May 2019 Program

Hold on folks! This is going to be our biggest event ever!

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Anglers of All Ages Are Welcome!

Kids 12 and younger enter Free! All Scouts in Uniform enter Free!
  • Living Aquatic Insect Stream at the Bug Guys booth
  • Fly Tying Station at the IFFF booth
  • Fly Rod Building Demos at the Sarabella Fishing booth
  • Art Station at the Travis Krause Studios booth
  • Fishing Knot tying station at the IFFF booth
  • Indoor Casting Pond
  • Fly Tying Demos
  • And more!
Day 1
04 May 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SATURDAY EXPO: 20+ Vendors, All Waiting to Meet You

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting

A Guide to Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park

If you are new to fly fishing Rocky Mountain National Park or have fished it many times, everyone will learn something with Steve’s presentation on fishing the Park. Learn guide secrets on fishing high-country streams and lakes, learn how to get fish to take your fly after they refuse it, learn the best times of the year to fish, learn what hatches are most important and learn about some of Steven's most favorite locations to fish in the Park. His hour-long presentation will have you laughing and learning as Steve shares his vast high country fishing knowledge and even some funny anecdotes of his 10-year, 2,000-mile journey through the Park collecting data for the book.
Steve Schweitzer

North Country Flies (Soft Hackles)

I will tie several old-style North Country Flies and a few modern variants or versions. A list of materials and reference information will be available.
Stephen Johnson

The Perfect Drift

His latest presentation: The Perfect Drift, Easy As X,Y,Z delves into the three dimensions involved within the perfect drift. Whether you’re pitching dry flies, nymphing, tight-lining or dry-dropping, this presentation has something for you. It also covers, lively bugs in a dead drift, the fly fishing formula, rod alignment, specialty casts and mends, and the X, Y and Z dimension approach, plus much more! Duane will have his books, The Fly Fisher’s Playbook 2nd Edition and Hidden in Plain View, with him at the presentation.
Duane Redford

Euro Fly Patterns and some effective patterns for our waters

I will tie a few simple European Style Nymphs from Spain, France and Czechoslovakia and some patterns for the Rocky Mountain region.
Rick Takahashi

Casting Demonstration – Improved Casting by Simplification and Muscle Memory

Join Jack Dennis to learn how to improve your casting by Simplification and Muscle Memory.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Aquatic Entomology and Fly Selection for the Fly Fisher, with The Bug Guy

One of the biggest blind spots for the fly fisher is a having a fundamental understanding of aquatic insects and their life cycles, which is the key to catching more fish and having more confidence on the water. If you are new to fly fishing or just looking to bone up on your bugs, join nationally renowned Professional Fly Fisherman and Aquatic Entomologist Robert Younghanz, for his lecture on trout foods and the fly patterns that imitate them.
Robert Younghanz

Learn how to turn a 20 fish day into a 40 fish day on the Bighorn River in Montana

Eddy shows the naturals, the nuances, and the patterns that catch fish. Simple, bullet-proof flies that are accessible to tiers of all abilities. Learn how to fish like a local and see what most fishers totally miss.
Eddy Wittry

FF1 Fly Casting Skills Challenge, Bronze, Silver and Gold

Show participants may try their skill out against the 3 skill level challenges as the casting pond.
Fly Fishers International

Seasons of the Gunnison Valley

Homewaters Fly Fishing Owner, Adam Beede, covers fly fishing the four Seasons within the Gunnison Valley. Beginning with the white of Winter on the Taylor River; the swells of Spring on the Gunnison River; the rises of Summer climaxing with the Green Drake emergence and finally resolving with the Kokes of Fall. Enjoy specific details on angling for Kokanee Salmon (by mouth) and on matching the hatch of the Green Drake Mayflies.
Adam Beede

Introduction To Float Tube Fishing

An introduction for anyone with an interest in fly fishing from a float tube. Topics include: why fish from a float tube, float tube equipment, safety, kicking techniques, rod and reel set up, techniques, fly patterns and leader set up. I have been float tube fishing for twenty plus years and have taught several anglers how to fish from a float tube. Float tube fishing is beneficial physically and therapeutically as well as a lot of fun. Float tubes provide an opportunity to fish areas of a lake that is not accessible wade fishing. Float tubes are easy to transport, taking up very little space in a vehicle. This session will give you a great overview of float tube fishing if you want to find out what float tube fishing is all about. If you are new to float tube fishing or an experienced float tuber, you may pick up some tips that will help you improve your fly fishing techniques.
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Dave Mosnik

Midge Fly Fishing

The presentation will be centered on Rick's book "Modern Midges" including the Life Cycles of Midges and patterns representing each life cycle, Equipment used for midge fishing, techniques for fishing rivers / streams and still waters.
Rick Takahashi

Tying With Deer

Learning to spin and stack deer.
Dennis Martin

How to Match the Hatch in 2 Minutes

Join Aquatic Biologist and Fly Fishing Geek Peter Stitcher as he guides you through the P.A.U.S.E. Method of matching the hatch, highlighting the 5 areas where the day’s menu is written on and around the river. Then, using the observation made on the water, the participant will learn how to prioritize that information and M.A.T.C.H. the samples to the best fly patterns.
Peter Stitcher

Soft Hackle/Swing Style Flies

I’ll be tying soft hackles and fly to be used with single hand Spey techniques and switch rods.
Jason Haddix
Jason Haddix

