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Workshops are classes provided by professional instructors and experienced fly fishing experts who give of their time to teach anything and everything you want to know about fly fishing. The Fly Fishing Fair is the largest venue in the world where this many fly fishing instructors come together to share their expertise and knowledge. You know you are participating in a special educational experience when you attend the International Fly Fishing Fair. We extend a big thank you to all our instructors!  Click HERE to see the line up of workshops.

 
 WORKSHOP BIOGRAPHIES

James Anderson

Type: On Water

Born and raised in Livingston Montana, James has been fortunate enough to be fishing Armstrong’s since he was a kid.  He works at the Yellowstone Angler with his father, George.  While most of his days are spent in “retail jail” on special occasion he is able to get out and guide the Yellowstone, the spring creeks, private lakes, or YNP.

 

George Anderson

Type: On Water

Born in Newburg NY, George grew up fishing in the Catskill Mountains.  He moved out west to get a business degree at the University of Colorado where he refined his fishing techniques in the summers on the streams near West Yellowstone, eventually moving up to Livingston.  He started the Yellowstone Angler in 1979 and has been Fly-fishing for both freshwater and saltwater species ever since.  He enjoys teaching people about the sport, especially when it comes to catching larger fish on tiny flies.

 

Dok Arvanites

Type: Casting

Dok is an IFFF Master Casting Instructor.  He serves on the Casting Board of directors for Southwest Council of the IFFF, and teaches fly-casting at area fishing clubs, trade shows and IFFF events.  Dok has fished for cold, warm, and salt-water species across North America including Alaska and Central America since 1985. At present Dok splits his time between Ennis, MT and South Pasadena, CA.

 

Howard Bethel

Type: Other

Howard Bethel began giving rod building workshops for the IFFF in the mid 1980's.  He has spent over forty years doing workshops for clubs and regional groups in all parts of the United States as well as in Livingston and Bozeman, MT.

 

J. C. Childress

Type: Tying

I love tying and fishing.  I have been doing both for 40 years. Home waters are South Fork of the Snake River.  Wadefishing is my favorite, small streams and creeks. I also am a combat VietNam veteran and very proud.

 

Todd Collins

Type: Tying

Tod has over 25 years experience tying and fishing the George Grant Patterns. Considered George's protige, Collins spent severl years closely watching Mr. Grant tie his creations. Life IFFF member and founding board member and past president of the Big Hole River Foundation.

 

Jim Crislip

Type: Tying

I have been tying flies for over 40 years. I retired from teaching 4 years ago and started new fun demonstrating fly tying at fly fishing shows all around the northwest. I am on the NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo organization committee, Board of Governors The Tying Group, & many more.

 

Lee Davison

Type: Casting on Water

Lee is a Federation of Flyfishers (FFF) Certified Master Casting Instructor; FFF Certified Two-Hand Casting Instructor and a licensed Idaho guide. Lee is also the designer/owner of the Ballistic Speylines and Ballistic Spey Rods; CEO of Snake River Outfitters; Snowbee UK, LLC distributor for the USA; and an international Spey Casting competitor.

 

Charlotte Day

Type: Tying

Charlotte Day loves to tie flies so much that she built a shop behind her house!   Charlotte loves to warm water fly fish and tie the flies that she uses. She has tied at multiple FFF events.

 

Floyd Dean

Type: Casting

Floyd's focus is on keeping the art of fly-casting alive through research, and teaching, rediscovering the specialty casts that make it possible to place the right fly in the right spot with the right presentation to catch the most elusive fish.

 

Janet Dean

Type: Casting

Assisting Floyd Dean

 

David Diaz

Type: Casting & Casting on Water

David Diaz is an MCI who lives and teaches in fly casting in Birmingham AL. He fishes cold & warmwater species from Florida to Kamchatka, especially sight fishing for redfish, tarpon and bonefish. He Chairs the Casting Board of Governors.

 

Norm Domagala

Type: Tying

I live in Alpine, OR a small town in the coast range of Western Oregon. Ive been tying flies and fishing the Northwest since 1972. I am a member of the Whiting Pro-Team and fly designer for Montana Fly Co. I am the owner of Alpine Fly’s & Photos a custom fly tying and fly tying supply company.

 

Chuck Easterling

Type: Casting

In his prior non-fishing life Chuck was a Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas.  Chuck became a CI in 1997, and MCI in 1999 and was elected to the Casting Board of Governors in 2003.  He has served as chair of the CI Test Committee and is currently serving as chair of the Ethics Committee. Chuck also serves on the International strategic planning Committees and has participated in CI and MCI testing in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Spain and Ireland

 

Lew Evans

Type: Non-angling

Lew has been cooking in Dutch Ovens for over 30 years.  He has spent a lifetime in the outdoors fishing, hiking, camping and hunting.  He has won cooking awards for his chili and beans.  He is a featured Dutch Oven cooking instructor for Cabela's.

