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We are pleased to announce that Dave Hughes will be our keynote speaker at our 2019 Expo!

Dave Hughes is author of more than 20 books about fly fishing for trout. They include the classic Western Hatches (with Rick Hafele), American Fly Tying Manual, Handbook of Hatches, Reading Trout Water, Wet Flies, Essential Trout Flies, Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters, and the massive reference Trout Flies. His latest books are Pocketguide to Western Hatches (published in 2012) and Trout From Small Streams (2014).


Born in Astoria, Oregon on the 4th of July 1945, Dave worked his way through college at jobs specializing in the Three Ds--Dirty, Difficult, and Dangerous:  mink ranches, tuna canneries, and shrimp boats. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967, from Army Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1968. Dave served one-and-a-half years in Viet Nam, 6 months as a communications site commander in the Mekong Delta, one year as liaison officer to the Commanding General of communications in the Southeast Asia theater.

Dave was founding president of Oregon Trout in 1983 and was awarded life membership in the Federation of Flyfishers in 1985. He was awarded the Pete Hidy honorary life membership in the Flyfishers Club of Oregon in 1992 for his literary accomplishments. Dave received the prestigious Letcher Lambuth Angler Craftsman Award in 2008 from the Washington Fly Fishing Club. He is also a life member of his home club, the Rainland Flycasters in Astoria, Oregon.

Dave is an accomplished amateur aquatic entomologist. His hobbies include collecting, identifying, and photographing the aquatic insects that are fed upon by trout, as well as tying and fishing the flies that match those insects and fool those trout. His articles on fly fishing have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Northwest Fly Fishing, and Fly Tyer. Dave served as editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal for eight years and is currently a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and Flyfishing & Tying Journal.