frank_smethurst

GUEST SPEAKERS:

FRANK SMETHURST

I was raised in a non fishing family in Atlanta Ga, but somehow began to fish around the age of two thanks to babysitters noticing that I would suddenly behave when placed on a dock with a fishing line. Not much has changed. I started tying my own flies at age eight, and at the age of twelve, began work at the influential Atlanta tackle shop, the Fish Hawk. As an enthusiastic guide, retailer, instructor, and adventurer, I have been in the flyfishing business continuously for most of my life.  Along the way, I have become a dedicated conservationist, and ardent steward of our wild lands and waters.  I feel that this is an essential part of being a modern angler.  We must actively protect what we love. I moved to Telluride Colorado in 1988 to pursue my love of fishing through guiding, and have been guiding ever since. Along the way, I have produced and hosted TV shows, made films, published fly patterns, and won tournaments.

Some notable programs that I have been involved in are:

Jim and Kelly Watt’s Flyfishing Video Magazine, The Reel Guys, Fishing with Micah Adams, Frank’s Fishing Problem, and Trout Unlimited’s On The Rise.

I have also produced and starred in two feature films on flyfishing: Running Down The Man, and Eastern Rises, both of these with Felt Soul Media.

 

 

 

 

BANQUET AND AUCTION:
6:00pm Friday 
Feb 20th 2015

EXPOSITION:
Saturday & Sunday
Feb 21th & 22th 2015

 

Wanda Taylor Wanda Taylor

Wanda Taylor, is a fly fishing instructor with more than 30 years experience. She specializes in working with women’s groups, couples and young people. Her strong communication skills, leadership skills and sense of humor encourage people to exceed their expectations in the art of fly fishing. She was the first woman Orvis Endorsed Guide in the Southeast and the first woman certified as a Certified Master Casting Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers. She is a contributing author of Guide to Fly Fishing Favorite Waters, featured in the Orvis Catalog. She is on the advisory staffs of Temple Fork Outfitters and Chota gear. She is the Ambassador of Georgia's Casting For Confidence and National ambassador of CASTING For Recovery.  She has been seen on TBS, ESPN II’s, Walker’s Cay Chronicles with Flip Pallot and the CBS Early Show. Most recently, Wanda was the featured guide in an inshore fly fishing video, Coastal Fly Fishing with Ken Hanley & Friends, which was done on the Laguna Madre on the Gulf Coast of Texas and featured fly fishing for redfish and sea trout. Wanda was awarded the Southeastern Federation of Fly Fishers, 2005 Woman of the Year award.

kelly_ galloupKelly Galloup

Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books:  Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Rainy’s Flies. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Airflo fly lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.

Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books:  Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Rainy’s Flies. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Airflo fly lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.

 

TROUTFEST 2015, a Fly-Fishing Banquet and Exposition will be held on the Guadalupe River at  Rio Raft Resort on the 20th,21th-22nd of February 2015 TThe funds generated by the Banquet and Expo will be used by GRTU to conserve, protect and restore the cold tailwater fishery immediately below the Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River. 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 asone 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.