Ray Miller has been fly fishing and wingshooting for over 30 years. He has been an integral part of the fly fishing community as a New York State Guide on the Upper Delaware River, Montana Guide, fly fishing and casting instructor to many beginning and advanced students, Ray was also the assistant to the National Fly Fishing Show Director and past president of Pennsylvania's largest teaching fly fishing club. Ray Currently hosts international and domestic trips to such exciting locations as Chile, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Belize, Upper Delaware River, South Andros, Bahamas, and others. Ray currently is involved in video production and photography and is presently working on a series of instructional videos on fly fishing and wingshooting, Ray is also involved in promotional videos and photography for outdoor lodges, a fly fishing documentary and a television series. Ray's passion is fly fishing and bird hunting and he likes teaching the sports to anyone who is interested. Ray lives just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife Michelle, daughter Ashlee and his bird dog Remington!
Capt. Tommy Cornicelli
Legendary waterfowl guide and 4 Time World Carving Champion Capt. Tom Cornicelli has received widespread acclaim for his combined talents as a wildfowl artist and full time waterfowl and fishing guide . He has appeared on DUTV , ESPN , THE PURSUIT CHANNEL , as well as being highlighted in “ The New York Times “, Grays Sporting Journal “, “Sporting Classics” , “Shooting Sportsman “ ,to mention just a few . He has become one of the most well known and progressive minded guides in the country today.
Richard "Dick" WEaver
Matthew is a life-long resident of New Jersey. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for 50+ years, having started both at 10 years old, with borrowed equipment and tools. The first flies he tied were the brightly colored flies shown in the fly plates in Ray Bergman’s classic book, Trout. Those flies took trout, small bass and sunfish, but it was the trout he caught that inspired him to learn more about the Catskill tradition of fly tying and fly presentation to lure trout to fur and feathers on a hook. When Matt reached high school, classes came second to time on the water, and despite a less than stellar attendance record, he still managed to graduate in 4 years. In the years following, he has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and insects they live in. Most recently, he is the featured fly tyer in dozens of instructional fly tying videos produced by Tightline Productions, which can be viewed on Youtube and Vimeo. Matt published his first book in 2008 – Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He previously wrote the weekly New Jersey Fly Fishing column for The Star Ledger, Beginners Corner for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel Magazines. Matt is an expert fly tyer and an accomplished fly fisherman who lives to better understand aquatic insects, trout and the rivers they live in. He has been teaching all disciplines of fly fishing for over 30 years.
Brian Shumaker is a guide with over 25 years of experience and owner of Susquehanna River Guides in South Central Pennsylvania, specializing in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and other warm water species.
Brian’s love for fishing started at an early age, encouraged by his father. After many years exploring the bigger rivers and smaller warm water streams, Brian started Susquehanna River Guides in 1993 as a way to share his love of the rivers and fly-fishing with others. Today clients have come from every reach of the United States, Canada, as well as Europe have come to South Central Pennsylvania to discover the thrill of fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and other warm water fishes.
Brian is a speaker at many local and regional clubs and organizations, as well as many fishing and outdoor shows. Numerous publications, both local and national have featured Brian and Susquehanna River Guides.
As an author Brian has contributed to books and is one of the co-authors of “Keystone Fly Fishing Guide”.
Brian is also an accomplished fly tier, and fly designer for Holly Flies.
When Brian is not on the water, he enjoys spending time with his wife Rene in their home in South Central Pennsylvania.
Bill started tying flies at the age of five under the guidance of his mentors, brother Tony Skilton and his Great Uncle Ross Trimmer.His brother Tony worked for the Orvis Company and was the Fly Fishing School Director. Ross fished with and introduced Bill to many fly fishing legends. Joe Brooks, Lefty Kreh, Charlie Fox, Vince Marinaro, Ed Shenk, Ernie Schweibert to name a few.
He started to tie flies commercially at sixteen. He tied flies for Orvis, Ed Koch, The Leonard Rod Company and Barry Beck. He also worked for Ed Koch at the Yellow Breeches Fly Shop while still in high school. He went on to manage both the Yellow Breeches Fly Shop and Letort Ltd, both of Boiling Springs, Pa.
He started his own Fly Tying Material Business (Bill Skilton?s USA-FLIES) in 1990 and have sold fly tying materials to many different countries. Bill has sold materials to the Orvis Company and Fulling Mill for many years. Orvis has carried several of his fly patterns and has sold his Quick Sight Ants and Beetles for over thirty years. Bill continues to sell new and vintage fly tying materials and tackle on ebay. Search Skilton on ebay and you will find his store. Bill?s email is email@example.com
In 2004 he wrote My Fly Patterns, Materials and Techniques. This book discussed the innovative ways to use foam and synthetics to create effective fly patterns.
