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Its getting to be that time of year again. The Fly Fishing Fair will be held in Mtn Home, Ar the weekend of October 2-3. 

Below are a list of the programs being provided. We will have several world class fly tyers and as always, the best vendors in the business.

 

#1 Premium Program – Pat Cohen - Streamers for Pike…including a Double Deceiver, a Manbearpig and a Slop Mop Deceiver - This class will teach streamer techniques, design discussions, articulated fly design. Proper material use and durability. This is an advanced tying class. Bring your vise and tools & thread, other materials will be provided. 10 attendees    Cost:  IFFF member, $100;  non-member $125 Location: Comfort Inn Conference Room #2    Time: Friday 8:30am   Class Limit: 10     Class offered once

#2 Premium Program – Jason Randall - Nymph Fishing; Contact Techniques - which stresses two basic goals; maintaining contact with the river bottom where the fish are and maintaining contact with your flies to improve strike detection.  It breaks down the newer European styles of nymph fishing, compares and contrasts methods of strike detection, offering alternatives to the classic 'bobber' style strike indicators and stresses the importance of presentation and the need master the tuck cast.  It’s a short PowerPoint followed by hands on instruction, with students using their own rods to learn the tuck cast and master the techniques.  This portion of the class is an on-the-water program. Fishing license required or yarn fly only.  Bring your rod/reel, waders, etc.  3- 4 hours in length.  Limit 12  Program Cost  IFFF member, $75;  non-member $100 Location:  Bass Conference Room (upstairs) at Ramada Inn    Time: Friday 8:30am    Class Limit: 12        Class offered once 

#3 Premium Program - Mike George will show you his Gold Medal winning techniques to add eyes, lines, spots, and dots to your deer hair tying repertoire. To attend the class you must be familiar with the Mike George method for stacking hair for the program to be affective.  You must provide your own tying tools including a vise that will accommodate MUSTAD 2/0 stinger hook and 1 roll if 1/2 inch (18MM) masking tape. I will furnish hooks, tying thread, and deer hair. You bring your vise and tools.  Cost:  IFFF member, $100;  non-member $125  Location: Location: Comfort Inn Conference Room  #1        Time: Friday 8:30am         Class Limit: 5          Class offered once

#4 Premium Program – Lawrence Finney - Fly Tying Clinic - Working with CDC – 2 – 3 hours - The fly tying demo will enable the attendees to understand the structure of CDC what makes it float and how it can be adapted to wet flies and nymphs. Attendees will have an understanding of how to carry out the shuffle weave.  Also attendees will get a greater knowledge of how CDC and pseudo hackle can be applied to traditional Irish flies and wet flies.  Skill level: Attendees would, ideally, be able to tie a basic fly, pattern. Skills from competent to experienced.  Number of candidates would be around four, but more if assistance is available. Bring your vise,tools and thread. Cost:  IFFF member, $60;  non-member $75  Location: Comfort Inn Conference Room  #1        Time: Friday 1pm      Class Limit: 4     Class offered once

#5 North Fork of the White River, MO....a Beginners Guide - Brian Wise  - This freestone river to the north of this area’s tailwaters is one of the true gems of the Ozarks. Boasting the largest population of wild rainbow trout in the Ozarks along with trophy brown trout it is getting a great reputation for western style fishing, all very close to the Arkansas tailwaters.  Join guide North Fork of the White River guide Brian Wise as he walks you through access, fishing styles, rigs, fishing tips, and some general good video and photos to go along with the rest of his presentation. FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room     Time:  Friday 9am    Class offered once

#6 Chad Johnson -4 Seasons on the White -This presentation will cover all 4 seasons on the White River- how, what, when & where fishing the White River. Focusing on the bugs & techniques used for the 4 different seasons on the White River.     FREE     Location: Seminar Room      Time: Friday 10am    Class also offered: Saturday 10am

#7 Creating Flies using the HMG System – Joe Nicklo -  This program will include several demonstrations of the practical use of hot melt glue as a fly tying component and the various applications in tying fresh and salt water flies.  What’s covered: How to use hot melt glue as shell back, extended body, a wing case, eyes (both fresh and salt water applications) a complete fly/nymph and worms. Some demonstrations...time will be a limiting factor.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room    Time: Friday 11am  Class offered once

