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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.     



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

        Quick Patient Assessment

       Life Threats

       Common Medical 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. 

The course will be taught by Mike Tayloe, Nationally Registered Paramedic and owner of Finns West, from 9 :30 AM-12:30 PM both days of the festival. The class will be held at the Plano Event Center, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas (class room TBA). Practical labs include how to move patients, treat various injures and wounds, and how to use items readily available to anglers to assist with treating medical emergencies.

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 $75, with a minimum of 4 students; maximum 14 students.

This class does not include admission to the festival.  

 



$20.00

 

Bass Bugs & Brews Movie Night

Join us Friday, March 22, from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM for our “Bass Bugs & Brews Movie Night” featuring the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at Tupps Brewery in McKinney, Texas. 

At the heart of fly fishing is fly tying—and at the heart of Texas fly fishing is the venerable bass. What better way to kick off the 2019 Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival than by tying bass bugs and drinking Texas microbrewed beer? Tyers and non-tyers alike are welcome to join us; tyers should bring the tying supplies of their choice along with their vise. We will tie flies from 5:30-7:30 PM.

At 7:30 PM attendees will enjoy the very first showing of this year IF4 movie in Texas, and an exclusive viewing of an excerpt of the award-winning movie Back Bay. The excerpt features a personal account of Lefty Kreh’s experiences on Back Bay and is thought to be his last recorded interview. Producer Cory Routh will be on hand to answer questions about this important interview and film.

While this event is open to all members of the public, it is a ticketed event. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available). Bass Bugs & Brews is sponsored by IF4, with support from Fly Tyer and in coordination with the TFFBF and Tupps Brewery. The first 150 attendees will receive a free issue of Fly Tyer. And if all that fly tying makes you hungry, fear not: we’ve got food trucks! Attendees can participate in free raffles, too.

In memory of Lefty and his ongoing concern for veterans, 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 two-hour-long, small-group intensive is for anglers with a passion for trout. Guiding clients on trout water more than 200 days a year, Mayer knows every tip and trick to bring finicky trout to hand. Students will learn everything they need to know to begin trout fishing, including:

(1)  where to enter a waterway and how to wade;

(2)  how any fly angler can successfully approach any cold water fishing situation, from large rivers to shallow water lakes;

(3)  what NOT to do when fishing for trout; and

(4)  how to select the appropriate fly.

Check the festival schedule of events for classroom location. 

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days’ written notification.

The cost of this class is $50 and does not include admission to the festival. This class has a maximum of 14 students.



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. 

 

Refunds must be requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival to be considered.

All classes will be held outside regardless of the weather.

This class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. 

 



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 10 minutes prior to the start of the class.

Refunds must be requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival.

 All classes will be held outside regardless of the weather.

Tthis class does does not 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 does not include admission to the festival.

Refunds will only be given if requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival.



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.     

 

This class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class.

 

Refunds for the class must be requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival. 



 

 

Geared toward intermediate and advanced fly anglers, this class prepares you to hunt big fish like musky, peacock bass,pike, and other larger freshwater species like brown trout and smallmouth bass. Fishing for larger species requires quick decision-making and efficient and accurate fly presentation. Chocklett will teach you to match your fly pattern to the species you are pursuing, cast your fly, and maneuver it effectively.

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, which will be held outside regardless of the weather

Refunds are available if requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival. 

The cost of this class does not include admission to the festival. A maximum of 10 spots are available.


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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.