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Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival

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Date: Feb 27 - Feb 28, 2021

Mark your calendars now for the 4th Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival. This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event will be held on February 27-28, 2021, at the Mesquite Convention Center.

At this indoor/outdoor venue attendees can check out a myriad of fly fishing manufacturers, attend lectures on techniques and topics of interest to fly anglers of every stripe, and taste some of the Lone Star State’s best microbrewed beer.

Meet nationally known fly fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rodmakers, and fly tyers from across the country – all at the Texas Fly & Brew.


To view the State guidelines and safety policies, click here.
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Schedule of Events: Saturday

Specialty Instruction Class
10-12 Pat Dorsey Master Class: Fishing Tailwaters [FEE]
12:30-1:50 Durmont/Cole Bourbon & Bass Bugs [FEE]
2-3:25 Landon Mayer The Hunt for Giant Trout [FEE]
Brazos River
9:30-10:50 Chris Johnson Texas Native: Fly Fishing for Rio Grande Cichlids [FEE]
11-12:30 Karlie Roland Women Only: Becoming an Independent Angler [FEE]
1-1:50 Tim O’Neill Carp on the Fly
2-2:50 Peter Boettcher Beer Making 101
3-3:50 Karlie Roland Taking on Idaho’s Henry’s Fork
Guadalupe River
10-10:50 Landon Mayer 80/20: Mastering the Short Game
11-11:50 Mike DeRosa Trophy Brown Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon
12-12:50 Landon Rowlett The 1% Rule: A Mindset to Catch More Fish
1-1:50 Scarborough/Penick Women and the Future of Fly Fishing
2-2:50 Chris Johnson Fly Fishing the Republic of Texas
3-3:50 Pat Dorsey Fishing Colorado’s South Platte
Devil’s River
10-10:50 Wayne McGee Alaska’s Best Pacific Salmon and Trout Waters
11-11:50 Jerry & Patty Hamon Becoming an Outdoor Grandparent
12-12:50 Greg Welander Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country
1-1:50 Wayne McGee Alaska’s Best Pacific Salmon and Trout Waters
2-2:50 Tim Urtiaga All About Pike on the Fly
3-3:50 Jerry Hamon A Man, a Kayak, and a Fly Rod
Featured Fly Tyers
9:30-10:30 Steve Maldonado Big Streamers for Trout
10:30-11:30 Tim O’Neill Tying Carp Flies
11:30-12:30 Allen Rupp Stealth Bomber
12:30-1:30 Chris Johnson Mimic Hopper
2:30-3:30 Jim Bensinger Tying Classic Wet Flies
3:30-4:30 Landon Mayer Mayer’s Mini Leech Series
Main Casting Pool
11:15 -12:15 Landon Mayer Casting Demo
2-3 Karlie Roland Casting Demo
Casting Classes [FEE]: Meet at Class Registration Booth 10 minutes before class
9:30-11 Rex Walker Beginner Casting Instruction
1-2:30 Rex Walker Beginner Casting Instruction
Free Casting Classes: Meet at Class Registration Booth 10 minutes before class
11 AM & 2 PM Texas Council FFI Walk-Up Casting Classes*
(Certified Casting Instructors)

* Families (including children 13 and over) can receive free casting lessons at the times referenced above compliments of the Texas Council of Fly Fishers International. Families with children can also try their hands at fly tying at the fly-tying tables staffed by festival volunteers.

Schedule of Events: Sunday

Specialty Instruction Class
10-12 Pat Dorsey Master Class: Fishing Tailwaters [FEE]
12:30-1:50 Durmont/Cole Bourbon & Bass Bugs [FEE]
2-3:25 Landon Mayer The Hunt for Giant Trout [FEE]
Brazos River
9:30-10:50 Chris Johnson Fly Fishing Southern Colorado [FEE]
11-12:30 Karlie Roland Women Only: Becoming an Independent Angler [FEE]
1-2:50 Tim O’Neill Carp on the Fly
2-2:50 Jerry Hamon A Man, a Kayak, and a Fly Rod
3-3:50 Karlie Roland Taking on Idaho’s Henry’s Fork
Guadalupe River
10-10:50 Landon Mayer 80/20: Mastering the Short Game
11-11:50 Tim Urtiaga Insider’s Guide to Lakes and Stillwaters
12-12:50 Jon Bonnell Gourmet Redfish Cooking Demo
1-1:50 Scarborough/Penick Women and the Future of Fly Fishing
2-2:50 Chris Johnson Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River
3-3:50 Pat Dorsey Fishing Colorado’s South Platte
Devil’s River
10-10:50 Jerry Hamon A Man, a Kayak, and a Fly Rod
11-11:50 Landon Rowlett The 1% Rule: A Mindset to Catch More Fish
12-12:50 Wayne McGee Alaska’s Best Pacific Salmon and Trout Waters
1-1:50 Mike DeRosa Trophy Brown Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon
2-2:50 Greg Welander Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country
Featured Fly Tyers
9:30-10:30 Phil Iwane No Mercy Midge
10:30-11:30 Braden Miller Killer Bass Bugs
11:30-12:30 Chris Johnson Rio Bandito
12:30-1:30 Allen Rupp Flatwing Sculpin
2:30-3:30 Tim O’Neill Tying Carp Flies
3:30-4:30 Landon Mayer Mayer’s Mini Leech Series
Main Casting Pool
11:15 -12:15 Landon Mayer Casting Demo
2-3 Karlie Roland Casting Demo
Casting Classes [FEE]: Meet at Class Registration Booth 10 minutes before class
9:30-11 Rex Walker Beginner Casting Instruction
1-2:30 Rex Walker Beginner Casting Instruction
Free Casting Classes: Meet at Class Registration Booth 10 minutes before class
11 AM & 2 PM Texas Council FFI Walk-Up Casting Classes *
(Certified Casting Instructors)

* Families (including children 13 and over) can receive free casting lessons at the times referenced above compliments of the Texas Council of Fly Fishers International. Families with children can also try their hands at fly tying at the fly-tying tables staffed by festival volunteers.
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