Al Alborn, AKA the Virginia Trout Bum, fishes extensively across the Old Dominion and in surrounding states using the Japanese method of fly-fishing called Tenkara. Alborn spent 22 years serving his country in the United States Army and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. In 2002, Alborn retired as a Vice President, Division Manager, and Group Senior Scientist with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He now spends his time writing, fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and doing volunteer work within his community. Al is the staff fly-fishing guide at the Warrior Retreat at Bull run in Haymarket Virginia and a strong supporter of Project Healing Waters. Al likes to remind folks “the journey is the reward.
Beau Beasley is an outdoor investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Eastern Fly Fishing, and other national fly fishing magazines. He is best known for his in-depth investigation into Virginia’s crown grants as well as other access and use issues, and his work on menhaden, an important saltwater baitfish. He teaches a class on “Killer Crossover Patterns for Bass and Trout” that Old Dominion fly anglers will enjoy. Beau also serves as the Director of the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival.
Jon Bowden is the sales manager of Wild River Outfitters in Virginia Beach and a committed fly angler. Though reserved by nature, Jon becomes quite animated when the conversation turns to fly angling and/or kayaking trends. While he enjoys fly fishing in saltwater, he is most at home on his local river, the Maury, which hosts a good population of smallmouth bass and trout. When Jon isn’t paddling or stalking fish with fly rod in hand, he serves as a professional firefighter and EMT in Lexington, Virginia. Stop by his booth or take in his kayak instructional talks at the “kayak demo tank,” where you can check out various NuCanoe models.
Bessie Bucholz, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures’ New Zealand program director and South America assistant director for South America, grew up on a ranch outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, where she spent numerous summers working in the hayfields and fishing on the upper North Platte River. A fateful backpacking trip to the land down under compelled Bessie to pack up and move to Queenstown, New Zealand, beguiled by the country’s incredible fishing opportunities. She spent years fishing, visiting, and exploring lodges and outfitting operations throughout the country. In addition to her time spent living and working in New Zealand, Bessie has travelled and fished extensively throughout the US, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Canada, and the Cook Islands.
Blane Chocklett has created numerous unique fly patterns and has built a solid reputation as the go-to guide for James and New River smallies. His passion for musky fishing is also well known. It’s common for Blane’s clients to land musky well over 30 inches each season. To see his latest innovative patterns, stop by his fly-tying booth and let him show you his latest creation, the Game Changer. Fly-tying classes with Blane will also be available at this year’s festival.
Bob Clouser is a household name among fly anglers. A former guide, Clouser is a well-known fly tyer and creator of the Clouser Minnow. He’s on the Advisory Staff of Temple Fork Outfitters and on the pro staff for companies such as Chota Outdoor Gear, Renzetti Vises, and Rio Fly Lines. He’s the author of Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Rivers and Streams and was named Angler of the Year in 2000 by Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. His beginner classes are a great introduction into the sport of fly fishing. He’ll also be lecturing during the festival.
Phil Croff, owner of CC Guide Service grew up fishing the small streams, rivers, and lakes of pristine Northern Michigan. As a young adult, he began mastering the art of fine carpentry; working as a craftsman for many years, he perfected his craft with the help of many mentors along the way. Fly fishing was always his favorite pastime, and fly tying and chasing big brown trout after dark became near obsessions. Chafing at the limitations that the fading light posed on wading, Phil set out to build a drift boat that could successfully navigate the region’s smaller waters by night. Eventually Phil began guiding clients in his handcrafted boats, instructing them in the art of fly fishing with great success. Phil Croff has a particular affinity for hunting trophy brown trout at night, which requires great tenacity–and a sensitivity to the species’ culinary tastes that comes from being a native to this beautiful part of the country.
