2022 Headlining Presenters

John Gierach

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.

Bob White

Bob White has fished and hunted all over the world, and guided fly fishermen and wing shooters between Alaska and Patagonia. He paints sporting art, write essays, illustrates books and magazine covers/articles, and guides fly fishermen for a living. Along with his wife, Lisa, they host fly fishing and wing shooting trips to Argentina and Alaska.


2022 Speakers

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson, originally from Minnesota, has been a resident of Alaska since 1999. He started guiding in 2001 in the Bristol Bay area and then started “Alaska Fly Fishing Tours - Sport Fishing Guide Service.” In 2009, Grant opened “The Fly Box” Fly/Tackle Shop in Anchor River, AK, where he ties local flies. Grant's guiding experience ranges from local riverbank fly fishing to remote hike-in fly fishing and fly-out fishing trips. Grant's greatest passion is guiding drift boat trips on the famous Kenai River and 7-10 day float trips out in the bush in the Bristol Bay area. Before guiding in Alaska, Grant was the athletic director at the Boys and Girls Club in Homer, AK, and a professional racquetball player, teacher and coach in Minnesota. Grant has been a private pilot since 1988 and loves to fly.

Alaska Fly Fishing Tours
Evan Griggs

Evan is the head guide for Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, and owner of Fishing For All LLC. He has been fishing locally for his whole life and guiding for over a decade. He has guided and fished everywhere from Minnehaha Creek, to Montana, and back again. Whether it’s trout, bass, pike, muskies, sunnies or carp- he loves targeting all species of fish and helping others catch them. He is also a passionate educator and community builder, and has a long career of teaching people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. At the end of the day, Evan wants you to feel as excited about fishing, fish, and their ecosystems as he does.

Kip Vieth

Kip is the owner of Wildwood Float Trips based in Monticello, MN living on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. Kip has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His business focuses on smallmouth bass and muskie on Minnesota rivers and offers a western-style fishing experience with drift boat floats. An Orvis-Endorsed Guide, he was their 2017 Guide of the Year. Wildwood Float Trips is also the outfitter for the Orvis Muskie School and Kip is an Orvis Fly Designer. He is a writer and author of the Orvis Guide to Muskies on the Fly. He travels widely and hosts regular saltwater destination fishing adventures.

Matthew Doth

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.

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.

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.

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, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Minnesota Trout Unlimited. A Professor of Film and Video at University of Wisconsin-Superior, Brent lives in Duluth with his fishing, canoeing, and life partner Cheri Henderson.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Smolinski

A St. Paul native, Brian grew up fishing Northern Pike and giant Bluegill in Northern Minnesota's Iron Range. After moving to River Falls, Wisconsin in 2001 he began working at Lund's Hardware & Fly Shop which introduced him to Brook & Brown Trout fishing on the Kinnickinnic River. Fishing for stream trout in the Northern Driftless Region broadened his love for fly fishing and fly tying. In 2011 after the hardware store closed he opened Lund's Fly Shop, just one block away from it's original location and only a few hundred feet from the banks of the beloved Kinni.

Rob Kimm

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.

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 past 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.

Scott Hanson

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 Fly Tying Essentials classes via 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. He considers the fly rod to be the coolest tool that mankind has ever invented, and is a certified fiberglass fly rod junkie. Check out his new YouTube channel, CheckYourFly, for tying tutorials and more!

Tim Pantzlaff

Tim pantzlaff is the the maker of Speyco Fly Reels based in Oconto Wisconsin. His company was founded in early 2006 and provides a custom high quality U.S.A. made classic style reel series.

Zach Pope

Zach is owner and founder of TroutRoutes, a mapping platform intended to help anglers find and explore trout streams with an emphasis on public access. Zach is a long-time resident angler in the Driftless with a technical background in engineering and software development. He started the TroutRoutes project in 2018 with the vision to help flyfishing become a more accessible sport through improved access to information and maps in particular. Zach has also served on the board of Trout Unlimited in the Twin Cities chapter and continues to contribute to Trout Unlimited National through the TroutRoutes project as business members and annual contributors.

Mike Dvorak

Mike Dvorak is a professional photographer living and working out of Minneapolis Minnesota. Having grown up in Dillon Montana, he learned to fly fish on the rivers, creeks and high mountain lakes of the area. Dvorak guides in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Driftless region when he’s not on assignment or in his darkroom. Follow him on Instagram at mikedflyphotography.

Mike Dvorak
Monta Hayner

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 in 1998 after discovering the trout streams of the Driftless area. She has since spent many years fishing the streams of SE Minnesota with her brother, Mel Hayner. Since joining Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota she taught beginning fly-fishing classes and became a mentor to club members and a mentor with the DNR Minnaqua fly fishing program. She is currently on the board of the Lew Jewett Fly Fishing Club as well as the Women Connect Liaison for the Fly Fishers International Upper Midwest Council.

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.

Ger Moua

Ger Moua 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.

Val Wagner

Val has caught pike for over 50 years and on the fly for the last 20. She has caught many different species on the fly, including many on a stand up paddle board. She is active on the Chapter 642 TU board and has taught women's fly fishing workshops with her husband Bob. She lives on the Turtle River north of Bemidji, Minnesota.

Riverwood Designs
Michael Fischer

Mike Fisher is the owner of Mend Provisions in South Minneapolis, a local fly fishing shop. Mend has been a fixture of the Minnesota fly fishing scene for over 8 years. He fishes widely and is on the pro staff of Winston Rods.

Mend Provisions
Adam Aikens

Adam Aikens grew up conventional fishing in Fargo, North Dakota, moving to Western Michigan in 2015 and beginning to fly fish for the abundant trout and steelhead there. In 2017, was given a chance to manage a fly shop, lodge, and outfitter on the Pere Marquette River. He moved “back home” to Grand Forks, ND in 2019 and has been living the sales rep life since then, representing Umpqua, Ross, Abel, Trxstle, Douglas, Airflo and many other brands. He is grateful for a fun job that allows him to travel to the fishiest places and work with some of the fishiest people in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Regions! In his free time, Adam loves to travel with his wife and fish for trout wherever they can be found, but has a soft spot for the wild, native brown trout that reside in the rivers and hill lochs of Scotland.

Adam Aikens Fly Fishing

check out the 2020 exhibitors

Fly shops, guides, lodges, art, manufacturers, conservation organizations and much more. Check out the 2020 exhibitors.