2018 Headliners

Check back soon as we begin to sign on presenters for 2018
Skip Morris

Skip is among the most prolific fly fishing and fly tying authors in existence and has written 18 books as well as over 250 articles (along with a smaller number on jazz guitar). His articles have appeared in Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Tyer, and American Angler, along with many others. Among his books are ``Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple,`` ``The Art of Tying the Bass Fly,`` and ``Survival Guide for Beginning Fly Anglers.`` Skip's original fly patterns are sold and distributed by multiple fly companies and he is the instructor on six videos. He has worked in radio and television as both a fly fishing host and celebrity guest.

Landon Mayer

Landon's angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly fishing equipment. He shares these tips and secrets in his books ``101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets``, ``Tactics and Techniques``, ``Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing``, ``Sight Fishing for Trout``, and ``How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life.`` Landon’s passion for fly fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years and currently resides in Florissant, Colorado.


2017 Presenters

Check out our 2017 presenters below and check back soon as we continue to announce programs for 2018.

Jeff Currier

Jeff grew up fly fishing throughout New England and after college began fly shop management job in Jackson, Wyoming. For the next 23 years this would guide him fly fishing around the world. Jeff has won several Best of the West Long Distance Fly Casting Competitions, the Jackson Hole One Fly Contest and competed throughout the world in fly fishing. Jeff’s most recognized accomplishment was leading Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain. Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books. Jeff is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books. He is a well sought after expert for television and commentary on radio appearing on Fishing the West, Fly Fishing the World, In Search of Fly Water, Reel Adventures, Fly Fish TV, Fly Fish America and Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio.

George Daniel

George began fly fishing at the age of six in Potter County, PA and at the age of 21 began entering local and national fly fishing competitions. He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for seven seasons. During this time he was also on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team's coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George has won back-to-back US National Championships and placed in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time traveling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education. George currently works with TCO Fly Shop in State College, PA and owns and operates Livin on the Fly LLC. George has written two books: Dynamic Nymphing and Strip Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics & Patterns for Streamers.

Livin on the Fly
Dave Whitlock

Dave is a native Oklahoman who resigned his position as a research chemist more than 40 years ago, and pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing, fly tying and lecturing to embark on a new career as a full-time professional in the art of fly fishing. Dave’s experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. Dave’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly-fishing and sport publications such as Fly Fisherman Magazine, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Trout Magazine and others. He’s written five books: Dave Whitlock’s Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods, the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing Handbook, the L.L. Bean Bass Fly Fishing Handbook, Imitating and Fishing Natural Fish Foods for Lefty’s Little Library and Trout – A Compact Guide for Fly Fishers. He is known internationally for his innovative and effective fly-tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper. All of Dave’s work, especially his art, reflects the realism of nature and related fly-fishing subjects through the eyes of a true sportsman.

Scott Thorpe

Scott is looking forward to his tenth summer as Head Guide for Talaheim Lodge in Alaska, a fly out helicopter operation located on the Talachulitna River. When not in Alaska, he guides in the spring and fall for steelhead in Wisconsin and along Minnesota's north shore. In 1980, he caught the Minnesota state record steelhead, a 16 lb 6 oz female from the Devil Track River. His interest in anadromous fish and fly fishing traditions has led him on angling expeditions for Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Scotland and Ireland and trout throughout the US, UK and Canada.

Tim Landwehr

Tim is the owner of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. in De Pere, WI and has been lucky enough to have been a professional fly fishing guide for the majority of his adult life. His shop and fishery have been featured in ESPN, OLN, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Catch Magazine, Fly Fishing Film Tour, Grays Sporting Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing and Sporting Classics. In addition to the guiding and shop, he runs a very active travel service. Tim has been lucky enough to have hosted fishing trips all over the world. Mexico, Belize, the Bahamas, most of the US, Canada, Amazon, Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela are just a handful of adventures he offers.

