We are very excited to announce the return of our in-person, beginner level Fly Fishing and Fly Tying events! Continuing education classes will continue to be hosted online until further notice. Check back here for information on upcoming hosted and off-site events throughout the year!

 

FEBRUARY EVENTS


Wednesday, February 24th /  INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING – Clouser/Kreh’s Half & Half (Online Tutorial)

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Saturday, February 27th @ 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM  /  INTRO TO FLY FISHING (Socially Distanced @ the fly shop!)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (click here to register)

Morning Session – 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Afternoon Session – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

A good Introduction to Fly Fishing class can shorten your learning curve and save you a LOT of frustration. Join us for this comprehensive course on the fundamentals of fly casting and fly tackle, as well as access points and fly selection for the Texas Hill Country. All necessary equipment will be provided; just bring a notebook and pen!

Saturday, February 27th – Sunday, February 28th  /  TEXAS FLY FISHING & BREW FESTIVAL ( Off-Site in Mesquite, TX )

Mark your calendars now for the 4th Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival. This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. Attendees can check out a myriad of fly fishing manufacturers, attend lectures on techniques and topics of interest to fly anglers of every stripe, and taste some of the Lone Star State’s best micro-brewed beer. Meet nationally known fly fishing authors, professional guides, expert casters, custom bamboo rod makers, and fly tyers from across the country – all at the Texas Fly & Brew. Wander the festival grounds, learn how to fish from a kayak, watch a casting or fly tying demonstration, take a casting or fly tying class, test out the latest fly rods yourself–and then sample a series of microbrews.

Chris Johnson will host four in-person presentations at the event. Check out the links below for more information on entry and class registration.

Fly Fishing the Republic of Texas The historic Republic of Texas spanned from the current Texas border, northward into New Mexico, Colorado, and even Wyoming.  This unique presentation will take you on a fly fishing journey that begins in the heart of the Texas hill country and winds up in the high country of Colorado, with numerous stops along the way.  Chris will show you how to chase local species in small Texas streams and creeks and how to take those same tactics to the high elevations of Colorado and New Mexico in pursuit of native cutthroat trout!  Fishing the creeks of central Texas is an excellent way to hone your trout creek skills before heading out West.  One of the largest mistakes fly anglers make when fishing Texas’ numerous creeks is failing to fish them as carefully as they would a western trout stream.  So, from Rio Grande Cichlids to Rio Grande Cutthroat, this presentation will help you tie all the techniques together and might just inspire you to fly fish the Republic of Texas in a brand new way!

Fly Fishing for Cichlids The United States has only one native species of cichlid and thankfully, it makes its home in Texas!  Most fly anglers infrequently catch Rio Grande Cichlids while fishing for bass and sunfish.  However, to catch them consistently, and on a year-round basis, requires an in-depth understanding of the species.  Chris has caught Rio Grande Cichlids for well over 20 years, but for the last four years he has specifically targeted Rios on fly in an effort to demystify and celebrate one of Texas’ most unique native fish.  This presentation is the culmination of years of study, countless days of fishing, and many long nights of fly design!  Chris will cover seasonal behavioral changes, fly selection, fishing techniques, premier fishing destinations, and so much more!  Whether you are trying to catch your very first Rio Grande Cichlid or you simply want to expand your knowledge of this largely misunderstood fish species, this presentation has something for you!

Fly Fishing Southern Colorado It is no secret that the Lone Star State gets exceptionally hot in the summer. For that reason, many Texas residents pack up and head to Colorado for a much-needed respite from the heat!  This presentation will focus solely on the southern portion of Colorado.  Chris will teach you about famed rivers such as the Conejos and Rio Grande but will primarily focus on his favorite spots that are not as well known!  From brown trout to native cutthroat, Chris will show you where to go and how to catch them!  Trip planning, fishing destinations, local eateries, jaw-dropping scenic stops, fly selection, and a comprehensive packing list will all be covered!  The pictures in this presentation alone will make you want to point your compass west!  So, come ready to learn and don’t be surprised if you find your next favorite fly fishing destination as a result of this class!

Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River The Guadalupe River is Texas’ only year-round trout fishery and is ranked as one of the top 100 trout streams in the United States!  While at times it fishes very similarly to western tailwaters, the Guadalupe would not be truly Texan if it were not just a little bit different.  Have you ever caught a striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, and rainbow trout in the same trip?  It can happen on the Guadalupe!  Chris has guided this special fishery since 2008 and often fishes the river outside of the unofficial “winter trout season.”  This presentation will focus primarily on teaching you how to effectively target rainbow and brown trout on the Guadalupe.  Chris will cover fly selection, reading the water, entomology, perfecting your presentation, fishing different flow rates, and much more.  Whether you are a first time Texas trout angler or a Guadalupe veteran, you will learn something from this presentation focused on our TU chapter’s home water.

MARCH EVENTS


 Wednesday, March 3rd /  INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING – Johnson’s Chuckwagon (Online Tutorial)

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Saturday, March 6th @ 10:00 AM  /  FISHING SINKING FLY LINES (Facebook and Instagram Live)

Many fly anglers scratch their heads in confusion or all out frustration when it comes to the topic of sinking fly lines. In this clinic, Chris Johnson, will take you through the specifics of line technology, construction, sink rates, and applications for fresh and saltwater. He’ll breakdown how to choose the right sinking line for your fly rod set up, as well as what leader and tippet to properly pair with them. Be sure to tune in LIVE to ask all your burning questions! 

Saturday, March 13th /  TRWD FLY FEST (Off-Site in Fort Worth, TX)

Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) trout stocking season culminates with TRWD Fly Fest, a celebration of urban fishing on the Trinity River. Whether you are an experienced angler or have never touched a fly rod, this fun day in and along the Trinity River has something to hook everyone in the whole family!  Come on out to this FREE EVENT to enjoy casting and fly tying demos; presentations from fly fishing experts; and plenty of open fishing; plus food trucks, wine and craft beer, and live music on site!  Living Waters Fly Fishing will have a table at the event, and Chris will be present doing fly tying demos and presenting on Fly Fishing the Republic. 

Wednesday, March 17th  /  INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING – TBD (Online Tutorial)

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Saturday, March 20th @ 10:00 AM  /  INTRO TO FLY TYING (Socially Distanced @ the fly shop!)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (click here to register)

Come pull up to the tying bench for Introduction to Fly Tying! We supply the vise, tools, and all the materials you’ll need to learn four beginner fly patterns – the classic Woolly Bugger, Johnson’s BC Streamer, a Foam Beetle, and an Elk Hair Caddis. Each of these patterns will introduce you to a specific skill necessary for continuing on in your tying journey, and as a bonus, all of these flies fish great on our waters!

Wednesday, March 24th /  INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING – TBD (Online Tutorial)

Subscribe to or visit our Vimeo channel for the latest tutorial released each Wednesday evening!

Saturday, March 27th @ 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM  /  INTRO TO FLY FISHING (Socially Distanced @ the fly shop!)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (click here to register)

Morning Session – 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Afternoon Session – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

A good Introduction to Fly Fishing class can shorten your learning curve and save you a LOT of frustration. Join us for this comprehensive course on the fundamentals of fly casting and fly tackle, as well as access points and fly selection for the Texas Hill Country. All necessary equipment will be provided; just bring a notebook and pen!

Wednesday, March 31st /  INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING – TBD (Online Tutorial)

Subscribe to or visit our Vimeo channel for the latest tutorial released each Wednesday evening!