Sometimes the Heavens just open up to reveal pure bliss.
Such as the case when I heard I'd be heading to the Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival on March 11, 2017.
This first ever event promises the best of fly fishing AND Texas beers.
Over 80 vendors will be on display and I plan to visit most of them to get the insight on the best fishing...and beer.
I'm also very looking forward to getting an interview with my friend and former Texas Ranger baseball player and owner of Emu Outfitters Jim Kern.
Look for that interview and many others from the show and my take on the event starting March 13, 2017.
Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
The 1st Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival comes to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in 2017.
On March 11-12, 2017, the 1st Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF) comes to the Plano Center, a mere 20 miles north of Dallas and easily accessed off Route 75. The Plano Centre where the event will be held, will host over 80 vendors in their main exhibition hall, and multiple state of the art class rooms where lectures will be held, are also contained in the building. “We chose the Plano Centre as the location for this unique event” says Festival Director Beau Beasley “ because of its easy access to a large population center, and the facility allows for a great deal of flexibility in how the event will run. It took over a year to find the best location which is convenient for those in the Lone Star State to attend, as well as those vendors and attendees who will be coming from out of state .” “We are thrilled that the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival chose Plano,” said Mark Thompson, Director of Visit Plano. ”This unique event is a first for Plano and should attract attendees from all over the region. We look forward to helping Beau and his team make this another signature event for Plano.”
Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and were early sponsors of the festival. Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, who is the official Instructional Sponsor for the festival will be offering free walk up casting classes throughout the day. “The focus of the festival” says Beasley “is to grow the sport, and introduce fly fishing to a new generation of people to fly fishing who may never venture into a fly shop. “The region has been waiting for an event just like this one--for a new approach to fly fishing,” said TFO owner Rick Pope. Other sponsor for the festival includes The Fly Shop from Redding, California, who will host the ticketed VIP Festival after Party held on the festival grounds beginning at 6:15 PM.
“Texas is an important state to the fishing community and we’re pleased to support the TFFF,” said Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We need to encourage the next generation of anglers and boaters – a key source for wildlife conservation efforts – to get out on the water, and this festival is a great vehicle for doing just that.” Much like its sister event, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, RBFF will be sponsoring the “Family Fly Fishing Classes” where Entire families can learn the basics of fly fishing free of charge, in a family setting.“
The support of the RBFF’s TakeMeFishing.org campaign also enables Boy Scouts to earn their Fly Fishing Merit Badge at the festival through a series of classes taught by BSA-certified instructors. “We’re eager to support this new fly fishing festival concept,” said Peterson, “because we believe that these events in Virginia and now in Texas draw newcomers--and especially families--to the sport who might otherwise never pick up a fly rod in their lives.”
In addition to the 3FC series, the Texas Fly & Brew will feature lectures and classes throughout the weekend on techniques and tactics for novices and advanced casters alike, exotic fishing locales, fishing etiquette, and much more. Also offered are free Women-Only Casting Classes as well as one-on-one instruction in basic knot-tying skills. Attendees can sit down at the vise for hands-on fly-tying instruction from members of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates wounded veterans through fly fishing and fly tying. Experienced anglers may considered enrolling in more advanced distance-casting or Spey-casting classes with expert specialized instructors. Fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh will speak as well as cast at the event; the names of additional fly fishing luminaries will be forthcoming.
Unique to the Texas festival is local micro-brewery beer. Festival attendees 21 years and older will receive a series of tasting tickets with their paid admission. Local brewmeisters will offer free classes on what sets microbrewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer. Beer will also be available for purchase during the festival.
Additional sponsors for the new festival include Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, Southwest Fly Fishing, Mid-Valley Press, and Texas Lifestyle Magazine. The Fly Shop from Redding, California, who will host the ticketed VIP Festival after Party held on the festival grounds beginning at 6:15 PM. This event will allow industry leaders to network with other fly fishing related businesses, and further invite the public to meet and speak with various fly fishing authors and speakers. The event is open to the public, but
In Virginia and now in Texas, we’re set to change the fly fishing paradigm. And we’re really excited to see what the future of the sport looks like.”