Kip Vieth

Kip is the owner of Wildwood Float Trips based in Monticello, MN and lives on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. Kip has been fly fishing for over 30 years and focuses on smallmouth bass and muskie. He offers a western-style fishing experience with drift boat floats down Minnesota rivers. An Orvis-Endorsed Guide, he was a finalist for the 2015 Guide of the Year. Wildwood Float Trips is also the outfitter for the Orvis Muskie School and Kip is an Orvis Fly Designer. Kip and his business have been featured on Minnesota Bound, Orvis Outdoor Adventures, The Drake, Orvis Blog, Outdoor News, Midwest Fly Fishing and Eastern, Southwest and Northwest Fly Fishing Magazines.

Damian Wilmot

Damian has been guiding the Bois Brule River since 1989. He is one in a long line of Brule River stewards that have helped make it the blue-ribbon river that it is today. Damian believes in fishing the Brule the traditional way using canoes and cane rods. The philosophy of his guide service, Fly By Night, focuses on teaching and honoring local angling traditions. Damian’s passion for fly-fishing has taken him to the American West, Canada, Mexico, Belize, and the Atlantic Coast, and he brings that wide experience to bear in his guiding and instruction.

Luke Kavajecz

Luke Kavajecz is an open water guide on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay based out of Ashland Wisconsin. Luke is always looking for parallels between saltwater flats fishing and fishing Lake Superior's open water and provides a unique perspective on shallow water smallmouth bass fishing. As a freelance writer and photographer, his work has appeared in The Fly Fish Journal, The Drake Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, and other publications.

Andy Roth

Andy is the owner and operator of Gray Goat Fly Fishing and his name is synonymous with Western Wisconsin fly fishing. Formerly the manager of Bentley's Outfitters in Bloomington Minnesota, Andy has spent years mentoring students through the fine arts of fly fishing. His tying and casting classes have continued to fill year after year. A busy guide schedule allows him to teach in the best classroom possible.

Carl Haensel

Carl Haensel is a fishing guide, biologist, photographer, writer and educator. He has guided and taught fly fishing since 1996 and has authored dozens of articles on fly fishing techniques, tips, flies and locations. His guide service, Namebini, operates out of Duluth, MN and covers both the North and South Shore of Lake Superior. Currently, he serves as the Northern Minnesota Vice Chair for Trout Unlimited, MNTU Newsletter editor, Chair of the Lake Superior Coldwater Coalition and as a coordinator for the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo.

Bob White

Bob White is an artist and author whose work expresses a misspent youth. Consequently, he has wandered between Alaska and Patagonia for over two decades as an itinerant fishing guide, searching for gainful employment. Bob guided in Southwest Alaska and has nearly two decades of experience there as a fishing and wing shooting guide. He also guided sportsmen in Argentina for a decade, and continues to host fly fishing and wing shooting trips to Patagonia, Alaska, Kamchatka and other destinations. He now paints and writes for a living; which is to say, he’s still searching.

Geri Meyer

Geri is a guide and owner of both the Driftless Angler in Viroqua, WI and Athena and Artemis, a by-women-for-women fly shop. Though born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has been calling the Driftless area of Wisconsin home for over ten years. She works tirelessly to involve and engage women in the sport of fly fishing and this year she will be presenting the Introduction to Fly Fishing seminar on Saturday morning.

Dan Frasier

Dan is the author of ``The Orvis Beginner's Guide to Carp Flies`` and served as the the fly fishing editor of the magazine CarpPro. Growing up searching for fish to catch on a fly rod in South Dakota, Dan was one of the first to seek out carp on the fly. He has traveled the US fishing for carp nearly exclusively ever since. Dan has been a featured guest on the Orvis podcast and speaks regularly on fly fishing for carp across the country.

Paul Sandstrom

Paul owns PVS Angling, a guiding service, and has over forty years of angling experience on Lake Superior tributaries. He specializes in spey casting for trout and salmon on the Minnesota North Shore and Wisconsin's Brule River. Paul had a long career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and has always strove to improve the health of our streams and rivers. He has an intimate knowledge of the area rivers, watersheds, flow patterns, hydrologic characteristics and factors this information into his angling strategies.

