You are cordially invited to attend the FALL 2015 Mossy Creek Open House and HEALING SATURDAY EVENT, Saturday November 14th from 9AM-5PM.
This party gets bigger and better each year and we can always ensure a great time!
Our Open House Event is FREE for all! Come enjoy presentations, seminars, casting clinics, fly tying, and our great raffle! Project Healing Waters representatives will be here providing information about a great program rehabilitating wounded warriors through fly fishing! This should be a great fundraiser for our local healing waters chapter!
-9AM-11AM Shop Opens Coffee, Donuts, Fly Tying Demos
-11AM-12PM George Daniel Strip Set Presentation
-12PM- 1PM Fly Tying, Casting Demos, Lunch Served
-1PM-2PM Tom Sadler Tenkara Presentation
-2-4PM George Daniel Casting Demo
-2-4PM Fly Tying Demos
4:30PM Wrap up and Raffle until 5PM
*You do not need to be present to win raffle items! Make a purchase of $50 or ONLINE AT MOSSY CREEK FLY FISHING on Saturday and you will automatically be entered to win a number of our great items!*
–GEORGE DANIEL– began fly fishing at the age of 6 in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George’s family relocated to PA’s limestone region, which contained the state’s best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions.
He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team’s coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George’s real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach.
In that brief period, George had success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time travelling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education.
George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop and now works exclusively with TCO Fly Shop with Livin On The Fly LLC. George currently assists with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team as well as writing and conducting fly fishing clinics/presentations across the country. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea and their two children.
–TOM SADLER– Tom is Patagonia’s newest fly fishing Ambassador and will be on hand to discuss the finer points of Tenkara fishing and the effective use of streamers with tenkara rods. He has been a professional guide and instructor for over 20 years. He is an AFFTA board member and very well connected in the fly fishing industry. He is a dedicated tenkara fly fisherman and Mossy Creek’s exclusive tenkara guide. Tom’s passion for tenkara was honed in Virginia’s mountain streams where he chases native brook trout. He shares his extensive knowledge of tenkara on his blog MiddleRiverDispatches.com. His reputation as a tenkara devotee makes him sought after as a guide and speaker.
Tom’s day job is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
–BOB CRAMER– Bob will be on hand tying flies and sharing stories from guiding over the Valley for the past 30 years. Bob has been fly fishing since he was 8 years old. That was 52 years ago and he still loves it, especially sharing it with others. He believes that most folks not only want to catch fish on a guided trip, but also want to leave a better fisherman because they learned something that day. He started guiding in the Shenandoah Valley in the mid 80’s when he owned Mossy Creek Outfitters, in Bridgewater, Va. He can’t really say he has a favorite species to fish for, he just loves it all, brook trout to muskies and everything in between. It’s hard to find a more experienced, fun, well mannered guide in the Mid Atlantic than Cramer!
–LE RHODES– Mr. Rhodes will be on hand tying up some of the BEST smallmouth flies you have ever seen. Many of his patterns are Virginia ‘GO TO’ patterns for the big boys. L.E. Rhodes lives minutes from the James River in Scottsville, Va where he spends his time chasing BIG smallmouth bass. However, when he has time, he’s out teaching fly casting lessons, stalking big brook trout or floating the big rivers with our guide crew. He is our favorite fishing buddy and has the best attitude of any guide in the Country. We are fortunate to be partnered with such a quality guy. LE is an incredible fisherman and fly tier. He currently ties all of the CK nymphs for our shop, one of the most productive nymphs we have ever used on our trout waters!
–JACOB RUSSO– Jacob will be tying large musky flies at the open house. He does great hair work and knows how to properly proportion a fly so that it casts and fishes well. Jacob picked up fly-fishing and tying flies when he was 12, and spent much of his youth exploring mountain streams for brook trout and the Rappahannock River for smallmouth bass. As an undergraduate at James Madison University, Jacob developed his passion for fly-fishing. In 2011, while pursuing his Masters in Education, Jacob joined the staff at Mossy Creek. When not guiding or teaching high school mathematics, you can find Jacob floating the river in search of bass and elusive musky. With Jacob’s teaching background and knowledge of local water, his anglers leave the day with a better understanding of the sport.
A CELEBRATION OF STREAMER FISHING! George has just had his latest book published. He will be giving fly tying, a presentation, and casting instruction revolving around fishing streamers and catching large fish. All of our fly tyers will be on hand tying their favorite streamers for big local trout, smallmouth bass, and musky!
Strip Set Presentation – Streamer fishing isn’t just about casting a wooly bugger down and across stream and stripping as fast as you can. The emphasis of this presentation is to demonstrate the wide range of streamer tactics available to the angler. From sinking line strategies on large tailwaters to floating line tactics on central PA streams, the key is to understand the environment one fishes and then find the tool/approach that best match the conditions. Topics discussed will include equipment, rigging, reading the water, weighted vs. un-weighted patterns, sinking line vs. floating line, casting, retrieves, and pattern designs. The information discussed in this program will help you develop an all around viewpoint on streamer tactics, and customize a streamer program for your home waters.
Fly Tying Demonstration – George will demonstrate how to tie several of his favorite streamer patterns including the Sparkle Minnow, Sculp Snack, Michigan Fry, along with several others.
Book Signing – George will be on hand all day to sign copies of his new book, “Strip Set”
Tell your friends and bring your family or your neighbor for a day of fun and information. This event is FREE to everyone! Arrive early for the best seats for the presentations!
Raffle items include RENZETTI TRAVELER VISE, UMPQUA BOX WITH STREAMERS, ABEL ZINGER, FLY LINES, ACCESSORIES, DVDs, APPAREL, and a $50 GIFT CARD!