Captain Gary Dubiel is the owner of Spec Fever Guide Service and is on both Edge and Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory Staff. He’s the inventor of the Pop N Fly, which is currently being produced by Flymen Fishing Company. Other patterns created by Captain Gary are being produced by Holly Flies as well. Captain Gary’s angling skills have brought him international coverage on multiple fishing shows on ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, and Europe’s Discovery Channel. Though Gary is partial to speckled trout, he’s also made a name for himself landing monster red drum near his hometown of Oriental, North Carolina. His popping cork method of fishing for giant drum has set a new standard for landing these finned brutes.
Patrick Fulkrod is the owner of The South Holston River Company, a full-service guiding organization that caters to beginning and experienced fly anglers alike. Patrick is an excellent instructor, and his zeal for guiding folks to trophy trout on the Watauga and South Holston Rivers is well known. Don’t let his young age be confused with inexperience; Patrick was honored as the Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year in 2013. Yes, he’s just that good!
Kiki Galvin, owner of Ms. Guided Fly Fishing Services, has been a fly-fishing guide since 2002. Kiki has volunteered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing since 2007 and was recently recognized as Volunteer of the Year for the National Capital region. Kiki is an enthusiastic instructor and a longtime member of the International Women Fly Fishers. She will be teaching our free walk-up casting classes.
Ken Gangler is the owner and manager of Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge. In 1995, recognizing the vast potential of Manitoba’s undeveloped North Seal River watershed–an unexplored angling paradise of more than 5,000,000 acres with 12 remote river systems and over 100 lakes–the Gangler family built from scratch Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, one of Canada’s finest fly-in resorts. Ken oversaw the operations and development and immediately instituted a Master Management Program with strict catch-and-release policies and rotating waters to preserving the quality of this unique fishery; today the fishing on the North Seal is as amazing as it was 20 years ago. Ganglers has a long-standing relationship with TFO and is Manitoba’s only Orvis endorsed outfitter. Now a veteran outfitter of 32 years, Ken’s favorite fly angling pursuits include saltwater flats, Michigan’s Pere Marquette River, and Ken’s beloved North Seal. His particular specialty is landing big Northern pike on a fly rod. In fact, when Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, and Bob Clouser want to catch pike, they call Ken!
Jon Hooper is the General Manager of the South Holston River Lodge as well as the lodge’s fishing program manager. Originally from Upstate New York, Jon grew up fishing the Great Lake tributaries and the Catskills; today he calls the Southeast his home. Jon has guided clients from Alaska to New York, putting thousands of anglers on fish. If you’ve ever thought of taking on the wild browns of the South Holston River in East Tennessee, then Jon Hooper is the man to see.
Filippo Invernizzi, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Avalon Outdoor, a specialized tourism enterprise founded in 1992 and located in Cuba. Originally from Italy, Filippo has dedicated most of his life to managing and promoting sustainable fly fishing. In Cuba, he was among the first to make the business case for conservation with the marine protected area of Gardens of the Queen and 5 more Marine parks. After a quarter of a century and many successful projects, Cuba is now a reference in the industry for a new business model based on respect and protection rather than maximise profits only, real possibilities for the next generation and endless conservation programs to keep untouched the Marine parks ecosystem. Fly fishing has the best results of this constant effort to protect all natural resources and the the proof is Cuba with every year increasing the quality of its fishing. All the goals are achieved with the effort of many people and organisations inside the fishing industry and the last and most ambitious one was becoming a reality this 2017 with the declaration of the first Nation world wide to create in all its Marine Parks a fly fishing Sanctuary. Avalon, Fly fishing the Run and others Cuban entities are among some of the many people involved in this amazing project, come to the presentation and learn more about all of this and how you can help coming down to Cuba with simply fishing the Parks.
Ed Jaworowski is passionate about fly casting. The author of The Cast and Troubleshooting the Cast, among other fly fishing books, Ed is an excellent instructor who connects well with his students regardless of their skill level. He is currently on the Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory Staff, and his Intermediate to Advanced Casting Class is just what you’ll need to take your casting skills to the next level. Ed also recently collaborated with his mentor Lefty Kreh to create a new casting DVD called The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting.
