Take the time to learn a lot at fly fishing exposition
Looking back on long years of fly fishing, there are few moments that really stand out.
On that list might be the night on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park when a blizzard of Green Drakes flew like snow on the wind; that mid-summer morning on the White River when it seemed every trout in the stream was rising for your fly; and the few hours spent on the Gunnison River listening and learning from Jack Dennis.
It’s not wrong to say Dennis, one of fly fishing’s best ambassadors, is a legend in his own time. He is one of the founders of the famed and much-copied Jackson Hole International One-Fly Competition, was featured (along with fishing buddies Mike Lawson and Gary LaFontaine) in an Emmy-award video on fishing in Yellowstone National Park, has designed and fished hundreds of innovative fly patterns, and has taught the pleasures of fly fishing to countless thousands of anglers around the world.
Although he now claims to be “semi-retired” from a life of near-constant travel and speaking engagements, he’s not ready to stop spreading and sharing his wisdom about one of life’s most-fascinating activities.
You have the (limited) opportunity to share a few hours April 5 on a local water with Dennis when he holds his “A day with Jack Dennis” as part of the 15th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition.
“It will be a little bit of everything I’ve ever learned all these years,” said Dennis with a hearty laugh. “I’ll show them how to make their own leaders and how to work with fluorocarbon tippets, some tips on streamer fishing and European nymphing, and lots of tricks most people don’t know.”