both fresh and saltwater which allows your baitfish flies to be more effective. It will also include patterns for trout spey. The workshop will also be using innovative materials from Semperfli. Semperfli has introduced a large variety of new materials for 2019 especially suited to the new breed baitfish patterns. Include will be numerous tips and advice on how the fish baitfish patterns. This class is a must for who are on the hunt for trophy trout. Please join Gary for what will be a truly be a grand experience.
Born and raised in Eastern Idaho on the banks of the beautiful South Fork reach of the Snake River, is where Gary Barnes passion for fly fishing began. He started fishing and exploring the South Fork at the young age of six which evolved into a passion of tying flies starting in his early teenage years. Living near the South Fork by Ririe, he fishes and knows it better than most folks out there. Nothing compares to growing up near a river such as this, and many anglers in the region envy that kind of connection. Gary’s South Fork experience and observations, and those on numerous other waters he frequents, have made him a superb tier…much of which comes from being self-taught. Because of this, he reveals some very unique and innovative methods and patterns that catch many different species of fish. Gary’s productive patterns have resulted in invitations to demonstrate many of his techniques at shows and conclaves. He has tied and put on demonstrations at shows including Eastern Idaho’s Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo, Western Idaho’s Tying Expo, Washington State’s The Fly Fishing Show, The Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, Western Colorado’s Conclave as well as other numerous IFFF Conclaves, and has been a featured tier in Ireland. Now associated with LOOP Tackle and Semperfli. Gary is also part of the Daiichi and Semperfli pro staffs. Some of Gary’s patterns can be found in various fly fishing books (Modern Terrestrials, Trout Country Flies, Flies for the Greater Yellowstone Area and other various magazine articles). His focus on tying is broad and ranges from trout nymphs and dries, meaty streamers, steelhead flies, as well as saltwater patterns. He prides himself in classic Atlantic Salmon flies tied with traditional materials and even forges and makes his own hooks. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations.

From Observation to Imitation – An Innovative Way of Designing, Tying and Fishing Trout Flies with Kelly Glissmeyer

Cost $40 – Friday Afternoon March 29th 1:00pm to 4:45pm
Location: VIP Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp

We all know how challenging it can be to observe insects on the stream and then transfer that to the tying bench. Do we use the right materials? How does the fly look when wet? How does it float? Are the proportion right? Etc., etc., etc. What would we all give to create our own flies that are really effective? That’s what this workshop is designed to do. Kelly brings a skilled and time tested approach on how to observe, design, tie and fish flies that are unique and effective. In many cases flies that you design and tie can work really well because they can’t be found in the fly shop and therefor the fish have not seen them.
Kelly has tied at expos and shows in Washington, Utah and Montana. Kelly has been featured on online venues including Idaho Fly Anglers Online and has also been published in Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations. With the new season just around the corner, here is your chance to learn from a most generous and experienced fly fisher

Craven’s Signature Streamers with Charlie Craven

Cost: $75 – Saturday Morning March 30th 8:15am – 12:00pm
Location – Executive Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp. Thread Includes Tan Monocord or UNI 6/0

This is the second workshop that Charlie Craven, as our featured tyer, will be doing at the Expo this year. Charlie has built a worldwide reputation for innovation in materials use and technique and he will bestow numerous tips and tricks as he instructs the student to tie some of his unique and highly effective streamer patterns. This will include such signature streamers as Dirty Hippy and Baby Gonga. This workshop promises to be a unique and fun filled experience that should not be missed. Please join Charlie for what will be a truly enjoyable tying experience.

From the Midge to the Dragonfly and More; Boots’ New and Very Effective Stillwater Flies with Boots Allen

Cost: $40 – Saturday Morning March 30th 8:15am – 12:00pm
Location – VIP Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp

