2019 Presenters

Tom Rosenbauer

Tom Rosenbauer, host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, has been with the Orvis Company over 30 years, and while there has been a fishing school instructor, copywriter, public relations director, merchandise manager, and was editor of The Orvis News for 10 years. He is currently Marketing Director for Orvis Rod and Tackle. Tom has been a fly fisher for over 35 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14. He is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, and is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has ten fly fishing books in print, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Reading Trout Streams, Prospecting for Trout, Casting Illusions, Fly-Fishing in America, Approach and Presentation, Trout Foods and Their Imitations; Nymphing Techniques; Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, The Orvis Guide to Dry-Fly Techniques, and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, which won a 2001 National Outdoor Book Award.

Kip Vieth

Kip is the owner of Wildwood Float Trips based in Monticello, MN and was the 2017 Orvis Freshwater Guide of the Year. 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. 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.

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 is excited to highlight the new book ``Smallmouth: Modern Fly-Fishing Methods, Tactics, and Techniques`` at the expo this season.

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.

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.

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.

Luke Swanson

Luke is the owner of Livin’ the Dream Guide Service based out of Monticello MN. He has been an avid fisherman from a young age on and has always been passionate about catching big fish. Starting off, he became a guide at Alagnak Lodge, Alaska which opened doors to becoming a full time guide in the Midwest. Watching how happy people get when they land a fish of a life time is what really drove his passion to guide full-time in his home state of Minnesota. Luke runs a 17ft jet boat while he chases smallmouth, pike, and musky on the fly in Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin.

Ger Moua

Ger Moua is a trout guide for Lund's Fly Shop. Born and raised in west-central Wisconsin, he has been fishing the Driftless region almost all his life. He has thoroughly explored the Driftless, including Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, spending countless hours chasing trout. Ger has also spent time acquiring new techniques in California, South Dakota, and even Ireland. Although Ger always enjoys learning new ways to catch trout, his biggest passion is hunting big browns throughout the region.

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.

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.

Stephen Wisner

Stephen Wisner first cast a fly rod in 1973. At 18, he began guiding trout fishing on the Henry's Fork in Idaho and Madison River in Montana. He moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1995 and discovered the thrill of chasing smallmouth bass and muskies. Since then, he has logged thousands of days fishing warm water predator species (and trout) in the Upper Midwest. Stephen owns and operates Eau Claire Anglers, a fly fishing guiding service specializing in river float trips on a variety of rivers in northwestern Wisconsin.

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.

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.

Evan Griggs

Evan taught himself how to fly fish as an elementary student in Minneapolis, MN. His home waters included the many city lakes and rivers, as well as the trout streams of the Driftless. Right out of high school, he left the big city for the small fishing village of Fort Smith, MT on the Bighorn River. There he worked in a fly shop, managed the grounds at a campground, and guided on the weekends. On his eighth year of guiding, he’s worked on the waters of Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Now he’s a middle school special education teacher at Upper Mississippi Academy, and the head guide and instructor for Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, both in St. Paul, MN.

Scott Thorpe

Scott Thorpe is an enthusiastic advocate for native coaster brook trout. He is the president of the Greater Lake Superior Foundation and a steelhead conservationist, having served ten years on the Board of the Lake Superior Steelhead Assn. Until recently he was the editor of the Steelhead News, their bi-monthly newsletter. Scott recently retired after eleven seasons as a full-time fly-fishing guide, pursuing steelhead in the MN and WI tributaries of Lake Superior and spending his summers as head guide for Talaheim Lodge in Alaska. He continues to guide in Alaska but now has more time to fish locally for steelhead and coasters, chase Atlantic salmon in exotic locales and hunt waterfowl with his young Labrador.

Stu Thompson

Stu has been fly fishing since 1965 and during that time he has the opportunity to appear on television and radio shows, and has worked in the movie industry as a casting instructor. He is also a freelance writer with articles appearing in American Angler, Canadian Flyfisher, Outdoor Canada, and Wild Guide Magazine as well as regional magazines. His favorite fish to pursue is anything with fins.

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.

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Ray Rivard

Ray is the owner of Nipigon River Adventures (NRA). Ray purchased the ``Quebec Lodge`` from the local papermill when it closed 10 years ago. NRA offers all inclusive fishing packages which includes accommodations at the ``Quebec Lodge`` in Red Rock, Ontario, the meals, a guide, boat and gas. The primary focus is some of the best brook trout fishing in the world on the Nipigon River, ``Home of the World Record Brook Trout`` since 1915.

Val Wagner

Val has been enjoying fishing all her life and for the last 20 years she has focused on fly fishing from her home base in Bemidji, MN. She enjoys being out in nature and sharing her passion of fly fishing with others. She and her husband have been teaching women's fly fishing workshops for five years and are heavily involved in the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

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.

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.

Brent Notbohm

Brent's photographs and articles about exploring the Northwoods with a fly rod have appeared in the Boundary Waters Journal and other publications. He is co-author with Carl Haensel of a forthcoming guidebook about fly fishing the BWCA and Quetico. Brent has directed numerous films and videos, including a few about fly fishing, serves as the President of the Gitche Gumee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and is the curator of the MNTU Fly Fishing Film and Video Showcase. A Professor of Film and Video at University of Wisconsin-Superior, Brent lives in Duluth with his fishing, canoeing, and life partner Cheri Henderson.

Roxanne Harthan

Roxanne and her husband Doug started Front 20 Outfitters Fly Shop & Guide Service in Perham, MN in 2011, where they focus on fly fishing warm water for bass, northern, and panfish. Roxanne runs the day to day operations of the fly shop and occasionally does a little guiding. She loves fly fishing for any kind of fish and enjoys teaching others especially other ladies that would like to learn how to fly fish.

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.

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 fundraising efforts.

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.

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.

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.

Monta Hayner

Monta is a teacher and the former Chair of Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota. She grew up trout fishing with her family in Michigan and Oregon. She took up fly fishing 17 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 she has taught beginning fly fishing classes and became a mentor to club members and a mentor with the DNR Minnaqua fly fishing program.

Peter Garretson

To his mother’s great dismay, Peter became severely afflicted with OCFD (Obsessive Compulsive Fishing Disorder) at a very early age. He terminated his career in corporate finance to become a fly fishing guide five years ago. He started FlyDog Fly Fishing and guides on the upper St. Croix River in pursuit of smallmouth bass. The rest of the year he enjoys the privilege of fly fishing many extraordinary venues in the USA and around the world.


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