Brent Notbohm

An avid fly angler and backcountry adventurer, Brent has taken more than 60 canoe trips into Quetico Provincial Park, the BWCAW, and surrounding Superior National Forest since purchasing his first canoe in 2006. Brent's articles about exploring the Northwoods with a fly rod have appeared in the Boundary Waters Journal and other publications. A Professor of Film and Video at UW-Superior, Brent lives in Duluth with his fishing, canoeing, and life partner Cheri Henderson.

Wendy Williamson

Wendy is a smallmouth bass and musky guide in her hometown of Hayward, Wisconsin. She started guiding for trout in Colorado in 1995, and met her husband Larry Mann. They moved back to Hayward in 1997 and started guiding from their drift boats for warm water species on the local rivers. Wendy and Larry started their fly shop, the Hayward Fly Fishing Company, in 2004. When she isn’t tending to shop duties, rowing, guiding, or teaching fly fishing, Wendy also loves being a grandmother.

Jack Mitchell

Jack is the head guide/owner of The Evening Hatch featuring 10 great rivers, 3 cool lodges & 1 little guide shack. He started fishing at the early age of two and pretty much has not stopped since. His fishing trails have led him to Alaska, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and South America. In the 90's he explored/guided many watersheds in Chile that until a few years ago had hardly ever been fished. Jack will be presenting on fishing for steelhead on the west coast.

John Lenczewski

John is the executive director for Minnesota Trout Unlimited and an absolutely tireless advocate for conservation. Each year he secures millions of grant dollars for MNTU to work on habitat improvement, advocacy and youth introduction to fly fishing. His lobbying each legislative session has halted many destructive policies as well as pushed through key conservation legislation. Aside from his advocacy, John is also the last one off of the water in the evening and a superb angler.

Brad Petzke

Pioneering different fly fishing techniques in Michigan's U.P. for over 12 years, Brad of Rivers North Guide Service offers remote outings in Michigan's most pristine wilderness. In addition to championing conservation efforts for wild native brook trout in his home waters, Brad has lobbied for national cold water conservation issues in Washington DC. Brad will be presenting on fly fishing for Atlantic salmon on the St. Mary's River on Saturday morning.

Mat Wagner

The owner of the Driftless Angler, Mat has been fly fishing and working in shops since he was 14. Born and raised in Michigan, he has fished and guided all over North America with time spent in Michigan, British Columbia, and Northern New Mexico. A self described small stream junkie, Mat is always willing to share tips and techniques for fishing the Driftless and beyond.

Nick Peterson

Nick is a Migratory Fish Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Duluth, Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries management from South Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Mississippi State University. Nick has a diverse fisheries background and has worked with temperate and tropical fisheries in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico. His position with the Lake Superior Area Fisheries team focuses on management of migratory fish in the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior, particularly trout and salmon.

Bob Wagner

Bob Wagner is the chapter president of the Headwaters Chapter of Minnesota Trout Unlimited. Living in the Bemidji area, Bob has been able to fine tune the art of fly fishing for both warmwater and coldwater species. He chases everything from muskies and bass to trout and steelhead. His tried and true techniques can be applied across the region and will get you fish on the line. He is an experienced woodworker and carver and his work is widely sought. Bob will be presenting programs on fly fishing for pike and beginner's fly fishing.

Brian Bergeson

Brian is a Duluth, MN native and has been perfecting his art by fishing for muskie, brook trout, walleye, salmon and steelhead for over 15 years. He has become one of the pioneers of fly fishing for Esox in the Midwest, and continues to chase fish all over the country with a fly rod. Brian owns and operates Rip Lips Musky flies and is a signature fly designer for Montana Fly Company. He will be giving fly tying demonstrations at the expo and sharing his skills with attendees.

