In addition to structured lessons, there will be other fly-tying observations taking place. Feel free to come and go and mingle through the demonstration area to learn about various tying patterns.
Instead of traditional foam poppers, we will look at a few patterns for Bass and Panfish. A couple of newer patterns and a Ray Bergman pattern that is over 100 years old, and still very effective.
Presenter: 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 Fishers 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 five years and teaches the Fly Fishing Skills classes at the Tarrant County College-Northeast campus.
Hellgrammite nymph (aka Dobson Fly Nymph) and a Burrowing Mayfly Nymph. These two nymph patterns work well for our local rivers and streams. They are imitations of aquatic insects found in local waters and are great attractors for bass, panfish and trout.
Presenter: Barry Webster
The “B.R.M.” Or the “Brazos River Munch” is a scaled down variation of a pattern called the Mad Tom. This simple fly is a great snack size crawfish pattern with a lot of movement that will entice carp, drum, buffalo and anything fish you may throw it in front of.
Presenter: Mitch Kempe
Mitch Kempe is a full-time guide for Fatties on the Fly, based out of Granbury, Texas. Mitch’s favorite fish to target with a fly rod include carp, bass, gar, and many of the other warm water species you can find here in our own metroplex. Mitch’s favorite part of his job is watching adults turn to kids when they catch a fish, and hopefully creating an appreciation for nature. When not in a river or a stream you can find him at home with his three beautiful daughters and wife.
Texas is truly a unique fly fishing destination. From native Guadalupe Bass to tailwater trout, the Lone Star State has it all! Chris Johnson has been tying and designing flies for our local waters for over 25 years and in this presentation, he will show you how to tie three of his signature patterns – The Rio Bandito, the Mimic Hopper and the BC Streamer. Chris will thoroughly demonstrate how to tie each pattern and then explain how to fish each fly for various fish species in Texas!
Presenter: 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 fifteen years, and has fly fished the heart of the state for over 20 years. Chris has been a licensed guide in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alaska. Chris is a FFI Certified Casting Instructor, Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Tenkara USA Guide, and TPWD Angler Educator Area Chief. He is also a pro team member for Whiting Farms, Scott Fly Rods, Dyna-King, 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 FFI Texas Council and in the same year, Living Waters was the recipient of the FFI’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 also serves at the current State Council Chair for Texas Trout Unlimited and is the Conservation Chair for Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited as well.
Chris is happily married to his wife Emily and together they enjoy fly fishing the world and raising their children in the sport.
We will be tying Double Bufords, deceivers, musky gliders, river pigs, dub head baitfish, any of those staple predator flies. Pretty much any streamer in the 9”+ range.
Presenter: Jon Morris
Jon Morris an Army Combat Veteran originally from Tennessee. In a pursuit to find balance in life after his third combat tour. He found fly fishing. Guided in Arkansas for trout and smallmouth. Then Texas for longnose gar and bass species. Jon specializes in streamers, with a focus in predator flies. Musky, Pike, Bass and gar.
Presenter: Ryan Clarke