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This year FishFest is hosting some spectacular one-hour seminars on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 9 through 11 at the Boise Convention Center. Make sure to save some time to see speakers like Brian O’Keefe, Gary Borger, Frank Meek, Nate Brumley, the Idaho Angler, and Bruce Staples. You will find where to fish topics ranging from Cuba to Boise to Yellowstone. How to fish topics ranging from dry fly tactics, reading the water and Tenkara fishing. Seminars are free with your Fair registration or your day pass to the FishFest. They will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Check back for a list of times, topics and presenters.
Boise Centre Jr. Ballroom
Boise Centre Jr. Ballroom
BC - 120A
Fly Fishing Southwest Idaho and the Owyhee River
Shallow Water Florida
Fly Fishing in Tasmania
Steelhead Fishing in Idaho and Eastern Oregon
Dry Fly Essentials
Fly Fishing with Tenkara Rod - Tenkara Flyfishing Tactics
Nymphing Techniques and Strategies for the Boise River
20 (or more) Tips for Tying Like a Pro: The details behind the stories
Catch and Release: How C&R developed from the 1700s to date and what are good C&R practices today
Is Fishing Bad for Fish? New Science on Air Exposure and Effects on Recreational Fisheries
Tube Flies for Pike, Bass, and Trout
Advanced Dry Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Backcountry
Chester, a fly angler for 48 of his 57 years, is the author of “Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat” and “Yellowstone Runners,” which is his latest book. “Yellowstone Runners” takes the reader on a three-week trip to fish Yellowstone National Park’s famous Madison River fall run of big brown and rainbow trout. Chester is a lifelong journalist, writer, and editor. He is executive editor of Sports Car Market magazine.
Each fall from mid-September through October, a special run of big brown and rainbow trout leave Hebgen Lake and swim up the Madison River into Yellowstone National Park. These fish average 18 inches, but exceptional fish, up to 28 inches or more, are caught each year. These fish tip and sip on tiny dry flies, but most trout released hammered big streamers and wet flies swung downstream. This is really like a steelhead run! We’ll talk about where and when to fish—and what flies to use.
Steve guided shallow salt water fly fishing for 23 years on the waters of Southwest Florida around Sanibel and Captiva Islands, most of the time carrying a camera to document not only the fishing and the techniques needed to succeed, but also the experience of time on the water.
This seminar features the area of Southwest Florida where Steve Bailey lives. We will focus on the proper presentation of the fly to a sighted fish, Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Tripletail, and others. We will discuss how to properly fight the fish to ensure a healthy release. Patterns that Steve likes to use and other wildlife to enjoy a memorable day on the water will be featured.
Gary Borger (to be held in the FishFest Theater)
Gary is a noted speaker, internationally, and has presented programs on all aspects of fly fishing. His programs are heavily attended at fly fishing shows. He is in constant demand as a club speaker. He has received numerous awards in fly fishing and is the author of 11 books on fly fishing and over 20 videos and DVDs. He produced the first instructional video on fly fishing in 1982.
Understanding the three basic biological drives of “Save your butt,” “Fill your gut,” and “Have kids” allows the angler to readily determine the “Sheltering Lies,” “Feeding Lies,” and “Prime Lies” in streams and “Cruising Lanes” in lakes. In addition, there are discussions of how to use the rod tip, mid-section, and butt to best fight the fish once hooked. The program details lies in pools, riffles, rapids, runs, and other stream and lake features, and reveals “The Secret River” that many anglers simply bypass, but which can often be the key to success.
This PowerPoint program details the very specific set of angling conditions that must be mastered in order to achieve consistent success when fishing dries on the surface, emergers in the film, and nymphs and pupae just under the film. There are discussions that help the fly rodder identify rise forms, discern if fish are feeding under, in, and on the surface film, discern hatch complexion and revelation of the secret of the hatch, best tactics for beating Drag, fishing dries with action, and the all-essential line management skills.
Peter and his wife Karen own Driftwater Fly Fishing Lodge located in northern Tasmania. Peter has fly fished extensively in many parts of the world in both salt and freshwater but now calls the island state of Tasmania his home
Experience fly fishing for wild brown trout in a truly unique and diverse fishery. Surrounded by a stunning landscape of mountains and breathtaking scenery with the chance of spotting our unusual wildlife. Home to the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships, the Tasmanian fishery is waiting to be explored - from small mountain creeks to freestone rivers to the highland lakes in the World Heritage Wilderness Area. The presentation will also feature video footage of fly fishing in Tasmania.
Nate is the owner of dryflyinnovations.com and author of two new cutting-edge dry fly books: “Addicted to the Rise” and “Winter on a Dry Fly.” The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies, and he’s mastered the use of them in all seasons over all bodies of fresh water. Nate has never sunk a nymph or fished a streamer. His offering is 50 plus years’ experience fishing a dry fly exclusively.
Nate explores the intricacies of reading fishing water for large trout, specific delivery techniques, and essential dry flies for all fishing seasons of the year. The knowledge offered in this session could be the most valuable insight to catching large fish you have ever acquired. The video concepts are awesome, the techniques are cutting edge, and you will be a better dry fly fisher by the end of this presentation!
Nate will introduce you to some awesome new dry fly patterns, techniques on how to deliver dry flies, and strategies on how to fool big fish. It’s a show packed with remarkable fishing footage, unique insight, and concepts that you can immediately utilize at the surface of the water. Both still and video clips are used to show the viewers the concepts discussed.
