Fred Wilson of FlipFlyTye Fishing Products, a seasoned fly fishing expert, will be presenting daily seminars on Bass Fishing 360 at the Northeast Outdoor Show. With years of experience as a Candlewood Lake guide and Sage Flyrod pro, he will share valuable tips and tricks on using the Flip, Fly, Tye Style to catch both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Attendees can expect to learn about hair jig finesse fishing, light line spinning rod pointers, getting started with a bait caster, flipping and pitching techniques, single-hand spey casting for bass, and more, including proper rod and line setup from a Rio Flyline pro.

Referred to as a 250HP Merc with a Flyrod by one Bassmaster writer, Fred brings clarity that accuracy and efficiency is the key and will create cleaner presentations resulting in more catches. With the support of Sage Flyrods and Rio fly lines, Fred has taken the time to research and develop the proper rod and line combinations for various seasonal patterns.

Learning the value of Maribou jigs in the early 80s when fishing Lake Zoar and the Connecticut Bass Federation Trail, Fred continued studying flyfishing and tying and dedicated much of his time incorporating that knowledge into better-tied hair jigs and flat living rubber hand-tied jigs for cold water finesse fishing, and detailed pitching and flipping jigs.

Tying Demonstrations

Nicknamed 'What’s Up Wilson' from his tying seminars, Fred is known for demonstrating some of the latest materials on the market. Currently working on New Smallmouth and Largemouth patterns for various applications, made with Leatherbait materials and UV2 products, and various other tying materials and components. Many tied on Wicked Weights quality Tungsten.

New Patterns are constantly in the works. Go to for information regarding all current and future products, including:

Fly Rod Series - This species-designed Swim Jig series (Panfish, Bronzebacks, Largemouth, and Waterwolves(Pike)) made for pursuing your favorite species in warm or cold water situations.

Leather Series - Made with a combination of various hairs, such as UV2 Maribou and a variety of synthetics, combined with Leatherbait materials and tying components.

Brush Pile Jigs - These weedless jigs are perfect for the angler who just likes to get away and hang out at their favorite gnarly brush pile, pitching and flipping for hawgs.

The FlipFlyTye Open Water Series - Hair jigs designed for the angler who likes to test their skill level in the open water, controlling a lifelike presentation in various depths to fish Humps, Rock Walls and Suspended Fish.

FlipFlyTye Dock Jigs - For the bass chilling in the shade.

Panfish Series - Family fun. Great for Perch, Crappie and they even catch Smallmouth.

Salt Water Series

Stop by for some pro pointers or tie your first fly! Be sure to ask "What’s Up?”