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Need A Speaker for Your Event?

Speaker's Bureau

Interested in joining the Speaker's Bureau

Fly Fishers International has organized a speaker's bureau as a resource to our clubs and councils.  Clubs and councils need dynamic speakers for their meetings and events.  If you would like to join the bureau please send an e-mail to operations@flyfishersinternational.org.  Please include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • E-mail
  • Subject you will present (i.e. saltwater techniques, conservation issues, etc.)
  • What geographic area you are willing to travel (i.e. southeastern Florida, state of Pennsylvania)
  • What you charge for speaking engagements, if anything?

This page will be updated as registrants are received.

Please note:  Fly Fishers International is not responsible or liable for any transactions between the speaker and any one or organization using the bureau.  FFI also does not warrant the speaker's material or presentation skills.

 Questions may be directed to HQ by e-mailing operations@flyfishersinternational.org.


Harry Boyd
Winnsboro, LA 71295

Subjects:  Bamboo Rods – All aspects of bamboo rods from construction, care, evaluation, and casting.  Casting Instruction and Tailwater Fly fishing

Fees:  Contact Mr. Boyd for information.


Clayton “Clay” Christian
Dallas, Texas 75238


As a founding member of Old Republic Outfitters, I enjoy introducing participants to the surprising joys of urban fly fishing. You don’t have to go to the mountains to find productive waters and rewarding fishing. A licensed fly fishing instructor in Texas, I can speak about all aspects of fly fishing from casting techniques to fly selection, as well as fly tying. In addition to Old Republic Outfitters, I am also a founding member of the Cast Your Faith podcast, where the group loves to talk about the intersections of faith and the camaraderie found in fly fishing. More about my journey is documented in this article: https://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2022/10/31/cast-your-faith/

Geographic area: Northeast Texas, DFW Area, Central Texas, and the Texas Coast

Fees: No charge for the DFW area, travel expenses for other areas


John Dietsch
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

John presents about the spiritual connection we have, as fly fishers, to waters.  This insight is based on his experience supervising the fly fishing scenes on the timeless film A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, my two books, SHADOWCASTING and GRACED BY WATERS, his travels across the the globe for my TV series, ADVENTURE GUIDES FLY FISHING EDITION (Outdoor Channel, NBC Sports) as well as my 35 years of guiding in the Roaring Fork valley near Aspen Colorado.  His latest book, GRACED BY WATERS (published by Post Hill Press, a partner of Simon & Schuster) is about fly fishing and the transformational power of nature to heal.  The book launched in 2020.  For more information and to learn more about my background, please go to www.castlecreekproductions.com.

Geographic Area (travel): Global

For samples of video clips:  Click Here

Fees:  Stipend plus travel costs (TBD)


Fred Hannie
Lake Charles, LA 70607

Subjects:  Realistic Fly Tying, Tying with Monofilament

Fees:  Speaking/workshop fee $300 1/2 day, $500 full day . Plus travel and lodging beyond 150 miles.


Keith Loftin
Cape Fair, MO 65624

Subject:  I have worked for the United States Geological Survey since 2004 as a Research Chemist and Environmental Engineer studying the Nation’s surface water quality and oversee staff working on toxicology of fish and wildlife, collaborate with the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service among many others.  I have a B.S. in Polymers and Coatings Chemistry, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering.  I lead a USGS Environmental Health Research team (Toxins and Harmful Algal Blooms Science Team | U.S. Geological Survey (usgs.gov)) of principle investigators that study the effects, transport and fate of cyanotoxins produced by cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae).   We use scientific techniques from ground to space including satellites to do our investigations and translate the knowledge we gain into information that Congress, Surface Water Managers, Drinking Water Treatment Operators, and Tourism officials at the Federal, State, Municipal and Tribal levels use for decision making.  I also spent a part of my career working on pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and other contaminants in surface waters.  I have been fly fishing and tying since I was in high school (approximately 30 years).  Work has kept me to busy, but am getting back involved and recently relocated to the Ozarks in Missouri again.  I spent 10 years going to college in Rolla, MO in the Ozarks where I fished the Current River, Big and Little Piney Rivers, Gasconade River, Meramec, Niangua, and Roubidoux River routinely for Rainbows, Browns and warm water species.  I am not an expert fisherman.  Just enjoy the outdoors, pretty scenery and a tying a fly that fools the fish on my line.

Travel: National if expenses are covered if in a personal capacity that is outside of the Branson/Springfield, MO area.  If still with USGS, I might be able to travel in a professional capacity and have my expenses covered as education and outreach activities are a part of what we do.

Expenses:  See Travel section.  Not interested in collecting a speaker’s fee either way.  Just interested in helping out with education and conservation if desired.


Brian O’Keefe
Powell Butte, OR 97753

brianokeefe54@gmail.com (best)

Subjects: Alaska, Fly Fish Oregon, Montana Roadtrip, Bahamas, Belize, Tropical Destinations, Argentina - Chile, Fly Fishing Photography, Lakes, Favorite Fish (golden dorado, steelhead, tarpon, etc), Cuba and many more.

Geographic Area: National, International, Pacific NW is my local region.

