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Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

Mar 21, 2020 to Mar 22, 2020
Plano Event Center, Plano, TX
Ticket Information

While we advise customers to purchase their tickets in advance, (especially specialty class which tend to sell out) you are able to purchase tickets at the door the weekend of the festival. Children 16 and under are free with a paying adult, this rule applies no matter how many children are in your family.   

A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at this year’s 4th Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival. Unless otherwise noted, all classes and lectures mentioned in the festival program are included in the admission fee. All casting classes are held outside. This includes all Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Classes which are provided free of charge to active and participating Boy Scouts who register in advance.

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$35.00

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



$20.00

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



$20.00

Bass Bugs & Brews Movie Night

Join us Friday, March 20, 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 2020 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. 

 



$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

       Pantomime Used in Teaching

       Fly Casting Myths Debunked

       Skills Needed for Teaching Others

       Skill Sets from the CI Test

       MCI Tasks

The class will run from 8 AM-5:30 PM on Friday, March 20, 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.

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.

Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.   



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 regardless of the weather. This class cost $75, maximum of 10 students.

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.



New Class This co-ed class is for fly anglers with moderate experience in fly fishing. Students should have the capability to easily cast 30 feet before considering this course. Master Certified Casting Instructor Mac Brown will review some of the common misstates casters make as a review, then go on to cover common challenges are casters face. Topics covered may include how to overcome the wind, gain distance significant distance without extra effort, tight cover casting technique, and other special circumstances. The lecture portion of the class is done in a group; each student will receive individualized instruction. Students should bring their own rods. 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, after this time students will receive a full credit for the following 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. 

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.



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 outside casting portion of the class. This class costs $75, only 10 spots are available.   

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.

 



NEW CLASS!  Did you know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? Sponsored by Treaty Oak Distillinga nd Flymen Fishing Company ,our unique, two-part course is designed for adults 21 and over interested in how distilled spirits (and bourbon in particular) are made. The first part of this class is taught by Master Distiller Phillip Dormont of Treat Oaks. Students will learn about distilled spirits and taste three Texas bourbons during her lecture. The second part of this class will discuss a few specialty bass bugs that Southwestern anglers will find eminently effective. At the end of the class, students will take home these same patterns to “test” on their local waters. All materials for the course will be provided. Students will meet at a class room (TBA) on the festival grounds. Only 24 spots are available. Class held: 12:30-1:50PM Saturday & Sunday. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. Student must have alcohol ID bracelet prior to attending the class

Refunds for this class require 30 days written notice. Refund request after this date will be applied as a credit for next year's festival.

This class doesn't include admission to the festival. 

 



NEW CLASS! This class is designed especially for fly anglers and tyers who are pursuing larger and aggressive fish, which are not easily brought to hand. Species like musky, pike, mature brown trout, redfish, and even mature smallmouth bass all respond and feed differently than their smaller counterparts. Learn from longtime guide and fly designer Blane Chocklett how to create his signature pattern, "The Game Changer". This class will have a great deal of hands on instruction and cover various tips and techniques for creating patterns that "swim" and have a realistic look. Student tyers should bring their own vice and tools. All materials to tie the flies will be supplied by Flymen Fishing Company who will be a vendor at this year's festival. 

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the following year.



NEW CLASS! Teens ages 12 and over will learn the basic techniques and skills of fly tying. No prior knowledge or fly tying experience is expected or required. Thirteen-year-old fly tying wunderkind Braden Miller, a junior pro-staffer for Norvise, Temple Fork Outfitters, and a host of other industry leaders, will teach this course and will provide everything students need to be successful. Parents are welcome to sit in the class with their teen should they choose to do so. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.  

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.



NEW CLASS! Adults will learn the basic techniques and skills of fly tying. No prior knowledge or fly tying experience is expected or required. Expert fly tyer Tim O’Neil, owner of Norvise, will teach this course and will provide everything students need to be successful.  Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.  

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.



This two-hour-long, small-group intensive is for anglers with a passion for trout. While geared with trout anglers in mind, the information in this course can also be applied to many other species that wading anglers may encounter 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.



NEW CLASS! Sure,  you can tie a wooly bugger, and a Clouser Minnows, but can you tie anything unusual or unique? Better yet, when was the last time you pushed the envelope and learned how to tie something new AND something you'd never though of before? You know that trash you always throw away at the end of a session on your vice? What if you could really put it to good use and create something marvelous? Join longtime fly tyer "Fishy" Fullum at the vice at this year's festival. Fullum spent years writing his "Creative Fly Tying Column" for Fly Tyer  and  now you can put that knowledge to use. Adults taking this class will learn the basic techniques and skills of fly tying, but doing so in unusual ways, using unorthodox materials. Fishy will not only teach the course, he will provide each student with the materials needed to complete the class. Please print out your receipt and bring it with you to the festival.  

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.


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

Mar 21, 2020 to Mar 22, 2020
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The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at The Plano Event Center in Plano, TX on March 21st-22nd, 2020.  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.

Refund Policy
No refunds.