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  ***Programs & Presentations***
              by Rich Osthoff

     RichOsthoff speaks frequently on fly-fishing. If your club or event islooking for a speaker, Rich can custom-build a program to fit yourneeds. In addition to his popular slide shows, Rich is available toteach fly-casting, fly-fishing, and fly-tying.  Slidepresentations make excellent hour-long programs for club meetings. Forday-long events, Rich often combines slide shows with fishing, casting,or tying seminars.  

To schedule programs, or for additional information, contact:
Rich Osthoff
N6868 Sandstone Drive
Mauston, WI   53948 

Phone: (608) 847-5192

        Slide Presentations by Rich Osthoff:

*Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry
*Fly-Fishing the Spring Creeks of Western Wisconsin
*Fly-Fishing the West’s Best Rivers On Your Own

*Designing Flies

*Fly-Fishing the Quetico/Superior Canoe Country
 
                                                     (see detailed descriptions below)


              Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry
                                 
Slide Presentation

          Rich Osthoff is author of Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry and has logged well over 100 backpacking trips throughout the remote wilderness areas of the Rockies. This scenic show takes a close-up look at many of the best backcountry fisheries, including: 
 
     *The trophy golden trout of Wyoming’s Wind River Range  

     *The famed cutthroat trout migration into the Teton Wilderness above Yellowstone Lake   

     *Fly-fishing the premier westslope cutthroat rivers, including Kelly Creek, Big Creek, and the St. Joe rivers of Idaho, and the South Fork of the Flathead in Montana  

     *Backcountry fly-fishing in Yellowstone, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Parks

     *Descents into dramatic canyon fisheries, including the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Hell’s Canyon of the Snake

     *Alpine lakes throughout the Rockies


          Fly-Fishing the Spring Creeks of Western Wisconsin
                                   Slide Presentation

     Rich Osthoff discusses trout fishing on his home waters—the dozens of excellent spring creeks of western Wisconsin. Rich has fished the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin for nearly five decades and offers many valuable insights into fly-fishing the region. He discusses:  

     *Seasonal trout movement in watersheds  

     *The best times to fish the region for fast action and larger brown trout  

     *Innovative nymphing techniques, including long-line nymphing, that are well-suited to targeting spring creek trout  

     *Mayfly, caddis and terrestrial fishing  

     *Fly selection, including the best prospecting flies for larger trout  

     *Getting off the beaten path and exploring away from the crowds


          Fly-Fishing the West’s Best Rivers On Your Own
                                 Slide Presentation

     Rich Osthoff discusses wade fishing many of the West’s best public rivers without a guide and at minimal expense. Camping cuts the cost of fishing the West to $200 a week, all inclusive, and inexpensive public camping is available near all these rivers. Over the years Rich has compiled many weeks on these rivers and you’ll walk away with a grasp of productive fishing strategies, plus valuable insights into avoiding the crowds on popular rivers, even during the busy summer months. Rich discusses:  

     *Tremendously productive tailwater rivers that are conducive to wade fishing on your own, including the Green River in Utah, the San Juan River in New Mexico,  and the Madison River in Montana.   

     *The Upper Missouri River in Montana 

     *The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho  

     *The Snake River and Flat Creek in Jackson Hole
 
     *Yellowstone Park Rivers  

     *Colorado’s Gunnison and Frying Pan Rivers 
 
     *Great westslope cutthroat fishing you can drive to, including  Idaho’s Kelly Creek and the St. Joe River  
                       
     *Excellent, but lesser known rivers with good public access, like Montana’s Ruby River.
 
     *Fine public spring creeks, including Poindexter Slough at Dillon, Montana and Big Spring Creek at Lewiston, Montana.


                                        Designing Flies
                                       Slide Presentation

     The fly designs of Rich Osthoff have been featured in many articles in FlyFishing & Tying Journal, American Angler, Fly Tyer, and MidWest Flyfishing. Rich discusses how he develops fly patterns to solve specific challenges for trout and other freshwater fish, including smallmouth bass and walleyes. Whether you tie or buy your flies, this program will give you fresh insight into fly design. You’ll learn:  

     *The design concepts behind Rich’s most pouular flies, including the Duck Shoulder Dun, Upland Caddis, Fast-Sinking Scud, Soft-Hackle Woolly, and Bobbing Baithfish  

     *Commercial tying techniques and strategies that recreational tiers can readily adapt to improve their tying speed and fly quality.  

     *How to collect, preserve, and prepare an array of wild game materials in order to improve your material quality and stretch your tying budget  

     *Key concepts you can apply to designing your own innovative flies to solve the fishing challenges you encounter


           Fly-Fishing the Quetico/Superior Canoe Country
                                     Slide Presentation

     Rich Osthoff discusses the superb fly-fishing  available in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and adjoining Quetico Provincial Park in Southern Ontario. Rich has paddled many times into this vast area, including several solo trips, to fly fish the many superb wilderness lakes that are closed to motors. You’ll get a close up look at:  

     *The world-class fly-fishing for smallmouth bass  

     *Fly fishing for other species, including walleye, northern pike, and lake trout  

     *Sure-fire flies and productive techniques for the area  

     *The gear and knowledge needed to tackle the Canoe Country on your own