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GUEST SPEAKERS:

FRANK SMETHURST

I was raised in a non fishing family in Atlanta Ga, but somehow began to fish around the age of two thanks to babysitters noticing that I would suddenly behave when placed on a dock with a fishing line. Not much has changed. I started tying my own flies at age eight, and at the age of twelve, began work at the influential Atlanta tackle shop, the Fish Hawk. As an enthusiastic guide, retailer, instructor, and adventurer, I have been in the flyfishing business continuously for most of my life.  Along the way, I have become a dedicated conservationist, and ardent steward of our wild lands and waters.  I feel that this is an essential part of being a modern angler.  We must actively protect what we love. I moved to Telluride Colorado in 1988 to pursue my love of fishing through guiding, and have been guiding ever since. Along the way, I have produced and hosted TV shows, made films, published fly patterns, and won tournaments.

Some notable programs that I have been involved in are:

Jim and Kelly Watt’s Flyfishing Video Magazine, The Reel Guys, Fishing with Micah Adams, Frank’s Fishing Problem, and Trout Unlimited’s On The Rise.

I have also produced and starred in two feature films on flyfishing: Running Down The Man, and Eastern Rises, both of these with Felt Soul Media.

 

 

 

 

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $60.00 each.

BANQUET AND AUCTION:
6:00 PM Friday 
Feb 20th 2015

EXPOSITION:
Saturday Feb 21st 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM & Sunday Feb 22nd 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Fly Fishing Film Tour
Where: Banks of the Guadalupe River
Purchase Tickets ($15/adult, $12/children 12 and under) at the GRTU booth in the expo tent. Doors open at 6:00 PM, show is from 7:00 - 9:30. Bring your lawn chairs and maybe a blanket!

 

Wanda Taylor Wanda Taylor

Wanda Taylor has been fishing since she was four. Her grandmothers taught her to fish in the mountains of north Georgia. However, her love for fishing greatly increased when she agreed to marry Gary Taylor, a professional fly angler. Within their partnership she became a fly fishing guide, fly casting instructor, Fly Fish TV hostess, featured in fly fishing video’s, online podcast, and a published outdoor writer. 

Wanda teaches fly fishing and conducts instructional guiding classes locally in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as, nationally at IFFF Expo’s, TU Festivals, club events and fly fishing shows. Skip Clement, publisher of flyflifemagazine.com writes about Wanda. “For Wanda to be able to go “Back to the Future” and get folks fast-track launched into the art world of fly fishing takes a special talent. Never saw anyone do it better than her. She keeps her patients well sedated with “relax and enjoy.” 

She has been featured speaker at fly clubs, expo’s, conclaves, and private fly fishing events across the United States. Her fly fishing topics range from how to fly fish in fresh and or saltwater, destination fly fishing, mentoring others into the sport, and her fly fishing life story. 

Her awards and achievements  of “Firsts” are one of the reasons, Kevin Howell, owner of Davidson River Outfitters, gave her the title, “The First Lady of Fly Fishing.” She was the 1st woman certified by the International Federation of Fly Fishers as a Master certified casting instructor. The 1st woman Orvis endorsed guide in the Southeastern United States. She was awarded the Southeastern IFFF 2005 Woman of the year award and in 2008 the IFFF SE Council award of Excellence. This award was given to Wanda for her work with breast cancer survivors of “Casting For Recovery” and The Georgia Women Fly Fishers, “Casting For Confidence” as well as, for her teaching and testing activities for the IFFF Certified Casting Instructors program. Wanda is also an ambassador for the Goodwill Guides and Project Healing Waters nonprofit organizations. 

Wanda has been an Advisory staff member of TFO Rods for many years. She is on the Pro Staff of Chota Outdoor Gear and an Ambassador for Aqua Design and Maven Fly, technical clothing for avid women anglers. She is a staff member of www.dryflyeroutfitters.com and co owner of Taylor and Taylor fly fishing schools www.garyandwandataylor.com You can email Wanda at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more current information of her teaching or lectures near you.

Pat Dorsey

A native of Colorado, Pat has been guiding for over 23 years. He spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, enjoying a unique quality of life both personally and professionally. “I am blessed to be able to make a living as a fly fishing guide and I will never lose sight of how fortunate I am to really love my job.