Lefty Kreh, the best-known fly angler of our time, is on the National Advisory Pro-Staff for Temple Fork Outfitters. Considered the father of modern fly fishing, Lefty’s best-selling books are the bibles of fly fishing to countless fans. His numerous articles and approachable demeanor have brought thousands of new devotees to the quiet sport of fly fishing. No less than a living legend in fly fishing, Lefty makes time to speak and listen attentively to anyone who approaches him. He recently completed a new casting DVD called The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting. Purchase the DVD at the festival and ask Lefty to autograph it for you!
Joe Mahler is an author/illustrator living in Fort Myers, Florida. His work appears in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Outdoor life, Fly Tier and other publications. Joe is also the author and illustrator of “Essential Knots & Rigs for Trout” and “Essential Knots & Rigs for Salt Water” (StackpoleBooks). Joe is on the pro-staff of NuCanoe and will be doing demonstrations using kayaks throughout the festival.
Bob Mallard is a former fly shop owner, blogger, writer, author, fly designer and native fish advocate. He is the Publisher and Northeast Regional Editor for Fly Fish America magazine, a columnist with Southern Trout online magazine, and a staff fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing. His writing has appeared at the local, regional and national level including Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Fly Tyer, Angling Trade, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing New England, The Maine Sportsman, Northwoods Sporting Journal and OrvisNews. Look for his books 50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout (Stonefly Press). Bob can be reached at www.bobmallard.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-399-6270.
Steve Monahan is a manufacturer’s representative for Temple Fork Outfitters with a passion for fly fishing. He is particularly driven to teach new anglers how to tackle the sport: His “Fly Fishing 101” class is perfect for beginners because it is a relaxed, welcoming, basic introduction to fly fishing. After Steve goes over the basics, students are invited to do some casting on their own with various instructors at their own pace. This is the perfect place to get a broad overview of the sport and try fly casting for the first time.
King Montgomery is an outdoors & travel writer and photographer, a retired US Army officer, and has a BS degree in fisheries biology. An avid angler, upland bird hunter, and waterfowler, he is a Contributing Editor for Fly Fish America magazine and a columnist with The Maine Sportsman. He has contributed to Fly Fisherman, Virginia Wildlife, American Angler, Fly Tyer, Blue Ridge Country, New Jersey Angler, Covey Rise, Eastern Fly Fishing, Southwestern Fly Fishing, Upland Almanac, Fly Rod & Reel, Washingtonian, and, Virginia Sportsman.
Paul Kearney is the founder of the Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation and Fishing Camp and has a passion for young people. He is knowledgeable about all things fly fishing and has guided extensively in the Shenandoah National Park. Paul has a strong attachment–some might call it an addiction…–to bamboo rods and will be the lead instructor for our Family Fly Fishing Classes this year.
Brian O’Keefe has grafted together two of his passions, fly fishing and photography–and he excels at both. He sold his first fly fishing photo at the ripe old age of 16. Since then his fly fishing travels and camera have taken him to distant destinations like Tonga, Bikini Atoll, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Kashmir, England, Brazil, Nicaragua, and many more. Brian’s work has appeared in publications like Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Outside Magazine, as well as various newspapers, tackle catalogs, books, and websites. He’s an IFFF Certified Master Casting Instructor, and while he fishes all over the world, he still enjoys fishing the Metolius, Deschutes, Crooked, and John Day rivers near his home in Powell Butte, Oregon.