#8  A Simple Approach To Rigging - John Berry - Let an experienced White River guide teach you a simple approach to rigging for trout fishing that will work in most if not all fly fishing situations. Using one leader, two knots and three spools of tippet, you will learn how to rig for fishing dries, wets, nymphs and streamers in a quick and efficient manner. This class is a must for all new fly fishers and even experienced anglers will benefit from this simple approach.   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room      Time: Friday 1pm     Class offered once

#9  Premium Program – Pat Cohen - Deer Hair Bass Bugs…Stacking techniques….including a Frog Legged Diver and a popper – This is an advanced class. Attendees will learn how to stack hair including making patterns, designs, bars and blends of color, then proper trimming skills and shaping the bugs, weed guards, and how to finish the fly for maximum durability. It’s strongly recommended that a Fugly Packer is purchased before taking this class. This is an advanced tying class.  Bring your vise, tools and thread, other materials will be provided. Cost:  IFFF member, $100;  non-member $125  Location:  Comfort Inn Conference Room #2      Time: Friday 1pm      Class Limit: 10       Class offered once

#10  Premium Program – Jason Randall - A Workshop on Wet Fly Advanced Techniques – Jason Randall - A Workshop on Wet Fly Advanced Techniques – Begins with a classroom section on presentation techniques followed by a workshop on tying two effective patterns.  Focuses not only on how, but also when and where to use this deadly technique. The second part held streamside to learn presentation and practice.  Learn alternatives to the standard downstream and across method of presentation, including the broadside drift and new tension techniques to tempt wary trout.  This portion of the class is an on-the-water program. Fishing license required or yarn fly only.  Bring your rod/reel, waders, etc.  3- 4 hours in length. Limit 12:  IFFF member, $70;  non-member $90    Location: Bass Conference Room (upstairs) at Ramada Inn    Class Limit:  12   Friday 1pm   Class offered once 

#11  The Beginners Introductory Fly Casting Class with Larry Levine, CCI  and Donnie Hyslip CCI  Come get first class instruction that will help those who have never cast or are just beginning this fun sport!  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Casting Area      Time: Friday 1pm     Class also offered Sat. 10am

#12 Why Is He Catching Fish and I’m Not -  Lori Sloas  How many times have you watched the guy downstream of you pull in one fish after another, while all you were doing was practicing your cast.  What’s he doing that you aren’t?  Take an hour, go to Lori’s class and learn how to catch fish!  A class for novice to early intermediate skills.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room      Time:  Friday 2pm    Class offered once

#13  Intermediate Fly Casting – Maryann Townsend, CCI -  Come enjoy a class where you can learn specialized casts, such as a Reach Cast, Tuck Cast, and others.  Unlock the key to consistent tight loops, accuracy and distance.   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Casting Area       Time: Friday 2pm     Class offered once

#14  Fishing Streamers on Local Waters - Brian Wise – Streamer fanatic Brian Wise looks at when, where and how to get streamer patterns to produce on local waters.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room      Time: Friday 3pm     Class offered once

#15  Misako Ishimura - Japanese Tenkara - Fishing  Shows the Japanese history of Tenkara in Power Point Presentation   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room        Time: Friday 4pm     Class offered once

#16   Youth Conclave Sat. 8:30am – 4:30pm   Wayne and Catherine Moore Youth Conclave  - Registration required Open to children under the age of 16. If your child is under the age of 10, we require that you accompany him to this activity. Fly tying and casting instruction will be at the Fairgrounds in the morning.  Lunch is provided at the fairgrounds. Children leave for Dry Run Creek after lunch. You are required to transport them. Each child must bring a hat, sun screen, and sunglasses.  Inclement weather could cause schedule to change, so that fishing would happen in the morning and tying in the afternoon. Saturday 8:30am – Begins in Fairgrounds Building C1 – moves to Dry Run Creek at 1pm.  Ends at 4:30pm.  Limit 20   FREE    Location:      Time: Saturday  8:30am     Class offered once

#17  Pat Cohen  - River Smallmouth Tactics - This will include habitat, understanding smallies, behavior, predator/prey relationship, prey items and my flies that go with it, kayaks, equipment, difficult fish  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room   Time: Sat. 9am      Class offered once

#18  Fly Casting for Beginners – Ladies Only –  Maryann Townsend, CCI -  Come and improve your casting skills in a relaxed atmosphere.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Casting Area     Time: Saturday 10am     Class offered once

#19  Jason Randall  'Where Trout Are' - Identify feeding lanes and food distribution in the river to locate trout feeding lies in all types of water. Pick out high confidence lies where trout are approachable for short line techniques and spot prime lies to target the largest fish. New for this year.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds C3      Time: Saturday 10am      Class offered once

