Festival Classes

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Our specialty paid classes do not include admission and all have very limited seating and are sold as first come-first serve. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

2022 Texas Fly & Brew Class Descriptions

A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at 2022’s 5th 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 inside.

PAID CLASSES

Beginner Fly Casting with Rex Walker

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 completed as a group; each student will receive individual instruction. Students should bring their own rods; however, rods can be provided with advance notice if needed. The class will meet at the admissions/ticket counter.

All classes will be held inside in a special casting area.

Cost: $75; general admission is not included in class fee

Class Size: maximum 6 students

When: Saturday & Sunday      9:30 – 11 AM; Click HERE to check for availability

Saturday & Sunday      1 – 2:30 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

Women Only: Becoming an Independent Angler with Karlie Roland

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.
Class Size: maximum 16 female students, ages 16 and over

When: Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 12:30 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

NEW in 2022: Locate and Land Monster Redfish with Captain Gary Dubiel

Captain Gary Dubiel, longtime professional guide and national Temple Fork Outfitters pro-staffer, has designed this class especially for saltwater anglers who hope to pursue large redfish. Learn where to look for these fish and what patterns to use to entice them to strike. Find out why current, wind, and even lunar cycles affect these prime fly-fishing targets. Learn the correct ways to fish dropoffs, shorelines, and oyster beds. This class doesn’t include casting, but fly line management and fish-fighting techniques will be covered. Each student will also receive a complimentary Pop-N-Cork fly personally designed by Captain Gary Dubiel specifically for redfish. Bonus: Although the class focus is on monster redfish tactics, students will learn tips and tricks for landing stripers and speckled trout as well.

Class Size: maximum 14 students

When: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12:30 – 2 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

NEW in 2022: Beginner Fly Tying with Jim Bensinger

Tying your own flies is very rewarding—and lots of fun! Where do you start? What kind of vise do you need? What materials should you use? Jim Bensinger, owner of Fiber Flies Dubbing and a Norvise National Fly Tying Pro-Staffer, has answers. A demonstration tyer at events across the country, Bensinger has taught fly tying to hundreds of students and excels at helping fly tyers develop competence at the vise. This class covers all the basics, including thread selection, the tools you need, setting up your vise, and other tying considerations and techniques. Tyers may bring their own vises and tools; however, class sponsor Norvise will provide vises and materials.

Students who take this class, also get a complementary one year subscription to Fly Tyer

Class Size: maximum 12 students

When: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9:30 – 10:50 AM; Click HERE to check for availability

NEW in 2022: Tying Wet Flies with Jim Bensinger

Wet flies, which can be fished all year long, provide anglers with a plethora of options for targeting a variety of species subsurface. Some fly tyers struggle with the techniques and materials used to make wet flies; this class addresses those concerns. The class is best suited to intermediate-level fly tyers. Students will cover the various parts that make up wet flies, proportions, tying considerations, and techniques while creating them. Jim Bensinger is a consummate fly tyer and preeminent teacher for students of all skill levels. Tyers may bring their own vises and tools; however, class sponsor Norvise will provide vises and materials.

Students who take this class, also get a complementary one year subscription to Fly Tyer

Class Size: maximum 12 students

When: SATURDAY 3 – 4:30 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

Master Class: Fishing Tailwaters with Pat Dorsey.

Tailwaters are dependable four-season fisheries with consistent flows, clear water, large populations of trout, and reliable hatches. Learn the tactics and techniques to successfully master these year-round waters. The class includes detailed discussions of dams, tailwater benefits, entomology, matching the hatch, fly selection, rigging rods, reading the water, presentation, and much more. While this class has been designed for 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.

Class Size: maximum 16 students

When: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11 AM – 12:50 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

Bourbon & Bass Bugs with Treaty Oak Distillery

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 ages 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 Jessica Biel of Treaty Oak. Students will learn about distilled spirits and taste three Texas bourbons during her lecture. The second part of this class, taught by guide Greg Welander, 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.

Class Size: maximum 16 students

When: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1 – 2:50 PM; Click HERE to check for availability

New in 2022: Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River with Chris Johnson

The Guadalupe River, Texas’ only year-round trout fishery, ranks as one of the top 100 trout streams in the United States. Yes, at times it fishes much like Western tailwaters; but the Guadalupe would not be Texan if it weren’t just a little bit unique. Ever caught a striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, and rainbow trout in the same trip? That’s fishing on the Guadalupe! Chris Johnson has guided this special fishery since 2008 and often fishes the river outside of the unofficial “winter trout season.” This presentation will focus primarily on teaching you how to effectively target rainbow and brown trout on the Guadalupe: fly selection, reading the water, entomology, perfecting your presentation, fishing different flow rates, and much more.  Whether you are a first-time Texas trout angler or a Guadalupe veteran, this class is for you.

Class Size: maximum 16 students

When: SATURDAY 9:30 – 10:50 AM; Click HERE to check for availability

New in 2022: Fly Fishing Southern Colorado with Chris Johnson

When the Lone Star State summer heat sends you packing to Colorado, don’t forget your fly rod. Chris Johnson’s presentation will cover southern Colorado’s famed Conejos and Rio Grande but really zero in on lesser known gems of the area. From brown trout to native cutthroat, trip planning, fishing destinations, local eateries, jaw-dropping scenic stops, fly selection, and a comprehensive packing list, Johnson has you covered in Colorado. The pictures alone will have your compass pointing west. Come find your new favorite fishing destination!

Class Size: maximum 16 students

When: SUNDAY 9:30 – 10:50 AM; Click HERE to check for availability

Note: Class cost includes a Living Waters Swag Bag and Southern Colorado Fly Assortment with fly box

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