Bill also has been raising genetic dry fly birds since his youth. His current flock is a make up of Darbee Duns, Dr Fried, Frank Kutner birds, Miner Duns, Jan Pickle, Joel Aldorf and others.
Bill worked to help develop the physical site for the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum and have served as Past President and is currently serving as treasurer.
Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company
“I hunted grouse as a boy in southeast Ohio and woodcock in central Ohio,” he said. “I saw my first woodcock flight along a small stream running a muskrat trapline on a Friday after school. The next morning they were gone and only splash remained. Along with reading the great works from the likes of Gene Hill, Steve Smith and others, I became enamored with it all which led me to Michigan chasing trout, grouse, and woodcock.”
Blackwood holds a BA in agriculture from Ohio State University. He’s been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 28 years and they have two adult children, Megan and Ian. They have bird dogs as well, Laurel, a 12-year old English springer spaniel and Bosco, a 6-year old English Cocker spaniel. He currently resides in Rockford, Michigan.
Capt. Peter Douma
Capt. Peter Douma has been fly fishing along the coast of the Northeast his whole life. Growing up, having spent, most of his time fishing the waters of Montauk, NY he realised a passion for catching stripers on the fly. After graduating college, and a few years as a craft beer brewer, Peter got his USCG license and went after his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide. You can find him in Montauk chasing stripers, blues, albies, and even some pelagics, but his passion is truly big stripers on the fly at night.
Self motivated, small business owner, with 60 years experience in the field and 40 year of international wingshooting experience - the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Africa, England, France, Scotland, Hungary, and Slovakia. Doves are major focus in US and in South America, followed by pigeons, driven pheasants, driven partridges, driven ducks, wild ducks, geese, driven guinea fowl, Francolin, and quail internationally. My hunts are All Inclusive, cost wise, and structured around hunt owners who are interested in offering quality hunts at very affordable prices. Hunts are aimed at the mid level manager and above. I want everyone who really wants to go on a quality volume shoot to be able to do so. At 70, I have had a tremendous shooting career and want everyone to experience the great hunts and locations available around the world.
After working 22 years for R.L. Winston Rods, Jerry Kustich left the company in 2006 to start Sweetgrass Rods with his longtime friend, mentor, and bamboo rod master Glenn Brackett. Kustich is a bamboo craftsman, writer, conservationist, and a dedicated fly angler. For several years he worked with Trout Unlimited on access and resource issues throughout Montana. He has authored four books of fly fishing stories and essays about his travels. His latest is entitled Holy Water. He also co-authored Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead with his brother Rick, which has become a classic. His articles have appeared in several publications, and throughout his semi-retirement years he continues to build rods for Sweetgrass at his shop in Maryland while also maintaining a fly-fishing way of life.
I'm not sure how much you want to know, but I'll fill you in on my professional background as well as some personal history. In high school I was a professional baseball prospect as a left-handed pitcher. I made all-state (in Oregon) my senior year and was all set to go to college and then to the pros. But, a funny thing happened on the way to professional baseball...I became a professional singer instead! That career move directed me toward television.My first TV show was co-hosting a children's program with Ronald McDonald in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1966. I did that show for two years, then returned to Oregon to finish my college degree in Speech Communications. While in college at Portland State University, I began my second TV show in Portland, Oregon. I produced and hosted a 5 day a week, talk and variety show and sang with a 5 piece band. I did that show until after I got my degree, then left TV to go into business.
I co-founded and was the President of a marketing agency from the mid-1970's until 1982. During that time I developed and began teaching a business presentation skills program to corporate clients of the agency. I was having so much fun teaching that course, and was getting so busy with it, I sold my interest in the agency and began Young Communications in 1982. I have been providing business presentation skills training on a full time basis around the United States and overseas ever since.
When I developed the idea for Hunting With Hank in 1995, I produced a pilot episode, composed and recorded the music theme and lyrics, negotiated the first agreement with the Outdoor Life Network and began taping shows in 1996. Volume I (the first season) began airing in January of 1997. It consisted of 7 shows. Volume II (eight shows) aired in 1998, followed by 13 shows for Volume III in 1999. Since then we have produced almost 100 additional episodes spread across Hunting with Hank, Upland Days with Dash and Dez, Dash in the Uplands and Dez Young's Wingshooter's Journal.