Chris currently works as the Head Guide and Instructor for the Idaho Angler in Boise, Idaho. Chris has nearly 20 years’ experience as a fly fishing guide and more than 10 years of experience teaching classes and workshops. Chris has been certified as a FFI Casting Instructor for the past 10 years.
Chris present on the some of the Southwest Idaho local fisheries including where to fish for cold and warm water species. The presentation will also cover the flies and techniques that work best in these waters.
In this seminar Chris will cover the different steelhead rivers we fish out of Boise, including the Salmon River, Clearwater, and Grande Ronde. The presentation will also cover when Steelhead are in these rivers and the different techniques used to catch these elusive fish during different times of the year.
Chris will go over several different nymphing techniques including fishing with an indicator, swinging wet flies and high stick/Czech nymphing. The presentation will also demonstrate how to rig your rod for these different techniques. This class will set students up for the afternoon workshop in which a small group will go down to the Boise River to put these techniques into action.
Victor is a civil engineer who has written seven popular books on fly fishing (www.engineeringpathways.com). His particular interest is in recording the history of our sport from its beginnings to the present time. Three of his seven books have focused on the evolution of fiberglass fly rods – both in the USA and internationally.
Catch and Release (C&R) is a common fly fishing practice in most (but not all) parts of the world. This seminar will explore how CR developed between the 1700s and today. The contributions of key individuals in promoting C&R will be discussed. Finally, good C&R practices today will be discussed.
Joe is a regional fisheries manager for Idaho Department of fish and Game. He and his staff work on a variety of local waters and fisheries including relatively small community ponds, tailwater trout fisheries such as the Boise and SF Boise, hundreds of alpine lakes, and a variety of large reservoirs. In his free time, he enjoys fishing as well as archery and upland bird hunting.
There is a growing concern in the conservation community that angler-caught fish, particularly trout and salmon, can suffer stress or mortality when exposed to air for even short durations (10-60 seconds). In some cases, this has led angling groups and conservationists to advocate for rules which prohibit anglers from removing fish from the water during catch-and-release fishing. IDFG will share results from new research describing effects of air exposure on wild trout, and additional research to measure actual air exposure by anglers in wild trout fisheries. Conservation and management implications will be discussed.
Frank has been fly fishing ardently for more than a half century and has been a licensed Colorado outfitter since 1973. He tied professionally to support his habit and to survive in a retail fly business, honing his craft in his early years from such luminaries as Ernest Schwiebert, André Puyans, and many others. I have produced several fly related shows over the years, including “Basic Fly tying” and a PBS series, “The Master Angler, Fly Fishing with Ernest Schwiebert.”
This workshop dovetails with Frank Meek’s workshop of the same name. This will be an introduction to the fly tying skills demonstrated in the workshop.
Brian O'Keefe (to be held in the FishFest Theater)
Brian is a lifelong fly fisher and photographer. He lives in Central Oregon.
Spring, summer, and fall, Brian will show several options for fly fishing Alaska. The fly-out lodge, the tent camp lodge, guided and unguided float trips, and DIY rental car fishing. The species, tackle, and techniques will be explained. Lots of colorful photos and wildlife.
Brian O’Keefe will present the ins and outs of fly fishing in Cuba. Four destinations with daily opportunities to catch a grand slam. Colorful and exciting photography, plus lots of big fish.
This presentation is about having fun, with amazing fish, in amazing places. I will cover steelhead, permit, golden dorado, roosterfish, brown trout, rainbow trout, peacock bass, redfish and more. Destinations include Kamchatka, Russia, Belize, Brazil, Alaska, New Zealand, Baja, Mexico and more.
Bruce has tied flies for over forty years. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Buz Buszek Memorial Award for fly tying excellence. He is also an FFI Charles Brooks Life Members. He is a much-published author whose latest book is titled “Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Backcountry” through Stackpole Books.
This seminar does not address the Greater Yellowstone Area icon waters that have been media objects for decades. This seminar describes remote high-quality waters within the Area, some of which have never had significant media coverage. Included among many covered are Fall River Basin and Heart Lake Basin within Yellowstone Park, Idaho’s Blackfoot and Teton Rivers drainages, Montana’s Centennial Valley waters, and Wyoming’s Snake River drainage.
Luong is the founder of Tenkara tanuki and a tenkara rod designer/builder, who was trained as a design engineer. Luong has been fly fishing since the 90s, but for the last few years, he became hooked on tenkara and started his company Tenkara Tanuki. He has studied under top Japanese tenkara master, Masami Sakakibara, for many years and developed fly fishing methods with tenkara techniques that have developed around the world, focusing on how to use flies rather than what flies should be used. Topics include casting techniques with a long small level line (10 lb, 0x leader) and fishing strategies.
Fly fishing with a tenkara rod is a modern way of fly fishing. It is more fun and more effective in catching fish using simple tools and methods. Combining fly fishing and modern tenkara fishing, Luong has developed more simple fly fishing methods. His presentation will cover the pros and cons of tenkara rods and line systems, different casting fixed-line techniques that have developed around the world, focusing on how to use flies rather than what flies should be used. Topics include casting techniques with a long small level line (10 lb, 0x leader) and fishing strategies.
Bob has been teaching fly tying and fly fishing the last eighteen years while thoroughly enjoying a fly fishing lifestyle. He has a science education naturalist background. Bob currently serves on the Minnesota State TU Board and is President of his local TU Chapter and a business member of FFI.
This is an introduction to tube flies—what they are, how they work, and the four major benefits. Plus, it’s universal application to all fish. We will discuss and illustrate the importance of understanding fish physiology relating to fly design that can help you catch more fish.