 

Oscar Feliu

Type: On Water & Tying

Born in CHILE, migrated to US in 1969, became a US citizen 1979… Made his home in Michigan where he originated many fly patterns feature in numerous Books and many US, Canadian and Italian fly fishing magazines …Internationally has demonstrated his patterns throughout USA, Canada, Italy & England. Oscar has 4 DVD’s that are distribute in Europe as well as USA. 40 years member of FFF, in all have presented programs for the FFF Regional & International Expositions for at least 35 years.

 

James Ferguson

Type: Tying

Life IFFF and FTG member, 2006 Oregon Fly Tyer of the Year recipient.  2012 Dick Nelson Fly Teaching Award.  Retired physical science teacher, Fly Tying Group Board of Governors past secretary and chair.

 

John Field

Type: Casting

John Field is an IFFF Certified Master Casting Instructor, with thirty years experience flats fishing. Past President; American Casting Association and NYC Chapter of Trout Unlimited. John is a contributor to Fly Fisherman Magazine.

 

James Flaherty

Type: Tying

Started tying flies in 1967.  Student of Todd Collins since 2005 tying George Grant flies.

 

Bud Frasca

Type: On Water

Bud has been fly fishing for 60 years and has been a Federator since 1965. He has fished all over the world and operates a full service fly shop.  He has taught fly fishing and fly tying for years.

 

Phil Geneix

Type: Tying

I was born in Paris the 7 July 1963 and caught my very first trout when I was 5 years old. I fished for trout during many years but not with flies. I started fly fishing in 2001 and have learned fly-tying and casting in a French club. I tie flies for catching some fish, not for catching fishermen! And I share without problem! I worked as a music teacher and conduct a percussion orchestra for 25 years. I love to travel for fly fishing (Croatia in 2010, Serbia in 2011, Norway 2013) and it’s very exciting for me to tie original flies in public. My fly-tying style is most of the time an expression of ephemera stages. I look for removing the hackle in its right place, place that it lost with the cdc dictatorship. I use orthodontic rubbers to tie that kind of flies.  I’m the creator of the elastic flies.

 

Willy George

Type: Casting

As an IFFF Certified Master Casting Instructor, Willy teaches Willy teaches fly casting at the famous Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, CA.  Willy also teaches a CI Prep Course for aspiring Casting Instructor candidates at the GGACC.  He directs casting instruction for the IFFF in Northern California and is a lifetime member of the Federation.  Willy fly fishes around the world in cold water, warm water, and salt water using mostly flies that he ties himself.

 

Herb Grenke

Type: On Water

For over 15 years I have instructed 4 fly fishing classes per year at Northern Michigan University. One of the more popular classes on campus; the class usually fills with senior students.  Presentations at Fox Valley TU fly-fishing seminar and FFF Great Lakes Conclave. I have taught disabled Veterans Programs: Healing Waters, Michigan DNR Partnering with VETS.

 

Michael Gula

Type: Other

I am a Consultant to Whiting Farms, Incorporated. I am also a member of the Whiting Farms Pro Team of fly tiers. I have fifty-eight years of fly tying and fly fishing experience. I am a retired educator, education administrator, and school improvement facilitator.

 

Henry Hoffman

Type: Tying

Henry has been tying flies for 60 years and won the 2008 Buz Buszek Memorial fly tying award.  He also has been raising fly tying hackle since 1955.

 

Steve Hollensed

Type: Casting

Captain Steve Hollensed; Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Guide in Texas. He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor and is an active member of the Casting Board of Governors, serving on several committees. Steve is currently chairman of the Casting Program Committee for the 2014 National IFFF fair and the Texas Council 2014 Expo.

 

Leslie Holmes

Type: Casting on Water

 

Chase Jablonski

Type: Casting

Chase Jablonski is an FFF Master Casting Instructor from Boise, Idaho. He enjoys backpacking and technical trout fishing. Chase fishes throughout the year and is always working to improve his casting and instruction techniques.

 

Bob Jacklin

Type: Casting & On Water

This year marks Bob's 45th year as a fly fishing guide and fly casting instructor in the West Yellowstone area.  He is an IFFF Charter member with continued membership starting in July 1967.  he is a world class fly fisherman, fly tier, and fly casting instructor.  He holds a Master Certification and sits on the IFFF Casting Board of Governors.  In the year 2004 Bob was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.

