IT’S THE 2ND ANNUAL TRWD FLYFEST

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

A Day Full of Reel Fun!

Once again TRWD will release 2200 pounds of trout at the festival located along the shores of the Trinity River. We designed the event so amateurs, old pros or even spectators will enjoy a fun day of learning, craft beer, wine and cooking demos — something to hook everyone!


LET US LURE YOU IN

CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING VIDEO RECAPPING LAST YEAR'S EVENT!

TRWD Flyfest Video

WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED THIS YEAR

  • FREE ADMISSION
  • EXPERT PRESENTATIONS
  • CASTING DEMOS
  • WOMEN'S CASTING
  • FLY TYING LESSONS
  • BIG TROUT CONTEST
  • COOKING DEMOS
  • FOOD TRUCKS
  • WINE & CRAFT BEER
  • KIDS ACTIVITIES

ADMISSION IS FREE

Select lectures may have a small cost which can be paid on site. Details on lectures and costs can be found below.

TRWD Flyfest

March 11, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

FREE admission

The festival will take place in and along the rippling waters of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River located near the intersection of Bryant Irvin Road and River Park Drive.

Parking is located at:

River Park Trailhead
3100 Bryant Irvin Rd,
Fort Worth, TX 76109
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Talks, Tips & Tutorials

Hear from top anglers as they cover a diverse range of topics including an introduction to fly fishing, fly fishing destinations, fishing on the Trinity River and more. Presentations generously sponsored by the R4 Foundation

All presentations will take place inside Acme Brick Room #1
10 - 10:50 am

Learn about the wonderful fishing opportunities available in smaller waters in our area.


Les Jackson

Lester “Les” Jackson was born to fish. Les loves fly fishing for any kind of species in any kind of water—warm, cold or salt. Les has now carved his niche as the “urban angler” with the itch to fish any ditch with water including his “home waters” of spring-fed creeks in Arlington and around Tarrant County. He has taken many to his secret fishing holes and made converts out of fishing inside the city limits of the Metroplex.

11 - 11:50 am

Beginner-friendly introduction to fly fishing. The presentation will cover equipment, basic rigging and techniques.


Stephen Woodcock

Stephen has fly fished for over 25 years. His passion for fly fishing has taken him to the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, North America, Canada and he has guided in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Stephen has lived in Fort Worth for the past 25 years and has been the fly fishing manager at Backwoods for the past 11 years. He teaches a fly school regularly, offers private casting lessons and gives free fly tying classes every Wednesday evening. Stephen has been President, Vice President and speaker chairman for the Fort Worth fly fishers and loves to fly fish anytime he can.

12 - 12:50 pm

Whether it’s the Trinity River in Fort Worth, The Arkansas River in Pueblo or the South Platte in Denver, Frank Smethurst has a long history of fishing these rehabilitated urban rivers, and he marvels at their resilience, and all that they can teach us.

A great reason to appreciate and help care for your local river, is because of all that a local "after work" river can teach us. For if you can routinely catch smart fish in an urban setting, you can go farther afield with ever greater success, and this is but one of the reasons for celebrating enhancing and protecting our local waterways such as the Trinity.


Frank Smethurst

Frank SmethurstFrank was introduced to fishing at the age of two, he started tying his own flies at age seven and at the age of twelve, began work at an influential Atlanta tackle shop. He has been in the fishing business ever since this young beginning.

Some notable programs that Frank has been featured in include: Jim and Kelly Watt’s Flyfishing Video Magazine, The Reel Guys, Fishing with Micah Adams, Frank’s Fishing Problem, and Trout Unlimited’s On the Rise. He has also produced and starred in feature films: Running Down the Man, and Eastern Rises, with Felt Soul Media, and Carpland with RA Beattie.

Frank has competed and placed and/or won at OLN’s Flyfishing Masters, The Conejos Superfly, The Denver Carp Slam, The Teva Mountain Games, The GoPro Games, The Caddis Cup, The Frostbite Fish Off and The Dos Mosca.

