Distance Casting Tips
Being addicted to the outdoors is an understatement for Caleb, who chases elk for months in the backcountry or fish in Colorado from tail waters to high alpine lakes. Caleb has taken first place at the Golden Games, second at the GoPro Mountain Games, and competed in two US Fly Fishing National Championships.
Clay and Sandi
TFO Pro Staff
How to Prepare for a Fly Casting Contest
Learn to Cast--Conventional and Fly!
Few individuals are qualified to not just cast conventional and fly rods, but win tournaments and contests doing so. A much smaller number of couples can put such a resume on the table.
Clay and Sandi Roberts can. The Colorado-based couple has been part of the ISE show for many years--both having won ISE's prestigious Best-of-the-West Distance and Accuracy Casting Contest.
ISE now welcomes Clay and Sandi to our staff of professional instructors. We thank Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) for supporting another free ISE feature at which show-goers can try gear, watch and learn from the experts, all as part of show admission!
The Bug Guy
Entomology Basics for the Fly Fisher
Robert Younghanz, a.k.a The Bug Guy, is an internationally known Aquatic Entomologist, fly-fishing guide, writer and instructor. Robert has been involved in the fly-fishing industry for more than 25 years, traveling the world to collect Insects and, of course, fish. He has studied, researched, curated and taught at Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, and Pikes Peak Community College. Robert’s regular column, Hatch Happening: With The Bug Guy , appears in Trout Magazine. He's also created the The Bug Guy: Entomology For The Fly Fisher DVDs, and owns the Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Academy, www.cffga.com.
Take it to the Bank
Chad LaChance is a Colorado-based professional fishing guide, author and media personality. Known as “The Fishful Thinker”, Chad is the host of Fishful Thinker TV on the Altitude Sports Channel and World Fishing Network. He guest hosts on FM104.3 "The Fan Outdoors", and is a columnist for Sportsman's News Magazine. A light-tackle, artificial-lure specialist, Chad is equally at home with fly, spin or casting tackle in both fresh and salt water.
Landon Mayer Fly Fishing
Successful Seasons: Tips for Catching Large Trout all Year
LANDON MAYER guides the South Platte River in Colorado and spent a season on Alaska’s Nak Nek. One of America’s fast-rising trout experts, Mayer is a contributing writer for High Country Angler magazine. He has written or been featured in several articles published in Fly Fisherman, produced instructional DVDs and written several books including Sight Fishing for Trout, and his newest, 101 Trout Tips: A Guide's Secrets, Tactics and Techniques..
Hottest Tactics for Big Fish
Chasing Pike in Colorado poses its challenges, but it doesn't take reinventing the wheel to be successful. Will goes in depth on minor adjustments that will make major success on Colorado's finicky Pike.
Back to Basics--Plastics for Trout, Walleye and Bass
Basic rigging and the finer points of locating structure and working a selection of soft-plastic baits, including straight-tail minnows, tube jigs, swim baits and various worms for Walleye, Trout and Bass.
Your First Cast--How and Where
A Newcomer's Guide to Fishing in and Near Denver
KERRY CARAGHAR was born in Colorado where his family has lived since the mid 1800's. His love affair with fly-fishing began at an early age when he learned to fish on the beaver ponds of Buffalo Creek. It came as no surprise to Kerry's parents when he announced his dream of one day becoming a professional fly fisherman.
Kerry has significant experience fly fishing across the Rocky Mountain west and he enjoys salt water fishing with a fly rod. Ireland, the home of his ancestors, remains Kerry's favorite destination for fly fishing.
Fly Fishing the Big Thompson River
The fly fishing in Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has made a dramatic recovery after the Giant Flood of 2013. Kirk will give you a detailed view and discussion of the fishing and habitat changes since the flood. Some areas have even more fish than before the flood! Kirk will also give some insights to the prime back-country fly-fishing for Native Greenback Cutthroat in RMNP.
Blue Quill Angler
Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters
A native of Colorado, Pat has been guiding for over 23 years. He spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, enjoying a unique quality of life both personally and professionally. “I am blessed to be able to make a living as a fly fishing guide and I will never lose sight of how fortunate I am to really love my job.”
Pat is Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler fly shop. He oversees and trains more than 20 guides and helps to set the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat also writes the central Rocky Mountain stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions on the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers.
Fly-Casting Techniques--Small Streams to Salt Flats
It’s an exciting time for women in the sport of fly fishing! Come see why with April Archer, who's passionate about the many physical and mental health benefits of fly fishing. She'll share her experience as a woman--mom, wife, entrepreneur--as well as ways for women to get involved and “fish their story”.
and Donnelle Johnson
Jig Fishing 101
Jigs are one of the most-versatile lures, catching a wide variety of fish year-around. Beginner or experienced, Brad will help you learn how to be a better jig angler.
Brad other talk will share the tip and tricks Brad has learned on how to introduce kids to fishing. If you make it fun from the start, they will be hooked for life, he says.
Coyote Craze Video Series
Coyote Hunting Master Class
GEOFF NEMNICH has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life, but his "addiction" for calling coyotes started more than 20 years ago. As a member of Cabela’s Pro Staff and a contributing writer for Predator Xtreme magazine, Geoff spends numerous days in the field each season and is extremely passionate about sharing his love for coyote hunting with others. He travels throughout the West filming coyote hunts for the Coyote Craze DVD series, and teaching new coyote hunters his tricks of the trade at the only predator-hunting instructional school in the country, Coyote Craze College. Geoff hosts a segment on the Predator Pulse radio show.
Geoff and partner Dustin Patterson (Manhattan, KS) just bested 67 teams to win their second straight World Championship Coyote Calling Contest, held Dec. 3-5 on public lands in Kingman, AZ, harvesting 17 coyotes during the day-and-a-half event.
Sport Fish Colorado
Tenkara Fixed-Line Fly Fishing--A Range of Possibilities
Want to re-experience the thrill of fishing? Learn how traditional and American Tenkara rods can land a fish without a reel? And how such rods are now designed to catch saltwater species, carp, bass and more? Come to Karin Miller's seminar in the Fly Fishing Theater.
Fly Fishing Still Waters
This presentation will cover fly fishing in lakes – the equipment, techniques, and flies to effectively increase your chances in stillwater fly fishing. We will look at the progression of the stillwater season – from ice-out to freeze up and discuss what food organisms are present and how to imitate them.