Talks, Tips & Tutorials

Hear from top anglers as they cover a diverse range of topics.

All presentations will take place inside the Acme Brick building.

9AMIntro to Euro Nymphing

Time: 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM

Learn about the benefits and techniques to widen your fly fishing experience through European style nymphing.

Presenter: Donavan Clary

10AMFly Fishing the Texas Hill Country

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Texas is renowned for its diverse landscapes, rich history, and mouth-watering barbeque.  However, the often overlooked fly fishing opportunities that are hidden in the heart of the Lone Star State deserve the same accolades.  The Texas Hill Country is home to some of the most breathtaking rivers and scenery in the country.  Unlike many other states, fishing is consistently productive on a year-round basis.  Texas fly anglers are blessed with the opportunity to pursue a wide array of fish species throughout central Texas including bass, sunfish, carp, cichlids, striper, and even trout!  In this presentation, Chris will take you on a quick tour of his home waters and will explain the intricacies of fly selection, public access, fishing methods, and fish behavior as it relates to each fishery.  This presentation is highly interactive and there will be plenty of time for questions afterward.  After attending this presentation, you will likely find yourself planning your next trip to what Chris believes is one of the premier fly fishing destinations in the country – The Texas Hill Country.

Presenter: Chris Johnson

11AMThe Evolution of the USA Women’s Fly Fishing Team and the World of Competitive Fly Fishing

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Join us for an insightful journey into the origins and future of the USA Women’s Fly Fishing Team. Learn about the opportunities for involvement as a competitor or supporter. We will wade into the world of Competitive Fly Fishing going over the rules governing gear, scoring, placement, and methods utilized during competitions.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, this presentation promises to broaden your understanding for competitive fly fishing.

Presenter: Julie Mattson

12PMThe "Zenefits" of Fly Fishing

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Ask just about any fly fisher why they like to fish, and one of the first things we are likely to say is that time and troubles all but disappear when we’re on the water. After experiencing this phenomenon for years, I began to lean in to the aspects of the sport that contributed to its meditative quality. In doing so, I found that elevated awareness and conscious focus on a few specific areas greatly enhanced that otherworldly experience. But that’s not all. It turns out the same practices that lead to relaxation and calm also make you a better fly angler. 

In a world obsessed with shortcuts to performance—10 tips for this, 5 hacks for that, or the ONE secret that will unlock that yet-unrealized level of success—fly fishing beckons us to slow down and take the scenic route. In this presentation, I’ll share some of the decisions you can make, on and off the water, to simultaneously enhance your enjoyment and increase your fly angling success.

Presenter: Cari Ray

1PMFly Fishing for Trout 101 (Things I learned trout fishing for 20 years)

Time: 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

This presentation will cover all the basics on successfully catching trout in North America. The show will start with how to locate trout in a river or creek. Next onto equipment (from rods and reels to waders and boots) and the best six flies you will ever need. Finally how to rig up for dry fly, nymph and streamer fishing using super fast easy knots.

Presenter: Stephen Woodcock

2PMMaking the most of your fishing trip: the right times to fish the Southern Rockies

Time: 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM

Are you the person that everybody tells “you should’ve been here yesterday?”  Wonder what it’s like to be there when the fish are actually biting?

Join Nick as he discusses the seasons and hatches of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. As a guide for nearly 30 years in the area, it’s his job to make sure that he gets his clients on the best possible conditions. Nick will be sharing his secrets on how he gets his clients in the right place, at the right time.

Presenter: Nick Streit