John is the author of more than twenty books about flyfishing. His writing has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Fly Rod & Reel. A few of his works include The View from Rat Lake, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and the cult classic, Trout Bum. He writes a column for Trout magazine and the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.www.simonandschuster.com
Matthew is a guide, a writer and the owner of Gray Drake Lodge & Outfitters in Newaygo, Michigan. He has been pursuing steelhead, trout and Pacific and Atlantic salmon for over 48 years throughout the world. He has published hundreds of articles in leading angling magazines, and has authored seven books. Books include “Selectivity: The Theory & Method of Fly Fishing for Fussy Trout, Salmon & Steelhead,” “Steelhead Dreams” and “The Brown Trout-Atlantic Salmon Nexus,” as well as others.www.graydrake.com
Charlie is a Colorado native that has been a commercial fly tyer for over thirty years. In that time he has tied flies for nearly every species of gamefish in every location on the planet, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rocky Mountain region. He is a Signature Tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is the creator of many, many popular patterns. A longtime South Platte River guide, author and photographer, Charlie is now the owner of Charlie's Fly Box in Arvada, Colorado.
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.www.tightlinesflyshop.com
Heather is the founder of United Women on the Fly and is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable with becoming a part of the fly fishing community. Heather volunteers her energy and time to connect women, help start a Women’s Program or enable anglers to become more confident on the water. Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited. Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.www.uwotf.com/heather-hodson
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.www.livinthedreamguideservice.com
Kyle currently resides in the rural bluffs of Black Earth, WI and in 2013, he created Black Earth Angling Co., a fly fishing guide outfit focused providing clients with one-of-a-kind fishing experiences. Kyle guides full time for Driftless trout and the diverse warm water opportunities of the Wisconsin River. Kyle has become well known for his guide work on the Wisconsin River, specifically “The Crash,” and his work with a camera in the field as a fly fishing photographer. His photo work has appeared in notable publications such as, The Flyfish Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, The Drake, Fly Fisherman, Midcurrent.com, and Hatch.com. Kyle has been lucky enough to fish in Mexico, Bahamas, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and extensively throughout the United States.www.blackearthangling.com
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.www.namebini.com
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.www.haywardflyfishingcompany.com
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.www.womensflyshop.com
Pete is the owner and outfitter for the Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Lodge in Fort Smith, MT. He has a diverse and varied guiding career dating back to 2001 throughout the state of Montana. Pete’s innovative fly patterns have become some of the most sought after in the region, especially for picky tailwater trout and are distributed through Catch Fly Fishing and Montana Fly Company.www.bighornangler.com
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.www.driftlessangler.com
Lance Prado is an avid fly fisherman, father, photographer and recent graduate of Sweetwaters Guide School. When he is not traveling with his family, you can find him guiding out of Root River Rod Co. in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Some of his favorite places to fish include Montana, Colorado, Hawaii, and Texas, but through all his travels, the ease and consistency of the Root River and the Driftless Area will always have him coming back.www.rootriverrodco.com
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.www.bobmitchellsflyshop.com
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.
Matthew is a smallmouth bass and trout fishing guide, as well as an educator who uses his ecology background to conduct a myriad of outdoor-based classes in Circle Pines, MN. Matt cut his teeth as a young man trout fishing the Driftless area of southeast Minnesota in the mid 1990s. He has since aided his brother’s guiding business on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, and and has his own Twin Cities-based guide service, Mahigan Outdoors, which specializes in trips for trophy brown trout on the Vermillion.www.mahiganoutdoors.com
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.www.pvsangling.com
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.www.minnesotaflyfishing.com
Tina fishes extensively and has been a fly fishing educator for 15 years. She organizes Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing Clinics, a national model for women’s clinics that has influenced over 700 women in the sport. She also pioneered an intensive high school conservation program, Project Green Teen for at-risk teens in Madison, WI. Tina is the Equity and Diversity & Youth Ed coordinator for Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, winner of multiple awards including the Joan and Lee Wulff Conservation Award and Field and Stream Hero of Conservation. Tina owns Shenanigans Fly Fishing which works with men and women while specializing in opportunities for women to have outdoor endeavors in a safe manner allowing them to expand their comfort zones.www.shenanigansflyfishing.com
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.www.mntu.org
For over 45 years Steve has been fly fishing from Alaska to Denmark, the Florida Keys and everywhere in between. He visited many fly shops and figured he'd seen what a good fly shop and guide service should look like, so he decided to open Root River Rod Co. in Lanesboro, MN. The shop combines his passion for making bamboo rods, teaching fly fishing, and tying flies. Steve also makes a custom bamboo fly rod every year that some lucky TU supporter receives. When he's not in the shop, he might be on one coast or the other swinging flies. If you are interested in the history of fly fishing, fly rods, and reels of the past, Steve is the guy to talk to.www.rootriverrodco.com
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.
