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2020 Presenters

Gary Borger (GaryBorger.com) has been a fly fisher since 1955, and since 1972 has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly fishing for trout and salmon. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau.

A free-lance writer and photographer, Gary is also a Contributing Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine, and Editor at Large for the Virtual Fly Shop. He has written ten best-selling books on fly fishing: “Nymphing”, “Naturals”, “The Borger Color System”, ”Fishing the Dry Fly”, “‘Designing Trout Flies”, “Presentation”, “Fishing the Film”, “Reading Waters”, “Long Flies”, and “The Angler as Predator”. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Gary was also a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.”



Dale Collins moved to Western Carolina University in 2001 where his fly fishing story begins. After a short career in Teaching and Coaching, Dale has taken his pursuits to sharing the beautiful waters of Western North Carolina with others.

When you are travelling to southwestern North Carolina, be sure to visit Tuckaseegee Fly Shops in Sylva and Bryson City where Dale guides.



Jason Ricketts, from Loveland Canoe and Kayak, has held positions with numerous fishing organizations, including: Regional Fishing Team Member for Jackson Kayak, Regional Fishing Team Member for Blue Sky Boatworks, Team Manager for Loveland Canoe and Kayak, Fishing Ambassador for Loveland Canoe and Kayak, Co-Host of the Paddle N Fin Podcast, Prostaff for Power Pole, Prostaff for American Tackle, and Brand Ambassador for Coyote Polarized Sunglasses.

Jason will share tips for choosing the right kayak, outfitting, rigging and accessories, as well as do's and don'ts on the river.



Ted Nicholson is the Store Manager for Delamere & Hopkins Outfitters and head guide and instructor. He was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. He has extensive knowledge of pursuing fish locally on the fly, and spends most of time chasing all warmwater species in the greater Cincinnati area. Ted's main passion is saltwater flats fishing and hosts several trips a year to the Bahamas and Belize.

Ted loves introducing new people to the sport! He also loves showing people the warm water fishing that the Cincinnati area has to offer on guide trips. Ted’s goal is to make fly fishing super approachable for anyone that has interest.


Tying Demonstrators
Mike Schmidt
Angler's Choice Flies
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Jeff McElravy
Buckeye United
Fly Fishers
Shannon Messer
Tuckaseegee Fly Shops
Bryson City / Sylva, NC
Demonstrations and Presentations
(subject to change)



10:00 am

Gary Borger
"Presentation - Strategies for
Consistent Angling Success"

Main Presentation Room

Open Casting
Casting Pond



11:00 am

Dale Collins
"Western North Carolina Fly Fishing"
Main Presentation Room

Mike Schmidt
"Streamers for Big Trout and Bass"
Tying Presentation Room

Open Casting
Casting Pond



12:00 pm

Jason Ricketts
"So You Want To Be A Kayak Angler"
Main Presentation Room

Jeff McElravy
"Tying Parachute Dry Flies"
Tying Presentation Room

Gary Borger
"Longer Casting"
Casting Pond



1:00 pm

Ted Nicholson
"Warm Water Fly Fishing"
Main Presentation Room

Shannon Messer
"Appalachian Flies"
Tying Presentation Room

BUFF Casting Instructors
Casting Methods
Casting Pond



2:00 pm

Gary Borger
"Sight Fishing with Nymphs
from Top to Bottom"

Main Presentation Room

Open Casting
Casting Pond





Fly Tying Alley Exhibitors


Jerry Drake
Jerry's Custom Tackle
(Booth 49)

Three Rivers Fly Fishers
(Booth 50)

Kevin Ramsey
Kevin Ramsey & Cheryl Scherf
(Booth 51)

Mike Schmidt
Angler's Choice Flies
(Booth 52)

Glenn Weisner
Glenn River Fly Co., LTD
(Booth 53)

Lance Kekel
(Booth 54)

Joel Stansbury
(Booth 55)

Kentuckiana Fly Tyers
(Booth 56)

Eli Berant
Great Lakes Fly
(Booth 57)

Paul Beel
Frankenfly
(Booth 58)

North Coast Fly Fishers
(Booth 60)

Derby City Fly Fishers
(Booth 61)

Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers (NKFF)
(Booth 62)

Miami Valley Fly Fishers
(Booth 64)

Mohican Fly Fishers
(Booth 65)

 

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