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Vendor Spotlight: Dave Rothrock

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Dave Rothrock has been pursuing trout and other species with a fly rod since the mid-1960’s and he’s been tying flies for a bit longer than he’s been fishing them. He has fished throughout the East, into the Midwest, and Europe where he fished great waters in Austria and Slovenia.

Dave’s articles have appeared in FLY FISHERMAN, AMERICAN ANGLER and PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER magazines as well as other publications. His fly patterns have have graced the pages of various publications, books and calendars. He has presented programs on fly-fishing related topics to groups throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Dave is also a co-author of the book “Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania’s Best Water.”

In 2004 Dave and George Daniel teamed together to compete in the northeast regional qualifier for Barrett Productions’ Fly Fishing Masters competition. As a team they placed first out of 36 teams in the two day casting competition.

Dave is a former Orvis Endorsed Guide as well as a former FFI Certified Casting Instructor . He has worked as an instructor in the L. L. Bean fly fishing schools and has taught fly fishing, casting and fly- tying classes for various fly shops and groups. Dave currently guides and teaches fly fishing and casting through his business, Salmo-Trutta Enterprises as well as being on the staff of Sky Blue Outfitters. He utilizes many of the best trout streams in central and north central PA as his classroom environment.

Dave serves as an Ambassador Pro with Douglas Outdoors and also serves on the Pro Staff of HMH Vises and Flystones.

 

Vendor Spotlight: Braden Miller

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Braden Miller has a passion-all things fly fishing!.  He taught himself by watching videos on YouTube and Instagram, and has been fly fishing and tying since he was just 8 years old.  Since then he has traveled the world chasing fish with his fly rod and own-tied flies, though he prefers trout and largemouth bass,

Braden has made fly tying appearances throughout the country, including the Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey, Pennsylvania an will be traveling in a few weeks to take part in the Texas show.  He also continues to volunteer at charitable events, and even convinced his family he needed to attend iCast in Orlando where he participated in the Iron Fly Competition as the youngest competitor to attend the event.

Braden is Jr. Pro-Staff for Norvise and Temple Fork Outfitters.

Come see this accomplished young man tie some flies at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Vendor Spotlight: AdamWilner

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Rivers are my passion! Whether I’m wading the Gunpowder or floating down the Potomac, I love exploring moving water. And, I love hunting the fish that thrive in the creeks, streams, and rivers of our great country! I’ve been an avid fly fisherman and fly tier since 1992, and I have been focusing on Japanese tenkara and nymphing techniques since 2013

Check out the great flies Adam ties at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Raffle Prize: Free Float Trip

 

Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing will be donating a FREE drawing for a 2 Person Float Trip after the 3pm presentation “Topwater Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass”.

The full day float trip is for 2 anglers. All flies are included along with lunch and drinks. River location will be based on client’s preferences.

The presentation will be at 3pm on the 3rd floor. Retail Value: $500

Attend William’s presentation on top water bass fishing and recieve a FREE raffle ticket to win this trip!

Vendor Spotlight: Flystones

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Flystones is a Marble, Granite and natural stone fly tying base company created by Chris Spangler in 2015 out of Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

Chris is part owner with his family of a marble and granite fabrication facility and has over 15 years of countertop knowledge.

Chris utilizes his leftover pieces of stone and creates not only a super stable platform but a decorative base that is unlike anything on the market.

Notable fly tying professionals using his system are George Daniel, Rich Strolis, Dave Rothrock, Tom Herr, Eunon Hendron, Rick Nyles, Steven Wascher, William Kosmer, Braden Miller and many more.

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Check out these beautiful fly stands at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Raffle Prize: Gunpowder Fly Tying Table

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The Gunpowder, named after the Gunpowder rivers in Northeast, MD, is one of the larger standard versions of the Hartman Woodworking Fly Tying Table and is intended for the seasoned professional or enthusiast that is looking for lots of work space as well as plenty of storage holes and spindles for all your tying material.  The Gunpowder is handcrafted using a high quality maple veneer plywood base to reduce any chance of warpage and cracking over multiple seasons.  The base frame and all shelve are constructed of high quality hardwoods with a top shelf lined with ¼” solid brass spindles for all your spools.  Table bottom has four 2 ½” heavy duty non-skid rubber pads to keep table movement free while you are working. The Gunpowder comes standard with a long lasting gooseneck LED Lamp and a magnetic tray.

Each custom handcrafted rack is signed by woodcrafters Steve and Josh Hartman. Retail value: $350

Vendor Spotlight: Carlson Rod Company

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Hello, My name is Dana Gray owner of the Carlson Rod Co. and Maker of the Carlson “Four”.

