Casting

Casting

Learn From the Best

Watch first-hand as experts demonstrate an array of skills and techniques for every skill level.

This year for the health and safety of the participants we ask that you bring your own rod and cast along.
A limited number of loaner rods will be available on site the day of the event and will be sanitized between uses
but these will be very limited.

All demonstrations will take place on the grassy lawn between Acme Brick and the Trinity River.

Casting Classes

9AMWomen’s Casting

Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am

A women’s class on the fundamentals of casting and techniques for improvement.  Open to women of any experience level age 8 and up (participants ages 8 – 13 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult).  Bring your own equipment or use the equipment provided.

Presenter: Stacy Lynn

Captain Stacy operates WOW Fly Fishing, a business supporting the experiences, education, and industry of fly fishing.  She is a licensed Captain, operating a technical poling skiff from which she guides and instructs fly anglers on the saltwater flats of the Texas Coastal Bend.  The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in her life since 1995.  Captain Stacy has managed several of Texas’ best fly shops since that time and has 20+ years as a professional casting coach. She is a Fly Fishers Intl. Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School, and her instruction specialties are conducting casting diagnostics, and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.  She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations.  She is a volunteer 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 FFI Conclaves/Fairs.

10AMCasting Faults & Fixes

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Have you ever had your line tangle, fail to unroll, or fall short of a target?  These undesirable results, and others, are most likely caused by a casting fault.  While there are several essentials in fly casting that result in a successful cast, there are many deviations from these essentials that cause problems.  Come and observe a demonstration of common casting faults and their corrections that will improve your casting and enjoyment of the sport.

Presenters: Certified Casting Instructors

11AMCast Analyzation

Time: 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Fly casting is all about control and efficiency. Whether you are a beginner or have been fly fishing for years, bring your favorite rod and reel and have your cast analyzed by Certified Casting Instructors who will offer advice on becoming a more controlled and efficient caster. This session is to address any concerns you may have about your casting success and to increase your enjoyment of the sport.

Presenters: Certified Casting Instructors

12PMWomen's Casting

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

A women’s class on the fundamentals of casting and techniques for improvement. Open to women of any experience level age 8 and up (participants ages 8 – 13 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult).  Bring your own equipment or use the equipment provided.

Presenter: Stacy Lynn

Captain Stacy operates WOW Fly Fishing, a business supporting the experiences, education, and industry of fly fishing.  She is a licensed Captain, operating a technical poling skiff from which she guides and instructs fly anglers on the saltwater flats of the Texas Coastal Bend.  The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in her life since 1995.  Captain Stacy has managed several of Texas’ best fly shops since that time and has 20+ years as a professional casting coach. She is a Fly Fishers Intl. Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School, and her instruction specialties are conducting casting diagnostics, and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.  She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations.  She is a volunteer 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 FFI Conclaves/Fairs. 

1PMCasting Faults & Fixes

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Have you ever had your line tangle, fail to unroll, or fall short of a target? These undesirable results, and others, are most likely caused by a casting fault.  While there are several essentials in fly casting that result in a successful cast, there are many deviations from these essentials that cause problems.  Come and observe a demonstration of common casting faults and their corrections that will improve your casting and enjoyment of the sport.

Presenters: Certified Casting Instructors

2PMCast Analyzation

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Fly casting is all about control and efficiency.  Whether you are a beginner or have been fly fishing for years, bring your favorite rod and reel and have your cast analyzed by Certified Casting Instructors who will offer advice on becoming a more controlled and efficient caster.  This session is to address any concerns you may have about your casting success and to increase your enjoyment of the sport.

Presenters: Certified Casting Instructors

Beginning Casting Classes

First Cast

Time:
9:00 am – 9:50 am
10:00 am – 10:50 am
11:00 am – 11:50 am
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

A Co-ed class introducing a basic Pick-Up-and-Lay-Down cast for first time fly casters. Other basic skills will be covered as time allows. No equipment or experience required. Open to all new fly fishers age 8 and up (participants ages 8 – 13 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult).

Presenter: Certified Casting Instructor

Open Session
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come in and cast on your own.

On the Water Casting Classes

Keep it Simple, Casting is Catching

Time:
10:00 am – 10:30 am
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn how to catch a trout on the Trinity while also learning both American and European techniques.

Presenter: 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.

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

Casting Contests

Accuracy Casting Contest

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Judged By: Fort Worth Fly Fishers

Winner receives a Fly Box from Fatties On The Fly, a half-day guided trip with owner Ben Tabor on the Brazos or Paluxy River, and a TRWD Flyfest Pint Glass. Awards will be handed out at approximately 4:00 PM following the conclusion of the Orvis Big Trout Contest.

Contestants with high scores are encouraged to hang around and stay for the awards ceremony that will take place at approximately 4:45 pm or directly following the Orvis Big Trout Contest to see if they won and to get a photo at the stage. If contestants are unable to stay, arrangements will be made for winners following the event.

Distance Casting Contest

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Judged By: Fort Worth Fly Fishers

Winner receives a Fly Box from Fatties On The Fly, a half-day guided trip with owner Ben Tabor on the Brazos or Paluxy River, and a TRWD Flyfest Pint Glass. Awards will be handed out at approximately 4:00 PM following the conclusion of the Orvis Big Trout Contest.

Contestants with high scores are encouraged to hang around and stay for the awards ceremony that will take place at approximately 4:45 pm or directly following the Orvis Big Trout Contest to see if they won and to get a photo at the stage. If contestants are unable to stay, arrangements will be made for winners following the event.