I have been very fortunate in my life to have accomplished every professional goal or dream I have ever had. But none of those goals would mean a thing without someone to share them with. You've probably seen my wife Karenanne Swift on many of our shows. She is truly my "life partner". She's beautiful, intelligent and a terrific step-mom to my two grown children, Glenn and Stacy. Without Karenanne's support and love I
Unless Lars Jacob is turkey hunting, everything that he does revolves around shotgunning. Jacob has been teaching the finer art of wing shooting for over 30 years. He currently is the Director of Shooting for Covey and Nye and the prestigious Dutch River Club. In the past he has run shooting programs and gun rooms for The Orvis Company and Upland Outfitters. Not only will he find customers a perfect shotgun, but he’ll also show them how to properly shoot it.
In addition to instruction, Jacob is recognized as one of the country’s finest gun fitters and recently worked with Perazzi’s Al Kondak to develop the Perazzi Ladies Sporter. He has a soft spot for side-by-sides and has introduced thousands of shooters to the nuances associated with shooting such shotguns.
“I’ve been able to study with some of the great names in shooting instruction both here and abroad. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Alan Rose at the West London Shooting School and from Ken Davies from Holland and Holland. The kind of upland bird hunting done stateside is very different than the Brits, and so I’ve distilled a lot of their wisdom with my own experience.”
:Dave served for 5 years as a Paratrooper in the Elite Canadian Airborne Regiment and 3 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (of Afghanistan fame). His infantry leadership experience has carried over into the development of Dave Brown Outfitters. This is evident in his “hands on” approach to outfitting, his ability to lead and empower his team members, and his determination to always be on the “cutting edge” of developing new venues for his clients. The result is the largest outfitting operation of its kind in Western Canada.
Dave is a true “Trout Bum” He ventured into Fly-fishing and Fly-tying at age 13. Since then Dave has fly-fished on numerous rivers, streams, lakes and flats in 5 Canadian provinces, Arizona, California, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New York State and in Cuba.
Dave began his Guiding Career in 1988 on The Bow River. Since then has been active in the Western Canadian fly fishing industry in a variety of capacities including: Fly shop manager, head guide, fly fishing instructor and, for the last 15 years, as a fly shop/guide service operator and full-time outfitter and lodge owner.Dave is a past-President of the Jumping Pound Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada and is the Vice President of the newly formed Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever.
Capt. Joe Demalderis (known to most as Joe D.) was introduced to fly fishing in 1970. He has been fishing the Delaware since the mid 1970's and has been an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide for more than twenty years.
Joe has traveled throughout North America fishing for trout, Atlantic salmon and steelhead. In the winter months, Joe hosts fly fishing trips to Patagonia for wild trout, and to Andros, Bahamas for bonefish. As an experienced saltwater fly fisherman, he also spends many days each season in his center console fishing the NJ coast for striped bass, false albacore and blues. A fan of warmwater species too, Joe can frequently be found fly fishing for carp, muskie, northern pike and smallmouth bass, both on his own and with clients. In his guide days alone, Joe has logged tens of thousands of hours on the water. A life member of Trout Unlimited, Joe also serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Upper Delaware River. In 2010 he was named The Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide of the Year. Accolades: 2017 One Bug Fly Fishing Tournament Top Guide Award, 2015 One Bug Fly Fishing Tournament second Place Guide.
Dave Rothrock has been pursuing trout and other species with a fly rod since the mid-1960's and he's been tying flies for a bit longer than he's been fishing them. He has fished throughout the East, into the Midwest, and Europe where he fished great waters in Austria and Slovenia.
Dave's articles have appeared in FLY FISHERMAN, AMERICAN ANGLER and PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER magazines as well as other publications. His fly patterns have have graced the pages of various publications, books and calendars. He has presented programs on fly-fishing related topics to groups throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Dave is also a co-author of the book “Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania's Best Water.”
In 2004 Dave and George Daniel teamed together to compete in the northeast regional qualifier for Barrett Productions' Fly Fishing Masters competition. As a team they placed first out of 36 teams in the two day casting competition.
Dave is a former Orvis Endorsed Guide as well as a former FFI Certified Casting Instructor . He has worked as an instructor in the L. L. Bean fly fishing schools and has taught fly fishing, casting and fly- tying classes for various fly shops and groups. Dave currently guides and teaches fly fishing and casting through his business, Salmo-Trutta Enterprises as well as being on the staff of Sky Blue Outfitters. He utilizes many of the best trout streams in central and north central PA as his classroom environment.
Dave serves as an Ambassador Pro with Douglas Outdoors and also serves on the Pro Staff of HMH Vises and Flystones.
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