Fort Worth, Texas

IT’S THE 4th ANNUAL TRWD FLYFEST

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

9:00AM - 5:00PM

ADMISSION IS FREE

Whether you are an experienced angler or have never touched a fly rod, this fun day in and along the Trinity River in Fort Worth has something to hook everyone in the whole family. To create an optimal angling experience, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) will release 1,600 lbs. of Rainbow Trout and nearly 3,000 Texas native fish in the festival location.

A DAY FULL OF REEL FUN!


LET US LURE YOU IN

CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING THE EVENT!

TRWD Flyfest Video

WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED THIS YEAR

  • BIG TROUT CONTEST
  • WOMEN’S CASTING
  • EXPERT PRESENTATIONS
  • FOOD TRUCKS
  • FLY TYING LESSONS
  • CORN HOLE
  • CASTING CLASSES
  • HANDS-ON LESSONS
  • COOKING DEMOS
  • ROCK CLIMBING WALL
  • WINE & CRAFT BEER
  • KID FISH AREA
  • AND OPEN FISHING

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, fly fishing for striper and more. Presentations generously sponsored by the R4 Foundation

All presentations will take place inside Acme Brick Room #1
9 - 9:50 AM

The historic Republic of Texas spanned from the current Texas border, northward into New Mexico, Colorado, and even Wyoming. This unique presentation will take you on a fly fishing journey that begins in the heart of the Texas hill country and winds up in the high country of Colorado, with numerous stops along the way.


Chris Johnson

Chris is the owner and founder of Living Waters Fly Fishing, a fly shop and guide service based out of Round Rock, Texas. He has guided the Texas Hill Country for over a decade, and has fly fished the heart of the state for 20 years. Chris has been a licensed guide in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Chris is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Tenkara USA Guide, and TPWD Angler Educator. He is also a pro team member for Whiting Farms, Scott Fly Rods, and Scientific Anglers. Chris is dedicated to sharing his passion for the sport and investing in the next generation of fly anglers. He often is a featured presenter/fly tier at fly fishing, outdoor, and community events throughout the state.

Chris and his shop have also been featured in several outdoor publications including Trout magazine, Garden and Gun, and Tenkara Magazine. He was also awarded the 2014 Man of the Year from the IFFF Texas Council and in the same year, Living Waters was the recipient of the IFFF’s prestigious Lee Wulff Award.

In addition to fly fishing, Chris is passionate about film and photography. He co-produced the short film “Unspoken,” in an effort to raise awareness for Rio Grande Cutthroat trout conservation. As a result, Living Waters is working with Trout Unlimited as a Gold Level endorsed TU Business to restore Rio Grande Cutthroat throughout their native range.

Chris is happily married to his wife Emily and together they enjoy running the fly shop, fly fishing the world, and raising their daughter Lydia in the sport.

10 - 10:50 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 27 years and has been the fly fishing manager at Backwoods for the past 15 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.

11 - 11:50 AM

Martin will be doing a presentation on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, The Cortland World Competition in Poland, the competition fly fishing, how to get involved and his fishing techniques and rigging.


Martin Dietz

Martin Dietz is 16 years old. He is a competitor as well as a youth world level fly fisherman on the US Youth Fly Fishing team. He has recently traveled to Poland for the 2018 Cortland World Championship, and plans on going to the nest one in 2019 in the Czech Republic. Martin started fly fishing when he was 12 years old, and this sport has forever been his passion since. Martin’s competitions are for trout, grayling and other comp specific fresh water species. He has travel a lot, and just in the past year, has fished in Colorado, Idaho, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. The main water that he fishes on or “Home Water” is Guadalupe River in New Braunsfels, Texas, as well as Lower Mountain Fork in Broken Bow, OK. These fisheries are very special to him and has helped him have an upper hand over most of the competition anglers because both of these fisheries have every technical water structure imaginable. My main technique water structure imaginable. My main technique of flying fishing in these areas, as well as all completions is Euro-nymphing or tight line nymphing.

12 - 12:50 PM
America’s 20 most important flies and how to fish and rig them. Knowing what flies to always have with you wherever you go. Drawn from over thirty years of fishing and guiding in all fifty states with a concentration on American trout bass and inshore saltwater fishing. This presentation will expand your techniques and it just may shrink your flybox!

Frank Smethurst

Frank 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.