Frank lives in Telluride Colorado, and has his own series of published fly patterns with Montana Fly Company.

1 - 1:50 pm

Not many anglers realize the potential for catching BIG Bass in the Trinity River. However, Russell will show you that our very own river is an amazing fishery for BIG Bass.


Russell Husted

Russell is the past President of the Texas Council IFFF, and past President of the Fort Worth Fly Fishers. Russell spends most of his spare time fishing Texas Rivers and targets BIG Bass. He is an avid fly tier, focusing on simple patterns that are proven to do the trick. Russell loves urban bass fishing and enjoys spending time doing seminars and working with the youth.

2 - 2:50 pm

The Lower Mountain Fork River is the closest all year Trout fishery to DFW. Eleven miles of the river supports stocked and wild born Rainbow and Brown Trout.


Rob Woodruff

Rob Woodruff is a full-time fly fishing guide, fly designer and fly fishing instructor. He guides anglers on some of the most famous and productive east Texas lakes, as well as Oklahoma's Mountain Fork River. Woodruff has been fly fishing for over 35 years and guiding since 1992. He has a degree in Entomology from Texas A&M and teaches classes including Entomology for Fly Fishers, Loop Lab, Bass Lab and Trout Lab. He is the co-founder of the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation.

Rob, his techniques and flies have been featured in numerous fly fishing magazines and he has co-hosted fly fishing television shows such as "Trout Unlimited; On the Rise", "Fly Fisherman TV", "The KT Diaries" and "Fly Fishing America".

3 - 3:50 pm

Learn about catching big spawning bass on Lake Fork from an official Lake Fork Guide and record-holder.


Johnny Walker

Upon retirement, Johnny started a fly fishing guide service on Lake Fork, Texas. He has fished Lake Fork, the bass fishing capital of Texas, since 1996. He started guiding on Lake Fork part time in the late 1990s and has always enjoyed teaching people how to fish and watching their face light up when they catch that first fish or, what they consider a fish of a lifetime.

4 - 4:50 pm

This class will cover all the basics to successfully catch fish on the Texas coast with a fly rod. This presentation will explain where and how to find fish in saltwater and answer the most common problems a beginner might come across including casting, tides and safety.


Stephen Woodcock

Stephen has fly fished for over 25 years. His passion for fly fishing has taken him to the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, North America, Canada and he has guided in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Stephen has lived in Fort Worth for the past 25 years and has been the fly fishing manager at Backwoods for the past 11 years. He teaches a fly school regularly, offers private casting lessons and gives free fly tying classes every Wednesday evening. Stephen has been President, Vice President and speaker chairman for the Fort Worth fly fishers and loves to fly fish anytime he can.

Learn by doing

Simply watch instructors, bring your own supplies to tie along or take advantage of a limited number of tying kits.

All presentations will take place inside Acme Brick Room #2
Fly Tying Simple
Patterns & Instructional
10 - 10:50 am

Russell will show off various simple patterns used to catch multiple species in North Texas.


RUSSELL HUSTED

Russell is the current President of the Texas Council IFFF, and past President of the Fort Worth Fly Fishers. Russell spends most of his spare time fishing Texas Rivers and targets BIG Bass. He is an avid fly tier, focusing on simple patterns that are proven to do the trick. Russell loves urban bass fishing and enjoys spending time doing seminars and working with the youth.

11 - 11:50 am

Barry will show off patterns that are commonly used to entice panfish.


Barry Webster

Barry is a member of the Fort Worth Fly Fishers and avid fly tier that can be seen at almost any local fly tying event.

12 - 12:50 pm

Lee will show off fast and easy flies that anyone can tie!


Lee Blanton

Lee is employed at Backwoods in Fort Worth and leads many fly tying sessions for others to come and participate in.

1 - 1:50 pm

Mike will demonstrate how to tie realistic fly patterns, designed for show cases.


