|Streamer Tactics for Trophy Trout
Kelly Galloup ... Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books: Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Rainy’s Flies—He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Scientific Anglers. Kelly has been published in nearly every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.
|Fly Fishing the South Holston
Tim Landis ... is a fly-fisher on the South Holston River, a nationally recognized wild Brown trout fishery in Northeast Tennessee. He has fly-fished the river since 1976. In the ensuing decades, Tim was intrumental in planting Vibert and Whitlock-Vibert trout egg boxes to help introduce a spawning population of wild trout in the Holston. He also helped stock other trout and influenced Tennessee wildlife officials in re-regulating the Holston to protect the wild fish. He has studied the river's trout and insects resulting in tactics, techniques and fly patterns proven effective in fly-fishing for the Holston's unique stream-born fish. Tim was a fly-fishing guide on the Holston and a fly shop owner and manager in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for twenty years before retiring in 2005. He has fished across North America for fresh and saltwater species and the Caribbean and Western Europe for more exotic fish. He regularly visits the Boudnary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and Ontario's Quetico Wilderness for canoeing, camping and fly-fishing for Smallmouth bass in a wilderness setting. Tim is an Orvis certified fly-fishing instructor and still conducts Orvis endorsed fly-fishing schools, presents clinics and seminars with the South Holston as a theme and occasionally does some corporate work for Orvis. He and his wife Ann are residents of Bristol, Tennessee.
|WNC Fly Fishing History
Don Kirk ... has been a full time writer/editor for parts of five decades. He has written several books, been the start up editor on dozens of magazines, hosted television and radio shows, been a consultant and published over 10,000 articles on fishing and hunting. A native of east Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, Don is the best known fly fishing expert in the country on southern waters, especially the trout streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National. His fishing guide books to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sold over 100,000 copies. Also an accomplished hunter, Don has hunted around the world for everything from polar bear and geese, to lions and whitetail deer. He also is regarded as one of the country's leading experts in antique fishing tackle. Don currently resides in Montevallo, Alabama with this wife Leah and two of his five children, Adam and Loryn. An old fun loving child of the 1960s, Don admits that he wants to be a fireman when he grows up.
|Take Better Outdoor Photos
Trent Sizemore ... is a currently a senior at Young Harris College in the mountains of north Georgia. Outside of school, he is pursuing his passion of professional outdoor photography. His photography has been published in The Fly Fish Journal and Coastal Angler Magazine as well as on websites such as MidCurrent and Hatches Magazine. His work consists not only of fly fishing imagery but also the beautiful mountains and water around North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. For those interested in learning how to take your fishing and outdoor photography from snapshots to fine art, stop by his Sizemore Outdoors booth at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo. He will also be giving a presentation that will cover basic and advanced camera techniques as well as art based design elements to improve the overall appearance of your work. His work can be found at sizemoreoutdoors.com.
|Fishing Tenkara with Randy Ratliff
Randy Ratliff ... is the owner and guide for Troutfishers Guide Service. He is based in East Tennessee and calls the Southeastern Appalachian rivers and streams his home waters. Randy offers trips on the South Holston and Watauga Tailwaters as well as the many mountain streams for rainbows, browns and brook trout. He also offers trips for smallmouth on the Nolichucky, Pigeon and Holston Proper Rivers. Randy is an accomplished fly tyer. When not on the water, he can be found at the vice tying his proven local fly patterns for trout and smallmouth as well as working on new designs. Randy travels to speak at many fishing shows and clubs offering PowerPoint presentations and classes on Tenkara, Fly Tying, Casting and Fly Fishing techniques. He was the highlighted guide on the “Outdoors with Joey Mines Show” and the live Internet show “Ask about Fly Fishing,” both shows featuring his knowledge of smallmouth bass fishing. Randy is on the Pro Guide Staff of Temple Fork Outfitters, Chota Outdoor Gear, Costa Sunglasses and Engel USA High Performance Deep Blue Coolers.
|Carp Fishing on the Fly
Ryan Dunne ... grew up in WNC fishing the waters in and around Pisgah National Forest and the Catawba River. Ryan served 8 years in the Army Reserve as a parachute rigger with one tour in the middle east. He has been fortunate enough to fish all over the US, Central, and South America. Ryan has over 20 years of on the water experience. He is the co-owner of Appalachian Fly Guides a fly fishing outfitter servicing WNC and E. Tennessee. In recent years Ryan has spent an immense amount of time learning to catch carp on the fly. Ryan is a confessed carp addict!