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  • Fly tying Saturdays 2017

    Jan 21 Jake Villiwock Fishing for Smallmouth
    Jan 28 Tim Cammisa Fishing Emergers
    Feb 4 Mike Engelhardt Fishing the Yough
    Feb 11 Chuck Furmisky Fishing for Pike
    Feb 18 Bob Blystone Musky on the Fly
    Feb 25 John Fabian Steelhead Fishing
    Mar 4 Gordon Vanderpull Fly Fish North Carolina
    Mar 11 Kieran Frye Traditional Drys & Nymphs
    Mar 18 Tom Doman Fishing Penn’s Creek
    A free talk open to all anglers starts each Saturday at 10:30 am to 12:30pm.
    A private paid fly tying class with each speaker starts at 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. Must register and prepay to participate in private class.
    Cost is $35.00 for the 1 to 3 class, you will need your vice and tools.

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  • Winter events

    International Angler Image
    January 11-FF101   5:30pm     FREE
    You might have heard that fly fishing is just for trout but nothing could be further from the truth. You can catch sunfish on a farm pond with fly tackle. You can catch bass and pike. You can even use a fly rod in salt water for fish like striped bass, bonefish, and even huge gamefish like tuna and marlin. It just takes a little adjustment to your tackle.

    You might have also heard that fly fishing is expensive and complicated. Let’s see just how simple it can be. In this class you’ll learn how fly and spin fishing differ, how to make the basic overhead cast and a roll cast, a little about the history of fly fishing. You’ll learn the two basic knots you will use every time you go fly fishing. You’ll also learn about the bare essentials you need to get started in this fun and addictive sport.

    This is free mini class held at the store. Must pre register.

    January 14-Fly Tying 101 Free
    You’ve always wanted to learn to tie your own flies but just couldn’t find the time. Now you can get a free two-hour introductory lesson at our store, with expert instruction and all tools / materials supplied. Fly tying requires no special skills-anyone can learn it, and with a few hours of practice each week you’ll be cranking out terrific flies by spring.
    Must sign up for this free course.
    January 17-Beginner Fly Tying Course with Bruce Cox
    Course $75.00 fee (kids 16 and under FREE with paying adult)
    6 week course, starts 6:30pm
    Students required to bring vise and tools
    Bruce Cox-instructor

    Renzetti Traveler
    Fly Tying Vice $169.95
    A classic, updated and improved. A 7″-stem to give your bobbin more room to work. This sleek rotary vise weighs just 8 oz., but its lightweight portability doesn’t mean sacrificing performance.

    Orvis Fly-Tying Kit
    Learn to tie the classics with this comprehensive Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit. Materials for 16 patterns, 10 flies each, for a total of 160 flies. 8 basic patterns and 8 guide-proven premium patterns. Comes with instructional DVD.

    Loon Ergo Bobbin $19.95
    An ergonomic and high-performing update to the indispensible tying tool.

    International Angler
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  • Film Tour 2017








    February 26,3:00pm

    The Fly Fishing Film Tour is brought to Pittsburgh by the International Angler. All proceeds from this event will be used to support Casting for Recovery.

    Tickets($15) are available locally in advance at the International Angler. They are also available ($20) through F3T online and at the door on the night of the event.

    Doors open at 2.30 pm. Please come early for a pre-event social gathering. Film starts promptly at 3.00 pm

    For more information please contact International Angler, 412-788-8088


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  • Winter 2017 events

    January 21
    Jake Villwock
    10:30 Demo – Smallmouth of Eastern PA (Free)
    1:00 Fly Tying – Tying Jake’s Signature Flies ($35)
    Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay with a father who was a commercial fisherman, the love of fishing is in his genes.  After graduating from High Point University with a degree in entrepreneurship with a concentration in economics, he moved to Alaska and worked as a fly fishing guide for two years while mushing dogs over the winter months.  Currently, Jake works at TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs store as assistant manager and Head Guide.
    Combined with his two seasons in Alaska, he has been a licensed fly fishing guide for roughly a decade now. In the winter months, he travels to do presentations and fly tying demos along the east.
    He has multiple fly patterns that have been accepted into the Orvis line up. Many of his flies have been published in books and magazines, the most recent being his Over Easy Sculpin in Eastern Fly Fishing.
    Jake’s current guide repertoire consists of smallmouth bass, musky and trout of southeast pa. He specializes in both single day and overnight float trips for smallmouth bass. He has spent countless days fishing gin clear spring creeks and loves to share the sight fishing and stealthy approach it takes to be successful. Jake puts around 200 days a year on the water. One of his guilty pleasures is pike on the fly.
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    Flies Jake will Tie:
    Over Easy Sculpin 
    The Roamer 
    January 28
    Tim Cammisa
    10:30 Demo – Fishing and Tying Emerger Patterns (Free)
    1:00 Fly Tying – Tying Emerger Patterns For Difficult Trout ($35)
    ^Fly Tying Limited to 6 Students
    During this demonstration, we will discuss the various life cycles of mayflies and caddisflies, concentrating on their emergence and why this brings success to fly fishermen.  Nuances of both insects will be discussed, as will that connection to tying and selecting effective flies to fool wary trout.
    Fly Tying Class: We will be tying five emerger patterns that will represent various mayflies and caddisflies during the emerger stage, concentrating on the characteristics that make them vulnerable to trout.  Each tyer will receive individual baggies with enough materials and hooks for the flies.  For my class, they will need their vise, bobbins with dark and light threads, scissors, and a dubbing loop tool if they have one.
    February 4
    Mike Engelhardt and Jarret Kasan
    10:30 Demo – Fishing opportunities along the
     Youghiogheny River (Free)
    1:00 Demo – Summer tactics for targeting smallmouth
     bass with a fly ($35)
    It’s no secret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the best fly fishing on the east coast. While many local anglers travel several hours to fish the rightfully well known waters of Central PA, they are often overlooking a very good option that is practically right in their back yard – the Youghiogheny River!
    Laurel Highlands Guide Services fishing guides Mike Engelhardt and Jarret Kasan have been wade and float fishing the river for over 30 years between the two of them, and have a wide range of experience targeting the trout, smallmouth bass, musky, and other fish that call the river home. Let them fill you in on the great fly fishing options that exist close to the Pittsburgh area that may not only save you a bit of gas money, but may also help you put a few impressive fish in the net this season!
    This program will consist of two sessions: The first will discuss the fishing opportunities along the entire length of the Yough in Pennsylvania. Mike and Jarret will provide a seasonal view of the fishing opportunities, and also discuss some common tactics they use to put fish in the net.
    The second session will be a crash course in summer tactics for targeting smallmouth bass with a fly. Over their years fishing and guiding for smallmouth, Mike and Jarret have fine-tuned their approach to targeting bass, and have learned what it takes to it find, pattern, and catch quality smallmouth on the fly using a number of well known, and some not so well known techniques. Come spend a winter afternoon learning all you need to know to take your summer smallmouth fishing to the next level!
     All paid classes must be preregistered and prepaid.
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  • Mangrove Cay Club



    Bahamas bonefish, Andros Middle Bight.     5 SPOTS LEFT

    7N/6D   $5,350.00 + 7.5% VAT                     February 11 to 18, 2017

    6N/5D   $4,700.00 + 7.5% VAT                     February 11 to 17, 2017

    Above packages include, lodging, all meals, alcohol, and guided fishing. Rates are for double occupancy. (please inquire for single rate)

    Without a doubt, the finest lodge in the Bahamas.

    See link below for brochure for Mangrove Cay Club.


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