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 Mtn Games, The GoPro Games, The Caddis Cup, The Frostbite Fish Off and The Dos Mosca.

ohFrank now live is Telluride and has his own fly pattern and has released a collection 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 a past President of the Texas Council IFFF and 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
Learn the particulars to fly fishing the Lone Star State’s dynamic nearshore saltwater: the species, the seasons, the locations, the gear and the tactics.

Stacy Lynn

The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in Stacy’s life since 1995. Stacy has managed several of Texas’ best fly shops since that time and is an avid saltwater and freshwater angler. She has 20+ years as a professional casting coach and is a Fly Fishers Intl. Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations. She is a volunteer Lead Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program – a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer – and has been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Master’s saltwater fly fishing tournament benefiting CfR. She has been a feature speaker, demonstrator and instructor at numerous events including The Fly Fishing Show, The Shallow Water Show, Fly Fish Texas, Flat Out Fishing!, TPWD Expo, Oktoberfisch, the Houston Fishing Show, Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Fest, and several FFF Conclaves/Fairs. Her favorite fly fishing endeavor to date is sight casting in saltwater, especially to Redfish from her own poling skiff, and Tarpon and Permit in tropical destinations. And her instruction specialties are conducting casting diagnostics, and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.

3 - 3:50 PM
Learn about the exciting fly fishing opportunities at the nation’s top freshwater striper fishery, Lake Texoma, only an hour north of the metroplex. Steve will discuss fly fishing opportunities at Lake Texoma and more including a general description of the fishery, angling strategies through the seasons, appropriate gear, and the future of the fishery.

Steve Hollensed

Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Professional Casting Instructor who owns and operates Flywater Angling Adventures. An FFI Master Casting Instructor, he runs an active schedule of casting lessons, classes, and schools. Steve is also an active member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Test Committee, a member of the Examiner Review Committee, is an EDP faculty member, and is a Lever 2 Examiner. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas including Montana, British Columbia, Belize and Patagonia. He received the FFI Mel Krieger Award in 2015 and is a two-time finalist for “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year”.

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

In addition to the structured lesson, there will be other fly tying observations taking place in Acme Brick Room #2. Feel free to come and go and mingle around the room to learn about various tying patterns

9-9:50 am
Join Matt for an in-depth look our native fish species as I tie a handful of flies and discuss variations of each applicable for any kind of predatory fish you may come across.

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 available in fly shops all over the country. Matt currently serves as the Conservation chair and Past President of the Austin Fly Fishers, the Vice President of the Texas Council FFI and was awarded the 2015 Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

10-10:50 am
Mike will demonstrate how to tie realistic fly patterns, designed for show cases and classic English patterns.

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 La Grange, Texas, is on the board of the Austin Fly Fishers Club and is a gold award FFI fly tyer.

11 - 11:50 am

Five Texas Fly Patterns You Should Never Be Without

In this fly tying demonstration Chris will tie five of his patterns that deserve a permanent spot in every Texas fly angler’s box. These flies consistently get the job done and can produce results even in the toughest of conditions.


Chris Johnson

Chris is the owner and founder of Living Waters Fly Fishing, a fly shop and guide service based out of Round Rock, Texas. He has guided the Texas Hill Country for over a decade, and has fly fished the heart of the state for 20 years. Chris has been a licensed guide in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Chris is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Tenkara USA Guide, and TPWD Angler Educator. He is also a pro team member for Whiting Farms, Scott Fly Rods, and Scientific Anglers. Chris is dedicated to sharing his passion for the sport and investing in the next generation of fly anglers. He often is a featured presenter/fly tier at fly fishing, outdoor, and community events throughout the state.

Chris and his shop have also been featured in several outdoor publications including Trout magazine, Garden and Gun, and Tenkara Magazine. He was also awarded the 2014 Man of the Year from the IFFF Texas Council and in the same year, Living Waters was the recipient of the IFFF’s prestigious Lee Wulff Award.

In addition to fly fishing, Chris is passionate about film and photography. He co-produced the short film “Unspoken,” in an effort to raise awareness for Rio Grande Cutthroat trout conservation. As a result, Living Waters is working with Trout Unlimited as a Gold Level endorsed TU Business to restore Rio Grande Cutthroat throughout their native range.

Chris is happily married to his wife Emily and together they enjoy running the fly shop, fly fishing the world, and raising their daughter Lydia in the sport.

12 - 12:50 pm
Dutch will tie a bass/bream fly used for the Brazos River, on a jig hook. It also works well on the Trinity River. It has been very consistently effective for many years, and is typically tied in white or olive. It is called a “Bream Reaper”.

