Events

Demo Days 2019 – It’s BACK!

We’re excited to announce this year’s class schedule for our 8th Annual Demo Days, two days full of all things fly fishing. The event takes place on the banks of the Huron River in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park as well as the Shop. Demo Days runs Saturday, June 1st from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, June 2nd from 11 am – 5 pm.

This year’s event features Hilary Hutcheson, Oliver White, Blane Chocklett and some of the best talent in the Midwest. Our focus is to provide you with the best opportunities to gain valuable angling knowledge, all while keeping a fun and relaxed atmosphere. There will be numerous on-stream demonstrations focusing on angling strategy, as well as classes, and seminars. We’ll have several paid to play classes, as well as cost free options all weekend! It’s an amazing line up of talented anglers, industry professionals, and instructors here to help you grow your skills and maximize your time on the water.

So if you’re looking to improve your angling skills this season? There’s no better way than a class with the experts.

Saturday June 1st Classes

Double Haul Casting Tune-Up #1 w/Certified Instructor Jay Wisnosky 9:30am – 11am $30

Women’s Fly Fishing w/Hilary Hutcheson 9:30am – Noon $60

Introduction to Spey Casting w/Certified Instructor Will Turek 9:30am-Noon $60

Essential Skills of the Saltwater Angler w/Oliver White 11 am to 1:30 pm. $60

Game Changer Tech w/Blane Chocklett Noon-2:30 pm $60

Kids Fly Tying w/Leah Jones & Friends Two Sessions #1 Noon to 1:30 pm & #2 2:30 pm to 4 pm $30

Lite Spey (3-5wts) w/Jeff Liskay 12:30 pm– 2:30 pm $60

Double Haul Casting Tune Up #2 w/Ben Hunting 1 pm to 2:30 pm $30

ORVIS Fly Fish 101 (Beginners) w/Mike Clough and Will Turek 1 pm- 3 pm $40

One-on-One: Single- or Two-Hand Spey Casting Tune Ups*

Jeff Liskay 3 pm to 5 pm

Will Turek 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

1-hour slots $50 each – One on One Instruction

*ONLY 4 spots available

Sunday June 2nd Classes

Carp Academy w/Corey Haselhuhn & Friends 9:00 am to 11:30 am $60

Kid’s Corner Intro to Fly Fishing w/Carter Glass & Friends 10 am-Noon $30

Angling Prep – from Boots to Boat w/Hilary Hutcheson 11:30 am to 2 pm $60

Double Haul Casting Tune-Up #3 w/Jay Wisnosky 11 am to 12:30 pm $30

Knots & Rigging w/Oliver White Noon to 1:30 pm $30

Single Hand Spey w/Will Turek Noon- 2 pm $60

Single Hand Quick Tune-Up w/Jay Wisnosky 1:30 pm & 3 pm $30

Selecting & Presenting Modern Predator Flies w/Blane Chocklett 3 pm to 4:30 pm $30

PLEASE NOTE: All pay-to-play classes must be paid in full at the time of booking. Each class includes SO Demo Days Shop Bucks ($25 or $50 Value) at completion of class, VALID June 1st and 2nd ONLY.

Kids classes include Book & DVD

Your Demo Days 2019 Headliners

Hilary Hutcheson

Hilary Hutcheson started her fly-fishing career as a teenaged guide in West Glacier, Montana. She guided through college, then took her journalism degree to Portland, Oregon where she worked as a television news anchor and reporter. She eventually returned to Montana to co-own and operate Outside Media and Trout TV for nearly a decade. Today, Hilary’s still guiding on the Flathead River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and owns and operates Lary’s Fly & Supply in her hometown of Columbia Falls, Montana. She volunteers as a fly fishing instructor for Casting for Recovery, serves as a national board member ofBackcountry Hunters and Anglers, is a climate activist with Protect Our Winters and writes for a number of outdoor industry publications. Hilary loves hanging out with her two teen daughters, especially when they volunteer on the oars.?

Oliver White

SIMPLY PUT, I’M A FISHERMAN. It’s the most natural outcome for someone who fell in love with fishing early. And by love, I mean: willing to follow wherever fishing wanted to take me.

Travel to a new country to investigate a fishery? I’ll be packed in an hour. Explore an uncharted river? I’m in. Stalk a fish that’s never seen a fisherman? I want to solve the puzzle, crack into that animal’s head and figure out how to catch it. After years of living in fishing’s gravity, I’ve witnessed how it can alter orbits beyond my own. I’ve seen how it changes the angler, how connecting to wild fish in unspoiled landscapes affects each and every one of us. Whatever distractions complicate our lives evaporate under the influence of profound waters and untamed fish. I’ve also observed how angling can impact communities, offering new strategies to protect indigenous homelands. The simple act of fishing provides people with deep connections to rivers long-term hope and protection against forces that tempt them with short-term gain. Being an angler requires one thing above all else: to remain open to endless possibility.

Blane Chocklett

Over the past 30 years, Blane has lived his passion. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. In the mid-90s, Blane opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Roanoke, Virginia– one of the most respected fly shops in the region. About a decade ago, he returned to his river roots as owner/operator of Blane Chocklett Fishing, specializing in float trips targeting the regions predatory fish including Musky, Stripers, Smallmouth Bass and Trout. One the most enthusiastic and cutting-edge fly tiers in our sport, many of Blane’s inventive fly patterns are produced through Flymen Fishing Co.  He works as a consultant/ambassador for Yeti Coolers, Temple Fork Outfitters, Scientific Anglers, Costa, Fishpond, and  Renzetti/RD Distribution.