Boots Allen has been guiding in Wyoming and Idaho for over 25 years. He has a reputation as being one of the premier guides on the Snake River and South Fork of the Snake. You might think his expertise lies primarily with stream fishing however this would be a gross understatement of his overall skills. During the early season the rivers in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming can be unfishable due to high water. During this time you either fish stillwaters or go home. And Boots has been fishing and tying flies for stillwaters for his entire fly fishing career. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about Boots’ new flies for the stillwaters in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming including Jackson Lake, Jenny lake, Henry’s Lake, Hebgen Lake and many other stillwaters. His flies run the gamut and include a midge pupa, a scud/mysis, a damsel nymph, a dragonfly nymph, a baitfish imitation, and a general attractor. Two of the patterns are from Denny Rickards and Ben Byng. Boots brings years of experience and knowledge to this workshop so it should not be missed if you love to fish stillwaters.
Boots Allen has been guiding in Wyoming and Idaho for over 25 years. He has a reputation as being one of the premier guides on the Snake River and South Fork of the Snake. You might think his expertise lies primarily with stream fishing however this would be an gross understatement of his overall skills. During the early season the rivers in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming can be unfishable due to high water. During this time you either fish stillwaters or go home. And Boots has been fishing and tying flies for stillwaters for his entire fly fishing career. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about Boots’ unique flies for the stillwaters in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming including Jackson Lake, Jenny lake, Henry’s Lake, Hebgen Lake and many other stillwaters. His flies run the gamut from leach to Chironomid patterns. He brings years of experience and knowledge to this workshop so it should not be missed if you love to fish stillwaters.
Boots is a third generation fishing guide whose family has significantly contributed to the development of fly fishing in Wyoming since the 1920’s. Boots started guiding with his uncle while in high school and over the years has become well known for his creative dry flies and streamers. He has designed patterns for both Umpqua and Orvis and written for national fly fishing magazines including Fly Tyer, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Sports Afield and The Drake. His passion for fly fishing has taken him all over the world including Argentina, British Columbia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Costa Rica. When not guiding Boots keeps himself busy as co-producer of documentary films for JahTrout Productions, a media group focusing on fly fishing lifestyle and culture and the links the sport has to the protection of sports fish. He is also featured on Sage Blog with his most recent post in January of 2019 called Winter’s Bone on tactics for winter fly fishing. Boots is also a prolific fly fishing novelist. His books include Snake River Fly Fishing: Through the Eyes of an Angler. Modern Trout Fishing: Advanced Tactics And Strategies For Today’s Fly Fisher. Snake River Flies: Eighty Years of Proven Patterns for a World Fly Fishing. Finding Trout in All Conditions: A Guide to Understanding Nature’s Forces for Better . Production on the Water. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations.

Devan Ence – New Patterns for the Rockies from Devan Ence,

Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon March 30th 1:00pm – 4:45pm
Location: Executive Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp.

This is a rare chance for those of us who want to learn more about the waters of southeast Idaho and flies that work well on the waters of southeast Idaho. Devan is a very accomplished fly tier and fly designer having multiple fly patterns with Solitude Fly Company to include the Tungsten Salvation Nymph and the Bruised Beatis, being two of his favorite patterns and both of which work super well on the Henry’s Fork and South Fork of the Snake. Devan has also spent a great amount of extra time at the vise as a commercial tier for Solitude Flies. This workshop will greatly enhance your ability to fish the waters of southeast Idaho, so please join Devan for a knowledge filled experience.
Devan started his fly fishing career in Colorado having managed and guided full time for Estes Angler in Estes Park, Colorado and Conejos River Anglers in Antonito, Colorado. He was a part owner of Potamoi Anglers in Montrose, Colorado and then went to work for Henry’s Fork Anglers and Kast but is now working as a metal fabricator in Idaho Falls. Devan is also an award winning outdoor photographer and enjoys writing. Check out some of Devan’s fishing reports on the Henry’s Fork Anglers website. Please come join Devan and learn about the very innovative and productive flies from the Solitude Fly Company. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tying and Fishing Stoneflies with Elden Berrett

Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon March 30th 1:00pm – 4:45pm
Location: VIP Board Room

Please Bring Fly Tying Tools, Thread and a Portable Lamp.

We are very pleased to have Elden Berrett at the Expo this year. Elden has been a long time guide and fly tyer in the eastern Idaho region. This workshop will concentrate on one of his specialties, Stoneflies. He is famous for one of his signature patterns Berrett’s Golden Stone, however this workshop will cover all aspects of stoneflies to include nymphs and adults and the different species of stonefly found in Eastern Idaho. The workshop will also include the when, where and how to fish the Stonefly. Please join Elden in this workshop for a truly unique experience on the royalty of all aquatic insects, the Stonefly.
Elden’s family goes back at least four generations and he has fished the waters in our area all of his life including the South Fork of the Snake, Henry’s Fork, Madison and other waters. Elden has been guiding part-time for Henry’s Fork Anglers since 2002. He is also a well-known fly tier. He served as a contract fly tier for Idylwilde Flies. He is the originator of the Elden’s Ant, perhaps the most recognized foam fly in the world. He is a very accomplished guide with a relaxed, even-tempered personality. He has done presentations at shows in the northwest, including the Boise Expo. Elden is featured in The Hatch Is On – Experts Extol the Greatest Hatches and the Flies They Inspired by Chris Santella (2013) for the Berrett’s Golden Stone. He is also featured in Bruce Staple’s book, Flies of the Greater Yellowstone Area. His flies include Elden’s Mother’s Day Caddisfly Emerger and Elden’s Shiner Minnow. He has also been a featured tyer at Jimmy’s All Season Anglers winter tying demonstrations.