Fees:  Fees apply and can negotiate with individual clubs.


Robert Prytula
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Subjects: Sunfish Fly Fishing

Geographical Area: Southern, Southeast United States (KY, VA, SC, NC, GA, AL, MS, TN, LA, TX, OK, AR, MO)

Fees: No charge

Berris "Bear" Samples
Durango, CO


  • A Southern Rockies Flyfishing Odyssey
  • Fishing the San Juan
  • Electrified Flyfishing
  • Climate Change, Fish and Fishing
  • Flycasting for Dummies
  • 30 Days to Better Flycasting

Geographic Area:  National, Rocky Mtn
Fees:  Based on program and distance.

John Shaner
Endwell, NY 13760

Subjects:The most popular presentation is:  "Spiders and Soft Hackles: Traditional Flies in a Modern Context".  It includes history, development, tying, and fishing of the flies and can tailor the presentation to focus on either a fly tying or a fishing perspective. Another presentation that has been well received is called "Fishing in England: The Chalk Streams and Beyond" which encompasses the history, traditions, flies, and fishing on famous English rivers such as the Test, Itchen, Eden, and Eamont.  This is a great show for mixed audiences and banquets, etc.  An interactive presentation about rigging and tackle.  "Reel to Fly: an Integrated System from Backing to Tippet".  Learn about fish fighting strategies and show some interesting and often overlooked ideas about tackle and how it actually works.

Geographic Locations:  NY, PA, NJ, CT, MA, and VT

Fees: $150 for nearby destinations and $250 - $350, overnight, depending on travel distance. 


Phil Shook
Houston TX 77006

Speaker is author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Mexico and three other fly fishing guidebooks, widely published magazine writer, certified casting instructor (IFF CCI), lifetime IFF member, recipient of IFF Silver King award (2) and Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award.

Subjects:  Tips for that Tropical Flyfishing Trip Go with Friends or Do It Yourself

Geographic Areas: Yucatán, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Christmas Island, Texas Coast

Fees: Fee negotiable. All destinations can be covered or program can be presented to meet specific interests of club/organization members. Added options include casting and fly tying instruction and demonstrations.  


Edward Tamson, Ph.D.
Naples FL 34108

Subjects:  I offer a variety of fly fishing and related presentations, seminars and keynote speaking engagements. All of my presentations and seminars are customized for your club or organization. It is important to note that my presentations and seminars are built upon a foundation that includes my background as a Fortune 1000 corporate consultant and as a Everglades Fly Fishing Guide and FFI Certified Casting Instructor. Consequently,  my seminars and presentations are learning experiences that are:

entertaining, innovative, informative, insightful, practical and most importantly, engages the audience. 

  • Now or Never Glades Water & Fishing Conservation
  • The Spirit of Catch & Release
  • Guides & DIY
  • The Exotic Everglades Fly Fishing Guide Experience 
  • Bahamas Bone Fishing
  • Fly Casting the Fundamentals Perfectly-Drills to Skills
  • Fly Casting Accuracy & Distance

Geographic Area:  National

Fees:  Always negotiable with clubs and other organizations.


John van Vliet
Jordan, MN 55352

Subjects: Driftless Area trout fishing, history and geology

The trout streams of the unique and beautiful Driftless Area are John's home waters, where he's lived, fished and explored extensively. John passionately shares the wonders of geology, trout diversity and rich history of the Driftless Area. He has authored more than a dozen popular fly-fishing books over the last three decades, most recently,Trout Fishing in Northeast Iowa, the third edition of Trout Fishing in Southeast Minnesota and soon to be published, Trout Fishing in Southwest Wisconsin, creating the grand slam library for the Driftless trout angler. His writings also have appeared in the New York Times, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Big River MagazineWorld Traveler and numerous other publications. An avid fly angler, certified FFI fly casting instructor, writer, speaker and filmmaker, he has fly fished around the world but always returns to his home waters in the Driftless Area. 

Geographic Area: Global 

Fees: Customized fee determined through consultation


William Wheeler, Master Certified Casting Instructor, Level 1 Examiner, EDP Faculty
Fall City, WA 98024


  • Solving the Riddle of Fly Lines
  • Which fly Rod should I buy?
  • Wading Safety, Live to fish another day,
  • So you want to be a Casing Instructor?
  • Single Handed Casting Demonstrations and Workshops.

Geographical Area: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
Fees: Contact Mr. Wheeler for information.

David Paul Williams
Bellevue, WA 98004

Subjects: Stuff Fish Eat, Pacific Northwest Saltwater Beach Fishing, Western States Smallmouth Road Trip, Pink Salmon on the Fly, Fly Fish Washington, Destination features–Washington’s Yakima and Grande Ronde rivers, Oregon’s Umpqua and John Day rivers, Idaho’s Seven Devil’s Wilderness and Lower Salmon River, Favorite fish (smallmouth, carp, largemouth, panfish, sea-run cutthroat, panfish, pink salmon)

Geographical Area: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is my local region. Willing to travel nationally.
Fees: Always negotiable with individual clubs or consortiums.


E-mail: clubs@flyfishersinternational.org
Telephone: 406-222-9369 Ext 2