Got an email reminder from our friends at Penn's Wood West Trout Unlimited and thought it would be good to pass along to our membership.
Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual PWWTU Cabin Fever Expo on Sunday, February 25 from 9 am until 4 pm
Hilton DoubleTree Cranberry
910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046
We are excited to offer Southwest PA an amazing Fly Fishing Experience! We have built out an amazing agenda and added top vendors to give you access to materials, equipment and gear. This year we will have a focus on Fly Tying with tying demonstrations, top tyers showing you their tricks and you can visit tyers row to up your own game. Come meet top conservation partners who can teach you how you can make a difference to our rivers by making small changes right in your own backyard.
George Daniel will share with us winning techniques for trout
Pittsburgh’s own Josh Miller will offer you strategies and techniques to improve your fly fishing experience
Dusty Wissmuth is a certified Wulff school casting instructor and guide service will talk to us about how to fish Montana
Morgan Bitikofer – Presentation Title “4 Seasons on the Great Lakes”
Come try out new fly rods in our casting area
Meet Conservation partners who can help you make a difference to the environment in your immediate vicinity
We have expanded our space so come and meet more Vendors and Guides this year than in years past
Vendor registration is now open, so reserve your tables today!
Pre-Registration for the Flea Market is also open. This year's event is sure to be an impressive mix of angling topics and discussions! See you all there in February! Tight lines until then!
Attendees can purchase tickets at the door. More information can be found on our website, and we'll continue to add to it as more details are finalized.
We are thrilled that we have featured speaker George Daniel presenting "Tactics and Techniques for Trout."
George Daniel began fly fishing at age six in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Growing up along a native brook trout fishery designated as a “kids only section” and, being the only kid in the village who fished, George was able to fly fish and practice a lot, so he developed a true passion for it. Through his early teens, much of his fly fishing knowledge was self-taught. However, when George was 14, his family relocated to central Pennsylvania, where, at a local fly shop, he found himself talking to his fly fishing idol, Joe Humphreys. Joe kindly took George under his wing and began providing him with his first, formalized fly fishing instruction. When George was just 16-years-old, Joe began to provide instruction on all levels, e.g. the basic cast to advanced nymphing casts. George credits Joe for the bulk of his knowledge, but also graciously acknowledges many national and international fly fishing professionals who have worked with him during the past.
Later, George had an opportunity to try out for Fly Fishing Team USA in Bend, Oregon. After qualifying for the team, George had the opportunity to compete in five World Fly Fishing Championships, coach both the US Youth Team and Fly Fishing Team USA in four World Championships. During this time, George has had an opportunity to travel the globe and learn from many of the best anglers in the world. George is a two-time US National Fly Fishing Champion and was ranked as high as 5th in the world. George has won and earned respectable finishes in other fly fishing competitions.
George’s true passion is in fly fishing education. He appears at clubs and fly fishing shows around the country, where he conducts lectures and seminars. He also logs more than 280 days a year on waters near and far. George is currently the director/lead instructor for the Pennsylvania State University Fly Fishing Program.
George has authored three best selling books, has published articles in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Fly Tyer magazines.
You definitely don't want to miss Josh Miller's "Dry Dropper Tactics" presentation!
Fly Fishing Team USA 2016-2020
Head Coach of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team Coach; Manager and Instructor 2016 – Present
Coached in 4 World youth Fly Fishing championships
Bosnia - Gold (2023)
Czech Republic - Silver (2019)
Slovenia - Bronze (2017)
Poland - 4th (2018)
Fly Fishing Instructor and Guide 2017 - Present
Owner of Trout Yeah Guide Service www.troutyeah.com
Well-known Instructor and Guide Dusty Wissmath's presentation "How to Fish Montana" is sure to be fantastic!
Dusty grew up in Missouri, started fly fishing when he was eight years old, and spent his formative years highly distracted by the sport. He began guiding and teaching fly fishing in the early seventies while working on a degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Wyoming. Living in Jackson after dropping out of law school, he tied commercially for High Country Flies and guided the Snake, Green and New Fork Rivers and in Yellowstone National Park.
In 1996 he founded the Dusty Wissmath Fly Fishing School & Guide Service in the hills near Mercersburg, PA where it quickly earned a reputation as a professional, yet easygoing fly fishing school. As well as directing his own school, he heads the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Boiling Springs, PA, is an instructor at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and served as the lead instructor at L.L. Bean’s Fly Fishing School in Virginia. He guides in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Montana and hosts trips to fly fishing destinations worldwide and is an F.F.I. certified casting instructor.
Dusty is a Costa Guide Ambassador and a Pro Staff member of Scott Fly Rods, Hatch Reels, Patagonia, Hyde Drift Boats, and ARC Fishing. His writing and photography can been found in several fly fishing publications.
When not on or near the water, Dusty can be found chasing grouse and woodcock with Jim the Wonder Dog.
Morgan Bitikofer, owner and guide of Silverfly will present "4 Seasons on the Great Lakes" — another presentation sure to impress and get you pumped for a new season of angling!
Morgan Bitikofer grew up flyfishing for steelhead in the streams of Ohio and Pennsylvania. She spent countless hours alongside her dad and is now using her experience and skills as a full time steelhead guide.
Morgan loves the outdoors and her goal is to encourage other women and girls to be out on the water. She runs stealhead guiding through her own guide service Silverfly.
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