Rip Lips Musky Fly LLC
Mel Hayner

Mel Hayner is the owner of the Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Preston, MN. He grew up fishing the Au Sable in Michigan, and Oregon and Washington coastal streams. He has fished around the country and has been published in various fly fishing magazines. He has been fly fishing and tying flies for over forty years. Mel has been fishing in Southeast MN for over twenty years and guiding others for over a decade. His passion is showing others the joy of trout on a fly and the beauty of the Driftless Area.

Laura Wagner

Laura is the owner of If You Can You Must Fitness, LLC and is a master level personal trainer. She has been fly fishing since she was nine years old and this year she will be bringing her unique knowledge of the human body and fly fishing to the expo. Her program will cover how to increase your upper body strength, range of motion and core strength to fly fish longer and stronger.

Larry Zelenz

After a thirty-year career as a successful college teacher, coach and athletic administrator Larry opted to pursue the passion he has for teaching in the outdoors. In 2010 he went back to work in the BWCAW where he had begun guiding canoe trips 40 years ago. Though Larry happily guided canoe campers with conventional tackle, he has been fly fishing exclusively since the mid 1990s. He is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, former NOLS Instructor, MN Master Naturalist Volunteer and Wilderness First Responder. He currently resides in Ely, MN and works for Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters. Larry will be presenting on fly fishing the BWCA.

Larry Gavin

Larry is a poet and writer living in Faribault, MN. He is the author of four books of poems: Necessities, Least Resistance, Stone and Sky, and The Initiation of Praise. 2017 will see the publication of his fifth book, A Fragile Shelter: New and Selected Poems, from Red Dragonfly Press. His articles and essays have appeared widely, and he's an avid fly fisher.

Monta Hayner

Monta is a teacher and the Chair of Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota. She grew up trout fishing with her family in Michigan and Oregon. She took up fly fishing 16 years ago after discovering the trout streams of the Driftless area. She has since spent many spring breaks with her brother, Mel Hayner, fishing the streams of SE Minnesota. Since joining Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota four years ago she has taught beginning fly fishing classes and became a mentor to club members and a mentor with the DNR Minnaqua fly fishing program.

Paul Beckmann

Paul has taught fly tying for over 30 years, has been a demonstration tyer at a number of regional and national events, and has taught workshops at fly fishing conferences. One of his unorthodox teaching strategies is starting his beginning students on size 20 midge emergers to get them over their fear of trying “small flies”. Trained as a vision scientist, he has applied his professional skills to understanding the visual environment of fish, their visual capabilities, and how these two influence the effectiveness of fly designs. In recent years he has taken up tying synthetic fiber baitfish imitations in the style of Enrico Puglisi. In 2015 he retired with his wife and pups to the Driftless Region of SE Minnesota.

Scott Nordby

Scott's love for fly tying began as a child over 40 years ago. However, he feels he's still learning new things every day. Scott enjoys instructing others to perfect their skills and especially helping others overcome their tying problems. Minnesota having so many lakes has given Scott an outstanding opportunity to create panfish and bass flies that really work. The vast array of rivers and creeks has made Minnesota trout a great target as well. Scott loves realistic fly tying and now, over the last decade, tying with foam has become a passion.

Paul Johnson

Paul lives and works in Waconia, Minnesota, the unofficial fly fishing capital in Carver County. He likes to say he was a productive member of society until he discovered fly fishing. When he is not at his desk at the bank, he might just be at home behind his fly tying desk. Paul started tying flies over twelve years ago with a basic fly tying kit from Cabela’s. He was able to take what he started to learn from some books and an old Jack Dennis fly tying tape and expand on that with fly tying classes taught by John Mowery and Andy Roth at Bentley’s Fly Shop. Paul shares his passion for tying and continues to learn new patterns and techniques as part of the Laughing Trout Fly Fishing Club. Much of his tying output is donated to local Trout Unlimited chapters to support their fund raising efforts.

check out the 2017 exhibitors

Fly shops, guides, lodges, art, manufacturers, conservation organizations and much more.