TROUTFEST 2014 Fly-Fishing Exposition
GUEST CELEBRITIES ATTENDING...
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.
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.