Tim O’Neill is the founder and owner of O’Neill’s Fly Fishing, an online community dedicated to all aspects of fly fishing culture with values centered on education and introducing people to our great sport. He began fly fishing at the age of 10. During the following 3+ decades, his passion for the sport carried him through many parts of the industry, culminating in managing Delaware’s only full-service fly shop from 2009 to 2014. When asked what his favorite fish to catch is, his response is always the same: “the one on the end of my tippet.” Please feel free to contact him to discuss all things fly fishing at email@example.com
Native Virginian Harry Robertson has had a passion for fishing since his grandfather introduced him to the sport at age 6. Today he coordinates and conducts fly fishing expeditions in Virginia and the United States but predominately overseas, to exotic locales that include Africa, the Bahamas, Seychelles, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Labrador, Australia, Alaska, and Mexico. To prepare his clients for the adventure travel experience, Harry teaches fly casting at his casting pond in Hanover County, conducts seminars in various Virginia locations, and attends annual conferences throughout the US to keep apprised of the latest technology and equipment. He represents dozens of suppliers of the very best rods, reels, and other sporting needs, as well as companies who sell medical evacuation insurance for the remotest points of the globe. Harry regales previous and potential clients who visit his Hanover Fly Fishers showroom with mesmerizing stories of adventure and derring-do illustrated by a wall-sized map of the world. Our festival attendees are lucky enough to have the showroom adventure tales brought to them!
Cory Routh, owner of Ruthless Outdoor Adventures Kayak Fishing, is hands-down one of the best-known fly angling kayakers in the country. Having fished from Texas to New York and even along the northern shore of Oahu, Cory’s kayaking experience is something he likes to share. Cory is a pro-staffer for Temple Fork Outfitters, serves as an ambassador for Under Armour, and is part of the Regional Hobie Fishing Team. Cory’s the author of Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide; when not fishing, Cory is likely to be found on the Chesapeake Bay waterfowl hunting.
Tom Sadler is a professional guide and dedicated Tenkara fly fisherman. His passion for Tenkara was honed in Virginia’s mountain streams fishing for native brook trout, and he blogs about his experiences at MiddleRiverDispatches.com. In April 2013, Tom was tapped to be the Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Tom will be doing Tenkara demonstrations throughout the weekend which will begin in the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Booth.
John Shaner has fished for trout from Maine to Oregon. His favorite rivers are the Beaverkill and West Branch of the Delaware in New York; the Firehole and the Madison in Yellowstone National Park tie for a close second. Near the top of his list are English waters: the Itchen at Abbots Worthy in Hampshire and the River Eamont in Cumbria. Regardless of where John is–here in the States or across the pond–you can find him chasing trout with zeal. John currently serves as the Eastern Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, the parent company of Hardy. Don’t miss his class on “Fishing Wet Flies.”
Mike Sprague is founder and CEO of Trout Headwaters, Inc., (THI), the nationwide ecological restoration design/build firm based in Montana’s Paradise Valley. For more than 20 years at THI, Mike has helped to advance river, wetland, and habitat restoration projects and technologies, making THI an industry leader in the field of ecologically sustainable restoration. Mike is an avid fly fisherman who was guiding in 1995 when a fishing client asked if Mike could repair his stream. Thus was THI born. Since then, THI’s multidisciplinary approach to habitat creation, restoration, and enhancement services has served a broad range of private and government clients across the United States. Mike has taught training courses and workshops on sustainable restoration and ecological assessment for numerous federal agencies, restoration associations, and NGOs.
In addition to guiding for several outfitters in Colorado and spending his winters guiding for Lakutaia Heli Fishing in Patagonia, Mike Tayloe has an unusual asterisk on his resume: For two decades he has been a paramedic focused on remote and wilderness medicine, which has taken him all over the world. As the co-founder and director of operations of Katabatic Consulting and Finns West, Tayloe has provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica and taught custom wilderness first aid courses for lodges, guides, and anglers from Patagonia to the Bahamas. Tayloe also works closely with Conterra, which for nearly three decades has provided quality handcrafted, American-made equipment designed by rescuers for rescuers and their patients in emergency medical and fire departments across the country. Festival attendees should consider themselves quite fortunate: The highly sought-after Tayloe will show them just what to do if they find themselves in a difficult situation streamside. Don’t miss this class!
