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    Fly Fishing Symposium Presentations and Schedule

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, October 04, 2018

    Meet some of our rockstar presenters...

    Tim Rajeff

    As the founding father of Rajeff Sports, Tim tends to be busier than your average bald guy. When in the office, he spends all his time designing new lines and rods, addressing managerial-type-stuff or helping with customer service. When he’s out and about, he’s usually finding a reason to wet a line somewhere nearby or in far-off lands.
    Tim’s extensive knowledge of fly rod design and performance stems from his early childhood patronage to the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco, where he became a young and successful competition caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance as well as winning the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim first began designing rods in 1980 and was one of the first people to use and adapt graphite fly rods in competition casting.
    After spending his youth fishing and casting in California and Oregon, Tim’s fishing career took a turn when he took a job working for the Fenwick Fly Fishing School in Montana during 1973. In 1985 he made the trek north and began guiding in Alaska, eventually moving on to develop and build the first fishing camps on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, 60 miles above the Arctic Circle. He spent six years managing these camps before returning to the states in 1994. Upon his return, he began working for a premium domestic rod manufacturer, where he worked as head of the engineering department and the Fly Brand Manager. Until 2001, he worked learning the ins and outs of fly rod design and manufacturing, when he started Rajeff Sports

    Mia Sheppard

    In 1996, Mia acquired a serious interest in fly fishing. Later, in 2001, Marty Sheppard, her husband introduced her to two-handed Spey casting—a pursuit that forged Mia’s connection and admiration to Oregon’s wild steelhead and mastering casting a fly-rod. Finally, in 2003, the couple purchased Little Creek Outfitters, an established guide service, where they continue the tradition of guiding anglers to the region’s steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass.
    Always committed to conservation, Mia is a river steward for the Native Fish Society, Conservation Chairman of the International Women’s Fly Fishers and supporter of the Deschutes River Alliance, Oregon Wildlife Foundation, and Casting for Recovery.  She's ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo, Costa, Keep'em Wet Fishing and Bogg's Trailbutter

    George Cook
    Pacific Northwest Sage/RIO/Sitka Gear Regional Sales Rep George Cook is a 30+ Year Veteran of the Fly Fishing Theater having been with SAGE since 1987. He taught his first Single Handed Class as a student at Washington State University in 1982 and has been teaching Spey Casting since 1991. Geo has been immersed in the Forefront of the Northwest Spey Scene since its recognized beginnings of the early 1990’s. Known for the Popsicle Fly Pattern as well as the Fabled 7126 TCX “DeathStar” ( He Named It) George has played a hand in “Many Things Spey” throughout the years of Rod/Line & Reel Development. An Avid Big Game Hunter, Geo’s pursuit of Big Deer throughout the US and Northern Mexico is to many, Legendary by modern day standards.

    Heather Hodson @northwestflygirl 

    Founder of United Women on the Fly.  Heather is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable and becoming a part of the fly fishing community.  Sometimes referred to as the “Middle Women,” Heather volunteers her energy and time to connect women, help start a Women’s Program or enable anglers to become more confident on the water.  Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited.  Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.

    Eric Neufeld

    Eric Neufeld currently is a sales representative in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies and Alaska for Simms Fishing Products, Winston Rod Co, Echo, Airflo, Nautilus, Bauer and Solitude Fly Co. He attended the University of Colorado before becoming a fishing guide in Alaska and South America. After 6 years of guiding Eric hung up the guide boots and went to work with George Cook at Anglers Rendezvous. You can find Eric currently residing in Spokane Washington where he roams the Northern Rockies, Cascades and Alaska with rod or bow in hand. He lives with his great gal, Heather Hodson and Cooper the dog. 

    Jacob Zirkle
    GLoomis Fly Rep
    AK, WA, OR, CA, ID, UT

    Jacob Zirkle was born in Washington, at the age of 6 his family moved to Alaska where his love for the great outdoors started. At the age of 7, his grandfather gave him the best present ever, an Orvis Clearwater 7wt fly rod. He would rent 3m videos at the local library so he could teach himself the art of fly casting. He spent all his free time casting on local lakes and a neighborhood creek catching trout, steelhead, salmon, and dollies. Traveling to see family and competing in Soccer tournaments he was able to explore many fisheries in WA, OR, ID, MT. 

    In 2000 he started his guiding career working in Cooper Landing, where he learned that the fishing industry is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Within two years he started Alaska Fly Water Guides and spent the first year flying out to remote rivers and doing 5-7 day float trips. He found his way back to his home water, the Kenai where he worked till 2015. 

    Throughout his career guiding, he always looked for the next thing to bring his customers and push them to become better anglers. Spey casting was one of the crafts he took on, in 2006 he began the journey with a class from friend and Sage Rep George Cook. Over his time with two-handed rods, Jacob focused most of his attention casting to monster trout with short Speys.
    In 2016 he took a job with Don Coffey as the NW GLoomis Fly Rep and spends his time traveling his territory showing off new sticks to others who love fly fishing with 2 handed rods. Jake’s favorite GLoomis two handed rod is the new IMX Pro Short Spey Series, paired with today’s short head systems make chasing trout in the West a blast.

    Mark Fuller

    Bio- Mark Fuller is our PNW Sales Representative for Korkers Footwear, and lives in Hood River, Oregon. Prior to Korkers, he spent 17 years on the water in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho as a fishing guide. He still owns and operates Grand Teton Fly Fishing, in Jackson, Wyoming.

    Troy Lichttenegger


    Troy found his calling for fly fishing at a young age of 11 where he mentored a fly fishing guide for his junior high job shadow. This led him to guiding many years throughout WA state for both trout and steelhead. He has picked up a lot of techniques and tricks for both trout and steelhead throughout his guiding career and now travels between WA and OR working with fly fishing shops and fishing manufacturers.

    Troy brings some valuable information to the table when it comes to nymphing techniques and strategies. There is more to it than just tying on a nymph and a strike indicator… Troy breaks down what the “modern nymphing” techniques are and when to apply them. it might just change the way you think about your nymphing game.

    Peter Donahower

    Peter Donahower has been tying flies over 40 years. More than a decade ago, steelhead flies became a specialty, particularly older vernacular patterns such as Speys, Dees, and hairwings. Peter practices the Ed Haas hairwing method of slipping guard hairs into the tapered loop eye and lashing them down to the shank. The entire pattern is then tied over the butts, creating a wing that cannot pullout and allowing for a small, whip-finished head.
    Peter draws inspiration for fly design from many aspects of his life; favorite beverages, pop culture, rock music and dear friends. Proportions and structure adhere primarily to traditional steelhead and Atlantic salmon patterns, with a few tweaks here and there. Every pattern starts on paper, as an illustration. Sometimes they even turn out well at the vise.
    Mr. Donahower’s work is published in America’s Favorite Flies and Swing the Fly magazine. He is a wild fish advocate and Native Fish Society River Steward, in addition to being a featured tyer for Fly Fishing Collaborative. His steelhead fly “Double Take” is available at Royal Treatment.

    Matt Callies

    Matt hales from San Diego, where he was born in a truck many years ago. Reluctantly, after marrying and having a couple fishing focused kids Matt had to take up a more traditional residence in a house in Northern California. There he bases his product representation business and houses his massive collection of fly tying materials. Occasionally he even sleeps there.

    Matt is the Director of Product Development for Loon Outdoors, a fancy title that gives him access to a laboratory full of test tubes and bubbling concoctions used to create incredible UV glues, floatants, sinkets, and underarm deodorants.

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