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Fly Fishing School: Earn a post-grad degree at Strip Strike University

Two skilled fly anglers, one a uniquely talented and renowned fly casting instructor, Joe Mahler, and his friend Drew Chicone, one of the most talented fly tyers on the planet, have joined forces and created Strip Strike University (SSU).

At SSU it’s learn it, do it now

The SSU campus for 2016 will be at the famed Abaco Lodge in the prized destination of the Bahamas. Each of two ‘semesters’ willl be a week long, and you have your own room, if you want it that way.

You can’t learn to ride a bicycle by the telling

What’s was so special about the SSU? Well, its the emphasis. Attendees are the center of attention, not the presenters. In most fly fishing schools, symposiums, shows it’s the presenters who are center stage.

Joe Mahler demonstrating his easy to master casting technique. Mahler photo.

Joe Mahler demonstrating his easy to master casting technique. Mahler photo.

About Joe

Joe Mahler, one of the nation’s leading fly casting instructors, is also an author/illustrator. His work appears in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Outdoor life and other publications. Joe is also the author and illustrator of “Essential Knots & Rigs for Trout” and “Essential Knots & Rigs for Salt Water” (Stackpole Books).

You have probaly seen Joe casting away in national television commercials for Bass Pro Shops, Tracker and Mako Boats.

Joe is currently a SAGE ambassador, and a member of the Dyna-King Professional Tying Team. He also serves on the pro staffs for NuCanoe and Mustad. When not fishing the crystal waters of Southwest Florida, he can be found teaching fly casting to enthusiasts of all levels through his Fly Casters Workshop. Joe’s easy-going approach has made him a popular guest speaker at fishing clubs and sports shows. To learn more, visit . . .

About Drew

Drew gets the class rolling with one of his several tying shortcuts and tips and tactics. SSU photo.

Drew Chicone gets the class rolling; teaching patterns for bones, tying shortcuts, tips & tactics, and the importance of choosing the right materials. SSU photo.

Drew Chicone is an author, lecturer, materials expert and one of the industry’s premier saltwater fly designers. His innovative techniques and passion for teaching has inspired a new generation of tyers.   Drew’s latest books include “Feather Brain”, “Snook Flies” and “Redfish Flies.” His patterns appear in publications such as Fly Tyer, the Drake, and Fly Fisherman Magazine. Chicone’s fly creations, including the Detonator Crab, GT Pinfish, Tuscan Bunny, and Disco Shrimp, are both well known and in high demand among saltwater guides. Drew has been a certified casting instructor, and commercial fly tier for many years. Most recently, Drew was crowned “Iron Fly Champion” at the 2014, IFTD competition.

Drew is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Puglisi Professional Tying Team, Dyna-King Professional Tying Team, Daiichi Pro Staff, as well as a Royalty Tyer for Orvis.  For more info on Drew, visit his website and blog at . . .

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