Talks, Tips & Tutorials

Hear from top anglers as they cover a diverse range of topics including, fly fishing Texas destinations, fishing on the Trinity River, fly fishing for striper and more.

All presentations will take place inside the Acme Brick building.

9AMFly Fishing the Republic of Texas

Time: 9:00 am - 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 will show you how to chase local species in small Texas streams and creeks, then will teach you how to take those same tactics to the high elevations of Colorado and New Mexico in pursuit of native cutthroat trout!  Fishing the creeks of central Texas is an excellent way to hone your trout creek skills before heading out West.  One of the largest mistakes fly anglers make when fishing Texas’ numerous creeks, is that they fail to fish them as carefully as they would a western trout stream.  So, from Rio Grande Cichlids to Rio Grande Cutthroat, this presentation will help you tie all the techniques together, and might just inspire you to fly fish the Republic of Texas in a brand new way!

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 over a decade, and has fly fished the heart of the state for 20 years.  Chris has been a licensed guide in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, 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 children in the sport. 

10AMFly Fishing 101 and Fly Fishing the Trinity River

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

This presentation will begin with a beginner-friendly introduction to fly fishing that will cover equipment, basic rigging and techniques by Stephen Woodcock. The second half of the presentation will be given by Russell Husted and will focus on Fly Fishing the Trinity. Russell will show you that our very own river is an amazing fishery for BIG Bass along with buffalo, gar, striped bass and more. Explore the environmental quality and recreational opportunities that the Trinity has to offer in this presentation.

Presenter: Russell Husted & Stephen Woodcock

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.

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. Stephen has been President, Vice President and speaker chairman for the Fort Worth fly fishers and loves to fly fish anytime he can. He is the Fly Fishing Manager at the Orvis Fort Worth store.

11AMTwelve Places to Fish for each Month of the Year

Time: 11:00 am – 11:50 am

Learn about a location to fish for each month of the year. Presentation will cover location, directions, species of fish, and techniques to catch the fish.

Presenter: Brett Delk

Brett works for the Orvis Company as Store Manager of the new Fort Worth location. Before becoming Store Manager at Fort Worth, Brett was the fishing manager of the Southlake location where he taught hundreds of newcomers how to fly fish and tie flies. He also hosted trips throughout the country as well as locally. Brett has nearly 30 years fly fishing experience having fished in Canada, Mexico, Belize, Bahamas, and all over the U.S.

12PMHow to do it yourself on the Fly in the Great State of Texas

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

From the hills to the sea, tips and tricks to help you catch more fish DIY while Flyfishing closer to home.

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.

1 PMCatching Big Spawning Bass on Lake Fork

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Learn about catching big spawning bass on Lake Fork from a recently retired Lake Fork Guide and record-holder.

Presenter: 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  always enjoyed teaching people how to fly fish and watching their face light up when they catch that first fish, or what they consider a fish of a lifetime, on a fly rod.

2PMFly Fishing the Texas Coast

Time: 2:00 pm - 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.

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.