My name is Pat Cohen. I live in upstate New York where there is an abundance of warm water streams, lakes, and farm ponds to fish; although most anything with gills is fair game. I was always a terrible fisherman with spin and casting gear, but I began fly fishing in 2008 and since then I have caught more fish than I can count. I have been tying flies since January of 2009. Fly fishing and tying have become an essential part of my life. Since 2012 I have been a full time commercial fly tyer and designer. I have created materials, dubbing and tools for fly tyers. One of the most well known is the Fugly Packer..which is a packing tool for the making of bass bugs.
I specialize in warm water predatory flies, although I am best known for my deer hair bass bugs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers is what drew me to it. All of my flies are meant to be fished with the exception of the display offerings. I enjoy the blending of natural with synthetic materials to create flies that maximize the triggers that make predators eat. I have blended my knowledge and passion for art with my knowledge and passion for fly tying to create a very unique approach to fly making. I have been accused of being a lure maker from time to time…but honestly I find no offense in that at all, as all flies are lures.
My passion for all things fly began with both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. I am to this day still passionate about these wonderful fish. I have designed numerous flies around the pursuit of them. I have an obsession with the custom tackle industry and figuring out ways to bring that technology into bass flies. One of my latest creations for doing just that is the Cohen’s Creature Ultra Suede series. It was a perfect way for me to bring the movement and success of soft plastics into fly tying.
I have a deeply ingrained passion for chasing golden bones; carp on the fly is a challenge that more and more fly anglers are only beginning to appreciate. Carp are by far one of the most difficult fresh water species to hook with a fly, and I’ve created a wide variety of nymph patterns to target these misunderstood and often maligned game fish. I created a very unique dubbing called Cohen’s Carp Dub to help create more convincing carp flies.
I have an obsession with Pike on the fly as well. I have designed a selection of streamers and materials to aid in the pursuit of the water wolf. The power and explosion of these incredible game fish is second to none. There is nothing in the world like hooking a big pike on a glass rod while standing in a kayak if you ask me.
I have three instructional DVDs on the market teaching my deer hair techniques. I also have a youtube channel offering free videos. My flies have been featured in multiple magazines and books over the past several years. You can follow me at facebook.com/theinkedfisherman or visit my website rusuperfly.com for my products.
I am a member of the pro team for Epic Fly Rods, 3Tand Reels, Peak Vises, Loon Outdoors, EP Flies, Dr. Slick, Under Armour, Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Carp Pro Magazine and Partridge of Redditch Hooks. Hareline Dubbin distributes some of the products that I have created. I regularly demonstrate and teach fly tying. I also do presentations on these great warm water species at various events and fly shops on the east coast.
Capt. Chris Newsome is a native to Tidewater, Virginia and saltwater fly fishing guide for 17 years. As Virginia’s only full-time saltwater fly fishing guide, Chris is widely regarded as an expert in fishing the Chesapeake Bay. Newsome has appeared in numerous media outlets including magazines, books, newspapers and television programs. Enthusiastic and patient, Captain Chris enjoys guiding all skill levels from children to accomplished anglers. Whether it is teaching a new knot or explaining the “strip-strike,” Newsome works hard to share his knowledge and create a memorable fishing experience for his clients.
Capt. Matt Miles’ presentation titled “Virginia Fly Fishing” will provide insight into fishing some of Virginia’s best public waters, covering when, where, and how to fish for smallmouth bass, trout, striped bass, and muskie. Virginia has a lot to offer the fly fisherman, from native brook trout to muskie.
He is the owner of Matt Miles Fly Fishing, LLC. Matt grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and started fly fishing in 1993. After graduating from high school in 1996, he moved to Colorado to live out his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide. In 1997, Matt began guiding at the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado. In 2003, he decided to move back to Lynchburg to guide his home waters where he now runs his own Orvis Endorsed guide service, fishing for muskies, smallmouth bass, trout, and striped bass. Matt’s guided trips are run on the James, New, Jackson, Smith, and the Roanoke rivers, to name a few. Matt loves guiding, teaching, being on the water, and tying his own flies. He is also a Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.