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.www.elycanoetrips.com
Corie is the 2020 Chair for Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota. When Corie isn’t fly fishing, she is coaching and teaching fly fishing clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Corie enjoys sharing her experience with others through mentorship, gear recommendations and volunteering. Corie is also the founder & owner of FF|WOMAN “Fly Fishing Women of Midwest Anglers Network,” which brings Midwest clubs, educators, and organizations together to build a sustainable community connecting women in fly fishing. FF|WOMAN’s events at Great Waters have attracted additional fly fishers and national attention, celebrating what women bring to our sport.www.flyfishingwomenmn.com
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.
Dave Barron is the owner of Jacquish Hollow Angler in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He is an Orvis-endorsed guide and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2015 Guide of the Year. In 1993 he became one of the first Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructors and became a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 1998. Dave has been teaching fly casting clinics for many years and has helped to introduce many people to the joy of fishing with the fly rod, through his workshops and seminars.www.jacquishhollowangler.com
Donna has been fly fishing for over 20 years, chasing a variety of species including trout, smallmouth bass and musky. Donna is the Fishing Manager for the Orvis Company Store in Madison, Wisconsin and passionate about introducing newcomers to our exciting sport of fly fishing. Donna is also an FFI Certified Casting Instructor and has taught fly fishing through programs including: Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing Clinics, Flygirls of Michigan, BOW of Illinois, Trout Unlimited, Fly Fishing 101 for the Orvis Company and with her husband PJ thru his company, PJ's Guide Service.
Kim is Co-Owner of Dry Fly Sales, a Manufacturers Rep Group covering 12 states in the Midwest. Kim grew up in Bozeman, Montana fishing for trout, and business shifted her and her husband Tony to southern Wisconsin. After moving to the Midwest in 2011, Kim’s fishing options expanded to musky, walleye, gar, bluegill and so many other species! Poppers are Kim's obsession, always searching for that fish that will eat on the surface, the ``take`` is just so awesome! When not on the water fishing Kim is managing their team and working with many of the local retailers that you all know and love to support.www.facebook.com/Dryflysales
Patty began fishing at the age of two and about fifteen years ago she switched from spinning gear to fly gear. Tying flies also became a favorite hobby as Patty experienced the joy of catching fish on flies she tied. Now, Patty teaches others about her discovered sport. Her favorite topic is showing others how to tie flies. She has worked with Project Healing Waters, The Mayfly Project, the Boy Scouts, home schoolers, Cabelas and multiple regional and international fly fishing shows. Patty is one of the founders of Federation of Fly Fishers (FFI) Women Connect and is the first and current Chair of the group. She began the fly tying workshops for FFI and encourages women to demonstrate their tying skills. Patty’s favorite fish to catch is smallmouth bass. Patty has earned Fly Tyer of the Year honors from Arkansas Fly Fishers.
Rob Kimm is a writer, editor, speaker and multi-species angler who began fly fishing and fly tying at age 12. A former instructor at the In-Fisherman's Camp Fish and former Alaskan guide, his pursuit of trout and salmon has led him to numerous locations across the western US, Canada, and New Zealand. A native Minnesota, Rob now currently lives in St Paul Minnesota.
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.www.riverwooddesign.net
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.
Matt first picked up a fly rod in pursuit of panfish nearly ten years ago. For several years he spent every available moment with his trusty 4-weight in pursuit of sunnies on Twin Cities lakes. More recently he has started to target creeks with a tenkara rod. There is nothing quite like the feeling of a bluegill bending a 12-foot rod to the handle. When the water turns hard and the rods get short, you can usually find Matt on the ski hill.
15-year-old Lindsay Maxfield has been fly fishing since she went on a fishing trip with her dad at the age of 8. In 2015, she had a fly casting lesson with Lefty Kreh and was hooked for life. Later, Lindsay had attended T.U.N.E Camp in the summer of 2016, where she first learned to tie flies from Paul Johnson. She was a Youth Volunteer at T.U.N.E. Camp for two years until she became the Director of Youth Volunteers, for what will now be her second year. She is currently a member of Laughing Trout, a fly tying club. Lindsay has become a young tyer with many skills and secrets up her sleeve that just may surprise a few.
Pam was introduced to fly fishing by a friend more than 20 years ago and has been involved with learning and teaching ever since. She is an instructor with both Shenanigans Fly Fishing and Wisconsin Women’s Fly-Fishing Clinics. She has chased trout across many of our Western states but enjoys her home waters of the Driftless the best or chasing the hearty smallmouth on the fly. Pam has been married for more than 30 years, and has three children and currently three grandchildren.
Scott Hanson has been tying flies and fly fishing for over 35 years. After spending 12 years working in the fly fishing industry, he has spent the past several years teaching his Joy of Fly Tying classes through community education departments throughout the Twin Cities. He also ties commercially for local fly shops and has authored dozens of fly tying articles for regional and national publications, including Fly Tyer and The Drake. His musings can also be found on his blog, The Riffle, one of the most popular fly fishing blogs in the country (this statement has not been verified).www.theriffle.blogspot.com/
Monta is a teacher and guide at the Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Preston, MN. 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.
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.www.flydogflyfishing.com