Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

On March 11-12, 2017, the first annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) comes to the Plano Centre.

The director of the Texas Fly & Brew’s sister event, the venerable Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, said today that he hopes to simultaneously raise awareness among Texans of the region’s incredible fishing diversity and introduce them to amazing fishing alternatives available to them across the country.

“If even one parent leaves our event understanding for the first time that he or she can haul the kids down to a Texas farm pond after work and have a blast just landing largemouth bass until dusk, I call that a win,” said festival director Beau Beasley. “At the same time, the region and the country offer opportunities to land every imaginable species–from reds on the Gulf Coast to trout in Tennessee’s South Holston River to every variety of salmon in Alaska. Contrary to popular belief, fly fishing is easy, affordable, family friendly, and fun. It’s my mission in life to communicate that message as widely as possible. It’s the mission of these events to grow the next generation of fly anglers.”

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Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) are early sponsors of the festival. “The region has been waiting for an event just like this one–for a new approach to fly fishing,” said TFO owner Rick Pope.

“Texas is an important state to the fishing community and we’re pleased to support the TFFF,” said Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We need to encourage the next generation of anglers and boaters – a key source for wildlife conservation efforts – to get out on the water, and this festival is a great vehicle for doing just that.”

Much like its sister event, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, RBFF will be sponsoring the “Family Fly Fishing Classes” where Entire families can learn the basics of fly fishing free of charge, in a family setting.

In addition to the 3FC series, the Texas Fly & Brew will feature lectures and classes throughout the weekend on techniques and tactics for novices and advanced casters alike, exotic fishing locales, fishing etiquette, and much more. Also offered are free Women-Only Casting Classes as well as one-on-one instruction in basic knot-tying skills. Attendees can sit down at the vise for hands-on fly-tying instruction from members of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a nonprofit organization that helps rehabilitate wounded veterans through fly fishing and fly tying. Experienced anglers may consider enrolling in more advanced distance-casting or Spey-casting classes with expert specialized instructors. Fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh will speak as well as cast at the event; the names of additional fly fishing luminaries will be forthcoming.

Unique to the Texas festival is local micro-breweries. Festival attendees 21 years and older will receive a series of tasting tickets with their paid admission. Local brewers will offer free classes on what sets micro brewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer. Beer will also be available for purchase during the festival.

“I know I’m a broken record,” Beasley joked, “but it’s really true: fly fishing is easy, affordable, family friendly, and fun. I’m an evangelist with that message. Put down the cell phones, grab the kids and minimal gear, go outside, and get on the water. It’s really that easy. For far too long folks have perceived fly fishing as expensive, exclusive, and difficult. It’s the sport for rich, tweed-wearing old men, right? Well, sure–but it’s not only for them. It’s for women. It’s for families. It’s for everyone.

 

The inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at the Plano Center on March 11-12, 2017. For more information, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org or call 703-402-8338.

13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers- Deneki Outdoors

The gang over at Deneki Outdoors have compiled some of their best tips on what makes an angler, “highly effective.”

Below are some of their top suggestions, but check out the full post, “13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers,” and learn how you can sharpen your game and most importantly, have fun on the water.

Check your knots.  Every single time they tie a knot, effective anglers give it a good tug to make sure it’s strong and seated correctly.  Every time.  It is very unusual for a really good angler to ‘break one off’.

Keep your hooks sharp.  Almost any time they touch the fly, a great angler will check its point to make sure it’s sharp.  If it’s not, they’ll sharpen it or replace it.

Organize your gear.  It’s kind of obvious when you say it this way, but having the right gear for the situation, organized so you can find what you need, helps a lot.

For the complete list, visit, Deneki Outdoors.

 

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Keeping gear clean and organized is crucial to being effective on the water. Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

 

 

 

 

 

Spey Nation 2016

Come Join Temple Fork Outfitters at Spey Nation 2016 in Salmon River, N.Y., on June 25.

Take part in this gathering of of anglers, manufacturers and two-handed rod enthusiasts.

This one-day event features casting, fishing and on the water presentations as well as many top manufacturers from the fishing industry.

