Learn from "The Best" at
The Fly Fishing & Wingshooting Expo!
We have assembled the "best of the best" in the sports of Fly Fishing & Wingshooting. Our seminars, tying demonstrations, casting and dog training instruction and private classes will satisfy your hunger for knowledge! Our instructors will tap into your passion for the sport and give you the insight to become a better fly fisherman and/or wingshooter!
"The Slide Inn"
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 is still guiding to this day some; well lots of years later. He owned the Troutsman fly shop in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman and moved to Montana where he and his wife Penny bought the Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River. Kelly has written two books Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold world wide. Kelly has been published in nearly every major fly fishing periodical in the country and is one of the Editors at large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the hosts of Fly Fish TV on the VS's Network. Kelly is one of the most sought after speakers in the country and spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and in 2007 the Charles E Brooks memorial life award.
Be sure to visit kelly's website at www.slideinn.com
Scott Linden is an active and energetic media interpreter of outdoor pursuits. His passion for the subject, experience as an educator, musician and writer are put to use making the outdoors come alive for a wide variety of audiences.
He is the creator and host of Wingshooting USA television series, the most-watched upland hunting series in the U.S. He is also a popular seminar presenter, and blogger at outdoorlife.com and scottlindenoutdoors.com. Scott’s book What the Dogs Taught Me was released in June, 2013 from Skyhorse Publishing of New York.
Scott’s byline has been seen many times in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Quail Forever, Shooting Sportsman, Pointing Dog Journal, Gun Dog, Versatile Hunting Dog, and Sports Afield magazines. He is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, authors a column for Quail Forever magazine, designs dog care and training gear, consults with apparel and equipment manufacturers on product development, and serves as a technical advisor and stock footage supplier to network TV and feature-film productions.
Jason’s credits much of his passion for fishing to his father. “Some of my earliest and happiest memories involve fishing,” he recalls. “I remember many trips to Canada or Minnesota for pike and small mouth.” He learned fly fishing from other mentors, who were generous with their time and patient with the persistent questions of an enthusiastic neophyte angler.
The blessings we receive are meant to be passed on to others, so to share his passion and knowledge, in 2002, Jason began a career as an outdoor writer. His articles appear regularly in national fly fishing magazines and he is a feature writer for American Angler and written four books. In 2017, Stackpole/Headwaters Books released his most recent book, ‘Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers’. He appears at shows and fly fishing events throughout North America.
A native Midwesterner, Jason and Jo, his wife, live on a small farm in Northern Illinois. They’ve passed on their love of the outdoors to their children, Erin and Evan, and most recently, their ‘in-law’ children, Clay and Michelle.
Rick Pope, Founder and Chairman of TFO said, “Jason epitomizes a life-long commitment to sharing his vast knowledge welcoming new anglers to this great sport, while captivating us with his deep insights of trout behavior.”
Andy Mill was first known for his expertise on skis. As a resident of Aspen, Colorado since 1960 he has had every opportunity to sharpen his skills
Andy Mill has a passion for tarpon and has 11 tarpon tournament wins to show for it. If you want to learn how to hook up and land trophy tarpon you need to listen to this show. A Passion for Tarpon . Andy skied on the U.S. Ski Team from 1971 to 1981 and during that time competed in two Olympics. The first in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976 and the second in Lake Placid, New York in 1980. He also skied in two World Championships – St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1974 and Garmisch, Germany in 1978.
Andy has worked with ESPN, NBC and ABC since his retirement from skiing in 1981. He has worked exclusively since 1991 with CBS covering World Cup Skiing and served as the color commentator for the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. He has hosted, wrote or produced over 400 ski shows including his own titled “Ski with Andy Mill”.
In 1994 Andy was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
When Andy wasn’t skiing he was fly fishing. He wrote, hosted and produced “Sportsman’s Journal” which included 81 salt water fly fishing shows.
His passion of course is Tarpon and has won 11 tarpon tournaments, the most ever for one fly fisher. He was also the only angler to win a bonefish, permit and tarpon tournament.
Andy has served on the Boards of the Aspen Educational Foundation, the US Olympic Educational Ski Foundation for the US Ski Team, Aspen Winterclub Foundation and National Atlantic Salmon Fishing Federation.
Paul Dixon, a native of Newport Beach, CA, became an angler at age three, when his mother handed him his first fishing rod. He began fly fishing at 16 in a summer job at a fishing lodge on Henry’s Lake in Idaho, honing his skills on the legendary Henry’s Fork and Madison River. Returning to Southern California in 1973, he pursued his new-found passion on the beaches of California and Baja, Mexico, while majoring in business at the University of California at Irvine.
In the mid ’80s, Paul moved to the East Coast, and began fishing for striped bass and blue fish in the waters off of Long Island. He ran the fly fishing department of Orvis New York for five years, and with Randy Carlson, began one of the first Orvis salt water fly fishing schools. In 1994, Paul opened Dixon’s Sporting Life in East Hampton, while developing To the Point Charters.
Paul has been featured on TV’s Charlie Rose Show; The Outfitters, presented by Ford Motor; ESPN’s fishing shows Guidehouse Montauk, The Walker’s Cay Chronicles and Spanish Fly; NBC News; and Barbara Koppel’s ABC Prime Time Special “The Hamptons,” as well as in The New York Times, Outdoor Life, Fast Company, Forbes FYI, The Miami Herald, New York (Magazine), Salt Water Sportsman, Salt Water Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Newsday, among others.
Paul is married to the internationally best-selling author Ellen T. White, who wrote the groundbreaking Simply Irresistible.
Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly–fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer Reels, R. L. Winston Rods, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.