Speakers

Peter Boettcher is a German-born and trained Master Brewer with a degree in brewing science from the Munich-based Doemens Academy and more than 30 years of brewing industry experience. He is an international brewing consultant as well as the developer and creator of the Journeyman Brewer and Technical Brewer Certification program. Students completing his courses have a 98% employment placement rate with local breweries. Peter’s German-style wheat and lager beers have won numerous gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Peter will share a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and experience with Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival attendees in his free “Beer Making 101” classes, offered both Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a true master craftsman.

Originally from Dallas, Kristian Cole attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where he did a lot of poling the flats around Port Aransas for redfish and fishing the jetties for Texas tarpon, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and king mackerel. He also spent time offshore working as a deck hand and fishing all over the Gulf of Mexico. Now back in Dallas, Cole is a critical part of the sales and education teams at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company. Some of his favorite places to fish for trout are Bozeman, Montana, and Woodland Park, Colorado. We’re delighted to have Cole speak on effective patterns at this year’s festival at our first ever, Bourbon & Bass Bugs Class. Seating is quite limited so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this cool class.

Mike De Rosa’s passions are fly fishing and fly tying–and helping others to love being on the water as much as he does. A native of western New York, De Rosa was blessed to grow up alongside world-class fishing for brown trout, steelhead, and salmon; today he has 35 years of experience researching, fishing, and guiding on New York’s fisheries, rivers, and tributaries. De Rosa teaches both one-handed and two-handed rod casting and techniques. A graduate of the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and Fly Casting Instructors Course, De Rosa has fly fished New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Ohio, Vermont, and parts of Canada. DeRosa is head guide and owner of Zero Limit Adventures. 

Photo by Jay Nichols

Pat Dorsey is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado where he has guided for 30 years. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Dorsey also, maintains an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork Rivers. Dorsey is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Dorsey is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shop throughout the United States. Pat Dorsey is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products. Don’t miss his specialty class Fly Fishing Tailwaters it has limited seating for availability check here.

Jerry Hamon is an avid fly angler, fly tyer, and dedicated kayaker who loves nothing better than patrolling the local waterways of Texas looking for his next trophy bass. He is past President of both the Texas Council of Fly Fishers International and the Mariner-Sails Kayak Fishing Club. Hamon is serving his second term on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee and was recently appointed to serve as its Chairman. He’s a certified Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Angler Education Area Chief/Instructor and enjoys fishing tournaments when his schedule allows. Hamon’s class “Fly Fishing from a Kayak” has proven wildly popular and this will be offered both days of the festival in cooperation with Mariner-Sails.

Following careers in both professional snowboarding and business, Captain Jeff Johnson returned to his roots: fly fishing. Johnson, owner and head guide for Fly Fish Rockport, began fishing along the banks of central Washington’s blue ribbon trout stream, the Yakima, and continued to develop his technique while in college in Bozeman, where he fell in love with Montana’s Missouri River. After college Johnson returned to the West Coast, chasing steelhead up and down coastal rivers with his spey rod. Fishing has taken him to the Keys, Bahamas, and Belize–but life has brought him home to the Texas flats. Johnson’s passion for the quiet sport means that he spends more than 300 days each year in the boat with clients from around the globe, from all walks of life, sharing his expertise–with humor and patience–and helping them make memories to last a lifetime. Captain Johnson has contributed to numerous publications, including The Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Southwest Fly Fishing, Sport Fishing Magazine, Texas Lifestyle, Chi Wulff, The Bend, Venturing Angler, and many others. He’ll be speaking at this year’s festival about fly angling for reds on the Texas Coast.

Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books The Hunt for Giant Trout (new for 2019), 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques, Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs:   Mastering the Short Game (2019), Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr. Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 22 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK.  He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado.

Tim O’Neill, who began fly fishing at ten, is the founder and owner of O’Neill’s Fly Fishing, an online community dedicated to all aspects of fly fishing culture. For three decades his passion for the quiet sport has carried him through many parts of the industry including retail sales, commercial fly tying, lecturing, seminar teaching, and guiding. He recently became the owner of the Nor-vise fly tying system. O’Neill’s fly fishing exploits have been published in Out and About Delaware and Delaware Today, and he’s also been a guest on NPR. O’Neill considers himself an educator first: he loves nothing better than to help others learn more about this great sport. When asked what is his favorite fish to catch, his response is always the same: “The one on the end of my tippet.” Attendees can reach O’Neill to discuss all things fly fishing at tim@oneillsflyfishing.com.