Pat is Guide Director and a partner in the Blue Quill Angler fly shop. He oversees and trains more than 20 guides and helps to set the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat, also, writes the central Rocky Mountain stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions on the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers.

Pat is proud to be a Simms Guide Ambassador. “I cannot imagine guiding without Simms apparel; their gear is simply the finest and most durable stuff available.” Pat is also a member of the Sage Fly Rods Advisory Team. “My favorite rods are the Sage TCX 9’ 4 weight and 9’5 weight VXP. I feel confident putting these rods in my clients hands as I know we will get a quick hook-set with enough suppleness in the tip to protect light tippet.”

Pat is the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. You can find his articles archived here. In 2005, Pat authored the book, A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns for each of the four seasons of the year.

Pat didn’t stop there, in 2009 he authored Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on how to fish tailwater fisheries. In 2010 a companion book to Fly Fishing Tailwaters hit the shelves, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, which is jam-packed with how to tie Pat’s favorite “guide flies”. This book includes 500 step-by-step tutorials, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them.

Pat is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Pat no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. Pat is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Pat’s signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler. Pat is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.

Another one of Pat’s interests is photography. He produces many digital slide presentations used in his speaking engagements at fishing clubs throughout the United States. He is a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver and is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries.

Pat is the proud father of three wonderful boys, Forrest, Zach, and Hunter. He also has two step children, Nicole and Michael Richardson. They, like their dad, enjoy fly fishing. Pat’s wife, Kim, is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. Kim and Pat, also, host a yearly trip to Alaska Sportman’s Lodge each September with a group of his clients.

 

kelly_ galloupKelly Galloup

Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books:  Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Rainy’s Flies. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Airflo fly lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.

Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books:  Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD's on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Rainy’s Flies. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Airflo fly lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.

 

 

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Door Prizes!

Gruene Outfitters Able Reel Door Prize on Saturday February 21 at 4 PM (Gruene TX, www.GrueneOutfitters.com)
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RIGS Fly Shop Sage Rod Door Prize on Sunday February 22 at 3 PM (Ridgway CO, www.FishRIGS.com)

 

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Casting Instruction

Troutfest 2015 will be a great time to improve your casting skills.  Casting instruction has always been a popular part of Troutfest.  For Troutfest 2015, the skill levels addressed will be expanded from youth and beginners to include intermediate and advanced casters.  Classes covering this wider range of skills will be offered.

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IFFF Certified Casting Instructors Gary Davison, Jim Bass, and Carroll Hall will be joined by IFFF Master Casting Instructor, Dayle Mazzarella to conduct hands-on classes.  Examples of subjects for youth and beginners are the foundation casting stroke, proper timing, and feeding line.  For intermediates, topics such as the double haul and roll casting will be offered.  Advanced topics will include aerial mending and the Belgian cast.

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Improve your fishing by improving your casting.  Whatever your casting experience, make plans to take advantage of this valuable opportunity at Troutfest 2015.  Bring your own rods and reels or borrow one of ours.

A detailed class schedule is located on the Troutfest 2015 web site.  Registration can be accomplished at Troutfest 2015 but you are encouraged to pre-register.  Note the name of the class or classes including day and time you wish to attend then send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  in order to secure your enrollment.  You can register at Troutfest by signing up for remaining openings at the check-in table.

 

 

TROUTFEST 2015, a Fly-Fishing Banquet and Exposition will be held on the Guadalupe River at  Rio Raft Resort on the 20th, 21st & 22nd of February 2015 The funds generated by the Banquet and Expo will be used by GRTU to conserve, protect and restore the cold tailwater fishery immediately below the Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River. Talented Fly Tiers, Kid Fish Pond, Educational Classes, and Local shopping will surely provide enjoyment for the Whole Family!

The Guadalupe River is the premier southernmost trout fishing destination in the USA. The "Guad" is listed as one of the best 100 trout streams in the US.  This is the perfect opportunity to help promote and educate others on the river we call home. Announcements have been sent to all fly fishing oriented clubs throughout the state of Texas inviting them to attend Troutfest.

New Braunfels, and the area below the dam of the Canyon Lake offer motels, campgrounds and rental cabins for your lodging. Please consult the links provided.