Conversation Receptions scheduled in the Renne Library Reading Room on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Be sure to take a Renne Library Tour.
You can meet some great authors and get your books signed, but also have an new opportunity to experience the joys of fly fishing literature:
Join James Thull, the Special Collections Librarian at Montana State University-Bozeman, where he oversees the world’s largest collection of materials on Trout and Salmonids; he will be discussing MSU’s Trout and Salmonid Collection. He also created the Oral History Project wherein he interviews people of note in the fly fishing world, including several FFI members, such as Steven Fernandez, the 2012 Recipient of the Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award. James has fished every continent but Antarctica. For info on the Trout and Salmonid Collection, email James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian McGeehan will speak on “Destination Angling”. He is from Bozeman and the owner of Montana Angler Fly Fishing, offering full service guided fishing trips. He owns and operates two fly fishing lodges, operates a retail fly shop and hosts trips to the best international destinations. He has years of experience teaching middle school and high school students how to cast, about aquatic ecosystems and how to tie flies. He also participates in the “30 Back” program, donating 30% of retail profits to support local outdoor education and conservation. Brian has a B.S. in geoscience from Penn State, where he grew up fishing spring creeks; an M.S. in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in science education from Duquesne University.
Jim Hepworth will speak on “The Legacy of Norman Maclean”. Jim lives and works near the junction of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in Northern Idaho. In 1988 he published the first book on Norman Maclean, edited by Ron McFarland and Hugh Nichols. He also writes occasionally for Fly Fish Journal. He has jumped tarpon in Cuba, fished the Bahamas for bones, for steelhead in Alaska, and six-inch brookies in Hoodoo Creek.
Authors who have committed to signing books this year include Molly Semenik, whose book 25 Best Off-the-Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams is very pertinent to all of you attending this year’s Expo. Joining Molly will be Richard Stoll, David McElwain, Andrew Weiner, David Paul Williams, and others who are in the works.
Join us for these excellent receptions, visit with the authors, and be sure to take a tour of the collection!
Author Schedule, Biographies and Books at the Expo (coming soon)!
AUTHOR SCHEDULE - MSU Strand Union Building, Expo Hall
10:00 to Noon: Richard Twarog & Don Miller
Noon to 2:00: Joshua Bergan & Don Miller
2:00 to 4:00: Richard Stoll & Don Miller
10:00 to Noon: David McElwain
Noon to 2:00: David Paul Williams & Richard Stoll
2:00 to 4:00: Molly Semenik & Andrew Weiner
10:00 to Noon: David Paul Williams, Andrew Weiner & Richard Stoll
Noon to 2:00: David Paul Williams & Andrew Weiner
2:00 to 4:00: Andrew Weiner
I am the associate publisher at Wilderness Adventures Press and have lived in Montana for about 15 years. I write for several magazines, and the Flyfisher's Guide to Southwest Montana's Mountain Lakes is my first book.
Flyfisher's Guide to Southwest Montana's Mountain Lakes Author Joshua Bergan has spent years exploring these pristine highland gems, which host everything from wild 5-pound cutthroat to the elusive and challenging golden trout to the increasingly rare arctic grayling. Mix in the occasional trophy brookie and all the 12-inch cutts and rainbows you can catch. A broad selection of drive-to lakes, short hikes and several-mile treks with overnights are laid out with GPS coordinates for the trailheads and destinations. This comprehensive guidebook covers over 250 highland lakes from the Absarokas to the Idaho border, including the Gallatin Range, Madison Range, Gravelly Range, Tobacco Roots, Pioneer Mountains, Beaverhead Mountains and other smaller ranges.
David McElwain spent 40 years in the fly fishing industry, retiring after 20 years of retail fly fishing management with Bass Pro Shops. David is a two-year survivor of breast cancer and has been tying flies professionally for over 40 years. He’s retired and builds fly rods for women and children for the Sarabella Fly Rod Company in the Denver, CO area.
Our Grandfathers’ Flies; Tying with Fur, Hair & Feathers is a retrospective of 150 years of fly fishing history from Europe to the New World with discussions of entomology and features on fly tiers of the era with recipes for their flies.
Don Miller was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO. He started fishing when he was thirteen and became interested in fly fishing soon thereafter, especially large trout. Pursuing large trout led him to fish the waters in CA, NV, CO, WY, ID, UT and MT.