Beginning 8-9 years prior to his death, I had the unique privilege to work beside C. W. “Sam” Carlsonone of the true masters in the art of bamboo rod building.  We built numerous rods together, and he patiently taught me all the aspects of rod building, the way he built them.

I purchased the company and rod shop after “Sam” passed in 2002. My rods will continue to be built with the same strict attention to detail Carlson rods have become known for and all components other than guides will continue to be made at my shop.

The Carlson “Four”

A FEW WORDS ABOUT FOUR-STRIP BAMBOO FISHING RODS

To many, a fishing rod constructed of four strips of cane is an unknown. Others may own or have seen the “Quadrate” rod developed and produced by W. E. “Bill” Edwards of Mt. Carmel, CT between 1939 and 1955. Some may own or have seen four strip rods produced in our shop under the name of “Carlson”, “Thomas-Carlson” and “Thomas-Four”. When we aquired the Thomas Rod Co. of Bangor, Maine in 1958, it was our intent to add the four-strip rod, which we were producing, to the Thomas line. However, the increased demand for this item coupled with the limited production had restricted the output of the Thomas conventional “Hex” rod. The Thomas Rod Company was eventually sold in the late 1990’s and now resides back in the Bangor, Maine area. The four strip rod is now, and has been many years, the prime product of the Carlson Rod Company.

Raffle Prize: TFO Trout Outfit

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TFO Trout Rod/Reel Outfit; Retail Value: $550

Temple Fork assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more folks into the sport.

BVK rods are fast action rods designed to excel in Presentation and Distance. The rich translucent olive blanks are topped with matching braided carbon fiber reel seats, our exclusive Tactical Series Stripping Guides*, ultra lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless snake guides and Flor grade grips that are comfortably contoured and uniquely contrasted. Reel to match included.

Prize donated by Bob Selb, owner of The Classic Fly Fisherman

TFO. POWER TO THE ANGLER

 

Vendor Spotlight: A.M.Rapach Books

Andy RapachWelcome to A.M. Rapach Angling Books, purveyors of Antiquarian, Collectible, and Out-of-Print Fishing Books for the Discriminating Angler. We are a bookseller specializing in fishing books, fly fishing books, hunting books, and sporting books. We operate an online book store and sell books at hunting & fishing shows and flea markets throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.We are located in Southwestern PA in Harrison City, Westmoreland County. The region is also know as the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.We buy single items and collections from individuals, used book shops, bookstores, independent book dealers, antique dealers, and book pickers. The angling book catalogue is now operational. Select books and check out through our store on Square, Inc. (www.square.com). We will be posting more books. If you are looking for a particular book, please drop us a line. We have many more books than what you will see online.

Vendor Spotlight: Norvise

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Developed by professional research engineer and fly tier Norm Norlander, the Norvise – Fly Tying Vise, and Automatic Bobbin are truly innovative tools.

Unlike other “rotary vises” that simply “rotate” to position the hook, the Norvise is designed to “spin” the hook to apply material. With the hook shank held in perfect alignment with the axis of rotation (on centerline) it works like a lathe and provides for better thread tension control and more precise material placement.

Precision ball bearings and heavy brass hubs enable the Nor-vise to also work like a spinning wheel for dubbing like you have never seen before. Perfectly shaped and textured bodies, with all the dubbing materials, can be created, without wax, better, faster, and much easier than by any other method.

Lots of other body materials such as lead, wire, tinsel, floss, chenille, plastics, etc. can also be “spun on” very quickly and smoothly. Another unique technique with the Norvise is to use its spinning capability to “reinforce” materials such as herl and hackle with the working thread.

The Norvise Fly Tying Vise Bobbin solves the problem of getting the bobbin out of the way, yet instantly having it right back to where it is needed. Holding the thread in alignment with the hook shank (on the Thread Post) the vise may be rotated or spun to wrap on materials without adding additional thread to the hook.

Like any new technology it takes a bit of practice to master, but you can, and you will then wonder how you ever did without it. The Norvise – Fly Tying Vise and Norvise Fly Tying Bobbin will indeed “Tie Better Flies Faster”.

Visit the Norvise team at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Vendor Spotlight: Trout Unlimited

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The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MDTU) was formed in 1971 and currently has over 800 members. These members largely live in Baltimore City and in Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Mission: To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Vision: By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

MDTU is a regional chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national non-profit organization with 147,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. From forested rivers like the Farmington in Connecticut to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and all points in between, TU’s work spans nearly a million miles of cold water all across North America.

