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Yellow Dog Fly Shop: 2024 Winter Programs & Presentations

January 10, 24

Join Yellow Dog throughout the winter season every Wednesday night at the Yellow Dog Fly Shop in Four Corners for a series of talks, programs, tying presentations, and destination profiles with special guests. All Wednesday presentations begin at 6:00 PM and are free and open to everyone. Definitely feel free to BYOB and bring tying materials and tools for any and all tying programs.

Wednesday, January 17
Effective Streamer Patterns for Montana – Doug McKnight
Doug is one of Montana’s most well-known fly tyers – a signature tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and the inventor of numerous fresh and saltwater patterns. His specialty is streamers, and Doug will be demonstrating some of his signature creations as well as sharing his favorite streamer techniques for fishing area waters. Feel free to bring your vice and materials.

Wednesday, January 24
Fly Fishing in Ireland – Andrew Ryan
Andrew is the owner and founder of Clonanav Fly Fishing in County Waterford, Ireland, Andrew will be visiting Bozeman in January and will give a presentation on fishing Irish brown trout and salmon and talking about why Ireland is one of the hottest up-and-coming fishing destinations. 

Wednesday, January 31 
Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon Flies: Top Five for the Flats – Alec Gerbec
Alec Gerbec has guided in the Seychelles, Alaska, and throughout the US West. In his former role as head guide for Alphonse Fishing Company, Alec spent years guiding throughout the Seychelles, giving him the ideal background and skill set for his current role as Seychelles and Indian Ocean program director for Yellow Dog. Alec has been a long-time saltwater fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry when it comes to fly design and saltwater applications. Feel free to bring your vice and materials.

Wednesday, February 7
Fly Fishing Belize North to South – Matt Kelsic and Jim Klug
Join Yellow Dog’s Belize program director, Matt Kelsic, and Jim Klug (author of the book Fly Fishing Belize) for an overview of fishing this amazing Caribbean destination. Matt and Jim will cover topics that include the different fisheries of Belize, seasons, equipment, species, lodge options and more.

Wednesday, February 14
Fly Fishing Photography: Tips and Techniques for Improving Your Photos –Bryan Gregson
Bryan is the Director of Photography for Yellow Dog and one of the most well-known and accomplished photographers in the entire fishing industry. He is the humble recipient of numerous awards and large-scale assignments, and has worked with Patagonia, Volvo Cars, Scott Fly Rods, Hatch Outdoors, Scientific Anglers, The Drake, and dozens of other brands, conservation groups and publications. If you’re looking to up your game with fly fishing photography, you will not want to miss this program!

Wednesday, February 21
Fishing Mountain Lakes – Glen Owens

Owner of the Montana state record Grayling, Glen is one of the most accomplished anglers in the region when it comes to lakes and stillwater fishing. Glen will be tying his favorite and unique stillwater patterns and discussing effective techniques for area lakes. Feel free to bring your vice and materials.

Wednesday, February 28 
Fly Fishing Alaska – Tom Melvin
Tom is the Yellow Dog program director for all Alaska programs. With this presentation, he’ll be covering the different regions of Alaska and talking about species, time of year, tackle and techniques, and reviewing different lodge and outfitting options in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Wednesday, March 6 
Tying GT Flies – Alec Gerbec
As the former head guide for Alphonse Fishing Company, Alec spent years guiding throughout the Seychelles, developing and perfecting some of the most effective giant trevally flies in the game. Alec has been a long-time saltwater fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry when it comes to fly design and saltwater applications. Feel free to bring your vice and materials.

Wednesday, March 13
Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley – Rick Wollum
Rick is a long-time area guide who has called the Paradise Valley home for many years. From full-time guide to fly shop manager to river advocate, Rick knows the Yellowstone and the Valley as well as any person can. Rick will be presenting on effective techniques for fishing the ‘Stone, talking about the current state of the river, and sharing his thoughts on flies and rigging.

Wednesday, March 20
Selective Dry Fly Patterns and Techniques – Doug & Dan Daufel
Doug and Dan are two of the best dry fly anglers – and tyers – in the game! They’ve spent years fishing the Henry’s Fork and throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and they were part of the old-school Blue Ribbon Flies gang with Craig Matthews and John Juracek. The brothers will be tying their favorite dry fly patterns and talking about hatch-specific techniques and fly design.