[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are excited to announce one of many Entomology Workshops with local fly fishing enthusiast, biologist, & entomology expert Matt Schmasow.

We are all so excited for the fly fishing season to kick in we thought it would be interesting to learn more about the bugs we imitate.  The TRR Entomology Workshop Series will have a broad focus on Saturday, March 12 @ 2pm.

Matt will teach you about:

  • Insects we will be seeing very soon!  Stoneflies, Mayflies, and Caddis.
  • Terms we use in fly-fishing to describe different stages of an insects life cycle.
  • How and why to imitate these life cycles.

We are planning to have this workshop at 2pm and will take approximately 1 hour (but could go long).

Remember, there are no stupid questions!  Now is the time to learn how & why to match the hatch.  Everyone is welcome to this FREE workshop!

Call our Boise Fly Shop at (208) 939-6065 or just show up at 2pm on Saturday, March 12th.

Matt Schmasow teaching an Entomology Workshop at TRR's Boise Fly Shop

Matt with a Yellowstone cutty from last summer at Slough Creek.

Matt Schmasow is first and foremost a fly-fisherman. Born from his love for the sport, Matt pursued an undergraduate degree in the field of insect ecology and now holds a Master’s of Science in Biology from Boise State University. Matt’s graduate work focused on entomology, specifically the social behavior of harvester ants, but his heart has never strayed far from his aquatic ecology roots. In addition to his thesis work, Matt was an NSF GK-12 Graduate Fellow at the Foothills Learning Center where he created, developed and taught biology and geology curriculum to K-12 students, Master Naturalists groups, and the greater Treasure Valley community. Today, he continues to collaborate with the Treasure Valley Beekeeping Club, the Foothills Learning Center, and local high schools to bring biology and entomology education to life.

In addition to Matt’s passion for bugs, he has also served as an adjunct instructor at Boise State University and currently works as a Student Success Coordinator with the Department of Advising and Academic Enhancement where he manages academic support programs at his alma mater. In his spare time, Matt loves to spend time outdoors (on the river) with his wife Paige, two dogs (Zoe and Scout), and 8 chickens!