TU has a basic approach to its conservation strategy. First, we use the best available science to protect headwater spawning habitat for trout and salmon. We reconnect tributaries with their rivers to ensure resilience, and we restore waters where development has impacted trout and salmon and the opportunity to fish for them. Second, we sustain our work on the ground by:

•Using the best science to drive conservation priorities.
•Promoting and maintaining a strong legal and regulatory framework to protect fish and fishing opportunity.
•Connecting with passionate anglers who want to give back to the resource they value so much.
•Increasing our ability to engage TU members in conservation by training, educating and building a strong community of angler advocates.
•Connecting with generous donors and helping them give to the fish they cherish and the place they love.
•Helping members connect and communicate with one another via our website, TROUT Magazine and the TU Blog.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of TU and giving back to the fish and the places you value, become a member and help us ‘save the world, one trout at a time.’

MDTU, over the years, has pursued and advanced TU’s mission in the following ways:

•Spearheaded the stream habitat improvement of numerous watersheds in the Baltimore area. These have included: Little Gunpowder Falls, Long Green Run, and Jones Falls.
•Advocated for responsible real estate development crafting agreements with various developers governing storm water runoff and other watershed protection issues.
•Led the creation of handicapped fishing access on Morgan Run.
•Led ongoing stewardship and monitoring of cold water fisheries throughout the Baltimore area.
•Supported an active grant and education program designed to assist landowners to become better stewards of their riparian watersheds.
•Worked closely with the Maryland State DNR personnel to secure reimbursement for seedlings and fencing along streams.
•Sponsored monthly speakers on fishing and conservation related topics.

Maryland Trout Unlimited prides itself on an open door policy. We welcome and engage all constituents in dialogue designed to increase understanding and conversation of cold water fisheries. Our Board of Directors meetings are currently held the second Wednesday of every month, and public General Meetings (featuring guest speakers) are held monthly on the third Wednesday, from September through May. (

Vendor Spotlight: Shawn Holsinger

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Shawn Holsinger, owner and operator of Holsinger’s Guide Service has been fly fishing the streams of Western Central Pennsylvania for over 30 years.  Being blessed to be raised in the limestone rich mountains of the area, has offered many fishing opportunities in some incredibly trout-rich waters.  His home is centrally located between the famed Little Juniata and very popular Yellow Creek of Bedford County.  This area is also home to some incredible Class A wild trout water as well, which is where Shawn’s true passion is when it comes to fly fishing.

Shawn is also on the Pro Staff of his father’s business, www.holsingersflyshop.com  located in East Freedom Pennsylvania on the banks of the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata.  Part of his work in the fly shop includes his very popular YouTube channel, Holsinger’s Fly Shop.  Between the fly shop and his YouTube channel, he has had many opportunities to fly fish in some great locations, such as, Colorado for large Cutthroats, West Virginia and Maryland for trout, and Lake Erie and Ontario, for lake run steelhead, browns and salmon.

Vendor Spotlight: Tochterman’s Tackle

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We started Tochterman’s Fishing Tackle in 1916, and since our first day in business we’ve been bringing the best selection of products and merchandise to our customers. Our name has become synonymous with quality throughout the entire Baltimore area. We do our best to ensure a permanent variety of fantastic items along with unique limited edition and seasonal items that fit your budget.

On a recent trip to Tochterman’s to see Tony and Rich, I was pleasantly surprised with the size and assortment of fly fishing products in their recently renovated second floor. Large selection of fly tying materials, numerous vises, rods, reels, waders, large selection of flies, clothing  and much more. They are definitely “all in” when it comes to outfitting the fly fisherman.  If you havent been to the shop lately, put it on your calendar as it’s a must see!

Stop by Tochterman’s booth at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show and say hi to Rich and Ian.

Vendor Spotlight: Per Brandin Rods

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About Brandin Cane Rods

Purpose

​My intent in building cane rods is simply to make the finest rod that can be made, both in terms of craftsmanship and performance. This endeavor includes the evolution of design concepts relative to performance as well as aesthetic refinement and development.
I design rods with primarily two qualities in mind, smoothness and power. As an individual maker, I can design and build each rod exactly as I feel it should be. My annual rod production is, of necessity, very limited; please rest assured that when you purchase one of my rods, you are acquiring something truly unique with uncommon attention paid to its making.

Four Strip or Six Strip?

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Cross sections of rods showing four and six strip configuration.
After starting out by making six strip rods, I soon became intrigued by the qualities of the four strip, square section rod. For the next ten years I built only four strip rods and it has been since 1995 that I have again made six strip rods.