 

Charles Jardine

Type: On Water & Other

As a young boy growing up in England, Charles learned to fish from his father.  One of Great Britain's leading anglers, Charles is a familiar face to many in the FFF.  His Conclave workshops are among the first to fill as fishing skills are only exceeded by his teaching skills. He is just older….no slower!

 

Steve Jensen

Type: Tying & Other

I am a life member, Chair of the Legends of Fly Tying fly plate project, and a Board member of the IFFF’s Fly Tying Group.  I have been building fly plates as fund raisers for the IFFF for over 17 years during which over $150,000 in fly plate sales have benefited the Federation

 

Stephen Johnson

Type: Tying

Stephen has been tying flies for almost thirty years.  He has a passion for North Country Flies (also known as soft hackles in the U.S) and flies for the salt water flats and mangroves.  Two of his favorite places are Yellowstone National Park and Mexico.

 

Frank Johnson

Type: Tying

I have been a professional fly tier for over 50 years, a professional Monatana fly fishing guide for some 35 years.  Very clearly, fly fishing and fly tying have ruined my life.  I am a recipient of the Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award as well as the Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award.  I won the 2011 Mystery Materials fly tying contest at the Annual Fishing Fair.

 

Peggy Kingery

Type: Other

 

Bob Krumm

Type: Non-angling

Bob has been a naturalist and fisherman from childhood. His parents taught him to fish and identify edible, wild berries. He has been known to cook streamside lunches that include berries just picked.

 

Tim Lawson

Type: Casting

Tim is a Master Certified Casting Instructor and member of the IFFF Casting Board of Governors.  He has been teaching people of all ages and skill levels for the past 25 years.

 

Phil Greenlee, Frank Johnson, Bud Frasca, Herb Kettler, Len Zickler, Gordon Rose, Bob Krumm, Chip Parham

Type: On Water

IFFF President, IFFF Board of Directors, and experienced Fly Fishing guides will lead a two day workshop about all things fly fishing.  Join them for a great fly fishing experience.

 

Tom Logan

Type: Tying

Tom is a retired certified wildlife biologist from Tallahassee, Florida who specialized for more than 45 professional years in the research, recovedry and management of threatened and endangered wildlife species.  He enjoys tying classic trout patterns but has a special interest in tying historic and modern soft-hackles and other wet patterns and fishing them for southern bream and bass in his home waters, as well as for trout in the Smoky Mountains, Sierras and other streams of the western US.  Tom teaches fly tying classes in Tallahassee, has taught tying workshops and presented programs at shows and conclaves of the IFFF and demonstrates fly tying at several Council events each year.

 

Macauley Lord

Type: Casting

Macauley is a recipient of FFF's Lifetime Achievement Award in fly-casting instruction and is an emeritus member of the Casting Board of Governors. For 13 years, he was Head Instructor of the LL Bean Fly-Fishing Schools, where he continues to teach. He is the author of the LL Bean Fly-Casting Handbook, Revised Edition [Lyons Press, 2007] and a former editor of The Loop.

 

Wayne Luallen

Type: Tying

Wayne has demonstrated fly tying at numerous local, regional, national, and international events since 1975. He received the Federation of Fly Fishers Wayne “Buz” Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award in 1991. Wayne is especially fond of teaching the details of fly tying through better understanding of the nature of tying materials as well as better application and use of tying thread.

 

Patty Lueken

Type: Tying

Patty Lueken, who has fished all her life, began fly fishing about ten years ago.  Since that time, she fishes every chance she gets.  She has taught fishing and tying skills to adults and youth.  Patty was awarded the Arkansas Fly Fishers Fly Tier of the  Year in 2009.

 

Bryan Martin

Type: Casting

IFFF MCI and THCI qualified instructor based in Devon, England teaching and guiding on rivers, still waters and saltwater for game and sea fish.  Organized annual trips to the Miramichi River, New Brunswick Canada, fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon.

 

Dayle Mazzarella

Type: Casting

Dayle has been coaching and teaching for 45 years.  He has spent much of the last twenty years teaching teachers how to teach.  Over the last twenty years, Dayle has taught casting to dozens of large groups.

 

Art Mazzier

Type: Other

Art is a retired oral surgeon. Prior to retirment was a clinical professor of head and nek surgical anatomy for grad students at University of Ilinois. An IFFF MCI since 1997 and recognized expert fly tier. After retirement Art trained in aquatic entomology at MI State, Purdue and Mt State Universities. His knowledge of entomology is nearly enexhaustible.

 

Michael C. Meyers

Type: Tying

Dr. Meyers has been tying and fly fishing for over 20 years. A professor of science and formerly at Montana Troutfitters of Bozeman.  Michael is a life member of both TU and IFFF, and has fished throughout the western and southwestern regions of the US.

