Masters of the Fly 2022 Event Lineup Announced

Whether it’s casting to blitzing stripers off the iconic Montauk Point lighthouse, chasing tarpon on the flats in Flamingo, or stalking giant trout in the gin-clear waters of a Montana spring creek, fly fishing is our obsession. It invades our dreams. It disrupts our lives.

We are the masters of the fly – a group of like-minded, conservation-focused fly anglers, dedicated to supporting each other, and the broader fly-fishing community, by bringing us together to learn from each other, exchange ideas and stories, and fish together. Regardless of your skill level, your age, or your background, if fly fishing is your obsession too, you are a master of the fly.

Masters of the Fly was launched in early 2020 by Luyen Chou and Captain David Blinken as a series of virtual meetups at the beginning of a global pandemic. In early 2021, the Masters of the Fly Virtual Meetup series continues, starting with a presentation and discussion about the state of our striper fishery along the coastal Northeast in the United States.

Welcome fellow masters of the fly!

We are SUPER excited to announce our lineup of FREE winter 2022 virtual events, CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Here is the current Masters of the Fly schedule:

2022 Meet Up #1 – American Saltwater Guides Association

  • Sunday, January 30, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Our friends from American Saltwater Guides Association discuss 2021 conservation outcomes and report on the winter 2022 ASMFC meeting.
  • Virtual event and Q&A discussion moderated by Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg News and hosted by Masters of the Fly.

2022 Meet Up #2 – Bob Popovics and Jonny King

  • Sunday, February 6, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Fly-tying legend Bob Popovics sits down for a virtual fireside chat with Jonny King, Erik Schatzker and Masters of the Fly about the art and science of fly design, the future of fly-tying innovation, and the lessons learned over the past half-century of tying flies for a wide variety of applications.

2022 Meet Up #3 – Chris Wood/Trout Unlimited

  • Sunday, February 27, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Trout Unlimited’s president, Chris Wood, joins Masters of the Fly for a discussion about TU’s conservation efforts, the future of our fishery, and what we can all do to help preserve this resource for the next generation of fly anglers.
  • Virtual event and Q&A discussion moderated by Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg News and hosted by Masters of the Fly.

2022 Meet Up #4 – Jason Taylor

  • Sunday, March 6, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Known for his elegant imitations of large saltwater baitfish, fly-tying guru Jason Taylor joins Masters of the Fly for a discussion of his philosophy and approach to fly-tying, and a demonstration of his tying techniques.
  • Virtual tying demonstration with Q&A moderated by David Blinken and Luyen Chou.

2022 Meet Up #5 – Breaking the Glass Surface: Women Leaders In Fly Fishing

  • Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Breaking the glass surface – guiding and angling secrets from today’s most influential women in saltwater fly fishing. Capt. Abbie Schuster and Masters of the Fly are excited to team up with some of today’s top women in fly angling who are pushing the envelope forward by innovating new approaches and challenging old orthodoxies in a field traditionally dominated by men.
  • Virtual event and Q&A discussion moderated by Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg News and hosted by Masters of the Fly.

2022 Meet Up #6 – James Prosek

  • Sunday, April 3, 2022
  • 8:00 PM 9:30 PM
  • Join Masters of the Fly for a special evening with legendary artist, writer and naturalist, James Prosek, who will talk about his latest book, Art, Artifact, Artifice. James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: an Illustrated History, which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America.
  • Compared by The New York Times to John James Audubon, James is a modern-day master whose art and writing are cherished by anglers and naturalists around the world.
  • Event and Q&A discussion moderated by Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg News and hosted by Masters of the Fly.

2022 Meetup #7 – Salty Fly Guides Roundtable

  • Sun, May 1, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
  • Mon, May 2, 2022
    • 9:30 PM
  • Join Masters of the Fly for a roundtable discussion with top saltwater fly fishing guides. What lessons did we learn from the 2021 season? What are the predictions for the 2022 season? What new tackle, techniques, and technologies are we looking forward to using this season? And what are our biggest hopes and fears for fisheries management and coastal conservation efforts in 2022?

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