Alvin Dedeaux has been fishing ever since he can remember, and fly fishing since he was twelve-years-old. Alvin has been fishing Central Texas River’s since the early 80s.His love for fishing has led him on an exciting journey which cultivated him as Central Texas’ premier fly fishing guide and owner of All Water Guides an Orvis endorsed guide service based in Austin, Texas. After managing the Austin Angler for over a decade, Alvin began guiding full time. Alvin also guided for 11 seasons in Colorado on some of North America’s premier trout streams. In 2011 Alvin joined forces with a group of the best guides in Texas and started All Water Guides. With more than 100 years of combined experience All Water Guides has become one of the top guide services in the region. In 2015 All Water Guides was a finalist in the Orvis endorsed guide service of the year. In 2016 Alvin was a finalist in the Orvis Guide of the year. All Water Guides offers guided fly fishing trips on Central Texas rivers and lakes, and saltwater trips on the middle Texas coast. In Central texas, we fish for bass year round and one of our favorite fish to target is the state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe bass. One our clients recently caught the world record Guadalupe bass. During the winter months we offer guided trips on the Guadalupe River for trout. On the coast, we target redfish year round. Our guides can work with all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced anglers.

Colorado native Pat Dorsey has been guiding for over 25 years and is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti pro staffer, and Scientific Anglers pro staff member. He also serves as the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. Dorsey is the author of multiple books, the latest of which is Colorado Guide Flies (2015), which features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes.

A native of the Texas Hill Country, Lara Ducker has always loved the outdoors. With more than 16 years of fishing experience, her passion for fishing began at young age and grew even more when she discovered fly fishing four years ago. Lara is passionate about instructing newcomers in the quiet sport of fly fishing. She is a sales associate and fly fishing instructor for Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company and also helps with event planning. Lara resides in Dallas, and when she isn’t on the water, she may be found playing with her pup Hadley! Lara will be co-teaching (with Jonathan Rogers) our free Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) in coordination with Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the Official Instructional Sponsor for this year’s festival. These introductory casting classes are also supported in coordination with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s TakeMeFishing.org program. Although these high-quality, family-friendly casting classes are free and all gear can be provided, attendees must reserve spots by emailing Lara (lara@tailwatersflyfishing.com). Please list all interested family members and their ages (children must be at least 12 years old).

Ed Jaworowski is passionate about fly casting. The author of The Cast and Troubleshooting the Cast, among other fly fishing books, Ed is an excellent instructor who connects well with his students regardless of their skill level. He is currently on the Temple Fork OutfittersAdvisory Staff, and his Intermediate to Advanced Casting Class is just what you’ll need to take your casting skills to the next level. Ed also recently collaborated with his mentor Lefty Kreh to create a new casting DVD called The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting.

David Klausmeyer is a household name to fly tyers. The editor of Fly Tyer magazine got his start in 1994 with American Angler. Klausmeyer’s amazing photographs of fly patterns and his uncanny ability to tie nearly any pattern have garnered him a great deal of respect in the industry and among fellow tyers. He is the author of more than a dozen books on various aspects of fly tying. In 2006, Klausmeyer was the first recipient of the Golden Hook Award, presented to him by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for his diligence in educating the public about fly fishing and fly tying. Stop by the American AnglerFly Tyer booth and say hello to Klausmeyer at this year’s festival.

david-leakeDavid Leake has nearly fifteen years of experience in the fly fishing travel and retail industry. In addition to being the owner of the company, David manages the travel department at Tailwaters David has traveled throughout the world developing the companies travel offerings. These destinations include, but are not limited to, Alaska, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Seychelles, Venezuela, and of course all through the United States. David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has three children, Lynsie, Patrick, and Sam, with his wife, Melissa.

Stacy Lynn, General Manager of Houston’s Bayou City Angler, is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. Lynn has served as a volunteer Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program, a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer; she has also been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Masters saltwater fly fishing tournament, which benefits CfR.  She is a featured speaker numerous at fly fishing shows and other events throughout Texas. Lynn’s passion is sight casting in saltwater, and her instructional specialty is conducting casting diagnostics. She will teach a Casting Strategies for Saltwater class at this year’s festival. Don’t miss it!

Jason Randall is on the national pro-staff for Temple Fork Outfitters, and he’s been an outdoor writer for the last 15 years. His feature articles appear regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents (2012), studies the effects of current on trout, their prey species, and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and require adjustments to improve nymph fishing success. His second book Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat (2013), focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. His third book in the ‘Fly Fisher’s Guide’ trilogy, Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell (2014), offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. Randall’s fourth book, Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers, explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph-fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some of the leading experts in nymph fishing.

Native Texan Jonathan Rogers grew up fishing all over North Texas but began fly fishing in 2007 while at flight school. He was the fishing manager of The Orvis Company Dallas store before becoming the director of education and event planning for Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the festival’s Official Instructional Sponsor. Jonathan is responsible for initiating Tailwaters’ Complete Cast education program; when he isn’t teaching in the shop, he is helping customers pick out gear, coaching younger fly fishing enthusiasts, or fishing with his wife in the mountains. Always in search of the next big adventure, on any given day Jonathan might be found catching bull redfish in Louisiana or large alligator gar right behind Tailwaters’ new shop. Jonathan will be co-teaching (with Lara Ducker) our free Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) in coordination with Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, the Official Instructional Sponsor for this year’s festival. These introductory casting classes are also supported in coordination with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s TakeMeFishing.org program. Although these high-quality, family-friendly casting classes are free and all gear can be provided, attendees must reserve spots by emailing Jonathan (jonathan@tailwatersflyfishing.com). Please list all interested family members and their ages (children must be at least 12 years old).

m-tayloeIn addition to guiding for several outfitters in Colorado and spending his winters guiding for Lakutaia Heli Fishing in Patagonia, Mike Tayloe has an unusual asterisk on his resume: For two decades he has been a paramedic focused on remote and wilderness medicine, which has taken him all over the world. As the co-founder and director of operations of Katabatic Consulting and Finns West, Tayloe has provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica and taught custom wilderness first aid courses for lodges, guides, and anglers from Patagonia to the Bahamas. Tayloe also works closely with Conterra, which for nearly three decades has provided quality handcrafted, American-made equipment designed by rescuers for rescuers and their patients in emergency medical and fire departments across the country. Festival attendees should consider themselves quite fortunate: The highly sought-after Tayloe will show them just what to do if they find themselves in a difficult situation streamside. Don’t miss this class!

Wanda Taylor’s unparalleled casting skills are the reason she teaches casting classes; her Southern charm and affability are the reason we ask her back year after year. Wanda was recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. She is the first female Certified Master Casting Instructor recognized by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Wanda is one of the best casters in the country and teaches our “Beginner Fly Fishing Class” at the festival.

Forty-six years ago Dave Whitlock pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing and lecturing, resigned his position as a research chemist, and embarked on a new career as a full-time professional in the arts of fly fishing. Whitlock’s art and writing appear regularly in many fly fishing and sport publications. He has written 5 books, demonstrated his fly fishing, fly tying and teaching skills in 10 videos and coauthored, contributed to or illustrated more than 20 other books. He is known internationally for his innovative fly tying designs, including the popular Dave’s Hopper and for his exceptional aquatic landscape art. Whitlock has taught flyfishing around the world, and he and his wife Emily have shared the magic of fly fishing at their Whitlock Fly Fishing School for over 20 years.

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