Dutch Baughman

Dutch is a retired CEO of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. He is an avid fly fisherman and is a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including Fly Fisher’s International, Fly Fishing Learning Center, Fly Fishing Skills Resource Area and the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation. He frequently works as a demonstration fly tier at fly fishing expos and festivals. He has conducted weekly fly tying classes at Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine, Texas for over twenty years and teaches the Fly Fishing Skills class at the Tarrant County College-Northeast campus.

1 - 1:50 pm

Barry will show off patterns that are commonly used to entice panfish and bass from local waters.


Barry Webster
Barry Webster is a Mechanical Engineer by education who is retired after a long career with IBM. He currently is involved with multiple positions with various Fly Tying organizations. These include the Ft. Worth Fly Fishers, Dallas Fly Fishers (Board Trustee) and the Texas Council of the Fly Fishers International (Membership Director). Barry is a frequent demonstration fly tier at events such as the FFI International Fair (Boise, ID last year, Livingston, MT in 2017), Sowbug Roundup and Southern Council Fair in Mountain Home Arkansas and the Red River Rendezvous in Sherman Texas. Barry is also a member of the Grapevine Roadkill Roundtable Fly tying group.
2 - 2:50 pm

When you see Damselflies flitting about on the water, tie on this fly. This is a dry fly and has been very effective locally for trout, bream and bass. He will be demonstrating two ways to tie this fly.


Kyle Hand

Kyle Hand is a fly tier based out of Fort Worth, but his work is highly regarded and sought out worldwide. He started tying flies in Colorado in 1981 and tied commercially for over 25 years. He has tied for shops and vendors throughout the mountain west, Arizona, and Texas, as well as the Orvis Company. Kyle currently spends most of his time tying Classic Salmon, Bass, Wet flies and Streamers as well as tying at many shows and Expositions around the United States. He also is a member of the Grapevine Roadkill Roundtable. Kyle is a retired Train Dispatcher for the BNSF Railroad and lives in Fort Worth. The fly he is going to tie is one he has invented, Susie’s Damsel. This fly has caught fish all over the United States. His philosophy on the fly is if there are Damselflies flitting about on the water, it’s time to tie one on. It is a dry fly and has been very effective in this area for trout, bream and bass. It also confused an 8-pound catfish on one occasion. He will be demonstrating two ways to tie this fly.

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. We suggest that all participants be advised that they should have and wear some form, glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses, of eye protection to participate. We will only have a limited number of protective eyewear available.
10 - 10:50 am

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


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy began 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.

Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Professional Casting Instructor who owns and operates Flywater Angling Adventures. An FFI Master Casting Instructor, he runs an active schedule of casting lessons, classes, and schools. Steve is also an active member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Test Committee, a member of the Examiner Review Committee, is an EDP faculty member, and is a Lever 2 Examiner. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas including Montana, British Columbia, Belize and Patagonia. He received the FFI Mel Krieger Award in 2015 and is a two-time finalist for “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year”.

10 - 10:50 am

Learn how to catch a trout on the Trinity River while also learning different techniques to catch a fish in low lying tree covered areas on the river.


Frank Smethurst

Frank 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.

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 Mtn Games, The GoPro Games, The Caddis Cup, The Frostbite Fish Off and The Dos Mosca.

ohFrank now live is Telluride and has his own fly pattern and has released a collection with Montana Fly Company.

11 - 11:50 am

Improved casting techniques for the above average fly casting individual.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy began 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.

Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Professional Casting Instructor who owns and operates Flywater Angling Adventures. An FFI Master Casting Instructor, he runs an active schedule of casting lessons, classes, and schools. Steve is also an active member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Test Committee, a member of the Examiner Review Committee, is an EDP faculty member, and is a Lever 2 Examiner. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas including Montana, British Columbia, Belize and Patagonia. He received the FFI Mel Krieger Award in 2015 and is a two-time finalist for “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year”.

12 - 12:50 pm

A women’s class on the fundamentals of fly casting.


Stacy Lynn

The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in Stacy’s life since 1995. Stacy has managed several of Texas’ best fly shops since that time and is an avid saltwater and freshwater angler. She has 20+ years as a professional casting coach and is a Fly Fishers Intl. Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations. She is a volunteer Lead Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program – a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer – and has been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Master’s saltwater fly fishing tournament benefiting CfR. She has been a feature speaker, demonstrator and instructor at numerous events including The Fly Fishing Show, The Shallow Water Show, Fly Fish Texas, Flat Out Fishing!, TPWD Expo, Oktoberfisch, the Houston Fishing Show, Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Fest, and several FFF Conclaves/Fairs. Her favorite fly fishing endeavor to date is sight casting in saltwater, especially to Redfish from her own poling skiff, and Tarpon and Permit in tropical destinations. And her instruction specialties are conducting casting diagnostics, and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.

