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.

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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.

Premier Fly Casting DVD From Lefty Kreh And Ed Jaworoski

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.

The Complete Cast, is now available on the TFO Shopping cart and at local TFO Rods dealers. TFO-Complete-Cast-5x3-banner-01.jpg

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

 

The Complete Cast video is nothing short of unique and combines the pearls of wisdom from two of the most experienced teachers of fly casting and fly fishing on the planet.  They relate new teaching concepts and well-known casting issues to basic principles, which makes the material so easy to understand.”
– Dr. Gordy Hill, Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Instructor and Member of the FFF Board of Governors

Top Fly Anglers at the Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair

Fly fishing’s legendary anglers and instructors come to Titusville, FL, Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5,

For the Renzetti Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair.

Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics, Nick Curcione, Flip Pallot, Jon Cave, Pat Ehlers and many others will give programs on and teach all aspects of the sport, including fly tying and fly casting. Renzetti_flyfishingfair

Rod smiths John Stumpe and Curtis Baker will teach some technique in custom rod building and exhibit their work.

The fifth annual Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair will be held at the Renzetti manufacturing facility, at 8800 Grissom Pkwy, Titusville, Fla.

The event begins at 12 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 4, and goes until 4 p.m. Saturday’s event is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The cost for this two-day event is $25.00 advanced purchase. Children under 15 are free.

Other events such as a two-day ladies fly fishing school and a one day fly fishing school with Bob Clouser and Jon Cave have limited seating and a reservation is required by Nov 25th.

For more information, see http://www.renzetti.com, or call 321-267-7705.

Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Announces New Location

Big changes are afoot for the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival (VFFF).

“I am very pleased to announce that the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia,” said Festival director Beau Beasley.

“The new location can accommodate our growing event. Even better, it will allow us to bring all of our vendors under roof, no longer subject to the vagaries of the weather. I enjoy being outside as much as the next fly angler,” continued Beasley, “but rough weather has—quite literally—dampened festival activities and attendance in the past. At our new location, weather will no longer be an issue.” VFFF_Logo_1c

The festival—the largest event of its kind in the country, drawing fly anglers from as far away as New York and Georgia—appeals to anglers of all ages and stages. Organizers have deliberately worked to draw new anglers (especially women and children) into the quiet sport and reengage those who may have started fly fishing years ago but gave the sport up for any number of reasons. Festival attendees listen to lectures from various experts and practice hands-on skills at the two-day, family-friendly event. Several wineries from throughout the Old Dominion provide free wine tastings for those 21 and older.

“Never fear: We have plenty to entice the veteran angler. In addition, the festival will continue to reach out to a nontraditional audience—folks who may not be aware of how easy and enjoyable fly fishing really is,” said Beasley. “We are also committed to welcoming more women into the sport—and especially young families. Hey, I’ve got children of my own. So I’m all for getting kids to put down the cell phone, step away from the game system, and get outside.”

The festival has activities for the whole family!  Photo courtesy vaflyfishingfestival.org

The festival has activities for the whole family!
Photo courtesy vaflyfishingfestival.org

To learn more about the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, visit http://www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.

Temple Fork Outfitters adds to BVK reel family

During the development stage of the now highly acclaimed BVK series of rods, TFO quickly realized the need for a series of reels to complement the rod’s standards in terms of performance, light-weight, quality and affordability.

After the success of the original four reel sizes, TFO is excited to introduce the new BVK 3+ reel to the family of BVK large arbor reels.

The new BVK 3+ reel features the same solid drag and frame components as the rest of the BVK family of reels. Photo by TFO.

The new BVK 3+ reel features the same solid drag and frame components as the rest of the BVK family of reels.
Photo by TFO.

BVK reels are precision machined from bar stock aluminum. The moss green anodized frames and spools are ported to eliminate excess weight. Equally at home in both fresh and salt waters, the super large arbor design provides faster line pick up and helps the maintenance free drag system work at a more constant pressure than standard arbor reels.

Delrin/Stainless stacked discs make the drag silky smooth and the one way clutch bearing makes engagement instant and left to right hand conversion simple.

BVK reels are available in moss green only and the 3+ size retails for $299.95. Spare spools are also available and retail for $169.95.