I believed four strip rods would be more powerful than conventional six strip rods of the same length and weight. The difference in power between a four strip and a six strip rod is more subtle than it is dramatic, however, and the actual action and power of the rod is affected much more by the taper and by hollowbuilding than by choice of cross sectional design.
Tapers
The taper of the bamboo shaft is the most important element by far that determines the action and performance of a fishing rod. All the tapers for my rods are my own and undergo continuous evolution and refinement. Arriving at a successful taper is a long process of trial and error which involves many interrelated factors. Whether fast or slow, parabolic or fast dry fly, the rod should act and feel as one unit. The preferred taper shape will vary with the type and size of flies expected to be used, line type and weight, stream size or if the rod will be fished primarily in lakes. Purely personal preference is of course a major factor.
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One of my earliest semi-hollow efforts completed in 1989, cut open to show the internal structure, including what I call my ‘internal swell.’
I developed a system of hollowbuilding about 1988 (when I was still building rods in Pleasantville, NY) which allows me to build the tips as well as the butts hollow. This came about after a visit to the extraordinary California rod builder Mike Montagne who opened my eyes to the possibilities of hollow-building as well as a basic method for achieving it. The method I have since then developed is an evolution of E.C. Powell’s basic ideas from the 1930’s. Hollowing the tips has a major and beneficial impact on rod action even though the actual weight of bamboo removed from the tips is relatively small. Even the slightest change in weight or taper in the tip will have a major impact on the action and feel of the rod because the further towards the tip we move, the greater is the leverage of the weight that is there, and during the dynamic bending and recoiling of casting it is moving at a very much greater speed than is the butt. A rod hollowbuilt well into the tips throws tighter loops more easily and dampens better because the tips have less inertia to overcome in casting. The power of the cane can be applied directly to the line rather than being used to overcome the inertia of the rod itself. My hollow building methods add an internal taper to the primary external taper of the rod. It is the subtle distribution of material in the rod which determines its action.
For me, bamboo is the ideal material for making fly rods. With proper use and balance of design concepts such as hollow-building, reduced weight joining methods, and cutting edge component use, I never any more feel the need to reach for graphite. This is true for me even of two handed rods up to 13 ft. and 9 ft. #10 weight Tarpon rods. With all this talk of cutting edge design and innovation, however, we should not lose track of the ever present importance of taper. There is still room for new taper work and for fine-tuning actions. It often amazes me when I pick up some of the rods made of solid bamboo from 1915 to about 1930; the wonderful feel and line control they have is astonishing and this was achieved with nothing but solid bamboo and a great understanding of tapers. My favorite 7 foot #3 line rod was built by Eustis Edwards in the teens of the last century. ​​​

Vendor Spotlight: Eastern Trophies

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Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing offers year round float trips for Trout and Smallmouth Bass in Virginia and Maryland. Instruction, flies, lunch and laughs included. Our main season runs from April through November, but we also do Winter floats for trout. Many of our repeat clients book our “Extended Day” float trips where we fish 12-14 hours in a day and cover 10-16 miles in a day depending on the float we do. We are also offering a custom overnight trip for Trophy Smallmouth Bass on an undisclosed river in Virginia for 2018. Email us for details.

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Their online catalog has everything Chuck Kraft and more. Chuck Kraft fly patterns, materials, fly tying kits, Chuck Kraft DVD’s, fly tying tools, gift certificates, t shirts, fly tying protective mats, fly turners and more. You can also pay for your trip if you like. Our gift certificates are made custom so you can be as creative as you like. Our gift certificates are also available through email too so we can get that last second gift taken care of for you. Contact us directly if you have a last minute need that we can help you with. We’ll be wading for you.

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Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing, along with Chuck Kraft, produce thousands of flies each year. Our flies are the best you will find in the industry. Every single Chuck Kraft fly pattern is tied by Chuck Kraft or William Heresniak. Need something custom? No problem. We handle many custom orders each year. Please contact us if you have questions or need specific patterns tied up. See our Youtube channel for more videos on how to tie our patterns. Our Catalog has fly tying kits which include all materials needed to tie Chuck’s flies just like we do.