#20 The Beginners Introductory Fly Casting Class with Larry Levine, CCI  and Donnie Hyslip CCI  Come get first class instruction that will help those who have never cast or are just beginning this fun sport!  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Casting Area      Time: Sat. 10am     Class also offered Friday 1pm

#22 Chad Johnson -4 Seasons on the White -This presentation will cover all 4 seasons on the White River- how, what, when & where fishing the White River. Focusing on the bugs & techniques used for the 4 different seasons on the White River.     FREE     Location: Seminar Room      Time: Saturday 10am Class also offered: Friday 10am       

#23  Steve Dally – photography program CAPTURING MEMORIES: Better Fly Fishing Photography

ALWAYS wondering why your trophy trout pictures aren’t up to par.  Learn how you can take magazine grade images with the camera you have on you all the time _ your camera phone. Steve Dally will introduce you to some basic guidelines to take your photography to new levels.

The class will focus on photography with your Android or IPhone: from settings to composing and taking photos, and the best editing apps and how to use them. The class will emphasis how to handle fish properly and minimize harm. Learn how, when and why to take better, and then less, “grip and grins”, plus more artistic styles. While we are focusing on photography no special apparatus, the same rules apply to point and shoot, DSLR and other camera formats.

Bring your phone and/or camera and sense of humor for this highly interactive and very hands-on class.   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room      Time: Sat. 11am    

#24  Pat Cohen - River Pike Tactics - This will include habitat, understanding pike, behavior, predator/prey relationship, prey items and my flies that go with it, kayaks, equipment, difficult fish   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room     Time: Saturday 1pm      Class offered once

#25 Jason Randall  'What Trout See' -What fish see and the way they see it impacts fly design and construction but also presentation tactics. Using the concept of search image we can better understand how trout decide what to eat. Do trout really see Ultraviolet light? Come and find out. New for this year and very relevant for fly tyers.   FREE    Location: Fairgrounds C3 Building     Time: Saturday 1pm     Class offered once

#26  Lawrence Finney  - Fishing in Ireland and the techniques of Fishing Lough Style -  This will include short video clips of lough Sheelin.  About one hour long together with question and answer time. FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room     Time: Saturday 2pm      Class offered once

#27 Jason Randall  'The Catch of your Life' -Successful fishing methods are based successful feeding methods of trout. When the target is large trout, we have to change our methods and think like a big trout. Understanding feeding behavior and fishing tactics to target Large Trout. Revised for this year.    FREE    Location: Fairgrounds C3 Building     Time:  Saturday 3pm    Class offered once

#28 George Peters - JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF DRY FLY FISHING OZARK TAILWATER - Program covers where, when, how, and with what to dry fly below local tailwaters including Taneycomo.  George describes rods, reels, lines, tippet that he has found produce topwater catches. He identifies the insects and the dry flies that best match them. He also demonstrates the most effective casting and mending techniques.  FREE    Location: Seminar Room Time: Saturday 3pm     Class offered once

#29  Lawrence Finney - Irish Flies and Fly Tying  - This will include the many uses of CDC the truth of how CDC works on dry flies, wet flies and nymphs.  A section of how to use pseudo hackle on traditional fly patterns and incorporating CDC and pseudo in traditional Irish flies.  FREE    Location: Fairgrounds Seminar Room     Time: Saturday 4pm     Class offered once

 

Zack Hoyt

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And here are a few of the vendors who will be out displaying their goods.

 

1. Berry Bros. Guide
2. Harvey Ragsdale - Pacific Fly
3. HPA - Pockit Sports
4. Two Rivers Fly Shop
5. Bill Shank
6. Stonebrook Products
7 - 8. Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
9. Boyd Rod Company 
10 - 11. TFO
12. Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher
13 - 14. Rivertown Gallery
15. Wishes and Fishes
16. LOOP USA 
17. Arkansas Fly Fishing 
18. HMG Fly Systems
19. River Run Outfitters
20. Bass Fly Shop
21. Moose Creek Rods & Knives 
22-25. Golden Rule Fly Shop 
26. Sage, Redington, Rio
27. Streamside Furled Leaders
28. North Arkansas Fly Fishers
29. CajunTex Salsa & More
30. Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery
31. Friends of White & North Fork Rivers
32. MT Custom Outfitters, LLC 
33. Ozark Fly Fishers
35 - 36. Ozark Mountain Trading Company

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