TFO’s own Nick Conklin will lead off the day with an on the water presentation, starting at 9 a.m.

Nick will be presenting a basic overview of tackle, (rods, lines, reels and other tips).

For a full list of presenters and vendors, please visit, Spey Nation.

 

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The Definitive Resource on Fly Casting

Looking to improve your fly casting and fishing game?

Having trouble figuring out that tailing loop?

Look no further, than what some have deemed the premier casting video ever to be assembled. TheCompleteCast-Cover-LowRes

The Complete Cast, is now available on the TFO Shopping cart and at local TFO Rods dealers.

This DVD features over 25 casts and techniques with In-depth instruction intended to improve your casting.

Over three hours of instruction from legendary fishermen Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski will demonstrate, explain, and teach the elements common to all casts with a single-handed rod.

This Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Over 25 Casts & Techniques In-depth instruction of principles-based casting fundamentals
  • Helpful tips & techniques that are simple and easy to apply
  • Practice tutorials & exercises that improve your casting
  • Analysis of the tailing loop and how to remedy
  • Good for all skill levels
  • Over three hours of instruction

Two DVD set includes DVD and Blu-Ray disks.

Available now at, TFO Rods and your local TFO dealer.

Fleye Design: Techniques, Insights, Patterns

By TFO Rods

TFO Advisory Staff member Bob Popovics has a new book out, perfect for any fly fishing and tying fan.

In the twelve years since his landmark book Pop Fleyes, Bob Popovics has continued to develop new fly patterns and improve old favorites. His new book includes 36 step-by-step tying and technique tutorials, over 12 new patterns and numerous variations for every situation. It also features contributions from a new generation of fly tiers who have been influenced by his signature style.

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FLEYE Design the new title out this year from TFO’s Bob Popovics. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Includes the Bucktail Deceiver, the Hollow Fleye, and other new patterns that have greatly influenced saltwater tying in the past ten years.

Improves on old favorites, including a full update for the Surf Candy.

Features contributions from well-known tiers such as Steve Farrar, Dave Skok, Johnny King, David Nelson, Paul Dixon, and Nick Curcione.

For more information on Fleye Design: Techniques, Insights, Patterns check out, Bob Popovics.

NEW GTS Walleye Series helps anglers master the light-bite

By TFO Rods

Sensitivity, stealth and pin-point bait placement are some of the cornerstones of effectively targeting walleye.

After years of research and development TFO has crafted a family of rods to meet those demanding prerequisites.

The NEW GTS Walleye Series offer 8 technique-specific models, (spinning and casting) to help anglers land arguably the most finicky freshwater fish.

GTS Walleye rods incorporate beautiful, translucent green blanks with proprietary, braid safe Tactical Series guides with black anodized foots and chrome inserts. These rods feature premium-grade cork grips and cleverly placed hook keepers.

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GTS WJS 663-1 and WJS 664-1:  

Walleyes can be finicky biters known to suck the blood from a leech without ever alerting an angler to its presence.

The 6’6” medium light model is a superb tool for the subtle presentation of light jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers.

While the 6’6” medium power model has a slightly beefier backbone for a solid hook-set when working larger, meatier baits and fighting larger fish. Both rods feature split-cork grips for additional weight savings.

 

GTS WRS 703-1 and WRS 763-1:

The Lindy Rig® has been without a doubt, one of the most productive walleye catching techniques in recent history.

Despite a relatively simple premise, not just any rod will allow this technique to succeed.

A rigging rod needs the subtle nuances of a faster, stiffer tip to bring to life the often ultra-subtle presentation.

The WRS 703-1 and 763-1 can also double as rods for pulling bottom bouncers, crawler harness rigs or crankbaits. Both the 7’0” and 7’6” medium-light models come in a split-grip handle.

 

GTS WBC 704-1 and WBC 764-1:

A staple presentation for locating schools of fish has been to run bait along drops offs and weed lines.  The Spinner Rig/bait trolling rods brings to the table a smorgasbord of leeches, crawlers and minnows. For those running single and two-hook harnesses, the WBC family is the ticket. Both rods come in a full-cork grip to snuggly fit in rod holders.