Casting Workshops

Beginning Fly Casting with Bob Jacklin

Cost: $40 – Friday Afternoon March 29th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Lounge

Rods and Reels Available for Those with No Equipment. This Workshop will be Outdoors. Please Bring Warm Clothing and Rain Jacket

This workshop is for the beginner caster or as a review for the intermediate caster. The goal of the class is to provide students with a solid foundation of the casting mechanics. The workshop will introduce casting fundamentals covering the pick-up lay down cast, the false cast, and the roll cast.

Bob moved to the Montana area in the mid-60’s and by 1970 was a full time guide and fly fishing instructor in West Yellowstone. In 1974 Bob began his own outfitting and fishing business, Jacklin’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone and this year celebrates his thirty-ninth consecutive year as a fly fishing guide and outfitter. Truly a comprehensive fisherman, Bob has toured and lectured extensively on all aspects of our sport. Bob is a certified fly casting instructor with the American Casting Association and a master certified fly casting instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers, and a member of the FFF fly casting board of governors. Bob is also a member of the St. Croix rod company advisory team and the Ross Reel pro staff. Additionally he was the principal instructor for nearly ten years with the landmark Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools. Please join Bob and learn from the one of the most skillful fishermen to cast a fly. Please bring your rod and reel. This workshop will be outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing. Visit Bob Jacklin’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone (www.jacklinsflyshop.com)

Improve Your Casting with Buck Goodrich

Cost: $40 – Friday Afternoon March 29th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location – Lounge

Please Bring Your Own Rod and Reel. This Workshop will be Outdoors. Please Bring Warm Clothing and Rain Jacket.

This class is designed for the intermediate fly caster who wants to master those casting techniques that improve casting in adverse conditions. This class will also introduce students to the more advanced techniques that allow the fly fisher to present his fly more effectively
Buck Goodrich is so well known as a fly fisher in eastern Idaho, that he is a legend. Buck has been fly fishing the rivers and lakes of eastern Idaho, southwest Montana and northern Wyoming for over 40 years. There is probably no one more knowledgeable than Buck about the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park where the famed waters of the Fall and Bechler Rivers flow. Buck has been involved with the Federation of Fly Fishers since near its inceptions in the mid 1960’s holding many administrative post and chairmanships of various conclaves. He has received the Order of Lapis Lazuli Award, the ultimate award for individual achievement to the sport of fly fishing that the Federation bestows. His involvement with Trout Unlimited goes back 40 years and includes achievement in fly fishing excellence and conservation. On top of all this he is unchallenged in his ability to both cast and teach the art of casting and is a certified casting instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Please come and be with Buck to learn from one of the best on how to cast a fly. Rods and reels will be available for those with no equipment. This workshop will be outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Beginning Fly Casting with John Rivera and Fabia Fuenzalida

Location – Lounge
Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon March 30th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Rods and Reels Available for Those with No Equipment This Workshop will be Outdoors. Please Bring Warm Clothing and Rain Jacket

This workshop is for the beginner caster or as a review for the intermediate caster. The goal of the class is to provide students with a good foundation of the casting mechanics. The workshop will introduce casting fundamentals covering the pick-up lay down cast, the false cast, the roll cast and mending. John Rivera is a certified casting instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers and has taught casting workshops both in California and Idaho. He is well known for his ability to teach beginners and has a reputation for being a gracious and patient instructor. Please join John and his wife, Fabia, for a truly unique experience in learning to fly cast.
John Rivera grew up in the town of Gilroy California. He attended the University of California, Berkley where he met his wife, Fabia Fuenzalida who was born and raised in Santiago Chile. John earned his degree in anthropology but then went on to post graduate study in print technology. It was in this field that he spent the next 20 years earning a living. Most of his career was spent in central California in Sacramento and Emeryville. It was here that John took up fly fishing and began his lifelong passion of fly rod building. It was in California that John and Fabia started their fly rod building business, The Fly Rod Company (www.theflyrodcompany.com), before moving to Idaho Falls. John is a highly accomplished rod builder, but his true love is the construction of extremely high quality bamboo rods. John is a certified casting instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers and has taught casting workshops both in California and Idaho. Fabia is an accomplished fly fisher in her own right. She earned her BA degree from UC Berkley in languages, linguistics and art history and a Master of Education from Harvard University in Cambridge MA. Fabia is multilingual speaking English, Spanish and French. Rods and reels will be available for those with no equipment. This workshop will be outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Spey Casting with Lee Davison

Location – Lounge
Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon March 30th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Please Bring your own Spey Rod and Reel. Spey Rods and Reels will be Available for those with no Equipment. This Workshop will be Outdoors. Please Wear Appropriate Clothing to Include Warm Clothing, Rain Jacket, Waders and Wader Boots.

