Troutfest is a vast collection of fly tiers who demonstrate in 4-hour shifts within the big tent. 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. 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:
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.
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.
|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 Mike, originally from England, has been fly fishing for trout, salmon and saltwater fish for over 30 years in different parts of the world. Fishing the wild rivers of England, Europe and the USA has given Mike a great insight to the different methods of fishing required to enjoy the sport. His passion for fly fishing and tying flies started back in 1968 when Mike caught his first trout on a fly he tied with materials found around the house! Mike's specialty is tying ultra-realistic flies and bugs, many of which are framed for presentation. A member of Trout Unlimited and IFF, Mike spends a lot of his time promoting this wonderful sport. In 2004 while living on the Island of Tortola in The British Virgin Islands, Mike was asked to create a salmon fly display for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne on one of her State visits which he presented to her in person. It was while living on this tropical Island that Mike learned the art of fly fishing for Bonefish and Tarpon. Mike will often recall his greatest catch of a 22lb brown trout while fishing in upstate New York hooked on a size 12 fly and an 6lb tippet. He is also known locally for teaching fly fishing and tying at The Hyatt Regency Resort to individuals and corporate groups. Mike currently resides in the small town of Smithville, Texas with his wonderful Texan wife Vicki.|
Todd Fleming is a native Texan who started perch-jerking at a very young age with a cane pole and a carton of worms. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1982, and starting a family and a career in construction project management in San Antonio, he found time to go fishing again. After a vacation trip to Colorado that included some fly fishing in the summer of 2000, Todd joined the Alamo Fly Fishers, where he has been an active member, past president, and Board Member. Upon learning that a fly rod is an effective tool in saltwater, flats fishing and sight casting at the coast became his obsession. Todd practiced fly fishing for redfish on the flats from a kayak for over ten years, and now enjoys teaching others to spot fish from the bow of his poling skiff. Todd fishes mostly in Texas from the Hill Country to the coast, and has made sampling trips to Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Todd is blessed with an understanding wife of 32 years, and a fly fishing addiction for which there is thankfully
|Zachary Evans Zack Evans is a New Braunfels native and a senior at New Braunfels High School. Zack has a passion for fishing that started when he was very young. When not in school, you can expect to find him fishing on one of the beautiful Hill Country rivers or lakes. Over the last few years, Zack has developed an interest in fly fishing and he now finds himself taking out the fly rod more and more. For his eighteenth birthday, Zack's parents got him a membership to GRTU and he has fallen in love with trout fishing. He recently found out how satisfying it is to catch a fish on a fly of his own creation. Zack doesn't claim to be a master fly fisherman, but with his love for the sport he hopes that one day he may become one.|