1st Annual Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association’s Redfish Round-UP TOURNAMENT!

June 4, 2016 General News No Comments

Come and join us for the

1st Annual Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association’s Redfish Round-UP TOURNAMENT!

Saturday July 16th from 6:00am to 3:30pm!
Registration is at the Longhorn BBQ (Cattle Co.) by 7:00pm Friday eve the 15th of July
3055 W. Expressway 83 San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 399-4400
Each party is responsible for thier own tab.
A $10.00 entry fee for members, $45.00 for non-members (Which includes membership throughout 2016)!
A social for ALL follows the fishing tournament, will be hosted by Bryan and Michelle Robinson
(27074 FM 1846, San Benito, TX 78586 Bryan’s cell: 956-241-5520)
This includes a Gumbo meal and beverages at 6:00pm, awards at 7:00pm!
1st place fly fishing winners receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop 2nd place a $25.00 Gift certificate! YOU CAN BE ONE OF THE SIX WINNERS!
1st place and 2nd place longest single Redfish!
1st and 2nd place total length combined Redfish!
1st and 2nd place total number of Redfish!
OR YOU COULD ALSO WIN,
SOME ITEMS UP FOR A RAFFLE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND SATURDAY EVENING!
PLEASE RSVP at Lmffaflyclub@gmail.com
All Redfish entries must be photographed on a readable measuring device with your name and sent to Lmffaflyclub@gmail.com or text to 956-266-5866 by 4:30pm. You can only place one time in this event!
See Y’all there Ye-HAW!
YOU CAN ONLY USE YOUR FLY ROD, LEAVE YOUR LASSO AT HOME!
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT MARK MACHADO AT (956) 266-5866

Texas Council Casting Classes at this years Expo

June 4, 2016 General News No Comments

Registration is Now LIVE for all casting events. register soon as classes will fill up quickly

Texas Fly Fishing Expo Casting Instructors

What is a Certified Casting Instructor (CCI)?

A Certified Casting Instructor (CCI) has demonstrate the high standard of performance that creates confidence in students and other instructors. CCI’s can accomplish casting tasks quickly and easily, accompanied with good demonstrations and clear, concise explanations. Certified Casting Instructors can effectively teach the art of fly casting to all levels.

What is a Master Casting Instructor (MCI)?

A Master Casting Instructor (MCI) requires more than just meeting a specified set of casting requirements. It also requires a broad range of experience in casting itself. Certification is the end of a process, not the beginning. A Master Caster is an exceptional individual, able to teach others how to teach. These are rather demanding requirements, but they are the requirements that IFFF wishes to be assessed.

Even anglers who have excellent fly fishing skills may not necessarily be certified at the Master’s level – ability in angling is only part of the certification process. Equally important is a broad range of casting abilities (for instance being able to make curve casts by more than one method) and a great deal of comfort in demonstrating them.

In the teaching of casting, the MCI can describe the skills in as many ways as possible because different people respond differently to verbal descriptions. The ability to see casting through the eyes of the untrained caster is essential, especially since the Master Casting Instructor teaches others how to teach.

Steve Hollensed – Steve is a full time Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide in Texas. He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor and is an active member of the Casting Board of Governors, serving as Co-Chairman of the Masters Test Committee and a member of the Examiner Review Committee. Steve hosts fly fishing trips throughout the Americas and runs an active schedule of casting classes and schools. He is a recipient of the Mel Krieger Award in 2015.

Bob Garber – As a young boy began fishing the ponds, lake and rivers of north east Oklahoma with family. First picked up a fly rod in 1973 and for the last 14 years the fly rod has been the only choice. Have fly fished for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska and The Bahamas. Is currently a Master Certified Casting Instructor for the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Education Director for the Fort Worth Fly Fishers and an Angler Education Instructor for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department..

Bryan Nims was born and raised in Washington State and learned to fish on the Skagit River. An avid fly fisherman for over 20 years and a Certified Casting Instructor since 2002. He currently resides in Forney, TX and is a part-time guide on local Texas lakes for Striped Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass and White Bass. Bryan welcomes fly casters of all skill levels and will tailor a lesson to help hone angling skills you can use on all waters.

Chuck Easterling is a retired Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas. Chuck became a CI in 1997, and MCI in 1999 and was elected to the Casting Board of Governors in 2003. He has served as chair of the CI Test Committee and currently serves as the chair of the Examiner Review Committee. Chuck also serves on the International Committee and has participated in CI and MCI testing in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Spain and Ireland. Since his retirement Chuck spends the bulk of his time at his family’s cabin on the Little Red River in Arkansas where he chases trout and practices his two handed casting when not forced to do yard work.

Gary Davison (Gulf Coast Spey) Has been involved in instructing single- and double-handed casting for over 10 years. He is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor who has had the honor of learning and teaching fly-casting with some of the best in the field which include Al Crise MCI, Lee Davison MCI,THCI, & Steve Hollensed MCI. Gary is associated with the OL Al’s CCI study group along with Mr. Jim Bass CCI and is an active member of Dr.Gordy Hill’s MCI Master Study group. Gary is an avid fisherman with a passion for fly-casting and is especially interested in those techniques that trend toward adaptation of Spey Casting to the Gulf Coast area for both single and double-handed presentation.