1 - 1:50 pm

Improved casting techniques for the above average fly casting individual.


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy began 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.

Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Professional Casting Instructor who owns and operates Flywater Angling Adventures. An FFI Master Casting Instructor, he runs an active schedule of casting lessons, classes, and schools. Steve is also an active member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Test Committee, a member of the Examiner Review Committee, is an EDP faculty member, and is a Lever 2 Examiner. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas including Montana, British Columbia, Belize and Patagonia. He received the FFI Mel Krieger Award in 2015 and is a two-time finalist for “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year”.

2 - 2:50 pm

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


Bob Garber and Steve Hollensed

As a young boy began 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.

Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Professional Casting Instructor who owns and operates Flywater Angling Adventures. An FFI Master Casting Instructor, he runs an active schedule of casting lessons, classes, and schools. Steve is also an active member of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Test Committee, a member of the Examiner Review Committee, is an EDP faculty member, and is a Lever 2 Examiner. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas including Montana, British Columbia, Belize and Patagonia. He received the FFI Mel Krieger Award in 2015 and is a two-time finalist for “Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year”.

3 - 3:50 pm

Learn how to catch a trout on the Trinity River while also learning different techniques to catch a fish in low lying tree covered areas on the river.


Frank Smethurst

Frank 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.

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 Mtn Games, The GoPro Games, The Caddis Cup, The Frostbite Fish Off and The Dos Mosca.

ohFrank now live is Telluride and has his own fly pattern and has released a collection with Montana Fly Company.

4 - 4:50 pm

A women’s class on the fundamentals of fly casting.


Stacy Lynn

The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in Stacy’s life since 1995. Stacy has managed several of Texas’ best fly shops since that time and is an avid saltwater and freshwater angler. She has 20+ years as a professional casting coach and is a Fly Fishers Intl. Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations. She is a volunteer Lead Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program – a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer – and has been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Master’s saltwater fly fishing tournament benefiting CfR. She has been a feature speaker, demonstrator and instructor at numerous events including The Fly Fishing Show, The Shallow Water Show, Fly Fish Texas, Flat Out Fishing!, TPWD Expo, Oktoberfisch, the Houston Fishing Show, Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Fest, and several FFF Conclaves/Fairs. Her favorite fly fishing endeavor to date is sight casting in saltwater, especially to Redfish from her own poling skiff, and Tarpon and Permit in tropical destinations. And her instruction specialties are conducting casting diagnostics, and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.

Friendly fishing challenges!

Flex your competitive muscle with these great fishing challenges.

10am - 4pm

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 began 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.

10am - 4pm

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


Judged by: Bob Garber

As a young boy began 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.

11am - 4:30pm

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 sign up as a team.

If you sign up for the contest, we highly recommend that you attend the “How to Catch a Trout on the Trinity River” demonstration. 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 3:00pm.



Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes

Boy fishing

Tasty Tips

Polytechnic High School Culinary Arts Program and North Side High School Culinary Arts Program will be providing cooking demonstrations throughout the day. More information coming soon.

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

  • Local Craft Beer

    Enjoy a cold beer from our river-loving friends Martin House Brewing Company, Wild Acre Brewing, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company and Panther Island Brewing.

  • Wine Tasting

    Enjoy a wine tasting or a wine by the glass from local wineries!

  • LIVE MUSIC

    Listen to tunes from local artist Big Mike

  • Food Trucks

    Refuel with delicious local eats Boar-B-Que, Crawfish Connection and Rollin’ Stone

  • 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. Licenses available for purchase on site

Vendors

  • Fatties On The Fly

    Fatties brings you files that have been selected by anglers that fish on your local water every day. Stop by their booth to learn more about their monthly boxes.

  • 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 Fly Fishers International

    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!

  • North Texas Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

    The “Take Me Fishing” Trailer and scavenger hunt will be on-site. You are invited to complete the hunt to be entered to win a fly rod.

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department‘s
    Fisheries Management in DFW

    Stop by the fishery management booth to learn about their programs and check out their electrofishing boat and sampling nets.

  • Tarrant Regional Water District Stream Trailer

    TRWD’s Watershed Program will demonstrate river health and function, and how it applies to anglers and citizens. Outdoor demonstration classes at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

TRWD Flyfest

March, 9 2019

9:00AM - 5:00PM

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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