Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo
January 9th - 10th 2016 (Expo Idaho,5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID, 83714 )
Craig Mathews holds a BS with honors from the other MSU, Michigan State University. He went for post grad study there in education and criminal justice while working in law enforcement. He and his wife Jackie came to West Yellowstone in 1979 from Grand Rapids, Mi. Craig was the Town’s Police Chief. In 1980 they founded Blue Ribbon Flies. In August 2014 Craig and Jackie sold the shop to long time employee Cam Coffin. Craig will continue working with BRF into the future.
Craig and Jackie have won numerous conservation awards for their environmental work such as “The Protector of Yellowstone National Park Award” presented by Yellowstone National Park, both The Nature Conservancy and Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s coveted “Business Conservation of the Year” awards, The Federation of Fly Fishers “Lee Wulff Award” for their conservation and environmental work and many more. Craig was Fly Rod and Reels “2005 World Angler of the Year” and Trout Unlimited’s “Stream Champion” in 2011,
Craig has authored and co-authored 9 important books on fishing. His latest, “Simple Fly-Fishing with Tenkara” was released in April 2014 and co-authored with Patagonia Inc. founder, Yvon Chouinard. The book has already sold 40,000 copies and has won 2 prestigious awards, the Banff Mountain Guidebook of the Year and the National Outdoor Book Award for a guidebook and instructional quality.
Craig co-founded 1% for the Planet an alliance of businesses donating 1% of their gross sales to researched and approved conservation causes. To date 1% for the Planet has donated over $135 million to conservation and environmental programs..
Craig and Jackie both enjoy dry fly fishing for wild and native trout in Yellowstone country. Their favorite streams are the Madison and Firehole Rivers. They have enjoyed winter fishing for bonefish and permit for over 30 years in Belize, Mexico and the Bahamas. They also enjoy fishing South America in Chile and Argentina for trout as well as British Columbia dry fly steelhead.
Both are avid bird hunters and bird dog trainers. Their 3 German Shorthairs get plenty of time in the field with them each season.
Both enjoy cross-country skiing. Craig still ties 750-1,000 dozen flies each year. Craig enjoys writing and is working on another book.