Jim Hund – I live in Lubbock and practice law when I am not fishing. I began fly fishing in the mid-1980’s. I have and continue to fish for warm, cold and salt water species across much of the western United States, Alaska, Florida Keys, British Columbia and Belize. I have been certified as a Casting Instructor for the International Federation of Fly Fishers since 2012.

Jerald Lewis is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor and has been fly fishing for more than 20 years. His passion for fly fishing started out in cold water pursuing trout, but has transitioned into warm water chasing largemouth bass, sand bass, bream, and crappie.

Bill Gammell is a college biology instructor from Baytown, Texas. Bill grew up the son of an avid outdoorsman and he has kept the family tradition alive. He is a world renown fly fisherman known for his casting and his how to booklet The Essentials of Flycasting and dvd Teaching Yourself to Fly Cast. He has fished all over the US and parts of the Caribbean focusing mainly on trout, largemouth bass, and redfish. He is currently a CBOG Emeritus for the FFF Casting Instructor program.

Molly Semenik lives in Birch Bay Washington. Having recently retired from 15 years of guiding in Montana, Molly now offers fly fishing instruction (both single-hand and two-hand) in Washington and women’s fly fishing destination travel in Montana. Every spring Molly offers women’s classes in Washington, Montana and Utah. This spring Molly has her first book coming out covering some not so well known streams in Montana. Molly is very active as a Master Certified Casting Instructor and as a member of the Casting Board of Governors for the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF).

Rex Walker is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor and a member of TFO Flyrod’s Pro Staff. Rex is the casting instructor for the Dallas Fly Fishers and the Red River Fly Fishers.

Stacy Lynn – The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in Stacy’s life since 1995. Stacy has worked in Central Texas’ best fly shops since that time and is an avid saltwater and freshwater angler. She is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. She has been an active member of the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Alamo Fly Fishers, Austin Fly Fishers, Rockport Fly Fishers and Texas Women Fly Fishers. She is a Lead Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program – a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer – and an organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Master’s saltwater fly fishing tournament benefiting CfR. She has been a feature speaker, demonstrator and instructor at numerous events including Oktoberfisch, The Fly Fishing Show, The Shallow Water Show, Fly Fish Texas, Flat Out Fishing!, TPWD Expo, and several FFF Conclaves. Stacy is the former General Manager at Sportsman’s Finest, a specialty fly fishing and hunting store in Austin, Texas. Her favorite Fly Fishing endeavor to date is sight casting in saltwater, especially to Redfish and Tarpon, and her instruction specialty is helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.

Workshop: Beginning Fly Casting: The First Step – $50

Description: This class is for those who have never cast a fly. We will cover the equipment, the different parts of the Rod, Reel and line. We will also teach the basic cast. The students will master the pick-up lay-down cast, roll cast. They will be given instruction on slipping line, retrieving line, hook set and landing fish.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Beginner
Equipment Needed: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Workshop: Intermediate Level Casting: The Next Step – $50

Description: Understanding line control and the importance of mastering the basics of the cast and applying it to advanced casting techniques. Topics covered, but not limited to: Loop control, shooting line, directional changes and gaining distance. Roll cast, pick-up and lay-down cast, improving accuracy and wind cast’s. Activities will be described, demonstrated and practiced with opportunities for questions and discussion. Workshop content will be flexible and adjusted to suit the requirements and abilities of the participants.
Maximum Class Size: 15
Skill Set: Mastered basic pick up and lay down cast with good loop control and straight line layout with 30 feet of fly line.
Equipment Needed: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Workshop: Accuracy Casting: Strategies For Improving Your Accuracy – $50

Description: Increase your fishing success by improving your ability to accurately cast your fly to the fish. This class will cover the skills and techniques to accurately cast a fly at short, medium, and long distances.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Beginners/Intermediate
Equipment Needed: A middle range 5, 6, or 7 wt. rod, leader & yarn fly.

Workshop: Getting Control of Weight: Casting Weighted Flies and Nymphing Rigs – $50

Description: Do you spend too much time untangling nymphing rings? Or do you “chuck and duck” when casting weighted flies? This work shop will solve those problems and more. Casting weight can be done without difficulty through using a roll cast pick up, Belgium style cast with constant tension through the casting stroke, slowing down, using a “waltz” (1-2-3) tempo and opening up loops.
Maximum Class Size: 6
Skill Set: (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): Intermediate & Advanced
Equipment Needed: 5-7 weight rod with matching weight. 7-8 foot leader with 1x to 2x tippet. Instructor will provide weight.