Wanda Taylor’s unparalleled casting skills are the reason she teaches casting classes; her Southern charm and affability are the reason we ask her back year after year. Wanda was recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. She is the first female Certified Master Casting Instructor recognized by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Wanda is one of the best casters in the country and teaches our “Beginner Fly Fishing Class” at the festival. She will also be a panelist on our “Ask An Outdoor Woman” panel, held each day. Wanda is on the Advisory Staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and lectures widely across the country.
Colby Trow has been guiding fly anglers for over a decade. He sits on many industry boards including The American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Fly Fishers of Virginia, and Massanutten TU, and works closely with VDGIF, DEQ, and Shenandoah Riverkeeper on local conservation efforts. Colby fishes and guides extensively on the Shenandoah and the James Rivers and is a fixture on Mossy Creek, Virginia’s best trout stream. He and his brother Brian opened Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in 2004 and now lead over 100 new anglers a year into the sport through their successful fly fishing classes held at Wintergreen Resort.
After a dreadful skiing accident Oliver White developed a passion for fly fishing. It not only helped him heal a broken body; it has carried him around the world to many of the sport’s legendary fisheries. Fly fishing has become Oliver’s life, and he now co-owns Abaco Lodge, and Bair’s Lodge, both of which are located in the Bahamas. When not guiding small-group adventures around the world, Oliver focuses on Indifly, a nonprofit he helped establish that provides conservation and educational opportunities to indigenous people who want to protect their pristine homelands from exploitation and ruin.
Forty-five years ago Dave Whitlock pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Whitlock’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 5 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. He is known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper and for his exceptional aquatic landscape art. Whitlock has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily have shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for over 20 years.
Duber Winters is the general manager of the Orvis Company Store in Arlington, Virginia. A die-hard saltwater angler who cut his teeth as a guide on the salty shores of the Sunshine State, Duber was the fishing manager at the Orvis Store in Woodbridge before being tapped to open this new Orvis location. Duber’s knowledge of both salt- and freshwater fish, and the proper techniques and gear needed to land them, is invaluable to any angler. His “Orvis Fly Fishing 101 Classes” are packed with eager students each and every year.
Featured Fly Tyers
Jim Bensinger is a former Marine and the owner of Fiber Flies Dubbing. Obsessed with all things fly fishing—and especially fly tying—Bensinger has developed a line of materials derived from Alpaca. This material is perfect for dubbing. Amateur fly tyers will love it. Stop by Jim’s booth, and let him show you how it works.
Walt Cary is a household name to popping bug enthusiasts. Walt’s Poppers are the best popping bugs money can buy (when you can find them) and seem to last forever. Walt has been creating these fishable works of art for nearly 50 years. Walt was recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians and will be speaking on how to make the world’s best poppers. Be sure to stop by his booth and watch him create these great bass and bream bugs in front of your very eyes.
Tommy Mattioli’s patterns are known throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Though a native of New Jersey where he learned to fish while working alongside his brother as a commercial angler, he eventually moved to the Old Dominion and has taken his place as one of Virginia’s best-known tyers. Both his salt- and freshwater patterns stay in demand year-round, and his famed Tommy’s Torpedo is a must-have pattern for shad anglers. Tommy will be demonstrating fly tying all weekend in the Green Top Sporting Goods booth, and his patterns are available there for sale as well.
Captain Chris Newsome is a name known to many in the Mid-Atlantic. While Captain Newsome is soft spoken and rarely if ever draws attention to himself, his reputation as a fly tyer and advocate for baitfish like menhaden is well known. His skills as an excellent saltwater guide keeps him busy nearly all year long. He fishes the waters of the Chesapeake Bay extensively in pursuit of stripers, speckled trout, flounder, and red drum, and hunts for bass in the brackish waters of Dragon Run and the Piankatank River.