Wayne McGee‘s lifelong dream has been to run a world-class fishing operation on a prolific river system in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Luckily for his many clients, McGee’s dream came true! For the past 18 years, McGee has fished across Alaska–including his “home water,” the Alagnak River, where you’ll find his Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge. McGee doesn’t limit his fishing to Alaska, though: he has pursued everything from tigerfish and Nile perch in the Congo and Nile Rivers of Africa, to Atlantic salmon and sea trout in Norway and Scotland. In a former life McGee owned a charter boat company based in Senegal, West Africa, where he chased blue marlin, tuna, and sailfish. Today his heart is firmly fixed in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the wild Alagnak River–and he’s eager to share the region’s beauty and bounty with you!

The Texas Fly & Brew warmly welcomes Plano’s own Kimberly Penick, who will speak at our Women and the Future of Fly Fishing Meet & Greet. When she was only 12, Penick’s dad Don took her backpacking and fishing in the Colorado mountains; the experience left a lasting impression. Today Penick oversees outreach efforts for Dallas-based Temple Fork Outfitters and coordinates TFO’s support of nonprofit organizations. Penick was recently recognized by Texas Parks & Wildlife for her ongoing efforts toward community-based outdoor education. She is a fly fishing instructor and active member of the nonprofit DIVA Women Outdoor Worldwide, teaching outdoor skills (like marksmanship and fishing) to women. In between volunteering, Penick makes time for the annual father-daughter outing that began her outdoor journey in the first place. Penick will be a panelist at this year’s Women and the Future of Fly Fishing.

A lifelong angler, Madison Scarborough of Dallas-based Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. is also an independent writer for Lone Star Outdoor News. During college, she spent her summers working at Camp Longhorn and getting in as much fly fishing as possible. Madison’s passion is bringing more women into the quiet sport and developing a close-knit community of women fly fishers. Madison will host a women’s breakfast at Tailwaters on Saturday morning, after which she and her fellow anglers will join us at the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival. Be sure to stop by the Tailwaters booth and say hello.

For 16 years Dallas-based casting instructor, fly fisher, and fly tyer Rex Walker has been helping people improve their fly casting skills.  He has worked with many of the region’s fly fishing clubs, at fly fishing events across Texas, and with both Reel Recovery and Project Healing Waters. Walker is a Fly Fishers International-certified instructor and the fly casting coordinator for the Dallas Fly Fishers.  When not helping other fly fishers, Walker can often be found on Lake Texoma chasing black bass and striped bass on the fly.

A lifelong angler who has been fishing since he was four, Greg Welander first picked up a fly rod in 1998 and took up fly tying in 2004. Welander has been a fly tying instructor for the last nine years. Welander has fished for everything from rainbow trout on the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Dam tailrace to stripers on the Red River below Lake Texoma to redfish on the Lower Laguna Madre. Texas hill country’s streams and lakes are his local passion in between trips to the Texas coast for redfish. When not guiding or teaching, Welander is a manufacturer’s representative for a variety of national brands such as Renzetti, Dagon Apparel, Frog Hair, Monic Fly Lines, Seigler Reels as well as Thomas & Thomas.

At eight years old, Braden Miller taught himself to tie flies by watching Youtube and Instagram videos. Now 14, Miller has traveled the country chasing fish with his TFO fly rods and hand-tied flies. Current fave prey: muskie! He has tied flies at the Fly Fishing Expo in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest, and The International Fly Tyers Symposium. Miller was the youngest competitor in last summer’s iCast Iron Fly Competition in Orlando, and tied flies for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Tournament at Virginia’s Rose River Farms. Last  year he started a fishing club at his middle school, and with the support of his principal and science teacher, helped bring in Trout in the Classroom, which teaches students about fishing and conservation. Miller is TFO’s first Junior Ambassador, a Norvise team member, and an ambassador/pro-staff member for Fly Life Company, Flymen Fishing Co., District Angling, Fair Flies, and most recently, Catch Cam Nets. Follow Miller on Instagram at flyfisher0906, on Facebook as Braden.Miller.0906–and watch for his upcoming YouTube channel!

Allen Rupp has been tying flies for almost 30 years. Growing up around the District of Columbia, his first fish on the fly were Potomac River smallies. Rupp now owns and operates Fly On The Water, and while he lives in New York City, his flies have caught fish all over the world–from Belize, Chile, Canada, Mexico, and the UK to Colorado, Montana, New York, Wisconsin, and beyond. Lately saltwater fish–and especially snook–have been taking up most of his time. This is Rupp’s first appearance at the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, and we are pleased to have him. He’ll be tying flies and doing demos at this booth throughout the weekend.

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