See everything Eastern Trophies has to offer at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Vendor Spotlight: Richard Tillman

 

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Richie Tillman: I started tying at the age of 5 with my Dad’s old vise and tying materials. Then that Christmas I got a fly tying kit from my Dad and my Great Uncle and card saying that on my birthday of that year he would teach me how to tye , and then we would go to his brother in laws who raised trout for the State of Maryland and after we would go trout fishing. After surgery for a malignant brain tumor in the spring of 1983 I got back to the vice, still doing some trout patterns once I completed high school It was off to college up, Until this point I did not fly fish but I could tye . It was at this point I discovered a small fly shop in town a short walk from college. There I was asked to start tying for the shop. Then I got a call from a friend saying,” would I like to take a Fly Tying class with him at a local Fly shop”. I said” sure”. The next evening he picked me up from school and we proceeded to drive to the very same shop I was tying for and as soon as I walked in the door the owner of the shop spoke up and said I didn’t need to learn how to tye but I sat through helping my friends until it came to tying Lefty’s Deceiver. This was a pattern I had heard about and very much wanted to learn because it was a saltwater pattern. From that point on I never looked back I wanted to learn as many saltwater patterns as possible from then on all I wanted to tye was saltwater flies . Now I tye flies for Bonefish, to Sharks and Billfish. East Coast, to West Coast, to around the world.

Watch and learn as Richie ties at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!

Vendor Spotlight: Chesapeake Women Anglers

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The goal of CWA is to be a premier fly fishing club, serving the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, dedicated to promoting fly fishing for women through education, fish outings, and environmental awareness.

Chesapeake Women Anglers (CWA), formerly Chesapeake Outdoor Women, promotes fly fishing for women in a supportive, encouraging, non-competitive environment through education, clinics, fishing trips and special events.

 

Since 1994, CWA members have been enjoying fishing trips to local and distant destinations, including cold, warm and salt waters.  CWA offers its members many opportunities to develop their skills, as well as share their knowledge and expertise with others.  CWA welcomes women at all levels of fishing abilities and experience, from beginner to intermediate to expert.

 

CWA’s yearly calendar is filled with many different activities and outings including monthly Fish, Lunch & Learn sessions, casting clinics, local and destination fishing trips and activities such as fly tying and kayaking.

 

CWA hosts a booth at several local fly fishing shows in the winter months to spread the word about CWA and raise donations for the Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Program retreats.  In September of each year, CWA members, our families, and friends gather for our Fall Fling picnic. Then in December, we enjoy a wonderful Holiday party to end the fishing year.

The biggest demographic shift in fly fishing today is the increase in women fly angling…stop by their booth at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show and get involved!

 

 

 

Vendor Spotlight: Henry Ramsey

My name is Henry Ramsay. I am the author of “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” published by Stackpole / Headwater Books and released in January 2011, and co-author of “Keystone Fly Fishing Guide” released in 2017. I am a custom fly tier, fly fishing and fly tying instructor, photographer and presenter.

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My life as a fly fisherman began more than 40 years ago on a stream in central Pennsylvania while watching someone fly fishing with flies they tied themselves. The image was magical and a lifelong obsession began at that point. After all these years the magic still hasn’t worn off. Since then my obsession has taken me to many of the best streams across my home state of Pennsylvania as well as streams and rivers in New York, Maryland, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Montana.

I have been a custom fly tier for many years, tying flies for trout fisherman across the US, as well as tying artistic and classic Atlantic Salmon flies. My tying work has been featured in several publications including the Art of Angling JournalThe Game Journal and the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and I contribute to Fly Fisherman and Eastern Fly Fishing magazines. I am a contract fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and am a member of the Daiichi Hook and Regal Vise Pro Staffs.

Fly fishing is a way of life for me and my pursuit of it takes many shapes and forms. Nearly every day finds me engaged in it in some form; from fishing, to tying flies, to photographing stream insects, developing and testing new fly patterns to teaching someone else how to enjoy the sport more.

Henry will be giving a free seminar at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show–don’t miss it!

Vendor Spotlight: Beaver Creek Fly Shop

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The Beaver Creek Fly Shop is located on the banks of the Beaver Creek in Washington County, Maryland. We are 0.1 mile from route 70 at Exit 35 for Boonsboro, off of Mapleville Road (State Route 66.) Our store is fully stocked with rods, reels, lines, waders, boots, jackets, apparel and a huge selection of the finest flies and fly tying materials available.

With all our knowledge of local waters and excellent customer service, we are here to provide you with the necessary tools and advice to go out and enjoy the sport of fly fishing.

Established in 2012, we have continued to grow and expand our business every day. If there’s a special order or something you can’t find, we will do our best to help you. Thank you to all of our customers who allow us to continue to offer the best service we can

James Harris, Owner & Operator of Beaver Creek Fly Shop teaches the Learn to Fly Fish courses and does the private casting and tying instruction for the shop. James also guides walk and wade trips on Beaver Creek and other area streams. Helping his customers to become more proficient anglers and fly tiers is his main focus and what he loves to do. You can find James in the shop most days unless he’s on the water or chasing birds with his dog Vogel.

Stop by and say hi to James at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show!