John has been fly-fishing for as long as he can remember, catching his first trout in 1967 on a fly he tied himself. He grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and has fished the Catskill Rivers extensively. Over the years, john has fished for trout across the US as well as the chalk stream of England. He has been in the fly-fishing business since 1985 and has managed fly shops, guided and worked as a sales representative for Hardy. John has a special interest in spiders/soft hackles and enjoys spreading his fly tying knowledge of these simple, elegant but deadly flies.
Henry is a well-known custom fly tyer, fly fishing and fly tying instructor, photographer and presenter. The author of “Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout” and co-author of “Keystone Fly Fishing Guide” released in 2017.
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 Journal, The 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.
WILLIAM HERESNIAK: TOPWATER FLY FISHING FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS
My name is Williams Heresniak and as the owner and sole guide for Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing, I can truly say I love what I do. Eastern Trophies works in partnership with renowned Smallmouth Guide and Fly designer Chuck Kraft. Chuck’s patterns are the foundation of the fly arsenal I fish with personally and also guide with. Chuck has been described as “the best Smallmouth guide in the country by the late Lefty Kreh. I feel very fortunate to have Chuck Kraft as a mentor.
My background is in Education and Coaching. With that experience, guiding comes naturally to me. My main objective is to teach the clients I guide, everything I can when they are with me. I want my clients to be able to fish more efficiently and effectively so that they can catch more fish and larger fish. I keep things simple and direct so it’s easy to understand.
Per Brandin: Brandin Split-Cane Rods
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.
Bart Lombardo: Panfish on the Fly
Fly fishing for bluegill and other sunfish species has always been a passion of mine. Collectively known as panfish, these scrappy fighters were made to be pursued with a fly rod. The first fish I caught on a fly was a bluegill. When the day comes that I can no longer wade a trout stream or paddle a kayak, they will be around to be my last.
Although I am a multi-species angler, chasing fish with a fly rod in cold, warm and salt water, panfish hold a special place in my heart. Many other anglers I know feel the same way, and that is why Panfish On The Fly was created. It was also built for all the folks who live hundreds or even thousands of miles from the nearest trout. Why wait for the annual trip to trout country to pick up that fly rod. You have fish living right in your back yard that are just waiting to grab your fly. Bluegills and other panfish are found everywhere!