ATHENS—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.
Event sponsors include Sabine River Authority, Dallas Fly Fishers, Temple Fork Outfitters, Red Hat Rentals, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites—Athens, Friends of TFFC, Cripple Creek BBQ, Danny’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, First State Bank and Super 8—Athens.
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.