Schedule and Presenters

Friday, April 12th

3:00 PM
Brookside Gun Dogs
4:00 PM
Rick Takahashi | Fly Tying – Terrestrials
5:00 PM
Ray Long — Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation | Elk Calls
6:00 PM
Trent Blizzard | Mushrooms 101
7:00 PM
KJ & Laura — Force Flyfishing | Dry Flies & emergers

Saturday, April 13th

10:00 AM
Ray Long — Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation | Elk Populations
11:00 AM
Trent Blizzard | Burn Morels
12:00 PM
Brookside Gun Dogs | Gun dog demonstrations
1:00 PM
Ray Long — Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation | Elk Calls
2:00 PM
Rick Takahashi | Fly Tying – Midges
3:00 PM
John Harcourt — Harcourt Flyfishing 3G | Glenwood Springs: voted #1 fishing town in America by Field & Stream
4:00 PM
KJ & Laura — Force Flyfishing | Flyfishing & Head Injury Therapy
5:00 PM
John Dobbins — SOLO Colorado | Hands on learning for safety and survival in the wilderness.

*Outdoor demonstrations are weather dependent. Back up indoor presentations will take place when necessary.

Featured Presenters

Questions or comments about this or future expos? Contact Krista DeHerrera to find out how.

High Country Edible Mushrooms

Learn to find choice edible mushrooms in Colorado’s high country: Porcinis, Chanterelles, Morels & more.
Did you know that Colorado is home to a natural bounty prized by chefs everywhere? These native culinary delights live about 10,000 ft in coniferous forests all around us – wild mushrooms! Trent & Kristen Blizzard, founders of, will open your eyes to our fungal friends, sharing pictures, advice, tips and maybe even a few secret spots to help you find baskets of success in 2018. Learning to hunt wild mushrooms is easier than you might think!
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Rick Takahashi

Rick Takahashi is an author, artist, and demonstration fly tier who often displays his skills at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave, and at various regional fly shops near Denver. He is an illustrator and contributor to Fly Fisherman magazine, and his art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. Rick is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and industry consultant. He works at Anglers Roost in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Ray Long

I’m a 4th Generation Eagle County resident that was blessed with a hunting outdoor family, my Great Grandpa Herman Schultz was a professional hunting guide who honorably took President Theodore Roosevelt on several Bear and Mountain lion hunts. Both of my Grandpas were avid hunters more out of necessity to feed their families than anything and most of my Uncles and my father would all go hunting together when I was younger.
I’ve been the local RMEF Chapter Chairman since 2008 and on the committee since 2006, I consider our chapter and committee as one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life and it’s allowed me to share my passion for wildlife and the outdoors with hundreds of people over the years by educating people on why hunting is conservation and why it’s vitally important to the future of our community! I do not consider myself an expert in anything but it’s my pleasure to share with you the knowledge and experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to witness in over 30 years of hunting camps with friends and family, and look forward to attempting to answer your questions.
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Brookside Gun Dogs

Brookside Gun Dogs is a family owned dog training and boarding company. They’ve been training dogs for hunting, hunt tests, and obedience for 30 years. Their facility is on the beautiful High Lonesome Ranch, just outside of De Beque. Their demonstration is going to be on the process and drills that they use to train a retriever to follow whistles and hand signals to do a blind retrieve, so that a finished retriever can recover downed birds that he was unable to see fall.
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KJ & Laura

Force Fly Fishing, Inc.(“Force”) started as a chance meeting between a long-time fly fishing guide and published fly tier and a talented engineer who was developing a fly tying vise of his own. Working closely together and collaborating on ideas to revolutionize the fly tying vise, they designed an exciting, ground-breaking, feature-filled vise called The Predator Fly Tying Vise. They are developing even more products, which will allow a broader range of people with disabilities to participate in fly-fishing and tying.
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John Harcourt

Guide/Instructor I really enjoy sharing my 60 years of fly fishing knowledge with both friends and clients, while listening to the sound of the river running from one ear to the other. There is magic in catching fish through someone else’s body, and to be on the river is a special moment for all of us. Harcourt Fly Fishing is owned by Dustin Harcourt 3G standing for 3 generations of family passionate about the art of fly fishing. “All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.”
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John Dobbins

SOLO is now delivering a Colorado experience through our Managing Partner, John Dobbins. John is a highly respected instructor, Marine Corps veteran and corporate executive, managing over 500 security personnel post 9/11. He also helped open and manage a licensed security training facility, and presented National Science Foundation research to the Society for Applied Anthropology. John has wilderness experience in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As a Wilderness EMT and SOLO Disaster Response Team Leader, John led rescue teams in the remote jungle of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and in the backcountry desert of the Grand Canyon.
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