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Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

Feb 27, 2021 to Feb 28, 2021

Mesquite Convention Center
1700 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, TX 75149

Ticket Information

While we advise customers to purchase their tickets well 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 paying adult.   

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

If the event is cancelled, customers will receive their ticket or class cost refunded.   



Weekend Pass

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


General Admission - SATURDAY

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


General Admission - SUNDAY

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


Beginners Fly Casting Class Instructor Rex Walker (Limit 6)


This co-ed class taught by FFI Certified Casting Instructor Red Walker 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 6 students.

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.Students can bring their own fly rods, or use gear provided by the instructor.This class does not include admission.   


Bourbon & Bass Bugs with Philip Dormont & Kristian Cole (Limit 16)


NEW CLASS!  Did you know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? Sponsored by Treaty Oak Distilling and 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. It will be taught by Kristian Cole, resident fly expert at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company of Dallas, Texas. 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 the Specialty Instruction Class Room on the festival grounds. Only 16 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. This class is held indoors.

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. 


Master's Class: Fly Fishing Tailwaters instructor Pat Dorsey (Limit 16)


NEW CLASS! Master’s Class: Fishing Tailwaters (Limit 16) Tailwater fisheries provide anglers with a dependable four-season fishery that affords anglers with consistent flows, clear water, large populations of trout, and reliable hatches. Learn the tactics and techniques to successfully master these year-round waters. A detailed discussion on dams, tailwater benefits, entomology, matching the hatch, fly selection, rigging rods, reading the water, presentation and much more are included in this class. While this is a class designed for more experienced anglers, new fly anglers would also benefit. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved. Students will meet at the Specialty Instruction Lecture Area. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered.  Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. Only 16 spots are available. Class held: 10:00 AM-12:00PM Saturday & Sunday in the Specialty Lecture Room. This class is held indoors.

Refunds mist be requested in writing 30 days prior to the festival, after this time students will receive a full credit for the following festival. This class does does not include admission. 


Fly Fishing Southern Colorado with Chris Johnson-Sunday Limit 12


New Class: It is no secret that the Lone Star State gets exceptionally hot in the summer. For that reason, many Texas residents pack up and head to Colorado for a much-needed respite from the heat!  This presentation will focus solely on the southern portion of Colorado.  Chris will teach you about famed rivers such as the Conejos and Rio Grande but will primarily focus on his favorite spots that are not as well known!  From brown trout to native cutthroat, Chris will show you where to go and how to catch them!  Trip planning, fishing destinations, local eateries, jaw-dropping scenic stops, fly selection, and a comprehensive packing list will all be covered!  The pictures in this presentation alone will make you want to point your compass west!  So, come ready to learn and don’t be surprised if you find your next favorite fly fishing destination as a result of this class!

No refunds for this class will be given with less than 30 days written notice. After that time, the student will receive a full credit for the following year's festival.

This class runs from 9:30AM -10:50 AM and is held inside. 

The class price doesn't include admission but does include a Living Waters Swag Bag and Southern Colorado Fly Assortment w/ fly box. 

Sold Out

Landon Mayer: The Hunt for Giant Trout (Limit 16)

New Class! This 90 minute small-group intensive is for anglers with a passion for catching large 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 does not include admission to the festival. This class has a maximum of 16 students.


Texas Native: Fly Fishing for Cichlids with Chris Johnson-Saturday Limit 12

New Class: The United States has only one native species of cichlid and thankfully, it makes its home in Texas!  Most fly anglers infrequently catch Rio Grande Cichlids while fishing for bass and sunfish.  However, to catch them consistently, and on a year-round basis, requires an in-depth understanding of the species.  Chris has caught Rio Grande Cichlids for well over 20 years, but for the last four years he has specifically targeted Rios on fly in an effort to demystify and celebrate one of Texas’ most unique native fish.  This presentation is the culmination of years of study, countless days of fishing, and many long nights of fly design!  Chris will cover seasonal behavioral changes, fly selection, fishing techniques, premier fishing destinations, and so much more!  Whether you are trying to catch your very first Rio Grande Cichlid or you simply want to expand your knowledge of this largely misunderstood fish species, this presentation has something for you!

Refunds will not be given without 30 days written notice, after 30 days students will receive a full credit for the following year's festival.  

This class runs from 9:30AM -10:50 AM and is held inside. 

Class price doesn't include admission but it does include a Living Waters Swag Bag and  Cichlid Fly Assortment w/ fly box. 


Women Only-Becoming an Independent Angler with Karlie Roland (Limit 12)

New Class : Brand new to fly fishing? Somewhat experienced on the water but still hesitant to go it all alone? Karlie Roland hears you--and she’s here to help. In this women-only specialty class you will learn to maximize your independent angling potential! Learn how to adjust your own rig and tie specialty knots like the perfection loop, blood, double surgeon’s, and clinch. Roland covers leaders, tippets, nylon versus fluorocarbon, and how to make adjustments in each for maximum on-the-water efficiency.  Students will learn what gear they need when they’re fishing alone. They’ll understand how to read a hatch chart and match the hatch. Her class is targeted first and foremost to new anglers, but Karlie Roland’s experience on the Henry’s Fork--among the West’s most technical trout rivers--has honed her fishing skills to a razor’s edge; so even advanced anglers will learn something new.  This women-only class is suitable for both fresh and saltwater anglers. This class is held indoors.

 Seating is limited to 12 female students, ages 16 and over.

 Refunds must be requested in writing 30 days in advance of the festival. All other refund requests will be honored in the form of credit for the following year.  

 This class does not include admission to the festival but does include all teaching materials, a take-home knot guide, nippers, and a complimentary one-year new membership subscription to Trout Unlimited.   




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Event Summary

The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at The Mesquite Convention Center in Mesquite, TX on February 27-28, 2021.  Come Join Us!

Event Details


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.
Terms & Conditions

I acknowledge that I am aware of the inherent risks involved in attending a public event, I voluntarily agree to assume those risks, and I release and hold harmless The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival and its owners, officers, employees, agents or other representatives from any and all claims related to COVID-19.

 You may NOT enter the event if:


  • You have been asked to self-quarantine due to overseas travel or travel within Australia or have visited an identified COVID-19 hotspot.
  • You have been in close contact with a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last fourteen (14) days.
  • You have a temperature (37.5 degrees or higher) or flu-like symptoms (e.g. cough or sore throat).

 All attendees must:


  • Adhere to social distancing measures by keeping 1.5m away from others not in your household party as much as possible.
  • Adhere to all state health codes including wearing a mask if required by county or state ordinance.    

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