Category Archives: Featured Speaker

SJRVFF Welcomes Captain Jon Ray

Captain Jon Ray has been fly fishing for the past 23 years and has guided fly anglers in  Michigan with Hawkins Outfitters for the past 12 years. Jon’s first love is chasing trout, steelhead, small-mouth bass and muskie with streamers. … Continue reading

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SJRVFF Welcomes Jack Dennis

Jack Dennis is one of the Fly fishing professionals who really has done it all. Jack founded sporting stores, ski shops, fly fishing guiding operations, and a book and video company during 47 years in the business in Jackson Hole, … Continue reading

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SJRVFF WELCOMES ANN MILLER

Ann Miller is an outdoor writer and fly fishing fanatic. While teaching beginning and intermediate fly fishing schools through the years, she became frustrated with the lack of comprehensive Midwest information on insect hatches, taxonomy, behavior, and flies to match them. … Continue reading

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SJRVFF Welcomes Paula Shearer

Paula Shearer lives in Calgary Alberta Canada and is a guide on the Bow River, and southern Alberta streams. She started fly fishing at a young age, by joining her dad and uncles trolling flies on numerous lakes. At the age … Continue reading

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SJRVFF WELCOMES MARCY COLCLOUGH

Marcy serves on the St. Joseph River Watershed Council and is a board member for the Partnership for MEANDRS (Meeting the Ecological and Agricultural Needs of the Dowagiac River System). She also established the Two Rivers Coalition and continues to advise … Continue reading

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SJRVFF WELCOMES RAY SCHMIDT

Ray started tying flies at age 12. From 1977 through 1985 he owned and operated a fly fishing manufacturers rep firm that sold premium brands of fly fishing products. From 1985 to 2012, Ray owned Schmidt Outfitters, a full service fly shop, lodging establishment, fly fishing guide … Continue reading

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SJRVFF WELCOMES ONE AND ALL…

The December meeting is a time to celebrate the past year. We will do that by giving out several awards to some very deserving members. Some are deserving for their good deeds, some are given for their less fortunate experiences. … Continue reading

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SJRVFF Welcomes Pat Ehlers

Capt. Pat Ehlers lives in Franklin, WI. Pat opened his fly shop, The Fly Fishers Inc. in 1988. Pat has guided throughout Wisconsin and the Great Lakes as well as in Montana and Alaska. Pat is a licensed United States … Continue reading

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SJRVFF Welcomes Andrew Carlson

Andrew Carlson spent his fondest days as a child fishing streams for brook trout and smallmouth bass with his father, cultivating a fascination for the aquatic world that inspired dreams of professional research and conservation. He graduated from the University … Continue reading

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SJRVFF Welcomes Nicole Watson

I grew up near the shores of Lake Erie and vacationing on the Au Sable River. The first time I fly fished was on the Au Sable River when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was a … Continue reading

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