Written by TPWD
Learn to tie a fly, cast a fly and catch a fish all in one day during the annual Fly Fish Texas event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 14.
Throughout the day, experienced fly-tiers will be demonstrating and teaching fly-tying in the Anglers Pavilion on a one-on-one basis. In addition, group instruction in beginning fly-tying will be offered in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center classroom beginning at noon. Both are offered on a walk-up basis.
Beginning casting instruction will take place continuously in the Conservation Center parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In the Conservation Center Room B, attend fly-fishing 101 at 10:00 a.m. and learn about essential flies for Texas fresh water at 11:00 a.m.
Fly-fishing kayak style will be presented on the shore of the casting pond at 2:00 p.m.
Vendors will be displaying and selling fly-fishing gear, and seminars will brief visitors on where and how to fly-fish in fresh and salt waters for a variety of species. The program will include presentations on fly-fishing the Brazos River (3:00 p.m. in the Conservation Center Room B) and history of rainbow trout in North America (Anheuser-Busch Dive Theater at 3:00 p.m.).
Other sessions will focus on caring for fly-fishing equipment (Anheuser-Bush Dive Theater at 10:00 a.m.), choosing a fly line (Anheuser-Bush Dive Theater at 1:00 p.m.) and fishing the slam of B.A.S.S. in southern rivers (Conservation Center Room B at 2:00 p.m.).
Kayak use will be demonstrated on the casting pond. Do-it-yourself fly-fishing for rainbow trout, sunfish and catfish will be available all day in TFFC’s ponds and streams.
Food service will be available onsite, or attendees may bring a picnic. TFFC’s regularly scheduled dive shows will take place in the dive theater at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by tram tours of the hatchery.
Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All Fly Fish Texas activities are free with regular paid admission to the center. For a complete schedule of activities and seminars, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc and click on the Fly Fish Texas link.