 

Mark Milkovich

Type: Casting

 

Ed Morphis

Type: Tying

H.S. History and Psychology teacher 28 yrs. Writer and teacher on educational philosophy and practice. Fly tier for 30+ yrs. Fly tying demonstrator in OR, ID, CA for 10 yrs. Beginning fly tying teacher 8 yrs. I have a passion for motivating and helping tying teachers become better at their task, especially those teaching beginning tying.

 

Peter Morse

Type: Casting on Water

From Australia, Peter Morse is an MCI. He is also an author with 3 fly fishing books to his credit, a photographer and journalist who has written for more magazines and newspapers than he cares to recall, a television presenter with a 26 part prime time television series based around fishing and travel, and a lifelong fly fisherman with 40 years waving the long wand. He pursues anything that swims with a fly rod and his species tally currently stands at over 300. He's also very keen to catch a whitefish to add to the tally.

 

Chau Nguyen

Type: Non-angling

Chau Nguyen and her family have been living in Montana since 1996. Her creativity outlet is cooking and jewelry making. She has been making jewelry for the past 6 years. She sells her works at local galleries, home and craft shows. Born in Vietnam and lived there for 16 years, her works reflect that oriental daintiness of the culture.

 

Naomi Okamoto

Type: Tying

Fly tying has long been a favorite interest for me. Teaching fly tying and being a demonstration fly tyer has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who love the sport and art of fly fishing and fly tying.  My involvement with the SWC allows me to give back in a small way to the community of fly fishers.

 

Brant Oswald

Type: On Water

Brant Oswald is a fly fishing instructor and guide with over 30 years of experience. Brant has worked in nearly every segment of the fly fishing industry--as a fishing school instructor/director (for both Orvis and the Mel Krieger schools), fishing travel consultant, fly shop manager, casting instructor, commercial fly tier and now as a guide and outfitter in Livingston, Montana.  As a guide, Brant spends most of his days with clients on the Paradise Valley spring creeks (Armstrong, DePuy’s, and Nelson’s) and the Yellowstone River. Brant has written extensively for fly fishing periodicals, and he now contributes regularly online, particularly on his own blog and at Midcurrent.com. Brant has been active with conservation groups, including CalTrout, the Joe Brooks (Livingston, Montana) Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Park County Environmental Council, and he served on the Governor's Upper Yellowstone River Task Force from 1997 to 2003.

 

Denis Ouellette

Type: Non-angling

Denis Ouellette has many years as an international teacher and trainer. He is a former Club President and current Vice President of Education for his local Toastmaster’s Club. Other club officers will be on hand to contribute their entertainment and expertise as well.

 

Chip Parham

Type: Tying

I’ve been active in fly fishing and fly tying since the late 1970’s when I met and was fortunate enough to meet and become friends with Andre Puyans. I took lessons and tied with Andy until he died.  I would love to give back to the sport that changed my life by helping in any way I can with the IFFFC.

 

Pat Peterman

Type: Casting

With a lifelong interest in fly fishing, Pat has developed a dedication and  passion about teaching fly fishing skills, especially casting. He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor with the IFFF, is a member of and has served as President of the Washington Fly Fishing Club and of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club. He serves on the Board of the WA State Council IFFF. He teaches group and private lessons (contact: patpeterman@gmail.com). He teaches classes and casting demos at IFFF regional events and at the IFFF International Fair and is involved in the IFFF Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP).

 

Kim Quesenbury & Dennis Duenas

Type: Non-angling

Kim of Dancing Elk Alpacas and Dennis of Northern Rocky Mountain Alpacas have been in the alpaca farming industry for about 5 years. Kim specializes in black and grey huacaya alpacas and Dennis in suri alpacas.  He has recently added huacayas to his herd.  These cuddly camelids are bred to produce "incredible, natural, next-to-skin" fiber that is greatly valued for it's warmer-than-wool and softer-than-cashmere attributes.

 

Parks Reece

Type: Non-angling

Parks Reece was tutored in the art of finger-painting at a young age by his mother and artist Ruth Shaw. Shaw was the originator of finger painting medium in 1930. Reece has taken this playful medium to a new level, incorporating the techniques into his recent paintings for Outside Bozeman, variuos magazine illustrations and various artwork. Join Reece for an afternoon of sophisticated play. Quote from the New York Times about Reece - "An untamed imagination…tweaking our notions of reality with wit, beguiling us with mystery"

 

Gordyann Ricci

Type: Non-angling

Gordy Ann Ricci and I am the owner of Thimbelina’s Quilt Shop. My store has been open for three years in downtown Livingston Montana. We offer quilting,sewing,needle arts, knitting and wool appliqué.