Mike Morphew

Mike Morphew has been fly fishing for trout, salmon and saltwater fish for over 50 years. He tied his first fly aged 13, caught a trout on it and was “hooked”. He has been fascinated with tying “ultra-realistic” insects for 15 years. In 2003 he was asked to create a salmon fly display for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. All of his flies and realistic imitations are hand tied and mounted for the best presentation. Mike lives in Smithville, Texas and is on the board of the Austin Fly Fishers Club.

3 - 3:50 pm

Matt will tie large streamer patterns that can be used for bass, trout and most predator fish.


Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett is a full-time commercial fly tyer and the owner of Fly Geek Custom Flies. While having a varied interest in many different types of fly fishing, Matt most enjoys both tying flies and fishing for the native bass species of the Texas Hill Country, and most of his flies were created to fool these specific quarry. However, most of Matt's patterns have a broad universal appeal to fish species all over and he very much enjoys sharing his tying and fishing knowledge with others. Matt is a member of the Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer program and his initial pattern, Bennett's Lunch $, is starting to show up in fly shops all over the country. Matt currently serves as the President of the Austin Fly Fishers, and was awarded the 2015 Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Learn from the best

Watch first-hand as experts demonstrate an array of skills and techniques for every skill level including casting, fishing and more.

Bring your own rod and cast along, use a limited number of loaner rods that will be available on-site the day of the event or simply relax and observe the demonstrations.

All demonstrations will take place on the grassy lawn east of the Acme Brick building along the Trinity River.
10 - 10:50 am

This class will take place riverside and will give anglers a general overview and tips on fishing in current conditions on the Trinity River. The class is optional but is highly recommended for those competing in the Big Trout Contest! It is approximately 20-25 minutes long and will take place at 10am and again at 10:30am prior to the start of the contest.

10 - 10:50 am

This class will introduce the beginner to basic fly casting techniques.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Club and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

11 - 11:50 am

Improved casting techniques for the above average fly casting individual.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Club and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

12 - 12:50 pm

Women-only fly casting class.


Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff and Rob Woodruff

Rob Woodruff is a full-time fly fishing guide, fly designer and fly fishing instructor. He guides anglers on some of the most famous and productive east Texas lakes, as well as Oklahoma's Mountain Fork River. Woodruff has been fly fishing for over 35 years and guiding since 1992. He has a degree in Entomology from Texas A&M and teaches classes including Entomology for Fly Fishers, Loop Lab, Bass Lab and Trout Lab. He is the Co-founder of the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation.

Rob, his techniques, and flies have been featured in numerous fly fishing magazines and he has co-hosted fly fishing television shows such as "Trout Unlimited; On the Rise", "Fly Fisherman TV", "The KT Diaries" and "Fly Fishing America".

1 - 1:50 pm

Improved casting techniques for the above average fly casting individual.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Club and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

2 - 2:50 pm

This class will introduce the beginner to basic fly casting techniques.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Club and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

3 - 3:50 pm

Casting BIG flies is a challenge. This class will help you learn how to cast these difficult patterns.


Rob Woodruff

Rob Woodruff is a full-time fly fishing guide, fly designer and fly fishing instructor. He guides anglers on some of the most famous and productive east Texas lakes, as well as Oklahoma's Mountain Fork River. Woodruff has been fly fishing for over 35 years and guiding since 1992. He has a degree in Entomology from Texas A&M and teaches classes including Entomology for Fly Fishers, Loop Lab, Bass Lab and Trout Lab. He is the Co-founder of the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation.

Rob, his techniques, and flies have been featured in numerous fly fishing magazines and he has co-hosted fly fishing television shows such as "Trout Unlimited; On the Rise", "Fly Fisherman TV", "The KT Diaries" and "Fly Fishing America".

4 - 4:50 pm

Women-only fly casting class.


Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff and Rob Woodruff

Rob Woodruff is a full-time fly fishing guide, fly designer and fly fishing instructor. He guides anglers on some of the most famous and productive east Texas lakes, as well as Oklahoma's Mountain Fork River. Woodruff has been fly fishing for over 35 years and guiding since 1992. He has a degree in Entomology from Texas A&M and teaches classes including Entomology for Fly Fishers, Loop Lab, Bass Lab and Trout Lab. He is the Co-founder of the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation.

Rob, his techniques, and flies have been featured in numerous fly fishing magazines and he has co-hosted fly fishing television shows such as "Trout Unlimited; On the Rise", "Fly Fisherman TV", "The KT Diaries" and "Fly Fishing America".

Friendly fishing challenges!

Flex your competitive muscle with these great fishing challenges.

11 am - 4:30 pm

Sign up to compete to catch the biggest trout or the most fish in the time allotted to win the great prizes. This contest will take place on the water and appropriate attire will be necessary. Fishing license required and must be age 17+ to compete.

11 - 4:00 pm

Participants will sign up for a chance to cast at targets, with the most accurate caster winning a prize.


Judged by: Bob Garber

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation Of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Cllub and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

11 - 4:00 pm

Participants will sign up to see who can cast the farthest distance to win a prize.


Judged by: Bob Garber

As a young boy Bob began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of northeast Oklahoma with family. He first picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 15 years the fly rod has been his only choice in fishing. He has fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Bob became an International Federation Of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor in 2010 and a Master Certified Casting Instructor in 2014. He also holds the positions of Education Director with the Fort Worth Fly Fishers Cllub and an Angler Education Instructor with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Cooking Demos

A Whole Foods Market fishmonger will be preforming demonstrations on how to filet a fish and passing out delicious samples.

Demos at: 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4:00pm

Presented by Whole Foods Market


Boy fishing

Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes

Do you have a Scout that needs his Fly Fishing Merit Badge? Great, we have an opportunity for them to earn it! We are offering this class at no charge to encourage scouts to earn their Merit Badges. Students will rotate through a program that will expose them to a variety of topics from casting to fly tying. The class is free and scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the festival. Sorry, only practicing Boy Scouts can participate in this class. The class will take place 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. Please register for the class by contacting info@trwdflyfest.com.

Lots of fun, for everyone!

TRWD Flyfest has something for everyone. Between a rock-climbing wall for the kids and wine and craft beer for the adults the festival will feature more than rods and reels.

Activities

  • Craft Beer

    Enjoy a cold beer from our river-loving friends from local breweries.

  • Wines

    Relax by the river with a glass of your favorite red or white.

  • LIVE MUSIC ON THE FORT WORTH
    STAR-TELEGRAM STAGE

    Listen to tunes from area artists Zach Nytomt, Ryan McBride and Brandon Steadman.

  • Food Trucks

    Refuel with delicious local eats.

  • Face Painter

    Keep the kids entertained with a fun free activity.

  • Kid Fish Tank

    Stocked tank full of fish set up on the lawn with a limited number of kid-sized poles set up for fishing opportunities!

  • Rock Climbing Wall

    Great for kids or those just young at heart.

  • Open Fishing

    Bring your own rod and fish along the banks of the Trinity, bait and fly anglers welcome.
    Fishing license required ages 17+.

Vendors

  • Whole Foods Market

    Stop by the tent to win prizes, enjoy free samples and learn how to make the most of your catch of the day.

  • Backwoods

Non-Profits


Stop by their booths and learn more about the great work these groups are accomplishing.

  • Fort Worth Fly Fishers

    FWFF is a club of men, women and young adults who have a shared interest in fly fishing. Members have varying degrees of expertise in the sport and are eager to learn and teach as they continue to develop their skills.

  • Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers

    The Texas Council is a council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers with the mission to promote, conserve, educate and fly fish the waters in the great state of Texas!

Presented By

Supporting Partners

Whole Foods
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
R4 Foundation
Texas Council IFFF
Fort Worth Fly Fishers