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    Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo - April 2004

    Fly Fishing News

    Join host Midwest Fly Fishing magazine, its staff of editors and writers and the best-known fly fishing personalities in the Midwest and beyond for this must-see informational and action-packed three-day event.


    April 2, 3 and 4, 2004 at the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. ? will present the largest gathering of fly fishing experts and teachers in the Midwest, including author and fly fishing luminary Gary Borger, Madison River guide and author Kelly Galloup, and Mr. Smallmouth, author Tim Holschlag.


    Gary Borger, a retired professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin Center, Wausau, Wis., lectures widely on all aspects of fly fishing and is considered a talented and effective teacher of fly fishing. He has written five best selling fly fishing books ? Nymphing, Naturals, the Borger Color System, Designing Trout Flies and the acclaimed Presentation ? and was a pioneer in the production of fly fishing videos. Gary writes about fly fishing tactics and techniques for Midwest Fly Fishing? magazine.

    Kelly Galloup, former owner of the Troutsman fly shop in Traverse City, Mich., is a popular trout and steelhead guide and author. He is co-author (with MFF columnist Bob Linsenman) of the well-received Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and wrote the innovative trout and fly tying text Cripples and Spinners. Kelly is regarded as a master fly tier and a creative fly angler who now owns Slide Inn, a lodge and fly shop on the Madison River near Yellowstone Park in Montana.

    Tim Holschlag, known by his readers and guiding clients as Mr. Smallmouth, earned that title as a result of his extensive research of smallmouth bass behavior and habitat. Tim, the author of Stream Smallmouth Fishing ?now out of print ? has fished virtually every notable smallmouth lake and river in the Midwest. He has written hundreds of articles on smallies and other warmwater species, is a founding member of The Smallmouth Alliance and is Midwest Fly Fishing magazine's warmwater fly fishing editor.


    For two and a half days, GREAT WATERS FLY FISHING EXPO guests will choose from a variety of non-stop educational programming in three basics areas:

    1. Fly fishing techniques and tactics (entomology, fly fishing strategies, how to ?read? water and recognize where fish live, focus on smallmouth bass, trout, muskies, pike, steelhead, salmon, largemouth bass, carp, panfish, saltwater species;

    2. Fly fishing travel and adventure (explore the Great Waters of the Midwest and other fly fishing destinations around the world, including Alaska, the West, Canada and the tropics);

    3. Environmental education. Threats to our Midwest fly fishing waters and grass-roots efforts to combat them through stewardship. Discussions of conservation issues and visions, presentations by cutting-edge advocacy organizations, local fly fishing clubs and department of natural resource


    FLY CASTING: Understanding that learning how to cast well is crucial to further enjoyment of our sport, the Great Waters Expo will feature two fly casting venues. There will be a casting pool for demonstrations and vendor use in the main exhibit hall and there will be a spacious waterless casting area near the main exhibit hall where virtually non-stop casting instruction will take place.

    FLY FISHING'S HISTORY: The American Museum of Fly Fishing will bring its history of fly fishing exhibit to the Great Waters Expo. This display documents more than a century of America's fly fishing history, complete with artifacts and fly displays.

    FLY TYING: There will be expert fly tiers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, the Dakotas, Alaska, the West and Canada. Look for special fly tying demonstration setups in the Exhibition Hall in addition to a Fly Tiers' Row.

    INSTRUCION FOR BEGINNERS: The Great Waters Expo will feature a Basic Skills Station where newcomers to fly fishing can learn fly fishing basics from veteran anglers. All Expo programming will be beginner-friendly.

    ATTENTION TO YOUNG PEOPLE: The Great Waters expo will host Camp Fly Fish, where young persons can learn about entomology, fly tying, fly casting and stewardship guided by experienced teachers and anglers. Guests 12 and younger will not be charged admission to our Expo. Students, junior and senior high school and college-aged with proper identification will be admitted at half price.

    For more information, call Midwest Fly Fishing? magazine at (612) 926-5128 or e-mail to . Call Lew Beccone at (612) 922-4969 for matters relating to the travel industry ? lodges, outfitters, guides, sports travel, tourism groups, etc. Also, visit and/or to make reservations for the weekend


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