It’s been said that the bigger the blade, the bigger the bump and thump.

The 7’6” model is perfect for when the water gets cloudy and anglers need to turn to larger, flashier blades to elicit strikes.

 

GTS WTC 703-1 and 863-1T:  

Peek into any walleye anglers tackle trays and you’re likely to find a healthy supply of long-bodied, tear-drop billed lures.

From Walleye Divers® to Hot N’ Tots® and Long A’s® to Shad Rap’s® walleye anglers have the trolling lure approach dialed in.

The WTC models load progressively from butt to tip, with a more forgiving action necessary for effective hook-sets when working cranks with treble hooks. These rods feature a full-cork grip and forward mounted hook keeper.

The 7’0” model is great for the close-in rod, in the holder and cranks that dive less than 10-feet.

The 8’6” model is ideal for deeper diving lures or running baits through a planer board. This model is telescopic to accommodate rod lockers.

NEW TFO GIS rods perfect for any saltwater application

By TFO Rods

Looking for a new saltwater rod?

TFO recently introduced a new line of GIS rods, designed by Gary Loomis and built by TFO.

The 17-model family, (both spinning and casting) offers the premier technique specific actions and durability to get the job done.

GIS rods are topped with Fuji® guides with Alconite inserts and come in a vibrant aqua-blue colored blank with matching thread wraps.

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Tailing reds are no match; snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves and tarpon will get a much needed lesson in respect, with the NEW TFO GIS rods.

Tailing reds are no match; Snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves, stripers will be subdued and tarpon get a lesson in respect with the NEW TFO GIS inshore family of rods.

Tailing reds are no match; Snook may as well stay hidden in the mangroves, stripers will be subdued and tarpon get a lesson in respect with the NEW TFO GIS inshore family of rods.

Although labeled as an inshore family of rods, these models feature crossover actions and configurations for any freshwater application.

Below is a brief breakdown of the new family, including various applications and techniques. For more on the GIS series, please visit, tforods.com.

 

SWC/ SWS 693-1: 

Fast action rods that load further down the tip increasing casting efficiency with lighter lures and in sight- casting situations. A great medium-light powered rod with a split grip, cork handle for speckled trout, redfish and flounder.

SWC/ SWS 694-1: 

The all-purpose, split-grip rod for the flats or deep wading. Excels at throwing surface and sub-surface baits, with the ideal length and balance to achieve maximum casting efficiency. Perfect for pounding plugs along the mangroves, chasing fish around pillars and docks or chucking Corky’s along the Texas coast.

SWC 6104-1: 

Based off of the popular GTS SHS rod, the SWC 6104-1 has a fast, stiff tip. This action adds movement to soft plastics with minimal effort, best suited for jig-heads with small soft plastics and spooks/jerkbaits with a single hook.

SWC 704-1 and 705-/ SWS 704-1 and 705-1: 

These full-cork grip rods cover a wide variety of scenarios. Perfect for bait under a popping cork or a buck tail rod for snook, redfish and tarpon in the estuaries or along the beach.

SWC 793-1, 794-1 and 795-1/ SWS 793-1, 794-1 and 795-1

The medium fast actions of these longer models are designed to achieve maximum casting distance in the most efficient manner, while ensuring a solid hook-set when fishing lures with treble hooks. Want to rip a Rat-L-Trap® along the jetty? Need a few extra feet of distance out of that cracked crab or sand flea on the flats? These rods are up for the challenge, with enough power in the butt to haul in that big jack or bluefish.

SWS 7116-1 and 7117-1: 

Pick your power and throw large baits the distance, with the confidence to fight that beast back to the boat or shore. Chasing crashing birds along the surf and need to get that extra few feet? Grab a Pencil Popper® or X-Rap® Subwalk and the 7116-1 to cover some serious water. Both models are perfect for throwing large artificial lures as well as bait for jacks, tarpon and cobia.

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