Casting Demonstration – Controlling Slack Line: Better Presentation and Fewer Tangles

Join Brett Edwards in the Casting Demonstration to learn how to Control Slack Line: Better Presentation and Fewer Tangles.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Big Fish on Tenkara

Techniques for landing big fish without a reel. It's easier than you'd think. Use fundamental guiding and steering fly fishing methods to land everything from a 28" trout, to a bonefish. Should have some tenkara knowledge. Bring your questions and an open mind. We want conversation and discussion.
Karin Miller

My Iwan-e-Dun Extended Body Mayfly Pattern

My Iwan-e-Dun Extended Body Mayfly Pattern is a must if you dry fly fish mayfly patterns. This fly is being distributed by Umpqua Feather Merchants. The effectiveness of this fly is attributed to the larger gaped hook, more realistic appearance and increased buoyancy because of the materials being used makes this fly a must in your fly box.
Phil Iwane

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday Wrap-up

Day 2
05 May 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SUNDAY EXPO: 20+ Vendors, Back Just For You

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Geo reference PDF Fly Fishing Maps

In this session, we will be covering how to navigate and use geo-referenced fly fishing maps in the Avenza PDF Map App. Download free app, load maps, how to navigate, how to drop pins/placemarks, how to give pins/placemarks descriptions, how to use the app as a digital fishing diary. How to use the GPS tracks feature.
Daniel Bryant

Deer Hair Bass Bug

Learn how to tie Feather Tail deer hair bass bug. I use Whiting Black Laced hen along with Whiting Bird Fur which are two Whiting products that most tiers don't seem to be aware is out there. Additionally, I would demonstrate the stacking technique for creating a dense deer hair bass bug head. The demonstration would include adding legs and eyes to a bass bug. It would take 45 min. to do this one fly.
Tim Jacobs

Hidden in Plain View

His latest presentation: Hidden in Plain View, Recognizing the Obvious, Exploiting the Obscure, delves into what the top 10% of anglers are seeing differently from the masses. It includes something for every level of angler from reading the obvious runs of the river to its subtle nuances; bug selection made simple, how to attain lively bugs in a dead drift, the X-Y-Z grids, the Fly Fisher’s Formula, and tactics to get better now. Duane will have his books, The Fly Fisher’s Playbook 2nd Edition and Hidden in Plain View, with him at the presentation.
Duane Redford

Using Cutters For Foam Flies

Demonstrate using River Road Creations foam cutters for fly patterns such as adult damsels, adult dragonflies, large terrestrials, Gartside Gurglers, and mice. Will cut foam for each pattern and then tie the pattern.
Richard Pilatze

Casting Demonstration – Break Free of the Mold: Essentials of Fly Casting

Join Paul Boals to learn how to Break Free of the Mold with Essentials of Fly Casting.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

Terrestrial Fly Fishing

The presentation centered on Rick’s book “Modern Terrestrials” including what are terrestrials and patterns representing each type, Equipment used for fishing Terrestrials, techniques for fishing rivers / streams and still...
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Rick Takahashi

Strategy and Techniques for Bass

Learn how to tie flies for bass.
Steve Maldonado

Fly Fishing Rendezvous Fly Casting Skills Challenge, Bronze, Silver and Gold

Show participants may try their skill out against the 3 skill level challenges as the casting pond
Fly Fishers International

The Bug Guy’s Favorite Fly Patterns for Colorado’s Rivers

Understanding the major hatches and food sources within Colorado's primary drainages and tributaries is crucial to successful fly fishing throughout the state. Join Robert Younghanz, The Bug Guy, for a detailed discussion on what insects occur where, what time of year to look for specific hatches, as well as, some of his favorite fly patterns to help you "Match The Hatch" statewide.
Robert Younghanz

Puglisi Style Saltwater Streamer

I will show how to tie a 3/0 saltwater streamer as originated by Enrico Puglisi. A list of materials and other reference information will be available.
Stephen Johnson

How to Fish Big Water

Jeff Powles, the owner of Fish On Colorado, has spent countless days on the water with clients and friends fine tuning “How to Fish Big Water”. Come and learn from the best how not to be intimidated by big, wide, deep and fast rivers. He will discuss the best techniques and equipment needed during this seminar.
Jeff Powles

Warm Water Fishing

I'll be tying up several of my simple warm water patterns and going over how and where I like to fish these patterns.
Doug Martin

The Joy of Fly Fishing Colorado

Hear from one of Colorado's best, on his favorite places to fly fish and where he goes when those spots are not available.
Marty Bartholomew

Tying Terrestrial Patterns

I will tie some examples of terrestrials patterns for the Rocky Mountain region.
Rick Takahashi

Casting Demonstration – Learning Double Haul : Why, When, How

Join Jonathan Walter for a casting demonstration focused on learning the why, when and how of the double haul.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International

How to Successfully Fish Still Water

Join Rich Pilatze, as he covers: Equipment Techniques, Strategies for still water, Variations in lakes Seasons of still water - walk through the times of the year, the most available food sources, and patterns to imitate them, Local still water opportunities, Resources for still water fishing.
Richard Pilatze

Tying Subsurface Warm Water Flies

Learn to tie flies for bass and carp.
Dennis Martin

Casting Doctor and Open Casting

Opportunity for customers and exhibitors to demo, rods and certified instructors available for short 15 min. casting consultations at any skill level.
Clear Creek Fly Casting
Fly Fishers International