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Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

Mar 23, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019
Plano Event Center, Plano, TX
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$475.00

This specialty course is designed specifically for experienced fly casters who wish to take their casting and instructing abilities to an advanced level. The class is designed for those who want to improve their game on the water or share this knowledge with others as a mentor, coach, and fly casting instructor. This program will meet and exceed what is expected on the FFI CI and MCI instructor requirements. Topics covered will include but are not limited to:

       Intent and Fly Casting

       Understanding the Body Movements for Successful Rod Load

       Skewing the Rules

       Pantomime Used in Teaching

       Fly Casting Myths Debunked

       Skills Needed for Teaching Others

       Separation of Style and Substance

       Understanding Gear Considerations

       Casting Conditions

       Understanding Loop Efficiency

       Skill Sets from the CI Test

       Single and Double-Handed Techniques

       Shooting Line Drills

       Aerial Mending During the Stroke, and

       MCI Tasks

The class will run from 8 AM-5:30 PM on Friday, March 22, 2019, which is the day before the festival opens. The classroom portion of the course will begin in the festival hotel conference room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (3415 Premier Drive, Plano, Texas). There will be a break from 12-1:30 for lunch, and the casting portion of the course will then reconvene on the festival grounds in front of the Plano Event Center (2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas). Please dress accordingly for the casting portion of this class, as it will be held outside REGARDLESS of the weather.

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting list barring any changes or additions to the class. Students who wish to receive the course outline or communicate with the instructor may send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net

The class cost is $475, which includes a complimentary weekend pass to the festival. Minimum 4 students; maximum 10 students. Students who complete the course will be given a certificate of achievement and receive a personalized autographed copy of the instructor's latest book.     



$175.00

The core of the Freestone First Aid course is first aid in the wilderness/remote environment focusing on:

        Quick Patient Assessment

       Life Threats

       Common Medical Emergencies

       Environmental Emergencies

       Critical Thinking Skills, and

       Hands-On Skills.

This course is designed specifically for fly fishing outfitters and guides as well as for individuals who want confidence in their first aid skills and who may have limited access to reasonable or delayed emergency response. Students will also receive CPR training and an American Heart Association Adult CPR Certification, pending a positive completion of the course.

The course will be taught by Mike Tayloe, Nationally Registered Paramedic and owner of Finns West, from 8 AM-5:30 PM Friday, March 22, 2019, which is the day before the festival officially opens. The class will be held at the Plano Event Center, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas (class room TBA). Practical labs include moving patients on and off boats/skiffs; thus, students need to wear appropriate clothing since much of this class will be held outdoors.

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days’ written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting list barring any changes or additions to the class. Students who wish to receive the course outline or communicate with the instructor may send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net.    

The class cost is $175, which includes complimentary admission to the festival on Saturday. Minimum 8 students; maximum 14 students.  

 



$150.00

This specialty course taught by author and guide Matt Supinski is designed specifically for fly anglers who wish to advance their knowledge of fishing rivers characterized by dams, or those generally referred to as tailwaters. Tailwaters have environments suitable for trout all year long, because water released from dams and/or similar impoundments is much colder than traditional freestone streams. Supinki garnered the research for this class fishing tailwaters extensively throughout the United States, and particularly the famed trout streams of Pennsylvania with his mentor, fly angling legend Charlie Fox. Supinki has also fished across many of the British Isles and also in Europe. His course will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

 

       How to best to enter the river and why

       Appropriate fly selection

       Gear needs

       Techniques for identifying large brown trout lies, and

       How to land browns when hooked

 

The class will run from 1 PM-5:30 PM on Friday, March 22, 2019, which is the day before the festival opens. The classroom portion of the course will begin in the festival hotel conference room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (3415 Premier Drive, Plano, Texas). At 3:30 PM, the students and instructor will move on to the festival grounds in front the Plano Event Center (2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas). The last portion of the class will cover various casting technique that complement the material covered in class. Please dress accordingly for the casting portion of this class, as it will be held outside REGARDLESS of the weather.

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting list barring any changes or additions to the class. Students who wish to receive the course outline or communicate with the instructor may send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net.    

The class cost is $175, which includes complimentary admission to the festival on Saturday. Minimum 4 students; maximum 10 students. Students also receive a personalized autographed copy of the instructor's latest book Atlantic Salmon-Brown Trout Nexus.     



