Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Authors Booth makes its appearance once again at this year's IFFF Fly Fishing Fair. As in years past it will host fly fishing authors of note for attendees to talk with and have their fly fishing books signed. This year we are looking forward to another group of well-known and up-and-coming authors who will share their story with you.  This is also a good time to bring fly fishing books from your home library to be autographed. Join us in the Exhibit Hall to meet your favorite author!


Gretchen & Al Beatty

Gretchen & Al Beatty are longtime IFFF members and recognized outdoor writers/photographers from Boise, Idaho.

Title and description of book(s):Tying Hair-Wing Flies, Fly Pattern Encyclopedia, Innovative Flies & Techniques, LaFontaine's Legacy, Rotary Tying Techniques. Fly-tying techniques with the title proving the focus of the book.


Kent Cowgill

Retired English prof.  Most passionate current activities: trout and steelhead fishing; houseboating on the Mississippi River near my southeastern Minnesota home; tennis; travel in provincial France. Book previous to Sunlit Riffles and Shadowed Runs: a travel memoir titled Back in Time: Echoes of a Vanished America in the Heart of France.

Title and description of book(s): Sunlit Riffles and Shadowed Runs: Stories of Fly Fishing America. A fiction collection of sixteen stories on fly fishing, ranging from the comic to the reflective and tragic, set in varied locales from the Driftless Area of Minnesota and Wisconsin to Big Sky country and the Pacific Northwest.


Robert DeMott

A fly fisherman since 1956, Bob DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, where he taught from 1969 to 2013. He is a life member of TU, and an IFFF Casting Instructor. A native New Englander, he now lives in Athens, Ohio.

Title and description of book(s):Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing. A collection of 30 original essays on the varieties of fly fishing experience by acclaimed American writers, including Kim Barnes, Russell Chatham, Guy de la Valdene, Jim Fergus, Charles Gaines, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Ted Leeson, Sydney Lea, Craig Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Paul Schullery and others. The book is dedicated to Nick Lyons, who also has a chapter in the book.


Soon Lee

Soon Lee, MCI, THCI, has been teaching fly casting since the 1980s. He previously served on the Casting Board of Governors and served as the Editor of The Loop, the Journal for Professional Fly Casting Instructors. Currently he serves on the IFFF Board of Directors.

Title and description of book(s): Fly Casting: Loop Dynamics


Molly Semenik – may not be able to sign as book is not out yet, but keep an eye out for it!

Molly Semenik owner of Tie The Knot Fly Fishing resides in Blaine Washington.  Molly has been guiding and instructing in Livingston Montana for 13 years.  In addition to guiding and Instructing, Molly hosts women's fly fishing destination trips in the intermountain west.  Molly's new book, "25 of the Best Small Streams in Montana" published by Stonefly Press will be available at the show.

Title and description of book(s):25 of the Best Small Streams in Montana.


Scott Sanchez

Buz Busek winner.  Fly tying columnist for American Angler.  Author of Introduction to Saltwater Tying, A New Generation of Trout flies and The Never Ending Stream.  Material omnivour and sniffer of tying glues.

Title and description of book(s):Never-Ending Stream, a tribute to Fly-Tying Form and Function. A New Generation of Trout Flies, from midges to mammals for Rocky Mountain trout.


Brandon Shuler, PhD

Dr. Brandon D. Shuler is an author, oceans advocate, and die-hard fisherman. Dr. Shuler has written for Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, and he has appeared on a number of outdoors shows as a featured guide. Dr. Shuler is currently working on a documentary of the Tycoon Tackle Company.

Title and description of book(s):Glory of the Silver King: The Golden Age of Tarpon Fishing. Glory of the Silver King is the lost manuscript of famed sportswriter Hart Stilwell. Shuler, through research, rewriting and annotation brings the history and rise and fall of the Gulf of Mexico's tarpon fishing to life in this entertaining and informative book. Shuler's work captures the importance of habitat restoration and resource conservation to the forefront of the angler's mind.


Rhea Topping

Rhea has been an FFF Master Instructor since 1997; She is the author of “Rod Rage, A Guide to Angling Ethics,” and produced the best selling DVD, "The Double Haul." She ran the fly fishing courses for The Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park since 1998. Under the company name, Mayfly Adventures,LLC, she runs escorted angling trips worldwide.

Title and description of book(s):"Rod Rage, A Guide to Angling Etiquette". Out of print and about to be re-published. First edition books to be discounted at Fair. Many short stories by famous anglers about ettiquette situations. Very good read! DVD - "The Double Haul". Second Edition  of this best seller. Excellent for instructors as well as students. Filmed on the spring creeks of Paradise Valley, Montana with casting cameos of Joan Wulff, Dave Whitlock, Mel Krieger, and more…


Mike Valla

Mike has been an avid fly-angler and fly tyer for over 45 years. Now retired from a career as a public health childrens dentist, Mike is presently the Northeast Field Editor for Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. He has also written for Fly Fisherman magazine, Fly Tyer and The American Fly Fisher. Mike is the 4th recipient of the Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award.

Title and description of book(s):The Founding Flies: 43 American Masters, Their Patterns and Influences, Tying Catskill Style Dry Flies, The Classic Dry Fly Box, The Classic wet Fly Box. The Founding Flies, (Stackpole, 2013), covers many of America’s most renowned fly tyers and fly anglers including luminaries such as Buz Buszek, the Dettes, the Darbees, Lew Oatman, Len Halladay, Cal Bird, Lee Wulff, Andre Puyans, John Atherton, Vince Marinaro, and others. Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies (Stackpole/Headwater 2009) provides detail tying information as well as historical descriptions of the Catskill Mountain region in New York State. The Classic Dry Fly Box, and Classic Wet Fly Box  (Whitefish, 2010/2012) are primarily photo books of 100 classic fly patterns.


Beverly Vidrine

Beverly Vidrine is a member of the Acadiana Fly Rodders, International Federation of Fly Fishers, Writer's Guild of Acadiana, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  Mrs. Vidrine is a former elementary teacher and a published author of a series of holiday alphabet books, and her most recent book, Hooked on Fly Fishing from A to Z. She resides in Lafayette, LA.

Title and description of book(s):Hooked on Fly Fishing from A to Z. "Hooked on Fly Fishing From A to Z" is a wonderful introduction to the world of fly fishing. Often seen as complex or intimidating, this graceful form of fishing is anything but, and this book shows young readers just how easy it can be. Broken down into simple-to-understand pieces, children can quickly connect the dots on how to get started in tis amazing sport, literaly from A to Z.


David Paul Williams

David Paul Williams, author of "Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth," has been labeled "the acknowledged master of smallies on the fly." With over 40 years of smallmouth experience, he gives information-packed presentations at fly fishing fairs, fly clubs and other organizations.

Title and description of book(s):Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth. This book is for any one wanting to learn about the hardest-fighting freshwater fish--smallmouth bass--where it lives, what it eats. Learn where to go, when to go, what to use and how to read the water in order to catch these bronze bulldogs in lakes and western rivers.

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