JOHN SHANER; SOFT HACKLES…10:00 am
John has been fly fishing for as long as he can remember. He caught his first trout on a fly he tied himself in 1965. He grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as he could drive. Over the years John have fished for trout extensively across the US and has made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. He has been in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and since 2008 with Hardy. Currently, he holds the position of Eastern Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, the parent company of Hardy, Fenwick, and Hodgman. His interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. He is mostly self-taught but has studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional patterns. The Catskill style of dry flies was my first love, but in the past 15 years his focus has been on British wet flies. He also like to experiment with new patterns, but is a bit of a traditionalist in his use of materials and seldom incorporate synthetics into his flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. John has a special fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them “Soft Hackles”), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. His other passion is collecting tackle and angling books. His “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. John is a member of The Anglers’ Club of New York, The Flyfishers’ Club of London, The Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, and The DeBruce Fly Fishing Club. Currently, he lives in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the Beaverkill and West Branch of the Delaware.
HENRY RAMSAY; A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, FLY FISHING PENNSYLVANIA’S HEADWATER STREAMS…11:00 am
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.
DAN RODRICKS; FLY FISHING IN WESTERN MARYLAND…12:00pm
Dan Rodricks is an award-winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun who has been writing commentary on local, regional and national news since 1979. He has also been a familiar voice on Baltimore radio and television. His book, published in 2019 by Apprentice House, is Father’s Day Creek: Fly Fishing, Fatherhood and the Last Best Place on Earth. In this memoir, Dan describes his “spirit home,” his outdoor sanctuary — a trout stream in Pennsylvania that serves as backdrop for reflections on fishing, friendships, and fatherhood. The book, with a foreword by the late fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh, was selected by TROUT as one of the magazine’s favorite books of 2019.
PER BRANDIN: BAMBOO ROD DESIGN…1pm
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…2:00 pm
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!
DAVE ROTHROCK…EARLY SPRING FLY FISHING…3:00 pm
Dave 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.