Festival Classes

Check back later for news on our 2018 classes

About Our Festival Classes

The goal of the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is to introduce as many people as possible to the quiet sport of fly fishing, and to enjoy craft-brewed Texas beer. Our classes both paid and free, and are designed for the student to enjoy learning at his or her own speed and level.

All casting classes will be held outside regardless of the weather, and thus students should dress accordingly.  Classes are strictly first come, first served, and there are no refunds for classes. 

 

Class Descriptions

A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at this year’s Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival. Please read the descriptions carefully to determine if a particular class is right for you or your child. We strongly encourage children to participate at our festival but recommend that children under 14 years of age not take a paid class unless doing so with a supervising adult, who must also enroll in the class.

 

FREE CLASSES

Women-Only Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Lara Ducker. This women’s class is suitable for novice and beginner fly anglers, and for children as young as 12. The instructors will cover basic casting techniques and everything a newbie needs to know to be successful on the stream. Not a novice but in need of a few pointers to get you back on track? Then this class is also for you. If you’re a lady angler looking for solid instruction in a non-threatening environment, this is the class for you. Lectures will be done in a group, however each student will receive individualized instruction. Students should bring their own rods; rods can be provided with advance notice. The class will be held outside so dress accordingly. Class times 3PM Saturday and Sunday. Please register for this class by emailing instructor Lara Ducker: lara@tailwatersflyfishing.com

Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) with Jonathan Rodgers and Lara Ducker of Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company. Introduce the entire family to fly fishing the fun and easy way! Lara and Jonathan of Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company will be offering group fly fishing classes suitable for families throughout the weekend. Students will learn the basics about fly fishing, fly casting, fishing etiquette, and other must-know tidbits like how to safely handle fish. All materials will be provided free of charge. While classes are free, families need to contact the instructors to ensure that enough materials are available. Classes will be held at 11AM and 2PM Saturday and Sunday. Students and their parents should meet at the class registration booth 10 minutes before class. Please register yourself and your kids by emailing Jonathan Rogers (jonathan@tailwatersflyfishing.com).This class is limited to 15 students and is made possible through a collaboration between the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, and TakeMeFishing.org (http://takemefishing.org/).

Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes. Got a Scout? Does he need his Fishing or Fly Fishing Merit Badge? Great, because we have an opportunity for him to earn it. The BSA in collaboration with the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival and TakeMeFishing.org (http://takemefishing.org/) is offering this BSA-approved class at no charge to encourage Scouts to earn their Merit Badges. Students will rotate through a day-long program that will expose them to a variety of topics from casting to fly tying, all of which will be taught by BSA-Certified instructors. While the class is free, Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the festival. Sorry, only practicing Boy Scouts may participate in this class. For planning purposes please register for the class by emailing Bret Bolton bretley@gmail.com.

 

PAID CLASSES

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Wanda Taylor. This co-ed class for beginners is for students who have little to no experience fly fishing. Wanda, who was the first female FFF-Certified Master Casting Instructor in the country, is also on the Advisory Board for Temple Fork Outfitters. She is known not only for her casting ability but for her warm personality and gentle disposition. Student will learn all the basic mechanics of fly casting, which is about technique and not strength. 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 be held outside but will meet by the class registration table next to the admission gate. All classes will be held outside so dress accordingly. Class times are 9:30AM Saturday and Sunday. A limit of 10 students is allowed for this class. To register for this class go here.

Casting Big Flies with Bob Clouser. This co-ed class is perfect for those just entering the sport, for more mature casters, and for those with injuries that may have prevented them from fly casting in the past. Over the years acclaimed author and angler Bob Clouser has developed a non-traditional fly casting technique that uses an inverted loop, which improves accuracy and allows anglers to cast larger flies more easily. 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. The class will be held outside but will meet by the class registration table next to the admission gate. All classes will be held outside so dress accordingly. Class times are 1PM Saturday and Sunday. A limit of 10 students is allowed for this class. To register for this class go here.

Beginner Spey-Casting Classes with Nick Conklin. This co-ed class is suitable for novice and beginner fly anglers who want to learn about spey casting. Instructor Nick Conklin is the head of two-handed rod development and sales for Temple Fork Outfitters and is a committed angler and passionate instructor. Nick will cover basic casting techniques and everything a new spey angler might want to know. This unique style of fly fishing began in Europe but has become very popular in the Lone Star State and elsewhere. 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. The class will be held on the festival grounds. Students will meet at the class registration table at the main entrance to the festival. The class will be held regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly. Class time is 1PM Saturday with a maximum of 5 students. To register for this class go here.

Beginner Spey Fly Casting Classes with Frank Smethurst. This co-ed class is suitable for novice and beginner fly anglers, who want to learn about spey casting.  Frank Smethurst is a well-known name in the Southwest, as Frank spent years as a fly fishing manufacturer’s rep. His easygoing manner and wealth of practical knowledge helps him connect with students. This unique style of fly fishing is particularly useful in Texas where anglers can often find themselves in tight cover or in deeper water that they can’t wade across to gain access. 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. The class will be held on the festival grounds. Students will meet at the class registration table at the main entrance to the festival. The class will be held regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly. Class time is 1PM Sunday with a maximum of 5 students. To register for this class go here.

Advanced Casting Classes with Ed Jaworowski. 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 is currently featured in the casting video The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh and Saltwater Fly Casting, 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 need to come prepared to do a great deal of casting after the lecture portion of the class. Student will meet at the class registration booth next to the admission counter. This class will continue outside so please dress accordingly. Class times are 10:45AM-12:45PM with a maximum of 10 students. To register for this class go here.

Learning to Tie Better Bass Bugs with Fishy Fullum. Every fly angler knows that the right fly is the key to successful fishing. The only thing better than buying the right fly is tying it yourself! Fishy is known far and wide for his innovative fly patterns–from small terrestrials to beefy bass bugs and everything in between. Here’s your chance to learn directly from Fishy how to tie useful warmwater patterns that you can use all season long. This small class will be taught at the festival grounds. Students should bring their own fly tying vices; hooks and other materials will be provided. Classes will be held in a classroom onsite. Class times 9:30-11AM Saturday and Sunday, for a maximum of 6 students. Please note that this class is not for beginners. To register for this class go here.

Want to suggest a paid class you’d like to see that isn’t offered? We want to hear from you! Please contact us at director@txflyfishingfestival.org        

 

texas fff classes

© Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival | Site design by Augusta Free Press LLC
For more information contact Festival Director Beau Beasley at Fishutopia@comcast.net, or call 703-402-8338.