For more information on the BVK family of reels and Temple Fork Outfitters, please visit www.tforods.com.

 

 

 

The ultralight BVK 3+ can accomodate fly lines up to 10-weight and 225-yards of backing.  Photo by TFO.

The ultralight BVK 3+ can accomodate fly lines up to 10-weight and 225-yards of backing.
Photo by TFO.

 

Bonefish 101: On and Off the Water

By Lefty Kreh 

I have been fortunate to fish throughout much of the planet, and have caught more than 100 species on a fly rod. And my favorite remains the bonefish.

There is much to like about bone fishing. You use rather lightweight tackle, small flies and once hooked if you are lucky you land one in minutes unlike many of the more glamour species. When wading or being polled across the shallows, you see an ever-changing landscape. A barracuda lay motionless ready to swiftly grasp its prey. Different types of rays swim by and the bottom slowly reveals some mysteries as you move over it.

I think one of the things that fascinates me about bone fishing is the angler can do nearly everything right, only make one small miscue and the game is over.

In freshwater, brown trout are considered one of the most difficult species to fool and are quickly alerted to the presence of an angler. But, the eyes on a bonefish are twice as sharp and can spot something unfamiliar from great distances.

I caught my first bonefish in 1969 and have learned much along the way.

If limited to one rod a nine foot, 8-weight rod will be sufficient.

A large arbor reel that will hold 150-yards of backing will also be more than enough for skinny water fish. The claim that you need more than 200 yards of backing is an overstatement. On rare occasions a bonefish may run 60 to-100-yards, but, having caught hundreds of bonefish in various regions, I have never had one run that far.

Fly selection should correspond to the color of the flat.

For example, in the Bahamas most flats are a light-tan coral and so most patterns should be pale brown, pale pink or an off-white color.

Variations of olive colors usually produce best when ocean bottom has turtle grass, or other similarly colored vegetation.

Hook size is governed by the average size of fish encountered.

Keeping a low profile while fishing from a skiff, or wading can help keep from alerting fish to your presence.
©Brandon Powers, Temple Fork Outfitters.

Where most bones are one to five pounds, a size-four hook is best. Many anglers dress patterns on smaller size-six hooks, but big bones are more likely to take patterns dressed on larger flies. A size 2 is the smallest and often a size 1 or even 1/0 is more effective.

Bonefish flats often have sharp coral, so flats wading boots are recommended. Black colored ones are to be avoided as they can absorb sunlight and cause feet to get too hot.

All boots worn while wading will gather grit, sand and abrasive material. To avoid this wearing gaiters (designed to be used with stocking foot waders), can prevent these coarse materials from getting in boots. Socks and long pants should be worn at all times while on the flats.

DO NOT put the pant legs in the boots. Allow the boots to be inside the legs. Now place the wading gaiters over the pant legs and secure them. Any grit that enters the gaiters will flow down along the legs and out the bottom.

A common mistake made when fishing for all flats species, is to look at the fish when casting the fly. The human mind wants the fly to be cast where the angler is looking, which all too often causes the fly to fall too close to the fish. It’s important to concentrate on the target area. The fish is visible in the peripheral vision, but the fly lands well in front of the fish.

There is no ready-made formula, but there are loose guidelines.

When the water is rippled by the wind, a fly cast just a few feet in front of a fish will usually be taken. But, on a calm day the fly may have to be presented anywhere from eight to 15-feet ahead of a cruising fish. Where bonefish are pressured by angler, and the surface is calm it is sometimes better to cast 20 or more feet ahead allowing the fly to sink completely to the bottom.

Leader length is important too.

On windy days a 9 or ten-foot leader should be used. On a flat calm surface, a leader of 12 to-16 feet is advised. Most bone fishermen start with a leader of 11 to-12-feet and adjust according to circumstances.

The butt section of the leader should be heavy and flexible and half the length of the leader, so the fly can turn over. For a 7 through 9-weight line, a 50-pound butt section is recommended.

The final key to a successful bonefish trip is to study the tides.

Some traditionally productive sites produce poorly on the wrong tides. Local guides and the lodge usually are honest about this. Or, poll a list of people who have fished the area and query them about the tidal phases.