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Dave and Emily Whitlock

Dave is a native Oklahoman who resigned his position as a research chemist, more than 30 years ago, and pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing, fly tying and lecturing to embark on a new career as a full-time professional in the art of fly fishing.   His art and writing appear regularly in many fly-fishing and many sport publications including Field and Steam. He's written four books and has received countless awards for his fly-fishing and fly-tying contributions, including induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, the Max Ander's Wild Trout Award. 

He has always been a champion of cool and warm, as well as cold water fisheries and is known internationally for his innovative and effective fly-tying designs, including the popular Dave's Hopper. All of Dave's work, especially his art, reflects the realism of nature and related fly-fishing subjects through the eyes of a true sportsman.

Emily has been an avid outdoors woman most of her life. Born in Arkansas and raised in Colorado until she was 12, when her family returned to the South, she learned to fish when she was seven years old. Along with her two brothers she learned early in her life to love the outdoors. She has degrees in botany and biology and is a conservationist in the true sense, willing to work for preservation of the natural world. Honored as Woman of the Year by the Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council, she has also received conservation awards from the Sierra Club and Wildlife Federation.


6:00pm Friday 
Feb 21st 2014

Saturday & Sunday
Feb 22nd & 23rd 2014

Improve your catching by improving your casting!!!



Charlie  Craven

A longtime South Platte River guide, Craven cut his angling teeth on some of the toughest trout in the world. It was these tough fish that prompted him to develop some of his more popular patterns like the Jujubee Midge, Poison Tung and Charlie Boy Hopper.

Charlie has now been a commercial fly tyer for over thirty years, and in that time has tied flies for nearly every species of gamefish in every location on the planet, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rocky Mountain region.

Charlie is a Signature Tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is the originator of other popular patterns such as the Jujubaetis, the Ragin’ Craven, Go to Hell Variant and the Jumbo Juju Chironomid.

Charlie was the photographer and fly tyer for Barr Flies (Stackpole 2007) and recently authored his first book, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying (Headwater Books/Stackpole 2008). Craven is also a frequent contributor to Flyfisherman Magazine.

Charlie is a Colorado native and is the owner and president of Charlie’s Fly Box fly shop in Arvada, Colorado.



Duane Hada

A recipient of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's "Master Angler Award," Duane is the first and only person to date to catch all qualifying fish on fly tackle.

He has been featured on nationally syndicated shows such as "The Fishing Hole," and "Fly Fishing America" and is a coach to the US Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Duane's adventures have taken him to Alaska after trophy rainbows and salmon and to the Florida Keys for tarpon and permit. He has fished for redfish and "specks" in the Gulf of Mexico and exotic bonefish and trevally in the waters off Christmas Island. Despite fishing many exciting destinations, he still is at home and equally happy when he guides on the Arkansas tailwaters and wild smallmouth bass streams that were his boyhood haunts.

TROUTFEST 2014, a Fly-Fishing Banquet and Exposition will be held on the Guadalupe River at  Rio Raft Resort on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd of February 2014. The funds generated by the Banquet and Expo will be used by GRTU to kick start the KIDS INITIATIVE. Talented Fly Tiers, Kid Fish Pond, Educational Classes, and Local shopping will surely provide enjoyment for the Whole Family!

The Guadalupe River is the premier southern most trout fishing destination in the USA. The "Guad" is listed as one of the best 100 trout streams in the US.  This is the perfect opportunity to help promote and educate others on the river we call home. Announcements have been sent to all fly fishing oriented clubs throughout the state of Texas inviting them to attend Troutfest.

New Braunfels, and the area below the dam of the Canyon Lake offer motels, campgrounds and rental cabins for your lodging. Please consult the links provided.