Troutfest is a vast collection of fly tiers who demonstrate in 4-hour shifts within the big ttent. Some are world famous. Some are well known in Central Texas. You will find tiers who tie traditional trout flies, tiny midges, bass bugs, redfish flies, striper flies, nymphs, streamers, the list goes on. And this is an opportunity for you that is worth the travel time to get here not counting all the other activities and attractions at Troutfest.

You may sit, watch and ask questions. There is no charge, the fly tying show like almost everything at this Exposition is free. There will be more going on than just watching these excellent fly tiers. They can tell you how to fish the patterns. Some of them are guides, professionals who will show you what works for them on the Guadalupe. You will leave Troutfest with more knowledge about this sport than you can get anywhere else in two days

So if you are looking for one really compelling reason to attend Troutfest, the fly tiers are it. And it's free.

Below is the every growing list of fly tiers who have been enlisted to tie so far:

Lee Blanton
Joe Filer
Joe Filer 
Joe is an active member of the fly fishing community in and around San Antonio, Texas.  He is a Past President of the Alamo FlyFishers and currently serves the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Chapter as Secretary of the chapter.
Joe has fished from Alaska to Belize; Mexico to Scotland; chasing trout, salmon, bonefish, tarpon, white bass, Rio Grande perch, peacock bass and anything else that will eat one of his flies in fresh and saltwater.
His favorite flies to tie are soft hackles and wooly buggers to fool rainbows in the Guadalupe River or pink articulated leaches that silver salmon just cannot ignore.  You might even catch him tying a classic salmon fly or a Carrie Stevens streamer every now and then.
Joe is an active member of the fly fishing community in and around San Antonio, Texas.  He is a Past President of the Alamo FlyFishers and currently serves the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Chapter as Secretary of the chapter.Joe has fished from Alaska to Belize; Mexico to Scotland; chasing trout, salmon, bonefish, tarpon, white bass, Rio Grande perch, peacock bass and anything else that will eat one of his flies in fresh and saltwater.His favorite flies to tie are soft hackles and wooly buggers to fool rainbows in the Guadalupe River or pink articulated leaches that silver salmon just cannot ignore.  You might even catch him tying a classic salmon fly or a Carrie Stevens streamer every now and then. 
 
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Steve Flanagan Steve is from Schertz, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country. This location makes it easy for him to enjoy a variety of fly-fishing settings, from Hill Country streams and lakes, to the Coastal waters just three hours away.  Steve grew up in Rockport, Texas, fishing the flats and local bays.  After moving to San Antonio in 1984, he joined the Alamo Fly Fishers and has served two terms as President, and has served in many of the other officer positions.   Because of his history on the Texas Coast, Steve has an avid interest in saltwater fly tying and fishing.  In addition to the Texas Gulf Coast, Steve has ventured as far North as Newfoundland, Canada, to pursue Atlantic salmon, and has also fly fished the United States from San Diego, California, to Newport, Rhode Island.    He has taught numerous fly tying classes and seminars, and has participated as a guest tier at the many conclaves and fly tying shows, concentrating on saltwater patterns designed for fishing the Texas coast.

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Todd Fleming 

Jim_Gray
Jim Gray 
Jim has been fly fishing, tying flies and building rods for over 30 years, the last 15, here in the Texas Hill Country.  Jim's work takes him all over the world and he has fished for trout and grayling in England, carp in Japan and masheer in India.  Locally, Jim spends most of his time on the Colorado, Llano and San Gabriel Rivers.  Jim has developed a couple of his own fly patterns, the Llanolope for Guadalupe Bass and Jim's damsel for carp.  Jim's true passion is chasing big river carp, and he frequently gives presentations to local clubs and fly shops on his proven techniques for catching "golden bones".  Jim averages over 100 carp each year using these techniques.  Jim is the VP of the Austin Fly Fishers and in addition to tying, will be working the AFF table during Troutfest.  He will be happy to demonstrate his flies and show you his Hill Country fly box.
 
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Jeff Horlter Jeff has been fishing and tying for over 20 years.  As a member of Austin Fly Fishers and Jack Sparks Central Texas Flyrodders, he has participated in many fly tying demonstrations and presentations including TPWD Expo, Shallow Water Expo, Boy Scouts and for the local clubs and fly shops.  He's thrown flys in Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Florida but he spends most of his time fishing and tying for the Texas Rivers.
Mick McCorcle

Mick McCorcle Mick is a retired psychologist (so he may not help you catch fish, but he can help you deal with your feelings if you don’t catch any) who lives near Dallas . Mick has fly fished from the canals of south Florida to the Pacific Northwest to Alaska and the Arctic and from the Texas Gulf Coast to Lake Texoma to the upper Midwest and the Rocky Mountains .  Consequently, Mick loves to tie all kinds of flies, for trout, salmon, warmwater and saltwater. He’s been tying flies nearly 20 years and regularly donates boxes of flies for raffles and charity auctions.  Mick is also active in coldwater conservation, having served as the president of the Lee Wulff Chapter of TU and of GTRU and is now on TU’s national Board of Trustees.  Mick is also a Trustee for Casting for Recovery and chairs the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Board.

Mike Morphew
Dillion_Renton

Dillion Renton Growing up in the Northwest, I have fished some of the finest steelhead and trout waters in the world, including the Deschutes and North Umpqua rivers. My family’s business has afforded me the opportunity to spend many days on these pristine rivers and to learn more about the exceptional fish that we pursue. My father, David, and I specialize in spey and single-handed casting for steelhead as well as short-lined tactics for trout. Teaching these methods to our clients is something we take pride and pleasure in.


Casey Smartt

Casey Smart Casey was born and raised in Austin, TX.  He started tying flies at the age of 12 and got his first fly rod a year later.  Casey spent his youth chasing fish on the Hill Country streams and Highland Lakes around Austin, and eventually graduated to saltwater fly fishing on the Texas Coast.  Casey holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from Southwest Texas State University and has had careers as a hunting/fishing guide and an environmental compliance specialist for the steel/construction industry.  Casey was the Fly Fishing Editor for Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine from 2003 to 2012.  He lives in New Braunfels, TX with his wife Pam and two sons Rhodes and Foster.  When he is not working or spending time with his family, Casey splits his time between the deep clear waters of Canyon Lake and the shallow flats of Aransas Pass.

Captain_Steven_Utley

Steve Utley Captain Steven Utley grew up on the Texas coast, and has been fishing since the age of 7. As a teenager he lived in St. Croix, where he strengthened his love affair with the water, fishing, surfing, and diving. Being on the water with a rod in his hand, casting for the perfect fish, has been a passion all of his life. Sharing that passion with others by being a fly fishing guide and fly tying instructor has been a life-long dream.Captain Steve is a licensed captain through the U.S. Coast Guard and holds a valid guide license through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is a Native Watercraft Endorsed Fishing Guide, and a guide member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. Steve was the first person certified as a Texas Wildlife Fishing Guide through the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is a member of the Pro Staff of Temple Fork Outfitters, and Roy's Bait and Tackle Outfitters. Together with Dan Alcala, Steve also teaches a class through the Texas A&M Outreach Program called "Beginners Saltwater Fly Fishing."  The classes run spring and fall and to date they have helped many anglers of all ages to learn to fly fish in saltwater.  Steve is also a member of the Laguna Madre Fly Fishers of Corpus Christi Texas.