The Flyfishing Experience Package.

Have you ever wanted to try fly fishing but were unsure how to begin?  If so, this package may be for you!  Have you tried fly fishing but were disappointed with your initial efforts? If so, this package may be for you.  The package runs from Wednesday, April 4th through Monday, April 9th, 2018.


The key to becoming a successful fly fisher is to get started correctly, setting reasonable expectations, and having experienced fly fishers around to help you.  The Wasatch Expo has set up an opportunity for you to do it right!  We start your experience with a five-hour workshop with Marty Howard.  This workshop will introduce you to the basics of fly fishing techniques and gear.  A full workshop description is listed below.


As you may know, this Expo has brought in some of fly fishing’s finest speakers and instructors.  George Daniel, Phil Rowley, Brian Chan, Lance Egan, Devin Olsen, Molly Semenik, Marty Howard, Hank Patterson, and Jack Dennis have agreed to help enhance your introduction to fly fishing.  You will fish with one of them on the Green River guide trip on Monday, April 9th.


If you are flying in, you will need to schedule your flight to arrive into Salt Lake City, on April 4th or early on April 5th. If you are local, your Fly Fishing Experience Begins on Thursday morning with Marty Howard’s workshop.  You should arrive at the Expo center by 11 am. This Fly Fishing Experience is limited to eight persons.


The fly fishing experience package consists of:

A five-hour class as described below on Thursday, April 5th, from 11:30 to 4:30 with Marty Howard entitled Fly Fishing 101. Marty’s bio is shown below.

Thursday Evening Reception 4:30 to 6:30.

Expo Admission on Friday and Saturday.

Admission to the Awards Banquet on Friday Evening from 5:30 to 9:30.

Lodging is provided at the Residence Inn or Hilton Garden Inn, in Sandy, UT, Wednesday through Saturday night, April 7th. These hotels are near the Expo Center.  Lodging in Sandy is optional if you have other lodging arrangements.

Transportation to Dutch John, UT on Sunday, April 8th.

Lodging at a Green River Resort on Sunday and Monday nights.

Wade fishing on the green Sunday afternoon (optional).

Hosted Dinner on Sunday Night

Guided fly fishing float trip on the world famous Green River on Monday

Transportation back to Expo Center or the Salt Lake Airport on Tuesday morning. Airport arrival time will be 1:00 pm.

All fishing gear, flies, etc are A raincoat and fleece pullovers are suggested.

Guide Services participating in this event include Old Moe, Spinner Fall, Western Rivers, Fish Heads, and Scenic Rivers.  Flaming Gorge Resort will be used for lodging in Dutch John.

Total Package Cost – $1890

The package cost will be reduced by $400 if lodging in Sandy, UT, for Wednesday through Saturday is not needed.


The Utah Fishing License and Green River Guide Gratuity not included.  The fishing licenses can be purchased on-line.


For more information you can send an email to Info@WasatchExpo.com or you can call Scott Antonetti — 801-946-4556 or Dave Allison – 561-251-3543.

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Fly Fishing 101

Truth be told, fly fishing is not easy. Without proper instruction, a beginner can become overwhelmed and frustrated. To get past this initial shock one must learn the basics of fly fishing. Taking a class such as this offering will eliminate some of the frustration every fly fisher experiences at the beginning. Building a proper foundation will greatly enhance the rewards and joy you will feel as you meet the challenges of fly fishing. The design of this course is to teach anglers the basics of fly fishing.


Though geared toward those new to the art, this five-hour experience will benefit anyone wanting to increase their knowledge and understanding of the sport. The course begins with a brief history of fly fishing, then leads right into a hands-on educational adventure. You will learn how to select the best rod, reel, and fly line for the type of fly fishing you wish to pursue. We will discuss the best options for wading gear, vest/packs, rain gear and eye protection. The workshop will include knot tying, fly selection, how to identify what fish are feeding on, how to match the hatch and how to make a proper presentation. You will learn how to set up dry fly, wet fly, nymphing and streamer systems for both streams and lakes. Casting instruction will round up the day’s activities.


This course is open to all and is a great way to get the family together. Fly fishing 101 is the perfect way to get started. No equipment is needed – everything for this hands-on experience will be provided. Bring yourself, your whole family, or sign up your spouse to learn what fly fishing is all about.


Lunch is included.


Marty Howard’s Bio

Marty’s introduction to the art of fly fishing occurred at age 14, while being guided on the Teton River in Idaho. With fly rod in hand, Marty had his first real taste of casting a fly. Standing in the front of a raft, fishing hoppers with a whole lot of willing Cutthroat, was all it took to spark a desire to learn how to fly fish.


By age 21, he was fully engaged in the sport. His wife gave him his first graphite fly rod in the form of a rod building kit. The J. K. Fisher blank was top of the line, and quickly replaced the Eagle Claw fiber glass rod he had been using.  Fly tying became an integral part of his fly fishing experience as well.


Marty’s passion for fly fishing continued to grow as he spent time on the water.  Being self-taught, Marty searched for greater understanding by procuring as much reading material as possible. In 1983, Marty broke into the fly fishing industry by taking employment with Outdoor Sports, a sporting goods retailer. An unforeseen occurrence, forced Marty back into the job market.  Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Marty with the help of his parents, opened Spinner Fall Fly Shop in 1985. Along with establishing and managing the fly shop, Marty increased his rod building activities and named the entity M. Howard Rod Company.  During these early years, Ralf Moon from St. Anthony, Idaho, took Marty under his wing and taught him how to build bamboo fly rods.


Shortly after opening the fly shop, Marty secured a permit to guide Utah’s Green River below Flaming Gorge. Being one of the first fly fishing guides on the Green proved to be advantageous in many ways. An opportunity to work on a film production with Jim Teeny and ESPN Sports on the Deschutes River in Oregon, launched a film making adventure. Teamed with Reese Almond Productions, he went to work on productions for TV. He also has a number of tying DVDs, from Tying Guide Flies to Steelhead Flies – Tying the Classics. A fly tying book co-authored with Dec Hogan is on the horizon and near completion.


Marty’s favorite pastime is swinging flies for steelhead but he still enjoys presenting small dry flies to finicky trout in small streams. He has completed Utah’s Cutthroat Slam twice and though he gets to travel and fish all over the world, his love for fishing small streams in Utah is as strong today as it was when he started fly fishing. He has been very fortunate to have experienced fly fishing at its best in both fresh and salt water, but is still in search of the ghost fish that haunts his dreams.


Most importantly, Marty has been involved with the local fly fishing clubs throughout his fly fishing experience. Marty served as the vice president for the Stonefly Society for two years in the mid 80s. His love for fly fishing can be seen in his efforts to perpetuate the sport. He has the experience and expertise to instruct fly tying, fly casting and rod building as well as every other aspect of the sport. Marty’s slide show presentations bring out the pure essence of fly fishing. Marty has always done whatever he can to share his knowledge and skill to help anyone interested in fly fishing feel the pure joy of the sport. Marty is one of Utah’s true fly fishing advocates and is a member of the Utah Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.