 

Keith Richard

Type: Casting

Keith is an MCI and owner of The Camp Fly Fishing School in Breaux Bridge, LA. He has lifelong fishing experience pursuing fresh and saltwater species throughout Louisiana's river systems and coastal marshes, specializing in sight fishing for red fish over the past decade

 

Bruce Richards

Type: Casting

Line designer for Scientific Anglers for 30+ years, charter member of the CBOG, author of “Modern Fly Lines”, I’ve been teaching casting for almost 40 years.

 

Mike Ross

Type: Tying

I have been fly fishing and tying flies for more than 25 years.  Teaching fly tying at Larry's Sporting Goods in Bennett Springs, MO for I am a royalty contract tier and SR ambassador for Spirit River Inc.

 

Scott Sanchez

Type: Tying

Scott writes the fly tying column for American Angler.  He has written the first beginner saltwater fly tying book, Introduction Salt water Fly Tying, A New Generation of Trout Flies and The Never Ending Stream.  He is the recipient of the Arnold Gingrich and Buz Buzek Awards from the Federation.

 

Molly Semenik

Type: Casting

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.

 

Paul Sheppard

Type: Tying

I am an avid fly fisherman and fly tier. My home water is the San Juan River tailwater fishery known for its big fish on small flies. I tie and fish a lot of midge patterns.

 

Walter Simbirski

Type: Casting

Walter Simbirski is a Master Certified Casting Instructor and part time guide in Calgary, Alberta. His favourite pastime is fishing the streams and rivers of Alberta and Montana and introducing others to the sport.

 

Don Simonson

Type: Casting

Life member of IFFF.  Master Certified casting Instructor, member of the Casting Board of Governor's.  Have been teaching fly casting and fly tying for over 40 years.

 

Wayne Simpson

Type: Tying

I have been tying for 20 years and instructing for 5 years at Missouri Bennett Spring State Park at Larry's Sporting Goods; teaching fall and winter classes for the Southwest Baptist University students.  I have demonstrated at Sow Bug, Mt. Home, Arkansas for four years and won first place in the Baxter Bulletin Soft Hackle Fly Tying Contest.

 

Todd Somsel

Type: Casting

Todd is an RL Winston pro staff team member, avid fly tier, an MCI/THCI, dedicated IFFF member and devotes much of his time towards mentoring single and two hand casting instruction. He teaches groups or gives private lessons.

 

Bob Tabbert

Type: Casting

A wisconsin native and exploration geologist.  Bob is a lifetime IFFF certified casting instructor who dedicates his time to fish, conservation, and casting instruction.

 

Jim Tilmant

Type: On Water

Fishing guide in the Fort Collins, CO area for the last 15 years. Certified IFFF casting instructor. Broad national and international fly fishing experience.

 

Rhea Topping

Type: Casting & On Water

Rhea has been an FFF Master Instructor since 1997, the first female instructor at The Wulff Fly Fishing School, has certified and taught hundreds of students internationally with Mel Krieger, and ran the fly fishing courses for The Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park since 1998. She is the author of “Rod Rage, A Guide to Angling Ethics,” and produced the best-selling instructional DVD, “The Double Haul.” Rhea divides her time and schools between Montana,  Virginia, and Argentina. Under the company name of Mayfly Adventures, LLC she runs escorted angling trips worldwide.

 

John Van Dalen

Type: Casting & On Water

A member of the IFFF Casting Board of Governors for over 15 years. John has 40 plus years of casting instruction experience.His passion is teaching teachers to become better instructors.

 

Bruce Williams

Type: Casting

Bruce Williams has been an avid fly fisher for over thirty years, and has fished all over the world.

He is an MCI , a member of the Casting Board of Governors, and has been working on his mastery of two-handed skills for the past seven years.

 

Rick Williams

Type: Casting

Rick Williams lives in Eagle, Idaho and is an MCI, THCI, Board of Governor member.  He is a Guide and Outfitter and owns Idaho Angler in Boise, Idaho.  Molly Semenik lives in Livingston, Montana, is an MCI and a Board of Governor member, is also a Guide and OUtfitter and owns Tie the Knot Fly Fishing.

 

Carl Zarelli

Type: Casting on Water

I have been fly fishing since 1975 and have fished from the bottom of South America to the north of Alaska. Recent fishing trips have taken me to Russia in pursuit of Atlantic salmon.  I currently hold all IFFF casting certifications and am A.P.G.A.I. double and single hand certifications in the UK. I am frequently referred to as a casting junkie.


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