Dapping. A Fly Fishing Technique: My Secret Method of Catching Large Dominant Trout. Thirteen detailed and fascinating chapters plus many pictures describing how to pre-locate, locate, staling, hooking, how trout see, landing, handling and releasing alive, flies-dry and wet, different drift techniques - dry and wet, casting if needed, equipment for dapping and fly tying, person tying tips, foods for large trout, keys for dapping success, large trout thoughts and tactics, plus epilogue (described in my dapping secrets). I’d like to explain them as my gift to new generations of fly fishers. My wife describes me as “the extreme perfectionist.” That may explain my specialized behavior around trout streams.
Molly moved to Washington recently after guiding for 14 years in Montana. She owns Tie Knot Fly Fishing and is both a Master Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors.
25 Best Off the Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams published by Stonefly Press is a guide to some great streams to fish, containing information such as guide interviews, fly shops, lodging, and dining information as well as maps to allow you great excursions to cool fishing locations.
Richard is an environmental scientist by profession and has been a fly angler for more than 50 years. He has authored many articles and several books on fly fishing.
Fly Fishing Inshore Saltwaters for Pacific Salmon. Science and Innovation for the Practical Fly-Fisher. Richard Stoll challenges conventional salmon fishing wisdom and the basic tenets of fly-fishing as purveyed by the masters of the sport. One of the great misconceptions among fly-anglers and writers is that fish see the way humans see. Not only are fish eyes constructed different than human eyes, and for different intended purposes, but fish eyes are wired to fish brains differently. Further, how light acts in water is substantially different from the way it acts in air. There are also other key senses through which fish perceive their food and environment in very different ways from us. And at times these other senses may be even more important in fish feeding behaviors than sight. As an aquatic biologist, environmental engineer, and avid fly-angler Stoll combines the above observations with the major environmental factors that affect the aquatic environments in which fish live. From this he creates truly unique fly-fishing perspectives and approaches, not only for salmon, but for all types of fly-fishing.
Sea Run Cutthroat Trout; A Saltwater Fly Angler's Guide to Their Biology, Prey, Angling Strategies, and Conservation; California to Alaska. This book is the most definitive treatise written on sea run cutthroat trout to date. In it, Richard K. Stoll explores the realms of sea run cutthroat trout from both scientific and practical angling perspectives. Stoll attempts to unlock their secrets and expose their habits as has never been done before. At the same time, he engenders a new age of ethical angling; that is how, where, and when to angle for these fish while preserving the resource. This book is an invaluable read for the fly angler who wants to explore this exciting and heretofore substantially unexploited fly fishery. Stoll is a retired environmental scientist and marine biologist.
Richard Twarog is from Salem, Oregon and is the author of two books and many articles in magazines such as Fish & Fly Magazine, Southwest Fly Fishing, New Mexico Magazine, and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal.
San Juan River: A Fly Angler’s Journal is a great historical guide to the San Juan River and Atlantic Salmon Flies: Postcards from Rivers Past contains postcards of beautiful Atlantic Salmon Flies from rivers fished over the years.
David Paul Williams
David Paul Williams was raised on Oregon trout and has spent the last 45 years chasing smallmouth bass across the West. Now living in Washington, he gets to catch sea-run cutthroat, salmon, several warmwater species, and plenty of trout and write about all. David is the Editor of Fly Fisher, the magazine of Fly Fishers International.
Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth is the book for anglers who want to learn about smallmouth bass: where they live in rivers and lakes throughout the year, what they eat, and the flies and gear to use to catch these exceptionally fine fighting fish. Written in an engaging style with over 200 color photographs, plus tips on where to go in the eleven western states, readers will gain information allowing them to catch smallmouth wherever they fish.
Andrew Weiner is an avid fly angler and a publisher's sales rep and former Director of Development for CalTrout. Down by the River is his first book.
Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story is the story of a boy, his mother, and his grandfather enjoying an autumn day fly fishing together, and sharing the joys of family, fly fishing and the beauty of nature. The book is beautifully illustrated by April Chu and will be a cherished book about a great pastime. It is also a simple story about a family sharing a favorite activity. Along with the story there are four end pages that feature illustrations and names of nearly eighty important flies, as well as three pages of backmatter about fly fishing, including information on tackle and conservation for young readers. The book will be great for families to share, and as an introduction to children to the world of fly fishing.
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