Festival Classes

Course Description: Advanced Fly Casting Skills–Understanding Techniques with Mac Brown

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 course is designed to help the student gain understanding on how to be an excellent 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, and includes a weekend pass to the festival. Students who complete the course will be given a certificate of achievement and receive a personalized autographed copy of the instructor’s latest book. Minimum 4 students; maximum 10 students.

 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.

Course Description: Introduction to Wilderness Freestone First Aid with Mike Tayloe

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.

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 moving patients, and apply direct pressure to wounds and other lifesaving steps. No special training or equipment is required for students who attend.

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, and does not include admission to the festival. Class minimum 5 students; maximum 12 students.

Course Description: Trout Hunting 101 with Landon Mayer

This two-hour-long, small-group intensive is for anglers with a passion for trout and will be held both days of the festival. 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 how any fly angler can successfully approach any cold water fishing situation, from large rivers to shallow water lakes.

Techniques on proper wading and the proper gear needed for various trout fishing outings will also be covered. While this class doesn’t include a hands on casting portion, various casts and various methods of presenting patterns will be discussed with streamside video and graphics. Students will also learn how to select the appropriate fly for prevailing conditions.

The cost of this class is $50 and does not include admission to the festival. Maximum seating is 14. students

Course Description: May Flies & Micro-Brews with Peter Stitcher

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.    

Course Description: Cast Big Flies and Land Big Fish with Blane Chocklett

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. The final portion of this class will be held on the kayak pond, where students will see firsthand how large patterns can be maneuvered in the water.

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

The cost of this class is $75 and does not include admission to the festival. A maximum of 8 spots are available.

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For more information contact Festival Director Beau Beasley at Fishutopia@comcast.net, or call 703-402-8338.