This year the Expo is hosting some spectacular one-hour seminars on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 25-27 at MSU SUB. Make sure to save some time to see speakers who will share fish topics ranging from spectacular destinations to Yellowstone.
How to fish topics ranging from dry fly tactics, reading the water and Tenkara fishing. Seminars are free with your Expo registration or your day pass. 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.
Thursday, July 25
9:00 AM Steve Bailey - Southwest Florida Saltwater
10:00 AM David Paul Williams - Stuff Fish Eat
11:00 AM Brian O'Keefe - Fly Fishing Photography - Emphasis on iPhones
12:00 PM Luong Tam - Fly Fishing with Tenkara Rod, a Modern Way of Fly Fishing
1:00 PM Toshizo Karita - Solving the Mysteries of Rises
2:00 PM Captain Roy Morris - Wild Steelhead Review
Friday, July 26
9:30 AM Steve Bailey - Southwest Florida Saltwater
10:30 AM Brian O'Keefe - Fly Fishing Photography - Emphasis on iPhones
11:30 AM Luong Tam - Fly Fishing with Tenkara Rod is a Modern Way of Fly Fishing
12:30 PM Nancy Messmer, PhD - Preserving Fly Fishing: Passing on the Lore, Knowledge and Artifacts of Fly Fishers
1:30 PM Jeff Voigt - Lake & Stillwater Techniques/Strategies
2:30 PM Laurie Lane - Photographing People, Trout, and Water
3:30 PM David Paul Williams - Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth
Saturday, July 27
9:30 AM Eric Jeska - The Age of Wonder - The Development of Fiberglass Flyrods
10:30 AM Brian O'Keefe - Stillwater Trout Food and Flies
11:30 AM Nancy Messmer, PhD - Preserving Fly Fishing: Passing on the Lore, Knowledge and Artifacts of Fly Fishers
12:30 PM Captain Roy Morris - Wild Steelhead Review
1:30 PM JC Childress - History of Soft Hackle Flies
2:30 PM Brian O'Keefe - Fly Fishing Photography - Emphasis on iPhones
3:30 PM Jeff Voigt - Lake & Stillwater Techniques/Strategies
Southwest Florida Salt Water
This power point presentation will focus on fishing with emphasis on the proper presentation of the fly and the correct method of fighting the fish quickly for a healthy release.
The Age of Wonder- The Developement of the Shakespeare Wonderod
Eric tracks the invention of synthetic plastics by Dr. Arthur Howald, his pioneering work on fiberglass fishing rods and the historical events that brought it about. Eric will present many never before published photos and original research of the men and circumstances surrounding these technological advancements in fly rods.
Nancy Messmer, PhD
Preserving Fly Fishing: Passing on the Lore, Knowledge and Artifacts of Fly Fishers
Seminar features efforts in the Pacific Northwest to illuminate the rich heritage of fly fishing. Goal is to inspire fly fishers to take action with their own stories and stuff, work with their Clubs to do the same and support larger regional and national efforts. The end goal is to inspire younger generations to take up the activities of fly fishing and the ethos of conservation. Emphasis on capturing the diversity of voices and experiences represented in fly fishing. Interactive seminar will involve participants in reporting and planning.
Captain Roy Morris
Wild Steelhead Review
After learning from a panel at the Boise Expo of efforts to save wild steelhead in Idaho, Roy returned home to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State inspired and determined. This seminar is a progress report about the ongoing Wild Steelhead Review:OP as well as a gathering of fishers and activists representing similar efforts.
Fly Fishing Photography - Emphasis on iPhones
Everyone is a photographer! Smart phones are really cameras that you can text with. I have a seminar full of tips to take your photography to new heights. I'll cover all kinds of cameras, but I will really dedicate time to your iPhone. I won't go into high tech, confusing camera or Photoshop speak, instead I'll show you easy to learn tips. You will blow your Facebook friends away.
Stillwater Trout Food and Flies
Lake fishing can be a science project and large bodies of water can often be intimidating and mysterious. However, almost all trout lakes have something in common; what trout eat. I will cover the most common food types found in trout lakes. From midges to damsel flies, to mayflies and caddis to leeches and dragonflies. Timing is important as is the right flies and tackle. I will try to give you as much information as possible to be a confidant and successful stillwater fly angler.
Lake & Stillwater Techniques/Strategies
The emphasis of this program is on the presentation and manipulation of the fly. Using techniques and strategies presented will result in fly fishers catching more fish…guaranteed.
David Paul Williams
Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth
First thing to understand about smallmouth bass—they are not trout. The second thing is they abound in the West. Oregon, Washington and Idaho are the ‘golden triangle’ of smallmouth bass. David Paul Williams, “the acknowledged northwest master of smallies on the fly,” teaches the essentials of how to catch smallmouth bass on the fly. He covers when to go, where to go, what to use and how to read the water in order to catch these superb fighting fish.
Stuff Fish Eat
The big three—mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies—get all the publicity, but it’s all the other stuff that make up the trout diet on any given day. This presentation covers the food items that may only make up 10% of the drift but 80% of the diet. Knowing about chronomids, scuds, leeches, dragons and more will greatly improve every flyfisher’s catch rate.
Fly Fishing With Tenkara Rod is a Modern Fly Fishing
Fly fishing with Tenkara rod is a modern way of fly fishing today. Presentation covers the essence of the Tenkara system, casting and fishing techniques. Understanding the Tenkara system would help fishers to get the best use out of the tool. Without line management, Tenkara rod would help the fisher to focus on fishing and reading the water. It also helps all levels of fly casters to fine tuning their casting strokes.
Photographing People, Trout, and Water
I'll go over the basics of photographing moving subjects like people and fish. What kind of gear is available and best tactics to use while photgraphing in various light situations. We'll also discuss photo ethics of fly fishing!
History of Soft Hackle Flies
Telling the history of the soft hackle fly (origin) and demonstrating the original patterns.
Solving the Myseries of Rises
I have done field research using mesh net traps to capture drifting bugs over different periods of the day. In this seminar I will show my discoveries that will provide hints in matching-the-hatch fly design and fishing.
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