Workshop: Single Hand Spey Casting: Texas Style – $50

Description: This workshop will help those casters who are just getting started with Spey Casting or those that want to improve their current skill’s that they have already learned. This class will take you through basic differences between a Static Roll Cast and a Dynamic Roll Cast. The Basic Spey Cast will be covered in this workshop, Switch Cast (Forward Spey), Single Spey & Double Spey casts.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Intermediate to Advanced skill levels.
Equipment Needed: Rod of choice with Weight Forward Floating Fly line with suitable head length for making roll casts. Generally lines with the longer head lengths are more suitable for Roll Casting and Spey Casting. Yarn Fly or No Fly on the leader when casting in this workshop. We ask all participants to provide their own, Hat, Safety Glasses, Sunscreen, Insect Spray, an Extra Leader for your set up.

Workshop: Two Handed Spey Casting: Texas Style – $50

Description: This workshop will help those casters who are just getting started with Spey Casting or those that want to improve their current skill’s that they have already learned. This class will take you through basic differences between a Static Roll Cast and a Dynamic Roll Cast. The Basic Spey Cast will be covered in this workshop, Switch Cast (Forward Spey), Single Spey & Double Spey casts.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Intermediate to Advanced skill levels.
Equipment Needed: Rod of choice with Weight Forward Floating Spey Line, or Shooting Head Floating Spey Line. If you have no rod some additional rods should be available for use at the workshop. Yarn Fly or No Fly on the leader when casting in this workshop. We ask all participants to provide their own, Hat, Safety Glasses, Sunscreen, Insect Spray, an Extra Leader for your set up.

Workshop: Seeking Salt: Casting Strategies For Saltwater – $50

Description: For the fly fisher preparing to fish or be guided on the saltwater flats. Saltwater angling usually requires making quick decisions and being efficient in presenting the fly accurately. This class helps prepare the Fly Fisher to wade fish, kayak fish, or fish from a poled skiff in this demanding environment. Creative exercises are utilized to simulate the on-the-water experience. Skills development will include: The “Ready-Set-Go” position; casting and presenting to tailing and cruising fish, and to fish within a 20 ft. target range; proper line management; wind casting; plus a few trick casts … and more!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 40 ft, and has some fishing experience.
Equipment Needed: 8 weight outfits rigged with a leader and practice fly recommended; 6 weight outfits will be available for use.

Workshop: Women’s Casting Cultivation – $50

Description: For the female fly fisher wishing to grow her casting and fishing skills. This class will help you make the casts that catch more and better fish! Exercises for improving accuracy, distance, loop control, line management and wind casting will be utilized. Your success on the water will blossom once you Cultivate your Cast!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 30 ft, and has some fishing experience.
Equipment Needed: Any mid-weight outfit (4-8 wt) rigged with a leader and practice fly; 6 weight outfits will be available for use.

Workshop: Go Deep: Casting & Fishing Sinking Lines Successfully – $50

Description: Fish feed the majority of the time below the surface. Sinking lines are the most effective tools that a fly fisher can use for fishing within the water column. This class will cover the different styles of sinking lines and how to rig them properly, and how to cast and fish these lines successfully. Anglers will learn the simple techniques for utilizing these lines for increased catch rates at depths of 1 foot to 20 feet … and beyond!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 40 ft; and has fishing experience.
Equipment Needed: None … a variety of rods with assorted sinking lines will be available for use by participants.

Workshop: Refining Your Cast: Gaining Efficiency – $50

Description: This class is for those who have cast for a while, but have reached a plateau. We will review the basics and make proper adjustments and then use the knowledge to tackle the wind and distance casting. We will start where you are and them go forward.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: intermediate
Equipment Needed: Bring your favorite rod (5-8 wt) with a floating fly line, leader and yarn fly.

Workshop: Intermediate Fly Fisher – $50

Description: This class will take place both on land and water. The land portion will cover line management and accuracy. The water portion will cover mending strategies and fly movement tips. I will share skills I acquired from 14 years of guiding.
Maximum Class Size: 6
Skill Set: Intermediate
Equipment Needed: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Workshop: Double Hauling 401 – $50

Description: The workshop will address- Determining the effectiveness of your double hauling, the most important visual clue to the effectiveness of your hauling, analyzing your hauling mechanics, exercises that will improve your hauling and hauling hints from five great casters.
Maximum Class Size: 6
Skill Set: This is an advanced double hauling workshop for casters who are well past learning how to double haul and now are interested in improving their hauling technique. This workshop is geared to casters who are able to cast 75’ or more.
Equipment Needed: Your favorite six, seven or eight weight rod/reel with a highly visible line, yarn fly, sunglasses or appropriate eye protection and a cap or hat.

Texas Council EXPO Registration NOW LIVE!!!!

June 2, 2016 General News No Comments

June 1st, 2016 Announcement. Registration for the Texas Council “Destination Texas” Expo is NOW LIVE!!!
Simply go to the Texas Council Fly Fish Expo site and register now.
Attend the evening meals and programs, sign up for a casting class. Register for the expo, buy raffle and kayak tickets, and so much more.
http://txflyfishexpo.com/#
Register now as some of these classes and events will fill up quickly.
See you all there. Tell your friends and family.
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