Currently working on our 2020 Speaker Series!
2019 Speakers listed below
Free seminars and presentations will be available throughout the day. The following distinguished speakers are professionals in their field and will be speaking on a variety of different fly fishing topics.
Bob Romano: 10:00 am, room 304
Bob and his wife, Trish, have owned a camp in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine for more than thirty years. This is a region of the country rich in sporting tradition and known for its native brook trout and wild landlocked salmon. Bob will cover when and where to fish, what flies to cast and techniques to use. The program will include 100 photos of the lakes, rivers and streams that remain as wild as they were when Carrie Stevens tied her Gray Ghost streamer and Louise Dickinson Rich lived along the carry road beside the Rapid River.
The tenth-anniversary edition of SHADOWS IN THE STREAM, Bob’s book of essays about fly fishing, is often used by anglers as a guide to fishing the Rangeley Lakes Region. His latest book, THE RIVER KING – A FLY-FISHING NOVEL will also be available for sale.
Bob is also the author of the Rangeley Lakes series of novels that include North of Easie, which won second place in the 2010 Outdoor Writer’s Best Book Contest. Romano’s essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Christmas in the Wild, Fresh Fiction for Fresh Water Fishing, and Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing.
More information about Bob can be found at: forgottentrout.com
John Shaner—11:00 am, room 304
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.
Brian Shumaker—12:00 pm, room 304
Brian Shumaker is the owner of Susquehanna River Guides, specializing in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River that runs through Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River is a fertile limestone river and home to one of the best smallmouth fisheries in the East. This majestic river is rich in food, with rock ledges and wide shallow riffles laden with nymphs, crayfish and other foods.
Brian’s love of fishing started at an early age, encouraged by his father. After years of exploring the fascinating island-studded river, Brian started Susquehanna River Guides in 1993 as a way to share his love of the river and fly fishing with others. Today, clients from every reach of the U.S. and as far away as Canada travel to Central Pennsylvania to discover the thrill of fly fishing for smallmouth bass.
Off the river, Brian is active with various organizations, including Smallmouth Alliance and Trout Unlimited, and has been a guest speaker for many local and regional organizations. Publications such as Fly Fish America have covered Susquehanna River Guides, as well as regional newspapers and publications.
Visit Brian’s website at www.susqriverguides.com
Henry Ramsey— 1:00 pm, room 304
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.
Shawn Holsinger: “Seven Simple Guide Flies That Catch Fish” 2:00 pm, room 304
Shawn is the 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.
WILLIAM HERESNIAK: TOPWATER FLY FISHING FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS 3:00 pm, room 304
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.