$20.00

Bass Bugs and Brews Movie Night

Join us March 9th from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM for our “Bass Bugs and Brews Movie Night” at Tupps Brewery located at 721 Anderson Street in McKinney, Texas.  We know how important fly tying is to our sport, and in Texas bass dominate much of the state’s water. What better way to start off this year’s Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival than by tying bass bugs and drinking great Texas Beer? Fly tyers (and non fly tyers) are welcome to attend our kickoff event, and bring any tying supplies they choose, along with their vice and tie from 5:30-7:30. At 7:30 we’ll have a brief welcome from Dave Klausmeyer, Editor and Chief of Fly Tyer Magazine which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. While this event is open to all members of the public, it is a ticketed event. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door (if available). This event is sponsored by Fly Tyer in coordination with the TFFBF, and Tupps Brewery and the first 175 attendees will receive a free issue of Fly Tyer. If all that fly tying makes you hungry, don’t worry food trucks will be on hand, and other fun activities as well as free raffles which is all part of the mix of this year’s TFBF. A portion of all proceeds will go to benefit Project Healing Waters programs in Texas.



$20.00

Includes limited beer tasting tickets for those 21 and over with valid ID



$20.00

Includes limited beer tasting tickets for those 21 and over with valid ID



$35.00

Includes limited beer tasting tickets for those 21 and over with valid ID



Join Aquatic Biologist Peter Stitcher for an interactive and in-depth class on entomology for today’s fly angler, and learn how to “Match the Hatch” in two minutes or less!  In this all-level class, the participant will learn how to sample the water and identify at a glance each of the major trout foods and the fly patterns that match them.  Just as the trout follow and feed on aquatic insects throughout their life cycle, so the participant will learn to identify the family of insect and life-cycles that are active and being targeted by trout. You’ll learn how to anticipate where their food--and thus the trout--will be heading next, and be ready to greet them with the next hot pattern. By the conclusion of this class, students will be able to quickly identify what trout are eating and match nearly every hatch in nearly every situation.  

This two-hour long class will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 PM on the festival grounds. Participating students will receive a coupon for a complimentary Texas micro-brew (which can be enjoyed during class), as well as 10 trout flies allowing the participants to follow each hatch as they are discussed. Students must have ID checked prior to entering the class, in compliance with TABC law.    

The class cost is $40. Maximum seating is 50 students. This class does not include admission to the festival



This co-ed class is for beginners with little to no experience fly fishing. Students will learn all the basic mechanics of fly casting. The lecture portion of the class is done in a group; each student will receive individualized instruction. Students should bring their own rods; rods can be provided with advance notice if needed. The class will meet just outside of the admissions/ticket counter.  All classes will be held outside,. this class doesn't include admission to the festival. 



This co-ed class is for beginners with little to no experience fly fishing. Students will learn all the basic mechanics of fly casting. The lecture portion of the class is done in a group; each student will receive individualized instruction. Students should bring their own rods; rods can be provided with advance notice if needed. The class will meet just outside of the admissions/ticket counter.  All classes will be held outside, this class doesn't include admission. 



Those who have been fly casting for years but long to take their skills to the next level should check out this class. Ed has written widely on casting and recently completed a casting video with his mentor and close friend Lefty Kreh. He can help experienced anglers learn the techniques that will enable them to gain greater line speed and distance in a variety of settings. Students will also learn how to more effectively cast into wind and cast large wind-resistant flies. Proper foot and arm control will be addressed. Students will meet their instructor at near the admissions counter.  All classes will be held outside and students are NOT required to bring their own rods. 



This class is designed with the express purpose of teaching the student techniques and skills needed to become an effective nymph angler. Nymph fishing is commonly used when anglers don’t see any surface action even though fish (especially trout) are feeding. Jason Randall, author of books and articles in numerous national publications, is an acknowledged nymphing expert. In this class Randall will teach students how to avoid nymphing pitfalls and what to do to greatly increase nymphing success. The lecture portion of this class is open to the public and will take place at the festival. Students who have paid for the application portion of the course will receive 90 minutes of additional instruction.Students who register for this class must bring their own fly rod and reel outfit with them for the casting portion of the class. Only 10 spots are available.     

 



Casting Big Files for Big Fish is a class for fly anglers preparing to fish or be guided on waters for species like Musky, Pea Cock Bass, Pike, and other large freshwater fish. These same techniques can be applies to fishing for large Browns and larger Smallmouth Bass. Fishing for larger species often requires quick decision-making and efficiency in presenting the fly accurately. This class helps prepare the students to not only pick the right pattern for the species at hand, but be able to cast it as well.

 

 


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Plano Event Center
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX, 75074

Mar 23, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019
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The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at The Plano Event Center in Plano, TX on March 23rd-24th, 2019.  Come Join Us!

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Welcome!

The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is a unique celebration of Lone Star State fly angling – and beyond. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages, the only thing we require of our attendees is good humor.

The festival will afford attendees the opportunity to learn from various fly fishing authors and experts and meet representatives from some of the best manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. Local and regional fly fishing guides, destination lodge owners, kayakers, fly tyers, world-class outdoor photographers, and fly shops will be on hand – not to mention some of Texas’ best microbreweries.

Don’t know much about fly fishing? Then you’ve come to the right place! Experience what makes fly fishing so addictive – and learn about the quiet sport from the very best, in a low-key and supportive atmosphere, on your own terms.