Fort Worth, Texas

IT’S THE 3rd ANNUAL TRWD FLYFEST

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

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 1,200 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

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 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 fly fish in the heart of Texas. Some of the most exciting and diverse fisheries in Texas are just a few hours away. Chris will take you on a journey through the rivers of central Texas and will cover fishing access, techniques, fish species, bird life, and more.


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 nearly 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 member of Whiting Farms, Scott Fly Rods, and Scientific Anglers Pro Team. Chris and his shop have been featured in several outdoor publications including Trout magazine, Garden and Gun, and Tenkara Magazine. Chris 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.

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

Supported by dramatic footage and photos from around the world, this presentation will build upon past presentations, and inform attendees on better fishing approaches, techniques and strategies while thoroughly entertaining them.


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.

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, 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.

Frank now lives in 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

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 fly fishing on Lake Fork through all 4 seasons, fly lines and flies to use, 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.

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

PREDATOR FLIES: TYING FOR TEXAS AND BEYOND
9 - 9:50 am

Join Matt for an in-depth look at 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.

FLY PATTERNS FOR SHOW CASES AND CLASSIC ENGLISH PATTERNS
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 Smithville, Texas and is on the board of the Austin Fly Fishers Club.

11 - 11:50 am

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 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 Academy, 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.

12 - 12:50 pm

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


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 (Tying Director), 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 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.

1 - 1:50 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.

2 - 2:50 pm

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


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.

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 - 10:30 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, 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.

Frank now lives in 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 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 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

Women-only fly casting class.


Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff and Rob Woodruff

Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and the owner of Fly Fish Beavers Bend. She grew up in Bonham, TX and is a graduate of The University of North Texas. Jenny has been guiding since 2010 and spends over 200 days on the water on the Lower Mountain Fork River; the cold water trout fishery that flows through Beavers Bend State Park north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She spends her time off fly fishing for Bass, Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit in East Texas, Montana and Belize.

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.

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.

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 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”.

1:30 - 2 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, 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.

Frank now lives in Telluride and has his own fly pattern and has released a collection with Montana Fly Company.

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.

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 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”.

3:00 - 3:30 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, 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.

Frank now lives in Telluride and has his own fly pattern and has released a collection with Montana Fly Company.

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

Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and the owner of Fly Fish Beavers Bend. She grew up in Bonham, TX and is a graduate of The University of North Texas. Jenny has been guiding since 2010 and spends over 200 days on the water on the Lower Mountain Fork River; the cold water trout fishery that flows through Beavers Bend State Park north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She spends her time off fly fishing for Bass, Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit in East Texas, Montana and Belize.

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.

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 Fatties on the Fly large box and quarterly subscription.


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 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 Fatties on the Fly large box and quarterly subscription.


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 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 be age 17+ to compete. ONLINE SIGN UPS FULL. 20 team slots will be reserved for walk ups. On-site signups will be available on a first come first serve bases. Registration opens at 9:00am.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes

Boy fishing

Tasty Tips

Chef Marcus Paslay of Piatello Italian Kitchen and Clay Pigeon restaurants will be joining Whole Foods and Fort Worth ISD North Side High School Culinary Arts program in providing cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

11 - 11:30 am

Steamed mussels with Spanish chorizo, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro and a splash of lime


Fort Worth ISD North Side High School Culinary Arts Cooking Demonstration sponsored by Fitworth
Learn how to filet a fish with a local Whole Foods Market Fish Monger
12 - 12:30 pm

A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. We aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.


Whole Foods Market Fish Monger
12:30 - 1:00 pm

Fish Taco with Jalapeño Lime Vinaigrette, Cabbage Cilantro Slaw, Corn Tortilla


Chef Marcus Paslay

Marcus Paslay is the executive chef & owner of Clay Pigeon and Piattello Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth, Texas. Chef Paslay’s in-season cooking philosophy and lifelong deep appreciation of food is reflected in both restaurants’ menus, which feature from-scratch dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Chef Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in 2013 to critical and commercial acclaim. His second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, was named one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2017 by Zagat Dallas.

`Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Paslay enjoyed hunting and harvesting from a young age which created an early passion for food. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Paslay worked in some of best restaurants around the country.

1 - 1:30 pm

A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. We aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.


Whole Foods Market Fish Monger
1:30 - 2:00 pm

“Shore Lunch” Whole Roasted Fish with Salsa Verde and Seasonal Vegetables


Chef Marcus Paslay

Marcus Paslay is the executive chef & owner of Clay Pigeon and Piattello Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth, Texas. Chef Paslay’s in-season cooking philosophy and lifelong deep appreciation of food is reflected in both restaurants’ menus, which feature from-scratch dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Chef Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in 2013 to critical and commercial acclaim. His second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, was named one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2017 by Zagat Dallas.

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Paslay enjoyed hunting and harvesting from a young age which created an early passion for food. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Paslay worked in some of best restaurants around the country.

2 - 2:30 pm

A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. We aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.


Whole Foods Market Fish Monger
2:30 - 3:00 pm

Cornmeal crusted Snapper with Pickled Green Tomato Relish and Remoulade Sauce


Chef Marcus Paslay

Marcus Paslay is the executive chef & owner of Clay Pigeon and Piattello Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth, Texas. Chef Paslay’s in-season cooking philosophy and lifelong deep appreciation of food is reflected in both restaurants’ menus, which feature from-scratch dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Chef Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in 2013 to critical and commercial acclaim. His second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, was named one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2017 by Zagat Dallas.

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Paslay enjoyed hunting and harvesting from a young age which created an early passion for food. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Paslay worked in some of best restaurants around the country.

3 - 1:30 pm

A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. We aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.


Whole Foods Market Fish Monger
3:30 - 4:00 pm

Blackened Snapper with Blistered Tomato Sauce, Fennell and Arugula


Chef Marcus Paslay

Marcus Paslay is the executive chef & owner of Clay Pigeon and Piattello Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth, Texas. Chef Paslay’s in-season cooking philosophy and lifelong deep appreciation of food is reflected in both restaurants’ menus, which feature from-scratch dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Chef Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in 2013 to critical and commercial acclaim. His second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, was named one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2017 by Zagat Dallas.

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Paslay enjoyed hunting and harvesting from a young age which created an early passion for food. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Paslay worked in some of best restaurants around the country.

4 - 4:30 pm

A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. We aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.


Whole Foods Market Fish Monger

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 at Martin House Brewing Company, Rahr and Sons Brewery, Wild Acre Brewing Company and Panther Island Brewing

  • Wine Tasting

    Enjoy a wine tasting or a wine by the glass from local vendors including Silver Spur Winery, Red Road Vineyard and Winery, Cadillac Wines, Silver Dollar Winery, and Waco Winery and Vineyard!

  • LIVE MUSIC ON THE FORT WORTH
    STAR-TELEGRAM STAGE

    Listen to tunes from local artist Big Mike and Austin based Texas Country artist Zach Nytomt.

  • 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.

Vendors

  • Whole Foods Market

    A local Fish Monger will be on site to give tips and tricks to filleting as well as a hands-on demo. If you want to know where your seafood comes from, you’ve come to the right place. Whole Foods aim to help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone.

  • Backwoods

    Local outdoor outfitter Backwoods offers clothing, equipment, and adventure trips around the world and will be on site with a variety of fly fishing gear for sale.

  • Craftwork

    Craftwork is a Fort Worth based coffeeshop, coworking space, and roasting company. Their baristas will be on site serving hot coffee and retail bags for purchase from 8am to 12pm.

  • Texas Reel Recovery

    Texas Reel Recovery offers free fly fishing retreats for men who have survived through various stages of cancer.

  • 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 10, 2018

9:00 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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Presented By

Supporting Partners

Texas Council IFFF
Fort Worth Fly Fishers
Piattello Italian Kitchen
Clay Pigeon