Sharing this important information with you about this years BIG Expo in Grapevine, Texas. September 8th through the 10th. For the full list of activities, use this website for the most current information.
Please communicate this with your clubs, so members can make plans to attend. Talk it uo at your club meetings, and put in your clubs newsletters, and social media sites!!
Here is a quick overview of the event.
Thursday will be a full day of continuing education casting classes. Thursday night there will be a welcome dinner at Oak Grove Park, burgers, dogs and beer, before we show the IF4 Film show.
This film show will make it’s ONLY appearance in Texas this year. Texas has the Fly Fishing Film Tour going through the state, but THIS will be the only showing of the IF4 film, under the stars at Oak Grove Park.
Friday the expo officially begins. Casting classes at Oak Grove Park. Shuttles will run you from the park and back all day long. Expo at the Grapevine Convention Center. Presentations, tying demo’s, casting demo’s, full center full of vendors, silent auction starts, kayak raffle, and so much more. Friday night join us for a BBQ dinner at Oak Grove Park, and enjoy a presentation from Kelly Galloup.
Saturday the expo continues. the day begins with breakfast for both women, and the youth. The women’s breakfast will be hosted by Molly Semenik and Jen Ripple, along with the Texas Women’s Fly Fishers. The youth will have their breakfast at the Oak Grove Park, and enjoy a full day’s slate of activities. lake Grapevine’s Oak Grove Park will be the site of an amazing kayak demo day, where many, many companies will be showing off all of the new kayak options. They will also have demonstrations throughout the day. Again the expo at the convention center will be in full swing. The afternoon, will bring an end to the silent auction, and we will then move on to a FULL LIVE Auction and raffle, with the highlight of the day being the kayak raffle give away. This years kayak will be announced soon, and will surely be our best kayak to be raffled off yet!! Saturday night we will have an awards dinner with another guest appearance to be announced soon.
Headliners for the expo will be Kelly Galloup, Pat Cohen, Molly Semenik, Jen Ripple, Fred Hannie, Kyle Hand, Matt Bennett, Mike Morphew, Chuck Easterling, Joe Libeau, Lee Davison, Steve Hollensed, and Stacy Lynn!!!! Now that’s a lineup!!!!
This years casting experience will again be one of the best you will find across the country. Class sizes are limited to these amazing casting sessions. Take advantage of these specific classes to help whatever you are looking to work on.
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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 is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and two time finalist for “Orvis Guide of the Year”. Steve is also an IFFF Master Casting Instructor and an active member of the IFFF Casting Board of Governors. He currently Co-chairs the Master Test Committee and is a member of the Examiner Review Committee and Professional Development Committee and is a past member of the CI Test Committee.
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.
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 Bass – I have fished from 1st birthday not always with a fly rod but with a passion. About 1948 I was introduced to Tournament Casting while in Jr. High School. One thing lead to another and by 1954 at a National Association of Angling and Casting Clubs (now the ACA) I qualified to be on the All American team. I was 17 years old and loved the games. There were three games of Fly Casting and two of Bait Casting. Pat (my wife to be) and I attend many tournaments and gained a large amount of casting knowledge. As My family grew and I provided a living my work took me to west Texas with no water in site. I did not nor fish for several years.
Joe Libeau is the owner of Sierra Pacific Fishing Adventures, a California Guide, a Master Casting Instructor and on the Casting Board of Governors with the IFFF. He has also been awarded the following casting instructor awards: the Pauline C. Cathcart Memorial Flycasing Award from the Pasadena Casting Club, the J. Stanley Lloyd Order of the Mayfly Award from the Sierra Pacific Flyfishers, the Ed Thomas Memorial Trophy from the Long Beach Casting Club and the first Mel Krieger Instructor of the Year Award from the International Federation of Fly Fishers.
Lee Davison is an International Federation of Flyfishers (IFFF) Certified Master Casting Instructor, IFFF Certified Two-Hand Casting Instructor, and a licensed Idaho guide. Lee is also the designer/owner of Ballistic Speylines and Ballistic Spey Rods; CEO of Snake River Outfitters; Snowbee UK, LLC distributor for the USA; and an international Spey Casting competitor.
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.
Travis Moore was born and raised in Texas, and began his fly fishing journey in the limestone streams of the hill country while he was a student at Southwestern University. After graduating from Southwestern in 2003, Travis joined the team at Blue Drake Outfitters in Dallas and has been a fixture in the DFW fly fishing scene ever since. He became an FFF Certified Casting Instructor in 2007 and is currently General Manager at Tailwaters Fly Fishing. Working at Tailwaters has provided him with the opportunity to fish all over the world, and allowed him to stay close to the rivers and lakes that he loves.
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.
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