Captain Josh Laferty was born and raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is currently located just outside of Roanoke, Virginia. He has been fishing and guiding on the major Southwest, Virginia resources since the early 80s. Over three decades of fishing and hunting on a near-regular basis led Josh to a full-time career as a professional fly fishing guide. Josh has fished and guided from Nova Scotia to South Florida, and all the way north to Alaska. However, his passion lies in chasing musky, the top freshwater predator of the region, on two of the finest rivers in the Southeast US.
Laferty’s passion influenced the formation of South Valley Anglers, a fully operational “musky on the fly” guide service that offers one-on-one instruction, day trips, and all-inclusive multi-day adventures. South Valley Anglers runs trips and Musky Meetups from October through June, while taking April and May off to chase other species, both in and out of Virginia. From booking the trip to getting the boat on the trailer at the end of a long day on the water, Josh’s customers can expect a professional hospitable experience.
Tommy Lawhorne is the co-owner of South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro. Tommy has spent the last 30 years fly fishing and guiding for Trout and Smallmouth Bass in western Virginia. Tommy is an ardent native Brook Trout fan and has worked with Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited and the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited to restore, protect and conserve native Brook Trout habitat and build better fisheries on our valley spring creeks. Tommy is the current President of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is a board member of Destination Downtown Waynesboro.
Kevin resides in McGaheysville, Virginia which is located in eastern Rockingham County where he owns and operates Old Dominion Outfitter and Guide Service LLC. As a lifelong resident of Rockingham County, Kevin spends most of his time fly fishing the small mountain streams of the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park for native brook trout. When Kevin isn’t fishing for brook trout he can be found on the Shenandoah River fly fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, carp, or musky. Kevin started sharing his 30 plus years of experience and knowledge of local waters in 2013 as a full time fly fishing guide and outfitter.
Herschel Finch, bought his first Fly Rod when he saw it hanging from the dusty ceiling joists in Hill’s Bait and Hardware in Raleigh North Carolina back in 1969. He still has that rod, Herschel fished from a kayak for the first time in 1998 and never looked back. He serves as pro staff for Jackson Kayak, along with Orion Coolers, YakAttack Kayak Accessories and Bending Branches paddles. He lives right here in the Shenandoah Valley in Front Royal, Virginia where he’s also Conservation Chairman for the local Izaak Walton League Chapter as well as for the Potomac River Smallmouth Club.
Mark joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the official Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Having guided on the Shenandoah and Potomac for almost twenty years, Mark Frondorf comes to the Shenandoah Riverkeeper position used to hard work and recognizing the importance of a hands-on approach to protecting our rivers. His passion for the water, combined with his people and analytical skills, honed over 25 years as a think tank senior policy analyst tackling some of the most vexing issues facing our nation, make him ideally suited to defend the Shenandoah against pollution, protect our right to clean water, and promote the recreational use of this beautiful river. Mark was the principal investigator and author of a government study that examined the ocean dumping of U.S. chemical weapons and explored the full-range of issues, challenges and potential solutions to this complex problem.
As the former president of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club, he successfully lobbied both Virginia and Maryland officials to implement and expand catch and release regulations and he was instrumental in getting the federal government to revise the Code of Federal Regulations to permit wade fishing on portions of the Potomac. Mark also served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Fly Fishers. He holds an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
Eric and Hunter’s Bio
Eric and Hunter are the founders of the very popular Virginia Trout Junkies Facebook Page and have fished all over Virginia and West Virginia for Native, Wild and trophy trout. Their page promotes a strong Catch and Release ethic and encourages the viewers to engage in conservation of trout and trout waters. Eric and Hunter grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and have an impressive knowledge of the South River and are ardent supporters of this incredible fishery.