January 13 & 14, 2018


  • Education in Fly Fishing, Fly Casting and Fly Tying
  • Sharing the Sport with People of Any Age
  • Fund Raising Support for Education, Conservation and Restoration
  • Making the WMFS an enjoyable experience


  • Learn About the Sport of Fly Fishing
  • Learn About Rivers in Michigan to Fly Fish
  • Understand Principals of Fly Casting
  • Learn about the Art of Fly Tying
  • Opportunity to learn how to tie specific fly patterns


East Kentwood High School

6230 Kalamazoo SE

Kentwood, Michigan 49508


Basketball Court Covered Friday evening, January 12th

Set – Up Saturday, January 13th

  • 7:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Art Craft 7:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Vendors, Tiers, Clubs 9:00 – 11:45 AM

Saturday, January 13th

11:30 AM: Registration Opens

12:00 noon: Show Opens

12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Seminar Theater

1:00 – 2:00 pm

3:00 – 4:00 pm

4:00 – 5:00

Fly Tying Instruction Corner

2:00 – 3:00

4:00 – 5:00

Silent Auctions and Saturday Raffles

5:15 – 5:45

6:00 Show Adjourned

Sunday, January 14th

8:45 AM Registration Opens

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Seminar Theater

10:00 – 11:00 am

12:00 – 1:00 am

1:00 – 2:00 am

Fly Tying Instruction Corner

11:00 – 12:00

1:00 – 2:00

Guide Raffle, Silent Auctions & Sunday Raffles

2:15 – 2:45

3:00 Show Closed

3:00 – 6:00 PM. Empty Field House


Tickets: Entered into raffle end of each day

Adults: $10.00 single day, $15 two days

Kids 16 years and younger: free


Field House

Seminar Theater




28,680 sq ft. (120 x 239 ft with 50 X 105 ft Basketball Court covered

Layout: Space for 89 – 10’ x 10’ back draped booths: Fly Tiers, Fly Shops/Vendors,

Guides, Clubs distributed throughout booth locations.

Fly Shops / Guide-Speakers/ Vendors: 62 booths. Fees single, double, triple,

each with 1 – 30” X 8ft table, table cover, 2 chairs

Demonstration Fly Tiers: 16 booths, No Fee

1 – 30” x 8ft covered table, 3 chairs.

Fly Fishing Clubs: 11 booths, No Fee

1 – 30” x 8ft table, table cover, 2 chairs

Kids Tying Area: East end of FH: Sponsored by St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers

VICE LOGOC Tying Theater with Dennis Potter: Near southwest corner of FH, No Fee

Fly Tying Instruction Corner

Hands on Fly Tying Instruction, northeast corner. Attendance by $10 ticket per session

purchased on site. Sponsored by Nomad Anglers

Fly Casting Instruction: Area west end of Field House, 120 X 35 ft. Paul Drewry and staff.


Seating: 100 max per session, open attendance, Schedule below. Bob Ceru Moderator

Fishing Michigan Rivers

Six – 50 minute programs will be presented by invited speakers, 3 Saturday, 3 Sunday.

Speakers (not in order of presentation):

  • Bear Creek, Little Manistee, Pine River; John Gouker
  • Big Manistee; Jon Ray
  • Grand River; Brian Bielecki
  • Michigan, A Fly Angler’s Paradise; Ron Barch
  • Muskegon; Kevin Feenstra
  • Pere Marquette; Jeff Hubbard


Guide Trips:

6 – Full day guided trips for 1 or 2 anglers will be provided by each speaker/guide on their designated river. Raffle tickets will be sold @ $10 for the package on site.

2:15 pm Sunday, drawing starts. Winners must be available on site or by cell phone 2:15 – 2:45 pm as listed on the ticket stub.

Registration: Tickets entered into Raffle Bucket drawn at end of each day

Kayak: Card Raffle; Custom made 16 ft Cedar Strip kayak on-site.


Saturday and Sunday

ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE BAYMONT January 12th and/or 13th

A block of rooms has been reserved@$114 plus tax 2 Queens or 1 King at the Baymont Inn & Suites, Byron Center, located 7 minutes and 7 miles from the High School. Left on Kalamazoo from the High School, right on M-6, exit south M-131 to 84st exit , right at the light on 84th, first right, Baymont Inn. Call 616-583-9535 with the code name “West Michigan Fly Show”. Reservations must be received by the Baymont not later than December 2, 2017.

Connected to the 84th Street Pub & Grille is inside access from the Baymont. This is a popular sports bar and restaurant with beers from local Michigan Breweries on tap plus a full bar and menu.







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