Greg Hoover – Saturday 1:00 – 3:30 pm

“Patterns for the Eastern Green Drake Hatch”

Greg conducted his graduate research on the eastern green drake on Penns and Kettle Creeks so he knows this burrowing mayfly very well. In this class you’ll learn to tie some of his effective patterns to imitate the nymph, dun, and spinner. When you take this class, you’ll be provided with patterns Greg has tied as take home references as well as the hooks and materials needed to tie the patterns during this class. All you’ll need to bring will be your fly tying vise, tying tools, and a light.

Greg Hoover

Fly tier

Greg Hoover is widely acknowledged as North America’s most knowledgeable fly fishing entomologist. He received his Master’s degree based on his thesis researching Penns Creek’s famous green drake hatch. Greg has conducted hundreds of seminars on the identification and imitation of trout stream insects and their relatives. He taught ENT 425 a course titled, Freshwater Entomology, an undergraduate / graduate level course in the Department of Entomology at Penn State. We should point out that Greg also knows terrestrial insects too! He’s taught entomology for 28 years at the Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, where for the past 21 years, Greg has enjoyed his role as the faculty advisor to the Penn State Fly Fishing Club which has more than 100 student members. He was the recipient of the George Harvey Award for unselfishly promoting the sport of fly fishing through teaching of others. Greg was the 2012 Order of the Hat award recipient from the Fly Fisher’s Club of Harrisburg, an honor given to an individual for contributions to the conservation of natural resources and fly rod angling.

For the past 8 years Greg taught the courses, Principles of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Trout, and Mastery of Fly Fishing, in the Department of Kinesiology at the Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, continuing the tradition started by the late George Harvey in 1934. Greg is an accomplished and innovative fly tyer and a darn good fly fisher as well. He cut his teeth as a fly rod angler for more than 54 years on Pennsylvania’s hard-fished public water. In 1992 Greg coauthored a book with Charlie Meck titled, GREAT RIVERS–GREAT HATCHES, a 384-page, hard cover book that describes over 60 high-quality trout waters and their hatches across the United States. Greg contributed a chapter on periodical cicadas in the book, MODERN TERRESTRIALS, by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka. He has written articles on trout stream insects and fly fishing that were published in Outdoor Life, Fly Tyer, American Angler, and Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Greg is a banquet and monthly meeting speaker to many different fly fishing organizations including Trout Unlimited chapters and International Federation of Fly Fishers clubs in the eastern and midwestern United States.