If you would like to expand your fly fishing experience into the world of Spey casting, this workshop is your entry ticket. This workshop will provide you with the proper starting point to launch your new two handed casting career. Lee will help you understand the mechanics behind the unique Spey cast and show you how to use it to expand your presentation to new lengths in tough casting positions. Please come and sign-up for Lee’s workshop and learn or improve your Spey casting from one of the most accomplished in the Spey casting world.
Lee is the designer and owner of Ballistic Flylines; founder of Snake River Outfitters, LLC; Snowbee USA dealer; an international Spey casting competitor (Spey-O-Rama Senior Champion 2015, 2017); and past President of the Fly Fishers International (FFI) Western Rocky Mountain Council. Also an FFI Certified Master Casting Instructor and FFI Certified Two-Hand Casting Instructor, Lee travels throughout North America giving professional fly fishing presentations and casting instruction. Lee is also licensed Idaho Fishing Guide with over 30 years of experience on the North and South Forks of the Snake River. Lee combines both a calming patience and an infectious enthusiasm for introducing fly fishing. He teaches casting techniques that build confidence and skill in his angling students. He’s been hooked on fishing ever since his Dad and Grandpa first took him, at age 5, on a quest for blue gills in an old wooden row boat on an Illinois strip mine lake. Lee has fished the waters from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, but home water for him is the beautiful Snake River and its blue ribbon trout fishing. This workshop will be outdoors. Bring waders and wading boot and appropriate clothing. Please bring your spey rod if you have one.

Fishing Workshop

Introduction to Fly Fishing with Tim Woodard

Location: Board Room # 2
Cost: $40 – Saturday Morning March 30th 9am – 12:00pm

For those of you who are new to the sport of fly fishing this is the workshop for you. This workshop is a 3-hour introductory crash course to the sport of fly fishing. Tim has a no nonsense, zero fluff, easy and simple approach to teaching beginners about the sport of Fly Fishing. Tim will cover how to select your first fly fishing outfit, show you some basic fly fishing knots, provide some information on the insects (entomology) that trout love to eat, and show you some flies to imitate them. In addition to these basics to get you started, Tim will also suggest some local areas around Idaho Falls to try out your new skills. As an added bonus, students who take this class will automatically be signed for a one year membership for the Snake River Cutthroats fly fishing club. You will receive the club newsletter during the winter month and have access to the outings, dinners and picnics that the club runs during the year. Being in the club also brings you in contact with many of the finest fly fishers in southeast Idaho.
Tim grew up in Nebraska and began fishing as a small boy. Tim received his first fly rod at age 14 from his beloved Grandmother. Tim knew as a very young age that he would live in the mountains and eventually migrated to East Idaho in 2001. After spending a few years learning the greater Yellowstone area he began working as a camp host for World Cast Anglers on the Canyon of the South Fork of the Snake River. In the fall of 2006 Tim started working at Jimmy’s All Season Angler and was also hired to begin guiding for South Fork Outfitters. Over the years Tim became an well known and accomplished guide on the South Fork and a well credible resource for customers at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler. He taught beginning fly fishing for Idaho State University, became a fly designer for Solitude Fly Co. He has taught many beginning and advanced fly tying courses and has presented to many clubs and groups about fishing in the East Idaho area. In the spring of 2014 Tim left working full time in the Fly Fishing industry to pursue another career in Banking and currently works for Zions Bank. He continued guiding off and on until 2016. Tim loves sharing information and stories about fly fishing to beginners and novice fisherman. He loves to fish and the spending time in the outdoors with friends and family. His favorite late summer and fall activity is chasing Steelhead with a two handed rod and hunting upland game. He currently lives in Idaho Falls with his wife Jennie and two daughters Paisley and Claire.

Complete Guide to Knots and Leaders with Gregg Messel

Location: Board Room # 2
Cost: $40 – Saturday Afternoon March 30th 1:00pm – 4:45pm

When fly fishers are preparing for a fishing trip they spend a lot of time fussing over their rods, reels, flies and waders and tend to forget about their leaders and knots. This can turn out to be a costly mistake. Having a good working knowledge of which leaders to use for different conditions and what knots to tie can mean the difference between success and failure on the water. In this class Gregg will discuss the history of leaders including past and present leader materials, how to make custom leaders and how to tie all the various knots that fly fishers use.
Gregg lived in Three Forks, Montana, the headwaters of the fabled Missouri River, for 20 years but now calls Florida home. Gregg has been a life member of Trout Unlimited for 30 years, Council President for Missouri Trout Unlimited, long time member of FFF and a member of Henry’s Fork Foundation for 30 years. Gregg has tied and taught at conclaves and expos throughout the west. He has been fly fishing since childhood and has fly fished all over the world. Come and attend Gregg’s workshop and learn all there is to know about knots and leaders to further enrich your fly fishing experience.