Troutbitten Presentations

I offer presentations for fly fishing clubs, fly shops and schools. I deeply enjoy sharing this material and learning from other anglers.

Future Events

Due to Covid restrictions, most clubs are conducting their presentations via Zoom. Although I sincerely miss the in-person interaction, I’m happy to present over Zoom for this limited time.

Previous

Twin Tiers Five Rivers FFI — Big Flats, NY
Bucks County Trout Unlimited — Langhorne, PA
LVTU Spring Event — Dickson City, PA
Potomac-Patuxent Trout Unlimited — Silver Spring, MD
Mainline Fly Tyers, Plymouth Meeting
Heartland Fly Fishing Festival
Ken Sink Trout Unlimited

White Clay Fly Fishers
Angler’s Club of Philadelphia
Arrowhead Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited Overmountain Chapter, Tennessee
Doc Fritchey Trout Unlimited
Indianapolis Fly Casters
Penns Woods West Trout Unlimited Cabin Fever Show
Donegal Trout Unlimited
Philipsburg-Osceola Fly Fishing Club
Delco Manning Trout Unlimited
Penn State Fly Fishing Club
Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited
Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited
Dame Juliana League
. . . and more . . .

Domenick, your work has been a tremendous help to me. I fish a lot, read books, follow websites, attend seminars, etc., but yours are the best for me and have improved my fishing all around. We traveled to see your presentation, and I’m so glad we did. Can’t wait to try this out!

— Mark S., Chadds Ford, PA

The Mono Rig — Better control, contact and strike detection with a fly line substitute

Approximately 50-75 minutes.

As tight line and euro nymphing styles become more popular, they seem surrounded by confusion. The Mono Rig is a versatile system that is fished with most any rod and with the flies most anglers already have in their box. It’s a system for fishing nymphs, small and large streamers, and dry/dropper styles — with and without indicators — with and without split shot. The variations are up to the angler.

The first half of the presentation is an introduction to the Mono Rig, where 20# monofilament functions as a substitutes for traditional fly line. Control, contact and strike detection are all dramatically improved by taking away the weight and sag of fly line. Topics include: history, similarities and differences with tight line and euro nymphing methods, leader design and fly line alternatives.

The second half of the presentation covers tactics for fishing nymphs, streamers, and dry/dropper on the Mono Rig. Topics include: rigging and casting, weight options, tips for getting a true dead drift, streamer fishing with the long leader, suspender types, long and short range uses, limitations and versatility.

Dom, I traveled to see you present at the Cabin Fever Expo this year. What an eye opener! I read a lot of your stuff on Troutbitten and I can truly say it’s the best resource I’ve ever found for this kind of stuff. Now I’ll say the same about your presentations! Thanks for all the information you make available. I’m catching more TROUT!

— Ken R., Eerie, PA

Nymphing: Tight Line vs Indicator

Approximately 50-75 minutes.

Which is better, tight line or indicator methods? It’s an eternal question for nymphing anglers, and arguments heat up with strong opinions from devotees of each style. What’s my answer to the question of which is better? Neither.

The Tight Line vs Indicator presentation highlights the strengths and weaknesses of both styles. It’s a tactical, technical look at each method.

The presentation covers lines, leaders, indicator types, weighting and rigging methods, casting and much more. But it also covers the appeal of each style. While tight lining offers the ultimate control, it requires intense concentration to perform at a high level. Indicator fishing done well takes no less talent, it’s just a different set of skills that are (sometimes) less physically taxing.

While tight lining and indicator styles are certainly different, they share common ground, and proficiency with one method compliments the other. The Tight Line vs Indicator presentation attempts to show the benefits of a nymphing system with no limits, one that tackles the full range of on-the-water scenarios by using every available tool.

Dom, you have a unique, delightful style that is very refreshing and appealing. The Fifty Tips presentation is among the best I’ve seen. Effective, passionate and thorough. Thank you.

— Tyler P., Exton, Pennsylvania

Fifty Fly Fishing Tips in Sixty Minutes

Approximately 60 minutes.

The Fifty Tips presentation is for anglers of all skill levels and interests. The photo-packed hour covers the topics of gear, efficiency, fishing dries, nymphing, fishing streamers, fighting big fish and a lot more.

The presentation attempts to both inform anglers about how to catch more trout and inspire them to wade into a river and try something new. Ultimately, this series of tips is about how to better enjoy our time on the water.

Fifty Tips moves fast, covering a lot of ground. And all the tips are designed to urge an angler to look deeper and get more from fly fishing.

You can read full articles for each tip at the Fifty Fly Fishing Tips page on Troutbitten.

You definitely have a knack for describing both the journey and the destination in a way that is artistic, engaging, informative and descriptive.

— Bradley B., Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Old-School vs Modern Streamers

Approximately 60 minutes.

In 2004 Kelly Galloup released his book, Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout, and it quickly transformed streamer philosophy in the fly fishing world. The average streamer became bigger and badder, and the dedicated streamer angler found a fast paced style like none other.

Modern streamer strategy is a game for targeting big fish and is best paired with a trophy hunting mentality. It’s a tactic that asks big predatory trout to get up and aggressively chase down their prey. It works, but not always, and not in all waters.

Somewhat forgotten these days, is the old-school style of streamers. With smaller, more realistic patterns, and with presentations that imitate a more easily available food form, old-school streamers is about taking a convincing meal to the trout.

Each style has its moments, and this presentation helps to define the strengths and weaknesses of each method.

Learn more at these articles:

Modern Streamers: Too much motion? And are we moving them to fast?

Streamers as an Easy Meal — The Old-School Streamer Thing

Resources

These presentations are packed full of tactics and information which, honestly, can be too much to digest in one hour. However, all of the material presented is backed up and documented in the 300+ articles on the Troutbitten website. A handout with titles of relevant articles and resources at Troutbitten is provided for all in attendance. My goal is to leave everyone with some new ideas, something to be excited about, and ready to get out on the water.

Contact

If you’re interested in booking a presentation, please email domenick@troutbitten.com or get in touch through the form below to discuss rates and availability. Thank you.

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Domenick Swentosky

Central Pennsylvania

Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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