At The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

NAF Editor Gayne C. Young returns from the first annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival with plenty of fish tales!

Yes, I get paid to do this.

I was lucky enough to attend the Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival this past weekend and I was not disappointed.

My lady friend and I headed out there on Saturday to take in a few craft brews and visit with the plus 80 vendors.

Here's some highlights.

Our first stop was to the SweetWater Brew booth where we sampled a few Grass Monkey beers.

We returned a few Grass Monkey beers later to try a few 420 Pale Ales.

We returned a few 420 Pale Ales later to try...

Oh, you get the idea.

Chuck Ray of Prato Eyewear was all smiles...

I'm guessing he'd had some Grass Monkey as well.

Probably not, his booth was packed.

The Torrans Manufacturing Company booth was about the most colorful booth at the show.

Cool lawn chairs!

Maria at Heroes on the Water was all smiles and for good reason.  

Heroes on the Water puts vets back on the water!

Thank you!

We visited with the good folks at Diablo Paddlesports before heading out for a few more beers.

Fly Fish Rockport? Why, yes I have.

Oh.

It's the name of your company.

Gotcha!

Congratulations to Temple Fork Outfitters Founder & Chairman Rick Pope for being named 2017 Conservation Sportsman of the Year for the CCA TX Dallas Chapter.

A better man couldn't have been honored!

Fly tying over at Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher.

I'm not sure who has the worse smile: Me or former Texas Ranger pitcher and owner of Emu Outfitting Jim Kern.

My excuse?

I'd had quite a few beers by the time I got to Jim's booth.

His excuse?

Not sure he has one.

All in all, the event was a great one.

Friendly people, lots of fantastic vendors and exhibits, and lots of great brew.

Here's to next year!


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