Just after New Year’s I placed my 2015 Calendar up on my website. My travels will have me in a variety of locations, some common to each year such as my annual Prowling the Parklands hosted stillwater schools in southwest Manitoba along with some new ventures such as the fly fishing school I will be doing out of Hearne Lake Lodge located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
I had the pleasure of spending a week up at Hearne Lake Lodge filming an upcoming episode of The New Fly fisher. Hearne Lake offers spectacular fly fishing for lake trout, trophy northern pike, monster whitefish and some of the largest Arctic grayling I have had the good fortune to chase.
My goal is to communicate with you about each of these schools, seminars and trips along with the educational content I wish to continue providing through my blog.
As January is now upon us the first items on my calendar will soon be upon us. January begins for me in Boise where I will be presenting at the Boise Valley Fly Fishers 11th Annual Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo. I will be providing a number of seminars including Strategies and Tactics for West Yellowstone Area Lakes, Top Ten Habits for Stillwater Success and A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Entomology. I will also be doing a couple of demonstrations on the casting pond focusing on stillwater presentation techniques and Five Things You Shouldn't Do When Fly Fishing Lakes. The legendary Tom Rosenbauer will also be presenting along with the renowned Hank Patterson so it should be a great weekend. If you are in the Boise area be sure to drop by.
The following weekend, January 17-18, I will be presenting in my own backyard at the North Lights Fly Tyers Annual Seminar. Ed Engle and I will be providing a number of seminars and tying demonstrations during this two day event. My presentation topics include Electronics for the Fly Fishers, Find Them with Forage, Advanced Chironomid Tactics and Tactics for Tough Days. I will also be providing some on camera tying and leader demonstrations. Tickets are still available through the Northern Lights Fly Tyers. Their annual seminars are a great way to prepare for the upcoming season and keep the effects of ‘Cabin Fever’ at bay!
January 23-25 marks my return to the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition in Calgary. I will be providing my Top Ten Habits for Stillwater Success program along with a stillwater tying demonstration. I will also be providing a number of comprehensive two hour workshops, Fly Fishing Alberta’s Stillwaters and Conquering Chironomids. The Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition is a great show and this year’s event also features many other great speakers including Jack Dennis, Hans Van Klinken, Derek Bird, Don Freschi, Jim McLennan, Ross Purnell, Jeff Wagner, Josh Nugent and Kevin Callbeck. If Calgary is in your travel plans from January 23-25 be sure to drop by. This year’s show line up looks great.
On Saturday January 31st I will be providing a detailed one day Euro Nymphing Workshop. Although I am perhaps best known for my love of fly fishing lakes I have also a great affection and interest in Euro Nymphing. This seminar is a blend of hands on fly tying instruction coupled with practical tips and techniques on the various nymphing styles in use today, French, Spanish, Polish and Czech. In addition to tying a variety of Euro nymphs I will be walking students through the basics of each method, leaders, rods and presentation techniques. Students will even have the chance to make their own coiled sighters. This will be a full event with lots to learn. The cost for this event is $40/person and includes all tying materials, seminar notes etc. Space is limited to 30 people so if you are interested in learning the nuances of these deadly methods please contact Bob Vanderwater to register.